We went around Quito in the high hills. We didn't feel like being in a big city after recently doing 3 days in Ibarra. The Sherpas were eager to climb up in altitude.
We began heading up in an easterly direction and the higher we went the colder and foggier it got. Bare hands were soon numb at 12,700 feet as indicated on the GPS
We got to a lake and there was a sign for Termales.
We took the gravel backroad along the cliff and over a small bridge.
We arrived at Pampallacta, where we stopped at a small store for 6 liter water jug, some eggs and other supplies.
We left the store and went up the dirt road to the big ritzy resort and asked about prices. $150 a night Yikes!!!! $7.50 to just soak in their pools. We backtrack to the older cheaper place
We make a deal for a private room. We get in for forty five bucks, right beside the 3 different pools. We justify the expense by celebrating our arrival in the Southern Hemisphere as well as 4 full months on the road. We will get an evening soak, as well as a morning soak in the mineral pools, so that's 4 X $7.50 value . We can be cheap again later.
One pool is inside a shelter, this is the 2nd hottest one.
There was hardly anyone here being Sunday night. The interior pool is the hottest.
We really were looking forward to the termales
This is pretty good !
Rosie shows the iPod to a local
It's chilly up here. We will light a fire in the fireplace before bedtime, but for now, we will boil the eggs and noodles on the stove, in the fireplace so the fumes from the stove go up the flue.
After a nice soak we were able to get a decent fire going in the fireplace. It was very quiet here. A road from here keeps going into the national park. If the sky clears off in the morning we may go up and check it out.