By bus - as part of a bicycle world trip - from the Peruvian border northwards to Guayaquil, eastwards to Cuenca and Vilcabamba and south to the Peruvian border.
27 - 31 July 2006 / 5 days
0 metres in altitude
Highest cycled point: -
Having arrived by night bus in Guayaquil I picked up my parcel at UPS the next day and strolled around the city, before heading for Riobamba by bus, where I unfortunately had to skip the famous Nose-of-the-Devil-Train because of fairly heavy rainfall. Sitting on a roof of a slow going cargo train in floods of downpouring rain probably wouldn´t have become an exhilarating highlight of my Ecuador trip...
So I hopped on a bus to Cuenca, where it appeared to be rather boring, then on to Loja and Vilcabamba, but the weather was´nt much better here and the Andean scenery even the one near Chimborazo could hardly beat the much more scenic Peruvian Andes. Given the circumstances I decided to head back to my bicycle, that was waiting for me in Huaraz in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca. Cause after all that time of trekking, climbing and bus riding, I really began to miss cycling! Therefore, Huaraz, I´d be back soon!