|switchbacks and sheer drops|
The drive was not too long today, and we got to Baños at about 1:15pm. Banos sits at the foot of a constantly active 5016m volcano called Tungurahua. So the first thing we were told when we arrived was that if the siren goes off, we should evacuate the town, not do as the local do and rush towards the volcano to watch the eruptions! Apparently much of the activity is very minor and so safe, but sometimes people do get killed and obviously a proper full eruption would take out the town completely.
The first day the options for activities were given to us, but as the white water rafting and canyoning were both a little too likely to cause me to end up panicking under water, I decided to give them a miss. Nic considered the rafting but being grade 5, it wasn't covered by the insurance, so he didn't do it either.
|Pailon del diablo|
It was then a quick trip back to Pequena Paraiso, as I was on cook group and had to start on dinner. With the proper facilities available, we were pushing the boat out with chicken fajitas, all the trimmings, and flambeed bananas for dessert.
The next day we had another go at the empanadas -this time successfully. We each had a chicken and cheese one followed by a banana and chocolate one. And very nice they were too!
We found a free Internet site in the afternoon, so spent a short while catching up on some practical bits, including looking for somewhere to stay when we go to the Edinburgh festival next year.