|The drive to Chugchilan|
The first part of the drive was a good one as we passed a number of mountains and volcanoes, including Cotapaxi.
We stopped off in a small town and went to the market for our lunch. Shanyn and Ben had got quite excited as they thought they had seen chicken schnitzels being cooked, and a number of us had agreed this sounded good, but when we got there we discovered that they were just deep fried dough.
As we arrived at the market, we were greeted by the sight of a cow's head, and a dog eating the innards of some small animal. Once we were in the market, we could see the various meals being prepared, including pigs' heads, and big pots with whole (except for their heads) chickens or other various other pieces of meat inside. From the looks of the many discarded bits of skull on the ground, some of the pots probably contained whole sheep's heads!
I decided to stick to one of the fried dough things with sugar on, which was actually quite tasty, and a bread thing that was pretending to be a pain au chocolat. Nic was bolder and sat down at one of the tables for his lunch. He was expecting just a plate of rice and chicken, but got a plate of rice, salad and egg, plus a bowl of soup with a big chunk of chicken in it. He enjoyed it.
|Hairy drive round the Quilotoa Loop|
|dancing traditional style|