knowing we only had a few days left in ecuador before we needed to start heading back toward bogota, we decided (kind of at the last minute) to make a stop at laguna quilotoa. it ended up being a much more strenuous ride than expected, with hail and rain once we climbed up into the high plains. and we rolled into the tiny town of quilotoa right at dark, frozen and without a clue where we were going to stay. luckily, it was very easy to spot the bare-bones hostels run by the local indigenous folks and we found one that would work pretty quickly. after warming ourselves up by the wood burning stove and getting a solid dinner, we were happy we made the trip. we were staying just a two minute walk from the top of the crater. so we headed out the next morning to take a look. and were not disappointed by the views.
we expected the border crossing back into colombia to be a little more involved than the crossing going south. we’d heard from other travelers that going north is always harder. but, exiting ecuador was easy and painless. we just had to get stamped out and then an aduana guy checked our VIN number on the bike and said we were good to go. they gave us new paperwork on the colombia side, which took a few minutes, and checked out the bike again. but, all we had to do was sit in their office for a half hour and we were on our way soon enough. back in colombia for our final two weeks of south american adventures! it’s so hard to believe how quickly it’s all coming to an end. it feels so much more imperative that we take in everything we can and savor our time left in the andes. we’re going to go into mountain withdraw when we land in miami. but, we’re not ready to think about that just yet. there’s still plenty of colombian living left to do before we cross that bridge.