Living in a volcano
09.11.2013 - 09.11.2013
Once you hear about a volcano crater in which people live, you can't not pay it a visit.
I was imagining your typical volcano, and not comprehending how people could manage to live there - something resembling mines with roads going round and round the inside was what I first pictured.
A quick Internet search rendered that image ridiculous, but the idea still fascinated me, and Jack was convinced a trip was in order.
This super volcano last erupted about 2,500 years ago, and is now regarded as extinct. A small group of 120 or so people now live at Pululahua, and they are one of only two settlements in the world who live in a crater.
We took three buses to get close, with a short stop at Mitad del Mundo (the equator monument) on the way.
We then began the walk up towards the crest of the crater, the bus having dropped us off more than 1k short of our destination.
A sign half way up led us into taking a detour towards the mirador (lookout), which was apparently just 250m away. Somehow this detour resulted in a much longer walk though as we traversed along the rocky road, up a steep hill, roughing it through bush, as Jack stormed ahead in search of an alternative entry into the crater.
Who knows what he actually saw, but he deemed the road ahead a lost cause and back down we went, getting this view on the way:
Hot, sweaty, all scratched up, we finally arrived at the entrance into Pululahua!!
Ignoring the various other tourists who clearly weren't travelling on cheap local buses and through the various bush surrounds like us, down we headed into the crater.
From the top, it didn't look too far down...
The trek down wasn't as expected though - with a rocky path and many switchbacks, we made our way slowly, and it took much much longer than we initially thought.
At the bottom, Jack had a brief conversation with a local about the area and we had a quick break....
...before heading back up...
After many complaints (on my part), we finally got back to the top. Success!!
Then back to Quito we went adding a new ride into the journey.