A nice side effect of a volcano trip is
- out of winter and into the equatorial green. The trip
had been planned since summer, although there was an
interesting question if the
activity of the volcanoes will still last
until January. From Quito we drove
to the Reventador late in the evening and I got
surprised due to the constructionand renovation zeal of alittle and simple
street lodge since the last 14
(see Reventador 2006).
One of the stately chalets in the hotel complex and departure for the volcano.
A sharp drop in
curve. What was
just a tarpaulin
in 2006 has now
blossomed into a
the center of
the crater about
The lush vegetation on the tarpaulin is remarkable. This also explains the rapid growth of the landscape in a very short time (see above).
The first night
after arrival, explosion noises could be heard in the
valley every 3 hours.
Explosive eruptions of the apprx. 1000m high cone
During the time at the top of the
volcano, the rhythm was maintained, but silent ash
eruptions occurred before the two violent explosions. So
the Explo breaks had expanded to almost 11h
and everyone thought that would be the end of this
intensive series throughout the year. Stubborn and
endless sitting was now the order. And this became
a fatal fate in the second night
.... that's the reason that the whole seems like a
Hut life in the
jungle camp. During the five-hour climb in heavy rain,
last few kilometers every scraps got
really wet. That's why it's so practical, such a
constant fire in the kitchen. Here the meat was smoked
and dried in addition to the clothes :-).
Arnold's humped sleeping place about a kilometer closer to the volcano.
The second night
Here is one of the
strongest almost silent ash eruptions
This explosion was also preceded by an
almost 11-hour rest period, and
was again of immense power, reaching an estimated height
of around 1500 m (probably even higher). Because of the
long lazy sitting I decided to bunk down
around 10 p.m. But an unknown
force or the volcano spirit personally woke me up
less than 5 minutes before this imposing
event around 1:00 a.m. I was just able to adjust the
camera and then it started ... Uff, what a luck
Starting point of all organisations, the city of Marcas
In the self-made program, there should be no shortage of
mud and heavy rain even in the second stage.
supply for approx. 14 people was bought in a supermarket
in Marcas in the same evening. Here Arnold's pocket
calculator was a very popular utensil, because you had
to weigh 2 kg of tuna cans * X, 10 kg of rice sacks as
well as countless pasta sauces & pasta, etc. over 11
days while serving 3 meals a day.
But it was a good experience to organize
an expedition like this on ourselves.
Since it is a national park that can
still be visited free of charge, the
coordination with the
park rangers should also take place. The milestones of
the not so easy jungle tour were discussed super
friendly and very accommodating. Rhoann tookcare
of the local organization. So here's a big Thank You!
Link will follow.
next day the porters were collected
on the way to Sangay National Park.
Marcell (left) had also a bussy
organisation work getting the
portersright on time
the backpacks were in short supply.
Thus, the own were misused as a rice
carrier. Somehow we put everything
The whole team... at least a nice group picture and up we go to mud bathing.
Plenty jungle plants of
all kinds (..mostly unknown)
on the way, the expedition feeling rised even
the most experienced
in this area,
alsothe ambition to keep the
Mud traps of the worst kind should make
our way a little more interesting. Some of the pits
looked like they could be your last.
Finally arrival in our corrugated iron
hut. Airy but waterproof. This becomes very important
for the sensitive camera material when it feels like
continuous rain of about 6 days.
This rocky river bed created by a
previous Lahar (5 days before
it was a tranquil river with
lush green vegetation) was then crossed by the second
group, which brought another 6 km proximity to Sangay.
After our schedule was too short by two days anyway,
the other part waived because of the humid and steamy
weather on this tour. Here you can exquisitely steam
up your camera equipment.
got the best view on the way from the main road from
about 25 km away. Jokingly I was still chattering,
that was definitely the last sight of this kind, it
Here the gourmet heart beats faster. The
canned delicacies for the duration of
6 days. Varied food looks different. But
Tom sometimes served us a good
drop and that raised the mood in the rain ship
considerably. Definitely think about it next time, plan
an extra porter for wine and beer
etc. Cheers :-) !
Imposing jungle animals, 60 cm tall
dragonflies and monster-sized millipedes up to one meter
threatened us alongside mountain pumas. Martin observed
giant jungle worms up to 35 cm - this time it's true.
However, when I was looking for the described positions,
it was gone again ... hmm was just too
Departure to Europe via Guayaquil made
the Chimborazo appear again. Also
appearing but in in a dark shape,
half of the jungle
mud from Ecuador in my bathtub. Much
thanks for the organization to Martin to
Reventador and Arnold and RhoAnn for the
coordination of the Sangay Tour.