Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Chachimbiro Mineral Springs
Monday Well, today was a really nice day. We went to Chachimbiro to the mineral springs that are fed from the volcano. First we had to go to Ibarra, then take a bus to Urququi, then a taxi up to the springs. But once we were there, it was only $4 to have access to the entire complex with its multiple hot pools. We had changing rooms, we could check our belongings, and they had picnic tables where we ate our delicious lunch of tuna sandwiches, bananas, and chips. The pools were so relaxing; I am sure Ron and I will go back. I want to get a massage next time. A full massage is $10. Or maybe a mud bath. We took a bus from Chachimbiro all the way to Ibarra, and then got a bus back to Cotacachi. However, we had not been on a bus at rush hour before. Apparently, a lot of workers go to Ibarra to work, and come home on the bus. They packed that bus to the roof! Some guy was standing up right beside me and I couldn't turn my head or my nose would have hit the zipper in his pants! After we got home, we cooked all our goodies from the produce market on Sunday. We boiled potatoes, cooked the corn, and the peas. It was delicious! What fresh, healthy food. This is the best thing about Ecuador.