Archive | Ecuador RSS feed for this section
21. Dec, 2011

Bananas, cycle protests and pedalling over the Andes again: Huaquillas to Riobamba

Bananas, cycle protests and pedalling over the Andes again: Huaquillas to Riobamba

“EC-UA-DOR, ESCHUCAME”. We crossed into Ecuador to the sound of Sash booming on our I-pods. This was a moment we had imagined since planning the trip, but with its friendly atmosphere and stunning scenery, our eighth country of the trip is more than living up to expectations.

The border crossing was quiet, quick and easy. We had our passports electronically stamped in the fancy immigration post across the bridge separating Peru and Ecuador, which signs told us had been funded by the European Community. This crossing adds to an existing one, which is operative directly into the town of Huaquillas and is more popular with locals. (more…)

06. Dec, 2011

Escorts and milestones: Trujillo to Ecuador, via the coast

Escorts and milestones: Trujillo to Ecuador, via the coast

Leaving Peru, it was hard to believe that the last seven weeks of cycling covering over 2,000km was just one country such were our variety of experiences.  Lucho’s casa de ciclistas had been a welcoming place and fun to meet other cyclists but it was time to get moving again.

In Bolivia, we met cyclists who told us about an incident of bikers being shot at along our next stretch. Paijan, the particular hotspot, was 50km north along the Panamerican, so at Lucho’s recommendation we stopped at the police station on the outskirts. The chief officer confirmed the place was dangerous and insisted we have a police escort through the town and desert for 30km. (more…)