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W Ipiales spedzilismy jeden dzien (nie bardzo wiem, co mozna by tam dluzej robic..) po czym w koncu wjechalismy do Ekwadoru. Nasza pierwsza granica w Ameryce Poludniowej byla bardzo przyjazna podroznym: jeden stempelek na wyjazd z Kolumbii, drugi na wjazd do Ekwadoru. Dziekujemy. Witamy w Ekwadorze. Bienvenido a Ecuador :)
W Tulcan wsiedlismy w autobus do Ibarry. Warto tutaj wspomniec, ze podrozowanie po Ekwadorze autobusami jest niesamowicie tanie: kazda godzina jazdy kosztuje nas 1USD. Tym sposobem za 2.5 godz jazdy do Ibarry zaplacilismy jedynie 2.5 USD. To lubimy :)
Nastepnego dnia bolaly nas nieco nogi, ale poniewaz dzien spedzilismy w autobusie do Quito (kolejne 2.5 USD) nie przeszkadzalo nam to za bardzo.
In Ipiales we spent one day (do not really know what else you can do there..) and then in we went to Ecuador. Our first boundary in South America was very friendly to travelers, one stamp to go to Colombia, the second to enter Ecuador. Thank you. Welcome to Ecuador. Bienvenido a Ecuador :)
In Tulcan we got on the bus to Ibarra. It is worth to mention that traveling by bus in Ecuador is incredibly cheap: each hour drive costs us 1 USD. In this way, for 2.5 hours driving to Ibarra we paid only 2.5 USD. That is what we like :)
Ibarra is a nice little town situated between volcanoes and one of them - Imbambura was our main reason for coming here. Imbambura rises 4630m above sea level and to climb it you do not need to rent a guide. It was supposed to be a warm-up for us and part of acclimatization before we go to Peru or Bolivia, where we will spend on the heights a little more time. The volcano offers wonderful views of the surrounding valley and Ibarra. Unfortunately, we could not watch the view from the top because the whole first peak was shrouded in clouds, and, secondly, to the very top, we could not reach because of my condition ... above 4400 m above sea level I started to have dizziness, and because we did not know how far away is the top and how we can get there - before we had to ramble a bit, we decided to turn back. Later it turned out that we were really close from the summit, but it seems to me that we took a reasonable decisions. Despite the lack of views from the upper parts of the volcano it was a wonderful day, it didn't rain, and beautiful landscapes seen from the lower part of the volcano partially compensated us another inconvenience.
The next day our legs were hurting, but because we spent the day on the bus to Quito (another 2.5 USD) it did not bother us too much.