After the gondola we took a ride up to an overlook to see the volcano and the town. Banos is located at the base of Tungurahua and in the danger zone of eruptions. It recently erupted on July 15th.
This picture is from the internet since it was cloud covered
We didn't see the top but we did see some ash cloud
According to Wikipedia:
The city is also a Roman Catholic religious center, as some Catholic believers say that theVirgin Mary appeared nearby a waterfall.
More scenes from above the town
This kid was thirteen years old and carried this sack of oranges four km(2.5mi) up and down the mountain. We guesstimated the sack to weigh 40 lbs.
Back in Baños the whole town seemed to have been spray painted. One block in particular was a cinder block wall and was completely painted. Here are pictures from the wall and other scenes from around town.
For four dollars you can eat a guinea pig. A staple in Ecuador, a delicacy in Peru where I ate it before.
Taffy is made here. I guess they are famous for it because a lot of people make it.
Stretch by hand, flip it back onto the wooden peg and repeat
Sugar cane candies and other treats are also big here. This is only one row of vendors out of many around town.
Our ride to the coast took us past Cotapaxi
Then up over the Andes
Here are some random pictures on our way to Puerto Lopez
Puerto Lopez is a big fishing village that also runs whale watching tours from June to September which is why we are here. We are going tomorrow so there won't be any pictures in this post. He are some things we saw around town while waiting for our tour to leave
And finally some colorful items on the street for sale