viernes, 29 de noviembre de 2013



First some facts about Quilotoa

It is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3 kilometres wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic eruption about 800 years ago. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals. Fumaroles are found on the lake floor and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano. Thanks Wikipedia!

Quilotoa is a tourist site of growing popularity. It's a half-hour hike down from the viewpoint (and 1-2 hour hike back up the 280-meter vertical ascent).
Also it is possible to rent a horse or a donkey for the hike, just in case that the altitude is affecting you too much.

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Cooking class at Vida Verde!

Come to Ecuador not only for the studies, but also to discover the secrets of traditional cooking! Experience a hands-on cooking class at Vida Verde.

Every once a while the schools hobby-chefs share the kitchen with the students and teach them some Ecuadorian cooking styles. One of the most typical dishes is "Llapingachos".

Llapingachos originated in Ambato. It is fried, mashed potatos, which are generally served with avocado, sausage, fried egg, tomato and lettuce salad on the side. This dish forms part of Ecuador's culture, and is one of the representative icons of Highland food.
 Llapingachos became a typical Ecuadorian dish and now is not only enjoyed by the locals, but also by "tourists".

The students always have great fun learning about the Ecuadorin cuisine, but surely enjoy even more eating the dish !