lunes, 27 de julio de 2015

Quilotoa



 On saturday morning at 7am, a group of our students forced themselves out of their comfortable beds to start their excursion to the Quilotoa, a water-filled crater and the most western volcano in the  Andes. The 3-kilometre (2 mi)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of the volcano following a catastrophic eruption about 800 years ago. The crater has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals.
  






The way down to the lakeside only takes about 30 minutes, but the way up takes at least twice the time. Therefore, the students decided that it would be worth it to rent horses for the steep ascend. And it was not only a lot more relaxed that hiking up, but also a whole lot of fun!

 
  





 After all that excitement, they deserved a delicious, traditional lunch. 






On the way back, we stopped in a small town where there was some kind of traditional festival with lots of dancing and music!



All in all, the early  departure was totaly worth it!


viernes, 17 de julio de 2015

GAIA Lodge


Yet another group of students has returned from the jungle with some amazing memories.





Many fun and exciting but also interesting and informative activities were included in the program, such as, for example, the manufacturing of chocolate! From the beginning as a cocoa bean to the end as a delicious snack the students took part in the process.




 At another day, they coud prove their aim accuracy at a blowgun competition. 
A blowgun in a simple weapon consisting of a small tube for firing light projectiles or darts. The weapon is used by inserting the projectile inside the pipe and using the force created by one's breath to give the projectile momentum.

  



 To cool down from the moist heat of the jungle, some fun in the river is perfect. Whether it is tubing or "tree jumping", the wet relief is always very welcome.




miércoles, 8 de julio de 2015

Adventures in the jungle


Hello guys,
here are the pictures of the Alverno College's adventures in the Jungle.
There were loads of fun activities, so here is a small selection of the most rememberable ones:




Enjoying the beautiful view from the lodge's observation platform and the great weather.









Who knew learning could be fun? While relaxing in the jungle, meeting an indigenous family and discovering some rare birds, the students also learned about the use of plants for medical practice!

jueves, 2 de julio de 2015

Cooking class at Vida Verde


LLapingachos


Llapingachos are fried potato cakes that originated in Ecuador, Ambato. They are, usually, served with peanut sauce but there are many variations. The potato patties or thick pancakes are stuffed with cheese and cooked on a hot griddle until they are crispy brown.

In Ecuador, they are sometimes made with mashed, cooked yuca, or cassava, instead of potato (which is delicious).








The dish on the foto is fried, mashed potatoes surrounding a center of cheese which is generally served with baked or fried pork or sausages. It is, typically, 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 are popular not only in Ecuador's Highlands but also on the coast and eastern provinces. In this way, Llapingachos became a typical Ecuadorian dish enjoyed not only by its inhabitants, but also by people from abroad.



Buen provecho!