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!