We get up relatively early because we want to visit the Laguna Cuicocha today. The breakfast in the Valle de Amanecer has not changed in the 7 years. There are still the pancakes with banana and chocolate sauce and for me fruit salad with yoghurt (“sin granola y sin papaya”, but “con mucho banana”).
At the bus station we successfully work our way past the “À Quito, à Quito, à Quito, à Quito” yelling gentlemen (…of course all the tourists want to go to Quito ). I tell a particularly helpful looking one that we want to go to Cuicocha. He directs us to a bus at the far left going to Cotacachi.
I also tell the bus driver that we would like to go to Cuicocha. The bus ride costs about 0,40 USD per person. But there is no gringo tax here. If you give a dollar to the money collector who walks through the bus, you get the correct change back like all locals.