The day starts pretty early for me – right after getting up I walk up the road “Vicente Rocafuerte” to the “Pastaza”. Walking such a steep road early in the morning is not without a challenge. The city seems deserted, but the bus (1 USD) is already waiting at the intersection.
Vicente Rocafuerte y Pastaza
Up to 5:45 o’clock the seats slowly fill up. Actually, I seem to be the only foreigner here – it seems no one had the idea to drive to the Casa de Arbol this early. I hope I manage to take a good photo of the Tungurahua at sunrise. At this moment I can’t predict if this will work out the way I want it to – it’s still pitch-black.
More and more people get off the bus during the trip – hardly anyone seems to want to drive all the way to the top. The bus often doesn’t come to a standstill for the exit – everything goes quite fast. Arriving at the observation center, the guard gets off the bus before me and we stroll together to the entrance (1 USD). Seeing my tripod, he reckons that I will unfortunately have bad luck with taking pictures today – he doesn’t believe that the clouds will disappear soon. Yes, I have to make the best of it…