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Ecuador 3 - The Southern Highlands

  
Ecuador
24. November 2013

The last - and very mountainous - part of Ecuador.

The incredible climb from sea level up to more than 4.000 meters in one go to Cuenca - crossing stunning parque nacional Las Cajas!

After Cuenca going up and down to Loja - great landscape, great views and great Panamericana vieja.

Then onwards to Vilcabamba - repairing a broken freewheel in between - and then 1000s of meters in altitutude to Zumba via Valladolid and Palanda.

Last part: a small road to the border at Peru at La Balsa!

Total number of pictures: 51

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  • Great mountain road - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Typical dense fog during climbing - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Looks worse than it was, camping spot - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • A view back to the hidden lowlands - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • A view back to the hidden lowlands - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Great scenery - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Great camping spot - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Bine - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Evening - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Paramón - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Just a few kilometers remaining to the top - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Great scenery - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • In the national park - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Great - Parque Nacional Las Cajas (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Cuenca ^(Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Cuenca (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Festival de Artesanías de America (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Festival de Artesanías de America (Azuay, Ecuador, October 2013)

  • Could be in Austria - in fact it is the road to Cumbe (Azuay, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Bine on the way up to Tinajilla pass (Azuay, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Tinajilla pass (Azuay, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Sunset seen from a superb bush camping place - on the way to Loja (Azuay, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Cactus (Azuay, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Amazing mountain scenery on the way to Ona (Azuay, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • On the way to Saraguro (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • View back and down to Ona (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Loja province (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Bine riding in "alaska like" landscape (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Great vistas on the way to Saraguro (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Saraguro (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Women in Saraguro (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Typical dress of Saraguro men (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Great panorama - on the way to Loja (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Typical house in the Loja area (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Along then old Panamericana to Loja (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Bine cycling the old Panamericana (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Recommended - the old Panamericana (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Typical farmer house along the way to Loja (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Apartments protected by electric fences (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Scenery behind Vilcabamba (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Broken freewheel (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Wonderful setting of Vilcabamba (Loja, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • About 10 km before Valladolid (Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Road is worse within the construction zones (Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • From Palanda to Zumba (Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Small village on the way to Zumba (Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • The small road from Zumba to the border of Peru (Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Bine on the way to Peru (Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Bine exhausted on the steep climbs just before the border of Peru (Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, November 2013)

  • Small, dusty dirt road on ecuadorian side - modern flat paved road on the peruan side (Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, November 2013)

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