Friday Fix: wild camping near La Esperanza, Ecuador.

This is the twentieth(!) edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur us on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in your coffee break...

wild camping, La Esperanza, Ecuador, South America
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I've never talked about this excursion. Accompanied by our worst ever workaway host* on an expedition which quickly exposed itself as merely a publicity opportunity for the hostel owner, I have tried to block our time with him out of my mind.


wild camping, La Esperanza, Ecuador, South America
wild camping, La Esperanza, Ecuador, South America

Surprisingly, for someone who had lived there all his life, our "guide" seemed to have no idea where he was going, started to take us up a moderately sized mountain, got lost, had to go down again and then (it was now dark after we'd spent our day off cleaning) set up camp only 200m up hill from the village itself. I've purged my camera of posed advertising shots, the embroidered hostel logo in the foreground marring the beauty of the scenery, but kept the mountains for myself.


All things considered, this doesn't seem like an ideal candidate for my 20th Friday Fix, but travel is often more beautiful in retrospect and waking up to this view is still imprinted on my memory. Those spent outside continue to be my favourite nights' sleep and I'll be forever grateful for the more relaxing company of subsequent excursions. 



*For a much better place to stay in La Esperanza try Casa Aida. If you want to know more about our disastrous workaway experience just ask.

wild camping, La Esperanza, Ecuador, South America

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