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Rock Climbing: Pushing Limits

Just a short bus or cab ride from the town of Baños you can go rock climbing on a volcanic rock wall overlooking the river. And the views are just breath-taking. Rock climbing is a sport of setting goals and achieving them. Whether it takes 1 try or 100, you always have to challenge yourself. But the result is truly rewarding. When you reach the top and reflect on all you have done to get to your view from on top of the world. You really earned it.

To get to the climbing spot you can either catch a bus from Mayra’s place for 30 cents or take a cab ride for $1.50 to San Martin. Once there you pay $2 to enter the park, if you have your own equipment you are ready to go if not you can rent it once you reach there. You can also get a guide + gear + transport in Banos. You walk down to the wall and there are usually other climbers there as well.

Speaking from personal experience climbing here in Ecuador is just amazing. I experienced volcanic rock for the first time and even though it’s a bit slippery, the rock formations are incredible. I love it and if you ever visit Ecuador, I highly recommend it! The level of the routes range from beginners to the most experience and they even have multi-pitch climbing but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to try.

-Ariel & Zan

White Water Rafting

My name is Ariel Stolz and I’m 22 years old!

That’s Me 🙂

Right now I’m volunteering at Mayra’s Spanish School with my boyfriend as we travel around Colombia and Ecuador for two months. We film ukulele tutorials and showcase the beautiful places that we are visiting or living in and post it to Youtube as Ariel Ukulele.  

Estoy aprediendo español! But I have a lot more to learn and going to a spanish school and being immersed in the culture is the perfect way to improve.

One of the best parts of volunteering here is that we get to stay two weeks in a beautiful town! There is so much to do here and in my next few posts I’m going to share some of the activities that I did and you can do too!

White Water Rafting

After arriving late Saturday evening we went to bed “early” (before midnight) because we had to wake up bright and early for our rafting trip the next day. We paid only $20 per person and we got a whole day experience and lunch!

The drive to the rafting spot was amazing, we saw so many gorgeous waterfalls since the whole road was along the river. Once we finally arrived to the river we got the rundown: how to paddle, the commands to listen out for, how to help people back onto the boat, ect. So now we are basically rafting experts!

We started out on our adventure!

It was tons of fun and really relaxed. At least at the beginning until our guide decided that it would be hilarious to push people into the water when they weren’t looking. Soon no one was safe and everyone went in the water at least once, or many twenty times. If you tried to help someone else back in the boat you were vulnerable and probably the next victim! Finally we had to compose ourselves because the rapids were coming again.

At the end of the trip we went to a restaurant for lunch.

Across the street they were selling Cuy, which is guinea pig! And we tried a piece before heading home for the day!

Studying Spanish!

Learning Spanish with Mayra!

In the previous post I told you a little bit about my adventures during my year away. But, before all the adventures started, I wanted to learn Spanish. As I did not speak any Spanish, it would definitely be convenient traveling by myself as a woman and of course because I would like to communicate with locals I meet during my travels.

At the beginning I was really nervous to learn a new language. I had just graduated so I was done with school and learning and then it all started again. But let me tell you, it was the best thing I did. Not going to lie, the first week was really hard. Once I arrived, I immediately started Spanish classes and stayed with a homestay family. It was a lot of Spanish at once! But the first week passed and it got really fun. Learning a new language, learning about a new culture and being able to talk to people in their language (I could not do that within one week) opens new doors.

I studied for 5 weeks, and at that point I felt confident enough to start traveling and speaking Spanish. At the beginning it was hard to talk in Spanish, all the information I’d learned needed to be processed. But after being immersed in the language I learned even more. Now, almost at the end of my travels, I’m back taking Spanish classes.  Mostly because I want to continue learning and because I enjoy speaking and practicing Spanish and understanding it.

Be inspired and get out of the comfort zone. Learn a new language and enjoy your travels to the fullest!