Banos Ecuador Chiva Truck Bus
We purchased the Chiva tickets at one of the many sellers – $4 each, which is a bargain and we hope to see hope to see the volcano sprouting magma into the night sky, as our friends did just last week.
What is a Chiva Truck Bus?
A Chiva Truck Bus is a painted wooden carrier. Some have protective sides while others don’t. I guard my son against falling out or getting hit by branches as we drive along.
It is actually quite cold! Many have scarves, beanies and warm jackets on and we are not really prepared.
We finally arrive at our destination in our Chiva Truck Bus and park in a long row of maybe 50 of them. Now there is the awesome aroma of BBQ and we know we are going to have to try some.
We finally meander past about 20 Chiva Truck Buses all lined up the dead-end road. We forget to see which one we were on – oops – we will do a search later as they all look alike!
We head for the BBQ area – wow so many choices – we have had dinner, but my son wants one. He says it is yummy.
Local Lights and Delights
The lights of the city of Banos below are amazing.
We get to try the Canelazo (a hot beverage made with water, raw brown sugar, cinnamon, and mine has a little warming alcohol called Aguardiente whilst Explorason’s does not).
It is great and I like it. My son passes his to me to finish but at least he tries new things when traveling. I know a lot of parents whose kids won’t try anything new.
We are having such a great time we really don’t want to leave, and in fact, Explorason is quite displeased about this. He wishes we had our own transport. I tell him that one day we will.
Where is our Chivas Bus Truck?
We wander back looking for our Chivas. It takes us two goes of going up and down the road to find the Chivas Bus Truck, but no-one has returned yet.
So we risk it, head back for another look at Banos city below. Clouds roll over fast and there is no way to see the volcano. I am pretty disappointed about this. In all our travels we never get to see any volcanic activity – yet!
Back In Banos
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