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We left China at the end of January 2020, as they closed one by one the borders that we were crossing. Until we finally got to Myanmar (Burma). We touched down in Mandalay and, after a few moments of traveling, we entered Bagan, the city of temples and a World Heritage Site.
One day after going to Cajas National Park (2nd stop), I went to the Inca Cañari ruins of Ingapirca. From Cuenca it is a trip of almost 3 hours by bus. In addition, the bus stopped every 10 meters to pick up people.
Inspired by the revolutionary movements brewing around America, in 1814 José de Antepara, José Joaquín Olmedo and José de Villamil arrived in Guayaquil to promulgate among the people of Guayaquil, not only rooting for a change in authorities, but to change the political and social structure of America.
This is what we came for, in China. The big Wall. I considered several times skipping this tourist part of China because, due to its fame, there’s a deeply rooted imaginary and I did not think that living it would change it that much. But I was wrong. We got to the Great Wall in Simatai from a small town that looked like a movie studio, the Water Town of Gubei.
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I hadn’t thought of visiting China until it became the headquarter of this trip. That’s where my friend lived. As soon as I mentioned that side of the world as a starting destination, many people questioned this “decision”. So much and so marked aversion to a place for which I began to feel very curious about the photos and anecdotes that I received through WeChat. It was no longer wanting to go because that’s where we started the trip, I also wanted to discover THE CAPITAL. And of course, the Chinese Wall.
I remember I was having lunch with my family in Quito. My backpack was ready and after a while I said “I’m leaving” and booked a few nights at La Cigale hostel, with breakfast included. My parents dropped me off at the bus station and told me “take care, my boy.” I went up and sat down. I remembered thinking about my dog, I remember that it hurt a lot to leave Tomás, but he was in good hands. This is how this backpacking began.
Today, after half a year in quarantine, I begin to write about my trip to Asia in early 2020, when the virus was not pandemic, just endemic. Despite the stigma that Asia carries for being the cradle of the virus, in this segment I want to show how I experienced its culture, its people, its places and food.
SAGA TOP 10 PHOTOS
We chose the 10 best photos of Cajas National Park, Ecuador by Instagrammers! You can also read about our trip to this Natural reserve in the South America Saga. Moreover, you can read how this adventure started here in this link. These are the winners!
We picked the 10 best photos of Beijing, China by Instagrammers! We focused, not only on tourist monuments, but photos that demonstrate different aspects of the city. You can also read about our trip to Beijing, in the #SagaAsia. Also, you can read here about how the whole Asian adventure started. These are the winners!
We picked the 10 best photos of Cuenca, Ecuador by Instagrammers! You can also read about our trip to Cuenca in the South America Saga. Moreover, you can read how this adventure started here in this link. These are the winners!
A few years ago we toured 4 countries in South America backpacking through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. These are some photos of the places we visited: Cuenca, Cajas National Park, Lima, Machu Picchu, the Salt flats, Copacabana, the Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine! Read more about the Saga: South America here and follow us on this trail.
On Instagram we found the best photos of the Amur Leopard, a subspecies of Leopards that are fighting to survive. In the wild there are only 80 left. Look at what the world is about to lose and what you can do to help them.
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