We have always been drawn to the great outdoors. Spending time with nature is something we both cherish and travelling has only strengthened the special bond we have with Pacha Mama (or Momma Nature or Mother Earth etc). During the 4 days we spent wandering around the Quilotoa loop in Ecuador, we learned something about this relationship: we need more.
On “the loop” we were fortunate enough to meet a number of like-minded individuals. They are the type of people that can’t keep track of the number of glaciers they have seen (to be fair, that guy was from New Zealand), that have been to 6,000 meters above sea level, that have aspirations of hiking the “W” or the “O” of Patagonia. In meeting these travellers, something inside of us blossomed. We want all of that too.
Our travels have taken us to some amazing places. We have walked along an empty section of The Great Wall, we have stood on the ancient grounds of Ankor Wat and Borobudur, we have climbed the thousand steps to the Lost City of Colombia and the list goes on. Each of these sites has inspired us; their ancient roots overwhelms us. But there are “sites” in this world that are older, all natural and becoming increasingly enticing.
Hiking the Quilotoa loop confirmed that there is no place we feel more content and more challenged than by the natural and unpredictable landscapes of this Earth.
The light bulb went off and now we know that we want to keep conquering higher heights and tougher treks. They won’t be easy, they may not fit into our super cheap shoestring budget (we’re getting a little old for that anyway), but they will be rewarding in a way which nothing else can compare.
Thank you Quilotoa loop and the beautiful people we met along the way for inspiring us to think bigger than we’ve ever thought before.
Do you know of any incredible or unmissable natural places that we should check out? Let us know in the comments below!