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The date for the Northern Sierra tour had arrived: Tumbaco, Cayambe, Zuleta, Piman, Salinas, Quito
First day: We arrived at a cosy hotel close to an old railway which now is a running route. Then we went to relax for a while in a bar at the Cumbayá central park, a small town close to Quito. At 10pm we went to sleep so we could wake up early for a run.
Tumbaco – Puembo railway was the first route which served to acclimatization to the altitude of 2500 meters (8200 feet). There were 15k of a trail with ups and downs and a beautiful canyon, a river and tunnels.
Then we headed towards Cayambe. The entrance to Olmedo town was a real beauty. We passed Zuleta, where you can find the most beautiful embroideries and the most delicious cheeses.
We arrived at Hacienda El Cerotal where its owners, Isa and Juan José Noboa, received us with a healthy meal just for athletes. They are willing to prepare a special lunch with beer, wine and meats for the runners’ significant others and their friends. The idea is to have a good time…!
We could have a nap in our cosy and at the same time modern bedroom or in the different living rooms of the house, which is not a hotel but a family farm. The hosts (we missed Cristi, Juan José´s wife) made us feel at home.
Two options for the afternoon: a short hike to see the embroiderers of La Esperanza village, or a more difficult hike towards the Imbabura, the volcano which rises close to El Cerotal. La Esperanza’s alternative places invited hippies from all over the world in the 60s and 70s. They left their footprint in that town.
We chatted by the fireplace, a book and… got to sleep.
Second Day: The second running route of this tour was at Cochas, a beautiful area of the northern sierra. Wheat and barley fields and green forests; a few slopes and a particularly pronounced hill. But the landscape helped us forget our exhaustion. We ran 16k, which we did in 1h45min. We believe that the altitude can produce a bit of fatigue, so that´s why the trot was soft and fun. Santiago was also ready with supplies at various points.
We got back to the farm, had a healthy breakfast, a shower and then we headed towards our third route: Piman.