Day 101 December 2 Laguna La Cocha to San Gabriel Ecuador
After a very cold night we got going at our usual 9AM. The air was crisp and it looked like rain so we prepared for the worst. The road from the lake to Pasto is incredibly twisty and was a great way to wake up.
Our first stop was the really cool church near Ipiales, the Cathedral de las Lajas. It’s just a short hike down to the church and well worth it.
We stopped for a snack but I opted not to try the fish treats
Next stop was the border. This crossing was like paradise compared to Central America borders. It took 2 hours but it was very simple and no pesky helpers hounding us. By the time we cleared the Ecuador border it was already 3:30 so we decided to ride an hour and start looking for a place to stop. We found the Hostal Gabrielatta in San Gabriel. It was in a really interesting old building with spiral staircases everywhere and a really cool architecture that reminded Eran of some Arab buildings. They had secure parking that was shared by a welding operation during the day but they cleaned up everything at night and moved in half a dozen cars.