I wandered around the streets of this small touristy village.
It is a really interesting village that is threatened at all time by the neighbor volcano Tungurahua. I think I walked at least 7 times the same streets throughout all the village since it is pretty small. Some streets are steep and as a result I did a lot of exercise ;-). Without counting that I hiked up the mountain this morning.
All in all I surely walked 18km today. I haven’t seen a lot of tourist along the way. It is impressive afterwards to think I didn’t feel insecure at any time. A lot of people told me about crimes in South America but it looks that it doesn’t apply to this little town, at least from what I’ve experienced around.
My recorder is packed with interesting Ecuadorian ambiences from the church, the market, the gymnasium, cafes.
For these recordings I chose to record with my Custom Quad Surround Stealth Setup (CQSSS) since I am really akin to translate the immersive aspect.
At noon, I took a little time spent on top of the roof of the hostel at Cotacachi. Allowing to capture compelling and authentic Ecuadorian ambience.
From distance I can hear announcing trucks, those truck that have speakers and navigate around the village to announce whatever they try to sale.
I found them really typical and they sound great from up here, bouncing all over the houses walls and mountains. Also the view is really nice here. Could spend the day on the roof! But more adventures await me…
During the last three days, I have meandered through this incredible little fishing town. Situated on the pacific coast of Ecuador, the scenery with its extra-stretched beach of many kilometers and an omnipresent sun makes it a place from heaven where time would stop. Thus making us enjoy the present towards happiness.
With its 2000 inhabitants, the vibe is gorgeously “tranquilo” (laid-back). I have met so many wonderful people with a big heart. Their way of living is at the opposite of the stressful urban jungle. They are truely authentic people from which we can draw life lesson. It goes without saying that the meal I found there is also terribly delicious.
One year ago, this village got struck by a huge earthquake (magnitude 7.8). This got in the news all around the world. 100 people lost their lives and 90% of the buildings were destroyed.
This is a terrible reality, however people don’t like to talk about it too much. They already turned the page. Daily life has taken its place back. People are successfully dealing with what they have, and what they can do, healing wounds. Many building already got rebuilt. Tourists are back even if they are in low numbers. Kids are playing in the rumbles, the roosters are crowning, the shops are opening again. All along the beach, restaurants, bars, cevicheria are sprawling back again. In fact life is buzzing again with this unmistaken latino feel.
Every afternoon, the ocean gets more agitated and the waves gets more powerful as the tide gets higher and the wind blows stronger.
The sound of the sea thus shifts towards a more bassy constant roar.
At these times, the natural elements just recall us how powerful they can be.
Therefore reflecting how Nature goes beyond the human scale as could be earthquakes.
After my 3 days recording sea and ambiences, I just felt how connected this village was with nature, from the sea they got fish, water, tourists. From the land, plants, stone, and roads.
They are more than any other place I have seen intertwined with the mother nature (for its good and its bad humor).