Lullabies of the Sacha Runa

Slish-slop-and slurp goes the truck as it sloshes through the real-life version of chutes and ladders. Down a hill and through a valley and up a hill again.
SPLATT! A generous dollop of nature’s mud-pudding flops itself smack-center on the windshield. The kids giggle as they topple side to side in the open back of our caravan. The mutts pant with anticipation and whimpers of glee, paws in the windows dreaming of the possibilities in the landscape that stretches beyond us.


I squeeze my husband’s forearm as he effortlessly shifts and steers, gliding us through the ultimate four-by-four experience. As we careen forward, my eyes wander across the croplands to the vast emerald valleys tucked beneath the mountains. We are still in the stronghold of the Ecuadorian Andes, cradled in the cup that rests below the rim of the steadfast volcanos. Cotopaxi, the Illinizas, and even Tungurahua hover above us; hiding in the morning mist.

The greenest green you have ever seen laid out before us, the stuff that artists dream of for the truest stroke of a color in a landscape scene. A kind of green that can’t be replicated but can only be remembered in our fondest of dreams. A color so powerful that a hush fell over the car. The serenity of a place independent of the world washed over us.

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27 Replies to “Lullabies of the Sacha Runa”

      1. Wow! Ive been to Williamsburg 🙂 Very nice area. It is amazing that we crossed paths on here…. I have never blogged and for me to just randomly find your blog in the first few days of starting WordPress having no clue what Im doing…. just shocking but Im happy to connect and see other parts of the world in your blog 🙂

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      2. It is pretty wild isn’t it?! I’m sure you will come to love the blogging community just as much as I do. It’s full of all sorts of amazing people. I only started my blog here about 10 months ago, I was clueless, too. I’m sure you will catch on quickly. So thrilled to gain you as a reader!

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  1. Your photos are seriously stunning! Your website makes me want to explore Ecuador so much more. I’ve been once but it was only for a short time 😦

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      1. I am hoping to make it back, I’d love to explore more of the countryside. Your blog is so inspiring, it’s making me want to go to Ecuador ASAP 🙂

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  2. Thanks for this post. Found your blog through the Worldschoolers group. Heading to Ecuador in July and have now added this place to our list!

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    1. Oh, so wonderful! I am so pleased that you found us and even more that you are heading to Sacha Runa! Yay! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing with us! Enjoy your time in Ecuador. 🙂 Please message me on Facebook if you like under the same blog name. We love to meet up with other worldschoolers!


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