A Girl's Journey to Ecuador

The InterAndean Valley

On their way to Quito by train, Ina and her family passed through the Andean cordillera (chain) framed by the snow-capped peaks of Chimborazo, Tungurahua, Cotapaxi and Pinchincha. Bemelsman describes it this way:

A little farther on the railroad descends into lovely valleys, into a delicious landscape of geranium trees, of roses everywhere, of white volcanoes, a sort of geological SoufflĂ©e Alaska, hot inside and snow-covered outside. The sky is as blue as it is in the South of France; it has been described as the land of eternal spring, but it is more like the last golden days of September, and the smoke that rises everywhere on the mountainsides supports this idea—it is like the burning of autumn leaves”  (Bemelmans 1941:41).

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