When the day is dying, the driver presses the brake at kilometer 8 of the highway that circles the lagoon of Yahuarcocha, in Imbabura. The tourists, some whattired, get off the bus right at the door of the Sommer wind estate.
Hansjong Schutter, a German who prefers to be called Hans, waits standing in his chef’ sshirt. His figure is very large and corpulent, has brown hair and hispre dominantly white beard encloses a friendly smile.
-Welcome!-Says, and tells what motivated him to start in Ecuador: “I visited my son who worked in Mindo as a volunteer, and we traveled as backpackers around Ecuador. When I returned to Germany I said: I like Ecuador, why not? Then Istarted this project, 8 years ago. “
His farm offers three activities: the first is the first and the only international camping, where all travelers arrive in mobile homes that use the Pan-American from Alaska to Argentina. The cost is $ 6 per night, includes hot shower,potable water, electricity, internet, firewood, spaces and security. And it helps them if they have problems with the car, with their visa, with their health.
Julian Donges and his wife, Sarah Müller, also Germans, have traveled throughout most of South America, for eleven months in their converted car. They stay at the Sommerwind estate and say they are happy because they have the lagoon in front and they have German food and beer. Their next destination is Las Lajas church,in Colombia.
Petra,a German tourist who spent six months in Ecuador last year, and her husband have traveled eight years: “We were in all the countries of South America,we just did not visit Venezuela, it’s impossible, it’s dangerous.”
The farm has also created the Café Alemán, which opens Saturdays and Sundays, from09:00 to 18:00. It offers breakfast, main dishes with German specialties and every Friday beer garden with original beer imported from Germany, from 4pm to10pm. When people want to celebrate a birthday or other event, prepare grills,any day. (I)