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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito June 10th 2013

We had another fantastic sleep in the comfortable beds of La Casa Verde and I woke up already excited about our yummy breakie awaiting us! We got up and changed and made our way to the kitchen where delicious food was waiting again! We had the same as yesterday and it was so yummy! A grape, strawberry, pineapple concoction of a fruit salad on granola and yoghurt with our vegemite on toast again! Mmmmm! After filling up we headed back to our room to once again pack up our packs for our journey back to Quito. We did a wee bit of scouting for places to live in Brissy when we get back. Once again me pushing for coastal living and negotiating how long it would take ben to get to work! Then we paid our ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños June 9th 2013

We had a really good sleep-in at La Casa Verde, the bed was super-comfy and we wandered downstairs for breaky. The hostel is very 'eco-friendly'; which apparently means they must serve really nice fresh food for breaky! We both had massive bowls of granola, fruit salad (with strawberries which Rach proceeded to pick out) and yogurt. Followed by the freshest bread we'd had since we were last at Bakers Delight. The hostel manager (can't remember her name but was super nice to us), even brought out a little jar of Vegemite and said that apparently all Aussie guests get excited by this little jar of black stuff. We went back to our room which was located right near the wi-fi router which meant we could stream the French Open final! So we sat and watched Nadal ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños June 8th 2013

We got up and thankfully it was the last time I had to hear “I'm in love with this beautiful shower”...Rach's new shower singing tune in tribute to the epic pressure and hot water that our hotel bathroom generates.. Well, that's what I thought however she's still blasting it out right now at the top of her lovely singing voice as I'm sitting here writing this blog in our Banos hostel (now, where is my iPod). We organised a cab to take us to the South Terminal bus station. As with anything in Quito, it wasn't as close as we had expected and about an hour later we arrived. It seems that whenever they decide to build a new piece of infrastructure, be it an airport or bus station, they must build it in the most ... read more
grey and gloomy Banos
Making toffee on the street corner

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito June 7th 2013

Today we woke feeling lazy and decided to have a catch up day which probably was needed! We woke up at about 6.30 which was actually good cos the tennis semi - rafa/djokovic had started at 6am. So instead of dozing back to sleep which I would usually do at 6am, we switched the tennis on and proceeded to water an epic 4.5 hour match in bed! We did get up at one point and go down and have our breakie which was included. Simple but delicious. Fresh, warm bread, granola, fruit, yoghurt, juice and coffee. They did have a coffee machine so we asked for a latte. She said ok then went on to spend the next 15 mins attempting to our together a latte but it just wasnt working so we kindly put her ... read more
Casa Joaquin Hotel
"I'm in love with this beautiful shower"
On the rooftop terrace

South America » Ecuador » East » Shiripuno River June 6th 2013

I have just been told off. “Would you stop looking at facebook and write a blog?!” Its about the 10thtime iv been told so here I am! Blog time! :) Thank goodness I have a giant bag of choclate eclair lollies next to me to help get me through! The last day in the Amazon... We woke up early this am as the Huaorani's don't understand the meaning of sleep in or even sleep! At about 5am we heard them up and about but managed to doze in our very comfortable tent till about 7am. We both actually slept pretty well despite me naturally being bitten by mossies up and down both arms. This time my legs were safe! Ben naturally got no bites. We were up for breakie at 8am and they had made us ... read more
giant wild pineapple

South America » Ecuador » East » Shiripuno River June 5th 2013

We got up and had breakfast at 7.30am ready for our 8.30am departure down the Shiripuno a tandem kayak! It was looking a little gloomy and overcast when we first got up however once we got our bags all packed (cos we were moving down river today and staying at a camp site tonight), the drizzle had stopped and the sun started to pop its head out. So it was Rach and I in 1 kayak, and our guides Gabrielle and Hamir in the other. We got in first and started floated with the current down the river. We first had to try and navigate a fallen tree trunk sticking up out of the river. Whilst we were still trying to co-ordinate our left and right paddling, we floated straight onto the tree trunk, anchoring ... read more
just laxin out by the river
our hut

South America » Ecuador » East » Shiripuno River June 4th 2013

We had talked our guide, Hamir, into the slightly later start of 8am for breakfast. Rach and I had pretty good sleeps with the rainforest sounds to keep us company for the night. Unfortunately, there must've been a rogue mosquito buzzing through Rach's bed because when she woke, her legs were covered in mozzy bites. Me on the other hand got away itchy-bite free. We woke up however at 730am and it was bucketing down - let's hope it's a morning shower. We got up and freshened up with a nice cold shower as our lil huts don't have hot water! (well, I had a cold shower, and Rach sort of patted her limbs not wanting to get anywhere near the freezing cold water). We then headed off to the other hut for breaky. Carmen, one ... read more
Our Huoarani Lodge
into the rain forest we go...

South America » Ecuador » East » Shiripuno River June 3rd 2013

Olly woke us up so thoughtfully at 5.40am! Rar! Price you have to pay for going into the amazon I guess! We got up, tried to continue to pack the limited amount of items we were allowed and pack up up our big packs with a sign on then for David from tropico to pick up and drop to our hotel we are staying at after the tour. We were still raving around where the doorbell went and the banging started, no doubt waking up everyone else in the hostel! Meh they kept us awake most of the night! We headed downstairs and met our driver for the day and ... read more
Welcome to Shell Airport

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito June 2nd 2013

We got up and in somber moods, packed our gear and headed out for our airport transfer at 8am. We said goodbye to Puerto Ayora and headed north across the island towards Baltra. Before then though, we turned off at a coffee and sugarcane plantation and we had a mini-guided tour of a locally run family farm. They showed us how they press sugarcane to extract the juice to make the alcoholic liqueur Moonshine. This stuff was about 50% concentrate and we got a little taste; geez it burned all the way down my throat and it was only 930am in the morning!! They should us how they traditionally processed coffee brand to using these ancient bloody apparatus to extract the beans from the fruit, roast them and turn it into coffee. We finished off with ... read more

It was so nice today to wake up on our own as lovely as olly's voice is in the mornings! We only slept till about 8.30 but it was still really nice to get a lie in! Unfortunately last night a giant group of American students arrived at our hotel and were so loud! We could hear every detail of their trip so far and girlfriend troubles etc as they all tried skyping home at once! Also meaning we had to leave and go to a restaurant up the road to use wifi!! So this am you can imagine our delight as we both awoke to their lovely sound again! If you can't beat them join them I guess so we showered an changed and went down for breakfast. They had pretty much eaten it all ... read more

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