Quito, Otavalo & Mindo; Ecuador

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January 30th 2019
Published: January 31st 2019
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We are continuing to branch out from our excellent base in Quito. Again we rented a lifeless Chevy Spark for the drive to Otavalo and Mindo, but it was economical; $10 for fuel for the 4 day trip. Driving is a challenge here, potholes that are more like craters on roads that wind up or down mountains. 50km feels more like 200. But it was worth it. As usual, we'll let the photos tell the story. ... Read Full Entry

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Mindo beautyMindo beauty
Mindo beauty

This one reminded me of a Waratah or Protea.
Mindo owl butterfly.Mindo owl butterfly.
Mindo owl butterfly.

Little scrap of banana attracted this beauty.
Lots of orchidsLots of orchids
Lots of orchids

We have never seen so many types of orchids.
Fancy orchidFancy orchid
Fancy orchid

Mindo is better known for its bird watching but we found them difficult to spot. The orchids didn't hide from us.
Ginger plantGinger plant
Ginger plant

This version is inedible.

We actually saw more cows than birds on this walk. We could hear them, but spotting was a challenge.

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