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South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños December 16th 2014

I slept in, by accident, as I was very tired from the previous day waking up around 9-930. Like I do everyday here in Banos, I walked down the street to a local bakery and got 2 breakfast pasteries (like a croussant) and 2 eggs for $0.60. Walked back to the hostel to make my breakfast and proceeded to eat in the courtyard. I then walked around town for 45 minutes people watching and enjoying the nice weather, another day in the 70´s. I was a little restless as all my friends in the hostel were out and about doing their own things. So I walked down to the bus station and hopped on the next bus headed towards Puyos. I asked the bus driver to drop my off at Rio Verde, the next town from ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños December 15th 2014

We all got up early and made breakfast in the kitchen of our hostel before our big day. It was the French girl (her boyfriend had a dentist appt.) and the Candian couple and me. Our plan was to hike up to the Casa de Arbol (Tree house). We started off on the trail toward the Bella Vista (a cross and viewpoint that overlooked the city) which was close to 1.25 hours to get up there. We took some pictures of the City and surrounding country side before starting the next leg of the hike up to the casa de arbol. The next leg was another 2-2.5 hours and was not easy by any means as we were treking straight up a mountain on some little trail. We walked and talked laughing and having a good ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 15th 2014

Tababela - Day 22 Breakfast was included in our stay at the hostel. Very friendly and accommodating place. They later gave us a a ride to the bus station. Tonight we stay in Tababela, a small town close to the airport. We leave for home at 7am tomorrow. The time has gone quickly. We decided to avoid the traffic and buses in Quito, and go around the east side of Quito, from Otavalo to Cayambe to El Quinche to Tababela. We found the buses quickly from Otavalo to Cayambe, and from Cayambe to El Quinche. A few minor problems asking for directions to the bus stop in Cayambe. People gave us conflicting directions, but we finally got settled on the bus. On the way we saw a beautiful view of snow-covered Mount Cayambe (5790M high). It ... read more
View from our window

South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil December 14th 2014

I woke up early at 8am despite a late night the night before staying up until 2am packing my things. I was full of excitement at the prospect of visiting South America for the first time and had a few things to sort before I departed. I left the house at midday and went to the shop to pick up some new hiking boots and a mosquito net for the rainforest as well as a medical kit. I had just enough time to sit down to have breakfast at my favourite bakery near the train station. With three hours until my flight I decided to leave, as I was excited to catch my flight to go travelling. However, upon arrival, the day took a turn for the worse. During the check-in, the flight assistant notified me ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Otavalo December 14th 2014

Otavalo - Day 21 We made it to Otavalo today! We took the taxi from Mindo back up to the highway. It was a nice sunny day, no rain. We took the San Perdito bus to the Carcalen bus station in Quito ($2.50 each). The trip took about two hours. A man came on the bus selling ice cream. He had a soft cooler bag, but don't see how it didn't melt. But I hear that some of the treats that look like ice cream are really frosting. The bus did some S and hairpin curves as we went up in elevation to Quito. Our problem was that we wanted to go from Mindo to Otavalo. There is no bus that goes that way. You have to go back to Quito and start over again. Another ... read more
Otavalo market
Local market

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo December 13th 2014

Mindo - Day 20 This hostel is so quiet. We heard only the birds and the falling rain this morning. It rained heavily during the night and early morning, but this is the rainy season here. The rain stopped midmorning and left the air really fresh. We decided to have an easy day and walked one of the town streets past town and past the river. Lots of noisy roosters and chickens as we got to the outskirts of Mindo. The dogs lay in the middle of the street until a car comes, then they may slowly move out of the way. Lots of potholes. We crossed the bridge for Rio Mindo. Many rapids along the river. A few houses high up on the side of the road looked like they might tumble down with the ... read more
Mindo stadium wall
Flowers along our walk
Broadleaf vegetation

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños December 13th 2014

After a terrible night sleep (noise neighbors partying all night) I woke up at 8:30 on a mission. I grabbed some pastries and a bottle of water and had to hotel call a cab for me. I packed all my bags and jumped in the cab to the main bus station at the South end of town. After a 40 minute cab ride and $11 cab fair I was at the bus station Quitumbe. A little overwhelmed at first, I collected myself and found the correct ticket counter for the one of the buses to Banos de Agua Santa (Baths of the holy water). It was a beautiful day to travel as the weather was clear and sunny. Once out of the city the landscape of the Andes Mountains was breathtaking. The highway cut through the ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 12th 2014

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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 12th 2014

I ended up having a pretty low key day for the most part. After sleeping in to around 9:30 I first got breakfast at my regular spot. I then headed out the the park Edijo to do some people watching, reading, and writing. It started raining so I gathered my stuff and started to head back to my hotel. Eventually it started to down pour (very very hard) along with thunder and lightening. I ducked into a whole in the wall to have lunch and wait for the rain to stop, but it never stopped. After lunch I threw on my rain coat and quickly walked back to my spot. I then took a nap and did some reading. Before I knew it, it was time to have drinks and dinner with my two Argentinian friends. ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo December 12th 2014

Mindo - Day 19 After a peaceful breakfast of fruit and rolls on the back porch, we took off to see butterflies. The butterfly farm (Mariposia) is about a 40 minute walk from the hostel. Our walk took us along the Mindo river. Many buses had pulled into the accesses, bringing tubers to the river. The river flowed along pretty rapidly, going over some large rocks. The tubers were all wearing helmets We found the butterfly farm very interesting. The first part of the tour explained the stages of the butterfly from egg to caterpillar to pupae to butterfly. They actually grew the butterflies here, so they had them in every stage. There were 25 different kinds of butterflies on the farm. There are 300 kinds in Mindo, and 4000 kinds in all of Ecuador. The ... read more
Margie and her butterfly
Butterflies eating bananas
One butterfly has a big eye

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