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South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López August 7th 2016

After a quick stay in Montanita I woke early to hit the local bus ($2) again northbound for my destination of Puerto Lopez. The 40 minute ride was pleasant with rolling hillsides overgrown with tropical rainforest indicative of the region so close to the Earth's equator. I was happy to be in the jungle again and the shimmering blue hues of the Pacific brought an even greater smile to my face. Once in town I walked around and found a nice hostel on the beach which would serve as my base for the next few days. Here I met Samantha and Greg two Americans teaching English in Quito for the past year on a short holiday before returning home. Puerto Lopez was nice. It was the tranquil setting I have been longing for to waste away ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » Galápagos July 30th 2016

The Galapagos Islands I was always in a dilemma over visiting the Galápagos, Charles Darwin himself said 'I loathe, I abhor the sea and all ships which sail on it.' And personally I couldn't agree more, in fact it's only my hated of selfie sticks that matches it really, I feel sickness just looking at a wave and wouldn't exactly classify myself as a keen bird watcher either. But then it's THE Galapagos plus my inner geek goes weak at the knees for anything associated with Darwin as he's one of my all time heroes so it was something of a homage to come. He better appreciate it. A geography lesson We flew 2 hours west of mainland Ecuador over miles of uninterrupted ocean before finally in the distance some specks appeared dotted amongst the beautiful ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Vilcabamba July 29th 2016

On advice from Alba and Tom, I went to Vilcabamba just for the amazing hostal izcayhuluma. It was like a retreat, where stress does not exist. I stayed two nights but had time to take the morning yoga classes, it is much harder than it looks! Tried the swimming pool but it was freeeezing and did a little hike for the viewpoint. Read a lot, just a nice relaxing time before the long journey to Peru.... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Puerto López July 28th 2016

After the excitement of the Quilotoa hike, I went to Puerto Lopez on the coast. I did not know that Pacific coast was known for its clouds and wind so it was a bit of shock when I got there. The beach was a construction site so it was not very pretty! But I think it will be great next year ! However I still had a really good time here. I took a day tour to the 'Poor man's Galapagos' aka la Isla de la Plata. On the boat, I bumped into a Canadian lady that I had met in Otavalo market. This time, her sister was here too ( she had been too ill to go to Otavalo). On the way to the island, the boat was looking for the humpback whales as this ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca July 28th 2016

I spent a couple of days in Cuenca on my way towards Peru, it is a beautiful city, the most modern I have been in so far. I liked it better than Quito I must say. I didn't do much apart from a couple of museums and walking around ! ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » Centre July 22nd 2016

Sorry for the quietness but it has been a busy week so far. I first spent just a day in Banos which is a very touristic town full of tour agencies for extreme sports such as bungee jumping, rafting, canyoning etc. I just did the swing at the end of the world which is a long swing at the edge of the top of a mountain so it gives a beautiful view! Then I went to hike the Quilotoa loop, was the best part of the trip so far. Left my bag in Latacunga and took the bus to Isin Livi, a tiny village with the best hostal ever! Met so many nice people there and there was no internet so all we could do is chat and plan the hike. On Tuesday, I hiked with ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños July 22nd 2016

The past two months I've mostly stayed home in Baños, enjoying the last of the good weather before our rainy winter begins. Miraculously, we still have more sunny days than rainy, but it often pours all night and gets really cold; down into the 30’s (F) a few times! I suddenly found myself with lots of free time -- how to fill my days? I’ve been going to the thermal baths three times a week, swimming laps and doing the water aerobics exercises I learned from a Dutch physical therapist who was living in Baños. She’s gone now, but I have a photo document to help me remember the moves and I met a German gal who also studied with her, so every Friday Mikaela & I try to do an hour of water aerobics together, ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » East » Tena July 15th 2016

Hello, I spent a couple nights in Tena which is at the border of the Jungle, as you know me and insects, didn´t want to get too deep in there.ç I asked for a 1 day tour just to see what the forest is like here, but Tena is not touristic at all so I ended up on my own with the guide which was nice. We grabbed the local bus in the morning and started walking with our rubber boots on, we walked through the secondary forest which consists of all the smaller vegetation and plantations, where we met a couple of locals living there, in the forest. They took us to their home for a break before the husband came to guide us through the primary forest, =the big trees and no paths. So ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » North » Mindo July 13th 2016

Hello, I have just spent 3 days in Mindo and at first I didn't like it because it rained and I was a bit ill but it definitely won me over. It's a tiny town that has a lot to offer. I went to the butterfly farm, la mariposario which is a greenhouse where you can see all stages of the butterfly from 'egg' to larvae to butterfly, gorgeous! I did a hike in the forest with people I met here or had met along the way here. It's starts with a big cable car to get to the other side of the valley, then it is a nice hike leading to 6 different waterfalls. We got very lucky cause on our way back, we were told that the bottom cable broke and some people were ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center July 8th 2016

Hello hello, This is my first time writing from South America so I might have to add photos later. All is going well so far, spent Friday visiting the historical centre of Quito with one of those free guided tours. They showed us which were the best churches to visit and took us in front of the presidential building guarded by two 'Granada' soldiers(if I remember the name right), but they are not as disciplined as the British ones cause they moved their eyes. I then went in La Compania church which is completely decorated in gold inside, 51kilos of gold so it has to be guarded with security cause people used to come in scrape the gold off it. Absolutely gorgeous but couldn't take photos in there sorry. Finished the day with a little tour ... read more
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