Entries from 'ecuador'

Day 250

Ugh, So last night we boarded our 10pm sleeper bus in Cuenca intending to arrive in Chiclayo Peru at 9am the next morning. We were about 3 hours in and 10km from the border when our bus ‘broke down’. After waiting for an hour on the hot stuffy bus at 1.30am the driver flagged another…

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Day 247

After our luggage got scented with vampire repelling garlic yesterday we spent half the day today attempting to rid our clothes, bags, towels, sleeping bags and everything else of the overpowering smell. Our attempted solution was rubbing lemons (which turned out to be limes) on our bags, airing out the sleeping bag and dumping everything…

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Day 246

Today we said goodbye to the awesome waterfall filled, cliff riddled, volcano looming landscape of Banos. I went and took a couple of photos from the bridge on the edge of town before we left because I knew we would be on a direct 8 hour bus to Cuenca all day. Or so we thought….

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Day 245

Waterfalls, waterfalls and more waterfalls. This morning we did the tour of the waterfalls. We jumped in the back of a truck and were driven to several different viewpoints, waterfalls, zip lines and pulley carts over some massive gorges. The tour ended with a hike to the bottom of a massive waterfall where you could…

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Day 243

Today we finally said goodbye to the amazing city of Quito and hello to the equally amazing landscape of Banos (which is funnily the same word used for toilet in Spanish). We decided to come here for a few nights to break up the trip to Cuenca in Ecuadors South. Banos is a small city…

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Day 242

Yesterday we had to change hostels because the other one was fully booked. Our new hostel has an amazing rooftop terrace/bar with this awesome view over this Unesco World Heritage city! I sat here last night and watched some fireworks go off behind the statue on El Panecillo Hill (on the left). Thanks to a tip…

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Day 238

Out of the 18 of us surprisingly only 5 had booked in for the longer 4 night, 5 day package so today most of our group went back to civilisation. Before they left I convinced Rambo to take us for a spot of piranha fishing from the pier directly out the front of the lodge….

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Day 236

Gringo Frog! Rambo had us trekking through the jungle straight after breakfast today. The hike lasted 4 hours, crossed the equator and once again Rambos super senses detected this white frog which he dubbed “Gringo Frog” (because he had never seen one before). He also honed in on some leaf cutter ants, bats, stitching ants,…

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Day 235

After 8 hours on a night bus, 2 hours waiting at a hotel, 2 hours on a minibus, and 2 hours in a canoe we finally arrived at our Amazonian lodge nestled deep in the Cuyabeno reserve. The Cuyabeno reserve is considered one of the areas of the Amazon with the most biodiversity because of…

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Day 234

I intended to take a photo today on top of Panecillo hill looking back towards the Equator and the Basilica del Voto Nacional which I took a photo from yesterday, but unfortunately it absolutely bucketed down this afternoon which prevented me from getting there. Before the rain hit we wandered the old town, which explodes on Sundays…

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