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Aug 10, 2019 - local culture

Another 5:45am wakeup knock on the door found us marching through the jungle with our mud boots on to a viewing tower high above the tree tops. The locals who have developed this area for eco tourism have done a nice job. You feel like you are in the remotest part of Ecuador, yet there is always a developed path with a wooden platform where needed to make passing through the jungle quite doable even when it is wet. As we breathlessly climbed to the top of the tower, we were serenaded by all manner of bird call. This helped our guides to get...

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Aug 9, 2019 - where's Waldo?

It's hard to believe, but nearly every bit of flora in the Amazon is toxic to nearly all the fauna that lives here. Obviously the animals have developed coping mechanisms, which vary with the species. This morning we took the boat to a clay lick on the side of a hill where parakeets and parrots stop by to eat clay, which contains minerals that neutralize the toxic seeds and fruit they have eaten. Because this special spot is known to predators, the birds have to be very careful as they approach the area to obtain what is essential to keep...

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Aug 8, 2019 - fly to the rain forest

We left our very comfortable digs at the hotel in Quito for a drive back to the airport for a thirty minute flight to Coca. From there we took a three hour boat ride into the Amazon to a lodge with dubious wi if that turned out to be quite good. As our guide feared our flight was late, so we had a great time in the First Class lounge courtesy of our Priority Pass. We made some of our fellow travelers jealous, since they do not have it. Along the way to the airport we stopped at another market. Our guide gave us a $1 and told us to buy him...

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Mar 22, 2019 - Day 28

Today was a traveling day and not much happened. After breakfast at 7:00am, I thanked everyone and said Adios to them. Mikil, Raul and I got into the boat. Petrel was the driver again. It started raining early morning. I was lucky that the past few days were sunny during the day. I used the alpaca sweater I bought earlier as a scarf to cover my head. The river was mostly empty. Occasionally there was other boat. After about 3 hours we arrived Coca dock. Raul went to the street to get a taxi, Mikil unloaded the luggage. Raul and I got into...

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Mar 21, 2019 - Day 27

After early breakfast at 5:00am we set sail to Sani Lodge. In 30 minutes, we arrived at a dock. After walking along a very nice trail, we arrived at a small lake. We took another boat and paddled in the lake. A Least Bittern was stirred and flew away. A group of black tamarind monkeys were moving through trees. They are very small monkeys. Another group of Spiker Monkeys were swinging among branches to get fruits. It was very quiet but suddenly we heard the roar of howler Monkeys. It reminded me of the lion’s roar I heard in Africa. After...

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Mar 20, 2019 - Day 26

I did not hear much Fruit Bat chatting last night and had a good sleep. Now, I got the routine down. From 5:00am to 9:00pm, there is electricity. The shower is an instant heater that has to be run with very little water. We met at 6:00am and off to the boat at 6:30am. Just then a pair of Chestnut-fronted Macaw were discovered by Raul on the trees bordering the lodge. I found an Orange-backed Troupial. Guillermo has prepared lunch and carried an ice box with him on the boat. We sailed directly to the parrot lick that we did not see any birds...

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Mar 19, 2019 - Day 25

I was woken up by screeching animal sound last night. It came from inside the roof. The electricity was shut off perhaps around 10:00pm. I could not see what it was. Got up at 5:00am to get myself ready for a day out. The DEEP has been working well in Ecuador to fend the mosquito. I sprayed my hand first, then robbed on my face and other parts of the body that will be exposed. Finally I washed my palms off with soap. I need to be very careful with it to avoid it getting on any optics. I put on long pants and long sleeve shirts. I only...

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Mar 18, 2019 - Day 24

Got up at 6:30am and did some packing. Went down for breakfast at 7:00am. Hotel Auca is a big place with 2 multi-story buildings and 10 2-story lodges. But the breakfast area had only another group of 3 people and me. Of course, the breakfast time is up to 9:30am. There possibly were guests inside their rooms. When I was going back to my room, in the elevator I noticed there was a mirador on the top 6th floor. I went there to check it out. It was an empty large lounge with 360 degree views. On one side it is a perfect place to do bird...

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Mar 17, 2019 - Day 23

Today is a traveling day. I did not sleep well last night. The neighbor had a party right behind my bedroom. There were about 100 20ish years old people. Not only I could hear loud laughter and conversation but the speaker with modern music was very loud also. At some point somebody started to sing. This lasted until 2:00am from 7:00pm. Then, it started again at 4:00am. Isabel’s dad apologized and gave me a pair of earphones. I tried but they were too uncomfortable to go to sleep. He told me the woman who owns that property rents it out...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Off to the Amazon!

Hurry up and wait. That was this morning's story. We got ready and were picked up by a taxi about 8 am, got to the airport by 9 am for a 10:30 am flight. But it was delayed until after 11:30, for reasons unknown. Anyway, we got to Coca and were transferred to a waiting “canoe” by 1 pm. Coca is at about 750 m elevation, with a population of roughly 40,000, dominated by the oil industry. The “canoe” had one row of seats (maybe 15) on each side, with a narrow aisle in between. It had a canvas roof over it, and was powered by outboard motors....

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Dec 20, 2014 - Amazon trip to Sani Lodge

On Dec. 19, Faye and I returned by plane from Cuenca to Quito and awaited Adrian's and Robin's flight from Montreal via Panama City. They arrived on schedule and we overnighted in a small village called Puembo near Quito airport. The next morning we headed for the airport and, after some delay, hopped the flight to Coca, a small eastern Ecuadorian city which serves as the gateway to Amazonias province and its main thoroughfare, the mighty Napo river which meets up with the Amazon river after passing through eastern Ecuador, Peru and...

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May 14, 2014 - Quito to Coca, Arrival at the Anakonda, and Lake Tour & Caiman

Quito to Coca Our truck-taxi took us back to the Quito airport where we met Paulina from the Anakonda River cruises office and we checked in for our flight to Coca. We met the other passengers on our cruise, Steve and Darci from Canada and Ken and Beverly from San Diego, in the Departure Gate waiting area. After a bit of trying to understand the Spanish announcements over the PA, we learned that the Coca airport was closed due to heavy rains. Our flight was delayed since our plane was still in Coca. A rather large number of passengers were...

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