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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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Exploring Ecuador

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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Jun 13, 2012 - Amazing Amazonia

The Amazon! A 5am start with me throwing up so no truck breakfast for me. Had to get to Coca by 1pm to catch our river motorised canoe for a three hour trip down river - got caught at some Roadworks which gave me the opportunity to complete emptying my stomach felt better then. Arrived at the lodge landing and it was raining - well it is a rain forest albeit the dry season is nearly here. Ponchos were supplied and we took a half hour boardwalk walk to our proper canoe to paddle to Sani Lodge where our tents were set on platforms under...

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Jun 4, 2012 - Jungle Adventure

La discesa della Ruta de las Cascadas verso Puyo ci porta in un clima sempre più caldo e umido. Il paesaggio si fa sempre più selvaggio e anche i tratti dei contadini e degli operai al lavoro per strada cominciano a cambiare. La pelle si fa più scura, i particolari più marcati. Come sempre negli ultimi giorni ci guardano, ci sorridono, ci salutano. A un certo punto arriviamo a un punto di blocco della polizia militare. Ci fanno scendere tutti per ispezionare il truck e controllare i nostri passaporti. Abbiamo il mitra puntato contro, ma...

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My Big Trip

Feb 11, 2012 - Coca, Ecuador

My plan after Vilcabamba was to travel northeast to Coca, Ecuador where I would catch a boat all the way to Iquitos, Peru. Sounds wonderful, no? Well, it wasn`t. But at least it was an experience worth telling. Here´s the first leg. From Loja, I took a six hour bus up to Gualaquiza, and then another two hour bus up to Macas after a late lunch. I didn`t care much for the city of Macas. I was only there to sleep, but my judgement stands. A lot of the hotels looked pretty sketchy so I splurged on a private room at Hotel Acapulco. They had free...

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Jan 22, 2012 - Amazon

Wow, okay, so I am a little behind. Sorry. The itinerary is so packed and being out in the middle of nowhere is obviously very difficult to keep on track. I have actually just got back from the Galapagos islands and our flight back to Quito is delayed hence trying to catch up a bit with emails. Being just back from sea and off the boat, this time I have my glasses to see what I am writing but now the computer is moving from side to side. I am really not a boat person but I shall fill you in later with this trip. Back to the Amazon. Such an...

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Jan 14, 2012 - Amazon Experience

Tuesday 10th January 2012 Awoke early ready for collection from our hotel at 7.30am. We had breakfast in the hotel, it a a quaint style boutique type hotel, with a mix of french and italian feel. Breakfast here is cereal, yogurt and scrambled eggs. Interesting mix, this morning I just went for the yogurt which was a rich black currant and dry cornflakes, I did have to ask for some milk (leche). The journey to Quito airport airport is approx 15 minutes but the traffic here is worse than London I think, well at least the way they drive, it...

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May 17, 2011 - Amazon update

Just arrived back into Quito, after my jungle trip into the Amazon. It was totally amazing, I didn't want to leave, and ended up staying an extra night. The lodge was 4hours down river from Cocoa airport, with a 3 hour motorised canoe trip, 30 minute walk and another 30 minute canoe paddle across the lodge lagoon to arrive, so needless to say it was deep in the jungle and idylic. The lodge was deserted, with only another 2 or 3 guests, so for 2 days, I got 2 guides to myself, which meant some really great jungle walks and canoe rides. I saw...

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Jun 24, 2010 - Amazon Adventure

Amazon Adventure (14th – 18thth June) Since leaving Peru, we headed into Ecuador. Our first stop off was Guayaquil, where we had planned to arrange a trip to the Galapagos Islands, but after many hours of searching for the perfect trip, we gave up and decided to explore the Amazon instead. After 2 quick stop offs to shorten the time spent on buses being Banos and Quito we were off to the Amazon. Our choice of lodge came highly recommended by the Cath and Pete and so we booked for a 5 day Amazon adventure at Sani Lodge. The lodge is based...

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Apr 5, 2008 - Coca

Hello everyone I made it to Coca. Coca is in the Amazon Basin and I have discovered so far, not to tourist friendly- which is what I expected. Today I was hit with the realization that my spanish needs a lot of work. The locals here so far are reluctant to help and dont seem to care for gringos- but who could blame them. I dont feel entirly safe here traveling alone, so I think I may move a bit further south sooner than planned. If I can find a bus schedule! It is beautiful here, or should I say was beautiful before the fallout of oil...

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Jan 22, 2008 - Awimba way, awimba way,

Another early start and I was heading to Quito airport once again to get to the jungle. I was genuinely scared of what I was going to encounter as I really hadn't thought that we would see lots of nasties, but other people who had been had confirmed they had!!! I did the British thing of waiting patiently for my pick up and after a while decided I better check, apparently I was supposed to get to the airport myself - ooops. I was greeted at the airport by about 4 different representatives from the lodge and given a cute butterfly badge to...

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