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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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2019 Ecuador Trip

Mar 21, 2019 - Day 27

After early breakfast at 5:00am we set sail to Sani Lodge. In 30 minutes, we arrived a dock. After walking along a very nice trail, we arrived a lake. We took another boat and paddled in the lake. A Least Bittern was stirred and flew away. A group of black tamarin 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 roar of howling Monkeys. It reminded me of the lion’s roar I heard in Africa. After landed on land,...

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2019 Ecuador Trip

Mar 20, 2019 - Day 26

I did not hear as 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 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 boarding 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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2019 Ecuador Trip

Mar 19, 2019 - Day 25

I was waking up by screaking 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 mosquitos. I put on long pants and long sleeve shirts. I only needed to put sunscreen on my face and neck. At 5:30am I went to the restaurant. Raul was there already. We were served fruits, juice, coffee, yogurt with cereal and scrambled eggs. I filled my water bottle and...

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2019 Ecuador Trip

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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2019 Ecuador Trip

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 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 for...

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2019 Ecuador Trip

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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