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May 31, 2010 - Amazon Adventure

After the Rio Verde we went into the Amazon proper. We stayed in a wooden lodge that was at the top of a cliff overlooking the river and jungle. It was very cool being so high up as you get to appreciate the vastness splayed out before you. We also had a balcony with a hammock which was rather delicious. The first thing I would say about the jungle is that we didn’t see much life. There are undoubtedly copious amounts of life, but unless you go into the real depths, miles from anywhere, most of the wildlife is absent. There were meant to be...

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Feb 6, 2010 - Bus Ride to Puyo

Today we took a $1.75 bus ride to the town of Puyo. As we walked to the bus terminal in Baños there were many stores selling melcocha taffy. They demonstrate how the taffy is pulled by swinging a batch on a wooden peg in the doorway and working the candy. For 36 miles (a 2-hour ride) we were treated to views along the Rio Pastaza Canyon and 21 waterfalls. The road drops from 5560 feet above sea level at Baños to 2950 feet at Puyo, the gateway to the Amazon and many jungle excursions commence here. There was not much to see in Puyo but the...

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Ecuador 2010

Jul 12, 2008 - La Selva

Hola todos, We left for "la selva", the jungle today, going about an hour outside Puyo. We met our guide, Enrique, in Puyo where he and his family live. We were happy to learn Cecilia, his wife and his son Adrean would join us too. Adrean is 9 years old and it didn´t take long for he and Alec to become inseparable for the next two days. Lnaguage wasn´t a problem for them. They figured things out. Every once in a while Alec would ask "mama, how do you say . . .?" The place we stayed at is owned by Enrique´s Dad. It has a main house to do the...

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Jan 8, 2008 - Monday:jungle hike

Skipped breakfast and then off for a jungle hike through a preserved area to a water fall that was easily 60 feet tall. We at first came to the top and looked straight down at if from the stream that feeds it while hanging onto a tree root to keep from being swept over. Not much of a current but slippery in spots. No way could we have done that in the USA. We hiked down a 15 foot wet cliff and then around a bit to get to the pool below where we took a swim. In the 80s but the water was pretty cool. Somewhat dry hame sandwiches and and apple...

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Sarayacu Amazon 2008

Jan 7, 2008 - To Puyo

Back to "problems" in the morning so skipped breakfast again (I don't recommend this weight loss program). Popped two more pills as at 10 we take a commercial bus to Puyo. Not the only one having some problems. The bus trip was fine, 5 hours, with a nice clear day to see the surrounding mountains and valleys that Ecuador seems to consist of. In Puyo we stayed two nights at Hotel Pigual. Swam in the pool after another cold shower. For the second time on the trip I got one of the rooms with a non-functioning shower heater. Not that bad. Ate...

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Sarayacu Amazon 2008

May 16, 2005 - Ecuador - Rio Verde

Joined back up with the remainder of the truck group to camp in this idyllic jungly spot - hammocks, cold beers and a great BBQ - the only downside was the pesky sand flies which are as itchy as hell! Oh and PS... we just heard that the 'dangerous and deteriorating bridge' that we crossed in Peru has now done just that and been washed away...possibly not helped by the weight of our truck!!! Pity the other overland truck that had to turn back and repeat the hellish nine hour journey!

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Sep 25, 2004 - Baños to Puyo and Tena

Hi everyone Still no photos. Connections are slow and internet time expensive in the jungle... Yesterday we had a great day, although long and VERY tiring. We hired mountain bikes in Baños (toghether with a half mad French guy with endless amounts of energy and a really sweet English girl that may go on the same boat as us to the Galapagos) and then set off down the main road. The road between Baños and Puyo is called "Avenida de Cascadas" and there were LOTS of waterfalls and incredible views. The road was winding it´s way down the...

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