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Apr 29, 2007 - Ecuador - Quito

While in Montanita, never really heard any good things about the diving around this area, with the exception of the Galapagos Islands, but that is a separate trip in and of itself. Caught a bus headed north Saturday morning and had plans to check into diving in Puerto Lopez, and as I passed through the town, I was not very impressed with it, so I stayed on the bus to Manta (total of about 4 hours for $4) and once there I jumped in a taxi and went out to the airport to check on flights to Quito. Read that it was a 10 hour bus ride from Manta...

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Aug 12, 2006 - Coca

Coca is a boom town with a hustle-bustle feel and a lot of grit. I loved it (see Doug's comments, next update, and keep in mind, I love heavy industry and I work with energy companies!). Oil was discovered in the late 1960s and now accounts for 25% of Ecuador's GDP. The town is flush with cash so motorbikes and buses clog the streets and helicopters fly over head every 20 minutes bringing goods and services to and from the oil workers. Every oil town has its Houston men, and sure enough we saw a Roger Clemens Astros jersey walking into the...

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Sep 25, 2005 - Coca - Jungle Fever

From Quito to Coca in the Ecuadorian jungle, where Di had teed up some voluntary work at a centre for resuced native wildlife. Coca lies on the Rio Napo, a major tributary of the Amazon. After a night in Coca we met up with our appropriately named host, Darwin. The project is run by a Canadian woman but Darwin is her man on the ground. Having lived all his life in the jungle (he's had malaria 5 times just to prove it) he's a bit of a local personality, Darwin also has strong connections with some of the Huarani tribes who still live a very...

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Jul 2, 2005 - El Oriente (jungle)

A 6 hours busride through the mountainous Sierra to Tena, and another half hour by pick up to get to the Cotococha lodge. With my new Spanish prof Eugenia I spent a few days there studying Spanish and exploring the jungle, canoeing on the Napo river, visiting to AmaZOOnico, an animal-rehab center in the Selva Viva preserve. The center takes care of rainforest animals that have been confiscated from illegal traffickers or are otherwise injured. Healthy animals are released back into the rainforest. There I saw a number of animals that I have...

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May 13, 2005 - Banos to The Amazon Rainforest

On the Saturday night in Banos, a few of us went to a restaurant called Cafe Hood where I had a great chick pea curry. Have been craving a good curry for months now!! After that, we went to a bar called Jacks which was full of gringos and prostitutes. Yes, this is a common theme in South American towns. Wherever there are white men there seem to be lots of ladies with big silicon boobs and not many clothes on. Now some of these "ladies" arent even ladies at all as Anita discovered when she went to the loo and one of them pulled out her...

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Trip Journal

Moon On Tour 2005

Jan 30, 2005 - God's Green Earth

Our second weekend trip from Quito! This time we visited a cloud forest located on the western side of the Andes, 80km from the Amazon. A cloud forest is one the most diverse habitats in the world with subtropical climate. Because of the climate, orchids, dense vegetation, birds and spectacular waterfalls abound. The bus ride made our Mexico bus trip seem like a Sunday drive. The road averaged 1.5 lanes and snaked its way along near vertical, lush valleys. We traversed washed out bridges and drove over a 4000 meter pass. Despite the...

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