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Mar 21, 2018 - Off to the Amazon

After a bus ride from Banos to Tena (3 hours, 85 miles, $5), we ate lunch at La Tortuga then took a taxi to the boat launch for $25 with a stop in Misahualli which is a pueblo with wild monkeys in the plaza and the riverfront park. We were picked up at Puerto Barantilla, really just a set of steps down to the Rio Arajuho behind a house, in a motorized dugout canoe. It was about 6 minutes downriver to the lodge. We were greeted by Jonas, a German volunteer, who explained the layout and offered us guayusa tea. We heard about all of the tours...

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2018 Ecuador

Feb 18, 2013 - Off the grid in the jungle

Feb. 16 After leaving our bags in the lobby of the hostel for Giovanny to deal with, we headed out for a day of rafting with a local company. The trek down to the river was pretty intense with no discernible path. We geared up, did the safety and technique instruction and loaded the rafts. The river comes from the mountains and is very clean and quite cold. We were wet in no time. The class 3 rapids were intense enough to make it interesting but not bad enough to scare us to death. Good thing as I'd told the girls it wouldn't be too bad....

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Feb 15, 2013 - Tena and onward

Feb 15 We decided a McDonald's breakfast was in order today. One has to check it out in every country and see what's on the menu. Quito's is boring. It's much the same as at home. Sue and Cindy joined us and we were enjoying our coffee when a tank like vehicle drove up with a guy in full official with a large gun sticking out of the top. Two guys in full gear with pistils, one had his finger on the trigger ready to shoot, walked into the restaurant and looked around suspiciously. Interesting. I took my camera out and one of them walked over...

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Jan 6, 2013 - En el Oriente

Nous sommes maintenant dans l'Oriente (amazonie). Nous avons commencé par Tena où nous avons trouvé un couch chez Vere et Tomas un couple Equato-Italien qui nous a accueilli dans leur jolie petite maison en bois aux abords de la ville. La première soirée, nous avons mangé un asado équatorien dans leur jardin (barbecue avec des bananes plantains fourrées au fromage, pommes de terres au beurre à la coriandre, manioc grillé et viande) puis nous sommes allés à l'anniversaire d'un de leur ami. C'était très sympa, nous avons dansé toute la nuit...

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Sep 13, 2011 - Paddling Mecca of Ecuador.

Tena 13/09/11 Paddling Mecca of Ecuador. We left early the next morning for the trip to Tena, the kayaking capital of Ecuador. We finally made it to Tena after 4hours instead of the 3 that it should have taken, but did get to see some amazing jungle views. By the time we got to Tena we were back in the heat of the jungle, but the humidity didn’t seem to be too bad. Just beyond the city limits the Amazon started, at night you couldn’t see any lights. I managed to arrange a trip on a Grade III river, the Jatuyaca River (Jatun meaning Big and...

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3rd Gap Year

Jun 10, 2011 - Central Highland Fling

The first of our trips around Ecuador post teaching dawned bright and early on the first of June. Having spent nine hours on an overnight bus, weaving in and out of the Andes and trying desperately to sleep despite the terrible movies and the severe vibrations coming off of any surface we tried to lay our heads against, we were a little sleepy when we arrived in Quito, to say the least. Refusing to pay the hiked-up taxi fare to the Centro Historico, where we planned to stay that night, we hopped aboard the Trole bus like a pair of old pros...

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Aug 18, 2010 - Amazonia

Tena was finally warm! We left Banos dressed in layers that came off as the bus traveled to lower and warmer altitudes. Truthfully, Tena wasn't much, although white water rafters are supposed to love the place. The rivers that run through town are considered the headwaters of the Amazon. What we loved about Tena was the jungle tour that we took with one other couple. Our hotel owned a jungle lodge where we could have stayed but it was out in the jungle with no easy transportation. But that was where we went to start our tour. Our tour guide...

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Apr 3, 2010 - welcome to the jungle , part 3

Na het onbijt met een kano over de amazone tot bij een jungle resort voor gewonde en verstoten dieren uit de jungle. Daarna verder gevaren naar een verlaten strandje aan de oever van de amazone, de grootste rivier ter wereld.wij gingen daarin zwemmen, alle zwemmen is een groot woord want door de sterke stroming moesten we een life vest aan en dat is dan gewoon meedrijven met de stroom. De Amazone is ook de plaats die sommige dieren "home" noemen zoals bv de sidderaal die u een schok tot 10 000 volt kan geven als je er per omgeluk tegen...

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Apr 2, 2010 - welcome to the jungle, part 2

om 7u30 op en onder een ijskoude douche om te gaan ontbijten.daarna kreeg iedereen een paar rubberen laarzen aangemeten wanr we gingen een junglewalk doen ! Constant steil omhoog of omlaag door zo·n 15 cm modder waarin je ofwel werd vastgezogen ofwel uitgleed, dit bij 30 graden en 80 % luchtvochtigheid maar the worst was yet to come. we gingen afdalen in een grot om schorpioenen en schorpioenspinnen en vleermuizen te spotten alleen wisten we niet dat we een zaklamp moesten meenemem, in zo goed als totale duisternis ( 4 zaklampen voor 7 man...

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Apr 1, 2010 - welcome to the jungle

Normaal gingen we om 10 uur vertrekken maar omdat brett zijn papieren nog steeds net in orde waren was het al middag toen we vertrokken naar tena. na een zeer vermoeiende rit, te weinig ruimte, bloedheet en zeer traag arriveren we eindelijk, hier droppen we onze bagage en reizen we verder met een kleine backpack. we woden in de laadbak van een pick up naar diep in de jungle gebracht en dan moesten we nog zo·n 10 minuten te voet het regenwoud in, bijna mijn voet gebroken want was ondertussen donker geworden en donker in de jungle betekent...

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Jan 5, 2010 - Welcome to the Jungle

Waking up at half 6 was easy, enduring a 5 hour bus ride was easy, trying to sleep in the middle of the Amazon Jungle was not so easy. After waking early, and heading to the bus station and boarding a “public bus” to Tena I became surprised at how luxury a “public bus” in Ecuador was. We each had our own reserved seat, plenty of leg room, and the bus was fairly quiet. That was until the journey got underway. As we travelled through Cotopaxi (a National Park) the bus stopped to pick up and drop off more people then legally allowed. The isle...

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May 22, 2009 - El Oriente

Les équatoriens désignent la partie Est du pays comme étant l’Oriente. L’Oriente est la foret amazonienne de l’Equateur. Notre plan initial était de faire un voyage en bateau d’une semaine jusqu’au Perou pour naviguer sur le fleuve Amazone. Cette entreprise s’est avérée compliquée au point que nous y renonçons. Nous nous contentons d’un simple voyage de quelques jours seulement et loin du cœur de la foret. De Baños, nous descendons vers la ville de Tena en plein Oriente. A l’arrière du pickup qui nous emmène nous observons facilement le...

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