If all your friends jumped off a bridge then would you too?…sorta

Ecuador Adventure Tour

August 6th, 2010

  • Quito- Saw volcanic crater on the way
  • Laudry!
  • Lunch – Rodriguez
  • Called home
  • Orientation
  • The centre of the world
    • Straddled the equator
    • Saw old equator monument
  • Supper – Uncle Ho’s
    • I


August 7th, 2010

  • Shoe Fitting for Cotopaxi
  • Internet cafe
    • Called home
  • Otavalo market
    • Largest in South America
  • Supper at Dell House Plac – La Bacc Del Lobo
  • Packed


August 8th, 2010

  • Loaded bus for Sigsipamba
  • Rock climbing – made it half way up
  • Mountain Biking – unfortunately with my nerve damage I was unable to do the full trip
  • Bus to base of Cotopaxi
    • Hiked around the lodge with Becky and Robin


August 9th, 2010

  • Bused to the base of Cotopaxi
    • Parking lot 4600m
    • Hiked to refuge 4810m
    • Lunched – harnessed
    • Attempted to the glacier – made it onto the red rock
    • Hiked down with Courtney
  • Bused to the ranch
    • Rode horseback with Jill for 2 hours through fields back to Chilcabamba
  • Packed for Amazon

August 10th, 2010

  • Biked
  • Took the cable car over a river to waterfalls
  • Rose rest of the way in the truck with Heather
  • Whitewater Rafting – Pastaza
    • Canada Vs USA rafts
  • Bused to Amazon


August 11th, 2010

  • Hiked to Waterfall
    • Face painted
    • Made clay sculpture
    • Ate ants
    • Made lead crowns
  • Swam at the waterfall
    • Washed face
  • Hiked back
  • Went to a local artisan
    • Impoverished community
  • Canoe in a hollowed out log to new lodging
    • Took on tons of water
    • Almost flipped
  • Watched ketchiwa dance ceremony
    • Drank chicha

August 12th, 2010

  • Bused to Banos
    • Adventure capital of Ecuador
  • Puenting
    • and now I know if all my friends jump off a bridge, I will not. I had to be dropped off the bridge. There is nothing more terrifying than watching the bridge rise above you as you fall towards the rocky river below
  • Lunch at Geotours
  • Waterfall repelling
    • Asthma attack on climb – turned back


August 13th, 2010

  • Spa Morning
    • Steam box alternating with ice water
    • Full body mud bath
  • Free afternoon
    • Icecream
    • Toffee-Banos famous for it
    • Laundry!
    • Leprechaun Bar


August 14th, 2010

  • Slept in
  • Explored artisan market
  • Geotours

August 15th, 2010

  • Transfer day from Banos to Montanita
    • 9-11 hour drive
  • Lunch at Guayaquil Mall
  • Baja Montanita
  • Explored beach
  • Walked to town


August 16th, 2010

  • Puerto Lopez
    • Whale watching
    • Snorkeling
    • Lunch on the boat
  • Visited Argentinian jewellery stand


August 17th, 2010

  • Surf Lessons
  • Walked to Heathers secret place
  • Supper at Balsa House


August 18th, 2010

  • Last Day in Montanita
  • Majority went to surf
  • Chilled out at hotel/beach with Becky & Nicole
  • Lunch in Town
  • Bus to Guayaquil

August 19th, 2010

  • 4 am Wake up
  • Headed to airport and home

Culture Week Conservation


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