BACK IN ACTION. NOVEMBER 24TH CLASS IV- TRIP
This is a great example of public transportaion in Ecuador! Ok, just kidding. There were many different festivals going on in the past couple weeks (mainly celebrations of various town´s inaugurations) and the traveling circus visited many small towns in Eastern Ecuador. We passed a few traveling bugs on the major east/west highway of Ecuador, but I was only able to get a good shot of this one while it was refueling. Talk about the ultimate shuttle vehicle! We´ll have to try to get our hands on one of them.
Besides seeing large mobil bugs on the highways, Ecuador has great flora and fauna as well. Eduardo and Fran have been doing an outstanding job with the landscaping around our lodge, and the flowers are looking better than ever!If you look closely in the middle of this photo, you can see Mikey the MotMot. His blue head gives him away in this photo. He is a resident at our lodge...we also have an Andean Cock of the Rock, Inca Jays, and too many hummingbird species to count!On Tuesday, we headed southeast to the town of Tena. We had some especially sunny weather and got great views of Sumaco--the jungle covered volcano. Although this volcano is not nearly as high as some of the glacier-covered peaks, it takes a full 5 days to climb! Hiking on snow is easy in comparison to hacking your way through the jungle!
In the next week I will post Chris and Hillary´s photos from the first couple weeks of the season, as well as a trip report from the Aspen Whitewater Rafting staff trip with us. They made excellent guina pigs for some of the new runs we wanted to try out! While they did suffer a bit, I think it was well worth it for them:)