Reason #8 that we love Ecuador
This is a friendly Ecuadorian bug
Believe it or not there are very few bothersome bugs where we kayak in Ecuador. My first trip to Ecuador, I came armed with bug nets, long pants and sleeves, DEET, and all the anti-bug measures one would expect to have to take when visiting the Amazonian rainforests of Ecuador. But, I was very pleased to find I could put all that away. Sure, we see tons of butterflies, beetles, and larger preying mantis-type bugs, but I think I've seen a total of 5 mosquitos in my 8 years in Ecuador. No see-ums are about the only thing you have to worry about on the rivers here, but those are easily avoidable. The Quijos Valley really is a paradise in many ways including no bad bugs to worry about!
Unhappy Don on the Middle Kings trying to eat his soup before the mosquitos do
I can't wait to get back to the lodge and to put away my bug net!