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Hello everyone! After a 2am flight, we arrived in panama after only 6 1-2 hours flying. We spent about an hour or so in panama before catching our flight to quito. surprisingly, quito is a rather large city, and is the nationīs capital. i assumed i would be in a jungle village, but boy was i wrong. we are at the hostal santa barbara and the rooms …
... a parking lot because of the Friday afternoon traffic! I decided to walk home with some friends instead of sitting on a long and jerky bus ride (it took us approximately 45mins to walk to our neighbourhood). That evening, we all got together to watch a movie in Spanish and eat pizza. We watched a Mexican movie called "Nosotros los Nobles" (which translates to “We are the Nobles”). Overall, it was a silly movie, but it called out the class inequities in ...
... 10:00 return to the boat an prepare for snorkeling
13.15 if lucky, time for a nap
14:00 disembarking for 2nd snorkeling session
16:00 disembarking for 2nd island visit
18:00 1 or 2 drinks at the bar
20:00 Briefing for next day
21:00 Off to bed for another rocky night on the waves for the journey to the next island
During the many islands visits saw more species of birds than I can remember, ...
... it was a struggle for the taxi driver) and did the walk the 300m down from the hotel to the bottom of the crater. The volcano is part of a national park, although the crater is filled with farms. The walk up to the hotel was slow and steep, but it was rewarding to walk down into a volcanic crater and experience the differences in vegetation and temperature that just 300m can create.
Dinner was again great at the adjacent restaurant before rest for our next day of travel.
... he manages to make the best of it. The staff is so kind. They send up tea, as they think it is probably altitude related; however, I have actually picked up some sort of intestinal bug. That's what I get for using the local water to brush my teeth. All I can hope is that, by just sleeping, I will be feeling much better by morning and I will be ready to go explore Quito!