Hotel El Galpon
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... we have been in Ecuador with my new Washington friends! The bar was called the Lucky Leprechaun and had a fire pit in the middle of it which was pretty cool. We took some free shots that we had to drink with a straw because they were on fire. Some volunteer friends from Quito also showed up which was also a nice surprise! Tomorrow we head to the ...
... to Riobamba is frightening. Landslides everywhere. For the first time we see what an impact a landslide can actually have. This is no joke. Whole hillsides slide down onto the roads taking the crash barrier into the deep or worse, coming to a standstill on the road, forming huge piles of dirt. The water following the rocks and rumble then changes course and uses the sloping road as a riverbed taking enormous amounts of mud down at high speed until it slips out of the curve ...
... ruins. The centre piece is the Temple of the Sun, a large structure originally used for ceremonies and solar observation. Around the temple there are the remains of buildings thought to store food and house sacrificial virgins. There are areas of stone work that are similar construction to that seen in Peru.
We drove on from here to Cuenca where we stayed in a hotel in the Old town. ...
... steps could pass for waterfalls themselves and are quite slippery. We keep going down and down, those coming up the opposite way look shattered and the realisation that for every step we take down we are going to have to climb back up on the return. The steps just keep on going and going, and we debate turning around, but the waterfall sounds like it's getting closer so we push on and reach the viewing point.
We don't loiter for long, for two ...
... and you need a really good camera. 2. The animals in their natural habitats are so fast, camouflaged and adapted to their environments. Once back at the lodge we saw a snake and there were also electric eels living in the waters around us but we never saw them light up.
On day 2 we took a 5 hour trek round the jungle and true to its name... it rained all day. We seen all kinds of trees and plants as the area is the most diverse in the world ...
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