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the Inca buildings and temple. They have gone to a lot of trouble with the
gardens here growing local food and medicinal plants and there was an aviary
where we saw our first Toucans. Their colours make them look like they are
painted. We then found a nice Austrian café for cake and coffee before
wandering through both the local fruit and meat/fish markets ...
... in peace and isn’t afraid to interact with each other. Dinner and Down Time: NE – Next, we went back to the hotel to eat a dinner of beef stir fry, rice, French fries, soup, and an exotic dessert. Exhausted, we all returned to our rooms to take showers and change into clean clothes after dinner. After walking out of the room, I saw Courtney and Mr. Gary in the cafeteria and decided to walk in. Next thing I knew, I was writing this blog post ...
We left Bannos at 8AM and got to Cuenca at 3PM. The road was very windy and hilly passing within the Andes. The mountains are bigger than the Rockies but because of the tropical weather they are green to the top and occupied. The hotel we are staying at in Cuenca is nice and the city of 1/2 million is very clean and beautiful. Today, Thursday we walked up into the old town ...
... and a couple of days on each side. I stopped and bought four for a dollar; I ate two of them as I walked along and cunningly decided to save the other two for breakfast the next morning.
As I continued my walk I was surprised to hear 'Adagio for Strings' by DJ Tiesto come into earshot. Someone had put a loudspeaker out on their balcony and it was pumping out music, fitting in with the general festive atmosphere. It sounded quite surreal ...
1st September saw us leaving Galapagos for mainland Ecuador.
Our visit to Galapagos had shown us how vulnerable our environment is to change, whether of species or habitat, and how species will adapt to their new environment. In galapagos species had developed to live off sea water, with their body metabolism providing a facility to enable excess salt to be removed - the marine iguana sneezes it out and other reptiles and birds similarly ...