Hotel Monte Selva
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... locals made hats before the wonders of technology and how they make them now with the wonders of technology. It was very interesting.
Afterwards we went to the park where we planned for the activities we were going to do for the kids camp in the rainforest. Then we got to do our own exploring and Katy, Moira, and I explored an English bookstore and a cafe called the Windhorse which was very cute and the center for Gringos!
Then Alicia took the group to ...
... and do admin. The plan was to then go for a walk up the hill but as we got to the gate it started raining. Instead we went shopping for dinner and by the time we made it back we were soaked. Now it is time for more admin and blog updating. We didn't leave the hostel again and thankfully we managed to get an early night. After making our lunch and packing our bags we headed out to hire bikes for the day and ride through the mountains to look at waterfalls. The roads were mostly ...
... took the fastest zipline in south America. You shoot down a canyon on a 850m zipline with approx. 120 kmh. Only 120kmh though because they attach a tiny parachute which brakes you down from 160kmh ;)
After that we had to cross a very wobbly bridge over the canyon to reach some steps which are basically metal pieces rammed into the rock to climb up 90 metres to reach the second zipline back to the starting point. Both ziplines are in the superman position and were really fun. ...
... up to yet another rainy day which meant the plan of mountain biking didn't seem to enticing. As the boys had wanted to go quad biking we agreed on that as the day's activity. We met the other group once again though the group had slightly changed. Sofia was set on the plan to go biking and Vicky and Grace had left that morning but walking over to our hostel 3 remaining boys had picked up lovely Aly from Canada. We started our search for sufficient quads for our ...
Back to Quito for a third time, as you can imagine we didn't really do
too much. Had a cheap dinner, stocked up on supplies then meet our new
tour group for our trip to the Galapagos Islands. It was a young group
so that excited us, people our own age doing backpacking trips like
Early night, 4am start.