Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge
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Well. I’m writing this blog - so it must be raining!
Arrived in Ecuador on July 23rd after stayng one very warm night in Jersey City to see Zoe off for her two-year stint in Myanmar. Stayed one night each in Guayaquil and Manta, neither particularly interesting, and then two nights in Bahia de Caraquez, a holiday resort mostly …
I spent this week on San Cristobal Island. I was out of touch because we were at Jatun Sacha, a conservation center in the highlands. I never thought I'd be warm or dry ever again! We were using machetes to cut down mora (blackberry), which is an invasive species that has taken over and is choking out the native & endemic plants. It was hard work! Lots of thorns and I've never seen so many mosquitoes. ...
... and industrial activity [cement blocks the most prevalent] by 1110, even a small bee farm. Civilization is creeping to the fore. First roundabout at 1118, followed by traffic lights five minutes later, vendors hoping to make quick sales at red lights.
Somehow missed the equator marker even though studiously looking for same on my right. While the third country I have crossed the equator on land, Ecuador is the first I ...
... tomatillo sauce. It definitely
did not taste like either tomato or tomatillo, it was sweet and really
delicious. The mystery was answered when
we checked out the produce section of SuperMaxi. Its actually called “tomato de
arbol”, or “tree tomato”, “tamarillo”, or “Dutch eggplant”. The Wikipedia page suggests that it’s a
pretty popular fruit, and I’m kinda upset that I’ve missed out on ...
A quick turnaround back at the boat and we went snorkeling again. Saw white tipped reef sharks, a huge ray and 4 smaller rays swimming in formation. I kept my distance in deference to Steve Irwin. There were a heap of different fish, all different sizes, shapes and colors and for someone who didn't know any better, it was very good. I was surprised I lasted the distance today, as we swam quite a way.
After lunch we had a briefing ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility