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... left with less than a day before making my way to the airport to fly to La Paz.
I knew it would be touristy, but I still felt the need to go to the middle of the earth while here. Magnetic pull perhaps. There are actually two museums. The first one is the official government one, with a huge monument providing access to the museum. This one had some interesting experiments, demonstrating the ...
... a dining room, lounge room and large upper deck, with a crew of seven plus our two naturalist guides. As is often the case, the online pictures are from many years ago and our home for the next four days was looking a little weathered, but it was well maintained and comfortable enough. As expected the cabins were pretty small so our decision to bring one bag was a good one.
We had lunch and then jumped back in the tender and onto the bus to visit the Jacinto Gordillo ...
... cosy with a double bed. Well worth the additional $32 it cost me. Had pizza at the local Pizza Hut but I could eat only less than half of mine so brought it back to share with who ever was in the lobby of the hotel - the TdA staff got lucky.
A Phenergan antihistamine tablet as my legs are so itchy and off to bed. Internet not very good at all.
... is our visit to a most unusual food market in the Amazon town of Coca, where we are able to purchase in small plastic bottles some of the medicinal products of the rain forest (like the red Dragon's blood.) This contrasts with our visit to Quito's "Naquito Market", a sprawling complex of stalls of every sort that is located in the north of the city and includes two catholic shrines to mother Mary (the ...
... and I have to walk at an angle to stay upright. At dinner tonight I quiz some of the other tour participants, and many report a similar experience.
Let's hope the drama is behind us, as we commence a tour which focuses on wildlife and cruising in the Galapagos Islands, but which begins with a taste of Ecuador in the bustling metropolis of Quito. A few of us who have arrived a day early set out to see Cotopaxi ...