Farewall La Hesperia...monkeys at last!

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
Trip End Jun 25, 2009

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

I can't believe we've come to the end of our time working at La Hesperia. The past 5 weeks have just flown by!! Last weekend a group of us went to Otavalo for a couple of days to visit the craft markets there - a good spot for picking up some souvenirs. There's a really big indigenous population there, and apparently is the only place in Ecuador to have an indigenous Mayor. We also visited a bird rescue centre and got to see the impressive Andean Condor up close...that is one big bird!! The highlight of the weekend though has to be the impressive pies! Apparently Otavalo's famous for them...and we were not disappointed...we go all the way to Ecuador and end up spending our time writing home about pies!! ;-)
On our final walk down the hill from La Hesperia to the road we managed to get our first monkey sighting, which was very exciting-they were about 100m away playing in the trees! It's been a great experience though and an amazing place to visit and work in.
We're now in Quito, sheltering from a huge thunder storm, before heading off to the Amazon for 5 days! Watch out Anacondas, with our new found machete skills, we take no prisoners...
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katesdad on

Great photos!
You are looking well! I like the photo of Chris with the apple in his mouth. Was that a skinny dip in the jungle pool? I can't wait for the Amazon shots. You will definitely need a machete!

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