Visit to a Waterfall

Trip Start Jul 14, 2010
Trip End May 18, 2011

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

After our final few days in Quito, we started heading toward the Amazon, back on a path we had begun when we went to Cuyuja to climb, which we continued on until we reached Tena, the white-water rafting mecca of Ecuador.  We didnīt do any rafting there, though, as itīs not a cheap venture, and there were other things there to do besides tumbling down a raging river.

Instead of rafting, we took a bus out to the middle of nowhere and took a well maintained trail up to a waterfall swimming hole.  To our delight, we were the only two there, which if the waterfall were anywhere else, would have been completely packed with tourists.  We took a dip and ate a picnic lunch, and then things got a little creepy.  Logan was standing near the waterfall and noticed some movement in the bushes at the top of the waterfall.  He motioned for me to come over and tried to point out the khaki colored movement to me, but as soon as he described where it was, Logan said it kind of shrunk down and was no longer visible.  Weird.  Logan said it could have been an animal or a person, but we werenīt familiar with any khaki colored animals in the area, so we assumed it had to be someone being a creepy voyeur.  Later on, when we got back to the bus stop to leave, we asked a lady from the area if anybody lived above the waterfall and she confirmed that people did in fact live up there.  Hmmm...

Well, even if there was a weirdo living above the waterfall, it was still a great, non-tourist filled experience, and one that was still new to us, even though things on our travels have started to seem somewhat monotonous.

There in Tena, we also met some cool peole from our hostel, which we ended up getting beers with at one of the only bars in town.  Our group started out as four, then grew to five, as the local Quichua rafting guide of the couple we were with came by to say hello.  Soon thereafter, we were joined by two more from our hostel, and then two others from Holland who had gone on the rafting trip with the same guide the day before.  It was an interesting group of people to be grouped around the same table, and as Logan said, ĻI donīt think we would have ever talked to some of those people if we were in a different situation than this,Ļ so I thought it was pretty neat.
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Sarah Davis on

Oooohhh, pretty!!! I want to go there!

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