Waterfalls, bikerides, fishing and cuy

Trip Start Aug 17, 2013
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Friday, September 13, 2013

So I ate a guinea pig today but that isn't where the day began. We got chatting to the new guy in our room- Brey a bloke from Melbourne and told him we planned on renting bikes and going for a 60km ride to Puyo at the start of the Amazon. He was keen so him and his brother Jimmy came with us. $8 to rent a bike for the whole day up until 6pm so we set off on our way. The ride was through some of the most spectacular scenery I've seen in a long time. There were waterfalls all over the place and huge canyons that you could zipline and do swings from. It took me a whole to get used to the bike, the brakes were on the wrong side, the gears were backwards and my seat was heinously uncomfortable! For the most part the ride was downhill, with the full trip dropping about 900m altitude.  We stopped at pretty much all the waterfalls and took photos which was really nice. We contemplated doing some of the ziplines, but Tim and I are going to be in Banos a while so we figured we'd do it later. We stopped halfway and had a beer over looking one of the valleys and saw 2 dogs getting it on. The girl dog was already preggers and had teets but mr man dog didn't care and he did his business underneath a bridge. We got to this little town and stopped for lunch. Best meal I've eaten since leaving home for sure. This restaurant has a little pond full of trout and you get to fish them out with a big net and then they cook it for you. It was the novelty for us that sucked us in but it was super fun scooping up fish and competing to see whos was bigger then continuing until we all had one about the biggest size in the pond. Gave the fish to the guy to cook and it was absolute perfection- literally every bone of the fish fell off. We paid expecting it to cost at least $10... $5! such a bargain plus the experience was really cool. Then it was off to the highest waterfall in Ecuador, Pailon del Diablo. We got there and had to pay $1.50 but it was worth it! The waterfall had so much power and we could stand pretty close so it was intense. 80m high dropping into a pretty narrow canyon which was cool to see. We decided to cut the bike ride short here (about 21km) because none of us could really be bothered riding anymore. We got back to out the front of the fish restaurant and this guy in a truck offered us a lift back to town with our bikes to save us riding back for only $2 each. Bargain so in we jumped. Got back to town, dropped off the bikes and went for a walk through town. Found what we have been looking for! Cuy, or guinea pig basically. these things look filthy. Like literally shaved oversized rats. When we got there, there was a lady preparing one, which basically involved cutting it open, spilling its guts and juices into a bucket then shoving it on a stick and roasting it. We bought a bit of it so we could all have a taste and it was filthy! It looked like it would taste like pork cuz it had what looked like a nice crackle crunchy skin but it was rubbery and gross. The meat itself was ok but I think I had a little psychological moment and freaked out cuz it was a guniea pig. All the Ecuadorian people around were watching us eat and laughing at us. After this we went back to the hostel and played some pool and started drinking. We got directed to a bar which had jugs of Cuba Libre for $8 so naturally we bought 8 of them. Moved on to a pub thing called Leprechauns and kept drinking for a while. Ended up back at home around 3am which inevitably means I'm going to be hungover tomorrow 
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merryl on

Excellent. Love the pics. Great read. Slack, getting a ride back to town, this, hey, more drinking time....how's the head. Keep safe, big hugs x

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