The Amazon Rainforest - life hums, buzzes, chatters and bubbles
here more than anywhere else on earth. Here you can find a
monkey small enough to fit in your palm, an eight pound toad, a
spider that eats birds, and the anaconda. Our idea of a perfect
vacation is to go looking for anacondas and tarantulas and there
is nothing more relaxing and yet exciting than spending your
days taking a walk in this endangered forest.
We spent 4 days in Quito and were lucky to have one clear day in
the city when we got to see the snowcapped active volcano
Cotopaxi in the far distance adding to this truly unforgettable,
impressionable ambiance of this Ecuadorian city which combines
both the old and the new. We went up the Pichincha volcano which
stands at a colossal 4790m over sea level, which left us
breathless in more ways than one!
straddles the equator, from which it takes its name. It is
considered to be one of the 17 mega-diverse countries (a
group of countries that harbor the majority of the earth's
species and are therefore considered extremely bio-diverse).
The Galapagos islands are well known and famous as the place
of birth of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. This country was
on top of our travel list mainly due to the fact that
despite being on the UNESCO list, the Amazon and the
Galapagos islands are endangered by a range of negative
environmental effects threatening the existence of their
We wanted to
meet the 90 year young “Lonesome George” before his demise
which will also spell the end for his entire Pinta Island
Tortoise sub-species! We also have an obsessive fascination
with the creepy crawly creatures that are inhabitants of the
amazing Amazon. The leaf cutter ants, the toucans, the
howler monkeys and the pygmy marmoset that is smaller than
your finger, the list is very long and incredible. Not to
forget the indigenous culture that is still prevalent all
through the Amazon basin.
tortoises meander through distant highlands and prehistoric
marine iguanas sun themselves on black lava rocks along the
shore. Flightless cormorants and tiny penguins swim through the
waters while the graceful finch, made famous by Charles Darwin,
dart around on all the islands. While cruising from island to
island, we crossed the equator multiple times.
between four impressive volcanoes, Banos is a little town with a
lot of character. We stayed at the quaint Luna Run Tun resort
located right on the slopes of the Tungurahua, which rumbles and
sends puffs of smoke into the air above as you try resting at
night. The local melcocha (sugar cane taffy) was delicious and
our hike to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall was wet and wild.