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Ecuador... what a treat you are!

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Well, we said good bye to our hostel in Panama, and good bye to the moustaches too...

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Next up was Quito, Ecuador... after a night in Venezuela of course. We set out to see some of the sights around town. The old town is quite the photographers dream, but I think I have a second career in impersonations too.

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We also made it out to Mitad del Mundo... the middle of the earth. Did all the fun things like jumping from one side to another and flushing toilets and stuff. A pretty cool place for science experiements!

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Then we headed out for probably the most amazing 4 days of our trip so far... to the heart of the jungle. We took an overnight bus for 8ish hours to the town of Coca, then got in a farm tour type of hay wagon truck. Went down gravel roads for about 4 hours in that beast then in a motorized canoe down the river for another 3 or 4 hours into the jungle. Until we got here...

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There is no way we could write of all the things we saw and not go broke at the internet cafe. But these are the highlights!

We went fishing...

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Caught the ugliest catfish I have ever seen... our guide thought it was hilarious that I thought they looked hideous! .... but they did taste pretty good.

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Along with our Spanish/English guide, we also had a Warani, the indigenous tribe in the area, guy along as well. Steve ate a maggot the size of one of those nuts that Mama loves at Christmas and I only know the racist name for.... We also ate live ants that taste like lemon drops, licked the bark of the tree that they make the poison darts from, and saw how they made the bags that they carry their prey... sometimes human... back out of the jungle!

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We later went fishing again and Steve caught his Pirhana... and yup he even kept the jaw. It is currently snuggled in my mouthguard case... GROSS!!!!

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I wasn´t feeling well for one of the treks so I let the boys go alone... they brought me back a present...

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We will have WAY more stories when we get back, but it was sad to say goodbye to our jungle home.

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Next, we were off to our next little surprise. Banos! What an amazing little town...

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We spent a couple of days there... but we have another country to get too. So on with the backpacks!

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Now we sit in Guayquil waiting for another overnight bus to Peru! Our last country but so much to explore!!!

Love and miss you all and will report back from Peru.

Posted by TeamTranklit 11:42 Archived in Ecuador

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Great Jungle Book tales, maggots, pirhannas (hmmm....I don't know how to spell that), gifts, great photography and all. Welcome back into the great wide open....can't wait to read/see what's next! Be safe (and joy- and delight-filled).l

by Stephen

You guys are just so cute. Glad the jungle spat you out! I will be glad to hear the stories and see all the photos, also glad to have my North American diet. :)
What a fabulous adventure!
Love,
Mom

by Dalry

Hi guys!
Just sayin' hello again, thinking about you and hoping you're having the time of your life!
Love ya,
Mom

by Dalry

Wow, those fish make Kokanee look pretty! Wendy, it looks like you are hanging in like a trooper - no surprise. The birthday adventure is about one week away. Enjoy amazing Machu Picchu - talk to you soon. Love Mommy

by mary lynn manwell

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