Ecuador | 10 Places | 20 People

With such a beautifully diverse landscape, wandering through this small South America country was an incredibly unique and demanding experience. Ecuador may only be the size of Colorado but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in character. 

Traveling 14 miles from Quito, the worlds second highest capital in terms of elevation to a nearby hot springs “resort” nestled deep in the woods took hours. And once there, traversing the hilly terrain at an altitude of 12,000+ feet was no easy task. But soaking in volcanic runoff, eating trout caught moments before being prepared and sleeping next to a humming waterfall eased all hardships faced. Heading down the mountain to the coast provided a challenge that could break any seasoned adventurer. Just imagine spending 10 hours overnight on a crowded bus where only women were allowed to use the bathroom and that’s only after they convinced the driver that no solid waste would be expelled. On top of that, every so often disco lights and blaring music would fill the cabin as well as the noise of a restless passenger who would yell “Pelicula. Pelicula” whenever he woke from a nap. This is how some prison camps are portrayed in your favorite Hollywood blockbusters.

When the bus finally reached sea-level, we hopped off into the pre-dawn darkness that is 5 a.m. It was pouring, and after some sleepy negotiation we jumped into electric tricycles that could barely handle the muddy streets of Puerto Lopez. We eventually made it to the apartment we were staying in with the gracious help of our Italian ex-pat host Giuseppe. It took him only moments after arriving to offer to sell the place to us for $150,000. Oh did I mention, that in addition to the four adults (including myself) traveling, we we’re also carting along a 2 year old and nine month old?

This is just a glimpse into the two weeks I spent in Ecuador this past winter with my wife, daughter, our two friends, and their son. Please check back soon for a full trip report.

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Papallacta, Ecuador

Antisana, Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador

Guayaquil, Ecuado

Quito, Ecuador

Progreso, Ecudor

Playas, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Playas, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Guayaquil. Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Gus Gus

 

 

 

 

I was sitting by my friends parents pool in Wildwood, NJ with the wife and a a friend when out of nowhere something splashed down into the water. that something was this baby cardinal. we jumped into action, scooped him up and set him on the ground so he could dry off. After hours or mind numbingly watching the bird come back to life it started hopping around. the mama and papa cardinal started flapping wildly trying to inspire little gus-gus to fly but the poor little guy or gal just couldn’t muster up the strength. he did however make a strong effort and flapped around the yard. My friends father’s paternal instincts then kicked in and he picked up the stressed baby bird and carefully placed him in the tree we think he fell out of. We went to bed and and the next day couldn’t find him anywhere. We could however hear his little chirp so assumed he made it home safely. live long and prosper gus-gus. 
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Tweet No More

dead bird on 42nd street.

Wing Tips

while walking down 6th street towards center city i saw this falcon nibbling on a pidgeon in the middle of the street. before i could get my long lens on it got startled and flew to the top of this building. for anyone who’s bummed they don’t get to see a falcon eating a lesser bird consult this post.

Out For A Fly

Birds Flying Around Tiburon