We’ve been in South America for only a month and we’ve already seen so many fantastic places. We constantly get recommendations from locals which would probably all be worth an additional three week holiday.
We took one advice of Daniel, a Frenchman who retired and is on a two year trip together with his wife in the Americas. (Check out their blog here.) They told us of the “Swiss Wassi” a little camping place and home of a Swiss-Peruvian couple directly over the boarder in Peru. We’ve decided to spend a couple days here in this wonderful family atmosphere with the sound of the South Pacific waves constantly present. It’s a wonderful place to reflect on the amazing month we’ve had.
Ecuador is overwhelming and I can’t imagine how this trip could have possibly be better so far. The proximity of coast, volcanoes, Andes, Amazonia together with an abundance of friendly people and many new streets tempting us to stay longer and longer. However after three weeks of incredible roads and sites, we took a look at our 1:4 000 000 map and realized this is only the first inch and we have so much ground left to cover.
Omaere, in Puyo was a highlight:
it’s pretty everywhere
could watch leaf cutter ants all day
so much information is hiding in these plants
everything’s bigger and prettier here.
the walking tree moves to get the light it needs to grow and survive in the dense forest
gigantic philodendron cousin of the familiar houseplants
“Number 80” stretching its wings.
Shuar is sturdy, alloes shelter and provides security with a chance to peak out.
True craftsmanship of the Shuar.
Even foul leaves and fruits are fascinating here.
Blood red healing serum from a furry green leaf. Amazing Amazon.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Chris Canaday shows us his waterless toilet. Surprisingly not quite as gross as it sounds.
As were wonderful rides
another amazing sunset.
always possible to meet some animals on the road
what a lake! this is in Sangay National Park.
Peaks of Sangay
photographed by a nice lady standing on top of their car
great roads and usually not too much traffic.
have to keep your eyes open for waterfalls, or you might ride right past them
how do they get those greenhouses to stay like that? this wasn’t even the steepest one we saw.
rainy days are also great days
imagine riding around the corner and finding a canyon
And getting to know about local life
Owner and friendly staff of Café Cultura in Quito
time to check the air
cat looking over his rooftop kingdom in Latacunga
sweet puppy who helped us pack in Quilatoa
St. Bernards near Cotopaxi
Hotelier and puppies near Cotopaxi
“Animal Prison” near Baños.
Forget this guy’s name
very friendly ladies at the market.
colorful yummy markets
Nice guy prepping for tha nationals at the Honda cross park near Cuenca