Sep 19 2007

A final word

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A lot of thanks to Gianna at www.bertinitours.com, a very caring person.

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Sep 19 2007

Mindo – northwest of Quito

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The last day and the last trip – to Mindo.

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Sep 18 2007

Quito

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A small town east of Quito.

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The volcano Cotopaxi in the background.

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Sep 17 2007

Kapawi

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I have had an interesting weekend at Kapawi lodge and are now back in Quito. Kapawi is a very remote place and if you had to walk back to the civilization, it would take you 14 days. Fortunately, they have an airstrip, but no landing or takoff when it rains, because then the strip gets very muddy and it rains 250 days / year. I had no problems flying in / out.

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From the Kapawi lodge
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The Hoatzin – a strange bird
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The Kapuari river
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Sep 13 2007

Galapagos – Pictures

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Albatrosses

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Bluefooted boobie

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Marine iguanas
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Sep 12 2007

Galapagos

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There is one town here on the islands, but do I know the name? No …
Shame on me.

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Sep 09 2007

Guayaquil Airport

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It’s about time to go to the Galapagos islands and the plane is leaving in an hour.

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Sep 08 2007

Cuenca – Guayaquil

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Driving from Cuenca to Guayaquil through El Cajas national park, highest point at 4160 m.

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The most popular animal in Guayaquil.

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Flying to the Galapagos islands tomorrow and returning on Thursday.

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Sep 07 2007

Pictures

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Overlooking parts of Cuenca, the 3rd biggest city in Ecuador.

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From the road between Riobamba and Cuenca.

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A condor in captivity.

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Cannot remember the name of this volcano.

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The equatorial line. Actually, I throwed up on the line. I guess that is illegal.

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Sep 06 2007

Cuenca – I

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After driving through a very scenic landscape and visited an old inca “temple” I have arrived in the city of Cuenca. Extremely poluted! That is my impression so far. Will stay in the area until Saturday morning.

P.S.
We got a new car from Quito yesterday evening.

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Sep 06 2007

Riobamba

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Early morning here in the city of Ribamba and it is cold, both outside and inside the hotel. Yesterday I was looking at some
of the destructions from a volcano eruption 15 months ago and I was also visiting the east side of the Andeans where the
vegetation changes dramatically from the highlands. Yesterday afternoon, when approaching Riobamba, thick, black smoke was coming out from the dashboard of the car. The guide called his boss and he promised us a new car.
I will see when he picks me up in a couple of hours. Too little time to prepare for images here.

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Sep 04 2007

Banos

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Driving along the highlands southwards all day and are staying overnight here in Banos (wrong spelling but I cannot find the right letter). Visited the Cotopaxi national park at 3700 m.

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Sep 02 2007

Quito – I

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Arrived Quito today 0800 local time and was taken straight to a city tour.
At 1300 I was exhausted and I have slept until recently.
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Sep 01 2007

Amsterdam

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As there is 4,5 hrs until the plane leaves for Ecuador, and there is nothing to do here, I will spend some time connected to the internet (I don’t know when the next opportunity comes around).

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Aug 29 2007

Travelplan – Details

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Sunday September 2nd:
Arrival in QUITO – City Tour in the afternoon

Drive around the colonial center of Quito and see the stone-carved facade of Ecuador’s House of Congress depicting scenes from Ecuadorian history; Independence Square, with the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral. Visit the church of La Compania (1605), with its breathtaking gilded altars, considered the finest example of baroque art in America and the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535). For a panoramic view of Ecuador’s capital city we go to the top of Panecillo Hill.

Monday September 3rd:
OTAVALO

Start your trip through the Awakening Valley in Calderón with its bread-dough figures and Cayambe for the local food specialties. Passing by some of the most attractive artisan centers and Andean landscapes, you arrive in Otavalo and its famous indigenous market just in time to bargain for hand-knitted wool sweaters, colorful tapestries, wood carvings, silver jewelry, native paintings, woolen and straw hats, and much more. Afterwards, enjoy the amazing landscapes in your way back to Quito.

Tuesday September 4th:
QUITO – COTOPAXI – BAÑOS

Early in the morning we will pick you up from the hotel, by the Panamericana highway, down to the south of Quito, we will pass by many important small towns of Quito and our Country as: Valle de Los Chillos, Aloag, this small town is the connection between “Sierra” and “Costa”, continuing by the “Volcanoes Avenue” here you will have the possibility to view many volcanoes in the way such as Corazon, Rumiñahui, North Iliniza, South Iliniza, Cotopaxi one of the highest snow-capped in the world, continuing our adventure by the Ecuadorian highlands going trough the villages of Latacunga, Salcedo, Ambato and we will also visit the area of Los Salasacas, the craftsmen of the region. Then we continue to Baños, another small city The Door of the Amazon Basin. If the weather allows, we will make a visit to the zone, to admire the beautiful waterfalls, and see tomato trees and a wide variety of orchids growing. Dinner + accommodation in Baños.

Wednesday September 5th:
BAÑOS –RIOBAMBA

The adventure starts after breakfast we´ll advance along Panamericana high way.
Overnight at Riobamba city, located at the foot of the snow-capped Chimborazo Mount.

Thursday September 6th:
RIOBAMBA – INGAPIRCA – CUENCA

After an early breakfast, transfer to the train station to board the train for a scenic ride to Alausí. Twist and turn over the Andes, along bridging ravines and river gorges. Arrive to Alausí. Continue south along the Andes by bus to Cuenca, visiting in route the Inca Ruins of Ingapirca to arrive at dusk. Accommodations and dinner at a Hotel in Cuenca

Friday September 7th:
CUENCA – GUALACEO – CHORDELEG

This day guests will enjoy a full day of discovering, at a leisurely pace, the beauty and charm for which Cuenca and it´s surroundings have been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The ride to Gualaceo Valley starts along the Santa Ana’s Valley and then high in the mountains, through very scenic landscapes, which change at very curb. Stops are made at the small towns that produce a variety of handcrafts. Visit Chordeleg, famous for it´s gold work. After lunch, we´ll follow the road along the banks of the Santa Barbara River, lined with weeping willows to the village of Gualaceo. Dinner and hotel accommodation in Cuenca.

Saturday September 8th:
CUENCA – GUAYAQUIL

Early morning after breakfast we depart from Cuenca to Guayaquil.

City tour in Guayaquil.

Sunday September 9th:
GUAYAQUIL-GALAPAGOS

Flight from Guayaquil to Galapagos.

The Galápagos Islands are renowned for their unique wildlife and as a mecca for divers. You can swim with sealions, float eye-to-eye with penguins or stand beside a blue-footed booby as it feeds its young – all within a barren, volcanic landscape which is peerless in its haunting beauty.

Cruise on Eden Yacht.

Monday September 10th:

GALAPAGOS

Cruise on Eden Yacht

Tuesday September 11th:

GALAPAGOS

Cruise on Eden Yacht

Wednesday September 12th:

GALAPAGOS

Cruise on Eden Yacht

Thursday September 13th:

GALAPAGOS-QUITO

Returning from Galapagos to Quito.

Friday September 14th:

QUITO-KAPAWI

Flight from Quito to Kapawi.

The Kapawi Project began in 1993. The goal was to commence a new trend in eco-tourism, in partnership with the FINAE, by providing a monthly means of economic support and jobs to the Achuar located in Kapawi as well as in other communities. In 15 years, all installations will belong entirely to the Achuar Indians. The lodge accommodates up to 40 visitors and was built in accordance to the Achuar concept of architecture (not a single nail was used!). Kapawi is a place of multiple choices and is characterized by its flexibility. We do not offer fixed programs, but you can design with your guide and your group, the most suitable one to meet your interests and physical condition. In Kapawi you can do many activities and the most of the itineraries will include visits to the Achuar communities, you can share all of a day with the Achuar families, hikes in the rain forest, canoeing in rivers and lakes, swimming, watching piranhas, pinks dolphins, see caimans and other animals of the area, as well as bird watching, where there are more than 530 species.

Saturday September 15th:

KAPAWI

Sunday September 16th:

KAPAWI

Monday September 17th:

KAPAWI-QUITO

Returning from Kapawi to Quito.

Tuesday September 18th:

QUITO

Equatorial Line Tour.

MINDO

This small, tranquil village has been receiving more and more visitors as its reputation as a birding hotspot has spread. Set in a quiet, lovely valley dotted with flowers and surrounded by forested mountains, Mindo is smack in the middle of one of the best birding areas in South America. Part of the Chocó Bioregion, Mindo and its environs count hundreds of species of birds, from flycatchers and hummingbirds galore to woodcreepers, manakins, and cotingas. Nineteen endemic bird species share the Tandayapa Valley with pumas, spectacled bears, ocelots, and 80 species of orchids.

Wednesday September 19th:

PAPALLACTA

Papallacta is a small village, located at 3300m high up in the Eastern Cordilleras on the road which leads into the Amazon jungle and boasts of the best Hot Springs in the country. On the drive there we also stop at a place where condors can occassionally be observed and later on at a pass of 4000m from where the majestic glaciers and high peaks of Antisana can be admired.

Thursday September 20th:

Flight from Quito to Oslo, Norway

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Bertini’s Tours



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Aug 28 2007

Map

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Visit www.vivecuador.com to see the full size version of the map.


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