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Quito and the Amazon Jungle

My first trip to South America. Though thoroughly scared of snakes, I WANT to see an Anaconda (from a safe distance preferably). That will be my quest.

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The forests of Ecuador are home to innumerable butterfly species
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Tatjana Kudla
Not missing the black rubber boots, though they became dear friends, and the humidity, but missing the tranquility of the jungle. A new adventure shall be around the corner…
Our boat
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Tatjana Kudla
Back in Quito, Luis, our guide, meets us at the airport. Quito airport has now become a place to see familiar faces. Luis tells us where to buy souvenirs and go for a good Ecuadorian dinner. I …
Snowy peaks of Ecuador
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Tatjana Kudla
I am Jane today. Walking through the rainforest in search for some so far undiscovered gems, we come by a liana and I can’t help taking a swing. Where is Tarzan when you need him? On the …
Crossing the Equator
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Tatjana Kudla
1h25min. That’s how long I can sit or stand still and not talk. Any quiet activity lasting longer than this is killing me. Another round of bird watching this morning. A different tower, same …
Biking Pinchincha
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Tatjana Kudla
I just had my third shower and the day isn’t over yet. The cabins don’t have glass windows, just mosquito nets. Though it doesn’t get quite as hot and humid inside the cabins, …
The Virgin of Quito
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Tatjana Kudla
On the way here, I had this Disney Moment. Looking at the rainforest around me I imagine singing snakes looking up from the tress, joking monkeys dangling from the branches, colourful butterflies …
In the old town
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Tatjana Kudla
A stuck-in-the-mud Land Rover and 2 burst tyres later, my bum hurts. Mountain Biking in the AndesMountains along Volcán Pichincha is somewhat tougher than I thought. We started at 3,200m …
In the Old Town - a thunderstorm nearing
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Tatjana Kudla
Today, I balance an egg on a nail. And then I lose my balance trying to stand on one leg. Go figure! That’s of course, right on the equator – the real one that is, the one they GPSed a …
Quito - Old Town
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Tatjana Kudla
Quito on a Saturday is pretty busy, add to it a political rally in preparation for the national referendum for a new constitution next week and I start wanting to go to the jungle right now. The old …
Quito - Old Town
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Tatjana Kudla
Today is September 15th. Only 4 days to go and I am getting thoroughly excited. I am so in need of a real vacation! I am looking forward to testing out my new little camera and just hope the battery …

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