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Reflections: An Ecuadorian Journal

Kathleen and Jacqueline’s Excellent Adventure...All Things Ecuador...El Medio del Mundo...How do I title a 3 in 1 trip that was so much more than either of us expected?

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Look close! Nazca Booby balances her  newly hatched baby
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Jacqueline Ball
-During the rainy season leave enough time between trips so you don't miss your next trip adventure due to weather related travel delays. -Ecuador uses American currency. Getting change is tough! …
Post Cards returned to Cali: watercolor by Jacqueline Ball
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Jacqueline Ball
The bad news: After 17 hours of air flights and airport transfers I arrived in Quito, but my luggage did not. Drat! The good news: Quito-based Ecuadorian Adventure Life Manager Betty Jaramillo …
The Samba Towing Two Pangas: Photo by Jacqueline Ball
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Jacqueline Ball
And the wildlife -WOW! I am not a morning person, and yet I set the alarm for 6 am daily and in 10 minutes I was the first passenger up on deck. I couldn't wait to see our new mooring! (We sailed …
Sunbathing Galapagos Sea Lion by K. Franklin
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Jacqueline Ball
I have wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands since I was a little girl. I knew I wanted to spend the maximum amount of time in the islands that my budget would allow on a small boat with few …
The Amazon Rain Forest
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Jacqueline Ball
Yeah. . . I could have hung out in the hammock on our wonderful lanai all day painting and bird watching. . .but I roused myself to -Go out at night in the motorized canoe to spotlight for caiman, …
Achuar Guide
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Jacqueline Ball
Kapawi Lodge was the first ecotourism lodge in Ecuador. When we told Ecuadorians we were going to Kapawi Lodge they gave us a second-and approving-- look. It is famous in their country because it …
Kayaking into a lagoon off the Napo River
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Jacqueline Ball
A stop at the Equator Monument outside of Quito was not in Luis's plans, but I was nuts about standing on the equator so he and Carlitos made it happen. We arrived at 4 p.m. in time to get a …
Lounging on the Lanai at Kapawi Lodge: J. Ball
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Jacqueline Ball
I really wanted to see the Otavalo Market, and I was concerned that we were going to see it on Wednesday instead of Saturday, the ''big'' market day. We missed the animal market by not going on …
Jacqueline and Kathleen on both sides of the Equator
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Jacqueline Ball
When Luis was a child his father would load the family up for a Sunday drive to the Otavalo Valley from their Quito home, and take the family to Rosita's. Luis's father said Rosita made the best ice …
Tour Guide Luis and Driver Carlitos
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Jacqueline Ball
Our days were characterized by 9 am pick-ups (how civilized!) and drives through the countryside to towns and sites of interest. We hit all the suggested shopping and tourist locations in the guide …
Casita at Hacienda Pinsaqui
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Jacqueline Ball
It is amazing to me how much we packed into a 3 day tour of the Otavalo Valley area a couple of hours north of Quito. I loved that we had Luis, our guide, and Carlitos, our driver, completely to …
Kathleen and Llamas at Cochasqui
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Jacqueline Ball
How do I describe three weeks of breathtaking biodiversity, sumptuous soups, mouthwatering tropical fruit, adventures in transportation, engaging conversations with informative and inquisitive local …

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