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Craig and Steph Explore the Cultures of Ecuador

We experience the varied local cultures of Ecuador, starting with a 5 night homestay with a family of Kichwa farmers in the highlands of Morochos. Then we spend three nights camping with the jungle-dwelling Kichwa Waira Churi family. During a three day paddle down the Shiripuno River, we learn about the Huaorani culture of the Amazon basin. We explore the jungle for two days at the Shiripuno Lodge with our Huaorani guide before heading back to Quito and continuing home.

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Gerardo
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
As we arrived at the Shiripuno Lodge by kayak after paddling 31 kilometers in a single day, the rustic accommodations even seemed luxurious. The lodge consisted of several wood plank buildings with …
At the Equator
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
After leaving Archidona, we drove 4 hours to Coca, a dingy oil-industry city which serves as a gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. After stopping for gas and picking up the 16-year-old Huaorani …
Balancing on the Equator
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
Felipe and his colleague Arturo picked us up (in a replacement truck) on Friday August 6 and drove us out of Quito over the Andean continental divide towards Archidona. Along the way we stopped at …
 Pululahua Crater
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
On Saturday morning, we had another nice breakfast at Casa Aliso, and then were picked up by our guide, Felipe. We had met him over dinner in the Galapagos two years ago, and it was nice to see him …
Breakfast at Casa Aliso
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
Hola from Quito, Ecuador! We arrived last night and came straight to our boutique hotel, the beautiful and charming Casa Aliso. We were greeted by the friendly and helpful Patrick, who gave us some …

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