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Ecuador Aug '12: Road Trip Anyone...?!

Road Trip anyone...? Our 8 day adventure to Ecuador was highlighted by the 5 day, 4 night personalized road trip Adventure Life designed just for us. Everything I wanted to see and explore in the time I had available was granted; from the highlands and climbing on the earth's tallest active volcano (Cotopaxi), strolling along the Pacific Ocean near Don Juan, hiking, Zip-lining and Tarzan Jumping in the cloud forest at Mindo to visiting sacred ceremonial sites of the Yumbo civilization in Tulipe. Daniel, our capable, knowledgeable and expert driver and guide shared countless interesting facts about the country, culture and history along the way; as well as helping con mi espanol! Being able to see so much of the country and experience the way the locals live...has created memories to last a life time. You should go too and explore all the lush landscape and historical aspects of Ecuador. Hay mucho mas to do in Ecuador than we had time for; perhaps I will make it back. Until then, please join me and vicariously re-live the adventure...

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Hosteria Granja La Estacion / charming and unique
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Cindy Samoray
There really was a silver lining to that dark cloud of my injury. An unexpected personal touch for me that otherwise would not have happened. Instead of going out of town to Otavalo or some other day …
Great family picture...what a day!
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Cindy Samoray
Injuring myself and not being able to walk around was not in my plan for this vacation. Once back with our friends we were supposed to visit the Historic District in Quito, take a day trip to Otavalo …
Den, Andy, Daniel, Cindy & Carmen resting at the base camp.
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Cindy Samoray
Our final morning, day 5 of this exciting expedition rose bright and beautiful, yet bitter sweet because it was the last day of our road trip. On the way back to Quito we'll stop in Tulipe to tour …
Snow/ice capped Cotopaxi, thanks to camera zoom feature!
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Cindy Samoray
Day 4 of our adventure yet again began early for me as the guys slept. We would meet for breakfast at 9 and say goodbye to the South American coast as we journey on to the cloud forest at Mindo. Of …
Me...in the lower right corner/Daniel encourages me
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Cindy Samoray
Day 3 of our tour kept us on the coast. While my kids slept in...I longed for a good cup of coffee and was eager to take a morning stroll along the beach. The beach (la playa) was waiting but not the …
Dennis & local guide on our way up to the base camp.
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Cindy Samoray
The plan for day 2 of our road trip was to meet for breakfast early; getting a jump start on the day. The drive to our next destination would take about five hours. I was up early enough to watch the …
King of the hill! Not surprised Dennis snapped a pic
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Cindy Samoray
Monday morning, day 1 of our road trip began early; the boys and I are fortified once again by the breakfast buffet. Everything we Norte Americanos might find at an elegant Sunday brunch plus a bevy …
Day one we are leaving Quito...such a massive city.
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Cindy Samoray
After a very restful night we awoke to enjoy our first full day in South America. Arriving after nightfall left us completely...In The Dark...on what the city and landscape actually looked like. It …
Our 1st morning in Quito, great view from JW Marriott
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Cindy Samoray
My dream of travel through remote Central or South America was first mentioned in my writing, my personal journal eight years ago. Eight months ago, a long thought idea to travel with a good friend …

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