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Viva Ecuador

We heard heavy rain in the night and awoke to continued rain. As we departed we were issued ponchos for the lake and river legs. Halfway back to Coca we left the rain and stopped to pick up about 20 Ecuadorians who were also on their way upstream. There were 30 of us in the canoe, but the load presented no problem. We were warmly greeted by Gloria back at La Rabida after our short flight to Quito.

We paid a visit to Libra Mundi and were impressed with their selection of classics in English; we then treated ourselves to excellent mochas at a tourist-oriented coffee house and compared travel notes with other Americans.