A couple of highlights of the trip: Catching a piranha with a bamboo pole, seeing an anaconda, several caymans, spiders, and a beautiful meteor shower. By the way, we went swimming in the lake where we caught the piranha and saw the caymans and the anaconda. All I could think of was the opening scene of Jaws, just in miniature.
(photo 10: The piranha I caught)
The last part of the trip is coming up -- a two hour canoe ride back to Coca, and then back to Quito, and then home.