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Back in the Amazon

Posted by Susanna On December - 18 - 2010

A couple of weeks ago the horse guide in Baños had introduced me to few of his friends who had a travel agency in town which did tours into the primary amazon of Ecuador. I had loved my last amazon trip in 2009 so much so I was exited to go again. But since I travel alone this is a whole other story! Mostly travelers have to wait to find a bigger group or the need to book an expensive single guide. So I found myself lucky to run into these people who even insured me we could try to find a jaguar since I wanted to take pictures of it. I got a really great deal for five days but since we could reach that area only by plane it was going to be expensive. They told me a plane for seven people cost US$700 and wanted me to pay half of it – US$350. I found that too expensive and was lucky to find another guy Wendolin who was looking for a trip to the rainforest as well. So I could share the flight expense between two what made a great difference. For the jaguar the guides got a alive rooster as a bait and some beef meat. They thought the sound of a rooster and the smell of meat would catch the attention of a big cat… reality was it didn’t work out since territories of wild animals are big and traps have to be set a few days in advance. To the first Huaorani / Waorani tribe we took that tiny airplane. The first time that I have taken a small airplane like that. The great rainforest was lush and seemed limitless. Before we went on the plane we needed to weight ourselves and our belongings so that there was exactly not to much loaded. Ironic enough the pilot seemed to be quite heavy but that didn’t counted. After a 40min flight what didn’t seemed that long we arrived in the village and found ourselves surrounded by the people in an instant. They guided us to a big shelter and the guides started to cook. After that we went straight to that place were they tried to set the jaguar photo trap and the tents. This night was probably one of the most uncomfortable nights in my life and we had not seen any wild animal at all… Guess that all is part of the experience.

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More monkey business…

Posted by Susanna On December - 17 - 2010

I love that monkey place so much that few friends I met and I went again today. We rent a buggy car what was fun but actually not that smart since it was raining and the car is totally open… We bought lots of bananas for the monkeys and as soon as they realized what we were bringing they picked themselves some of the bananas right away… So much fun simply to observe them. I think the monkey expressions are so hilarious… Can’t stop taking pictures of them…

Reserva de mono

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Monkeys…

Posted by Susanna On December - 16 - 2010

This day was special since today was the big parade of all schools for celebrating the annual day of Baños. They had trained everyday since I am here and you could hear them everywhere with their drums and other instruments. It was nice to watch them marching while doing their music and dances in their costumes. It reminded me quite a lot of German carnival.
In the afternoon I went with a friend to Puyo since we heard both from others that their is a monkey reserve for unwanted and disabled pet monkeys – the “Reserva de mono”. I was excited but did not know what to expect. But I had heard it was wonderful… We took the bus to Puyo what just takes 1 1/2 hours and from there a taxi for $3 to the “Reserva de mono”. As soon as we were there we saw the monkeys. Over 60 monkeys of seven species live here free and come for food ad playing. It was amazing… Immediately a little disabled Wooley monkey called Dorita climbed up on me and didn’t live me… She was probably the cutest monkey I’ve ever seen… So adorable. But just check out the photos and see yourself…

Baños parade

Reserva de mono

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Zoo Baños

Posted by Susanna On December - 13 - 2010

Since I had never seen a real condor flying in the wild I decided to check out the zoo of Baños. And I was lucky! The three condors were easy to photograph even though I found their cages way too small…

Zoo  Baños

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Kin Kin and Casa Amarilla

Posted by Susanna On December - 8 - 2010

Today I left Casa Amarilla and therefore it is time to at least introduce that beautiful place in the mountains. The place is owned by Jorge and his lovely wife and daughter. The lady is a great cook – I loved her Ecuadorian food (Mostly I don’t like it in Ecuador.). It is small but so cozy that you don’t want to leave. The view is great over Baños. You better reach it with horse because hiking up with backpacks might be a just too much of a mission. The garden is lovely – so many different flowers and butterflies. But best of all at this place you can watch birds like hummingbirds and the kin kin! It is difficult to take pictures of them but I took a few…

Casa Amarilla

Kin Kin


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Waterfalls and waterfalls…

Posted by Susanna On December - 7 - 2010

While staying at Casa Amarilla I met Ines and Juan a very nice couple from France. They invited me to join them for their waterfall trip Baños area is rich with waterfalls. So the complete day our host Don Jorge drove us from one to another waterfall. I never have seen so many on one day. Extreme amazing is the waterfall “El Diabolo”. The visitor can walk almost underneath it.

Waterfalls

El Diabolo

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Tungurahua erupts!

Posted by Susanna On December - 6 - 2010

“He that can have Patience, can have what he will.” Benjamin Franklin once said. And he was right. As a few friends of you know I am waiting since two days to see the active volcano Tungurahua near Baños erupting at night. At day time I’ve seen it but it is way more memorable at night. It is supposed to be one of these spectacles you will never forget. I’ve seen volcano’s, walked on cold lava but never seen it actually through up red. But to be worth to see it you will need patience I had to learn. And patience is not my strongest virtue! Two days I went up tho mountains to different view points freezing and hoping but being disappointed by rain and even more clouds. Until today. This was supposed THE day! In the morning I moved for a couple of days to the mountains to lovely Casa Amarilla. From here you have the best view over Baños. The hosts were not at home when I arrived on my horse but I used the time to check out the path to the Virgin view point. In within 15min you can hike to the statue of the Virgin Mary who watches over the city. From here it is possible to see the volcano by night. As we have the saying in Germany: “All good things are three.” I tried again. Even though my hosts ask me for staying at home I insisted and was rewarded with a 20-30min spectacle of its own. And while watching the exploding volcano a shooting star directly fall over it. I could not believe what I was witnessing but I made quickly a wish and was grateful to experience this phenomenal power of nature. I was able to make few photos but live it was way better especially with the thunder sound the volcano made. After 30min the sky started to cloud again… So I was very very lucky…

Virgin view point

Volcano Tungurahua erupting

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Volcano Tungurahua

Posted by Susanna On December - 4 - 2010

On my first day in Baños I did a horse ride to the volcano Tungurahua. This volcano is near Baños and it is active since years. All the time every now and then little eruptions. And it is noisy! The horse ride was quite ok and on the way back I saw first time the Casa Amarilla and I decided that I wanted to spend at least one night there to watch the kin kin and the birds during daytime.

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