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Other than Quito, here are the other places I visited and absorbed; Baños was my favourite. In retrospect, the activities and sights in Baños can be found in other places, then perhaps it was the people I met and the general atmosphere of serenity and fun.

Pedro Vicente Maldonado     Baños     Cotopaxi     Quilotoa

Otovalo     Galapagos     Mindo

 

3rd – 5th November 2017. Pedro Vicente Maldonado.

This was a random trip to visit my friend’s uncle and his family so it’s not exactly a tourist-destination you would find in TripAdvisor. The waterfall is within a private property where locals pay a small fee to enter and enjoy the freshness and slightly daring jump from the top.

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one of the many waterfalls in Pedro Vicente Maldonado

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the sunset is all kind of different – sat on a roof to think about life

 

11th – 13th November 2017. Baños.

My most memorable activity in Baños was the white-water-rafting, I can say it was the best one I’ve done; no photos taken by me as I was having too much fun. The fun included going overboard in the last 3-minute and was whacked by an oar.

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Casa del Arbol – walking in the cloud

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swinging across the valley

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Casa del Arbol – at sunset

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Cascada Manto de la Novia – taken by semi-shaken hands

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Cascada del Diablo

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I miss these girls..

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street food – I’ll miss the bbq banana

 

18th November 2017. Cotopaxi.

The place where I realised my physical limitations, I had to stop every 3 metres to equalise as my ears were hurting, and once I got to the top (read: refuge area) the view was all worth it.

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Cotopaxi from a distance

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Cotopaxi from a distance

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the view…

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the refuge centre: bring your passport for a stamp

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the view from the refuge…

 

19th – 20th November 2017. Quilotoa.

One of the most beautiful place I have been to that challenged my fear of falling due to steep and sandy path; it is also very tough for the horses.

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in awe – this is the crater of an active volcano

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my lens wasn’t wide enough for this photo – demonstrates how big this crater is

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steep and sandy path

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kayaking

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the serenity from the crater

25th – 26th November 2017. Otovalo

Otovalo is well-known for its market of ponchos and everything else; ponchos and more ponchos, as far eye can see. We also swing-by Cotacachi for its crater, the second biggest in the world!

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enjoying the brilliant graffitis around town

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no filter sunset crazy AF

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Life.. the narrow, the alone, the path

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Peguche Waterfall – the hidden beauty

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Pechuge waterfall

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my travel buddy in Ecuador

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Cotacahi

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Cotacahi – the second biggest crater in the world

 

6th – 12th December 2017. Galapagos Islands – see here

16th -18th December 2017. Mindo

I didn’t have a chance to visit the Amazon so the next best thing is the cloud forest with activities such as the frog concert, creepy crawlies crawling on you night walking tour, zip-lining, and Tarzan swing

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Frog Concert – this little guy singing his lungs out

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this was a quiet one – assuming a lady

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this girl is insanely brave – she loves tarantula and everything else that crawl

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fascinated by the hair on this leaf

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mushroom of the clouds

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zip-linning – another fear conquered

 

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