lunes, 17 de noviembre de 2008

Mindo - a perfect weekend

Ohh, what a weekend we had! I guess we still cannot believe that we are back in Quito. Our short stay in Mindo felt like a week of vacation.

On Saturday morning, after we all met ON TIME at 7am at the Casa Vida Verde, we took the bus to Mindo - a very chilled place only 2 hours northwest of Quito. When we arrived it was hard to believe that car alarms, traffic jams and crowded city busses were only a few k´s away from us. In Mindo welcomed us with a very warm climate, the sun was shining and we all happy. Walking to our hostel - Casa de Cecilia, which I can highly recommend!! - we decided on having breakfast before we head off to explore what Mindo has to offer.
We could have easily stayed in the hostel, hanging out in the hammocks and just enjoy the silence and the calm purl of the river nearby.

After some of us had some breakfast and others enjoyed a cup of coffee or a glass of fresh juice (Mike went for Beets soup - no one knows why?! :)) we took a taxi that brought us to the tarabita - a cablecar that takes us across the treetops to the side to a series of 7 waterfalls.
We hiked up and down through partially very adventurous parts to explore every single waterfall and finally had a cold wash in the last one. Back in Mindo we went out to eat pizza at a very overprized restaurant but the pizza was delicious.

Since there is not much to do at night in Mindo, we were in bed before midnight and started the next day very early at around 7.30am. After a very tasty breakfast at the hostel we enjoyed the day tubing in the Río Mindo and we visited the Butterfly farm "Mariposas de Mindo" where we could watch butterflies hatch. That was quite an experience! The afternoon we just spent in the hammocks reading, sleeping or talking.


Tubing on the River Mindo

At the Marisposas

Now we are back in Quito working and studying Spanish again ;) We spoke way too much English and German at the weekend! Back to Spanish again! :)

Hasta luego!