viernes, 26 de febrero de 2010

Relaxing at eco-lodge La Torre in the middle of the Ecuadorian jungle

Two weeks ago we had the opportunity to leave Quito for a long weekend in another part of Ecuador, while it was Carnaval that weekend. Lots of ´Quiteños´ decided to go to the coast, but we had an even better alternative: Ecolodge La Torre. This beautiful hostel forms part of the little village of Naranjito and lies deep in the jungle. Therefore, we had the opportunity to do quite a few hikes, through the beautiful Ecuadorian cloud forests:

Unfortunately it rained quite a lot in the afternoon, but the lodge was a great place to hang out. The meals were all delicious and the local kids really fun to play with, while at night the little bar on the first floor was very cosy:

The next day we went to see some beautiful waterfalls. Because of the heavy rainfall at night, it wasn´t possible to do some tubing. Nevertheless, swimming in the more tranquil part of the river was a great alternative activity:

On Monday after lunch it was already time to travel back to Quito. The first part was quite exciting, because we could sit on the back of one of the pick-up trucks. It was an even better way to see the gorgeous nature of the area, while enjoying a refreshing breeze. Carlos, Thorben and the local cooks: thanks a lot for your amazing hospitality, we had a fantastic weekend!