martes, 30 de marzo de 2010

Exploring beautiful Mindo

After some enjoyable daytrips to the handicrafts market of Otavalo and the thermal pools of Papallacta, it was time for another overnight excursion. Mindo was our destination, a little tranquil village situated in the gorgeous cloud forest. After a two hour bus ride and a short walk, we found a really nice hostel:

Mindo itself has a beautiful little park and is very conscious of its unique environment, about which the local kids learn some more at school in a creative way:

The day after we all wanted to do the canopying, which was a great way to combine some adventure with seeing more of the precious surroundings of the village. We were enthusiastically guided to the start of the zip lines by a sweet little dog:

We put on the equipment, so the five of us and our friendly guide were ready!

It was great to ´fly´ over the valleys, sometimes even as Superman:

Before heading back to Quito in the late afternoon, we made a beautiful hike exploring the splendid flora and some gorgeous waterfalls:

Another fabulous weekend came to an end. ¡Gracias a todos por unos días muy lindos!

viernes, 26 de marzo de 2010

Adventurous Baños

After the great but very relaxed weekend in the jungle of Naranjito, it was time for some more action. Baños seemed the perfect destination, with an active volcanoe and lots of possible outdoor activities. We could go rafting, skydiving, hiking or even bungee-jumping. Nevertheless, the most attractive option for our first day was renting some quads:

We explored the beautiful surroundings of Baños, with its many stunning waterfalls, deep valleys and fantastic look-outs:

Later that day, it started to rain and one of the quads got some engine problems, which made the trip really adventurous. Fortunately we got it all solved quickly, after which the beers at night tasted even better:

On Sunday we had to catch the bus back to Quito in the afternoon, so after a delicious breakfast we decided to relax a bit in the thermal public pools:

Thanks everybody for the great weekend!