If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll notice that I’ve started a board on Ecuador and if it isn’t obvious, it’s because we’re planning our next vacation there! We’re taking about 9 days to explore Ecuador. Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, which means that Mike and I get to experience what we love above almost all else – nature. (Food is one of the other things we value above all else too, it’s a tough call between the two ;))
First up, we’ll take three planes and a two hour canoe ride deep in the Amazon to Napo Wildlife Center.
We’ll spend 5 days here, hiking and experiencing the wildlife. You can bet that I will get some great video of our experience here.
After our time in the rainforest, we’ll fly back out (after another 2 hour canoe ride of course) to Quito. In Quito, we’ll visit the Equator museum and Cotopaxi National Park.
After that, we’ll try to stop in Mindo, Baños and Cuenca.
We might try the “Swing at the Edge of the World” which looks terrifying but awesome:
We’ll go on a cocao tour in Guayaquil:
And overall, we’ll just have a beautiful, beautiful time.
I’m looking forward to Ecuador for so many reasons. I get to travel to a new continent, it is a beautiful and diverse place, I get to experience wildlife in its natural habitat again, which we loved in South Africa, and it will be a new challenge for us as it is very different from our previous vacations. Hopefully our Spanish isn’t too rusty and we’ll be able to get by, though I’m sure that the Spanish in Ecuador sounds very different from the Gallego we heard in our corner of Spain.
There is quite a lot of prep work to do for this trip, including preparing physically for the high altitude, buying appropriate clothing for a rainforest hike, and we have to replace our video camera since our last one broke.
It feels like this trip is coming up quickly!