Family visits Ecuador!
Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
18Trip End May 16, 2011
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On Friday morning we went to visit my San Francisco, my school in Cumbaya. My family got to experience what I have to deal with going to school, the vendors and everything. After this we went to the Centro Historico and saw many of the churches and sites that I had seen and enjoyed before. We ate at a place called Hasta la Vuelta Senor, my family's first taste of Ecuadorian food, and they loved every bite
The next day we woke up bright and early and headed to the Mintad del Mundo (Equator) and I watched my parents and brother stand at the center of the earth. We had a little food there and headed back to go up the teleferico. The teleferico is a huge gondola project which runs all the way to the top of Pichincha which lies along the west of Quito. Going up you could see the whole city laid out before you but when we reached the top we were shrouded in clouds. At the top we walked along the paths and my family was breathing hard as they were affected by the altitude (4,100 meters about 13,000 feet). After spending some time at the teleferico we headed back down and jumped in a taxi back home. In the taxi on the way it actually started hailing. This was the first time I had even seen this happen in Quito. It was a really crazy storm. When we finally got back we headed to my house for a little dessert with the some of Gilberto's sons and daughters and the grandchildren. My mom and dad enjoyed talking to Carmen and her husband in English
The next day (Sunday) we headed to Mindo on a bus that left around 9:20. We got to Mindo and had some lunch. I showed my family the amazing fresh trout they have in Mindo and they enjoyed another Ecuadorian meal. After this we went tubing down the river like I had done before. We had a lot of fun doing that but after that it started raining hard and we didn't get to do much after that. We ate some of the pizza in Mindo and headed back to Quito after that. On the way back to Quito we were stopped by a landslide that blocked the whole road! It took them 2 hours to clear it and finally we got on our way. It was so crazy for that to happen when my parents were here. That night we slept in Quito again.
The next day on Monday we headed to Otavalo In Otavalo we ate an almuerzo for 2 dollars each and headed to the market. At the market my family bought a lot of interesting things with me bargaining for them every step along the way. We got a lot of good prices and a few not so good ones but overall we did really good. That night we stayed in Rose's cottage (the place I had stayed before) and met a little dog that wanted to stay in our room for the night. The next day we headed to Cotocahi and Cuiocha lake
The next day (Wednesday) we headed for Banos. In Banos we ate a quick lunch and headed out to do the ruta de las cascadas (the route of the waterfalls), the same route I had ridden before when I was in Banos. After a whole lot of exercising and seeing all the beautiful waterfalls we headed back to Banos for a really good actually Italian dinner. From there we caught the bus to Puyo and met up with my friend Lauren and her Mom. We stayed in Puyo that night.
The next morning we headed out on our jungle tour
That night we had to head back to Quito but the road was closed for a religious procession through Ambato
It was quite an adventure that we had filled with a lot of surprises, but we still managed to get everything I wanted to do done. It was great to be able to show my family Ecuador and how much my Spanish has improved. There were a lot of snags but we had a great time. It was an adventure all along. Check with my mom for more pictures.