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QUITO

Quito. Walking through the old town after a visit to the the Basillica del Voto Nacional, the largest neo-gothic church in the Western Hemisphere. We hadn’t visited a church in a while so it was a nice treat and reminder of travels with the Schulz-Achilles family. This was followed by street side ice creams and a hike to the Lima El Panecillo known as the “Virgin of Quito”, this is the tallest aluminium statue in the world and well worth the hike. 

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BANOS

After some back and forth decisions about finding our way from Quito to Banos and wanting to make a few pit stops along the way, we decide to hire a car and driver. So Marco and his father “Papa” escorted us on our journey. While the weather didn’t cooperate enough to warrant a stop at mount Cotopaxi, we did get the opportunity to stop and make a short hike at Laguna Quilotoa. This volcanic-crater lake at 3,9000 m is an absolutely stunning turquoise blue. 

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IMAGINE ECUADOR: RAFTING ADN CANYONING

For our second rafting excursion, the first in Peru, we joined Imagine Ecuador for the journey and had a fabulous time.  For our second adventure we spent the day jumping off and rappelling down waterfalls and cliffs with outstanding guides and some new friends. At first I chickened out of the 7 meter jump off the waterfall’s edge to the rushing pool below, but after hearing the more complicated rappelling alternative and with my brave kids cheering me on from below I said screw it and Jumped. A total blast!! As always impressed by the kids as they went full force ahead and we all had an incredible laughter filled day. .

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Well, with 3/5 of us terrified of spiders and me of snakes, the Amazon was a definitve NO. That is until our travelling family counterpart, The Mathias Family encouragesd us. We are so so grateful to them @onefamilyoneworldoneyear. Spending 4 days at Nicky’s Lodge in the Coyabeno National Park was hands down one of the most amazing experiences to date. Romulo our guide and new found friends, Simon, Binh, and Rebecca were all part of the adventure. The anaconda welcomed us on our boat ride to camp, we spent a day in a local home learning to make bread from the Yuca root by 84 year old woman of steel, Aurora and spent a night swimming at sunset and chasing down a picture of the elusive Caimen. By the end we were actually trying to convince Scott to stay an extra day. 

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