ReCap of Our Good Times in Ecuador
And so, our time in Ecuador comes to an end. After the final dinner and our final goodbyes to the amazing staff and to our wonderful Professor, we leave to our respective plans for the night (some to make it last longer, some to prepare for the days of travel to come). Everybody finishes up their packing, some head off to the airport a day early to travel to other parts within South America, and everybody starts to feel the nervous jitters of the Last Day.
|Hummingbird Statue in La Carolina Park River|
I spent my last day with my two friends and neighbors, and we went to visit the last few sights within Quito that we missed. Throughout our outing, we recounted our adventures in Ecuador with a nostalgic tone, fondly recalling tale after tale. To recap our adventures:
The first week was a busy busy week. Everybody landed at different times, and were escorted to their respective and respectable host families. The next few days were filled with all sorts of activities, from meeting the wonderful staff at IES, to playing soccer, to learning in class. Towards the end of the week, we were immediately whisked away to the wonderful San Clemente community in the Highland Sierras. There we learned all about the local indigenous culture, ate delicious food, talked with families and shared stories with each other, helped paint the local school, and had an overall unforgettable experience.
|The Class after completing a particularly tricky hike to a sacred indigenous site|
|The Class Crossing a Bridge at the Pailon del Diablo Waterfall|
|Students working together on the Minga|
From Tena, we returned to Quito for a few short days, and planned our next trip to Mindo! Mindo was a lovely place, filled with all sorts of natural wonders. In Mindo, we went to (yet another!!) waterfall, visited a beautiful butterfly/hummingbird/orchid museum, and then went either horseback riding or ziplining!
|Some butterflies at the Butterfly Museum|