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Que le vaya bien

During the fall of 2007, I spent 4 months in Ecuador studying tropical ecology and conservation. [More on Ecuador.]

Quito
For roughly 6 weeks, I lived in Quito: taking advanced Spanish classes; learning more about Ecuador’s cultural and natural history; exploring Old Town; and salsa dancing, drinking jirafas de pilsener, and eating a lot of plátanos fritos in the Mariscal.

Plaza de la Indepencia

A sunny afternoon in exploring Old Town

The Church of San Francisco

The Church of San Francisco

Soldiers assembled en la Plaza de la Independencia

Soldiers assembled en la Plaza de la Independencia

La Basílica del Voto Nacional

La Basílica del Voto Nacional

Stained glass windows

Stained glass windows

La Virgin del Quito watches over the city

La Virgin del Quito watches over the city

Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa for a game between El Nacional and Deportivo Quito

Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa for a game between El Nacional and Deportivo Quito

Dinner at La Boca del Lobo en el Mariscal

Dinner at La Boca del Lobo en el Mariscal

A crowded plaza during the annual Fiestas del Quito

A crowded plaza during the annual Fiestas del Quito

La mitad del mundo

La mitad del mundo

El Campo

Vacas en el campo

Vacas en el campo

Maria, my homestay mother in Quito, at their family's finca outside the city

Maria, my homestay mother in Quito, at their family’s finca outside the city

mooooooo

mooooooo

Clouds descending into the valley

Clouds descending into the valley

La Hesperia

La Hesperia

Una cabra chiquita

Una cabra chiquita

What now, brown cow?

What now, brown cow?

Intag
We spent roughly 2 weeks in Ecuador’s bosque nublado, including 3 days with an Andean family.

El río por el valle

El río por el valle

The youngest of my homestay sisters, playing on the pile of logs which served as the family's primary source of fuel for heating and cooking

The youngest of my homestay sisters, playing on the pile of logs which served as the family’s primary source of fuel for heating and cooking

Rope swing

Rope swing

Harvesting sugar cane

Harvesting sugar cane

Limas y flores

Limas y flores

Picking flowers

Picking flowers

Beginning of the 3 hour trip from their house by donkey, along bumpy and narrow mountain paths

Beginning of the 3 hour trip from their house by donkey, along bumpy and narrow mountain paths

Drawn to the light

Drawn to the light

Just call me Mary Poppins

Just call me Mary Poppins

El Paramo
[Field work]

Cuicocha Caldera and Lake

Cuicocha Caldera and Lake

Cotapaxi -- the second-highest summit in Ecuador and, what some consider, the tallest active volcano in the world

Cotapaxi — the second-highest summit in Ecuador and, what some consider, the tallest active volcano in the world

Field work

Field work

Laguna Patoquinoas

Laguna Patoquinoas

Grassy fields under clear blue skies

Grassy fields under clear blue skies

Crepuscular rays

Crepuscular rays

El Oriente
[Field work]

Tiputini River

Tiputini River

Casual rainforest canopy walk

Casual rainforest canopy walk

Vantage point.

Vantage point.

Rays of light penetrating the thick rainforest canopy

Rays of light penetrating the thick rainforest canopy

Here's looking at you, kid.

Here’s looking at you, kid.

Shadows

Shadows

Spinning

Spinning

Leaf cutter ants in action

Leaf cutter ants in action

Owl moth

Owl moth

Oh, the tangled webs we weave

Oh, the tangled webs we weave

Baños de Agua Santa

Biker chicks in Baños

Biker chicks in Baños

Soft sunrise lights

Soft sunrise lights

Cataratas en Baños

Cataratas en Baños

Pailón del Diablo

Pailón del Diablo

Pailón del Diablo

Pailón del Diablo

Porto Viejo

[Pase una mes en Porto Viejo, una ciudad por la costa. Vivi con una famila linda.]

Paragliders off the cliffs over Crucita

Paragliders off the cliffs over Crucita

My PV "parents" Veronica and Roberto Borja

My PV “parents” Veronica and Roberto Borja

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