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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