In and Around Ecuador

I miss Ecuador.  We spent over a week traveling throughout the county – Quito, Otavalo, Ibarra, Manta, Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata (“the poor man’s Galapagos”). City, mountains, volcanoes, farm, beaches, whales,  blue footed boobies, great people… the list goes on and on. Most of my memory card was happily filled with pictures of Teri and the kids, but here are a few (mostly) non-family images:

Ecuador WM-4Pick up games of volleyball draw big crowds in Parque El Ejido. A few men enjoy a laugh while watching a game. – Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-7A volleyball game in action. – Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-15If you’re not on your own two feet, buses are the best way to get around the city. – Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-2-2On the TeleferiQo. The tram takes you up the Pichincha Volcano to a height of over 13,000 feet and offers amazing views of the city. – Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-16Ecuador WM-17Ecuadorians  familiar with the history of native clothing can usually tell what province a local is from by their attire. I love the patterns and colors. – Otavalo, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-4-3Anahi straightens handmade necklaces while her mother talks to a customer. – Otavalo, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-7-2“Felipe, Felipe!” Family and friends try to get the baby’s attention to take a picture of him next to a llama. – Cascadas de Peguche, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-4-4Seen during my walk in the mountains around Largo San Pablo. To the right is an inactive volcano. There are over 30 volcanoes in the country. – Largo San Pablo, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-2-6While walking through the mountains surrounding, I spotted this young girl running with speed and determination. Once I looked closer, I realized she was on her way to an outhouse with toilet paper in hand. – Largo San Pablo, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-3-4 Jorge lives in a remote part of the mountains and runs a neighborhood convenience store in his home. – Largo San Pablo, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-2-5Locals enjoy hanging out on the railroad tracks at the end of the day once all the trains have passed. – Ibarra, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-10A highlight of our trip was staying on a remote farm away from the sights and sounds of the city. – Ibarra, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-8 Seen while riding the bus. Over 80% of Ecuadorians are catholic. – Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-4-2Hanging outside Museo de la Ciudad and planning our next move. – Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-18Fishermen off the coast of Isla de la Plata. While visiting the island we got to see tons of wildlife, including marine birds, sea turtles and a family of humpback whales. Nathaniel also had his first snorkeling experience. This was definitely a highlight of the trip. – Isla de la Plata, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-13Reflection of fishing boats in downtown Puerto Lopez. – Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-6-3Old political signs from the 2014 gubernatorial race of Imbabura. – Largo San Pablo, Ecuador

Ecuador WM-6 People of mixed Spanish and Amerindian descent are the largest ethnic group in Ecuador. – Quito, Ecuador

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