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Inland Ecuador
Whilst work progressed on Clarabella we went travelling the length of Ecuador.  Transport on buses was excellent and cheap throughout and our travels took us first to the northern Andean towns which have specialist craft markets.  Quito, the capital, was superb, the old town was crammed with superb old churches and colonial architecture.  We moved south through the tourist-centred town of Banos down to the  most important Inca sun temple after Machu Pichu.  The Ecuadorian people are unfailingly friendly and helpful, and we particularly enjoyed seeing the native Indians, but we must push on now and the Galapagos Islands beckon.
Date(s): March 2007. Album by Gerard Coulson. Photos by Gerard Coulson. 1 - 147 of 147 Total. 37397 Visits.
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Up in the Andes, in Northern Ecuador

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A Condor, endangered in Ecuador

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We're in a bird sanctuary

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Jonty holds a hawk, prior to take off

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Tom's turn

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In a leather shop in Cotacachi

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Some lovely old architecture

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Locals

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Church door

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Jeniya does some video!

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A walk to a waterfall

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Eric and Monica

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Looking down the valley back towards Otovalo

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These two old ladies, laden with sweet corn came charging past us!

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There they go!

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The boys playing chess

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The market at Otovalo, where we bought loads of woollen goods

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And Eric bought a Poncho

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Heavily laden after the market

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Market Scenes 1

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We're now in Quito, the capital city

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Checking the price of a taxi

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We take the cable car up the mountain above Quito

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Rebecca's unsure about the experience

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And now at over 13000 feet we have to be careful!

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Jonty with his head in the clouds as ever!

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Looking down on Quito

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The valleys around Quito

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My kids and me!

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And the cloud closes in!

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Independence Square, Quito

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In the streets of the old town

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I loved this notice in the doorway of a church!

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No photos allowed, but this was a very beautiful old church

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Again no photos allowed, but every surface here is covered in gold leaf.  This was stunning

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This street was only recently relieved of its pickpockets and ladies of ill repute, so security remains tight!

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From our hotel balcony

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The kids loved watching telly!

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And I took pictures!

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Monica brings home the supper

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Rebecca looks on

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Mitad del Mundo, which is...

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on the Equator!

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Here's THE line!

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Bright sunshine, but not much shadow!

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On the eqautor again, in another museum

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Tom hemisphere jumping!

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We're all a bit appalled at the shrunken head in the glass case!

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Now we try a blow pipe

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The crews of Clarabella and Meta

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Apparently you can only balance an egg on the head of a nail on the Equator...

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Ecuadorian kettle!

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The courtyard of our hotel

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Another illicit church shot!

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Banos, tourist centre of Ecuador

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Guess what we're doing!

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A very rickety suspension bridge over a very deep gorge.  Brunel has been nowhere near here!

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Local freight transport

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Tom and I cross another depp gorge, in a metal cage suspended on a thin wire, pulled by an ancient old diesel engine.  We must be mad,

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Banos again

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We go horse trekking for the days in the mountains

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View from the horse

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The boys' horse kept stopping for snacks!

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Meanwhile Rebecca falls asleep in the arms of our guide!

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Mount Tungurahua, an active volcano, gives frequent signs of its instability

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Looking down on Banos

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The boys now have a horse each!

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The volcano with Banos below.

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Tungurahua

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Jonty wants a go!

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We take an very mechanically unsound train into the mountains.  It breaks down here!  So we enjoy the local market

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Our untrusty steed

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Local indians

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Yes, we rode on the roof too!

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An impromptu repair to the front brakes takes 2 hours

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Local boys winding up a puppy

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We meet another train

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There they are down in the valley

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It is a VERY long way down!

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Ingapirca, the Inca temple of the sun

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Hooray! We finally get to see Llamas!

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The local hostels were so disgusting that we splashed out for the night here!

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We visit the temple of the sun

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And this is the remains of the temple of the moon!

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The incas somehow used this stone to tell the phase of the moon

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We model a typical Inca trapezoidal doorway!

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Cement-free stone work, signature of the Incas

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The sun, over the temple!

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Tom does some photography!

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Can you see the face

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More local folk

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Back to the boat on Easter Day

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