Ecuador

Holidaying along the Ruta del Sol

 
Yorkshire pack horse - with style

Yorkshire pack horse - with style

We left peaceful Finca Punta Ayampe yesterday and headed to Montañita, hedonistic surfer town, for some fun fun fun. Last night we had a big night out, hitting up cocktail row – a lane full of wooden stall after wooden stall, a line of about 20 on each side, serving up delicious fresh fruit strong liquor refreshment. It’s a place with a single high-end hotel but it’s great for backpackers’ hostels with hammocks on the beach, cheerful bars and tasty cheap seafood. I ate five plates of king prawns in less than two days.

Bare necessities

 
Cuyabeno River

Cuyabeno River

Despite risking permanent disfigurement from my inability to just stop scratching, our trip to El Oriente was unforgettable and well worth the temporary pain. The first leg of the journey was definitely not the highlight: eight hours on an overnight bus with a broken seat, a very loud movie blaring out right above my head, a road that was alternate strips of rumble, sand and tarmac, occasionally. But we woke up in Lago Agrio, where we would start our tour, fairly fresh and eager to see some real Amazonian jungle.

Inti Raymi – the ‘pagan’ sun festival is alive and beating its drum

 

 

Praise to the sun (by Karen Nagy)

Praise to the sun (by Karen Nagy)

Taking an online quiz to find out which religion you practice might not seem the best path to spiritual refinement but finding out that, firstly I am an secular humanist and, more importantly, secondly a neo-pagan, lead me to a truly enlightening experience.