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Fun in the Jungle

Banos, Ecuador

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Eating a pastry
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Waterfall
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Joce with Blowgun
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Me infront of the Amazon
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Blue Morpho
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Blue tounges
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Us with our guide Carlos
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Another day in parardise.

After all the stress of having our backpack stolen we decided we needed to have some chill out time. We left Cuenca and took a nine hour bus ride to Banos, a beautiful little village nestled in the mountains surrounded by waterfalls and hot springs. We did some hiking, ate some delicious food and slept like rocks. After soaking ourselves silly in various temperatures of water we decided to go on a two day jungle trek in the Amazon Basin. Because it is low season in South America (very few tourists) we got to have a guide all to ourselves. We stayed in a hut on stilts, ate ants, cooked fish in leaves, drank water out of bamboo, and took a dugout canoe down some white water rapids I got to hold an incredibly small monkey that lives in and around the village. I also got to hold a couple of parrots that I found just sitting in the trees near our cabin. These parrots could fly away if they wanted, but instead they choose to stick around and steal food off tourists plates ( much to my delight). Our guide showed us some truly funky plants in the jungle... plants that dyed our tonges blue for hours, plants that soothed itchy mosquito bites, seeds that we used to paint eachothers faces and leaves that made tattoos on our bodies.
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It was so cool to be close to the Amazon river and see all kind sof crazy colored birds and insects flying around. We searched for snakes, tarantuals and caimen but didnĀ“t find any (much to the dismay of my husband). I am sure that he will have many more oportunites to get bitten or chased......

Jocelyn Lord

Down a little further...

Down a tinny bit more.....

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Posted by Seaurchins 17:48 Archived in Ecuador

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Glad you guys are still having fun!!! That sounds so cool, trekking in the amazon, wow! I hope you don't mind; I emailed Greg your last blog so that he could let the whole church know to pray for you guys. So you have the most prayer warrior of men and women aware of your situation. We all love and miss you guys so much!
Love,
Kristy

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