A birdwatching trip to Ecuador in October 2001 - Andes to Amazon! The humming bird here is the Andean Emerald. On the left is a view of  Volcanes Illiniza (5,266m) and on the right is Gorzacocha, an oxbow lake off the Rio Napo, in the Amazon basin. All photos (C) Ruth Traynor.

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Quito - from the Virgin of Quito. Photo: Ruth TraynorAmazon Basin Diary
13 - 16 October 2001
11. The end of our trip!

So that was the La Selva experience for us! I'm not sure whether I have written so much about it because it was the more recent memory, being the final part of our visit, or because it made such an impression on me. I think it was probably the latter!

Presidential Palace, Quito. Photo: Ruth TraynorAfter our return to Quito, which we reached in the early afternoon, we arranged, through the La Rabida hotel, an English-speaking taxi driver to take us on a two-hour tour around the sights of the city. And that was the sole extent of our sightseeing! But it was worth doing, because we had some fine views of the city from the statue of The Virgin of Quito, a quick look around several of the churches, and a stroll across a couple of the squares.

The following day, we caught the flight back to Amsterdam, and then back to Leeds-Bradford Airport in northen England, and thence home to York.

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