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South America Adventure - Part VII - The Jungle

Monday morning, off to the edge of the Amazon near the town of Puyo. We stopped at a bakery for some bread and paid a whole 30 cents. Met up at the tour agency where we got rain boots and ponchos, then we were on the way. I think we were the only Americans - a group of Chileans, some Belorussian girl and her Latin boyfriend (they'd be an odd match to watch), and a Danish couple.

We drove for about two hours and arrived at a monkey sanctuary. It was closed, so we started to move on, but right as we left, they opened up. Here - see some monkeys and other animals.

I don't think I'd seen an anteater before. 

Then we drove to another spot, walked across a crazy bridge and into this little settlement. Parrots and turkeys flying around - one turkey was mean and kept pecking at a girl's jacket.

We tried a yucca root drink (gross) and went into an artisan hut to see some crafts. Some people got their face painted with root dye (that Belorussian girl did for sure).

Then there wa…

South America Adventure - Part VI- Back to Ecuador

After a long day of travel we got back to Quito. This time we took the shuttle bus from the airport to the old airport in the middle of the city - much better than a cab fare into town. Wifi on the bus, too!

Since we would be leaving from a bus terminal in the south part of the city the next day, we cabbed to that end of town and stayed in a hotel in the old part of the city. Quito is a long skinny city from north to south.

We decided to have a chill night. It had been a solid week of traveling and we were ready for some rest. We looked up a movie theater with subtitles, and after a little nap we were off. We could've taken a $3 cab, but opted for the 25 cent bus instead.

I followed our dot on the map on my phone and we hopped off a couple blocks from the theater. Um, not a lot there - we walked a few sketchy blocks then found a mall. 
We opted for a pizza place for dinner. It was decent and expensive.

Movie choice for the night - Maleficent.

The word for popcorn in Ecuador is not…