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In the morning it was time to say goodbye to our family of guides and head out rafting. It was the 1st time for both of us, and we were put into a group of 6 others, making 2 rafts of 4 people each, plus a guide per boat. The 2 other rafters in our boat were both American, one fairly quiet girl and one friendly, talkative class clown type of guy, making for a pretty hilarious day. The rapids were class III (out of possible V), but to be honest they weren´t that strong so I wouldn´t advise wasting time with a grade 1 or 2 unless you´re extremely terrified of fun. We rafted for a few hours (sorry no pics, didn´t want to bother with the camera even tho they had a waterproof bag) down the river Napo, at times all of us jumping out into the river for an exhilarating swim and rejoining the raft further upstream. The scenery was spectacular, like something straight out of National Geographic. The waters were clear and fringed by palm trees, thick green vegetation, and some grasses that looked like those in North America, only about 3 times as large. Huge mountains rose in the distance on all sides, green when in the foreground and smoky blue when far off. At times small children ran half naked along the beaches, waving energetically at our rafts. Small huts of sticks and bamboo dotted the route, and our guide pointed out the ones belonging to his tribe, whistling concise communications in a birdlike fashion when he saw people he knew. We at one stage beached the rafts for lunch, another time to explore a cave by foot, but eventually we ended up at our destination and our guides celebrated our run by giving us beer on the ride back to our jungle guides´ office.
Karine and I were taken to the bus station by Nixon, and we had a last chat together before boarding the 5 hour bus back to Quito. We arrived late, and I spent the next 4 hours online fighting with the computer, trying to master the art of uploading photos. Finally at around half 3 am, frustrated and exhausted, I went to bed.