Leaving Quito and going to enjoy the nature in Mindo :)

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will you join me to Mindo?
I woke up at 5:30am, really early! By 6:30am, I was ready and at 7am Jerry arrived. After saying "See you in Baños!" to Anthony, I'd leave the hostel. We could have caught the bus in order to go to the station, but we decided to take a cab just to be sure we would arrive on time. There were just 2 buses going straight to Quito, the 1st at 8 and the other at 2:30pm and we didn't want to loose the early one.

By 7:45am, we had our tickets and were just waiting for the bus to leave. We hadn't have breakfast and the kiosk / cafeteria was just opening. Great! I got a potato empanada, stuffed with meat. It was warm and yummy. Jerry got some bread and we went to our bus. Found our sits and it was about 8:30am when the ride to Mindo started, yay!

Landscapes were changing while we were getting closer to Mindo.
our guide for the trekking? lol
Everything was greener. We were getting closer to the rainforest, even though it was still the cloudy one. The bus was non stop and we arrived to Quito at 10:30am. It was sunny and warm there. Mindo is such a nice and peaceful town. We already arranged accommodation in a very nice hotel more like a lodge. There were tons of hostels downtown, but ours was 5km from the square!!! A truck asked for US$4. That was expensive and since we had small backpacks, actually mine was bigger than Jerry's, we decided to start walking.

OMG! The walk was endless. I started to sweat, was thirsty... pfff. There wasn't even the possibility of ask for a ride to anyone, since there were less and less cars every minute we walked further... At the beginning I was enjoying the landscapes, but then I was just wondering how much more we should keep on going, hahaha.
with cute girls!!!
Then we saw 2 little girls, who gave me a fruit to try. It was strage, mmm. Then I saw the entrance to the "Mariposario" (butterflies' farm), which is a MUST in Mindo, but we wouldn't visit it right now.

I also saw a sign for the hotel. It was 1km away. Ok, that was it. I wouldn't move anymore. I called Rodrigo, the administrator of the hotel. If he would have told me, they had a pick up service, I'd have killed Jerry. But fortunately for him, they didn't. Nevertheless, Rodrigo told us to stay there and he picked up us! Yay! That's good service. Rodrigo was telling us what to do in Mindo and told us about a trekking. It was sort of private, since the entrance was at the property of the hotel, sweet!

He prepared for us a map and we left as soon as we left our bags. He gave us some fruit. We wouldn't have time to have lunch, if we wanted to arrive to the waterfalls before 3pm.
starting the adventure
The trekking started at the entrance of the hotel. I think this was sort of private, since the only way to cross the river was using a "tarabita" which is like a cable of a rope bridge with hanging basket for carrying passengers and one of the workers of the hotel had to make it work for us, pfff. Ok! We were celebrities, hahaha.

I was so excited about the adventure, but then OMG! First of all we were the only ones doing the trekking at that time.
oh no! stairs
There was just a sign with the different paths you can follow and the map Rodrigo drew for us... I'm not an expert on trekking, but Jerry is. Ok, I wouldn't give much details. Have to be honest, this was harder than expected for me, hahaha. So good Jerry was there to help me. You could notice I was getting tired, since I stopped taking so many pics :P

At what point we didn't know which path to take, so good I took a pic of the sign at the entrance. Then we found our way. There were a lot of stairs to climb, and of course they weren't even. Finally we arrived to the road Rodrigo told us about. What to do next? I called him and he gave us further directions. I was thinking the walking on the road would be short, but no! It was long too, although it was easier.

Finally we arrived to the big "tarabita". This one could be reached by anyone, just following the road.
it seemed to be a big broccoli, hehe
The trekking through the mountain was not popular. The entrance to the tarabita to the waterfalls was already paid and a young guy took us there. The other tarabita was small. This lasted longer and was much higher. I thought what kind of security this offers, mmm. Better not thinking about that, hahaha.

Once you are at the other side, you have to keep on trekking to watch the waterfalls. I was so tired... that I just went to see 1, sorry, but I couldn't keep on moving. Jerry went by himself to see the rest and we met  later. It was almost 4pm when we started our way back to town. Ok, time to walk again... but this time we'd try to hitchhike, hehe, and we succeded.

It was 4pm when we were back in town. We were hungry, so we went to the main road to look for a restaurant. It was a Mexican place. Jerry got a posole and I got just fruit.
fast river
Was thirsty too. While we were hikking, I didn't have signal for my cellphone and found some missed calls. It was Shawn! He was also in town with Frank. Yay! Finally we could talk and agreed to meet later at my hotel. Maybe we all could have dinner there :)

After resting for a while, my energies were back and we would walk back to the hotel, maybe we could hitchhike again, but we didn't meet any friendly driver, oh well. That wasn't bad, since I found a handi craft store and my magnet! The only bad thing was the big trucks driving back and forward, pfff. There was a lot of construction in the area, and also the wood industry was something huge.

Back at the hotel, I took a shower and I wasn't even ready when Shawn called me. He and Frank had already arrived. Ok, they would wait for Jerry and me at the patio.
my palmito cebiche - tasty
Shawn wanted Frank to know this hotel and the lovely surroundings. We were in the middle of the jungle, sweet! Yay! It was so nice to meet Shawn again! just after a couple of days, hahaha. We could either go to the town for dinner or enjoy the beautiful hotel, furthermore it was empty, so it was just for us, awesome!

The wine we brought from Quito was cool and we shared a delicious dinner. I didn't take as many pics as I wanted. This hobby was a bit to much for Frank, hahaha. Of course the complimentary pop corn with aji was there. I got a cebiche, but no fish instead of that I got a local product "palmito" that is palm heart, yummy and healthy! Jerry and Frank got pizza, but at least was Mindo Pizza, which had some local topings. And Shawn got the pork chop with maracuya aka passion fruit sauce. Food was delicious and the company even better.
people were partying at the streets


Shawn told me when they left town, they were setting big speakers. So, by this time a big party should be going on there. Jerry was tired and decided to stay at the hotel. Frank, Shawn and me left to town. Frank was tired too, so at the end there were just Shawn and me hanging out, like the old times, hahaha.
yadilitta says:
yes, he thought it was too much, hahaha.
Posted on: Aug 12, 2009
geerbox says:
So you kept your camera away so Frank wouldn't think you were crazy, haha. I thought you forgot or something, haha.
Posted on: Aug 12, 2009
yadilitta says:
Thanks!
Posted on: Aug 10, 2009
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will you join me to Mindo?
will you join me to Mindo?
our guide for the trekking? lol
our guide for the trekking? lol
with cute girls!!!
with cute girls!!!
starting the adventure
starting the adventure
oh no! stairs
oh no! stairs
it seemed to be a big broccoli, he…
it seemed to be a big broccoli, h…
fast river
fast river
my palmito cebiche - tasty
my palmito cebiche - tasty
people were partying at the streets
people were partying at the streets
arriving to the station
arriving to the station
Ofelia Station
Ofelia Station
Ofelia station
Ofelia station
the kiosk / cafeteria
the kiosk / cafeteria
having breakfast, hehe
having breakfast, hehe
my potato empanada, yummy
my potato empanada, yummy
leaving Ecuador
leaving Ecuador
starting our way to Mindo
starting our way to Mindo
bye bye volcanos
bye bye volcanos
landscape was changing
landscape was changing
arriving to Mindo. This is the Y…
arriving to Mindo. This is the "Y…
Mindo Main Square
Mindo Main Square
ok, directions said follow the Mar…
ok, directions said follow the Ma…
houses on the road to the hotel
houses on the road to the hotel
different landscapes
different landscapes
Mindo River
Mindo River
construction going on
construction going on
the guineillo the girls gave me.…
the "guineillo" the girls gave me…
Mindo River
Mindo River
on our way to the hotel
on our way to the hotel
Mindo Garden is just 1km away!!!
Mindo Garden is "just" 1km away!!!
this was my room #
this was my room #
map made by Rodrigo, how accurate …
map made by Rodrigo, how accurate…
the mini tarabita to cross the riv…
the mini tarabita to cross the ri…
the sign at the beginning of the t…
the sign at the beginning of the …
this way to the waterfalls
this way to the waterfalls
a view of the hotel
a view of the hotel
the path
the path
so happy - at the beginning haha
so happy - at the beginning haha
so green
so green
finally the road
finally the road
nice view of town
nice view of town
the tarabita was 530m long!
the tarabita was 530m long!
entrance to the Waterfalls
entrance to the Waterfalls
the big tarabita
the big tarabita
overflying the rainforest
overflying the rainforest
driver
driver
overflying the forest
overflying the forest
river looked so tiny...
river looked so tiny...
another path
another path
main road in Mindo
main road in Mindo
my fruit salad, tasty
my fruit salad, tasty
yes, I found Inca Kola
yes, I found Inca Kola
it was getting cloudy...
it was getting cloudy...
Mindo River
Mindo River
again, popcorn with aji, hehe. It…
again, popcorn with aji, hehe. It…
pork chop with passionfruit sauce
pork chop with passionfruit sauce
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