Leaving Quito and going to enjoy the nature in Mindo :)
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July 16th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
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.
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.
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.
I was so excited about the adventure, but then OMG! First of all we were the only ones doing the trekking at that time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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