The next morning we got up bright and early to start our journey back to Quito. This involves going across the lake in a canoe -
Canoeing down a narrow waterway -
And then a very long and fast journey back up the Napo River to the town of Coca.
And then a short flight to Quito.
Since we had a 13-hour layover in Quito, we arranged for a guide to take us to a Hot Springs a short trip over the mountains from the airport. I loved this sign warning about bears crossing.
This has to be the best hot springs I have ever been to, and I've been to a lot!
A half dozen pools, all different temperatures.
The surrounding countryside was also really beautiful.
Back at the Quito Airport, we got on our flight back to Tijuana. Flying in and out of Tijuana definitely has benefits - business class for the same price as a regular flight out of San Diego. We could get used to this!
We changed planes in Mexico City and flew over the Sea of Cortez. And since we were entering the US by foot, we didn't need to get a Covid test.
And last but not least, here is a video that our Galapagos guide did of our time in the islands. It is really good, and if you are interested in the Galapagos, definitely worth a view.
On our first full day in the jungle, we started out very early. This is the view from the lodge of the lake, with the "swimming pool."
We started out on a canoe ride. We had been hearing Howler Monkeys from our lodge, but it got louder as we floated along.
And WOW, there they are!
After our canoe ride through the various canals near our lodge, we walked back to the river and went on the big boat to visit an indigenous Amazonian community. They are making us a traditional lunch.
The kids are adorable!
Mara helped mash some Yucca.
Meanwhile, Jonathan was out trying out their way to kill prey with a blow gun.
And then Mara got some warrior paint.
Lunch is served, in their traditional way, spreading everything out on the floor.
That evening, we went on another canoe ride. We saw Hoatzins, aka "Stinky Turkeys." Apparently, they taste so bad that they have no predators.
And we saw more monkeys, a different kind this time.
Then we got out of the canoe and took a short hike. Mara posed in front of a gigantic Kapok tree.