01.26.2015 - 01.26.2015
Phase 1 - Imbabura/Carchi - Visiting old stomping grounds and old friends
Phase 2 - Special activities in Quito with Assembly
Phase 3 - Oriente/Jungle
Slept in today until 7:30 a.m. (sigh) and packed up. I'm sad about the BIG snowstorm in NYC. 1. It will certainly affect visit of CO 2. I LOVE big snowstorms and am sad I'm missing this one. However, knowing that I'll be whitewater rafting in the jungle tomorrow instead of digging out a car does have it's consolation.... ha, ha.
Headed to bus terminal and got the 12 noon bus and arrived at our destination at 6 p.m. Yes, a very long bus ride, but beautiful also. Below you will see the transition from Quito at 9,300 feel to pass at 13,123 feet crossing the Andes into the oriente/jungle. Tena is at about 1,640 feet so though in jungle it's high enough to avoid mosquitoes and gets cool at night.
Tomorrow we head out about 7:30 a.m. for the river. It's also nice to finally be caught up on the blog, hope to start uploading videos tomorrow.