As we dreaded, our last week has just about gone by. After a six hour bus ride from Quito, we got to our absolutely stunning and secluded home in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. We arrived to the Gaia Lodge with Group B as well, so there are now 31 of us together. It’s been fun to exchange stories with the other group of our different experiences spent in the same communities.
The staff here have been great by providing us with so many opportunities to submerge ourselves into the rainforest. Only a few minutes after arriving, we were already off on our first adventure of floating down the Napo River on a bird/monkey watch tour. On Friday, we were woken up bright and early for a two hour hike through the rainforest. Unfortunately, a massive rainstorm decided to take place at the same exact time, so our hike turned more into a mud slide. We were all proud of our clumsy friend, Sarah, who only fell over six times! Despite being absolutely drenched from head to toe, it was still an incredible experience– when else will we get to say we hiked through the Amazon Rainforest in the middle of a thunderstorm?!
Aside from the hike, we’ve spent the past few days doing lots of different activities. To list a few: meeting an indigenous family, crocodile watching, visiting a butterfly farm and animal rehabilitation center, chocolate making, and a traditional Shaman presentation. Spending ten weeks traveling through an amazing country has left us with memories that we will remember for the rest of our lives. It’s hard to chose one moment that was better than another, but I think if I had to pick, it would be a toss up between snorkeling at Kicker Rock and getting to live with a host family in Agato.
Here is what everyone else had to say for their favorite memory:
Luisa– Visiting Isabela Island and our nights out in Quito (squad sleepover)
Eden– White water rafting in Baños