Exploring the Amazon from Ecuador- Day One
Leaving Quito with only our day packs we headed on overnight bus to Lago Agrio, a small shanty town on the edge of the jungle. The road was winding and took us over the high mountain passes of the Andes down into the Amazon basin. After a few hours wait in Lago Agrio in much more humid temperatures than Quito we headed deeper into the jungle by bus until reaching our next mode of transportation, canoes.
Loaded up into 2 canoes our group headed toward the Guacamayo Ecolodge where we would be spending the next 3 nights in the jungle. On the way we were lucky enough to see a group of about 50 surreal monkeys jumping from one tree to another to cross the river. It was amazing to see so many monkeys and so close and was a prelude for what was to come over the next few days.
With a nice lunch and short siesta at the lodge we ventured out at 4:30pm to swim in a large lagoon and enjoy a spectacular sunset. On the way we found some rare birds including one which looked just like a stick. Once the sun was down it was time to go cayman hunting. Jairo, our guide seemed to know how to mimc every animal sound in the Amazon and before long he was luring out small cayman with the unique gulping sound. Heading back to lodge with only the stars to guide us we found we were surrounded by bats which thought it would be fun to follow the boat.
When we returned to the lodge we sat down to another great meal and enjoyed a few Pilseners, the local Ecuadorian beer before heading to our cabins. We crawled under the safety of our mosquito nets, Jen was particularly worried after I had killed a large spider in our room earlier that afternoon.