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Old 03-25-2013, 07:57 AM   #1771
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Heading to the town of Banos, you pass next to the active volcano Tangurahua. It 16,000 feet, it dominates the horizon with the crater belching hot gases. Its what gives banos it's name. The town has hot springs and adventure sport atmosphere. You can go river rafting, bungie jumping, canyoneering, or pretty much what ever you want here

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:58 AM   #1772
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Here is the pretty waterfall next to one of the hot springs

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Old 03-25-2013, 08:01 AM   #1773
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Not sure what to do the next day, I headed down in to the jungle in the Amazon basin. To get there, I headed down this canyon road that dropped more than 10,000 feet in elevation. Along the way, I checked out lots of water falls and so much more!





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Old 03-25-2013, 08:06 AM   #1774
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I have a lot more pics and stories but I need to get on the road. The down load speed here is about half a KB a second. Plus I have some awesome video to share soon
This is a picture of where the mountains meet the Amazon jungle. I rode all the way to the jungle town of Tena

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:28 AM   #1775
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Yep, gonna burn more gas in this country for sure
Put the pedal to the metal or whatever the motorcycle equivalent is.
Hi Lalo,

You know WFO. Still with you it is my Monday morning fix. Keep the RR going you are doing a great job.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:05 PM   #1776
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One of the best parts of being in Ecuador is that $10 nearly fills up my big 8.7 gallon tank. It makes going to the gas station fun again.
Fill er up!

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:07 PM   #1777
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lazy river

Out of the mountains and in to the jungle, the rivers flow much slower in the Amazon. And the water is much warmer too. Perfect for swimming

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:11 PM   #1778
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The highlight to doing the Chugchilan loop is doing the hike around Laguna Quilotoa. The lake sits in the middle of a volcanic crater.
And it was worth the slip and slide to get there.
This picture was taken by 4 cute German girls doing the hike.

I'm seeing a rather troublesome trend developing here... it only takes one cutie to take a picture, the other 3 need to prop you up in it!!
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:32 PM   #1779
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The jungle town of Puyo Ecuador
Looking off in to the distance, you can see the Amazon jungle. It is a long way across the continent from this point
In Tena, the elevation was only about 1500 feet. The mountain pass I drop over was about 12,000. So the Amazon is very flat across Brazil

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:51 PM   #1780
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Crossing a big river on a swingbridge



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Old 03-25-2013, 08:36 PM   #1781
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Here's some pictures of the Pailon del Diablo waterfall east of Banos
You have to hike down in to the canyon to see it.
But there is a walkway that puts you within feet of the water coming down.



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Old 03-25-2013, 08:40 PM   #1782
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Here's some cute thirteen year olds that I was having fun with on the swingbridge

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Old 03-25-2013, 08:56 PM   #1783
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Video

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It shows the waterfall's plunge from a unique vantage point

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:35 PM   #1784
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It is a view of the waterfall from the swingbridge

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:58 PM   #1785
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Hey man,

Been following along for a while, and am really psyched you're enjoying Ecuador so much! I was there riding for 10 days this time last year and one of the best rides I have ever done was there, not far from Chugchillan. I stayed in Salinas De Guaranda and took the back road out of town which led South East towards the town of Riobamba and passed on the east side of Volcan Chimborazo. PM me if you're interested with your email address and I can send you GPS tracks. I would highly, highly recommend both the town of Salinas and the route just described, not sure where you are now, but it would be worth backtracking in my opinion. If you think Chugchillan is small, you should see this place!

Godspeed!
That's where I was today.
I got higher than ever before
16,500 feet
It took my breath away
Thanks
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