The weekend

The weekend

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Sorry I haven´t been able to post for a few days. Friday we had a cooking class where the girls and I made some chocolates using Ecuadorian chocolate, peanuts and dulce de leche (like a caramel sauce). They were pretty good and most of us ate them right after lunch.

Saturday we went to a town called Baños de Agua Santa or just Baños. It took us about 4 hours to get there on a chartered bus. It is known for it´s thermal baths (baños) not named for bathrooms. It is the gateway to the Amazon jungle. It has become a place to go for adventure. We went with another group from West Albany HS in Oregon and got to go to a place called The Tree House. It´s a tree house with two swings. When you swing out you go over the ledge and when you take pictures it looks like you are flying. Fun and a bit scary at first. We had a huge lunch at an Uruguayan restaurant and then headed off for zip lining! We were pumped because our itinerary said we were going mountain biking. I have been three times before and this was probably the best time for me. Some of us went upside down and everyone got to go Superman style on two of the lines. Some of us also got to see steam coming out of a volcano called Tunguahua. I think this might be the highlight of the trip. All the girls loved it. After dinner in an Italian restaurant we headed to our hotel where the girls got to swim and hand out in a hot tub.

Sunday we started the day off by heading to some waterfalls. We didn't make it to our destination though because there was a landslide that close the road ahead of us. We ended up hiking down a gorge to see another waterfall called Manto de la Novia. We got muddy. We got to cross a hanging bridge over a raging river. We saw lots of new plants and flowers. It was a good. tiring adventure. When we got back to the bus we washed our ,muddy shoes and legs and hands off in some water that was running over the road since there had been so much rain the night before. We found out that there was another landslide behind us and we were trapped where we were until they could clear it. Apparently we just missed the slide (gracias a dios) so while we were hiking the town was working on clearing the road with a big excavator. We only had to wait about 20 minutes after a two hour hike for the road to open back up. We were one of the first vehicles through and there was a back up for miles. Lunch in town and a little shopping time and back home to Quito. On the way back we got to see one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi. It´s hard to go back to school after weekends like this.