Octobre 2019 Pien and I went for a full month of sightseeing in Ecuador! First spent two days Quito, which we found


of little interest: Just an endless ocean of houses with barely any centre. After a day we descended to the Amazone bassin. A six hours busride took as halfway, were we made a two days stop at San Isidro Lodge after which we then dived into Napo river area of the Amazone bassin. Already at arrival at Ecuador there was an upcoming protest against a new government restriction to the subsidizing of petrol. Returning to Coca the situation was aggravated, with roadblocks everywhere, “poor peasant” riots (orchestrated and financed by the transport sector), and crowds with litteraly spears and sticks in hand riotting the streets of the main cities, but also Coca. Of course we as tourists tended to stay away from riots, but roadblocks could put a stop to our travelling plans through the Andes. We figured we’d better switch destination and visit Peru first, also Andes after all. So we visited Lima and Cuzco and then the Inca site of Machu Picchu. We had some lovely days up North from Lima near Huaraz and could still make a tour around the Galapagos archipel as well. We spent beautiful time together and for me the biggest discovery was how kind all the Ecuadorian and Peruvian people have been to us.


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