So, after an afternoon of recovering from climbing a mountain we headed off on Monday morning to do our 80km cycle ride. This was, thankfully, virtually all down hill and mainly on paved roads.
The weweather, yet again, was not on our side. It rained with an absolute vengence, so that after about an hour our waterproofs had let water in and we were all totally drenched.
We spent that night in a basic cabin in the rainforest, as Tuesday was due to be our day for a trek in the jungle. Once again the weather was not on our side, so we were unable to do as was planned. We ended up having a really fun day where aAndy had his chest painted at a body paint specialist, we visited 2 conservation reserves and learnt about traditional medicine used still today.
Yet another fond farewell to our guide Juan who had been with us for all of the tour. He was a brbrilliant guide, Spanish instructor and card player. Then we headed up to Tena, the capital of rafting in Ecuador?
Wednesday was spent rafting along 27km of level 3 river. We ended up being part of a group of 24, made up mainly of a group of school boys from Kansas. This was not how we had hoped our trip would be. As it turned out the 3 boys on our raft were great. Lots of fun when it came to games which involved pushing each other out of the raft and generally nice boys. This was certainly a nice suprise!
The rafting itself was absolutely brilliant. A great balance of being scared but not at any stage thinking you would die. I think is the perfect pitch for rafting.
After rafting we headed back to Quito, back again to the same hostel, where i think we are nearly residents. Holly and Andy very kindly took me out for a lovely meal in a restaurant high up in the city with a beautful view. A perfect last night.