Finally got our Ecuador Photobook done!

30 12 2012

We sent our Ecuador Photobook off to be printed at Picaboo the other day. It definitely took a lot of editorial “discussion” between myself and Mrs Dragonspeed until we came up with the right mix of landscape/animals/people.

To view our project, click the following link: http://app.picaboo.com/WebView/Project.aspx?clientID=6f2b34d4602f3c671193b0877abb8658&version=295980&siteID=ViaPreview

 

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Native Peoples of Ecuador

4 09 2012

Living in the harsh alpine sun and wind of Ecuador takes it’s toll on the people that are idigenous to Ecuador. Nonetheless, they manage to have a quiet, reserved dignity with a lovely dash of colour in their clothing, and can be easily spotted by their hats.


Ecuadorian Native by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Ecuadorian Native by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Ecuadorian Native by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Ecuadorian Native by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Ecuadorian Native by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Native woman at Quilotoa by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Native woman at Quilotoa by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Ecuador Pictures done!

2 09 2012

Finally, our entire Ecuador trip – edited, distilled down to its essence and uploaded to Flickr.

· 21 days of travelling
· 5 of us together from 2 separate continents
· 10 different cities/towns and villages from the Metropolis of Quito to the tiny mountain village of Chugchilan
· paved roads, dirt roads, roads of questionable status
· Tortoises, goats, hummingbirds, llamas, iguanas, sealions and everything seemingly in between.
· sea level to 4800m
· Baking Sun to chilling mountain fog.
· Crammed taxis, comfortable private ride, “cruise boat”, zodiac… feet.

Irene and I took over 6000 photos combined.

All this, we managed to distill down to the best 791 photos of the trip… Sit back, grab a snack and enjoy the slideshow!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157629476591628/show/

You might want to put on some pan flute music in the background as well to get that authentic South American feeling 😉

Thanks for taking the trip with us to Ecuador. Who knows where our next trip will take us but the world is big and there are many interesting parts that call us to see them!





Visiting Banos (del Agua Santa)

12 08 2012

Banos is a lovely town in Ecuador! We spent a day visiting waterfalls, touring the town, seeing the ACTIVE VOLCANO and ziplining!

Tungurahua Volcano:

Volcan
Tungurahua
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The town of Banos, nestled in the valley below the volcano

Baños de Agua Santa by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The crazy guy that monitors the volcano, voluntarily – explaining what he does

Casa Del Arbol by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Fresh milk, straight from the cow!

Fresh Milk – RIGHT from the Cow! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

One of the lovely flowers in the the central park of Banos

Lovely Flower by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Mrs Dragonspeed with a pair of nice boobies in her hands!

Everybody loves boobies! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Banos Cathedral at night

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Agua Santa by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to soak in the hot springs. It had been a long day and we were all pretty beat.

The whole set of pictures from the day can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7718655272/





Baños de Agua Santa

5 08 2012

Hanging out at La Casa Verde The Hostel "La Casa Verde" was hard to find, but a nice place to stay.

April 10th, 2012 found us in the town of Baños, Ecuador The place comes complete with its own Volcano, a bunch of cool waterfalls and zipline opportunities!

All the photos can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630916351882/

Volcan Tungurahua

Tungurahua Volcano spitting out some steam and ash. About 4 times a day, there’s a nice loud booming sound as it vents a bit more. Nothing to worry about, they tell us! Hah!

Baños de Agua Santa

The town of Baños de Agua Santa aka. Baños. Nestled in the valley below Tungurahua, it looks idyllic but that whole Volcano thing is a bit creepy.

Casa Del Arbol

Our host at the "Tree house" explains the whole Tungurahua history and his volunteer efforts to monitor the Volcano. Nice guy, but I don’t know if hanging around in the shadow of an angry volcano is how I’d want to spend my days.

Casa Del Arbol

The group of us with the nice, crazy guy that watches over the Volcan Tungurahua.

Fresh Milk – RIGHT from the Cow!

Hidi tries some of the fresh milk, straight from the cow. Warm, and full of natural good fats! Of course I ended up giving the guy $2 … probably more than he makes from 5 LITRES of milk. Touristas!

Everybody loves boobies!

There’s nothing quite like having nice boobies in your hands! 😉

Hanging out at La Casa Verde

The Hostel "La Casa Verde" was hard to find, but a nice place to stay.





Hiking up Cotopaxi! April 9, 2012

30 07 2012

We met our driver, Lincoln at some ungodly early time in the morning and headed out from our hotel to start out on the “Avenue of the Volcanos” The idea was that if we left early enough, we might actually SEE some of them before the afternoon clouds came in.  We headed south from Quito and sure enough, the clouds had already covered the tops of many of the volcanos. That’s OK, the drive wasn’t too bad anyway.  We arrived at the base of the Cotopaxi National Park, and Lincoln registered the vehicle as entering.

Parque Nacional Cotopaxi

We drove up to a small building where we had a lot of the background of the volcano explained and a last chance to get some snacks, coca tea or water.   Our next stop was Laguna Limpiopungo.  There were some andean gulls flying around, but none of them close enough for a good picture.   We did see this one little lonely bird around 4200m though… Not sure what he is (Stout Billed Cincoldes, Cinclodes excelsior)

A lonely bird.

The parking area was at 4500m and the wind was whipping up a good chill.  It was NOT warm.  We got our gear on and began the hike up the side of the volcano.  Not much switchback stuff, just UP.  It was on loose, gravelly moraine so you basically gained 2 steps for every 3.   The going was tough.  It was my personal goal to hike 25 steps before stopping and sucking wind.   There were a couple of times that I just thought “Forget it.  I’ll meet them when they come down!”  But we all made it eventually!  4810m was the height of the shelter.

4810m Wow! We made it.

The Views, when the clouds lifted briefly were lovely!

Volcanic plains of Cotopaxi

It was a real surprise to run into a couple of nuns hiking up while we were heading down.

Hiking nuns

We did all make it down eventually, as the fog settled in and shortly before the hail started

Descending in the fog

After hiking the volcano, we headed towards Banos for the night.  We stopped at a lovely Hacienda for lunch

An old Hacienda turned guesthouse

The day’s pictures can all be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630823818268/with/7677997520/





Two days touring Cuenca, Ecuador

25 07 2012

We spent two days in Cuenca, Ecuador. The weather was "variable" and on a wet Easter Sunday double decker bus ride, we almost had our heads taken off by low hanging wires! Fun times.

Here are some of our shots:

1. Easter Parade

Easter Parade in Cuenca by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Inside of the "New Cathedral"

Catedral de la Inmaculada Conception by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Iglesia San Alfons (aka the Blue Church)

Iglesia de San Alfonso by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Playing musical notes on the crosswalk

Musical Crossing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) That’s a lotta strawberries!

Wheelbarrow FULL of strawberries! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The landmark New Cathedral domes

Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Interesting Graffiti in town

Interesting graffiti in Cuenca by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8) Getting caught in the middle of a Good Friday Procession near Ingapirca

A peacful mob? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy your whirlwind visit to Cuenca via photos!!

If you want to see more, the entire Ecuador collection can be found at:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7626310466/








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