When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home. ~ Rumi
Ecuador’s Andes: Eastern Slope – Cosanga – Western Slope -Mindo — Having just returned from a ten-day trip to the eastern side of Ecuador, I chuckled when I read Judy Edwards‘ Thought For the Day, shared above.
My friend Susana had often mentioned their ‘little cabaña’ tucked in a quiet area somewhere on the ‘Eastern Slope” of the Andes in the Napo Province, gateway to the Amazon. Over the past year, she’s been fine-tuning details for a birding tour for a group of ladies from the USA and had asked if I’d help during their time at their Cabana El Aliso. The tour would start on March 1st in Quito, end on March 10th in Mindo, with lots of great experiences in between.
Of course! I would love to help! I looked forward to seeing their cabaña and the surrounding landscape, but first needed to take care of my life on the Pacific side. While in Jama, I received an email from Susana regarding plans for the week before the birding tour.
“…hopefully we can travel to la Cabaña El Aliso. How about Friday, Feb. 24th? This weekend (25-28) is Carnaval and I would like to spend these days in the Cabaña. Can you come with us.” – Continue reading