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Ecuador: Otavalo

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

Our first stop on our Ecuador journey was at a Hacienda near Otavalo, north of Quito. Otavalo is famous for their craft market. It is the largest indigenous market in Ecuador. It takes place in Plaza de Panchos. There are food and animal markets in other parts of the city.

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Ecuador: Cotopaxi

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

Cotopaxi National Park is 50 miles south of Quito. We stayed at a wonderful hacienda in the area that contains some original Inca empire walls. We also took a day trip into the park and a short hike.

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Email: Greetings from Chobe National Park, Botswana

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

We left Windhoek at 7:30am and arrived in Maun at about 3pm. As we approached Maun (about 50km away), we passed a village called Toteng. We didn’t see any cars, bikes or stores. In fact, the only reason I noticed it was that the speed limit was reduced from 120km to 80km. Here, all of the brush is cleared from around the trees. The inhabitants are mostly goat ranchers. They live in compounds built with branches placed sided by side to form a fence. Each compound has several buildings. In some cases, the building is constructed with cement blocks with tin for the roof. Other times they are built with sticks and mud with reeds used to form the conical roof. Simplicity.

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Ecuador: Lower Rio Napo Amazon

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

We spent three days hiking and viewing wildlife in the Amazon Basin. Our home base was Sacha Lodge, which is approximately 50 miles downstream from Coca, Ecuador on the Rio Napo (Napo River).

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Anaheim Public Library Presentation

Posted on Feb 21, 2009

On February 20, 2009, we spoke to a full house at Anaheim Public Library in Anaheim, California. Our presentation covered our recent journey to see the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda.

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