Day 6 – Travel to Coca by canoe, bus ride to Quito

We spent a good part of today traveling.  We had an early breakfast and set out in a motorized canoe to Coca.  In Coca, we boarded a bus, which took us through the Andes.  The ride through the country-side was amazing – lots of green, beautiful mountains and a view into rural life that we might have missed had we flown back to Quito.  I would say the trip was very worth-while, except, I could have skipped the stretch of the drive that went by the airport and into Quito.  As it turns out, we did this downtown-to-airport drive six times, 3 coming and 3 going. On this day, it was a Sunday of a holiday weekend.  Quito has not escaped the post-holiday traffic jams that we experience here in major metro areas. (I am critical of our tour company on this as I think the idea of 3 separate trips into Quito was abusive to us – one longer visit would have been great.)

A map showing our travels on Day 6.
Price of gas
Our stop for gas in Loreto
From the gas station, here is a view down the street towards town.
Another photo looking away from the town
Sunday in the town of Loreto, taken from the bus.
Another view of Loreto
We drive by many, many rivers like this one.
We drove by many houses that looked a lot like this one.
Another home
Another home.
The resturant where we had lunch
Our group at lunch.  We had a choice between trout and rice and veggies.  I had the rice, it was very good.  Peter had the trout and he liked that too.
A local bird poster
A key for the bird poster
We had good TV reception while we waited for lunch.
The flag of Ecuador

A map showing our travels on Day 6.

Here is a map showing our route. We started in Coca and ended up in Quito. The map also shows the two towns that (I am pretty sure that) we stopped in. Loreto for gas; and Baeza for lunch.

Price of gas

Along the way, we stopped for gas in Loreto. The price of regular was $1.037/gallon. Notwithstanding nationalism and metrification, Ecuador uses dollars as its national currency and measures gasoline in gallons. The alert reader has already noticed that the local gasoline price is not in equilibrium with the world market.

Our stop for gas in Loreto

Please note the price of gas, understanding that the price is in US dollars and unit of measure (gallons) is the same.

From the gas station, here is a view down the street towards town.

Another photo looking away from the town

Sunday in the town of Loreto, taken from the bus.

Another view of Loreto

We drive by many, many rivers like this one.

We drove by many houses that looked a lot like this one.

Another home

Another home.

The resturant where we had lunch

I think our lunch spot was in the town of Baeza.
This was a sweet place. The food was good and there were a number of posters/pictures inside which were helpful.

Our group at lunch. We had a choice between trout and rice and veggies. I had the rice, it was very good. Peter had the trout and he liked that too.

A local bird poster

Here is a picture of some of the birds that we saw. See next picture of an enlarged key.

A key for the bird poster

We had good TV reception while we waited for lunch.

They had excellent TV reception.

The flag of Ecuador

A map showing our travels on Day 6. thumbnail
Price of gas thumbnail
Our stop for gas in Loreto thumbnail
From the gas station, here is a view down the street towards town. thumbnail
Another photo looking away from the town thumbnail
Sunday in the town of Loreto, taken from the bus. thumbnail
Another view of Loreto thumbnail
We drive by many, many rivers like this one. thumbnail
We drove by many houses that looked a lot like this one. thumbnail
Another home thumbnail
Another home. thumbnail
The resturant where we had lunch thumbnail
Our group at lunch.  We had a choice between trout and rice and veggies.  I had the rice, it was very good.  Peter had the trout and he liked that too. thumbnail
A local bird poster thumbnail
A key for the bird poster thumbnail
We had good TV reception while we waited for lunch. thumbnail
The flag of Ecuador thumbnail