Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bel & Ecuador: Part 4: Puerto Rico & Puerto Lopez

It was cloudy by the time we got to Puerto Rico. We were supposed to visit the National Park and a Native Reservation that day, but they were closing at 6pm. We wouldn´t have time....
So we walked along the beach, instead, and had dinner in the beautiful restaurant of our hotel "La Barquita", that honors its name with the shape of a boat.
Dinner was so good. I ordered some fish, and the atmosphere was great.
Our room was rustic, and it had mosquito nets that were kind of humid, but well... it felt very eco friendly.

The morning after, we had breakfast on the terrace and then went to the city center to find out about excursions but it was too late.

So, we had some sandwiches with pineapple juice, right next to the beach and then headed to Los Frailes National Park.

It is a beach reservation that protects the native flora and fauna. We saw plenty of reptils, all sizes, and nice pinky crabs. The extension of the reservation was huge, so we had to chose from a few options.
We went to a high point to have a panoramic view, and to some beaches.

One of the beaches had volcanic sand, and it provided a good contrast to spots crabs :)

Then we went to a Native Reservation, that is called White Waters due to the existance of thermal sulfurous waters, that come from the volcanic depth.
We had a guided tour that was from the tribe and explained all the details of his community (Sorry, I forgot about it!) and made us walk a lot!
Then, we got to spend around an hour in the white waters... It was so fun! They were muddy and allegedly therapeutical, so we rub ourselves in that dark stinky mud.

Then we had dinner in Puerto Lopez and headed back to the hotel.
In the morning, we had breakfast again in the terrace and got to take the last pictures:

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