Hi from Mindo- this is a small town (2000 people) at 1250 m. We have had some fantastic birding so far - got up at 4am, hiked for 4 hours before breakfast ( fried balls of mashed green banas mixed with chicken, really good, cheese empanadas, fruit and great coffee), drove an hour to a farm where the farmer tookus on a track in a cart pulled by his tractor then we got in harnesses and were belayed down bamboo ladders (one with water spraying on it from a waterfall) - so we could see some rare birds nesting in a deep ravine. This birdwatching is NOT for sissies! We had a guide for 4 days and had long days of hiking for about 10 hours a day but now we are on our own and today got to sleep in and have a proper breakfast, not a boxed one. We have moved into a really nice hostal which is famous for it,s coffee, cappucinos and chocolate bronwies! There are lots of restaurants here and very few tourists so it,s nice and quiet.
hope all is well with you,
bye for now, Malcolm and Elinor
ps-this is not our photo, (or even of Ecuador)