Ecuador — San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge and Cresting the Andes


San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, we left the Amazon Basin behind us and headed toward Quito. Along the way we were do for a lunch stop at the San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge. It was drizzly on our arrival, and we didn’t see many hummingbirds, but the views along the eastern slopes of the Andes were rather breathtaking, but not as breathtaking (literally) as our later climb above 13,000 feet/3,900 meters on our journey to Quito.

San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

As you can see from today’s photos, the vegetation here is lush, dense, and beautifully green.

San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

San Isidro Hummingbird Lodge

After lunch our tour group loaded back aboard the bus for the continued climb into the high Andes. The air grew thin, and trees gave way to shrub.

High Andes waterhole

Look in the background in the photo below and you’ll see that humanity reaches even here. Notice what appears to be a ranch?

High Andes ranch

Next week we begin an extended tour of Quito.

 

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