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Casa Giralda Banos

August 12, 2015

Even with the Pope’s arrival in Quito and his few days in Ecuador it seemed like much of the Ecuadorian population was in Banos. When we rolled up into Casa Giralda Banos we were surprised at how busy the pools were and how many people there were. There were mainly Ecuadorians though we ran into a few foreigners who were also enjoying the pools in the hotel that had water coming directly from the thermal waters of the mountain. We got into contact with the owner, Andres, after we saw them the hotel on Tripadvisor and were wondering why there…

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Bird Garden Guesthouse- A treat for birders in the city

July 5, 2015

We came into the Quito and rolled into a quite part of La Mariscal and were happy to have checked into Bird Garden Guesthouse. As beginner birds we were impressed with the bird photography concept of the hotel. There were so many beautiful photos taken by Roberto and Lorena the owners who are both professional national guides. The room we were booked into was #7 and had a nice double bed and an extra large single bed. All of our luggage fit nicely into the huge closet and we had a lot more space than we needed. The bathroom was basic but…

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Ecuador, South America

Condor Park Otavalo- Feeding the birdnerd frenzy

July 6, 2015

A visit to the Condor Park Otavalo gives you the opportunity to see the world’s strongest bird along with a number of owls, hawks, and eagles. Of course if looking at birds in cages or behind bars isn’t your thing Condor Park can still leave the visitor satisfied with their flight demonstrations and personal encounters with Harry’s Hawk, the American eagle, a barn owl, and a few other high flying birds. The bird park itself is full of rescued birds either in illegal captivity or in unsuitable environments. The park doesn’t keep the birds if they are capable of freeing them however after…

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