The summer months whirl by. We book our plane flights and lucky for us, United is only landing in Quito at midnight, and coincidentally departing Quito at midnight. However, this has also created 2 extra ride days. Blaster often laments that he wants a stay-cation. Never fear, I can fill every waking minute. With that, we decide to expand the bike rentals for two days.
Really, what's not to love about this little excursion:
- You will learn about organic cocoa farming and processing. You will learn how cacao is turned into chocolate from the moment it is picked from the tree to the completed chocolate bars. The Chocolate tour starts every day at 4 PM
- Tandayapa Bird Lodge. You can stop here for lunch in their restaurant or just sneak a peak at their amazing balcony and be surrounded by hundreds of hummingbirds in a show that will fascinate you.
- astronomical observatories established at the Equator by ancient indigenous cultures. You can also perform some fun and interesting experiments to show you the strange gravitational effects that can only be observed on the Equatorial line.