|Lago Cuitocha, w/ cuy butt island on left|
|Adjusting bikes at the start|
|Bikes had "US Aid" stickers. Not sure significance, but if America is helping to put folks on bikes, we're all for it!!|
|Luis at start of single track trails|
|View from our hotel room.|
Eventually we arrived at Parque Condor, and learned that the "daily" live flying demonstrations were done every day except Monday, the day of our visit. Nonetheless we were allowed to enter the park and wander around the various hawks, eagles, kestrels and of course Andean condors, the largest birds in the world.
It was a beautiful place, perched on the top of the hill, with spectacular views all around. Most of the birds are caged in large, well fitted out cages, where they are either kept until well enough to release back into the wild, or remain if their injuries keep them from reentering the wild environment.
|Black chested buzzard eagle, with bald eagle in the background|
Although a fairly steady slope for the most part over a faint overgrown track, we eventually hit the steep parts, and swung like monkeys from the young eucalyptus trees as we made our way down the steep ravines to the river below.
Today we'll take a bus back to Quito, and another to Latacunga, where we'll spend several days in the region of the volcano Cotapaxi.