Today we were leaving the Amazon for Banos.
We awoke about 5:15 am to a loud DING. We knew immediately what the noise was before J went to investigate. Sure enough another bat hit the fan. Lucky for us it happened on the other side of the room. Neither one of could go back to sleep after that. We were on edge, presuming there were more bats around, as this was now the third bat taken out by the fans in this room since we checked in.
We quickly got ready, packed up and left in record time. We had our suitcases outside our door, way before departure and went to sit in the reception area. That was better than being in room 307. Leaving the room early and nothing else to do, I went around and took pictures of the beautiful flowers and vegetation. Everything is very green and thriving from all the rain
Once the front desk was open, we reported the dead bat in our room. They said that this was the first time this ever happened. Three bats in three days is a bit much to take, even if you are in the Amazon. Yamandu, our tour guide apologized, he was great, even though it was out of his control. He could see the stress we felt. We were glad we were leaving, as I would not spend another night in that room.
After the last two days of rain, the sun was finally coming out. It looked like it was going to be a beautiful day.
Leaving the hotel in our canoe, it was enjoyable ride up the river to catch the bus.
Our bus was waiting for us and the luggage was already stowed away. We were ready to head to our next stop Rio Verde, a couple hours away.
Ecuador Travel Day 6 Banos
Our first stop of the day was the El Pailon del Diablo or “The Devil’s Cauldron”. The admission was only a $1.50 per person. It was a nice walk to the falls.
In order to get up close to the falls, we walked across a suspended bridge, you could feel it move as you made your way to the other side.
The falls was breathtaking. There are two separate entrances to the falls. Our side took us down near the falls, but we could not reach the steps on the other side.