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Ecuador -- Mainland and Galapagos Islands, Oct. 2011

Day 9, October 22. Early birdwalk at Tandayapa. Drive to San Jorge Hosteleria at Milpe. Hike and birdwalk at Milpe. Return to Quito. Stay at San Jorge Hosteleria at Quito.

Day 9, October 22
Early morning birdwatching
Day 9, October 22
Amazing birds: Blue-winged Mountain Tanager
Day 9, October 22
Too many species of hummingbirds!
Day 9, October 22
Wasp nest under palm frond along trail
Day 9, October 22
Open-air breakfast with the hummingbirds
Day 9, October 22
Festive breakfast appetizer with fresh fruit juice
Day 9, October 22
Hummingbird feeders
Day 9, October 22
Descending forest trail on the way out
Day 9, October 22
Footpath to San Jorge Hosteleria at Tandayapa
Day 9, October 22
Sign at San Jorge Hosteleria at Tandayapa
Day 9, October 22
Urban area on route to Milpe
Day 9, October 22
Rural area on route to Milpe
Day 9, October 22
Road to San Jorge Hosteleria at Milpe
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Entrance to San Jorge Hosteleria at Milpe
Day 9, October 22
Hiking through Tropical Rain Forest to the lodge
Day 9, October 22
Lots of wild rain forest plants: Lycopodium
Day 9, October 22
Wild rain forest plants: perhaps an acanthus
Day 9, October 22
Wild rain forest plants: could be a cardamum
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Caretaker's residence
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Outdoor dining at San Jorge Hosteleria at Milpe
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Always a festive dessert
Day 9, October 22
Outdoor balcony at San Jorge Hosteleria at Milpe
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Room at San Jorge Hosteleria at Milpe
Day 9, October 22
Clouds and rain in the Tropical Rain Forest
Day 9, October 22
Walking Palm along birdwatching trail
Day 9, October 22
Birdwatching along a forest edge
Day 9, October 22
Wild creatures along the birding trail
Day 9, October 22
Leaving friends with the trail caretaker as we head out
Day 9, October 22
Wonderful graffiti art in Quito (enlarged at right)
Day 9, October 22
"Respeta la Libre ExpresiĆ³n" (what a great country!)
Day 9, October 22
Keeping traditions alive at San Jorge Hosteleria at Quito
Day 9, October 22
Reenacting parts of the traditional harvest festival
Day 9, October 22
Reenacting parts of the traditional harvest festival
Day 9, October 22
Reenacting parts of the traditional harvest festival

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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