By: REBECCA WONG
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
We waved a tearful goodbye to Totorillas and our home in the Chimborazo Province, taking with all us all the memories of Shuid and all of the precious moments that changed each of us personally. But with every good story, there is an end. And we had to start our next adventure! We were heading to Mindo, eight hours away.
After fueling up at “La Finca” (meaning the farm), with amazing sandwiches and yummy Ecuadorian junk food (with surprisingly few unpronounceable ingredients), we continued driving through Quito and then beyond until the landscape started changing from dry mountains to lush, humid jungle. There was so much fog that you could barely see beyond the edge of the road. Turns out that fog wasn’t fog at all, but cloud. We were driving in clouds.
By about 4:00 pm we arrived at the Mindo Mariposario (butterfly farm) and got the keys to our cabanas, situated in the Cloud Forest. We got to sleep under the canopy of exotic trees, and were awakened by the sound of exotic birds. The whole place just oozed exotic jungle!
We got unlimited access to the butterfly sanctuary and some girls woke up at 5:00 am to see the sunrise and hatching chrysalides. And the symbolism behind butterflies, having to change to become beautiful, was just that much more fitting for the whole trip.