June 19, 2011
We managed to make the bus with time for some complimentary coffee in the lobby! The bus ride to the airport (there were 29 of us on the early run) was uneventful and we moved through baggage check and security efficiently and in plenty of time for our 6:40 AM departure to Miami. We had a nice view of Quito on the way out and then of some Andes peaks, including Mount Cotopaxi. At 19,347 feet it is the second highest peak in Ecuador and the second furthest point of land away from the earth’s center! Cool stat!
After a nearly 7-hour layover in Miami that included a 1- hour weather delay, we took off for Raleigh, and landed about 8:30 PM. All of our luggage arrived safely and we were nearly unpacked before hitting the sack about 10:30 PM.
We saw many amazing animals and plants. The following list only represents species that Diane and I observed for certain. Others among us certainly recorded many other animal and plant detections.
Confirmed Species List:
Red howler monkey
Fishing (Bulldog) bats
Blue and gray tanager
Black-faced ant thrush Read More