After two months in the United States, we are back in Ecuador! In our latest video, we leave the capital city of Quito and drive north to the Mindo Valley. While Quito is at over 9,300 feet in elevation, Mindo is at only 4,000 feet. So the ecosystems are totally different. As you’ll see, Mindo is brilliantly lush and warm enough for our campground to have a swimming pool!
In this video, Caspian and I have a big hiking day. He hits the six-mile mark for the first time! We take a cable car over a deep canyon to access a trail past numerous waterfalls in the jungle.
We enjoy a specially-prepared ice cream that is native to this region (and Caspian helps make some). Iranian immigrants cook for us. And more!
For those of you who don’t know, Caspian has hiked one mile for every year of his life. When he was one-year-old, he hiked one mile. When he was two, he hiked two miles. All the way up until now: his six-mile hike during his sixth year of life. We’re so proud of him! In case you’re interested, this short video shows his hiking milestones from 1-3 years old.
We crossed the border into Peru on August 21! There are five countries down the Pacific coast of South America, and we’ve made it to the third one.
So far, our most exciting adventure was Caspian and me hiking to see the fifth tallest waterfall in the world. Here’s a teaser video. We’ll post all the breath-taking footage on YouTube once we catch up.
We are continuing south down the center of Peru. We are in for some slow and twisty roads ahead through the Andes, but this area of the country is gorgeous. Eventually, we will head towards the coast and Lima, where we need to get some Jeep repairs done (our solar panels aren’t working).
Thank you for joining us on this journey.