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Travel Pictures - ECUADOR - 1995

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     Ecuador is a picturesque country where visitors commingle with ancient cultures unchanged over the last millennia. The Andes Mountains run the length of the country in a chain of massive, snow-capped volcanoes that tower to over 20,000 feet. I visited the country during a border conflict with Peru that threatened to escalate into a full-blown war. Although the conflict never escalated to that level, I did have to change my travel plans on my way to the southern tip of the continent.

Friendly Ecuadorians at a lovely Zocalo (square) -
Ibarra, Ecuador

Indian villages, quilted mountainsides, and towering volcanoes -
near Otavalo, Ecuador
Is this simply a stylish reed boat or an Andean wave runner? -
near Otavalo, Ecuador
A colorful view of Ecuador's colonial capital from the rooftops -
Quito, Ecuador
A colonial street leading to the hilltop statue "Virgin of the Americas" -
Quito, Ecuador
These Ecuadorians were protesting the Peruvian government during the border conflict with Peru -
Quito, Ecuador
Even the school children entered into the protest -
Quito, Ecuador
When the border conflict became quite serious, Ecuador's president was compelled to address the crowd of protestors -
Quito, Ecuador
Chimborazo is Ecuador's highest peak and is covered with massive glaciers. According to Wikipedia, since the earth is not a perfect sphere
(wider at the equator), this summit is considered to be the spot on the surface of the earth that is the farthest from the earth's center -
central Ecuador
I caught this scene of a very free-spirited German traveler lounging on his hotel room's balcony -
Banos, Ecuador
I never had a more enjoyable visit to an animal park than my day at the Banos Zoo. Although the tourist
brochure referred to the zoo as the "animal prison," the tapirs roamed freely among the visitors -
Banos, Ecuador

The unwary visitor risks physical injury if they carelessly wander up to the wildlife enclosures -
Banos, Ecuador

Is this leopard simply displaying a friendly gesture at the daredevil's petting zoo? -
Banos, Ecuador
Now you know why I refer to this South American park as a "daredevil's petting zoo"! -
Banos, Ecuador
Is this sun bear just being sociable or is he tasting the tourists? -
Banos, Ecuador
Ecuador's commercial capital from the rooftops -
Guayaquil, Ecuador
I reckoned (as well as the onlookers) that these frightening looking creatures were harmless -
at least while they were feeding on this assortment of greens -
City Square; Guayaquil, Ecuador
Salinas is Ecuador's most popular resort on the Pacific Ocean -
Guayaquil, Ecuador
These Chilean tourists had just arrived from Chile (by bus) by crossing the Peruvian border -
a supposedly "closed" border for which I had just purchased a $400 dollar ticket to fly over! -
Guayaquil, Ecuador

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