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We randomly machete-d our way off the path and into this patch of wonderfulness: undisturbed, original cloud forest in Ecuador: nothing but vines and moss and dappled sunlight. I know everyone says it, but no picture can really do it justice. I still tried.


Sorry to be a photo-uploading touristy type,

but I just had a pretty amazing trip to South America, and here are a few selections from my first round of pictures.


I went to Peru and Ecuador, but right now, these are just my Ecuador pictures. Peru pictures later: if I have to look through any more pictures right now I'll probably go insane.


++++++ a million million more in comments. All types of Ecuadoran wonderfulness: plants, people, bugs, birds, landscapes from right on the equator to way up in the mountains.


I spent a couple of weeks in the cloud forest of Ecuador (named because, even in the daytime, the mountains are covered in cloud), and that's where most of these pictures are from.


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Taken on May 18, 2011