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Happy New Year, or feliz año nuevo as we were wishing one another here in Ecuador. Our much fraught-over decision to spend the holiday in Baños rather than Moñtanita turned out to be the perfect one. We had a culturally unique experience, an insanely fun night, and best of all, no stress! What more could you ask for?

We just generally fell big time for Baños and I was actually fairly sad to leave. I’m getting fairly chronologically behind real time in blogging right now (a sign that I’ve been way too busy!) and so it might be a while before you read about this magical little mountain town. Photo of the Week will have to do for now!

Photo A
Lovely locals

Photo B
Paillon del Diablo waterfall

Photo C
Amazing activities

Photo D
Biking in Baños

Photo E
Fun Fin De Año traditions!

Which photo is your favorite?

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39 Comments...
  • becky hutner
    January 5 2014

    Photo A for shock value (what are those things??). Photo C for scenic beauty.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      They are guinea pigs, or cuy as they are called in the Andes! I had EIGHT (yes, eight) pet guinea pigs growing up so no, I did not sample one!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    January 5 2014

    Love Photo B, how beautiful! And did you brave eating cuy? When I was in Ecuador I just couldn’t do it.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Nope! As I mentioned above, I was a proud member of the guinea pig club…. couldn’t bring myself to do it!

  • Breanna
    January 5 2014

    Photo b. such an interesting view point

    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Thanks Breanna! I could feel the water from the falls on my back when I took that photo!

  • Armando
    January 5 2014

    Photo B is breathtaking!

    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Thank you Armando! Can you believe I took it with my iPhone?

  • Paul D
    January 5 2014

    Photo B is my favourite, but they’re all great – nice work!

    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Thanks Paul! Looks like B is in the lead so far 🙂

  • Kat
    January 5 2014

    Argh I did it again! I forgot to tell you to go canyoning in Baños. I suck at travel advice (although at least I remembered Casa de Bamboo in hindsight..)

    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Don’t worry — I did it! Can’t wait to post about it 🙂

  • Stephanie
    January 5 2014

    These are all great photos! Photo Editing is my favorite and C would be my next favorite.
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    • Stephanie
      January 5 2014

      I meant Photo E, not photo editing. Silly auto correct.
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      • Meihoukai
        January 6 2014

        Have you seen that site dedicated to the funniest autocorrects? It is a total time suck but HILARIOUS!

  • Gaelyn
    January 5 2014

    I was instantly going to say B, until I saw C. Oh, but that looks like a thrill.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      It was! Especially when I saw the less-than-stellar methods they were using to secure us to the zipline…

  • Emily
    January 5 2014

    Wow! Photo B is my favourite! It looks so beautiful – postcard worthy for sure!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Thanks Emily! I love sending postcards 🙂

  • Irving
    January 5 2014

    WOW! Great photos! I would love to see the Paillon del Diablo waterfall live and in person! It must have been breath taking! Thanks for the great pictures. I can’t wait to see more from you current travels!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Thanks Irving! I’ve seen a lot of waterfalls… and this was a doozy! Definitely worth putting on the bucket list!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    January 5 2014

    Feliz año!!! B as I am a sucker for a rainbow! A rainbow and a waterfall – double whammie! Looks beautiful, glad you were happy with your choice. All the best for 2014 Meihoukai!
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  • Dad
    January 5 2014

    They are all exceptional but I like B the best………but they are all close seconds!!!!

    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Thanks Dad! I thought you’d like the guinea pigs after so many years of picking up their poop 🙂

  • The Guy
    January 5 2014

    Great photos as always Meihoukai. My favourite is photo B. I do however like photo D which clearly reflects your eye for a good angle to make a great picture.

    Belated New Year greetings to you.

    BTW, I wouldn’t worry about falling behind in real time blog posts. I always try to keep a few articles in reserve for when I don’t have time to write. I personally feel less pressure to write then and can explore my articles more, time permitting.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      I usually write posts a week or two ahead of time and just schedule them, that way I have flexibility if something really amazing comes up. But lately I’ve just been doing WAY too much. Even if I blogged every single day I don’t think I could keep up! Time to slow down 🙂

  • Steve
    January 6 2014

    I’m choosing B. Simply stunning.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Thanks Steve! I don’t think there has ever been a week with such unanimous comments!

  • Karina
    January 6 2014

    Photo C! Can’t wait to read your post about that activity! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Thanks Karina! There are SO many ziplines and cablecars in Banos. I’ve never seen anything like it!

  • Diane
    January 6 2014

    I’m a sucker for rainbows, so I have to go with B! You captured it beautifully.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      Thanks Diane! Funny thing is I took that photo with both my iPhone (for Instagram) and my dSLR (for the blog, or so I thought) and ended up preferring the iPhone one!

  • Shaun
    January 6 2014

    Photo C!

    I’d feel like Superman.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 6 2014

      It’s SUCH a creepy way to do a zipline. Your hands are just kind of flailing… it feels very vulnerable! But I guess that’s what makes it fun.

  • Chris
    January 6 2014

    Photo C with the zip line. What a view!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 7 2014

      Thanks Chris! Hope you had a great New Year in Gili!

      • Chris
        January 17 2014

        Glad you even managed to remember with everything you’ve had going on!

        Sarah & I must be such party animals these days, I think we were in bed reading by about 9.30pm (I put it down to Sarah still recovering from the seasickness she got on the fastboat)

        Still, it meant we were raring to go for snorkeling the following day 🙂
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        • Meihoukai
          January 18 2014

          Sounds like a perfect way to ring in the new year!