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Anne D

Anne D

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Livin' in Ecuador for the moment.

Sep292011

Tour/Activity

Washington DC Segway Tour

Washington D.C., District of Columbia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
As a DC local, it is not an uncommon site to see Segway tours going around the city - my office is two blocks from the National Mall and I jog around the monuments several times a week. After years of seeing these tours and snickering at them (all the while secretly jealous), my friend and I decided to bite the bullet and be tourists in our own city.... The tour ended up being a lot of fun. Not only was it a great way to hone my Segway riding skills, but also to learn a bit about the city and, for out-of-towners, to familiarize oneself with the locations around Washington, DC. And sure, I'll admit it - I also learned a few new interesting facts and bits of historical information about my current hometown. And I was left with a strong desire to take advantage of all that Washington DC has to offer. So all in all, a good day out.

Note from Viator
This review was written by Anne, who wrote a complete Washington DC Segway Tour description on the Viator Travel Blog.

Sep292011

Tour/Activity

Bali Kintamani Volcano, Ubud and Barong Dance Full-Day Tour

Bali, Indonesia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
With limited time to spend in Bali, we decided that a tour of the island would be a great way to sample what the island has to offer. Having gotten some advice on "must-sees" from friends who were recently in Bali, we opted for Viator's "Bali Kintamani Volcano, Ubud and Barong Dance Full Day Tour." We stayed in Sanur on the water, and were picked up at our hotel. Our tour guide, Sandy, a Balinese local, was enthusiastic and had a wealth of knowledge about Bali.

Note from Viator
This review was written by Anne, who wrote a complete Bali Kintamani Volcano, Ubud and Barong Dance Full-Day Tour description on the Viator Travel Blog.

Mar152011

Travel Recommendation

Carnaval in the Jungle!

Quito

My Recommendation Tip

My best friend was visiting for 10 days so we wanted to do something that would allow us to take part in Carnaval activities, and also make the most of her time to see Ecuador. We decided on the jungle because it provided the perfect opportunity for both. From Quito we caught a bus south to Tena, and from Tena we caught a taxi to the (normally) sleepy town of Misahuallí. Our lodge was about 25 minutes by taxi-truck from town (suchipakari.com, locally owned and operated). Upon arrival we grabbed a quick lunch before heading down to the river, conveniently named the Misahuallí River, a tributary to the Amazon. From this part of the jungle we could: take a canoe tour to visit local communities, visit an animal refuge, go rafting, take jungle hikes, or sample locally made chocolate!

My Photos

  • Lookout point
  • View from the lodge
  • Jungle hike
  • Foam spraying
  • Carnaval Misahualli

Mar022011

Travel Recommendation

A Spectacular Drive Off the Beaten Path

Quito

My Recommendation Tip

I’ve been living in Ecuador now for six months, and since well before I got here I’d been hearing great things about the Quilotoa Loop in Cotopaxi Province. My boyfriend came to visit, so this past week I finally made the trip and was taken aback by the beauty of the area, valley after valley. The loop takes you into the backcountry, with surreal views, quaint villages and friendly locals. Cody and I agreed, it was the most scenic drive either of us have ever been on! The rumors I’d been hearing for months are true.

My Photos

  • Cotopaxi National Park
  • Lake Quilotoa
  • Quilotoa Loop 3
  • Quilotoa Loop 2
  • Quilotoa Loop 1

Dec302010

Travel Recommendation

Otavalo Market

Quito

My Recommendation Tip

Best Market in South America: Otavalo. You’re thinking to yourself, “wow, that is a bold statement.” To be honest, I generally try and stay away from big statements, but in this case, I believe it, and so I’ll say it again, Otavalo is the best market in South America. First, the Otavalo market is full of artisanal goods, made locally by indigenous groups. Second, the market is located in shadow of the Imbabura Volcano (don’t worry, it hasn’t erupted in over 14,000 years), so the views are spectacular.

Nov042010

Travel Recommendation

Holiday Weekend at the beach in Canoa, Ecuador

Ecuador

My Recommendation Tip

Over the holiday weekend, some friends and I decided to get out of Quito to do some exploring and traveled to Canoa, a beautiful beach town south of Pedernales and north of Manta. Canoa is great for those looking to soak up the sun and enjoy a relaxing weekend with the option of water sports (surfing, kayaking, etc.). There are several hotels on the beach and the restaurants in town will leave you full and happy. The area around Canoa offers scenic look out points and lush countryside.

My Photos

  • Workout facilities at Hotel Bambu
  • Picking up trash in Canoa
  • For Rent on Canoa
  • Encocado
  • Drive to Canoa
  • Day trip to Bahia from Canoa

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