Day 1: The groups settled into a hostel and find their way around town. All pupils and staff accounted for and all happy and well.
Day 2: The groups organised the trips planned ahead using their excellent Spanish skills. The locals understood what was said, but unfortunately the pronunciation differences sent them on a wild goose chase across Quito. Challenge Anika moved into motion while the groups sped around town on the hunt for the various companies to finalise and pay for the planned activities.
Day 3: The two groups separated – group 1 headed to the project phase and group 2 headed to the treking phase of the expedition. Both groups faced very different climates with Group 1 in the middle of the rain forest and Group 2 at high altitude.
Day 4: Group 1 headed for the local primary school to teach some English in addition to beginning their project work. Group 2 battled through the effects of the high altitude to reach their destination en route to Quilota Caldera (photos to follow!).
Day 5: Group 1 began construction of a washing facility for the local community. Group 2 were half way to the top of Quilotoa. An adopted bird has now become the mascot of Group 1!
Day 6: Group 1 made the finishing touches to their wash house and cleared a jungle path. Group 2 reached their destination at the outstanding Quilotoa Caldera.
Day 7: Group 1 left the village and travelled to Tena where they completed the very exciting white water rafting down the Rio Napo. The personal hygeine of some members of the group has now become an issue (no underwear changes or brushing of teeth for some) meant they were first to take a trip into the swollen river. Group 2 travelled back to Quito to collect some essential items and then made their way to the project at Mishahuali. Where they will continue the jungle path and help build the roof for the local museum.