Mindo es Lindo

Chloe Trifilio
March 9, 2016
Waterfall, Mindo, Cloud Forest
The second weekend, most of the kids in our program traveled slightly Northwest to a tiny town called Mindo. After a bus ride on winding roads that weave around beautiful lush mountains, we arrived to the town in the cloud forest. It is very close to Quito, but in a completely different ecosystem because it is lower in altitude. It felt like I had arrived to the jungle for the first time in my life. We stayed in a luxurious but cheap hostel that included hammocks and places to watch the extravagent birds fly around. Mindo is supposedly one of the best places to watch birds in the world! Especially for hummingbirds, in my opinion. The town is short enough to walk across in a couple minutes, but it is surrounded by rivers to go tubing in and trails to go walking on. The trails lead to many waterfalls and the paths are surrounded by crazy plants that you can only imagine existing in a jungle. It was a beautiful weekend and a great introduction to traveling in Ecuador. 
 

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Chloe Trifilio

<div>My name is Chloe Trifilio. I am an Environmental Science student with a minor in Recreation at Ithaca College in New&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 1.538em;">York, but for one semester I will be studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador! I am originally from the great state of Vermont&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 1.538em;">where I love to hike, bike, climb, kayak and generally explore the Green Mountains. I am also on the Ultimate Frisbee&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 1.538em;">team and I&#39;m very excited to see how Ecuadorians get down on the field. I hereby promise to use this blog to show&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 1.538em;">everything that I see and do in Ecuador, which will include climbing, playing frisbee, exploring the city and a trip to the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 1.538em;">Amazon!</span></div>

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2016 Spring
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Ithaca College
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Environmental Studies
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