Plymouth Montserrat, Ecuador jungle, Galapagos islands, wooden saddles, black lizards, dug out canoes, Oaxaca city, Oaxaca Mexico, Taxco Mexico, Taxco Guerrero
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After the jungle tour I returned to Quito and spent a few days exploring nearby colonial cities. Ecuador is a fabulous country. I saw snow capped mountain peaks, traveled in forty foot dug out canoes, and flirted with black lizards as they swam with me in the Galapagos. I rode a horse with a wooden saddle up on a volcanic mountain and saw giant land turtles sunning themselves within ten feet. I can't say that I recommend the wooden saddles, but the trip was fantastic.

Ecuador was wonderful, and I promised myself that I would go back. On returning to the United States, I came through customs looking a little worse for the wear with my burlap bags of sweaters and hats. It was all worth it though, when I sold everything and could travel again. Because traveling to new places was my goal, I haven't yet gotten back to Ecuador, but someday I will.

On my return from Ecuador, I told my import business friend about the sweaters I had found in Otavalo and he thought it was a great idea. Within a few weeks he was on a plane to Quito. I had told him whom to talk to in the market and he made good use of my contact. He spent about $20,000 that first trip and had $50,000 in profits from the sweaters in his first year. That's $50,000 clear after deducting travel expenses and the cost of the sweaters. Not a bad income when you know that he worked selling the sweaters for only four months. In those first years, my goal was to pay for my traveling itch and I did so comfortably for four years as I continued living and working in DC. I traveled frequently to South and Central American countries and developed a special fondness for Mexico. I spent many weeks there seeing all parts of the country and found a people and a culture I was drawn to more than any other. Mexicans are the most creative people I've ever encountered. Their behavior defies American logic and business sense, but their charm and graciousness drew me to return many times.

 

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