From there we just meandered in the way we do. If something looked interesting, like the park, we would linger for awhile. We found the grocery store and bought wine and beer at decent prices here to take back to our room. Then a stop in a travel agency, which is only one of a whole lot in this town, to ask about a day trip into the Oriente province. This is the Amozan jungle region. Decided not to book.
We had about an hour and a half left before our scheduled massages, so we stopped into the restaurant across the street from our place, El Cedro. To our delight, the owner came to greet us and said we could stay for "just drinks". He then proceeded with very good English to give us a tour of his beautiful establishment. He built it with money that he earned while working in the US. We have found many who have worked in the states and speak good English when we least expected it.
Wednesday dawned with lots of rain, so off we went by bus to try and find warmer, dry weather. Decided to take the bus to Tena, the beginning of the Amazon and explore the town. When we arrived at the bus terminal, the bus had just left so we hopped into a cab that then ran the bus down about 5 blocks away and we were quickly seated, but not together! A 3.5 hour ride with many stops along the way.
I was fortunate to sit with a lady who was very chatty and very patient with my Spanish. But, we were able to converse a bit, which was really good for me and she gave me a "tour" of what we were seeing along the way. I was able to express to her about our trip to all of the waterfalls the day before. Love being able to do this!!
Once past Puyo, to the bottom of the canyon from Baños, we were able to finally sit together for the remaining hour and half trip into Tena. Once there, we caught a cab to the Malecon down by where 2 rivers converge around an island. The original bridge to the island, which is a 22 hectar (approx. 50 acres), was washed out in a flood in 2010. They are now building a new one but for now you must take a canoe across the river to get to the island. So that we did!