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Laguna de las Ninfas....Just around the corner

One of the places that Tom and I wanted to go to was Laguna de las Ninfas (Children's Lagoon). It looked like it was not too far from where we were staying, so I asked the staff for directions to get there. Well, it was literally a 5 minute walk from where we were staying. Little did we know that there was a back entrance to our hostel, so all we had to do was go out the gate, turn an immediate left; which took us to another part of the town we hadn't been to. Then we walked up about two blocks, saw the sign, turned left again and there it was. Tom and I loved it here. This is one of the things we learned about the lagoon. The lagoon is the gathering point of freshwater that come from the highlands and the sea water that enters the lagoon via the tide. The salinity determines the life in the lagoon.

Listening to the birds, reading the signs and learning more about what we were seeing. We went here a couple of times while we were in Santa Cruz. As I sit here updating the blog, it is such an unseasonably warm February day, which is nice....but oh how peaceful that lagoon was. No such thing as being on the go, being stressed, doing this and that and multitasking to get everything done we need to do in a work day.......sigh... It was strange though as we started our walk, you could hear the sound of water from the pier and people's voices, yet here we were in this beautiful, quiet lagoon.

Lagoon look-out - walk starting point

Lagoon look-out - walk starting point


Lagoon ....starting our walk

Lagoon ....starting our walk


Starting our Lagoon Walk

Starting our Lagoon Walk


Laguna de las Ninfas

Laguna de las Ninfas


Laguna de las Ninfas

Laguna de las Ninfas


Finch spotting

Finch spotting


Lagoon view as we were finishing our walk

Lagoon view as we were finishing our walk


Another bird

Another bird


Half way around the lagoon

Half way around the lagoon


Nearing the end of our walk

Nearing the end of our walk


Mangrove information

Mangrove information


A little education bit of education

A little education bit of education


Mangrove

Mangrove


Better picture of mangrove root system

Better picture of mangrove root system


On the other side of the lagoon

On the other side of the lagoon


View from look-out point

View from look-out point

Posted by Rhondalee 17:00 Archived in Ecuador

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