We had an interesting stay at The Black Sheep Inn. The Black Sheep Inn is an experimental eco lodge that has ongoing projects that include; composting toilets, organic gardens, community education and development, conservation, renewable energy, reforestation with native species, and building with both natural and local materials such as straw, adobe and clay tiles.

We had an interesting stay at The Black Sheep Inn. The Black Sheep Inn is an experimental eco lodge that has ongoing projects that include; composting toilets, organic gardens, community education and development, conservation, renewable energy, reforestation with native species, and building with both natural and local materials such as straw, adobe and clay tiles.

Cochasqui pyramid complex, Ecuador.  There are 15 pyramids and there are about 20 burial mounds scattered around the site. 9 of these flat-topped pyramids are with ramps. http://mirekulous.tumblr.com/

Cochasqui pyramid complex, Ecuador. There are 15 pyramids and there are about 20 burial mounds scattered around the site. 9 of these flat-topped pyramids are with ramps. http://mirekulous.tumblr.com/

This is a family in the rain forest that is harvesting cacao. They always harvest their cacao together. It was really cute and interesting to see them together.

This is a family in the rain forest that is harvesting cacao. They always harvest their cacao together. It was really cute and interesting to see them together.

At the middle of the world an egg yolk will drop to the bottom of the egg which allows the egg to sit completely still and centered on a nail.

At the middle of the world an egg yolk will drop to the bottom of the egg which allows the egg to sit completely still and centered on a nail.

A beautiful river made by a volcano.

A beautiful river made by a volcano.

I attempted to lift one of the bags that will be exported out. Each bag weighs about 100-150 pounds. I could not lift the bag without someone else’s help but even with my friend we only lifted the bag about five inches off the ground.

I attempted to lift one of the bags that will be exported out. Each bag weighs about 100-150 pounds. I could not lift the bag without someone else’s help but even with my friend we only lifted the bag about five inches off the ground.

This is a picture of me grinding the cacao bean. We visited a farm where we were able to harvest a cacao pod, roast the cacao, crack the shell off, and grind the cacao. We used the cacao we made for hot cocoa and it was wonderful!

This is a picture of me grinding the cacao bean. We visited a farm where we were able to harvest a cacao pod, roast the cacao, crack the shell off, and grind the cacao. We used the cacao we made for hot cocoa and it was wonderful!

During one of our days we visited an exporting facility. This man is weighing the cacao beans and then checking their moisture. The best moisture is 80 percent dry.

During one of our days we visited an exporting facility. This man is weighing the cacao beans and then checking their moisture. The best moisture is 80 percent dry.

In one of the towns we visited there were monkeys that played in the park. We got to take pictures with the monkeys and also feed them.

In one of the towns we visited there were monkeys that played in the park. We got to take pictures with the monkeys and also feed them.

This is a great picture of some workers harvesting some bananas. During harvest time the bananas trees are cut down and the bananas are caught, comfortably, on a “banana bed.”

This is a great picture of some workers harvesting some bananas. During harvest time the bananas trees are cut down and the bananas are caught, comfortably, on a “banana bed.”

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