This is a geocache. Geocache GC1GT8T, to be precise. The official Geocaching web site at (www.geocaching.com) describes geocaching as “the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. There are 2,537,583 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide.”
I found it near a parking lot Trueda and I sometimes park in to walk along the Soo’s Creek trail. The one I found was small, about the size of a film container, and wrapped in duct tape to protect it from the elements. A few beads were inside, along with a log sheet where I could write my name and the date. You don’t get anything of value from geocaching. Just the satisfaction of having found the “treasure”.
There are geocaches in Ecuador, as well. About sixty of them. Wouldn’t it be interesting to find and log all of them?