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Renee's Ecuadorian Adventure

My tour de Ecuador took me from Guayaquil & the coast to the incredible Galapagos Islands and finally to Quito & the highlands. I was overwhelmed by the natural diversity of this small country, not to mention the warmth of the Ecuadorian people.

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Santiago Island
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Renee Noffke
I felt terribly sad to leave - such a beautiful country and such beautiful people. It was a grand adventure! I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to go, and to share the experience …
Peaceful co-existence
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Renee Noffke
Betty, her father, and Pamela took me out of Quito to the Otavalo area. We explore the famous market there, visited Hacienda Pinsaqui, went out for chicharron (one of my favorite dishes!), and …
Marine iguana in the Galapagos
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Renee Noffke
My dad and I left early for the airport. He was flying home, and I went on to Quito. My guide met me at the Quito airport, and we drove directly to the Bellavista Cloudforest Reserve. It was …
A mess of marine iguanas in the Galapagos
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Renee Noffke
The meeting continued, and a highlight of the day for me was to hear funding proposals from local organizations that aim to involve Galapaganos in sustainable tourism activities. It was very …
A sea lion on Fernandina Island
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Renee Noffke
Brian Morgan and I represented Adventure Life at the annual IGTOA meeting in Guayaquil (International Galapagos Tour Operators Association). It was a great learning opportunity for me, as there were …
Isabela Island
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Renee Noffke
This was more or less a travel day. We made our way from Finch Bay back to the Baltra airport. Of course our flight to Guayaquil was delayed several hours, so we did our share of people watching …
Pinnacle Rock
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Renee Noffke
Bachas Beach was our last island excursion - and what a way to end the tour. The white sand beaches coupled with the morning light were stunning. We walked along the beach, visited a couple of …
Hike to the top of Bartolome Island
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Renee Noffke
We spent the morning exploring the Charles Darwin Research Center. The center is definitely a working research station, rather than a visitors' center. In some ways, that was very refreshing to me …
Galapagos Legend
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Renee Noffke
We visited Santiago Island during low tide, so we walked along to beach to look for wildlife in the tide pools. There were a lot of creatures relaxing in the pools - it was like a day at the spa! I …
After snorkeling with sharks at Pinnacle Rock
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Renee Noffke
We set off early to visit Isabela Island, which was formed by five separate volcanoes. What impressed me about this island was the lush, green vegetation. Our guide expertly explained that the …
Botanical garden in Guayaquil
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Renee Noffke
Since we had mid-morning flight to the Galapagos from Guayaquil, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at the Oro Verde. What a beautiful hotel! I was very excited to see some of my favorite Ecuadorian …
Guayaquil riverfront
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Renee Noffke
It was a long journey from Missoula, but I finally arrived in Guayaquil at about 11 pm. I was relieved to have my luggage in hand and to be met at the airport and taken directly to the hotel. The …

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