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Galapagos and Amazon -Feast for the senses (and stomach)

Neither the best coffee-table book nor video documentary begins to capture the Galapagos. Only walking (and biking) the ground, paddling the shore and snorkling the waters can give a sense of the beauty and fragility of this one-of-a-kind place

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Mike Guertin
Canoe across lake, walk a mile, 2 hour power boat ride, pick-up taxi, flight to Quito, bus around town on tour, then late night flight and home. All within 24 hours. The most exciting of day's …
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Mike Guertin
My mother got her chance to watch early morning birds after missing yesterday's cable walk due to food illness. Almost in a state of frenzy due to how quickly the birds entered and departed the tree …
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Mike Guertin
Who'd have thought we'd see nearly 50 different colorful singing birds by noon. The clouds and occasional sprinkles helped extend the birds morning activities while we peered down from the …
According to the map we should be here, but Im not sure -
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Mike Guertin
Knock at the door comes at 5 am - long before sunrise. Boat half hour to parrot clay licks. Whole lot of patient waiting. While others peer expectantly over the rail of the shelter / blind, I nap …
No, we dont make soup out of the baby tortoises....
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Mike Guertin
Another travel morning. It seems like it would be a long distance between Quito and Coca - headwaters area of Amazon river - but the 50 min. flight shows how close it really is. After a brief …
Nice photo but it doesnt do justice to being there.
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Mike Guertin
Travel day with ups and downs and lots of waiting around. Last night as a whole group for dinner. Closing of one trip and beginning of another tomorrow.
Where did I see that yellow scarf?
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Mike Guertin
Up extra early for the trip to Santa Cruz. I'm wary of becoming sea sick and sit next to transom even though we get a soaking from spray and rain. Robin and I enjoy commiserating over the …
Are you sure about this?
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Mike Guertin
The highlight of our day was pushing the flat-bed truck converted into an open-sided bus around in ankle deep mud. So much for trying to keep clean. Another sea to summit day for a horse ride around …
If these Americans dont make up their mind soon......
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Mike Guertin
Headcount at the airport for the 1 hour flight to Isabella was short - Forgot Kristen. Good thing it's only a 5 min. drive. Now we understood why there was a 25 lb luggage weight limit for the …
I thought I signed up for a cruise, why am I paddling again?
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Mike Guertin
Sunny morning so I don't mind hanging out while Alfredo gets things organized for the boat ride out for the snorkel destination - Kicker Rock. Along the way we slow along rocky shore to spot …
If it wasnt foggy you could see for 100 miles - honest
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Mike Guertin
Most people wish for sunshine when traveling but the few peeks of sun we had yesterday reminded me were on the equator - and only 6 days before the equinox. The radiance of the sun is almost …
Darn Tourists. Get out of my face!!!
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Mike Guertin
All packed up and ready to wait. Now I feel bad we made the kitchen staff start early so we could get breakfast before hitting the road. People from just about any culture other than NA would chill …
No, nothing here will kill you - unless you make them mad.
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Mike Guertin
You've got to be kidding me. That's all the way down in South America. Heck, it takes me that long to fly from the US Right coast to the Left coast. Sure it costs more to fly to SA but you get …

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