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Ecuador Adventure

After months of planning, we were finally underway! Off to the Galapagos and then to Sacha Lodge in the Amazon of Ecuador. I can't tell how great an experience this was for our family. Thank you Adventure-Life!

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Frigatebird, Genovesa
Author
Charles Anderson
Our contacts in Quito picked us up at 530AM for our trip to the airport. We almost forgot about the forty dollar per person airport fee you have to pay in order to leave the country. I suppose it …
Swallowtail Gull, Genovesa
Author
Charles Anderson
After an early morning wakeup, we ate breakfast and departed for Coca. I could tell that many of the guides were anxious to contact their families as we neared Coca and cell phones began to work. …
Red-Footed Boobie, Genovesa
Author
Charles Anderson
The highlight of the morning was hiking to the Canopy Walk, which consists of three towers connected by a walkway suspended high above the canopy. The structure took over four years to build and was …
Red-Footed Boobie Chick
Author
Charles Anderson
The days at Sacha consist of a morning activity followed by a four hour free period at the Lodge and then a late afternoon activity. There are also optional evening activities. During our stay, we …
Nazca Booby on Genovesa Island
Author
Charles Anderson
I woke up in the early morning with the worst itching of my life! Our lunch spot after the rafting trip was swarming with mosquitoes. We had been prepared for mosquitoes in the Amazon but were never …
Red-Footed Boobie, Genovesa
Author
Charles Anderson
To get to the river, were picked up at 7AM and traveled approximately 70 miles. A good part of the driving (3-4 hours) was spent descending into the western lowlands along a precarious winding road …
Sea lion taking a look in the rearview mirror on Genovesa Island
Author
Charles Anderson
This was our free day in Quito. Our Galapagos guide, Luis, recommended a tour guide named Jorge who gave us a tour of the city and escorted us to The Equator. In Quito, we spent most of the day …
Lions Head, San Cristobal
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Charles Anderson
After breakfast on the ship, we took our last panga ride to the pier on San Cristobal. The sea lions appeared to be sprawled out on the stairs just where we left them a week ago. We boarded a van …
Sun Deck on the Eric
Author
Charles Anderson
The morning hike on Espanola was one of the most beautiful of the trip due to the rocky cliffs along the coast which created a fantastic vista. This island is the only place in the world where the …
Lunch on the Eric
Author
Charles Anderson
Today was tortoise day! In the morning, we had a chance to see Giant Tortoises in the wild and in the afternoon we visited the Darwin Research station to view the captive breeding program. We …
White Water Rafting Trip in Ecuador
Author
Charles Anderson
That night, we did not have to sail and slept much better anchored in a bay off of Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome. This is a beautiful location and was used in the movie "Master and Commander". …
On the Equator in Quito
Author
Charles Anderson
In the morning, we made a wet landing on a black sand beach and went for a walk along a trail while we were told the story about the previous settlers on the island who operated a salt mine. …
View of Old Town, Quito
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Charles Anderson
In the morning, we made a dry landing on Fernandina and began a two hour hike. As if on cue, a large Marine Iguana stood posing for at the start of the hike. He stood like a statue as our guide, …
La Compania, Quito
Author
Charles Anderson
Genovesa is one of the northern most islands and consists of two parts. The first part is essentially a large caldera approximately 1 1/2 miles in diameter. The outer wall has collapsed, allowing sea …
Presidential Palace, Quito
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Charles Anderson
After a nice breakfast in the hotel, our Adventure Life driver picked us up at the Hotel Eugenia and drove us to the airport. I can't complement Adventure Life enough regarding the transportation to …
Changing of the Guard at the Presidential Palace in Quito
Author
Charles Anderson
After months of planning, we were finally underway! However, the first day was somewhat strange. Hopefully, this was not an omen for things to come! We arrived for our 730AM flight out of LAX. For …

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