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Jon and Joan's Excellent Adventure in Ecuador

Each day I found myself amazed, excited, inspired, humbled, filled with a sense of wonder, or all of these! A fantastic Ecuador vacation to Old City Quito, Sacha Lodge in the Amazon, Otovalo area, and the Galápagos onboard the Millenium.

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Basilica gargoyles
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Joan Curti
Last night we tried to go to bed at 9 pm but the band bus circled the block about every half hour with vibrant music and honking horns. To our surprise the phone rang in our room at 9:45. It was …
Old city Quito, from the Basilica
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Joan Curti
In the morning we had the choice between walking on the beach or snorkeling – it was a unanimous decision. Along with thousands of fish we saw two sea turtles and one ray. Somehow it …
A broken stained glass window gave us a great view
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Joan Curti
There were two highlights today: the splendid view from the hike to the summit and snorkeling with penguins. The hike to the top was interesting the whole way up with variations in lava flow leaving …
Ringing the bells in the Basilica
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Joan Curti
A spectacular view of a giant brick red cliff greeted us when we opened our curtains today. On the beach I know I finally got a video of the bullet dive of a blue-footed boobie, and a rather less …
Basilica, view from the stairway
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Joan Curti
At Santa Fe we arrived to a beach with much younger sea lions than we had previously seen. They were much more energetic, playing with each other, and quite curious about who the visitors to their …
Last ladder to the top, it is a long way up there!
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Joan Curti
This morning we arrived at Santa Cruz. Of the 16 members of our Millenium family, 12 are leaving to continue their journey throughout South America, only two are heading home. We all hop on a bus …
Climbing up from the Basilica ceiling
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Joan Curti
This morning we landed at Cormorant Point, where there are no cormorants and the sand on the beach is a greenish/blackish color. We hiked up and over a small hill to a brackish lagoon, the home of …
Above the Basilica ceiling
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Joan Curti
When we went to bed last night we were in the harbor. We were going to start cruising during the night, and once we started up and left the harbor we didn’t get much sleep. The catamaran …
Barbershop under the Presidential Palace
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Joan Curti
In the morning, we deliver two dozen roses to the front desk clerk at the Hotel Eugenia, bringing a smile to her face. When Valerie picks us up, we give her the other two dozen. She delivers us to …
Motorcycle Police
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Joan Curti
This morning we opened the curtains and found peacocks looking back at us. We decided to walk around the grounds again in the daylight and found we wished we had come earlier yesterday. If gave us …
A local family weaving in Quito
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Joan Curti
Yes, I did count the speed bumps. We had a racecar wannabe bus driver on our way to Lago Agrio. His strategy was to drive like mad until you reach a speed bump, slow quickly, bounce over the speed …
The great scarf saleslady makes a sale (to me)
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Joan Curti
This morning we woke up to a steady downpour in the rain forest. I found myself thinking that this was great, it should rain in the rain forest. Yesterday was so sunny it was hard to imagine that it …
Ice Cream for sale
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Joan Curti
I slept like a log and got right up for the morning knock at 5 am, surprising, since I am not a morning person. We took another magical canoe ride back across the lake with lots of birds out in the …
Jon at the door of the Presidential Palace
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Joan Curti
This morning our wake up time was 5:30. Our wake up call is a knock on the door and a pleasant “Good Morning.”. Julio told us we needed to rise early and hope for no rain or sun so we …
Gargoyles at the Basilica
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Joan Curti
This morning our tour guides picked us up for our trip to Sacha Lodge, dropped us at the airport after connecting us with the Sacha Lodge representative, who got us organized, told us the airport and …
In the Basilica
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Joan Curti
Alex, our guide for our tour of Old City Quito picked us up at 8 am. We hadn’t stepped three steps out of the hotel when a older man with the most sincere smile stopped us with a friendly …
Basilica of the National Oath
Author
Joan Curti
I’ve never been to South America before and that made today and the start of our vacation all the more exciting, giving me the adrenaline needed for the getting up at 4 am for the first leg of …

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