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Jason Elliott
We left Quito the next day, made it to Miami, and made our connection home with no problems. We spent most of the time talking about our trip and wondering what the next trip would hold. …
A huge colony of king penguins.
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Elizabeth Conway
The locals eagerly await Neil Armstrong's arrival This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, and Neil Armstrong's curiosity and sense of adventure is now taking him to …
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Jason Elliott
Our final day in the Galapagos was all about getting ready to go back to Quito. We took a final walk along the promenade, said goodbye to the sea lions and started to look forward to getting back to …
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Jason Elliott
Day two of the Elliott Boy’s Great Marlin Hunt 2009 didn’t go as well. I’m just going to say it, we didn’t catch a thing. Not a thing. Let me try to explain a day of deep …
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Jason Elliott
Today was day one of our fishing adventure. We woke up, put on our trusty anti-sea-sick ear patches and left for the pier. We met Ronnie at the boat dock, took a fun bay taxi (bay taxis are the …
Day 3: past Matina; bananas in the blue bags
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Laura Lovato
Back to Charlotte today; all four of us were sad to leave! After our last costa rican breakfast -- seriously I'll have to make rice, beans and fried eggs at home -- the hotel arranged a taxi minivan …
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Jason Elliott
Today we wake up in our tree fort, take a tour of the grounds, and take a water taxi to hell (I mean back to San Cristobal) where we prepare to go fishing. As I mentioned, we’re off the …
Arenal Tram
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Laura Lovato
Time to leave Selva Bananito ... but first, one more adventure we hadn't planned on! The kitchen woke up early for us to lay out some fruit, bread and cereal. Very nice of them. We'd asked for a …
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Jason Elliott
Today is our last day with Filipe. We left Isabel for the highlands of Santa Cruz, the third, and final island of our Galapagos archipelago trip. Well actually, we technically see the Island of …
Day 2 monkeys @ sarapiqui river
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Laura Lovato
Today we slept in! After breakfast at 8, we teamed up with same family again. Carlos and Victor led us out to the Canopy tour. There's a 30 minutes hike across some fields and through the jungle …
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 …
Indigenous women selling medicinal plants at San Pedro marke
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Elizabeth Conway
Local Peruvian women selling medicinal plants Traveler, M.J. Holliday, shares her experiences at the bustling and sometimes bizarre witches' market, in Cusco, Peru. By M.J. Holliday Five …
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Jason Elliott
Today was our second day on Isabel, and the plan was horseback riding followed by a trip to the Wall of Tears. It’s a rainy day in the Galapagos, recall, it is the rainy season as we head up …
Day 2:  on the boat
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Laura Lovato
Today was Rivers, Waterfalls, and jungle trails day! Woke up early to go on the Waterfall hike, with Carlos, his helper Victor, and another family with two kids. The family was from Germany and we …
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 …
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Jason Elliott
Today we left San Cristobal for Isabela. Isabela is completely different than San Cristobal in that it looks like another planet. If you want to start a rumor that the Mars Rover didn’t …
Day 2: on the boat
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Laura Lovato
Rained most of the night, keeping us up. We said our goodbyes this morning -- some folks stayed after breakfast to talk with us and we took a group picture. A few people there had been to Selva …
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 …
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Carolyn Devens
Well the last few days have been busy! Many early mornings and even pre-sunrise alarm clocks. For the record I definitely prefer sunsets, but who am I kidding, that is no secret as my Aunt Kim so …
Making friends with a marine iguana in the Galapagos
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Jason Elliott
The fourth Day of our trip was “boat day,” which meant we spent most of it on a nice, motorized boat. We saw Kicker Rock, Punta Pint (or something like that) and Lobo Island. The locals …
Caiman on the river bank in Costa Rica
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Laura Lovato
Woke up early to find volunteers coming back from the morning patrols. People were excited because there were pancakes for breakfast, which was a treat. We had a visit from a mica snake …
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 …
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Jason Elliott
Our second day in the Galapagos was a biggie. We went to the Tortoise reservation, we went snorkeling and saw marine iguanas, and we finished with a sea kayak and more snorkeling. The day starts …
Day 2: hotel gardens
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Laura Lovato
Got up early today to meet the driver Jorge. He was there right at 7 a.m., with a big van for just the four of us. We drove out through Braulio Carillo National Park to HWY 32 (stopping for rice …