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The Best of Ecuador

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Me with the booby
Author
Kassandra Miller
Our guide picks us up early today and we head to the Otavalo Market. We visit a traditional weaver cooperative that weaves all of their wares by hand and loom. The weavers show us all of the …
Blue footed booby
Author
Kassandra Miller
Today is another hiking day! I have been itching to get up to Cuicocha Lake the whole time I have been in Ecuador. Cuicocha is a crater lake that lies at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. The water …
Marine iguanas coming from the sea
Author
Kassandra Miller
This morning, our guide picks us up from the hotel and we head north toward Otavalo. Along the way, we visit a bakery that specializes in a local delicacy, little flat breads. We also visit a rose …
Snorkeling in the Galapagos
Author
Kassandra Miller
Today, we are headed back to Quito to meet up with our Ecuador office and tour the hotels that we work with. We are sad to leave the beautiful city of Cuenca!
Floreana Island
Author
Kassandra Miller
We leave the hotel early this morning en route to Cajas National Park. My mom and I are big hikers and fans of the outdoors, so we can't wait to get on a trail. This also happens to be the one day …
Wet Landing - Millennium in background
Author
Kassandra Miller
We have decided that today is going to be devoted to wandering around the colonial streets of Cuenca. Our goal is to get lost ... and to see a majority of the hundred or so churches in town. We …
Male Frigate Bird in the Galapagos
Author
Kassandra Miller
We leave the Galapagos today. We travel from Santa Cruz to Baltra, a 20 minute taxi/ferry ride from Puerto Ayora. The electricity in the airport is out, so we wait until it's up before we can …
How many iguanas can you fit on a volcanic rock?
Author
Kassandra Miller
Today is more work, but also some play too! Mom and I spend most of the day shopping to our hearts' content. After a hard day of spending money, we head over to the Finch Bay Ecohotel for the …
Spying on a baby sea lion - Floreana Island
Author
Kassandra Miller
Today, my goal is to see as many of the yachts that we work with as possible. I spend all day going from boat to boat and am happy to get to know all the small differences between them. We spend …
Isla Lobos
Author
Kassandra Miller
After motoring all night to reach Santa Cruz, we disembark early. The town of Puerto Ayora is alive with movement and sound. After a few days without seeing much human development, Puerto Ayora is a …
Exploring Espanola Island
Author
Kassandra Miller
Today, we get to explore the island of Floreana. The best part of Floreana is its perfect white, sandy beach, where boisterous sea lions proudly show off their fur. We spend about 3-4 hours on the …
The Millennium
Author
Kassandra Miller
Today, we awake to a new location. We motored during the night and are now at Española Island. After a breakfast buffet of eggs, bacon, potatoes, cereals, and many different fruits, we …
Quito Main Square
Author
Kassandra Miller
Today, we rise at a reasonable hour and wander down to the hotel restaurant. I can't believe how cute Hotel Eugenia is. It's only 4 floors and everything is done in a colonial style. The breakfast …
The Cathedral of Quito
Author
Kassandra Miller
We rise today and begin our exploration of Quito. Our guide, Daniel, picks us up at 9 AM and we head to the old town district. He takes us to the main square in Quito, where a worker's protest is …
Mom and I standing on either sides of the Equator.
Author
Kassandra Miller
We leave the Seattle airport early in the morning today. In fact, our flight leaves so early that we stay at a hotel next door to the airport. That alarm at 3 am was not wanted, but we pull …

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