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Darwin Country

Following in Charles Darwin's footsteps, I will be traveling to Ecuador, from Quito to the Galapagos Islands. I have my trusty backpack, my water shoes, my guide to Ecuador and of course, my camera. (Can't leave home without it). Buen viaje and vamos!

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Mother and child.
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Kerry Wohlstein
Like an old friend, the Eugenia Hotel and the staff greeted me with a smile. That evening I ate Locro soup at the Quito Hotel with a grand view of the setting sun and the lights blanketing the city. …
Explaining about Panama Hats, made in Ecuador! Who knew?
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Kerry Wohlstein
Watching the sun set over Baltra last night was heavenly. The stars were out in full force and I noticed the Southern Cross and Orion's belt as well as the North Star. I sat outside on the bow for …
This is an example of the various rock formations.
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Kerry Wohlstein
After a leisurely breakfast of granola, milk and fruit, I looked at the island we would be visiting today. It is only from far away that you can actually see the shape of the Chinese Hat (hence its …
Emerald River near the Guayllbamba valley
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Kerry Wohlstein
North Seymour Island is a flat table top growing out of the Pacific Ocean. Tuff and basalt with a vein of limestone make the island seem like a lunar landscape. Great Frigate birds and Blue Footed …
Beautiful Emerald Valley
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Kerry Wohlstein
The morning dawned crystal clear and I had a spectacular view of Santa Fe Island. The island was formed by an uplift, rather than a volcano, which gives it a table top shape. It was a wet landing at …
Typical cart selling grapes and other fruit.
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Kerry Wohlstein
Sometime during the night the seas flattened out and it was smooth sailing toward San Cristobal. We arrived at Punta Pitt and the sunrise was exceptional. The island was silhouetted by the dawn and …
A young boy learning the ancient craft of masapan figurines.
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Kerry Wohlstein
Espanola is a table top island, the oldest and easternmost in the archipelago chain with only a caldera of rock left. Millions of years ago it was a shield volcano which has basically fallen into the …
Locals making masapan figurines in Calderon
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Kerry Wohlstein
The island of Floreana, a 5 hour motor sail from Santa Cruz and Baltra, was breathtaking at dawn. We had a hardy breakfast at the communal table and watched the sea lions congregating peacefully on …
Calderon and very fresh pork!
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Kerry Wohlstein
I was so excited I couldn't sleep! I awoke at dawn and when I arrived at the airport it was all fairly organized. I got my seat assignment and boarded the Tame plane that would wing its way about 600 …
Even the stairs were beautiful!
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Kerry Wohlstein
Today, I hired a taxi for the entire day to see the sights around the PIchincha countryside. First, we went to La Midad del Mundo, or Middle of the World Monument. It is a geological monument where …
Drinking my first glass of wine at the hotel cafe!
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Kerry Wohlstein
As I was having a leisurely breakfast, I pondered where to go first in the city. I settled on the central square as I had read that there was a tour given by the local Metropolitan Police. I took a …
The lobby of Hotel Eugenia was warm and welcoming!
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Kerry Wohlstein
Today began with a small breakfast of fruit and toast in the hotel's cafe. They had arranged for a bus to pick me up a couple of blocks away to go on my sojourn. From the moment I walked outside into …
Hotel Eugenia\'s delicate ironwork
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Kerry Wohlstein
Arriving at the airport in Miami always gives me pause. All those people going someplace! This time, I was one of the lucky ones. The flight was uneventful and I arrived in Quito earlier than …

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