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Amazing Galapagos and Peru

A fabulous and educational trip to the Galapagos Islands and Peru with our daughters. Definitely a trip of a lifetime for our family.

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Lava rocks Santiago
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Amy Pelloquin
We can't believe that our adventure is over. As we are talking about returning back to "the real world", we almost stumble over a llama on the sidewalk by our van outside the hotel as we …
Galapagos penguin talking to us
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Amy Pelloquin
We awaken to the sound of rain on our metal roof and the river below us, and we look out of our tree house room to ribbons of mist streaming across the front of the steep mountain in front of us over …
Galapagos penguin Rabida
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Amy Pelloquin
Yea! We are on the way to Machu Picchu. We take the train and travel beside the churning river that runs beside the track. We ogle views of the Andes, glaciers, and hints of ruins that we see in the …
Rabida beach
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Amy Pelloquin
What a great name for a great place. More amazing stonework (more climbing!), and we try to comprehend how the Incans moved stones the size of a small room from the quarry that we can see on a …
 Bachelor sea lion hanging out
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Amy Pelloquin
We visit Sacsayhuaman on our way out of Cusco and again stand amazed at what these people accomplished. The massive stone walls have withstood earthquakes and conquerers alike and are so tightly …
Rabida
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Amy Pelloquin
We visit Sacsayhuaman on our way out of Cusco and again stand amazed at what these people accomplished. The massive stone walls have withstood earthquakes and conquerers alike and are so tightly …
land iguana South Plaza
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Amy Pelloquin
The trip to the airport in Lima to catch our flight to Cusco is insane! Loads of traffic, noise, and many of the traffic police wear masks over their noses. We do NOT travel with the windows down …
South Plaza Island cactus
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Amy Pelloquin
The Millenium was a wonderful experience. The crew treated us like family, and my daughters even put up the Christmas tree with them. The food was great, our guide very knowledgable, and the entire …
Lazing in the sun South Plaza
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Amy Pelloquin
Tortoise Day. We learn lots about the Galapagos tortoises and are struck by how tourists like us are both a blessing and a curse. The giant tortoises are one of our favorite things on the trip. We …
land iguana Santa Fe
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Amy Pelloquin
We land on a dark greenish beach (wild how different the beaches are on each island) on Floreana and find a great surprise: flamingos. We watch them do some fancy mating love dance in a line (again, …
The Millenium by South Plaza
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Amy Pelloquin
We land on a dark greenish beach (wild how different the beaches are on each island) on Floreana and find a great surprise: flamingos. We watch them do some fancy mating love dance in a line (again, …
Santa Fe
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Amy Pelloquin
Espanola Gardner Bay is very pretty and different than anything else that we've seen here. The beach is very white and looks alot like Florida, if you don't count the group of sea lions sleeping on …
up close and personal with sea lions
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Amy Pelloquin
Espanola Gardner Bay is very pretty and different than anything else that we've seen here. The beach is very white and looks alot like Florida, if you don't count the group of sea lions sleeping on …
shrunken human head
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Amy Pelloquin
Isla Lobos is truly an island of sea lions. They are EVERYWHERE. You literally have to step over them to get anywhere. We are still excited to see them, but we have seen so many at this point that …
At the equator, Ecuador
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Amy Pelloquin
We keep thinking that the trip can't get any better, and are continually proven wrong. Bartoleme is breathtaking: an arid volcanic landscape in contrast with the greener areas and beaches. The …
Egg balanced on nail at the equator
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Amy Pelloquin
We keep thinking that the trip can't get any better, and are continually proven wrong. Bartoleme is breathtaking: an arid volcanic landscape in contrast with the greener areas and beaches. The …
Dancers in a street parade in Quito
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Amy Pelloquin
Up early and time to tour! Rabida has a darker reddish beach and a lake that we learn is so salty that few things live there. We take a boat ride around the island and find a fur seal hanging out in …
street parade Quito
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Amy Pelloquin
Wow. The Millenium is a beautiful boat with a large central area and covered back deck. We meet our fellow boat-mates, some who have unfortunately not yet gotten their sea legs, and hear about the …
Exploring the local market in Quito, Ecuador
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Amy Pelloquin
Finally on the way to the Islands, although we are already pumped up by our surprisingly exciting day in Quito. We are disappointed that we arrive on Baltra late due to a flight delay, but it is …
Quito, Ecuador
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Amy Pelloquin
Well, we're not in Kansas (or Arkansas in this case) anymore. After months of endless waiting, we arrive in Ecuador. Fortunately, we arrive a day early and get to explore Quito. This is a fascinating …

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