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Ecuador and Peru Family Trip

We had an amazing, eye-opening, thrilling 6 weeks of travel in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru. Our bond as a family has strengthened and although we were really excited to get home, we are already dreaming about our next travel experience together!

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Sea lion
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Yvonne Smith
Leaving Puno today and flying out of Juliaca through Lima, Miami and back home to Toronto. We've had an amazing, eye-opening, thrilling 6 weeks of travel. Our bond as a family has strengthened and …
Floreana Island, Galapagos
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Yvonne Smith
We are up very early, pack up our room, enjoy some pancakes with jam and leave our host family. Despite the fact that we really were not able to have any conversation (our guide was better in the …
Seal relaxing in a chair.
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Yvonne Smith
We leave the hotel at 7:30, Steve still not feeling well after a sleepless night (symptom of altitude sickness). We head down to the harbour and pick up a few food items and water for our boat trip …
Santa Cruz island, Galapagos
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Yvonne Smith
A long day on the bus! We get picked up at 6:30 am for a 7:00 am bus departure. The ride from Cusco to Puno is 9 hours but goes by surprisingly quickly with several stops along the way. The most …
Pirhana fishing, Sacha Lodge
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Yvonne Smith
We start a busy day with a visit to the church and convent of Santo Domingo. This may initially sound a little dry except that the Spanish built this on top and around one of the most important …
Sacha Lodge, Ecuador
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Yvonne Smith
We meet Ayul at 7 am and decide to take a hike along the river that passes below Machu Picchu to a large waterfall. The valley walls are steep and the river is a raging torrent below so the path …
Sacha Lodge, Ecuador
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Yvonne Smith
We awake in Ollantaytambo at 6 am, still without power. After a simple breakfast, we board two little 3-wheeled motorcycles with a bench seat and covered cabin. We have just a couple of backpacks …
Sacha Lodge, Ecuador
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Yvonne Smith
At 7:00 am Ayul picks us up in a private van. We leave Cusco and begin our journey through the Sacred Valley (''Secret Valley'' as Nicky calls it). Our first stop is an animal sanctuary. This was an …
Black water lake, Ecuador (Amazon)
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Yvonne Smith
A very rude 3:15 am wake-up call prepares us for a 3:45 pick-up for our flight to Lima. Nick actually had a decent sleep but Jake is like a cranky teenager. There are other passengers in our …
Amantani Island
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Yvonne Smith
Today is another travel day and they are beginning to take their toll. We feel tired at the prospect of more transfers, flights and line-ups. Regardless, we start the journey back to the mainland …
Lake Titicaca, Peru
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Yvonne Smith
We say goodbye to our wonderful guide Vico this morning. Vico was born and raised in the Galapagos and his intimate knowledge and passion for the islands have endeared him to us. He has also been …
The Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca
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Yvonne Smith
After an early morning play in the surf we have breakfast and then drive out to the base of Sierra Negro Volcano. This active volcano last erupted in 2005. In the blazing heat of the equatorial …
Machu Picchu, Peru
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Yvonne Smith
After breakfast we board a traditional style bus which has seats and a roof but no sides and we ascend to the highlands where we visit another giant tortoise sanctuary. This provides another great …
Aguas Calientes, Peru
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Yvonne Smith
We begin our day with a short walk from the Red Mangrove to the neighbouring Charles Darwin Research Centre. We focus on giant land tortoises but also learn a little more about the broader work of …
Peru
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Yvonne Smith
Today is a much easier travel day as we arrive into the Galapagos at 11:00 am after picking up an hour in the time zone exchange. What is remarkable about our arrival into the Galapagos is their …
Family photo at Moray agricultural terraces
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Yvonne Smith
Today was a travel day. We paddle across the lake from the lodge where we hike for 30 minutes before reaching the Napo river. We are treated to red Howler monkeys playing above the trail as we …
Pisac, Peru
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Yvonne Smith
We started the day saying goodbye to our new friends Phil & Jane with who we have shared our treks with over the previous 3 days. Adding to several small world experiences, it turns out both Phil & …
Hitchhikers on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
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Yvonne Smith
Another early morning (5:30 today!) began with a paddle and a hike out to Sacha Lodges Kapok tower which stands at 130 feet and is a rickety hike up about 20 flights of wooden stairs wrapping around …
Kids loving Santa Cruz Island
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Yvonne Smith
Another early morning (5:30 today!) began with a paddle and a hike out to Sacha Lodges Kapok tower which stands at 130 feet and is a rickety hike up about 20 flights of wooden stairs wrapping around …
Sierra Negra volcano, Isabela
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Yvonne Smith
Another early morning (5:30 today!) began with a paddle and a hike out to Sacha Lodges Kapok tower which stands at 130 feet and is a rickety hike up about 20 flights of wooden stairs wrapping around …
Pirhana Fishing
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Yvonne Smith
It is not easy sleeping in the jungle! We were not bothered by mosquitoes or any nasties in our cabin however the loud and sometimes creepy jungle noises made for a disturbed sleep! To top that …
Tarantula outside our cabin at Sacha Lodge
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Yvonne Smith
Leaving Quito by pick up from the Adventure Life tour company, we head for the airport (about 1.5 hours drive). The airport is brand new, it actually just opened before we arrived in late February. …

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