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A great trip with highlights being a morning scuba dive off Santa Cruz Island, an exhilarating hike up the Sierra Negra volcano, lots of curious and nonchalant animal/sealife, great company, accommodations and food, and knowledgable guides who accompanied us throughout our islands visit. Adventure Life arranged a last minute guided bus/walking tour in Quito to structure my last day while awaiting the flight home. A great adventure!

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Baroque cathedral, Quito
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Steve Alcorn
Alas, it was time to leave the islands and my tour companions who were continuing their journeys elsewhere. We returned to the airport island of Baltra the way we arrived, by bus and water taxi …
Portion of the Wall of Tears, Isabella Island
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Steve Alcorn
The Wall of Tears is a grim reminder of the penal colony that operated in times past. The rocks are of dark lava and were placed by the prisoners who, we were told, hauled them in rucksacks without …
View from the pirate's hideout, Floreana Island
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Steve Alcorn
Breakfast was followed by a bus trip to the foot of the Ierra Negra volcano and a six mile round trip to the top and back. It was a bit rainy so the narrow trail was slippery at times. Our guide …
Iguana on the terrace, Red Mangrove Resort, Santa Cruz Islan
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Steve Alcorn
After breakfast we bused to the Peace Asylum where we encountered the giant Galapagos tortoises. These guys are impressive! And, like almost all of the wildlife in the Galapagos that we encountered …
Puerto Ayora Harbor, Santa Cruz Island
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Steve Alcorn
Divemaster, Richard, introduced me to Galapagos below the waves after breakfast while the rest of our group toured the Santa Cruz highlands by bus. We saw an abundance of multicolored fish as well as …
Blue footed boobies, Santa Cruz Island
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Steve Alcorn
I was picked up promptly at 6Am by Christian, the English speaking Adventure Life guide, and driver for transfer back to the Quito airport. As a solo traveler I had plenty of opportunity to ask …
Square in front of the President's Palace, Quito
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Steve Alcorn
Landed at the brand spanking new airport in Quito about 10:30 PM just in time to grab a taxi to the beautiful Rincon de Puembo hotel for a few hours sleep before catching the morning flight to …

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