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Only Solo for So Long...Galapagos Multisport

A solo adventurer to Quito & Galapagos finds a vibrant community of nature, wildlife & new friends

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mom and baby sea lion
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Hope Pordy
3:30am - yikes! Off to the airport, but first a quick hand-off as I leave the hotel & I am thrilled with a packed breakfast of yoghurt, fruit & muffin. The sweetest couple drives me to the airport - …
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Hope Pordy
Is it water taxi-bus-boat-bus-plane-taxi? Or water taxi-boat-bus-boat...??? Whatever, a multiple transport day leading us back to Quito. Luckily, the weather was beautiful so while in transport …
sea lion posing for a pic
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Hope Pordy
So much to see, so little time! Charles Darwin Research Station where we met Super-Diego (no viagra for him!), The Widows of Lonesome George, a mustard-yellow Land Iguana, and a banana-leaf chomping …
Sea Lion napping in the Galapagos
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Hope Pordy
Handed over a stockpile of granola bars, power bars, and freeze-dried snacks (a vegetarian's survival kit in latin america) to the volcano hikers, and set off to walk through town. Navigating around …
Huaorani Tribesman (statue)
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Hope Pordy
Another early start to the day, as we quickly consumed another fresh Opuntia breakfast of eggs, juice, fruit, yogurt, plaintain pancakes of course, COFFEE! And said goodbye to Godo, who will forever …
Equatorial Egg Certificate
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Hope Pordy
All the makings of Gilligan's Island were present as we boarded a boat (some chock full of motion sickness pills) for a full day of snorkeling at Isla Lobos, Cerro Brujo and Leon Dormido (Kicker …
El Panecillo, Quito
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Hope Pordy
Sure, everyone needs a local guide to help spot the natural treasures hidden under leaves and branches, atop soaring mountains and volcanoes, and beneath lava rock and coral reefs. Indeed, the group …
Adorable Peruvian girl selling scarves
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Hope Pordy
Though now thoroughly enthralled by my solo traveller status, I had to face joining a group of 3 pairs of strangers: (1) The Professors, (2) The Teachers, and (3) The Vet and her Mom. A very early …
La Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito
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Hope Pordy
A pooled city tour matches me up with Bob, an affable extremely well-traveled Pastor from MN. As we both are intent on practicing Spanish, we ask our guide Willie to conduct the entire tour in …
Brownie the Bunny at the Hostal Rabida
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Hope Pordy
Finally, my long awaited trip to the Galapagos - check one off the bucket list! Though excited, 24 hours before, some anxiety builds - what was I thinking traipsing to South America by myself?! A …

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