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Turtle monitoring begins!
The camp buzzed with energy. The turtle monitoring was a much anticipated highlight of our Baja camping adventure … This day was all about getting home. We started at the hotel, saying goodbye to our good friend Teddy at noon. Riding down the hill to the aeropuerto, we were really surprised to see our first … Charo, Faye & I paddle through the mangroves of Magdalena Bay. (OK, OK, to be fair, Charo did most of the paddling.)
We were in our kayaks by 11:00 am. Paddle-talk included insight from our … This day was a free day in Cusco, and we opted for a short horse back ride. Teddy had arranged this for us, an a van and a young guide named came and picked us up at the hotel.
Just a short ride … This day was a free day until 2:00 and we all decided we wanted to go back up the hill to M-P.
Will and Brent had passes to go up to Huayna Picchu and please note that the queue to get on the trail … We had all dedided that every town we visited was better than the first and we had not yet arrived at Machu Picchu! What this day would bring, we just couldn't imagine.
We joined our group and … Taking in the view from our beach-side bedroom on Baja's Magdalena Bay.
The roadside Ranchero's decor showcases intricate hand-crafted saddles, as well as a hodge-podge of attic-items including … Around 7:30, Teddy and our driver Eduardo, arrived at our hotel door carrying our traveling companions, Mario and Betty, ready to take us towards the Sacred Valley. There was not really any one else … We had a taxi arranged by A-L waiting for us the next morning, taking us to the airport for Cusco. About 30 minutes back to the airport.
Line wasn't too bad at the airport. We were flying LAN … Morning came, and with it breakfast. This was included in the room, as were all breakfasts. However, after breakfast, 2 of us went back to bed!!!!
The other 2 went out exploring. Just a couple of … As our older son, Will, is currently in school in Boston, we were scheduled to leave from 2 different destinations, meeting in Dallas, and flying the 8 hour trip to Lima together. We had a small … 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 … ''Give your children experiences, not things.'' Someone told us those words of wisdom years ago, and as a family, we have tried to do this. Two years ago, when our oldest son graduated from the … 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 … The family that sea kayaks together, stays together.
It was by lucky circumstance that our guide, Pedro, was joining us for more of our Mexico travels and we were delighted to have his … 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 … 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 … Faye enjoys some playtime after our private picnic lunch on Baja's Espiritu Santo
We had a solid sleep after yesterday's long day of travel & transfers. Everyone rose bright-eyed and we were … 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 … 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 … 5 bags, 3 kids, 2 parents, 1 yoga mat, 2 life jackets, 5 sets of snorkeling gear, 11 days of camping gear ... and a partridge in a pear tree -- the Conways are finally Baja bound!
The Conway … We were happy to find the same Adventure Life representative meeting us that took us to the airport when we got off the plane from Balta. He drove us back to the Grand Hotel.
We had a good night at … 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 … After our boat returned us to Santa Cruz, we checked in and were amazed at the terrific room at Adventura. We had a beautiful, private balcony that overlooked the Port as well as a room that was …