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Quito and Galapagos Trip
A firgate bird grooms itself
What a trip! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves - there's probably no need for descriptions, but I'll give it a shot. Can't wait to go back to see some of the other islands that we weren't able to visit this time.
As in my other trip with Adventure Life, the company did a great job of getting us safely to our hotel, which was right near a bustling intersection of pubs and restaurants. A perfect way to start the trip and unwind from the travel day!
Had a nice time here - great food, friendly people, and a really fun side trip to the equator. Go check it out, and take a picture with one foot on each side of the equator!! Even though it may seem like a touristy thing to do, the demonstration of the Coriolis effect is INCREDIBLE, and there is something kind of cool about straddling the …
The voyage begins ...
... with lost luggage. My bag ended up temporarily "missing", but was recovered by an unbelievably patient and hard-working crew. How do you guys find these people? Ended up the pre-voyage festivities on a gorgeous rooftop pub up the street from the docks.
While waiting for our transfer to the ship, we hung out on the dock for a …
I only wish I had taken better notes of what we saw on each island, so that I could remember which bird went with which area, since many of the species on the islands are endemic. I'll have to trust the photos to serve as reminders, and make a note to myself for the future - WRITE THE STUFF DOWN!!
All I can say is that each and every stop …
A couple of the passengers got a little bit seasick on a rough sea, but they didn't take their meds. I had no problems at all. Advice: take the pills ... they work. Full disclosure: I also used the patch for the first couple of days, but since we did so much snorkeling, I gave up on it soon enough.
Felt a bit like Gilligan's Island for a while …
Again, not remembering which creature went with which island is a bit frustrating as I write this, but I just happened to remember the nesting boobies, and how they simply stood in the path unconcerned by our presence. That is probably the most amazing thing of all about this place - they didn't seem to know our history, and seemed to range from …
With all the talk of wildlife, it's easy to forget about the wonderful scenery and the tranquility of the bays where we anchored. Pastel colors and beautiful sunsets never grew tiresome. We were there in dry season, and it was remarkable. I can only imagine what it must look like in full green mode. I will just have to go back to check it out!!
Tired, happy, and almost out of memory space on my camera cards, it was time to reconcile ourselves with the need to go back home. One more night in Quito and another meal at the tremedous Argentinian grill near our hotel, and we'd be on our way.
Don't even hesitate. Who know how much longer this place will remain as it is now? Don't take the chance of missing it. I will absolutely return to see some of the islands I wasn't able to visit this time, in a different time of the year, probably, just to see the difference in vegetation, etc.
My advice on when to go? Tomorrow.
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