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Costa Rica Multisport tour, a long time in the making!
After about two years of thinking about creating some sort of trekking/multisport tour option in Costa Rica, we have finally done it! It includes all the great activities you can hope to experience while in this country, ziplining, whitewater rafting on the Pacuare, kayaking, snorkeling, and of course now a 2 day/1 night trek up Chirripo Peak.. …
Final thoughts, photographs, and art
In Galapagos, there is this anticipation…this air of expectant wonder, that around every corner awaits something magnificent…and it is waiting. I have been to many parts of the world and seen many amazing natural wonders. But here…it is almost like Mother Nature is enjoying showing off just as much as we are enjoying the view. …
Snorkel sightings! (Disclaimer: Jaime and I would sit down with a Galapagos Marine Species book on board the ship and, from memory, identify what we saw. While we tried to be accurate, there may be some that are mis-remembered! We did the best we could!) 20-25% of the fish here are endemic, meaning they are ONLY here. There are over 500 species of …
Which itinerary?? And other travel decisions
I wanted to give potential travelers my observations, having had the unique opportunity to go to the Galapagos at two different times of year, on two different boats, with two different itineraries. What would I pick, knowing what I know? Let me say right off the bat—if either of these trips had been my only trip, I would be THRILLED. I …
Charles Darwin Center, Santa Cruz
Up early to pack and go to Santa Cruz island, to visit the Charles Darwin Center. The bus stopped right by the mosaic garden, (click here for photos and art from this area) so we ducked in for two minutes. Then we looked in on the different land tortoises.
One memorable moment was when two female saddlebacks squared off, heads stretched to their …
Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay, Floreana
Floreanahad unique features. There was a giant, gnarly mangrove tree that dominated the crescent shaped shoreline. Erosion had made a secondary type of cliff, where a Blue footed booby and giant chick sat together and groomed. This beach had the green sand caused by the olivine crystals, while a beach on the other side of the island got different …
Suarez Point and Gardner Bay, Espanola
Our new guide was Julian, and he was knowledgeable and friendly. We were still in good hands! Our group disembarked by a small lighthouse. Walking the path was made even trickier because mother sea lions and their cubs saw no reason to give us passage. Not that we minded much. But our guide never wanted to put us or the animals in a situation …
Cerro Brujo and Kicker Rock
Cerro Brujo. This is what is left of a tuff cone. (That is where the lava enters a very cold ocean, causing an explosion. It creates a different shape.) This is also one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. The sun came out for our visit here, which was welcome. We rode the dinghies along the cliff face, giving us only an indication to …
Punta Pitt and Tortoise National Reserve, San Cristobal
Next stop: Punta Pitt, San Cristobal!
We had a leisurely walkon a strangely colored, greenish beach, made so by olivine crystals in the sand. Lava lizards abound. We then turned inland and hiked up a dry river run that flows freely in El Niño rains—they have to take travelers elsewhere during those years. It must be gorgeous to see it …
And she's back!
Galapagos, October, 2015
I cannot describe to you how fortunate I feel, to be invited to explore more of these mysterious islands. And how strange and marvelous the circumstances! To be speaking to you again along these lines is truly a gift—a gift given all because I won a contest! Readers voted for me to win Adventure Life’s Blog …
Adventures Await in Beautiful Belize
After taking an action packed trip to Costa Rica with Adventure Tours last year, we were ready to book another memorable trip with the tour company. On their site, Belize peaked our interest.
Off the coast is an incredible dive site called The Blue Hole. It became famous by Jacques Cousteau in the 1970s. While on his ship, the Calypso, he charted …
Lamanai jungle exploration in Belize
The howling began before sunrise. Having stayed in jungle lodges in Costa Rica and Guatemala, we hoped that we would hear howler monkeys again. This time, it sounded like they were perched in the trees directly above our cabin. As it turned out, they probably were. The other-worldly sound of howler monkeys is hard to describe, a combination of …
I am over-the-moon ecstatic to announce that I won the Adventure Life blog contest! I can't believe it! Because of you, voting....I get to go tour the Eastern Islands! My brain is already buzzing with images to paint...
I wanted to catch you up on the art that I did during the Semi-Final month of the contest. (I wasn't allowed to add …
Significant Reasons for Choosing Private Jet Services
It has been observed that large numbers of commercial as well as large scale businesses are using private jet services for their business purpose. The reason behind this is many businesses, especially those who conduct a large amount of work abroad need to travel at different places for their business purpose. Also, at some of the instances, they …
We had one full day in Quito, Ecuador. We stayed at La Rabida Hostel, which doesn't mean the same thing as what you picture when you think 'hostel'! We had our own roomand a private bathroom. La Rabida doesn't have a great street presence, but nothing really does down the side streets of Quito. Lovely inside. Many of the rooms …
We met a veterinarian studying in Galapagos--her current job is catching Short Earred Owls and collecting DNA samples to see if they vary from island to island. She was planning on diving with Academy Bay Scubain two days, and offered us her spot so that my husband and I could go instead.So nice of her! We had to dive then, because our trip was …
On our final day of the cruise, we were up early for a visit to Mosquera Island. It is small, with a beautiful beach. The largest group of sea lions we encountered on the trip lazed on the sand or in the vegetation. The lighting was gorgeous--the benefit of the early embarkment. Sometimes photography was more difficult in the harsh, mid-day sun, …
Rabida is dominated by the color red. Red beach, red paths, red rocks everywhere.
We hiked up above the beach and had a nice view back down.
Along the way, we got to see the Galapagos dove. It's a pretty bird, with iridescent purple along the side of its neck.
More Darwin finch sightings, and it is today's artist inspiration.
I found …
Isabela Island--Tagus Cove and Fernandina Island--Espinosa Point
Tagus Bay on Isabela Island...known for its graffiti? Apparently early boats, like 1830's, carved their names then others followed suit.I didn't see the old stuff...just whitepaint on dark rocks. I have to say, having been surrounded by such scenes of nature and beauty and wildlife, with so little human interaction beyond my own boat...it …
Isabela Island--Elizabeth Bay and Urbina Bay
Elizabeth Bay was full of wildlife. There is no landing place--we explored from the dingies. The red mangroves are a great refuge for a variety of animals.
We viewed eagle rays, golden rays, bluefooted boobies, sea turtles, sea lions, flightless cormorants...on the water we saw 16 penguins and flying fish!
This series of photos (more in the …
Isabela Island- Puerto Villamil, the Tortoise Breeding center, and Sierra Negra Volcano
Today was the first of two days visiting sites on Isabela Island. We landed at the harbor for Puerto Villamil, the town on Isabela, and with all the rain, our bus was late. So we explored the area, walking the trails and the beach.
A sea lion slept next to the trail. I could hear her inhale and exhale. It's so cute the way they tuck their …
Bartolome Island, Santiago Island
Up early for more adventures!
Bartolome island is an interesting place. The rocks are fantastic--there are amazing lava formations everywhere.And, on the way in....we saw a Galapagos penguin!!!That wasan artist's inspiration, for sure!
Long ago, a group of penguins followed the cold Humboldt current up from Antarctica and settled here. They …
There are many things to consider about HOW you travelin the Galapagos. It seems like each island has its own unique flavor, with specializations that aren't available anywhere else. For example, albatross only nest on one island. Some of the best diving are by the islands wayyyy on the outskirts of the archipelago. So experiences vary.We …
Flying to the islands, and Bachas beach
Galapagos began to show off immediately. As we were coming in for a landing, we spotted two yellow-orange land iguanas off the runway.
Darwin finches and lava lizards dodged in and out between groups of travelers.
We could smell the warm, moist air of the ocean. We were greeted by our guide, waited for our group then transferred to a bus, then …
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