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Travel Articles: Santa Cruz Island
Kevin's Galapagos Trip
Two weeks in Ecuador, including an 8-day cruise on the San Jose in the Galapagos, 3 nights of land-based explorations on the islands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal, and several days exploring the Highlands around Quito, Cotopaxi and Otavalo. Fulfilling my lovely partner's lifetime dream of seeing Darwin's inspiration!
Galapagos Travel: Rules for Galapagos Visitors, a Good Time for a Good Reminder
Last month, the Galapagos National Park Service announced they are closing visitor access to two of the tortoise corrals at Santa Cruz's Fausto Llerena Tortoise center -- due to some irresponsible behaviors by, reportedly, both some select travelers and naturalist guides. Behaviors reported include littering and violating the park's rules …
Best Treks in South America
With miles of mountains, pristine lakes, glaciers, & remote ancient ruins, South America boasts a diverse array of trekking opportunities. The W Circuit in Torres del Paine, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, & the Cordillera Blanca are just a few. Trekkers worldwide can look forward to true experiences of a lifetime.
Can I explore the Galapagos on my own?
Can you explore a few spots on your own, as an extension to a cruise or to a guided land tour? Sure. I’m happy to share a few ideas below. But should you do it exclusively as an independent vacation? No. Certainly not….
So many of the best places in the Galapagos can only be visited with a certified Galapagos National Park …
Like a Well Choreographed Musical (Without the Incessant Showtunes)
When you fly into the dry side of Santa Cruz, in the Galapagos dry season, everything looks browner than you expect a biodiversity hotspot to be. So we were itching to see some wildlife when we boarded the San Jose in Baltra. Little did we know that the wildlife show was about to begin, like a well-choreographed musical.
As soon as our ship set …
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