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A Trip to the Middle of the World, Ecuador and the Galapagos! \ Photos

Agave plant with a view of the surrounding mountains.
Overlooking the Otavalo valley.
Volcanic lake, Cuichoca.
Enjoying the Galapagos sunset.
The Natural Paradise.
A male frigate bird tries to attract a mate.
A baby frigate bird waits for a meal.
A blue footed boobie protects her eggs.
A blue footed boobie with her newly hatched chick.
Our group explores North Seymour Island.
Snapping shots of baby sea lions!
Sea lions napping with the Natural Paradise in the background.
Opuntia cacti on South Plaza Island.
Our guide, Hernan teaching us about male sea lions.
Posing with a napping sea lion on South Plaza Island.
Sunset on South Plaza Island.
Kate photographs the wildlife.
Galapagos penguins on Bartholomew Island!
The famous Pinnacle Rock.
Kate and I enjoy our snack of bizchocos.
Potatoes at the Otavalo market.
Peguche waterfall.
Learning about volcanoes at lake Cuichoca.
Plantain chips and delicious sauces.
Our beautiful breakfast spread at Patio Andaluz.
Enjoying an Achiotillo for breakfast.
Shrunken head at the Middle of the World Museum.
A sun dial on the Equator.
The Equator!
Kate balances an egg on the equator.
The chocolate making display at the Middle of the World Museum.
Quito, from the top of the Teleférico.
Kate, Giovanni and I at the top of the Teleférico.
Basílica del Voto Nacional, Quito.
Plaza San Francisco, Quito.
Traditional Ecuadorian dish, pork and plantains.
Off to the Galapagos!
Arriving in San Cristobal.
Our Cabin on the Natural Paradise.
Kicker Rock, where we swam with sharks!
The Natural Paradise.
The lounge area on the Natural Paradise.
An example of our daily itinerary on the Natural Paradise.
View of Pinnacle Rock from the shore of Bartholomew Island.
The stairs to the top of Bartholomew Island.
Pinnacle Rock at sunset.
Bartholomew Island.
Our group enjoying the views of Pinnacle Rock.
Kate at Sullivan Bay.
Our group enjoys the lava flows at Sullivan Bay.
Kate points out an iguana at Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz.
Our guide, Hernan tells us about iguanas.
Our hotel in Santa Cruz, Hotel Silberstein.
On our way to Tortuga Bay!
The path leading to Tortuga Bay.
The path leading to Tortuga Bay.
A marine iguana at Tortuga Bay.
The pool at Hotel Silberstein.
The Darwin Center.
Tortoises at the Darwin Center.
The Lonesome George exhibit at the Darwin Center.
The Darwin Center.
Our cozy rooms at El Porvenir.
People preparing to mountain bike in Cotopaxi National Park.
Windy Cotopaxi!
Wild horses in Cotopaxi National Park.
Cotopaxi National Park.
Learning about Volcanoes at the Cotopaxi National Park Museum!
Hacienda El Porvenir.
Hacienda El Porvenir.
The surrounding views near Hacienda El Porvenir.
Horseback riding at Hacienda El Porvenir.
Horseback riding at Hacienda El Porvenir.
Wooden statues near Hacienda El Porvenir.
Ecuadorian huckleberries!
The fields of Hacienda El Porvenir.
Kate, Alejandro and I after our horseback ride.
Learning to make empanada dough.
The empanadas we made!
The empanadas we made!
Kate and I with our wonderful teacher!
A delicious fillet with huckleberry compote.
One of the many waterfalls in Baños.
Mountain views near Baños.
Kate and Giovanni near the Swing at the End of the World.
Overlooking the beautiful city of Baños.
A cable car crossing Rio Pastaza.
The stairs to Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)
The bridge over Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)
Overlooking Quito.
Virgen de El Panecillo, Quito.
View of Quito from Basílica del Voto Nacional.
Basílica del Voto Nacional, Quito.
The top of to towers, Basílica del Voto Nacional, Quito.
The very steep tower stairs, Basílica del Voto Nacional, Quito.

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