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Posing for the camera
Exit row!! We're off to Ecuador!
Our beautiful room at Mansion del Angel
Enjoying the amenities at Mansion del Angel
Quite the key!
Breakfast in the Atrium at Mansion del Angel
Off to the airport with Daniel
A view of Quito from above
We've arrived!!
Our chariot awaits!
Heading to the ship
Our private balcony on the Millennium
Enjoying the view of San Cristobal
Frigate birds join us
My first Galapagos sea lion!!!
The sea lions want to play!
Our first blue footed booby sighting
Baby sea lions everywhere!
We watched a pelican fishing
The locals!
Sea lion near San Cristobal Island
San Cristobal
Our guide and Ros
A tiny baby!
Blue footed booby
Blue footed booby
Marine iguana on San Cristobal
San Cristobal
San Cristobal
Sea lion skull
The boobies were nesting
Nap time while the baby nurses
Snorkeling at San Cristobal
Snorkeling at San Cristobal
Snorkeling with sea lions!
Baby sea lions!
Snorkeling at San Cristobal
Snorkeling at San Cristobal
Snorkeling at San Cristobal
checking out the camera
sunset on the island
This is where we are supposed to snorkel later!
Frigate birds courting
Getting ready to land
Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Nesting Red footed boobies
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Snorkeling near Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Snorkeling near Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Snorkeling near Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Snorkeling near Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Snorkeling near Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Snorkeling near Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Snorkeling near Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Gearing up for our hike
Hiking in search of giant tortoises at La Galapaguera on San Cristobal
One hour in, first sighting- tortoise skeleton
Hiking in search of giant tortoises at La Galapaguera on San Cristobal
Hiking in search of giant tortoises at La Galapaguera on San Cristobal
Hiking in search of giant tortoises at La Galapaguera on San Cristobal
Hiking in search of giant tortoises at La Galapaguera on San Cristobal
Hiking in search of giant tortoises at La Galapaguera on San Cristobal
Hiking in search of giant tortoises.
Hiking in search of giant tortoises.
A giant lagoon with hundreds of giant tortoises- La Galapaguera, San Cristobal
A refreshing dip after an intense hike
A beautiful evening at La Galapaguera
La Galapaguera, San Cristobal
Enjoying the evening on the Millennium
Panga ride to 'the cathedral'
Inside 'the cathedral'
Inside 'the cathedral'
Inside 'the cathedral'
Inside 'the cathedral'
Inside 'the cathedral'
Enjoying our panga tour
Tunnel of Love
Tunnel of Love
Tunnel of Love
Tunnel of Love
Tunnel of Love on San Cristobol
Tunnel of Love
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo. San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time for the iguanas at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Protecting my terrible sun burn from our hike the day before
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Sally Lightfoot Crab
Hiding in the rocks
Sally Lightfoot Crab
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Sally Lightfoot Crab
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
The trifecta!!  Sally Lightfoot Crab, Marine Iguana and Sea Lion!
Leon Dormido
My first sea turtle!
Where we are about to snorkel at kicker rock/leon dormido
Steadying our nerves to jump into the water with sharks
SHARKS!!!! Black tipped reef sharks, to be exact!
Looking up in the channel
With the sun blocked out, it looked murky and creepy...or maybe that was just because of the sharks!
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido
More sharks!
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido
Jellyfish!
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido
Snorkeling at Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido
San Cristobal
San Cristobal
Our first landing at Espanola- Punta Suarez
Punta Suarez, Espanola
Punta Suarez, Espanola
Punta Suarez, Espanola
Travelers enjoying their Galapagos adventure near Punta Suarez, Espanola
Marine Iguanas, Punta Suarez, Espanola
Punta Suarez, Espanola
Punta Suarez, Espanola
Blue footed booby
Blue-footed booby on Espanola Island in the Galapagos
"His paint was fresh"
Nazca/Masked Boobies
Waved albatross!
Punta Suarez, Espanola
Punta Suarez, Espanola
Waved albatross
Punta Suarez, Espanola
Punta Suarez, Espanola
It reminded me of the Cliffs of Moher!
Punta Suarez, Espanola
Galapagos Hawk
Waved Albatross protecting his egg
Marine iguana herd lounging on the beach
Snorkeling at Espanola
Snorkeling at Espanola
Snorkeling at Espanola
The sea lions liked to nibble on our flippers to get us to play with them!
Chomp!
Kissed from a sea lion
Oh...and there were fish too!
Another sea lion kiss
Nibbles!
He kept carrying around a shell he found
Snorkeling at Espanola
Snorkeling at Espanola
Snorkeling in the Galapagos.
Snorkeling at Espanola
Snorkeling at Espanola
Gardner Bay, Espanola
Sea lion attack!
Towel thief
Enjoying his new found toy
Gardner Bay, Espanola
Gardner Bay, Espanola
Gardner Bay, Espanola
Gardner Bay, Espanola
Gardner Bay, Espanola
Gardner Bay, Espanola
Gardner Bay, Espanola
"Here little sea lion"
...and closer
...and closer
Making new friends...I swear I didn't approach it!
Playing soccer with a sea lion and a coconut
Gardner Bay, Espanola
Picking up hitchhikers
Flamingos at Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Flamingos at Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Flamingos at Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Tons of stingrays in the water!
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Big scary male sea lion- we had to keep our eyes on him!
Post Office Bay, Floreana
Post Office Bay, Floreana
Post Office Bay, Floreana
Post Office Bay, Floreana
Checking the mail, Galapagos style
Lava tube caves near Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Lava tube caves near Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Lava tube caves near Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Sting ray at Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Passengers vs. the Crew soccer match on Floreana Island
A night on the town in Puerto Ayora
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
The boys goofing around in town
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Tree crabs!
Hmmmm....
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
This one's for you, Dad!
Tortoises?  Yes please!
See the Galapagos Tortoise at the Charles Darwin Center, Santa Cruz Island
Baby tortoises- some were the size of ping pong balls!
Lonesome George...less than a week before he passed away
A Gapalagos Tortoise having a snack on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Catching the ferry to Baltra
Open air airport at Baltra
Walking out to the plane
Welcome letter at the hotel in Guayaquil...fancy!
We helped ourselves to the executive floor dessert bar several times a day!
Amazing shower!!!  (there were 3 more shower heads on the ceiling)
Pool at Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil
Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil
Free food and drinks in the Executive Floor lounge...we took full advantage
View of Guayaquil from our top floor room
Guayaquil
Guayaquil
Off to Cerro Santa Ana in style
Cerro Santa Ana, Guayaquil...only 444 steps to go!
Not quite there yet
We made it!!!
Cerro Santa Ana, Guayaquil
Cerro Santa Ana, Guayaquil
A fun night on top of the town
The IGTOA crew at Cerro Santa Ana
Even the moths are cool here!
Ecua Andino Hat Factory (where JCrew gets their hats!)
Ecua Andino Hat Factory
Ecua Andino Hat Factory
Malecon, Guayaquil
The trip turned me into a giant tortoise...All packed up and ready to head home
At the Malecon, Guayaquil - it was MUGGY!!
Cool art in the hotel lobby
Parque de las iguanas, Guayaquil (we didn't make it in time to feed them :(  )
I'm not sure how they get any air in there....
A view of Cotopaxi Volcano from the air
Street art in Quito
Sleeping in the trees
Mmm...Bizcochos, hot chocolate and cheese
Chirimoyas- my favorite new fruit!
El Panecillo in Quito
Beautiful hills north of Quito on our way to Otavalo Market
We passed a First Communion celebration
On our way to Otavalo...Ecuador reminds me WAY too much of Ireland, I never want to leave!
Mmmm...cotton candy!!
El Panecillo in Quito, a view of the city at night
Drinking coca tea to get ready for our hike at high elevation (after being a sea level yesterday....)
Quito
Quito
Travelers overlooking the city of Quito, Ecuador
Cotopaxi Volcano
Cotopaxi Volcano - that tiny yellow speck is where we will hike to
View from the hike, Cotopaxi Volcano
 Refugio José F. Ribas at 4800 meters on the Cotopaxi Volcano
Getting closer as the clouds move in, Cotopaxi Volcano
Yeah, it pretty much went straight up
...then the thunder - hail storm started
Many of the Ecuadorians had never seen 'snow' before and were playing in it
Not much of a view, but amazing to be in the middle of a thunder cloud
The clouds started to clear out a little
Andean wolf at Cotopaxi Volcano
Lake Limpiopungo, Cotopaxi National Park
Andean wolf at Cotopaxi Volcano
A view from the lake
These flowers looked like tiny dragon heads!
Andean rabbit at Lake Limpiopungo, Cotopaxi National Park
Cotopaxi Volcano after the clouds cleared
Lake Limpiopungo, Cotopaxi National Park
A view from Pinchicha in Quito
Lake Limpiopungo, Cotopaxi National Park
Cake, please!
A view from Pinchicha in Quito
A view from Pinchicha in Quito
Sky tram in Quito
A view from Pinchicha in Quito
Riding the sky tram in Quito
Gothic cathedral, Quito- the gargoyles are all local animals like llamas!!
Gothic Cathedral in Quito
Gothic Cathedral in Quito
Gothic Cathedral in Quito
Ecuador's White House
Central square outside the whitehouse
A view of El Panecillo, Quito
Presidential Palace in Quito
Monkey Puzzle Trees!  We had these in Ireland too!
Adventure Life office in Quito
The best meal we've had our whole trip!
Learning to make ceviche with Betty
A view from Betty's house
Look, even Giovanna can make it!
Pululahua Volcano...or just a cloud?
My Ecuadorian family!
Middle of the World- learning about time at the Equator
Standing in both hemispheres!!!
Middle of the World monument
Stay out of my hemisphere!
Learning more about time at the Equator
Learning more about time at the Equator
...still trying....
The natural phenomena at the Equator were amazing!
Not so tough when you're on the equator!
Trying to balance an egg on a nail...
Success!!! I got a certificate for being an Egg Master!
Trying...we won't embarrass her with the failure photo...

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