Floreana Island, Day 10

Greater Galapagos flamingo, Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

It’s back to the scene of my scuba-diving nightmare, today, Point Cormorant on Floreana Island.  This time, though, we walk to a brackish lagoon that is home to the largest population of Greater Galapagos flamingos in the islands.  Currently there … [Continue reading]

Isabela Island, Day 11

Blue-footed booby perched precariously on volcanic rock, Isabella Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

We set foot on Isabela island this morning with the intention of exploring the geology of the Galapagos Islands rather than its wildlife. Basically, islands to the east of the archipelago (such as Isabela island) are younger and at an earlier stage … [Continue reading]

Fernandina Island, Day 12

Galapagos hawk (juvenile), Fernandina Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Isabela Island to Fernandina Island and beyond... First stop on this bloody hot morning is Urbina Bay on Isabela Island.  In 1954, this area experienced a major uplift, causing the land to rise over 16 feet in one night. The coast expanded by half a … [Continue reading]

Santiago Island and Bartolome Island, Day 13

le sea lion posing, Santiago Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Amazing wildlife encounters await on Santiago Island... Another busy day in the Galapagos Islands begins at Port Egas on Santiago Island.  We take our snorkeling gear with us and leave it on the beach as we explore.  Almost immediately we are … [Continue reading]

Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island, Day 14

Brown Pelican, Black turtle cove, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

One more adventure: Black turtle cove... Our last day begins with a beautiful sunrise over the Galapagos Islands.  Our last excursion (so sad) is to Black turtle cove, a mangrove estuary, on Santa Cruz Island, where we see more blue-footed boobies, … [Continue reading]

Guayaquil to Cuenca, Day 15

Card players, Cuenca, Ecuador

Colonial Cuenca is a gem...Guayaquil bus station is huge – more like a shopping mall – and Christi and I were quite clueless as to how we would gain onward tickets to our next destination, the colonial town of Cuenca set in the southern highlands of … [Continue reading]

Exploring Cuenca’s colonial architecture, Day 16

Exquisite colonial architecture, Cuenca, Ecuador

The colonial architecture in Cuenca is stunning... Despite two weeks of constant activity, there’s no time to rest and we begin our exploration of the narrow cobblestone streets, churches, markets, and colonial architecture of Cuenca with a walking … [Continue reading]

Healthy travel and a little photography, Cuenca, Day 17

Santo Domingo church, Cuenca, Ecuador

A few healthy travel tips... As I mentioned yesterday, drinking the local tap water can be a huge risk.  To aid healthy travel and reduce the possibility of catching something nasty we brought a UV sterilizer with us.  The sterilizer is actually a … [Continue reading]

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Day 18

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Cuenca, Ecuador

Before we tackle the hard core tourism today, notably an exploration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, we taxi out to El Mirador de Turi, which offers scenic views over Cuenca.  We’re surprised to see a smog-like haze over the town that … [Continue reading]

Cuenca (Ecuador) to Tumbes (Peru), Day 19

wall mural, Cuenca, Ecuado

We're off on the road to Tumbes across the border in Peru... We leave Cuenca reluctantly and with a last few lingering glimpses of its beautiful architecture, churches, and markets.  We have a long day of traveling ahead of us to reach the coastal … [Continue reading]