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Nov 14, 2019 - Travel Surprises

Our flight from Guayquil to Isla Balta in the Galapagos departs at 08:15. So we were up at 05:00 for the 06:00 shuttle to the airport. Quite by chance I checked eMail and discovered an airline change notification had come in overnight. Problem was that it was not a time change but a destination change !? Instead of Isla Baltra our destination was now to be Isla de San Cristobal ! Our hotel reservation was on Isla Santa Cruz; a 1 hour ferry & bus ride from Baltra. A 3 or 4 hour ferry ride would be required to get from San Cristobal to Santa...

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Nov 5, 2019 - Guayquil to Chill

Ecuador is a new country to visit for Lidia & me. We will be doing a flight to the Galapagos from Guayquil and decided to visit the city for a few days. Upon exiting the airport it was readily evident we were no longer in relatively poor Paraguay. More modern vehicles, cleaner streets, and people dressed more affluently and smiling/laughing more; you just feel that you are in a more happy, upbeat, nation. Our hotel was near the city center, and only 3 blocks from the Malecon along the river Guayas. The weather is in the 80's (which sure...

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Aug 26, 2019 - plummet back to sea level

We have been impressed by how varied the scenery in Ecuador is. You can drive an hour and find yourself in what feels like a totally different country. You can eat breakfast in the tropics on the sea coast, lunch in the Andes mountains and dinner in the Amazon. The roads are good and the country is small enough that you could accomplish all this varied scenery driving yourself in a car. This was especially true today when we got on the bus this morning in Cuenca with bright blue skies and 50º temperatures at 9,000 feet elevation and...

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Apr 13, 2018 - flight back to Equador

While waiting in the airport to fly to Guayaquil, we wandered the few shops that were there. I saw the colors and design that are on my new buff (had to get some kind of souvenir!) and had to ask the storekeeper what it meant. She pointed me to a big poster at the other end of the airport. Turns out the colors are just for the store, but the words Mola Mola mean a big fish that eats things like jellyfish and holds 300 million eggs in its ovaries! the flight was non-eventful and we met another young woman at the airport who took us to Hotel...

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Feb 23, 2018 - Guayaquil 1/2 day tour near the ghettos

The next few entries are backdated as We have arrived at Bogota in Colombia and got a decent connection after having another amazing to the Gallapogas Islands. Unfortunately and sadly We left Dave and Irene back in Guayaquil airport as they were heading back home. We shall miss them dearly as we had created a dynamic gregarious team. Anyhow back to Guayaquil, we are booked in the Wydnham Hotel on the river front, in the middle of a massive ox bow in the river. The river is massive and carrying thousands of litres of water as well as a lot...

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Feb 23, 2018 - Back to Guayaquil at the start of our final voyage

So for the last time the pa system burst into life with a far too happy song. Luckily we had already got up so were ready for the level of cheeriness. We packed our bags for the plane and left them at the door ready to be taken to the airport. Off to breakfast for the last time and we said goodbye to our waiter Louis and tipped him for a job well done. After breakfast we collected our last bits and made our way to the exit and said goodbye to all of the crew that had made the last few days so great. Then into the panga for the last time and...

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Feb 18, 2018 - Journey to Guayaquil and the theft of a Cacao fruit

Well today we travelled to Guayaquil across the highest mountain pass in Ecuador. But last night’s meal deserves a mention. We stayed at our hotel as we all still felt a bit shattered from the long drive to Cuenca and I think the travelling is catch up on us. As the hotel had a restaurant area in the centre of the hacienda we thought it was worth the novelty value of eating there. First issue was that it was very cold as there was no heating. We asked if we could get some heating which took nearly the whole meal to fetch a calor gas mobile...

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Feb 17, 2018 - Guayaquil here we come

Alison still not quite right and had a poor nights sleep as we got up at 7 am to make our way to Guayaguil. We were further delayed by our breakfast arrangements with the forgetful waiter and everything had to be served individually. This did cause disruption as there appeared to be over 20 guests staying last night and all were moving on this morning. Anyhow Diago had a word with both his company and the hotel management team, I think there will be changes going forwards. We head out today and collect a young women Katy our Cajas tour...

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Feb 16, 2018 - WE ARE OFF!

We started our sixteen day adventure with a 4:30 AM airport pick-up, flew to Miami, sat there for four hours, then flew to Guayaquil, Equidor. When we made the airline reservations, we were worried about possible weather problems in Minnesota - of course, it was forty degrees Thursday. Tomorrow, a 5:30 wake-up call and a ninety minute flight to Baltra, Galapagos where we will immediately board the ENDEAVOR which will be our home for the next eight days.

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Jan 3, 2017 - US Passport Renewal Guayaquil

I started 2017 with a trip to Guayaquil to renew my US passport. Charlene Robinson took the bus over the Andes Mountains with me and we did some sightseeing along the riverfront Simon Bolivar boardwalk known as the Malecon 2000. We rode La Perla Ferris wheel which is 57 meters tall, as high as an 18-story building, with 36 air-conditioned cabins. The ride takes 10 minutes during which you can view all of Guayaquil overlooking the Guayas River. $110 passport renewal fee, an overnight stay at Casa de Romero, 3.5-hour return bus trip to Cuenca...

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2017 Ecuador

Aug 5, 2015 - I Gotta Get Outta This Place

My American Airlines flight to US was postponed due to mechanical problems. I spent the afternoon and night at Guayaquil Hilton along with the other passengers. We were treated to delicious meals until the flight to Miami the next morning. I'm trying to start my vacation.

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Apr 26, 2015 - Galapagos 1

HOLA!! greetings people....here's the thing....internet on this ship is seriously expensive.....in the internet cafe in Guayaquil I paid $1 for 1 hour....for this blog entry I am paying about $1 per minute. And I just can't type fast enough. I will continue the blog when we are back on the mainland on May 2nd. We're having an absolute blast out here and we're being looked after extremely well and as the great David Attenborough says ..."it's like no other place on earth" Apologies to all Adios Amigos

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Galapagos with G & T

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