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May 5, 2016 - Quito

On the 3rd of May a late start to the day some breakfast at the hotel I check out of the hotel and go to my new one about a block away, get a early check in, then out for a walk around the area. Meet some of the group for lunch and to do more exploring, a pretty quite day mostly just taking it easy. Said bye to the crew and some of the group that was traveling on to Lima then out to a Mexican place for some dinner, there I ran into some of my former group small place LOL, said bye to more of the group as there are departing on the 4th of...

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South America 2016

May 2, 2016 - Quito

Was up early but could not get on line, but was able to sort some of the pictures getting them ready to up load when I have internet again. Walked around the camp area watching the sun rise, some breakfast and loaded up the truck for the last time as tonight we will be in Quito and the end of this leg of the trip. After leaving the camp ground we have a few hours where can walk around Otavalo checking out the markets and do a bit of shopping, and it is also where we will have lunch. Then back on the truck heading for the Equator near Quito,...

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South America 2016

Aug 30, 2015 - Final day in Mashpi and back to Quito

So after lunch on our third day in Mashpi - we headed up to the “sky bike” - we kept on delaying our start time due to the weather but eventually we got up there. As you can well imagine - this didn’t really look like my idea of fun, but “when in Rome”!! Whilst we were waiting for some other people to finish we went up the observation tower - similar to the one in the Amazon it was 30m in the air above the canopy and I swear I could feel it moving in the wind. What awaited us was a beautiful view over the cloudy canopy - the weather could...

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Aug 27, 2015 - Quito - early morning

Whilst the rest of us wallowed in bed - Mick decided to give himself a quick tour of the city of Quito. I think we were the only people staying in our hotel last night, we were certainly the only people at breakfast this morning! Lovely little hotel with a central courtyard.

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Jun 8, 2015 - Day One

My mom and I arrived at Mr. Crespo's house around midnight and from there we headed to Fort Lauderdale. The five and a half hour trip to the airport included a few pit stops and lots of driving. Getting our tickets took about a half an hour, so it was good we got there so early. By the time we got our tickets, went through customs, and got our bags checked, it was around 8:00AM and we waited patiently until 9:00 to board the plane. Since it was an international flight, we got a meal for breakfast. The "meal" consisted of a slightly hard...

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Ecuador Summer 2015

Jun 8, 2015 - First day in Ecuador--Welcome to Quito!

Well we made it to Quito, Ecuador. I have to admit, it wasn't easy and I was up for 24 hours straight before I got any sleep on the plane but it was worth it. And sleep I got! I passed right out even through some crazy turbulence and was awakened to a smell of what seemed to be fried chicken. I thought to myself that was odd because they should have been serving breakfast on the plane, and odd it was. I was not awakened to fried chicken but to Tame airlines version of a sausage patty (and I use that term lightly), scrambled eggs, and tater...

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May 20, 2015 - Quito - Volcanoes, History and Crazy Drivers

We flew from Iquitos (Peru) to Quito (Ecuador) on Monday - took most of the day with connection though Lima, but when we got here had time to walk through the Old Town center. It was the first ever whole town to be UNESCO listed due to the architecture dating from the Spanish in the 1500's, and has been kept that way. Quito is an amazing city - built on the side of a volcano (literally, the houses are on top of the steepest cliffs and mountainside you've ever seen! There's not a single road that isn't steep, winding, and usually both, with...

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South America 2015

Apr 10, 2015 - Galapagos - Saturday, March 7

On Friday we were at anchor at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. In the morning we had an easy landing at the Municipal Pier followed by a short bus ride to the Charles Darwin Research Station and Giant Tortoise Breeding Center. Once the tortoises are sufficiently large enough, where they have no natural predators, they are reintroduced somewhere on the Islands. It was a very interesting tour. At the conclusion of our tour we took a short walk back thru town and then returned to the ship. In the afternoon we repeated the process, but this...

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Apr 9, 2015 - Galagagos - Friday, March 6

Friday we were on San Cristobal Island. It was a slow-paced easy day. In the morning we went ashore at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. We took a short bus ride to the Interpretation Center where we looked at a number of interesting displays. Not a many photo opportunities. In the afternoon we took a short Zodiac ride along an “impressive tuff cone”. After everyone was back on board we weighed anchor and did a circumnavigation of Kicker Rock which is the remains of a volcanic cone which has split in two. It’s about 500 feet high and is a popular...

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Apr 5, 2015 - Galapagos - Thursday, March 5

On Thursday Morning we had an easy wet landing on Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island. It was an easy 1½ mile roundtrip walk on mostly sand with a little bit of lava rock. Our destination was a series of brackish ponds where we expected to see some flamingoes. The afternoon trip on North Seymour Island included a dry/difficult landing, There were some stone “steps” around 16” - 20” high but there were two people there helping you so it wasn’t that difficult. We were expecting to see Blue Footed Boobies, Frigate Birds, and Land Iguanas. We were...

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Mar 31, 2015 - Galapagos - Wednesday, March 4

When you first log into the journal there is a block on the upper right where you can send a message to us thru the Journal's website On Wednesday morning we took a short walk on a lava field and then returned to the ship. As it turned out the long walk was not as bad as advertised and I was sorry we took the short walk. We have seen the lava fields south of Grants, NM and the ones down by Carrizozo, NM, but the appearance of this Lava is markedly different. Our Naturalist said that’s probably do to its age, which is around 200 years, which...

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Mar 28, 2015 - Galapagos Tuesday, March 3

This is our second day of exploring the Islands. In the morning we took a scenic Zodiac Ride around the inlet. We saw a lot of wildlife but the most spectacular were the Blue Footed Boobies diving for fish! Information/facts about the Blue Footed Boobies is at the bottom of this entry. Around noon or so the ship moved north to Tagus Cove where we took the “short” walk to Darwin’s Lake. It included a dry difficult landing and a narrow steep trail which included 150 steps. Carmen and I did not think it was bad, but some people struggled. Who...

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