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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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Mar 27, 2015 - Galapagos - Monday, March 2

This is our first day of exploring the Islands. In the morning we took the long walk at Puerto Egas (Eagas Port) on Santiago Island. If you look at the first picture, which is a map of the Galapagos Islands, Santiago Island is West of the "G" in Galapagos. Puerto Egas is at the 9:00 position. Rabida Island is south of Santiago Island at the 6:00 position. The Naturalists will be on each Zoidac that leaves the ship and they all have cameras. On the last night of the cruise we got to see a slideshow which was made from the best pictures taken...

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Mar 26, 2015 - Galapagos - Sunday, March 1

Sunday, March 1, 2015 was a travel day. Celebrity has their own planes for the flight to the Galapagos Islands which are about 650 miles from the mainland. I’m not sure if their official location is on the Equator, but I know we crossed the equator several times on our cruise around the Islands. The flight was about two hours and twenty minutes. Once we cleared immigration/customs we got on a shuttle bus which took us to the harbor where we loaded onto a Zodiac and headed for the ship which was at anchor a short distance away. After the...

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Mar 25, 2015 - Galapagos Islands Trip - Quito Ecuador

We flew to Quito (ˈkito) Ecuador via Dallas and Miami on Friday, February 27, 2015. As I mentioned in the first post, we had some issues with icing in Dallas that delayed us a little more than 90 minutes, but we still got to Miami in time to make our connecting flight to Quito. We spent two nights (2/27 -2/28) at the J W Marriott in Quito Ecuador. It is rated as a five star hotel and we both agreed it was first class. On Saturday morning we all got on three tour buses and checked out some of the old Churches and historic buildings in the...

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Mar 17, 2015 - Galapagos Islands

On Monday March 9, 2015 we returned home from an 8 day cruise of the Galapagos Islands. The flights down and back had some interesting wrinkles including getting de-iced twice in Dallas on the way down (2/27/15) and sitting on the runway in Quito Ecuador for three hours due to fog on the return trip – but that’s another story all together. We were on the Celebrity Xpedition which is really small to be considered a cruise ship (296 feet long with a capacity of 96 guests and a crew of 68.) The crew was excellent - we were impressed with...

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Jan 17, 2015 - Quito to Guayquil to Mancora

Basically two travel days so not as much excitement to report. We checked out of the Reina Isabel hotel in Quito and wandered the streets for a couple of hours before taking our taxi to the airport. The Quito international airport is 40km away from the city which can take anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on traffic. Our cab driver got us there in 40 minutes; traffic was light and he knew the shortcuts. Just a year ago, a new 6 lane highway was comple ted which makes the journey much quicker. Checking was was quick and efficient and the...

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