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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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Jan 16, 2015 - Quito

Amazingly I slept in until 8:00am – I must have been tired! Our plans for today are to take the Teleferico (the highest cable car in the world) up to the Pichincha Volcano. Our taxi dropped us off at the entrance and we could already feel the difference in elevation. The cable cars hold six people and look very similar to the gondolas at Whistler, however they travel at a much slower speed. By 10:30am we arrived at the top at 4050m. Today is a beautiful clear day and the views of Quito are stunning. We ventured up another 100m or so in...

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Jan 15, 2015 - Quito

We woke around 6:00am but stayed in bed until around 7:00am. The dinning area for breakfast was very nice and the breakfast was good. Even though the altitude is only 2800m we are still feeling it a little. Following breakfast we ventured out and caught a Hop on Hop off bus for a city tour. What a wonderful place, it is the first city to be named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and is wonderfully preserved and restored. It is also the highest official capital city in the world. Our tour bus barely manoeuvred through the tight narrow...

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Jan 14, 2015 - Cuenca to Quito

Our day started out very pleasantly with breakfast downstairs. We bid farewell to the Forum Hotel which was an absolute gem; great location, great food, great owners, everything was top notch! Our taxi (Latin Cumbia music blasting from the speakers) whisked us to the Bus Terminal were we boarded our bus, much too early for Latin American standards! It was a bus just a shade nicer than the one from Guayaquil, and not too far from the proverbial “chicken bus”. We have 6 hours to Riobamba but we will just make the best of it as the better...

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Jan 3, 2015 - Last stop -Quito

We had a few hours to kill Saturday morning before leaving for the airport. Dan and I had visited an amazing free trade shop in the Old Town during our first week in Quito and we were keen to go back. It was located under the San Francisco Monastery so we jumped into a cab and headed into the Old City. It was great for the boys to get a chance to see the colonial buildings, narrow winding streets and steep pitches of Old Town. The fair trade shop called Tianguis was as amazing as we remembered. It stretched well under the monastery in a...

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Dec 24, 2014 - Christmas in Quito

Our trip back to Quito was the proverbial boats, planes and automobiles, starting with a later breakfast at the Sani Lodge, a short canoe to the elevateded boardwalk, a 15 minute walk from the blackwater to the Rio Napo, a three hour motorized canoe ride to Coca, a VERY short taxi ride to the Coca airport (literally 5 minutes), a 30 minute flight from Coca to Quito and by 1:30 pm we had arrived at the lovely Le Parc hotel in central Quito. We wanted a nicer place to stay for Christmas, so we booked a boutique hotel in the business district....

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Dec 19, 2014 - One door closes, another door opens.....,

And so our time travelling on our own ends. Today we flew from the tiny, efficient and friendly Cuenca airport back to Quito where we arrived nearly three weeks ago. We timed this flight to coincide as closely as possible with the arrival for our sons, Adrian and Robin who are arriving from Montreal. I'm writing this from the Amazonia coffee shop on the arrivals level of the Quito airport where we have camped awaiting their arrival. So what's next for us? We fly tomorrow to the small city of Coca which is the jumping off point for many of...

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Dec 5, 2014 - Teleferico and the Trek to Ruca Pinchincha

I've mentioned before that Quito is built in a steep valley and up the sides of the mountains. A cable car has been built that takes you from the city at roughly 3000 m to Cruz Loma at 4100m. From there, you have an amazing view of the city and the valley beyond. But wait, there's more! From Cruz Loma, you can trek for around 10km more to the peak of Ruca Pinchincha at about 4700m, one of the mountains surrounding the city. We set out on Friday on one of the cloudiest days we had seen yet. The Teleferico or cable car took about 20 minutes...

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