I loved Ecuador.
Among my favorite memories is our sketchiest meal at Comedor del Gato (Cat food? Cat eater??) complete with untouchable salsa and Fanta!
Our oh-so-tiny list of directions to la Mitad del Mundo
Contrasted with our endless day of travel to Otavalo. I think this sums up the experience
I’ll miss the infinite ocean around the Galapagos Islands
And the clumsy Giant Tortoises mating (grrrrrrrr….)
The Iguana Point Bar
And the source of all the trouble…
At $3.50 a bottle, can you expect anything less than trouble? I think not.
Sunscreen costs 6x the price!
Between the hangovers and the sunstroke, it’s no wonder travelers barely remember their trips to Isla Isabela…
This was my favorite breakfast in Quito at The Tarzan in the Mariscal
The parking situation down there always made me laugh.
I love any country that uses popcorn as a condiment
But most of all I loved (and will miss) traveling with this girl, not least because she brought pink foam rollers on a backpacking trip.
Bye-bye Reina de Reggaeton! Until our next trip… :)
Travel on the boat between islands looks a lot like this
Travel makes us sleepy…
The view from our balcony when we finally arrived on the island
Yellow fin tuna doesn’t get fresher than this
Kids ride for free on the weekends
These guys were the highlight of my Isla Santa Cruz experience but I’ll post more pictures of them later in the week
In the tortoise nursery
Trying to escape
Hanging out looking awkward
Sleeping and looking awkward
Isla Isabela is my favorite island in the Galapagos. It only has about 2,000 people and no paved roads. The beach is beautiful
And our hotel overlooked the flamingo lagoon
We went to the marine iguana breeding grounds and saw iguanas on a date
We also saw posing pelicans
And blue footed boobies. This was the best shot I got the whole trip and it’s not great… But they’re really cool birds.
At night the Iguana Point Bar heats up the beach
We recommend a few shots of cana, the local aguardiente made from sugar cane
And dance until the bar closes!
Yeah… Isabela is the best :)
The path to the caldera
Part of the caldera
Another part of the caldera. It’s the second biggest in the world and my camera is humbled.
The path to Volcan Chico across the lava field
I think Cormac McCarthy wrote about this landscape in The Road.
27km hike and this is the halfway point!
Tiny Isla Floreana has a population of 175 and yet a fair number of attractions (ask Jules to imitate mating turtle sounds… no seriously, ask her.)
Including the Devil’s Crown where there is supposed to be good diving (we weren’t here long enough for me to find out)
Black sand beaches (where I spent most of my time)
And (difficult to photograph) frigate birds with giant red chests
We rode on top of a chiva, which everyone should do at least once
And our boat drove right by the site where a whale had recently given birth.
We saw her breach off the bow of the boat. Zambo says “chevere!”
Off the coast of San Cristobal Island is a huge pinnacle rock called Kicker Rock or Leon Dormido. This is the view from Mirador de la Soledad
And from the water
Divers and snorkelers come out here to swim with sea lions and reef sharks, occasionally hammerhead sharks show up, you can also see eagle rays and octopus.
Can you see the snorkelers?
How about now?
We swam with sharks!
I’m slightly more excited about that than Jules…
Charming little beach town
with one main drag
that’s overrun with sea lions. In the plaza
On the benches
With the cutest faces!
There are picturesque boats
and tour groups!
While you’re there, go to Calypso and try the pescado encocada (fish cooked in coconut milk and served with fried plantains), snorkel or dive at Kicker Rock and take a trip to Mirador de la Soledad to take in the view.
3 weeks of turtles, diving, islands, Cotopaxi, the Quilotoa loop, Otavalo market and more.