Tag Archives: Galapagos islands

The last of Ecuador

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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!

Calacali, Ecuador

Our oh-so-tiny list of directions to la Mitad del Mundo

Quito, Ecuador

Contrasted with our endless day of travel to Otavalo. I think this sums up the experience

Ecuador

I’ll miss the infinite ocean around the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

And the clumsy Giant Tortoises mating (grrrrrrrr….)

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Iguana Point Bar

Isla Isabela, Ecuador

And the source of all the trouble…

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

At $3.50 a bottle, can you expect anything less than trouble? I think not.

Sunscreen costs 6x the price!

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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

Quito, Ecuador

The parking situation down there always made me laugh.

Ecuador

I love any country that uses popcorn as a condiment

Ecuador

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.

Ecuador

Bye-bye Reina de Reggaeton! Until our next trip… :)

Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos

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Travel on the boat between islands looks a lot like this

En route to Isa Santa Cruz

And this

En route to Isla Santa Cruz

And this

En route to Isla Santa Cruz

Travel makes us sleepy…

The view from our balcony when we finally arrived on the island

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Yellow fin tuna doesn’t get fresher than this

Isla Santa Cruz

Kids ride for free on the weekends

Galapagos Islands

These guys were the highlight of my Isla Santa Cruz experience but I’ll post more pictures of them later in the week

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Isla Isabela in the Galapagos

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Isla Isabela is my favorite island in the Galapagos. It only has about 2,000 people and no paved roads. The beach is beautiful

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

And our hotel overlooked the flamingo lagoon

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

We went to the marine iguana breeding grounds and saw iguanas on a date

Isa Isabela, Galapagos

We also saw posing pelicans

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

And penguins

Isa Isabela, Galapagos

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.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

At night the Iguana Point Bar heats up the beach

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

We recommend a few shots of cana, the local aguardiente made from sugar cane

Ecuadorian Aguardiente

And dance until the bar closes!

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Yeah… Isabela is the best :)

Volcan Sierra Negra on Isla Isabela

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Isla Isabela, Galapagos

The path to the caldera

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Part of the caldera

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Another part of the caldera. It’s the second biggest in the world and my camera is humbled.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

The path to Volcan Chico across the lava field

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

I think Cormac McCarthy wrote about this landscape inĀ The Road.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

27km hike and this is the halfway point!

Isla Floreana in the Galapagos

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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.)

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Including the Devil’s Crown where there is supposed to be good diving (we weren’t here long enough for me to find out)

Isla Floreana, Galapagos

Black sand beaches (where I spent most of my time)

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

And (difficult to photograph) frigate birds with giant red chests

Isla Floreana, Galapagos

We rode on top of a chiva, which everyone should do at least once

Isla Floreana, Galapagos

And our boat drove right by the site where a whale had recently given birth.

Isla Floreana, Galapagos

We saw her breach off the bow of the boat. Zambo says “chevere!”

Isla Floreana, Galapagos

Kicker Rock, San Cristobal Island

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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

Mirador de la Soledad

And from the water

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

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?

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

How about now?

Kicker Rock, Galapagos Islands

We swam with sharks!

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

I’m slightly more excited about that than Jules…

San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos

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Galapagos, Ecuador

Charming little beach town

San Cristobal Island

with one main drag

Galapagos, Ecuador

that’s overrun with sea lions. In the plaza

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

On the benches

Galapagos Islands

With the cutest faces!

Galapagos Islands

There are picturesque boats

Galapagos, Ecuador

and bridges

Galapagos, Ecuador

and tour groups!

San Cristobal Island

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.