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  • Toucans, Tortoises, and MoreWe had a slightly later start this morning than on other days of the tour, and I don't believe we met for breakfast until 8:00am or 8:30am. We had a rain forest tour set for the morning and had Posted by NellieVA in Spring Break in South America! | Mar 30, 2015
  • From Downpours to SunWe all slept very well during our second night in the Amazon..that is until around 5:30am. We were all roused from our sleep when we heard the steadily growing sound of what sounded like an earthquake. It was Posted by NellieVA in Spring Break in South America! | Mar 31, 2015
  • From Whence We BeganThe mood at breakfast was a bit subdued, as this was to be our final formal day of the tour. We were headed back to Quito, where the afternoon was on our own and members of the tour would Posted by NellieVA in Spring Break in South America! | Apr 1, 2015
  • On Top of the WorldWe had closed the blackout curtains in the room in a fit of optimism for the weather. We took our sole advantage of an opportunity to sleep in, and when we pulled back that shades a little before 8:00am Posted by NellieVA in Spring Break in South America! | Apr 2, 2015
  • Let Me Catch My BreathGiven the printout of our weather forecast for the week, which I consulted several times during the short hour-and-45-minute flight to Quito, I fully expected to land in the midst of heavy thunderstorms. We were treated, instead, to a Posted by NellieVA in Spring Break in South America! | Mar 26, 2015
  • Is this Place Really More Than 400 Years Old?None of us had a very restful night of sleep, which was to be expected given the altitude and what we had read before our trip. Still, we were at least clean and ready to meet up with our Posted by NellieVA in Spring Break in South America! | Mar 27, 2015
  • Sunny Sally?!There was a fountain in the courtyard outside our window, which you could hear during the night. When we awoke in the morning, the fountain sounded much louder. We then realized that it was a heavy downpour we Posted by NellieVA in Spring Break in South America! | Mar 28, 2015
  • Shoot the Monkey!Our bags had to be outside our door by 7:00am, so we were up fairly early. As soon as she was awake, Anna asked if she could put on her suit and step outside of the room and into Posted by NellieVA in Spring Break in South America! | Mar 29, 2015
  • Turnin' Up the HeatWe departed Cuenca on an early bus, and headed off to Guayaquil, 5 hours to the north. This bus ride was insane- it cut through Parque Nacionale Cajas, a major national park so high and twisty that our calves were Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Mar 1, 2011
  • In the Footsteps of DarwinWe flew 1 1/2 hours from Guayaquil, and here we are- Isla Baltra on the Galapagos Islands. The airport is hilarious- completely open-air and wooden. And hot. Did I mention it's hot? We took a little motor boat from the pier Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Mar 2, 2011
  • ¿Donde Estan Los Baños?I think I am in love. I may not be coming back to Seattle. :) Matt and I left Quito early this morning and took a public bus 3 1/2 hours south into the Ecuadorian jungle. This bus ride included Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Feb 23, 2011
  • Booby TrappedHoly CRAP days start early on this boat-cum-camping setup. Since it's hell hot and you have to get an early start so you don't melt, we are up at 6am for a 6:30am breakfast. We took the motorboat out Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Mar 3, 2011
  • Darwin AwardsYesterday we motorboated ashore to Isla Españiola, which was once again carpeted in sea lions and the heat of Hades. The white sand beach was lovely, and we all went out swimming and snorkeling until 10am when, no joke, it Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Mar 5, 2011
  • A Crafty Plan IndeedWe disembarked the Darwin yesterday, and en route to the airport, made a stop at the [[http://www.galapagosonline.com/Galapagos_Natural_History/Darwin_Foundation/Darwin_Station.html|Charles Darwin Station]], which is a research and preservation center for Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Mar 7, 2011
  • From the Center of the Earth, and Back Home(first off let me say that I am writing this from the Admiral's Club at the airport, whilst sipping a warm beverage. Being a million miler has its awesome moments) So to be perfectly frank, the fun times of Otavalans throwing Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Mar 9, 2011
  • Quito High LifeIt's that time of year again, and I am writing you from the capital city of Ecuador, Quito! Fun facts about Ecuador to get us started on my Excellent Adventure.... 1) "Ëcuador" is Spanish for "equator", over which the Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Feb 22, 2011
  • Wild Rides & WaterfallsI am fully sore, pruned, braised, and burned. It has been an awesome 2 days here in Baños. We got up early, had breakfast on the rooftop of our hostal with an amazing view of the surrounding volcano, and set out Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Feb 24, 2011
  • Buses, Trolleys, Taxis & Airplanes (& Grubby Paws)Today was a travel day. It was pretty extreme even for us, but we had a ways to go. We left beautiful Baños at 10am, walked to the bus station, and caught the 10:30 back to Quito. 3 1/2 hours Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Feb 25, 2011
  • Giants Above and Ghosts AroundSo we arrived in Cuenca late Saturday night. We observed that there wasn't a whole lot of action despite the fact it was Saturday night. Saturday's quiet had NOTHING on Sunday's. Virtually everything is shut for Sunday. We got up Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Feb 26, 2011
  • Break Out the Sequins, It's Quinceañera Time!!Whee! Today is Matt's and my 15th wedding anniversary. I find it hilarious that we're in Latin America since these guys know how to celebrate a quinceañera (note to gringos and non-caterers: a "quinceañera" is a huge party for a Posted by traveljonez in Ecuadorial Guinea Pigs | Feb 28, 2011
  • In Charles Darwin's footstepsAfter landing in Quito and acclimatizing to the altitude of 2800 meters above sea level, we headed over to the Galapagos Islands. We had organized an 8 day tour on a boat called the Beluga. The boat was Posted by VTHGTravels in VTHG Great Adventure 2017 | Jun 12, 2017
  • The museum of water and a Quito championAfter several long hours of learning a very few of the ins and outs of the [[http://tdeits.travellerspoint.com/70/|Quito bus system]], and a slog up quite a steep hill, I arrived at my first destination, the [[http://www.yakumuseoagua.gob.ec/|YAKU Water Posted by tdeits in Tom's Travels | Jun 7, 2017
  • Key to QuitoWe had to have the luggage outside our stateroom by 6:00 am today so we decided to pack completely and put the luggage out the night before so we could sleep in as late as possible. Breakfast was served Posted by ricflack in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands | Nov 12, 2012
  • Travel DayWell, here goes my day. I arrived at the Salt Lake City airport at 8:00 am for my 9:40 flight to Atlanta. The flight went off without a hitch and arrived in Atlanta as scheduled. After a Posted by ricflack in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands | Nov 5, 2012
  • Quito to OtavaloMorning came very early today. We had to have our luggage outside the room by 6:30 am and breakfast was at 7. We met in the lobby and took the elevator to the top floor of the hotel. Posted by ricflack in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands | Nov 6, 2012
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