We had always planned to go to the Galápagos, some time, but then we came across a post in the blog of a well-known birding guide. He said that the Galápagos National Park was going to change the rules which applied to cruises so that they would no longer be able to do week-long itineraries. Go soon before that happens, he said.
So we moved Ecuador up the priority list. And while we were there, we decided, we might as well do it right. So as well as booking ourselves into a Galápagos cruise, we also booked visits to eco-lodges in the cloud forest and the rain forest. And scheduled some time for travelling around the back woods on buses, too.
For this trip we invited our son Matthew and Paul’s sister Barb to join us, which they did. So there were four of us on the cruise, which was quite a different experience for us.
We’ve broken our posts into six groups:
February 26: We Have Arrived in Quito
2. Cloud Forest
3. Rain Forest
March 9: We Go to the Galápagos
March 10: Giant Tortoises
March 11: Earthquake!
March 12: Floreana Island
March 13: We Snorkel with Penguins
March 14: We Snorkel without Penguins
March 15: We Snorkel and Snorkel
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