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Visiting Ecuador

A disproportionate number of natural wonders squeeze inside Ecuador’s borders, including the Amazon rainforest and the Andes Mountains, both full of extreme adventures and luxury lodges on extreme terrain. Capital city Quito is a high point at nearly twice Denver’s altitude, while back at sea level, boats bound for the Galapagos Islands push off from Ecuador’s Pacific Coast.... Read More A disproportionate number of natural wonders squeeze inside Ecuador’s borders, including the Amazon rainforest and the Andes Mountains, both full of extreme adventures and luxury lodges on extreme terrain. Capital city Quito is a high point at nearly twice Denver’s altitude, while back at sea level, boats bound for the Galapagos Islands push off from Ecuador’s Pacific Coast.    Close

Stories and Tips Ecuador

Day 16 – March 27: Galapagos #7 – Espanola

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

PUNTA SUAREZ:Our morning excursion was a dry landing. One of our guides had to shoo the sea lions off the docking area so that we could disembark. The sea lions were quite animated and vocal so very fun to watch (even after 7…Read More


Day 15 – March 26: Galapagos #6 – Santa Cruz

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

TORTOISES IN SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS:In the morning, we went to the main pier in town and then took a bus to the highlands where we can see the giant tortoises in the wild. It is sometimes hard to see them in March, and there…Read More


Day 14 – March 25: Galapagos #5 – Bartolome/North Seymour

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

BARTOLOME:Bartolome Island has two volcanic humps with a sand spit in the middle. It has a boardwalk path that goes to the top of the volcanic cone. Not much wildlife – I saw 1 sea lion, 1 crab, and 1 lava lizard –…Read More


Day 13 – March 24: Galapagos #4 – James/Bainbridge

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

JAMES ISLAND:We did a "wet" landing to a black sand beach on James Island. There is a dilapidated building that used to belong to the salt operation, but otherwise the island is deserted.All of our beach things were left high on the beach, and…Read More


Day 12 – March 23: Galapagos #3 – Fernandina/Isabela

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

MORNING:Same routine today: • Wake up at 7:00am• Breakfast 7:30-8:30am• Morning excursion 8:30-10:00am• Lunch at 12:00pm• Afternoon excursion 2:30-4:00pm• Kids Dinner 6:00pm• Briefing 6:30pm• Dinner 7:00pmWe woke up to a pretty heavy rainfall Luckily by breakfast, it was a light drizzle. The guides prepared plastic bag raincoats for people who did…Read More


Day 11 – March 22: Galapagos #2: Genovesa Island

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

MORNING:The wakeup call was at 7:00am. I am sure I was already awake because I had a hard time sleeping. We were moving most of the night to the next island, and the noise from the engines seemed incredibly loud to me.…Read More


Day 10 – March 21: Quito-Galapagos – San Cristobal

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

QUITO AIRPORT:Our flight to the Galapagos was to depart at 9:15am, so we were supposed to be at the airport at 7:30am. We left the hotel at 7:00am, but there was no traffic, so it only took about 10 minutes to get there ($5…Read More


Day 9 – March 20: Otavalo and Chaski Antawa Train

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

CHASKI ANTAWA TRAIN:Since we had an extra day in Quito, we decided at the last minute to book the Chaski Antawa train. It seemed like a good idea, but I didn’t realize that it was a 3 hour drive one-way to get to the…Read More


Day 8 – March 19: Quito/Teleferiqo

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

TELEFERIQO:The sky was mostly clear, so we went up to the TeleferiQo. This is a gondola that takes you 4050 meters (over 13,000 feet) above the city. The taxi was $4.I had heard that on weekends, it can be a 4 hour…Read More


Day 7 – March 18: Banos-Quito

Written by robin@bolderworks.com on 14 May, 2010

BANOS:We were supposed to spend a third night in Banos, but the weather was bad enough that we decided to head back to Quito a day early. If we had stayed a little longer, we probably would have skipped the bungee jumping and white…Read More


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