S: Murphy/Haley Ecuador 2011
BC: The End
FC: Ecuador and the Galapagos | May 2011
1: Historic Quito | Scenic view of Quito from the Winged Virgin at El Panecillo. The plaza and Iglesia de San Francisco (1535) was built over an Incan temple. Also shown are La Plaza de la Independencia and La Casa Sol.
3: La Basilica del Voto Nacional offers spectacular views and access to its many towers via an exciting and sometimes frightening series of steps and ladders.
4: Hiking around Laguna Cuicocha (Incas thought the islands looked like guinea pigs)
5: Otovalo.. | Otovalo Market | O T O V A L O M A R K E T
6: Bella Vista Cloud Forest
7: Our first day in the Galapagos. Lunch in Santa Cruz, then a traumatic boat trip to Floreana Island and our cabins on the beach.
8: Floreana Island tortoise sanctuary and remnants of its first settlers.
9: Isabela Island | White tipped shark | Blue Footed Boobies | Penguin at the equator! | Marine Iguana
10: Sea Lions...and the site of the showdown between the bull and our Italian friend Giorgio
11: Isabela - The mangrove encased path was blocked by the cutest baby sea lion.
12: Our ten mile hike to Volcan Chico (last eruption - 2005) featured lava tubes, fumaroles, red iron, orange sulphur and great views. The Sierra Negro caldera (below) is the 2nd largest in the world.
14: Sight seeing on the Chiva, flamingos, and a lava lizard
15: The Wall of Tears, made by prisoners out of lava rock
16: Frigate birds in flight and marine iguanas seeking sunlight
17: Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island
19: Lonesome George | Diego
21: Left - Los Gemelos (the twins) - two giant holes formed from collapsed magma chambers. | A 1,350 foot lava tube with a 20 foot ceiling
22: A chance to climb in the shell of a tortoise | A 600 acre private reserve on Santa Cruz where the giant Galapagos tortoises freely, but very slowly, roam.
24: Fresh catch of the day for us, the sea lions, and the pelicans
25: Our final chance to snorkel off the coast of Santa Cruz and some very small crustaceans