Archive | January, 2009

Galapagos – Tortuga Bay

We flew into Baltra Island on Wednesday, then took a short bus ride, followed by a short ferry crossing, followed by a slightly longer bus ride, before ending up in Puerto Ayora in the early afternoon. The rest of the day was spent down at the port side watching the frigate birds soar, and the […]

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My New Office…

Friedi and i are flying out to the Galapagos Islands tomorrow where we will be staying on land for a week, and on a boat for a week. I’m guessing that Internet access will be sketchy on the island and non existent on the boat, so today i thought i would catch up with emails, […]

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Guayaquil

Just spent the day wandering along the newly redeveloped riverside (Malacon) of Guayaquil. The pleasant river breeze almost helped us to forget how hot it is here, and we had a very peaceful day feeding fish and watching birds. Apparently Guayaquil used to be a place to void due to the high crime rate, but […]

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Banos and Riobamba Photos

Just arrived in Guayaquil, after a 6 hour bus ride down the Andes. The city is roasting hot (and apparently this is a cold snap!). We plan to spend the next few days here and then fly out to the Galapagos on Wednesday. Here are the photos from the last few days.

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Riobamba

There have been no updates for the last few days, as we have been without wireless internet and have both been a little poorly. The 2nd half of the Banos week saw us take on the Pastaza river rapids… and lose. An unfortunate capsize in the middle of a raging river left us a little […]

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Quito round up

A post from Friedi adding a few extra thoughts to our Quito experience. We left Quito a few days ago and are now in BaƱos. There are a few things about Quito that add to my liking of it. I enjoyed the randomness of this city: there are a lot of small stalls where people […]

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Banos – Horse riding up a volcano

The bus ride from Quito to Banos took 4 hours, took us along cliff edges at frightening speed, had the bus driver closing the curtains for what we presume were the dodgy areas, and found us taking on reportedly one of the most dangerous bus stations in South America! Thank goodness that Banos is such […]

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Mindo – Cloud Forest

Yesterday evening the whole of Quito, and apparently most of the country lost electricity. This happened in the middle of rush hour on our way back from Mindo, and wasn’t fully restored until about 10pm. Hence the delay in getting our sub tropical cloud forest photos online. We spent the whole day visiting butterfly farms, […]

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The Middle of the World

We actually saw 2 equators today. The monument to the scientists who first mapped it out, and the “new” line, which has been determined by GPS. The first was great for photos, but the second was much more entertaining as we got to fire blow darts, learn about the indigenous tribes, balance eggs on nails […]

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Quito

Wow. We have only been here for two days, but already we are having an amazing time. Spent the first 2 days just wandering around taking in the sights of the new and old town. A particular highlight for me was climbing to the top of the Basillica, over dodgy wooden walk ways and a […]

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