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Riobamba and Beyond


Leaving Banos, it was a whirlwind tour to the coast. A couple days in Riobamba to mountain bike down Chimborazo (not to mention catch the Easter festivities), then a bus to Guyaquil and beyond to Montanita for some beach time and of course Cocktail Alley.

Blog - Riobamba, Chimborazo, Montanita, y Mas

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Isla Santa Cruz


Our first stop in Galapagos was, of course, the main island of Santa Cruz and the town of Puerto Ayora where we immediately set about finding a good last-minute deal for 8 days on the Angelique. Then, a short half-day on Playa Tortuga before heading out to visit Isla Isabella.

Blog - Arrival in the Galapagos

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Isla Isabella


The first thing I noticed on the boat to Isabella was something that wasn't there: my camera. Consequently, all these photos are Bjorn's in spite of a few I used his camera to take. Here, we saw a few flamingos and climbed to the second-largest volcano crater in the world.

Blog - Isla Isabella

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Galapagos Diving


It would be criminal to be in the Galapagos and not SCUBA dive. I managed to get two of the best sites in one day: Gordon Rocks and North Seymour. Hammerheads and more awaited. Enough said!

Blog - Under the Galapagos

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Bachas Beach, Isla Genovesa


Our first stop on board the Angelique, after getting some fresh water, was to visit Bachas Beach for flamingos, white sand, and snorkeling. Then, possibly the highlight of the trip, we visited Genovesa Island after an overnight steam and saw more birds than can possibly be healthy and amazing snorkeling.

Blog - Galapagos for the Birds

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Isla Santiago, Charles Darwin Station


Leaving Genovesa we knew nothing could beat it but Isla Santiago combined with Bartolome came very close. Afterwards, it was back to Santa Cruz to trade some crew and passengers and visit the Charles Darwin Station.

Blog - Two Islands and Two Turtles

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Isla Floreana


Floreana Island was the first stop with our new guide and in additionally the most snorkel-intensive on the trip with three snorkels in one day plus flamingos, crabs, and turtle nests. And of course a wacky no-postage required and good-luck post office box.

Blog - I'm Going Down, Down, Down

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Isla Española


Española came out of nowhere to be tied for our favourite island in all of the Galapagos. Beautiful beaches strewn with sea lions and laced with lizards, albatross soaring in the skies and nesting in the needly brush, and plunging sea cliffs with pounding waves not to mention snorkeling with turtles, sea snakes, rays, and more. Fantastic!

Blog - I'm Going Down, Down, Down

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Santa Fe, S. Plaza, N. Seymour


Our final days in the Galapagos were spent snorkeling in the protection of Santa Fe, greeting Land Iguanas eye-to-eye on South Plaza, and walking bleary-eyed in the sunrise on North Seymour before jumping on our plane back to mainland South America.

Blog - Galapagos Goodbye

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After an amazing time in the Galapagos, anywhere that followed was bound to pale in comparison. Cuenca did not. A city of culture, well-kept beauty, and stories around every corner, it is surpassed only by Cartagena in magnificence.

Blog - Cuenca'p the Awesomeness

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In Peru I would learn very quickly that South America is bigger than it looks... which is already pretty big to begin with. My first few days were spent making my way south to Huaraz, stopping for a few hours in Piura for dinner and a few days in Huanchaco for recovery.

Blog - In Transit

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Huaraz is a city surrounded by white-capped mountains at 3500m above sealevel. It's also a paradise for trekking, rock climbing, and when you’re stiff and sore from these activities, you can head for the thermal baths.

Blog - Huaraz: Heart of the Alps

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Last additions - South America
36 viewsNow landed in Fort St. John, British Colombia for my cousin's wedding. Thanks for following along with my travels!Jul 26, 2010
22 viewsA sign that I'm back in Canada or at least about to cross the border and land in Vancouver.Jul 26, 2010
25 viewsLooking out as the light vanished.Jul 26, 2010
26 viewsIt was a beautiful sendoff from a beautiful continent.Jul 26, 2010
23 viewsA farewell to Brazil: the last photo before running to catch my flight.Jul 26, 2010
29 viewsMe and my English compatriots. Good luck on the travels, lads.Jul 26, 2010
24 viewsSunset from Ponta do Arpoador.Jul 26, 2010
26 viewsSunset on Ipanema.Jul 26, 2010