Month: December 2017

Approaching Volcán Chico - Sierra Negra hiking trail - Isla Isabela - Galapagos

Hiking Galapagos – Sierra Negra and Volcán Chico – Isabela Island

Having survived the snorkeling trip to Los Túneles without a relapse in my illness, for Christmas Day I headed out on the second tour I’d organized for Isabela Island – a hiking tour to Sierra Negra and Volcán Chico. Once again, the day began overcast and, as we bused to the starting point of the trail, …

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Hiking Galapagos – Muro de las Lágrimas on Isabela Island

In order to protect the environment and the animals, the number of excursions you can undertake independently in the Galapagos is quite limited.  One of the longer ones is the ~15km return journey out to the Muro de las Lágrimas (Wall of Tears) on Isla Isabela.   Almost everyone does this on a bike (and that’s …

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Hiking Galapagos – Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz

Most people arrive to the Galapagos Islands via Baltra airport near the island of Santa Cruz.   When I first visited 14 years ago, we essentially went straight from the airport to our cruise boat (it was not possible to travel independently in the Galapagos at that time), and didn’t see anything of Santa Cruz beyond …

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Balneario at the Termas de Papallacta Hot Springs - Ecuador

Termas de Papallacta (Hot Springs) – Quito – Ecuador

If you are after relaxation, the Papallacta Hot Springs (Termas de Papallacta) are a very easy day-excursion from Quito, and a really lovely experience. Investigating how to get there on public transport, I decided it would be simpler to head to the Quitumbe terminal to catch the bus, rather than trying to pick it up at …

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Person on the Swing at the end of the World shown against the surrounding landscape

The Swing at the End of the World – Baños – Ecuador

I visited Baños last year while I was in Ecuador, biking the Waterfall Route (which ends at the incredible Pailón del Diablo), ziplining for the first time at Puntzan, and surviving an amazing canyoning experience. I repeated the first of these excursions when Pedro and Raúl came to visit, and visited another of the most popular attractions …

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