Welcome to the Jungle: the Mindo Cloud Forest, Ecuador

Traveling through Ecuador from Quito to the Mindo cloud forest can be both breathtaking and discouraging. I'll get to the breathtaking part later, but I wouldn't be honest about how beautiful Ecuador can be if I didn't also mention that it can be damn ugly, too.

By |2018-07-04T14:23:31+00:00June 23, 2018|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , |0 Comments

Images from the Mindo Cloud Forest, Milpe, Ecuador

I chased this guy around for a while before I caught him landing and spreading his wings. I do love this shot of the blue butterfly in the Mindo cloud forest, Milpe, Ecuador. [...]

By |2018-06-23T07:27:38+00:00June 21, 2018|Categories: Ecuador, Nature and Wildlife, Photo of the Day, South America|Tags: |2 Comments

2017: The Year in Photos

The past year was a bit strange for us as we traveled much less than we usually do. We made it to eight countries (not counting the U.S.) including only one we hadn't been to [...]

A Land-Based Visit to the Galapagos

Sierra Negra Volcano on Isla Isabela, Galapagos, last erupted in 2005. The caldera is over 110 square kilometers and just beginning to show new volunteer plants. The Galapagos Islands’ main draw is the [...]

By |2017-11-28T21:03:49+00:00July 28, 2017|Categories: Active Travel, Ecuador, Nature and Wildlife, South America|Tags: |15 Comments

Interview with a Galapagos Guide

A first in the Galapagos Islands: me, my knees, and a Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) We’ve never kept a ‘bucket’ list of places to visit before we die. But if we had, the [...]

Sunset, Isla Floreana, Galapagos, Ecuador

The light on the wet rocks makes this one one of my favorite sunset shots. There's not a whole lot to say about sunsets, except that they are pretty. And they're especially pretty [...]

Marine Iguana, Isla Isabela, Galápagos, Ecuador

Marine iguanas are everywhere on the Galápagos Islands, and everywhere you see them, they seem to be in colonies of dozens, or even hundreds. So it was a bit rare to see this guy alone [...]

Sea Lion, San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

One thing you learn right away is that sea lions are everywhere in the Galápagos. Sitting on the park benches, climbed onto boats moored in the harbor, on the steps down to boat pier, on [...]

Giant Tortoise, Isla Isabela, Galápagos, Ecuador

I don't think this guy has a name, like his predecessor Lonesome George, but he's enjoying the good life at the Tortoise Breeding Center on Isla Isabela in the Galápagos. One of the things we [...]

Images From a So-called Coup, Quito, Ecuador

Che Guevara t-shirt wearing revolutionaries take a break. When we lived in Ecuador six years ago, we woke up one day to a police strike. Not that you could tell when the police were [...]