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South America » Ecuador April 26th 2011

Welcome to the new members of the subscriber list of our blog! Feel free to catch up on previous entries to see some great photos and read some great stories! The following entry is by Theresa and is a bit on the "reflective" side of travel. If you just want to enjoy the photos, then do just that. But if you want to read something a little bit different, then continue at your own risk. A brief review on what made me squirm or uncomfortable...hey, gotta give credit to the dark side of traveling so that we can enjoy the good stuff even better!!! Bring it on!! Larvae or slugs. The Equadorians who live near the jungle love a special delicacy--slugs--a larvae that can be found in hollowed out tree trunks lying on the jungle floor. ... read more
friendly feline
our favourite gecko friend
Inca relics

South America » Ecuador » Centre April 12th 2011

Hola Amigos. We landed back in Quito after saying goodbye to the "Enchanted Isles", and although the wildlife was less tame in the city, the temperature was welcomed after the relentless heat of the Galapagos! We headed south, through the mountains of central Ecuador stopping in a few towns and villages and an amazing National Park en-route. We have had an amazing time in Ecuador and have enjoyed many memorable moments that have left us pondering over a variety of topics? SMALL CHANGE! This is one of the most treasured possessions of any traveller in Ecuador! No matter what you purchase, the chances of the vendor having change for any bill is tremendously unlikely! Even buying small items like a bread bun or a banana which costs only a few pennies you would still have a ... read more
Looking down onto Baños
Toffee making in Baños
In case Tungurahua erupts!

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos April 6th 2011

Hola Amigos! Enjoy a few more photos and hear more encounters of a silly kind from the Enchanted Isles: On our side trip to these Enchanted Islands we became slightly addicted to Magnum Ice Creams - a day didn´t go by without our mouths chomping on one! We'll blame it on the Irish couple who were on our boat with us! We chatted about how devastating it is when a large piece of choclate breaks away and falls (seemingly in slow motion) to the ground - The solution to this catastrophic outcome is to sit down on the beach front with your legs together, this prevents any chocolate from escaping consumption! Hay mucho sol en las islas! (There is lots of sun in these islands!) By the end of the trip all we wanted to do ... read more
The Cerro Negra crater
A rather pleasant beach
The lunar landscape of Isla Isabela

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos March 31st 2011

Hello to Everyone. The Galapagos Islands are 1000km from the Ecuadorian mainland and are otherworldly! Almost like going back in time to the prehistoric period, the wildlife is so strangely tame - it is almost surreal. Most of the flora and fauna are endemic to the islands too. The most famous residents being the Giant Tortoises of which there are 11 different subspecies. There were more species, but introduced animals and human interference (hunting and farming) have made three subspecies extinct and the Pinto Island Giant Tortoise has been reduced to a single individual - Lonesome George... It was a pleasure to meet him but kind of sad to know that he is the last creature of his type - ever! He is a mere 75 years old, so barely half way through his time on ... read more
yeah, baby!  That´s what I´m talking ´bout!
up close and personal
two lava gulls

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito March 30th 2011

Hello blog readers. Quito was quite the contrast to the hot and humid rainforest! Situated a mile and a half above sea level in the Andean mountains, Quito´s climate can be quite gloomy and damp. Quito did make a nice stop to get our clothes cleaned though, because they sported a sweaty and cheesy smell due to fact that they had been damp for more than a month! There was also some fine dining to be had as well. The Basilica in the old town was built over a century ago and we climbed right to the top of the bell tower to get an amazing view over the city of 1.7 million inhabitants. It was a fun climb too, no safety anywhere, as the metal steps spiralled upwards, with the odd step missing here and ... read more
Local kids (Quiteños)
Climbing the Basilica
Quito from the Basilica.

South America » Ecuador March 29th 2011

Hi Folks. Here are some more pictures from our five weeks in the Amazonian Rainforest to tantalize all you adventurists! Dave y Theresa.... read more
Theobroma cacao.
Bamboo rat.
The green and rufous kingfisher.

South America » Ecuador » East » Napo March 27th 2011

Hi Folks. The main thing that kept me busy during the five weeks in the Yachana Reserve was my studying towards the qualification to be able to lead and supervise biological surveys. I chose to research amphibians and reptiles of the neotropics because they are so fascinating. It was a lot of work but I succeeded! I learned a lot in a short time and I really enjoyed every minute of it. Because the majority of these fabulous creatures are nocturnal, most of the field work was done at night in the rainforest, often requiring us to wade through streams and rivers and climb steep ravines in the rain, dodging tarantulas, scorpions and spiky plants en route.. The night VES (visual encounter survey) involved 6 people walking in a line for 500 meters over the course ... read more
Hypsiboas boans
Hyla bifurca - tree frog
Bufo in a bag.

South America » Ecuador » East » Napo March 26th 2011

Hello to all! The five weeks in the Yachana Reserve rainforest was an amazing experience! We both learned a lot about the rainforest ecosystem and the many species that live there. We both have so many fond memories of all aspects of the expedition that there´s a bit to much to tell in a single blog. We both had challenges with the communal/group living but it was a great learning experience, as was the constant battle fighting the mould! The climate is always 30 Celcius and super humid, clothes take a long time to dry and mould grows very rapidly. HIGHLIGHTS. Dave: My personal favourite was learning about the amphibians and reptiles. I spent many hours surveying and many hours studying in the classroom and have really come to appreciate these creatures a lot more. I ... read more
On the canoe on the Napo
A rainforest trail
Basecamp vegitation.

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco March 10th 2011

Hello everyone! We have been living in a rainforest for a month without any communication, and it has been great. We are currently en-route to the Yasuni National Park and we have and couple of hours in the town of Coca. We have both learned lots about this precious ecosystem and have both came to love it very much. We will send you an more indepth blog about rainforest life but as we are short on time and cannot upload any pictures of the snakes and spiders and poisonous frogs we will send you some pics that we down loaded in Peru. T and D... read more
Market in Cusco
Freshly squeezed juices
Cheese section or Queso

South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca Lines February 10th 2011

Hey everyone! So, we spent a few days in the Nazca area! Nazca is in a baking hot part of the northern Atacama desert. Our daily highs were well into the 30s and it was super dry! The whole area has a lot of history, the main attraction of the area is the mysterious Nazca Lines. About 300 or so figures were etched into the desert sands about 1200 - 1500 years ago by the Nazca people (Pre-Inca). The figures range in size from about 25 metres across to over 250 metres across. Perfect images of hummingbirds, spiders, trees, other animals and fish and even human figures. What makes them mysterious is the fact that they can only be seen from the air. From ground level they are hardly visible, and as a result were undiscovered ... read more
Residential Nazca
On our way to fly over the Nazca Lines
Aerial view of the desert

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