Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (October 2015)
[Day 1 Quito] Arrived at 10:30PM – got to Hotel Eugenia at 11:30
[Day 2 Quito – Santa Cruz – Floreana] Woke up at 3:30AM to go back to Mariscal Sucre International Airport catch a flight to the islands, ride a bus, get supplies, ride a taxi, ride a speedboat, and ride a taxi again, way too many modes of transportation to get to the final destination
[Day 3 Floreana] Home-stay
[Day 4 Floreana – Isabela]
[Day 5 Isabela] Camping
[Day 6 Isabela – Santa Cruz]
[Day 7 Santa Cruz] Camping
[Day 8 Santa Cruz – Quito]
[Day 9 – Quito] Flights depart around midnight for the US and Canada, fourth time going from and to the airport…
El Panecillo: Not what you would think, this term actually refers to the bread shape of the hill. This is one of the higher points in the center of the city overlooking the city in all directions, definitely worth a visit. Enjoy some street food but watch out for thieves if walking.
Old Town: Every city has one but the architecture would be different. This is the historical colonial part of town with buildings in every color imaginable. There were not too many restaurants in this area that are open for dinner.
Middle of the World: The technical location of the middle of the world changes over time as technology gets more accurate at pinpointing the exact location. The first location is a park for all ages with plenty of exhibits around the monument for visitors to enjoy. The second location is now on Intinan Museum property. This museum is pretty interesting, showcasing different scientific experiments that prove it is in the middle along with some history, and not far from the first location. The current location is on a hill and can be seen from the first location but remains undeveloped since it cannot be easily accessed. Ecuador is the highest point in the world where the equator crosses a land mass.
Floreana Island: This secluded island has a scandalous history involving emigrants from different countries who wanted to be away from civilization. The beaches are pretty untouched.
Sierra Negra: One of five volcanos on Isabela Island, this one can be accessed via a hike on muddy roads. Rain clouds and mist usually cover this area so a good view is hard to catch. Be extra careful trying to walk on mud.
Tortuga Bay: This calm famous beach on Santa Cruz Island, featured in some shows, lies on the opposite side of one in which currents and waves are rough. Water activities are a must.
Giant Tortoise Breeding Grounds: Because certain tortoises are endangered species, several breeding centers have sprouted to increase proliferation. These usually include museums that teach visitors about their activities. The most famous of these centers is the Charles Darwin Research Station.