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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

  Happy 4th! As we prepare ourselves for the long Holiday weekend  celebrating  our Independence day in the USA I just wanted to share a little of info about the “independence” day. Since I am a pretty “new” USA citizen ( I became a USA citizen in September 2013) I am glad  and proud to enjoy this celebration with my family and nice general atmosphere. The typical BBQ, amazing fireworks, pool parties or any other Summer get together  are already characteristic…

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Mother’s day in South America

Mother’s day in South America

This Sunday is Mother’s day in the US so I am sure all of you saw a lot of “sales” and promotions are happening around specially in “things” and gifts for Moms. Since my mom lives in Argentina, and Mother’s day there is the 3rd Sunday of October it is pretty strange for me to celebrate it here, without her and then when she celebrates in October there is no “mother’s day” in the USA. So, I decided to do…

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Lonesome George, famed Galapagos tortoise, dies – latimes.com

Lonesome George, famed Galapagos tortoise, dies – latimes.com

Lonesome George, famed Galapagos tortoise, dies – latimes.com. Although this famed tortoise has passed away there are plenty of others to see on the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Please see our earlier blog entries about our trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. If you are thinking about a visit to Galapagos see our trips to the Enchanted Islands on our website.

Visit to the Otavalo market.

Visit to the Otavalo market.

The day I left for the US, Analia drove with Paul to the famous arts and crafts market in Otavalo, located north of Quito and about 2 hours driving distance. It is probably most known for the weaving. Although it is pretty touristy and somewhat of a cliché attraction it is still worth a visit if you have not seen such a market in South America. Tourists get a chance to browse through countless stalls with handmade souvenirs, clothes, rugs,…

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Visit to the Equator, where strange things happen.

Visit to the Equator, where strange things happen.

Today, our guide Paul took us to the famed monument on the Equator, a place where locals call it “Middle of the Earth”. We first visited a small museum dedicated to the Equator where we experienced few “mysterious” effects of being at the latitude 0 deg 00′ 00″. We first learned about a group of French scientists who arrived here in 1700’s and conducted calculations as to where exactly is the equatorial line. They came quite close, but some 30…

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Farewell to Galapagos

Farewell to Galapagos

On our last day in Galapagos we got a quick tour of some attractions in the highlands, accompanied by Maria Elena, a local guide. We visited a farm in the highlands where giant tortoises come and go to feed and hang out. Here they co-exist with humans and domestic animals. They are not in captivity but rather able to roam freely as they have for thousands of years before the humans arrived. They can live over hundred years and weigh…

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Visiting with iguanas and a high-five from a blue footed booby.

Visiting with iguanas and a high-five from a blue footed booby.

On our third day in Puerto Ayora we took another boat trip this time to Isla Isabela. We departed at 7 am in a perfect weather for navigation. The sea was calm and no clouds in the sky. As we glided across the waters of the archipelago I sat on the front of the boat, mesmerized by the ocean and the flying fish jumping out of the water. After two and a half hours and passing some smaller islands we…

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Isla Santa Cruz and Floreana

Isla Santa Cruz and Floreana

We landed in Galapagos yesterday at about 10 am local time after 1hr and 40 min flight from Guayaquil. The islands are about 600 miles west of the mainland Ecuador and one hour ahead. It’s hot and humid, big difference from Quito where we stayed at the elevation of 2800 m above sea level. We are staying on Isla Santa Cruz in Puerto Ayora for the three nights and taking day trips. The first afternoon we took a short trip…

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Llamas, volcanoes and Papallacta hot springs.

Llamas, volcanoes and Papallacta hot springs.

We finally arrived late in Quito last night at about 11 pm. Our guide Paul was waiting for us and took us to hacienda Rumi Loma on the outskirts of Quito where we spent the night. After a very comfortable night and much needed sleep we got picked up in the morning by Paul and headed out for a full first day in Ecuador. We crossed this hilly city with some delays due to congestion but finally reached green mountains…

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We are off to South America again!

We are off to South America again!

Analia and I are excited to be traveling again to South America. This time our itinerary will take us to Ecuador, Galapagos Islands and later Analia will travel solo to Peru for a convention. Getting up this morning at an ungodly hour of 2 am, the share ride van picked us up at 3 and we headed for LAX. It was a very pleasant ride at that time of the night. Now we are waiting in Miami international airport for…

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