Sierra Negra Caldera

Hiking into a Volcanic Caldera

During my trip to the Galapagos, we stayed three nights on Isabela Island.  All the islands of the Galapagos were formed by volcanoes and Isabela is no different, but it was the one island where we ventured up to, around the rim of, and into a volcanic caldera.  Isabela is also where I learned the […]

Beginning of Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley Tour

Originally I booked the Inca Trail Extension as an add-on to my Active Galapagos Tour with Intrepid.  Due to needing knee surgery for the 6th time coming up in November, I decided hiking the grueling Inca Trail was not a good idea.  Intrepid was able to change some things so that I could still see […]

Our View on Santa Cruz

Leaving the Galapagos

Wow…we thought getting there took some steps.  Leaving took almost as many.  Breakfast was served at 7:00 am and promptly at 7:30 am our journey back to Quito began. We took a private bus from the main part of Santa Cruz to a ferry dock.  We boarded the ferry; us below and our bags haphazardly […]

Stuffed Guinea Pigs

To Eat Guinea Pig or Not To Eat Guinea Pig?

When I travel I like to get brave and try customary food/drinks.  I started out my trip in Peru with something easy…a Pisco Sour.  Pisco is a local spirit made from grapes.  I didn’t try a shot of it, so I’m not sure what’s it’s individual taste is, but a Pisco Sour includes Pisco, Bitters, […]

La Catedral del Cuzco

La Catedral del Cuzco

I read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett several years ago.  I never would have believed that a book about building cathedrals in the 1100s would be interesting.  It’s a bit slow at first, but once it gets moving it’s a very easy read.  Ken Follett’s follow-on book World Without End is equally good.  […]

Starbucks View of La Catedral

A Starbucks Oasis in the Middle of Peru

When I first moved to Washington state I did not get the obsession with coffee and Starbucks.  Nearly 14 years later I’m as addicted to Starbucks just like a lot of other Washingtonians.  However, my beverage of choice is Unsweetened Well-Shaken Black Ice Tea, instead of coffee. When I had a layover in Lima the […]

Giant Sea Turtle

Swimming with Giant Sea Turtles

It’s hard to pick a highlight from my trip to the Galapagos, but swimming with the Sea Turtles is probably tied for the top (with the Penguins)*.  I’ve seen small Sea Turtles in Belize, but the massive size and quantity of the ones I got to see off the coast of Isabela is something I […]

Blue-Footed Booby

I Love Boobies…

…of the Blue-Footed type. By the way…Dad…if you are reading this you have a great hat coming your way…love you. The Galapagos is probably one of the few places where you can constantly say “I love boobies” and no one will be offended and everyone will know you are talking about Blue-Footed Boobies.  Although technically […]

Duo of Penguins

Penguin Encounters

The Galapagos penguins are the second smallest penguins in the world.  For some reason I was certain I wouldn’t see any on this trip.  I figured they would be very elusive.  Luckily I saw them three times; all three times were off the shores of Isabela.  The first time they were swimming as our boat […]

Male Tortoise Close-up

Tortoise Encounters

The lesson of the day was the difference between turtles and tortoises…it’s simple really, yet I had no idea…turtles live in water and tortoises live on land.  We got to see both giant tortoises and giant turtles.  I’ll post about the turtles later. So far we’ve visited three tortoises viewing locations.  A farm on Floreana, […]