The last of Ecuador

I loved Ecuador.

Among my favorite memories is our sketchiest meal at Comedor del Gato (Cat food? Cat eater??) complete with untouchable salsa and Fanta!

Calacali, Ecuador

Our oh-so-tiny list of directions to la Mitad del Mundo

Quito, Ecuador

Contrasted with our endless day of travel to Otavalo. I think this sums up the experience

Ecuador

I’ll miss the infinite ocean around the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

And the clumsy Giant Tortoises mating (grrrrrrrr….)

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Iguana Point Bar

Isla Isabela, Ecuador

And the source of all the trouble…

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

At $3.50 a bottle, can you expect anything less than trouble? I think not.

Sunscreen costs 6x the price!

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Between the hangovers and the sunstroke, it’s no wonder travelers barely remember their trips to Isla Isabela…

This was my favorite breakfast in Quito at The Tarzan in the Mariscal

Quito, Ecuador

The parking situation down there always made me laugh.

Ecuador

I love any country that uses popcorn as a condiment

Ecuador

But most of all I loved (and will miss) traveling with this girl, not least because she brought pink foam rollers on a backpacking trip.

Ecuador

Bye-bye Reina de Reggaeton! Until our next trip… :)

Isla Isabela in the Galapagos

Isla Isabela is my favorite island in the Galapagos. It only has about 2,000 people and no paved roads. The beach is beautiful

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

And our hotel overlooked the flamingo lagoon

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

We went to the marine iguana breeding grounds and saw iguanas on a date

Isa Isabela, Galapagos

We also saw posing pelicans

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

And penguins

Isa Isabela, Galapagos

And blue footed boobies. This was the best shot I got the whole trip and it’s not great… But they’re really cool birds.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

At night the Iguana Point Bar heats up the beach

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

We recommend a few shots of cana, the local aguardiente made from sugar cane

Ecuadorian Aguardiente

And dance until the bar closes!

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Yeah… Isabela is the best :)

Volcan Sierra Negra on Isla Isabela

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

The path to the caldera

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Part of the caldera

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Another part of the caldera. It’s the second biggest in the world and my camera is humbled.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

The path to Volcan Chico across the lava field

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

I think Cormac McCarthy wrote about this landscape inĀ The Road.

Isla Isabela, Galapagos

27km hike and this is the halfway point!