Thursday, June 28, 2012

our trip to Ecuador

Ecuador is a physically beautiful country and its volcanic Galapagos Islands are fascinating. Here are some of the shots I took from our recent trip. We spent time in the Galapagos Islands, the capital Quito, which sits at 9000 ft elevation and a rain forest resort in the Andes a few hours NW of Quito.

a cattle egret on Santa Cruz, Galapagos

Los Gemellos crater on Santa Cruz, Galapagos

an underground lava tube in the Galapagos

Galapagos tortoise in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island

tortoise searching with our guide

a lush entrance to a lava tube

 water taxis at dusk in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos

 Brown Pelican 

end of Santa Cruz Island

heading towards Bartolome Island

1 million year old lava flow on Bartolome Island

beautiful Sally Lightfoot crabs

huge Opulia trees

lava lizards everywhere

2 mile walkway to Tortuga Bay, Pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz Island

Marine Lizards napping

Galapagos lizard

Impatiens grow wild in the rain forest

Quito at night

view of Quito from Pichincha

wild daisies grow flat on Pichincha

stray shaggy mountain dog

our rain forest resort

our bungalows in the rain forest

Indio markets in Quito

the Virgin overlooking Quito as an angel


  1. Hi Cindy - I have been waiting for this post, and you did not disappoint. W-O-W!!! AMAZING how beautiful nature is. You got really close to the tortoise. And, that shaggy dog is kinda cute :) Your photos are absolutely breathtaking. They look like photos from National Geographic!! Thank you for sharing your holiday pictures. Can I ask: were there a lot of tourists? And, what is their season right now?

  2. What a remarkable trip! Your photos are stunning!

  3. Amazing photos, Cindy, the animals are my favorite. What a wonderful trip!


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