With just weeks before our departure, my dad and I are finally starting to feel the upcoming travel sink in. We are going to Ecuador!
It is a bit surreal knowing that you are about to embark on a 15 day trip, with little to no expenses – aside from cocktails, miscellaneous trinkets and local food, that is.
I have been working fervently on drafting a detailed itinerary for our pre-cruise trip to Quito, and have excitedly researched everything from what is appropriate dress (casual, thank goodness!) to what food will be served onboard (Ecuadorean). While my full on minute by minute, color-coded itinerary might be a bit much, here is a brief sample of what our days will look like:
Day 1: Leave at around 4am to PDX airport. Take 3 connecting flights (first flight is first class with breakfast, second is economy and third is business with a 3 course dinner) to Quito. We arrive in Quito at about 9pm and stay at a hotel.
Day 2: Tour Quito. Visit a church, see the “Mitad del Mundo”.
Day 3-5: Visit communities in Cotopaxi with the FEDICE program.
Day 6: Fly to Guayaquil
Day 7: Visit the Mangroves near Guayaquil, maybe see the Malecon. That night go to the Hilton Colon. Spend the night there with the majority of other passengers who will be going on the expedition as well.
Day 8: Early in the morning fly from Guayaquil to the Galapagos. Board the National Geographic Endeavour.
Day 8-and beyond: Enjoy pristine wildlife and the most diverse array of animals, flora and fauna I will probably ever encounter. :]
For now I think that about covers it! I’ll be posting more as the date gets closer.
The wait is almost over! I just want March to hurry up and get here so that my dad and I can head on over to the Galapagos.
A few small updates: We were bumped up to first and business class for free, compliments of the overbooked airline (apparently March is a busy month?). Also, I am not sure if I already mentioned this, but we are extending our trip to Quito for about 5 days prior to going on the cruise. We are going to check out FEDICE, a ministry that helps out indigenous families in the outskirts of the city. I’ll also be sharing part of that trip on the blog here.
I won’t be updating this blog much until then, so if you want just check back in March (better yet, April) for pictures and posts that would probably be best.
If you are really that excited about this, you can read all the articles. Most of the pictures below have click-through links to various articles.
Portland State University published a featured article regarding my trip to the Galapagos on their website. Check it out by clicking on the picture.
Click on the lizard thing above to view article.
Here is another article on El Chilito. At least this one doesn’t point fingers at my skin tone. :] Gracias Chile!
No interview for this one, but quotes were pulled and translated from the Nat Geo piece.
Nothing quite says vacation like a cruise/expedition to the Galapagos. Thanks to National Geographic – and El Chilito – I will be boarding the Endeavour this March.
Click on the turtle to see the expedition itinerary.
Gringa Gana – White Girl Wins
Click the link above to check out the article. Note: It’s in Spanish.
“Las Ultimas Noticias” published an article about my winning the naming contest yesterday.
This is a photo of the fish that I named: El Chilito
Press the large photo to view the article on National Geographic’s website.