Before the children were born and I was teaching in a public school in Oregon, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in the cloud forests of Ecuador in search of caterpillars as part of an Earthwatch Expedition. It was a fascinating experience and one I had always hoped to someday undertake with my children.
As we began to contemplate our next family excursion, I suggested the Galápagos. Though I had previously traveled to Ecuador, I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to visit these magnificent islands. You can imagine my excitement when when my husband and children agreed.
I have compiled here the posts I have written commemorating our travels in Ecuador in hopes you will enjoy traveling vicariously with us.
With its colonial centers, Kichwa villages, Amazonian rainforest, the breathtaking heights of the Andes, and the Galápagos Islands (just 563 mi west in the Pacific Ocean) – Ecuador may be small, but it has a dazzling array of wonders.
- Rainforest Caterpillars – 2001 Earthwatch Expedition
- The City of Quito
- The Market of Otavalo
- La Mitad del Mundo – Science Experiments at the Equator
The Galápagos Islands are a treasure meant to be experienced with a small group of true nature enthusiasts and that was exactly our experience with International Expeditions. Our small group size of just 16 aboard the Evolution provided us ample time to explore the islands at our leisure and to immerse ourselves in talks with our naturalist guides, Alex and Cristina.