Monthly Archives: December 2017

Machalilla National Park

It is surprising how dry some parts of Ecuador are. If I am remembering right from geography and ecology classes, warm air rises at true equator, carrying moisture that starts to fall as rain over Central America and areas equally … Continue reading

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Isla de las Platas

To be clear-we are both huge fans of Charlie Darwin, and think the evidence points to evolutionary biology. But we are not going to the Galapagos. Three reasons: expense, crowds, and growing evidence that massive tourism has negative impacts on … Continue reading

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Puerto Lopez

Here we are on the Pacific Coast. This is an unusual town. The main street is parallel to the ocean. The beach is full of open air stands that sell such cocktails as “Sexo en la Playa”. It seems to … Continue reading

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We like Guayaquil lots more than we expected to!

Our day started with a visit to the Iguana Park. This is a downtown square where iguanas live and are free. They are on the ground, in the trees, eveverywheere! These big lizards are harmless. I do not know it … Continue reading

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In Guayaquil

We had a spectacular bus ride over the cloud shrouded Andes to this coastal city. We have been a little leery, it has a reputation of being dangerous, but it is working hard  to get past that.We are really finding … Continue reading

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Way up in the Andes

Let me try to describe Cajas National Park where Kate and I hiked today. It is 10-11,000 feet high, a volcanic range that resembles black, gray, and tan icebergs of innumerable shapes: a walrus’ face  peeking  over a green ridge,a … Continue reading

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We love Cuenca!

I have to be quick, the pad is low on power. Cuenca is a lovely town, with colonial buildings and  huge churches. The Christmas Eve festival is astonishing. Thousands of people dress as people from the Christmas story and parade … Continue reading

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