Ecuador

Ecuadorian Transition

Dec
17

January 11, 2014

Our last day in the Galapagos was mostly spent traveling. Waking up before sunrise to catch our boat back to Santa Cruz, we didn't get to see much more than a beautiful sunrise. The boat ride was again uneventful and we went straight from there to a car to the ferry to the airport. Still got some great views, especially of the clouds, but not quite as exciting as the last few days.

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Crabs Suck

Dec
17

January 9, 2014

I know what you're thinking. It's not that.

We started today by renting some bikes. We were to ride down along the ocean and take the path to the Wall of Tears, a large stone wall built by hand by prisoners formerly kept on this island.

Then they happened: crabs. Big blue ones.

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Getting Wet

Dec
17

January 8, 2014

Today's goal was simple: climb the Sierra Negra volcano to get a better idea of how these islands formed and see how the climate changes across the peaks. The hike would take much of the day but should also provide beautiful views of the islands. In theory.

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Santa Cruz

Dec
17

January 7, 2014

My dad and I awoke early this morning for our flight to the Galapagos. Landing on Baltra, we zoomed through baggage claim (carry on only) to meet Silvia, our naturalist guide for the day.

With Silvia, we got on the bus transfer to the Santa Cruz ferry. A short ride later and we were on Santa Cruz and met our driver. The plan for the day was to take a leisurely drive across Santa Cruz with a few stops before having lunch in Puerta Ayora and catching the ferry to Isabela, where we would spend the next couple days.

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Chimborazo and the Illinizas

Aug
02

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January 6, 2014

Chimborazo: at 6,268 meters (20,564 feet), Ecuador's tallest mountain and, due to the equatorial bulge, the point farthest from the center of the Earth. Starting from around 4,800 meters (~15,750 feet), it's also quite a long climb.

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The Last Ice Merchant

Aug
02

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January 4, 2014

After a day at Hacienda La Cinega, we started moving towards Chimborazo. On our way, we stayed at the Alta Montana, a retreat run by Rodrigo. Rodrigo is a very interesting Ecuadorian, having spent much of his life in the mountains and traveling. Several years back, he was the producer of a documentary on The Last Ice Merchant of Chimborazo, which has won awards at many international festivals.

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Cotopaxi

Aug
02

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January 2, 2014

What a way to start the New Year. Cotopaxi, the second highest active volcano in the world, is a beautiful cinder cone volcano capped with a majestic glacier. At 5,897 meters (19,342 feet) it is only a couple of meters taller than Kilimanjaro but, despite similar proximity to the Equator, has managed to maintain significant glacier coverage--wet winds from the Amazon basin provide significant moisture to replenish the loss from global-warming-induced melting.

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Feliz Anno Nuevo

Aug
02

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January 1, 2014

New Years is a special time in Ecuador. Remember those effigies I mentioned yesterday? Seems they are "married".

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Cayambe Disappointment Inversion

Aug
02

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December 30, 2013

Today we planned to finally summit the volcano whose glacier we had spent the past week playing on. Sadly, Cayambe had other plans--as our guide Alejo wisely said, there is a reason it's called mountaineering and not summiteering.

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Glacier School

Aug
02

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December 29, 2013

Glaciers are a special beast. Formed from snow piling up over many years, compacted by the weight of that snow and slowly drifting across and shaping the terrain, glaciers have a special beauty that hides many of the dangers contained within. Safely navigating and climbing glaciers requires special gear, knowledge and practice, something I hoped to gain on this trip.

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