Rosemary and I travelled with Naturetrek to the Galapagos Islands, Quito and the Amazon Rain Forest to celebrate a significant birthday. Yes she had birthday cake in the Galapagos Islands.
Each day, apart from Day 1, has its own photo collection, see below, and if you scroll way down this page, you will then find what I call the Star Photographs of the holiday.
Monday up bright and early for the Virgin flight to Miami. M25 a breeze, terminal 3 was a doddle. No waiting at check in, no problems at security, just a 3 hour wait for the flight. Why do they ask you to check in 3 hours before the gate closes? Note to self, leave to the last minute.
Flight arrived at Miami, where we had a 1 hour wait to get through security, but they were quite a friendly. Now to get to the AA flight to Quito. Had to check in again, despite bags making their way between the planes without our aid, and seats already having been assigned, then the long queue to get through security. 3 hours was ample time. If we had only 2 hours to make the flight we would have been panicking.
Met a few other Naturetrek punters at the AA flight to Quito, they had not been so lucky, they had flown on an earlier flight to us by AA. Different set of immigration officials in a different immigration hall. Two hours to get through, and some very unfriendlyofficials.
Note to self, never fly AA, and never, ever pass through Miami.
Arrived at Quito 11pm ish local time, and into hotel at midnight. That would be 5am UK time. Quite a long day all in all.
After a long time I have managed to get around to editing the video I took on the Galapagos and Sacha Lodge rain forest trip. I only started to edit the video after Rosemary brought back some ballet dancing video she took of a friend Ann. I hate to say it, the ballet video proved to be the stimulus to finish the record of the Ecuador 2012 holiday. I have divided the video into two. The Galapagos Islands, and Sacha Lodge. They are both available in full HD.
Photo Albums by Day
Overnight cruise to Espanola Island (Hood), quietly slipping anchor at around 2.00am. Here we landed on another white beach, punctuated at each end with a rocky section. This time the rocks were wet and slippery. Our first sighting of the large Cactus Finch, and a Galapagos hawk did us proud with a flyby.