December 2017
  • Day64

    Amazon day 2 continued

    February 27, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    View from the tower was great. Saw lots of birds. The guides always carry high powered telescopes so you can get a better look.

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  • Day64

    Amazon day 2

    February 27, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Rained all night so hopefully we see lots of wildlife today as they come out to dry and warm up.

    First off its a canoe ride. Then we climb a tower 40 metres up.

  • Day63

    Off to the Amazon

    February 26, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Sacha Lodge to be precise. But very hard to get out of my Wyndham Hotel bed - could have stayed there all day watching TV.

    So the amazon is an hour flight, 2 1/2 hours by boat, a 20 minute walk and then a half hour canoe ride away!

    It produces 75% of the world's oxygen - the lungs of the world.
    Ecuador's amazon is small but has an extensive biodiversity.

    The lodge is upmarket and when at capacity accommodates 65 guests. We have about 40 I think. You are divided into groups of 4 -5 and each group had a naturalist and a native guide. The native guide spots the animals/insects.

    Only ceiling fans in the room and the fast speed is not that fast but its a very nice room and bathroom. There is also a balcony with a hammock but not sure if it will be too humid to lay in.

    Think I will be having several cold water showers a day. So humid!

    So after snacks, briefings and room settling we have dinner and then do a night walk.

    Its beautiful here and the jungle is lush. No rain for a couple of weeks which is unusual but we are lucky that it rained earlier as it means more animals and insects will come out. When its hot they are hard to spot.

    So early starts - 5.30am! We will do walks and/or canoe trips morning, late afternoon and night. Siesta time during the hottest part of the day.
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  • Day33

    Farewell Margy :(

    January 27, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We flew to Guayaquil and checked into the lovely Wyndham hotel on the river. Luxory after 4 weeks on the road. All we want to do is lay in bed amd watch tv. We didn't leave the hotel and only saw Guayaquil from the airport shuttle.

    So the next day Margy set off to Los Angeles via Bogota then to Sydney the following day. She is booked into the Hilton in LA for one night with a late check out. Its great having the wheelchair assistance for Marge as they take you through immigration and customs and right to your taxi/shuttle and make sure you don't miss any connecting flights.

    I took her to the airport and see her off then back to the hotel to have more breakfast from the amazing buffet. Then to my hotel room and back to bed. Its so lovely doing nothing and I am glad my earlier flight got changed to late afternoon.

    Next its Quito for a night then I start my private Ecuador tour!

    But first a selection of Margy on tour photos!
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  • Day32

    Goodbye Galapagos!

    January 26, 2018 in Ecuador ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Goodbye Galapagos!

    What a wonderful cruise! Really fantastic.

    If you want to see the Galapagos a cruise is the only way to go.

    You can island hop and do day trips but you will spend long hours in boats and the towns are not very interesting. Plus its a hassle in the heat and humidity. But about 70% of tourists island hop.

    Our group were often the only people at a site on an island. Then lounging on deck was wonderful!

    So for me its a cruise all the way!
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