Galapagos Islands June 14 2016

June 15, 2016 at 1:45 AM

Welcome to Quito - Blog Entry June 14th, 2016

After two flights our group has arrived in Quito, Ecuador. We’ll be here overnight for a chance to recharge before flying on to the Galapagos Islands. We took some time today to photograph and explore the streets of Quito and visited the Botanical Gardens. Then later this evening we attended our welcome dinner, offering up some of the Ecuador’s cuisine including some very tasty deserts. This is all good as we will need energy for the upcoming days of exploring the islands.

Our flight departs for the islands tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. once we have arrived we will meet our naturalist guide and board our home away from home the Galapagos Queen for the next 8 days. Enjoy a selection of images from our day in Quito.

This guy was busy watching the activities on the street.

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Bike only streets in downtown Quito.

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Judy and Nikky posing beside big bike art near the Botanical Gardens.

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City centre park leading to the Botanical Gardens, plenty of activity in the park.

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Great way to cool down your pet.

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Paddle boat opportunities within the park.

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Welcome to Quito.

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Steve photographing some of the small birds by the pond in the gardens.

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Plenty of colour in the gardens which made for great photographs.

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Bryan and Charlene exploring the orchid gardens.

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Humming bird attracted to the red flowers.

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Some very interesting plants within the gardens.

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This plant is a meat eater, it attracts flies and other bugs inside then digests them.

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More flowers from the gardens.

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So many colourful butterflies.

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The blue colour on this butterfly is beautiful.

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More colourful butterflies.

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This butterfly is transparent.

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A lesson in depth of field turned into a great photo for the blog.

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Quito sits at approximately 9,500 feet inside a bowl surrounded by high mountains. Cloud reflections on the building with mountains in the background.

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A happy little girl waves to Bob as he takes her photos as we passed by a bus stop.

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Bob having some fun at our pre sailing briefing held at our hotel prior to our welcome dinner.

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Our welcome dinner in Quito.

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Another view of our photographer guests at the welcome dinner.

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Live entertainment at our dinner, this gentleman was really great.

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That’s it for day one of our Galapagos Islands Tour blog. Check back tomorrow evening for more images from our trek. Good night from Quito.



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Posted by Bernarda Norwood on
Thanks so much for sharing, James! I am so much looking forward to this trip in October!!
Posted by Bre on
Steve! Did ya say you were going to the islands? Have a blast. It will be good to swap stories when you get back. Say hello to Sally for me.
Posted by Laura on
Oh my gosh, what an amazing trip. I will be able to relive it for the next 10 days. I still haven't got my land legs back. The botanical gardens were gorgeous, and so fun to see different hummingbirds, butterflies, and flowers. What a great bunch of people to share this experience with.
Thanks James, Katherine, and Renee for a once in a lifetime experience.
Posted by Andrew on
A great start to a great bucket list once-in-a-lifetime vacation!
Posted by Nikky and Neal on
Words cannot describe this experience. We are privileged to have visited the Galapagos. Thanks to James, Renny and the entire crew for the care we received and for making a special vacation even more so!
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