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Galapagos Islands

March 13 to March 18, 2012     Galapagos is home to some of the world’s most interesting creatures – iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, manta rays and giant tortoises. We’ve come to the islands hoping to see them all and we are not disappointed. Time and budget preclude a cruise so we chose a land-based tour staying on the main island, Santa Cruz and taking a boat trip each day.           Our first day is an early start to Bartholomew Island. We are greeted by …

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Ecuador – new friends and sights

March 8 to 21, 2012 We cross over in to Ecuador with a minimum of fuss. The officials couldn’t have been nicer – we get SOAT. Welcome to Ecuador.     First stop is Cuenca to meet up with Ian Moor, the brother of our friend Keith Moor, the Melbourne journalist. The ride takes us away from the desert of Peru to the mountains of southern Ecuador. It’s green, it’s cool, it’s beautiful.               Cuenca has a quaint town centre with wonderful buildings like …