With the royal wedding still fresh on our minds, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my experience traveling around in London. I hope you enjoy!
We had already seen so much in the Galapagos, but we still had 2 full days left! On one of the days we decided we would just explore more of Santa Cruz, because there was still a lot to see in town. Las Grietas was one of our top destinations for the trip, so we decided to head there first.
We got up early to head down to the dock in Puerto Ayora. A boat would be picking us up to take us to Isabela, the big island of the Galapagos. We had a long list of animals we wanted to see here. Penguins, sea turtles, flamingos and sea lions all called this island home. I can’t think of any other place that has all of these animals together, so this would be a once in a lifetime experience.
Puerto Ayora, January 1st 12:01 AM
I awoke to a loud bang. I sprang out of bed and ran out the door to see what was going on. I saw hundreds of people running in the streets, fireworks flying around and open flames all throughout the city. “Are we under attack?” I yelled, not fully awake yet.
After a full day in Quito, we got on the plane the next morning and took the short flight from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands. Having gone through a lot in the past 24 hours, it was nice to know we would be heading to a place that had some nice beaches we could relax on.
Our travel plans were simple, take a flight from New York to Miami, fly from Miami to Guayaquil and then head over to the Galapagos the next morning. Just 3 relatively short flights and we would be beachside in the land of sea lions and iguanas. Of course the term “travel plans” is one I use very loosely because when you are traveling, things rarely go according to plan.
One of the benefits of traveling the south island of New Zealand is that the scenery and views offered while driving are as beautiful as the destinations. Here are some pictures taken during a three hour trip through the southwest corner of the south island. Of course, we had to pull over a number of times to go swimming or just enjoy the scenery.
Doubtful Sound is a beautiful waterway in the south island of New Zealand. The name Doubtful Sound is a misnomer as this is actually a fjord, meaning a valley carved by glaciers which connects to the sea.
Pictures selected from a day of hiking at Te Anu National Park in Fjordland New Zealand. Fjordland is a region in the Southeast area of New Zealand's Southern Island.
During the second day in Lake Wanaka, we did a day of hiking at some local trails. There are a few well-known hikes in the area, the most famous is Roy's Peak which offers stunning summit views after a long, steep trek. This is reserved for more experienced hikers as it takes about five hours to complete the hike.