Travelogue to Galapagos

Explore the Exotic Treasures of Equador and the Galapagos Islands

A Travelogue by Allie Zlotucha, Compass Travel Agent

If it’s local color you want, travel to the Galapagos Islands, where vibrant hues are abundant, even on the feet of the blue-footed boobies or the pumped up red breast of the great frigatebird. Adventures by Disney offers a myriad of new travel options for the explorer in us all. The Equador and Galapagos tour gave me an opportunity to experience this family adventure, so I could give you firsthand advice when planning your own.

Allie standing on the center of the Earth.

Our tour started in Quito where we met our tour guides Laura and Eduardo. Twenty-seven of us set out into the Andean Highlands. First stop—the center of the world to the Quitsato Equator Sundial! From there, we visited a musical family where we heard and saw wooden Andean flutes being made. I even made one myself with a lot of help! There was also a market where we were able to view beautiful woven handicrafts and do a bit of shopping.

That night, we arrived at our Hacienda Pinsaqui, brimming with Spanish colonial charm. Our hosts entertained us with a folkloric dance show and dinner.

The next morning, we toured a rose plantation where, due to the Equator, the roses grow six to seven feet high, straight up.

Roses of every hue are exported around the world.

We flew kites on the hillsides of Otavalo, visited Parque Condor, a refuge for saving endangered birds, and learned to make flutes and empanadas.

On our fourth day, we flew to Baltra Island, Galapagos, stopping at the Charles Darwin Station to learn about the different ecosystems of the islands and for a visit to the giant tortoise hatchery. We then boarded our ship, the M/V Galapagos Explora II, to explore the unique islands of the Galapagos archipelago.

The tortoise is an icon of the Galapagos region.

This region, never part of a large landmass, boasts some of the most diverse wildlife in the world. With two naturalist guides, we saw many unusual birds, giant tortoises, colorful fish, lounging sea lions, and marine iguanas. We were surrounded by a wealth of rare and interesting animals, in a remote turquoise paradise. Every island was distinctive, each built upon the ash of nearby volcanoes. This is truly a bucket list destination.

Families will gain so much from the interaction between the tour guides and the locals. You really become part of the experience, not just a spectator. That’s what an adventure is all about. I highly recommend this trip to individuals and families alike. The experience will truly enrich your life.

For information on how you can plan your own adventure, contact Allie here: allie@compasstravel.net

Allie will be happy to share her experiences, offer you many more options and programs, and help you plan the trip of your dreams! Call or email her today!

allie@compasstravel.net
603-526-9600