Ecuador, Dec. 2014

In December of 2014, Alex and I spent three weeks in Ecuador scuba diving in the Galapagos, exploring the Amazon rainforest, and wandering around the mountain town of Baños.

The first week of the trip took place on the liveaboard dive boat, Galapagos Sky. We did 4 long, cold dives every day (thank god for nitrox), but we saw some incredible marine life: whale sharks, sea lions, mantas, mola molas, and thousands upon thousands of hammerhead sharks. Highlights were the remote, world-famous sites around Wolf and Darwin islands, and the mola mola cleaning station at Punta Vicente Roca.

After returning to Quito from the Galapagos, we headed to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the Amazon headwaters near the border with Colombia, where we spent 5 days hiking and paddling around looking for wildlife. And we found it in abundance: from monkeys and birds to caiman and anacondas, goliath bird eating spiders to poison dart frogs.

During the last portion of the trip, we took the bus to Baños, where we biked the “Ruta de las Cascadas,” went canyoneering on a nearby river, and ate without a doubt the best grilled fish (a trout literally pulled from the water after we placed our order) I’ve ever had.