Mindo Ecuador Ecuador / Mindo / Quito

We’re having a blast in Disney World right now, so I’m not going to take much time on this post. Mostly, I’ll just comment on some of the highlights of our time in Quito, and the nearby town (ie. 2 hour bus ride) of Mindo, where we spent a night. The town of Quito was larger than we expected, but is a beautiful city surrounded...

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Giant tortoise Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, just off the coast of Ecuador, provide some of the most unique wildlife viewing experiences in the world. The animals here evolved without humans attacking them, and therefore they have no fear of us. It’s been incredible being able to walk up to a sea lion, marine iguana, or heron, and have it not run, fly, or swim away. We read in...

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Former pool and patio area Ecuador

And what a welcome it has been! The day we arrived in Guayaquil, Ecuador was permeated with extreme political unrest. President Correa had just threatened to cut police benefits, so all the police were on strike. Many took advantage of the situation by robbing stores and banks, burning tires in the middle of the road, and marching in rallies to express their views. We were...

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