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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
For the second part of our honeymoon, we decided to forego the frigid cold mountains on the Inca Trail, and the non-stop mosquitos of the Amazon.  We finally got smart and headed to the warmth of the Equator (and crossed it 12 times!)
Date(s): December 18-30, 2003. Album by Michael Bang. Photos by Michael Bang. 1 - 24 of 41 Total. 2979 Visits.
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So nice to see all the beautiful pictures you made and reliving he marvelous time we had together in Galapagos. Thank you for sharing your pictures and say hi to Elena.
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Linda Hogenboom, Thu, 2 Jun 2005 4:29AM
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Quito, Ecuador
We arrived in Quito, a sprawling city of 2-3 million nestled in a volcano range.

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Calderon
We explored some local towns and took in some local culture around Quito.

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Shopping
Even by the Equator, Elana can't stay away from shopping.  But we're mostly picking up gifts for our nieces and nephews.

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Imbabura Volcano
Lots and lots of volcanoes in Ecuador.  Quito is located between two chains.

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City in the Middle of the World
A touristy spot on the Equator.  Scientists from Europe came here to do research a long time ago.  Here's Elana straddling the northern and southern hemispheres.

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Boarding The Plane
And we're off to the Galapagos Islands!

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The Galapagos Explorer II
There's our ship in the background.  And a marine iguana in the foreground.

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Boarding the Zodiac
At least twice a day, we crawled out of our comfy cabins on the cruise ship to ride the Zodiac to a nearby island.

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Dry Landing
Here's a "dry" landing on a rocky cliff.

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Shoreline
Elana admiring the shoreline.

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Espanola Island
Here's a marine iguana hanging out next to a Nasca Boobie.

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Espanola Island
A blowhole on Espanola.

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Baby Sea Lion
Awww, how cute!

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Sally Lightfoot Crab
There were a ton of these all over the shore rocks.

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Nasca Boobies
The animals in the Galapagos were either stupid or fearless.  We could get within 2-3 feet of them to take a picture!

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Nasca Boobies
A mom feeding her young.

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Charles Darwin Research Center
To make sure tortoises survive in the Galapagos (man/pirate accidentally introduced goats, pigs, dogs, cats centuries ago which now eat their food, eggs) some are being brought up in captivity for their protection.

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Lonesome George
This is the last of a species of tortoises from Pinta Island.  4-5 feet long, 400 pounds, and 70 years old.  Pirates used to eat them.  They found that they would live a year in the hull...upside down, stacked, and with no food.

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Finch Research
The rock off to the left is where a family (can't remember the name) has done alot of research on the evolution of the finch.  There's a famous book about it (Can remember the title either!)

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Galapagos Hawk
A Galapagos Hawk (top of the food chain here) posing for us on the walkway up to the top of Bartolome.  And our ship in the background.

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Bartolome Island
On the top.  Yep, we had to climb all 375 stairs!

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The View from Bartolome
There's our ship (boy it sure gets around) and Pinnacle Rock below, where we snorkeled with Sea Lions and penguins.

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Spotted Eagle Ray
Yes, I took this picture snorkeling!  I had to dive down and chase it.

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Elana Snorkeling
Another sea lion swam along with us.

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