Galápagos – Bahía Urbina & Caleta Tagus – Isabela Island

Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos Islands. Bahía Urbina, where we are in the morning, has the only species of tortoise that survives naturally in the archipelago. Afternoon time in Caleta Tagus, Darwin Lake is a lagoon separated from the bay by a narrow ridge. The lake is in the turquoise color and the branches of Palo Santo trees on the hills like arms embrace the sky. The scenery is very beautiful.

Galápagos – Punta Mangle – Fernandina Island

Punta Mangle is a small bay on Fernandina Island. Here we saw the courtship of the most iconic bird of the Galapagos Islands, the blue-footed booby; and learned about mangrove's unique features that have evolved to adapt to the high salinity of the water.

Galápagos – Punta Moreno – Isabela Island

Punta Moreno's landing site is a vast expanse of rugged volcanic lava fields. The occasional lagoons not only nourish the surrounding plants and shrubs, but also provide a place for birds to relish. Hardly anything can grow in the barren lava fields, but only tough plants like cactus can take root among the volcanic rocks.

Galápagos – Santa Cruz Island

We spent our first day in Galápagos at Santa Cruz Island. We walked among the giant tortoises, learned the fascinating story of the Scalesia tree and start understanding the unique natural history about the archipelago.

Quito – Heritage

Located deep in the Andes, Quito has the best preserved 16th and 17th century Spanish-style churches. The following hundreds of years saw the bloodshed and conquest that accompanied the clash of civilizations, as well as the culture exchange and symbiosis. It is in itself a very intriguing thing.

Quito – City

Quito is located at the foot of Pichincha Volcano. Overlook the city panorama at altitude of 13000 feet on the mountain, the variety of the city's landscape, just like its rich culture and history, is much beyond my expectations.