Random Things I Learned in the Galapagos

Sierra Negra Caldera

I was talking with a couple of coworkers the other day and fantasying about going back to the Galapagos.  While telling them about my adventures, I recalled several things I learned while I was there.  Learning is one of my Continue reading Random Things I Learned in the Galapagos

Changing My Perspective on Group Travel

Group Hiking to a Volcano

I’ve traveled solo quite a bit and I’ve traveled with one to two other friends at a time, but until my trip with Intrepid Travel in Galapagos I had never traveled with a group of strangers.  I thought I wouldn’t Continue reading Changing My Perspective on Group Travel

Active Galapagos Trip Expenses

Waiting Patiently

People have asked me how much my trip to the Galapagos cost and whether it was worth it to use Intrepid travel.  I’ve decided to share the total cost of my trip, so everyone can make their own judgment. But Continue reading Active Galapagos Trip Expenses

Visiting Machu Picchu and Battling Mother Nature

Machu Picchu

Getting up at 4:30 am and the word “vacation” are two things I usually don’t put together, but it’s exactly what I did the day I visited Machu Picchu.  The previous night my guide stopped by the hostel to discuss Continue reading Visiting Machu Picchu and Battling Mother Nature

Hiking into a Volcanic Caldera

Sierra Negra Caldera

During my trip to the Galapagos, we stayed three nights on Isabela Island.  All the islands of the Galapagos were formed by volcanoes and Isabela is no different, but it was the one island where we ventured up to, around Continue reading Hiking into a Volcanic Caldera

Sacred Valley Tour

Beginning of Sacred Valley

Originally I booked the Inca Trail Extension as an add-on to my Active Galapagos Tour with Intrepid.  Due to needing knee surgery for the 6th time coming up in November, I decided hiking the grueling Inca Trail was not a Continue reading Sacred Valley Tour

Leaving the Galapagos

Our View on Santa Cruz

Wow…we thought getting there took some steps.  Leaving took almost as many.  Breakfast was served at 7:00 am and promptly at 7:30 am our journey back to Quito began. We took a private bus from the main part of Santa Continue reading Leaving the Galapagos

Getting to the Galapagos

Getting Ready to Land in San Cristobal

Our tour with Intrepid officially started yesterday with a city tour of Quito, Ecuador but today we stepped foot on our first island in the Galapagos…San Cristobal. The day started fairly early with a 5:00 am wake-up call so that Continue reading Getting to the Galapagos