Galapagos

Guatin / Gatchi – an active Atacama option

Posted by on August 18th, 2014

The Atacama Desert has numerous excellent and unique excursion options. While they all allow you to see amazing and extremely varied things, many of them (particularly some of the most highly-touted, like the Tatio Geysers, Atacama Salt Flat, Valley of the Moon, etc.) require quite a lot of time in a vehicle as part of […]

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Wandering the Walled City of Cartagena

Posted by on August 4th, 2014

It’s been over a decade since I started traveling in Central and South America, but I continue to be surprised and delighted by new and unexpected sights, sounds and sabores here. There are certainly common threads and reoccurring themes throughout the region: a plaza in Peru might remind you of one in Ecuador; a band […]

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IGTOA: Looking to the Future of Galapagos Conservation

Posted by on July 30th, 2014
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I’ve been an active member of the Board of IGTOA, the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, for the last 4 years, and I was recently named its new president. IGTOA is an organization consisting of over 40 travel companies that promotes sustainable travel and raises money for conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands. I’m honored […]

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My Grandfather’s Travels Through Latin America with the National Symphony Orchestra in the 1950s and ’60s

Posted by on April 23rd, 2014
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When I was young, before I or anyone in my immediate family had been to South America, I remember hearing that my maternal grandfather, Howard Mitchell, had visited South America several times.  Originally from Iowa, he had left home at the age of 16 to study music at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.  An accomplished […]

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Grassroots Conservation at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge in Mindo, Ecuador

Posted by on April 14th, 2014
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Though Ecuador is a relatively tiny country, slightly smaller than the state of Nevada, it is home to a tremendous amount of biodiversity and natural beauty. From Marine Iguanas lounging on the volcanic Galapagos Islands off the Pacific Coast, to Andean Condors soaring over the central “Avenue of Volcanoes,” to Spider Monkeys hanging in the […]

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Galapagos evolution highlights: Darwin’s finches

Posted by on September 10th, 2013
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Darwin’s finches are the unlikely poster boys of evolution. Averaging 6 inches in height and employing a dull color scheme which ranges from brown to gray to olive, they are a far cry from the brazen giant tortoises  and the otherworldly marine iguanas. Surely, then, they are one of the true Galapagos evolution highlights, and […]

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Galapagos wildlife cruise: the Galapagos sea lion

Posted by on September 3rd, 2013
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When discussing my favorite animals in the Galapagos, the Galapagos Sea Lion comes a close second to the Galapagos Green Turtle. The sea lion is not an animal that I ever thought would end up being such a highlight for me in the Galapagos Islands before I went there for the first time, but this […]

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Discover Quito: not just a Galapagos stopover

Posted by on September 3rd, 2013
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Your once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos itinerary will invariably include at least one night in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. More than likely you’ll spend two nights there – one before your Galapagos transfer and one after – so it really makes sense to take the time to discover Quito. Discover Quito’s geography Quito is the closest capital […]

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Luxury Galapagos cruise checklist: the marine iguana

Posted by on August 7th, 2013
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The Galapagos aren’t your average tropical archipelago; instead they’re a menagerie of animals weird and wonderful, big and small, terrestrial and marine. Perhaps no creature is more ubiquitous, more creepy and more undoubtedly Galapagosian than the marine iguana. On your luxury Galapagos cruise you’ll be sure to see hundreds if not thousands of them, and […]

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Conference Highlights Galapagos Conservation Efforts

Posted by on July 15th, 2013

This past April I participated in the annual conference of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) in Miami.  I’ve been on the Board of IGTOA for 3 years, and the annual conference has been a great way to meet some of the people most actively involved in Galapagos conservation.   The funds that members […]

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