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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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I visited the Galapagos Islands on my most recent trip to Ecuador and decided to post a few photographs.  I would encourage all readers to consider a trip to Ecuador.  The country is safe, friendly, and well-organized.  It uses American dollars for currency, following many years of disastrous inflation.  The previous president, Rafael Correa had autocratic tendencies, but he did spend a good amount of the oil money on infrastructure. The roads are now in excellent condition. His successor, Lenin Moreno has proven to more respect democratic norms.  Most all of the persons you would encounter speak rudimentary 'tourist' English. Ecuador has an enormous range of topography and habitats. After the islands I traveled to cloud forest, the closest analog to my San Francisco microclimate.  I have traveled throughout the country on two trips but will limit the photos to the Galapagos. One exception, the last photo is the cathedral in Cuenca, (one of my favorite photos!)

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Wonderful pictures Darold! Thanks so much for posting those, esp. the ones with animals. They made my day! :greenthumb:

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2 hours ago, Hillizard said:

Wonderful pictures Darold! Thanks so much for posting those, esp. the ones with animals. They made my day! :greenthumb:

Yeah. Especially the one with the seal. Standing alongside people like it’s perfectly normal lol. :D

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merci:D

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Really good pictures. Thanks.

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Ok, three more, 1) front elevation of Cuenca cathedral,

                          2) my preferred method of transport,

                          3)    fabric vendors at Otavalo  :)

 

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Very nice! Possibly a pair of Parajubaea (torallyi?) in front of the cathedral?

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It is Parajubaea cocoides.  P. torallyi is from Bolivia.  :rolleyes:

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14 minutes ago, Darold Petty said:

It is Parajubaea cocoides.  P. torallyi is from Bolivia.  :rolleyes:

In 50 years the one in my backyard might look almost as nice! ;)

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Nice Darold!

I visited Ecuador 18 years ago. It is a small nice country with amable people and amazing places.

I was one month in the Sierra, climbing mountains and visiting the citys. 

Cuenca, Ambato, Riobamba, Latacunga, Baños, Quito, Otavalo. 

I love this country.

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