Like travel addicts everywhere, we’re getting pretty antsy.
After almost FIVE MONTHS of quarantine here in Colombia, it’s clear that we’re not leaving the country anytime soon. Even when international air travel starts to resume here, who knows when we — as U.S. passport holders — will be allowed to enter other countries or even return home to Colombia.
It’s easy to get whiny and impatient about our current situation. When that happens, we remind each other just how lucky we are:
- This too shall pass. In the meantime, we are so grateful for a safe and comfortable home and plenty to eat. So many others are not so fortunate.
- We get to explore more of the amazing country we are blessed to call home, once we have greater freedom of movement. And we’re optimistic that will be happening soon.
- We have been been able to take some fantastic trips in recent years. Trips that have ticked off several bucket list items for each of us, to places we’ve dreamed about since childhood.
In honor of that last point, we’re kicking off a new series with Our Best of the Galapagos Islands.
Since we can’t make new memories at the moment, we’re going to share some highlights of our most memorable trips from the past. These will be mostly photo essays, since we’ve already blogged extensively about each highlighted trip. For this first installment, we’ll focus on our 2017 voyage in Ecuador’s unforgettable Galapagos Islands. Here’s a directory of our detailed Galapagos posts.
The Feathered Ones
The Scaly Ones
The Furry Ones
A Few More Galapagos Snaps
We hope you have enjoyed our photographic journey through the Galapagos Islands. We were absolutely gobsmacked by the incredible (and very fragile) natural beauty of this place and the diversity of its wildlife. Since many of the species have no natural predators in this very isolated island chain, the birds and other animals showed absolutely no fear of humans — and that makes us fear for them. At the time of our visit, tourism was booming and the Ecuadorean government was struggling to balance economic interests with ongoing protection for the endangered Galapagos ecosystem. Let’s hope the pandemic has given the islands a chance to pause and recover, and the government an opportunity to refocus its priorities on conservation.
Here’s a great site with plenty more information about this special place, one of the most unique in the world.
Stay tuned for the next installment: Our Best of Cuba!
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