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Autumn in the Galapagos-A special Time in the Archipelago

 

The Galapagos Islands are a special place to visit during the fall months between September and the early days of winter. It is the calm before the storm of the high season, a refreshing break from groups of travellers around every bend.

One Galapagos land-based tour option is to stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp, started by an adventurous couple who wanted people to see the archipelago from a genuine perspective- diving into the wildlife and exotic landscapes of the nearby uninhabited islands. Keep reading for a few of the places that you can visit while in the archipelago.

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Places to Eat in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

Looking for places to eat in Galapagos? Puerto Ayora is a mainstay on itineraries of cruise ships and island hopping tours in the Galapagos Islands. The town has developed alongside the influx of tourism in the islands, and is the place to stock up on supplies, relax before disembarking on a cruise, and enjoy a meal in one of the growing group of local and international restaurants. Keep reading for a handful of places to try while in town.

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Active Endeavors in the Galapagos Islands

Each day in the Galapagos brings new horizons to discover. Cruises travel overnight to far off islands, land based trips offer day excursions to the coast and highlands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela; and both give you options for activities in the tropics that go beyond the beaten path. Keep reading for a few fun activities to try while in the archipelago.

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Off the Beaten Path Restaurants in Quito

Quito’s restaurant scene has bloomed in the last decade and put the capital on the map as an international foodie destination. Across the city you can find curry, classic French , Ecuadorian fusion, Middle Eastern, and Vietnamese restaurants that are pushing the edge when it comes to dining out.

With the explosion of options comes new trends that spread through the city. One of these is the advent of the pop up restaurant. Keep reading for two of the hip pop up and off-the-beaten path restaurants to try while you are in town. Continue reading

BBC - The Traditions of the Galapagos-Post Office Bay

The Traditions of the Galapagos-Post Office Bay

Post Office Bay Galapagos Islands

Post Office Bay Galapagos Islands

Discovering the tradition of Post Office Bay is one of the highlights of a trip to Floreana Island. What it symbolizes and puts a point on is this; we all travel in search of that instantly recognized camaraderie between those on the same road, an aspect of the journey that pulls us off of the beaten path and into the  arms of the unknown.

As the legend tells it, whalers in 1793 left a wooden whiskey barrel  with mail for loved ones inside before leaving the archipelago to embark on two-year journeys. As word got out, returning ships would make the same stop for provisions and fresh water, checking for missives to those who lived nearby their hometowns in Europe and the States.

This is the heart of travel at its best, strangers helping each other in the spirit of doing what they love; a story that is still unfolding today in the islands.

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