Touring Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos

Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands - The Starting Point of Most Land Based Tours

We have been on the road for about 3 months now, and so far one of our absolute highlights was the glorious 2.5 weeks we recently spent doing land-based travels in the Galapagos . It was an adventure for the ages so our next couple posts will focus on what to do and see in each of the islands we visited, starting with touring Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Island is the most developed and widely-considered to be the “main” island in Galapagos, although it is not the largest island. It’s main city of Puerto Ayora is 12,000 people strong and features a lively food and drink scene as well as lots of access to the outdoor adventures that brought you to the Galapagos in the first place.

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RTW Update #2 – A Month in Ecuador

Thea wearing her Marmot Jacket Hiking at Cotopaxi

We are 3 months into our 14 month trip around the world and a ton has happened since we started. We began our trip by volunteering in Puerto Rico and then spent about a month in wonderful Ecuador, the country that truly has it all. From Pacific coastline to snow-capped volcanoes, the living laboratory of the Galapagos Islands, cosmopolitan cities like Cuenca, and the Amazon rainforest, there’s something for everyone in Ecuador.

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The Ultimate Guide to Land Based Travel In The Galapagos Islands

Cruise Boat Docked off Darwin's Cove

Few destinations stimulate as much wonder and have inspired as many scientific pursuits as the Galapagos Islands. A multi-island archipelago in the Pacific Ocean 906km from Ecuador’s coastline, the Galapagos are where British scientist Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution and are now one of the world’s largest marine national park systems.

Given their remoteness and one of a kind natural offerings, the Galapagos are hardly known as a budget travel location, but we have managed to spend almost 3 weeks on different islands without doing a cruise, nor a completely organized tour. Read on for our guide to DIY, land based travel in the Galapagos Islands.   Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide to Land Based Travel In The Galapagos Islands”

The Top 5 Things we Loved About Puerto Rico (And Some We Didn’t)

Old San Juan Puerto Rico

It’s not adios Puerto Rico, only hasta luego. We spent a wonderful 3 weeks in the Caribbean island state and we’ll be sure to come back. From crystal clear waters, to endless white sand beaches, scenic stretches of mountains and coastline, beautiful people, and picturesque towns, Puerto Rico is a worthy destination for any traveller seeking endless summer. As easy as it would be to stay in Puerto Rico, hurricane season is approaching and we’ve got a lot left of places on our bucket list left so see, so we had to reluctantly leave the island behind.

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Birding in Mindo

Cock of the Rock at San Tadeo Birding

Ecuador is for the birds. The relatively small country holds about 16% of the world’s bird species, so if you’re a bird nerd like us, you’ll enjoy the heck out of Ecuador.  And while you can spend thousands on a pre-arranged tour, it is easy enough to do DIY birding which makes it an affordable location. One of the best places in Ecuador to go birding is Mindo’s cloud forest.

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Volunteering With All Hands and Hearts

Zentravellers on a roof in Puerto Rico with All Hands

We just finished two weeks volunteering with All Hands and Hearts in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and it was an incredible experience. We met so many amazing people and helped make close to a dozen homes safer and more resilient to future threats from hurricanes. We even  got to help clear away rubble for a new community garden! People often ask us what we have been doing since we arrived here, so let us walk you through a day in the life of an All Hands volunteer.

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