|Gratuitous Quito 800m track photo. Ecuador has 1 Olympic gold medal. In speedwalking.|
|Won by this guy: Jefferson Perez, in Atlanta, in 1996.|
First, we arrived at the Galapagos airport 3+ hours before our flight. There was no-one at the Avianca check-in counters. Fine. We watched our 8-days'-new 24-hour-bonded boat-friends check in easily for their flights, but kept our luggage and waited with them in the food court. At 2 hours before the flight, there was still no one at the counters. In other news, oddly, more people in Ecuador know where Atlanta is than California. It's because their one and only Olympic Gold medal was won there. Deep breath, let go my shock at California not being well-known, I can get behind this.
|I made our Taxi driver stop so I could get this photo. GIANT TORTOISES!|
|Who doesn't want an Iguana photo?|
|One of many Galapagos Island otherworldly landscapes.|
|Did we rave about the ceviche, humitas, or empanadas? We should have (also the corn-nuts!)|
|Ecuadorian Dinghy Rules: Lifejacket if you are not carrying snorkeling gear. Otherwise, no lifejacket required.|
|Check out that Marine Iguana! (They swim!)|
|View from our balcony over the Galapagos...|
I tried to book us an AirBNB for Bogota for the next 2 nights, only to login and learn that we got a negative review from the last host we had because while we followed the instructions and left the keys under their doormat, the keys disappeared (also, apparently we were difficult because we expected the laundry facilities to actually, you know, work). We actually considered taking a picture of the keys under the mat because it seemed so sketchy to leave the keys as requested, but we didn't.
Also, after poking around at Bogota AirBNB options we decided we were too exhausted to deal with another super-authentic experience, so that is how we booked the next 2 nights on Starwood points.