Category: Ecuador

Animals Across the Globe

Earth day is fast approaching and during each trip we see many animals. The little critters we come across can be someone’s pet, a poor stray one, or an exotic creature that requires a second or third glance. The first photo is one of my favorites from our trip to Costa Rica. The bulging eyes just make me laugh. We came across this little guy during a raining and humid walk through a Costa Rican Rain Forest. Dividing the photos into countries and regions is challenges and of course, this is just a sample of what I have seen through my travels from North America, Central America, and South America; and the African continent. I hope you enjoy.

Central America & South America

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog

The Poison Dart Frog

Costa Rica has 8 known species of poison dart frogs or poison arrow frogs. We heard this misconception during our tour that if touch these frogs you will be poisoned and die. This little amphibians of Costa Rica do not carry enough toxin that is strong (poisonous enough) to penetrate unbroken skin. I do caution not risking picking them up if you think any tiny cuts. In addition, these frogs are small, fragile species. They are best left unhandled and viewed from a distance.

Hummingbird of Costa Rica

A Keel Billed Toucan

Iguana on A Bridge

Ecuador is a small South American country that is offers a paradise feel nearly the very near paradise feel and an amazingly relaxed culture expressed by the people. You can visit many historic churches, buildings, and heritage sites and cities. The animals I saw during my first trip here varied and this included bats, snakes, reptiles, and birds. I missed visiting the Galapagos Islands. This is not to be of a too much a concern as it offers me an excuse to return and see other parts of Quito and the country during my next visit.

A Bat in Ecuador or Perhaps Two (Hard to Tell)

Watch Out for the This Little Guy…

Llama in the Field in Ecuador

African 

Enjoying the Sun- A Lioness in Tanzania

Perhaps one of my favorite places to visit is Africa and this wonderful continent is on my backlist for a the next international trip soon. I just need to find the time and plan this next adventure. Love seeing the animals in their nature environments. Zoos are wonderful and offer the opportunity for those who may never be able to see the animals, but there is nothing like seeing the pride of lions, wildebeest, or a baby elephant with its mother at a watering hole. Go and explore this planet. 

Stork in Africa

Giraffes -Traffic Jam Not Often Seen

North America– The House-pet Review 

Enjoying the Morning in South Carolina

Little One Seems Sad

A Couple of Wild Critters in North America on Land and Sea

Humpback Whales

A Rabbit Enjoying an AM Snake

Kure Beach Pier—Don’t feed the birds!

I just realized that this could go on and on as I keep finding photos of animals. Seeing animal friends in photos gives me a different perspective of my travels. Until the next adventure and please do share your thoughts…. 

A final photo from India here. 

A Goat to the Slaughter

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Celebrate our Flying Friends

Happy National Bird Day!

January 5th marks the Avian Welfare Coalition’s campaign to celebrate  the flying creatures that share the world with us. I am adding some images of the birds seen throughout my travels to mark today’s celebration of birds in the wild.

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Crimson-collared Tanager in Costa Rica

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Black Guan in Costa Rica

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Swans on The Rhine River, Germany

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Kure Beach, North Carolina’s Pier—Don’t feed the birds!

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A Gaggle of Ostrich on the Serengeti, South Africa

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Fruit Bat in Ecuador

Hope you enjoyed….

 

The Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

We continued our exploration through Ecuador with a visit to the Middle of the World Monument or La Mitad del Mundo

The day was rather overcast and rainy, but still worth the drive and exploring the area. We did have to ask if this was truly the ‘real’ middle of the earth. There is nice small museum known as the Museo de Sitio Intiñan, which has a claim to fame that it is the actual true location of the Equator (confirmed by GPS). Either way, both sites off offer some good history of the local area.  You may find this article interesting as well….Click here 

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Middle of the World Monument

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Earth’s Midpoint– 0 degrees latitude, 0 minutes, 0 seconds

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Antisana Volcano–Shadowing The Valley

 

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Along The Napo River

During our trip to Ecuador, we stayed at the Casa del Suzio  along the Amazon Basin on the Napo River. Considering that this was our first trip Ecuador, we wanted to explore some of what this beautiful country offers while maintaining some communication to the outside world. Overall, the amenities at the lodge were very nice that included free wi-fi, a breakfast buffet with fresh food, and a huge pool. The restaurant offers good food as well. The wi-fi maybe free, but rather slow and very spotty. As more people used the service, the less likely one’s connection would be maintained.  The lodge overlooked the Napo River and transferring was via a 15-20 minute trip in a small canoe. A fun adventure, especially after a heavy rain.

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View of La Casa Del Suizo from Napo River

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Our Room

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View from Our Room

One of our favorite things to do during this trip was just to relax out on the deck taking  in the atmosphere, sounds, and views offered from this lodge high above the Napo River. The lush vegetation and wildlife was amazing.  This is especially enjoyable as no rooms have any TV’s and one can just enjoy the sounds of natural while reading their favorite novel.

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Cuy (Guinea Pig)

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Street Art in Quito