The beginning of my Ecuadorian journey was a little tough for me. Colombia was the best! I had such a beautiful experience there, and I was really sad to leave. BUT! I had a mission, and needed to press on! I was, however, excited to visit the Galapagos islands!!
I think Ecuador is often overshadowed by it’s larger sister nations: Colombia and Peru. Many many people visit Peru for vacation, but actually, Ecuador has a lot to offer! The equator line was a fun side trip for me. They built a really nice park area there. The relaxing environment around Mt. Chimborazo was much needed, and Guayaquil is a pretty big, modern city.
The Galapagos were really up in the air for me. I had heard that they were VERY expensive to visit, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it this time. But after a little research, I found a pretty inexpensive flight. I didn’t book a hotel, so when I arrived I negotiated with a few hotels, and got a decent place. Did a few boat tours, scuba diving, and simply enjoyed the wildlife there. It was a once in a life time experience for me.