Tag: South America

Shutterbug Saturday: Return to Quito II (Ecuador finale)

Wow! Can you believe it?

Since I came back from Ecuador in January, I have been posting some snapshots from my vacation every Saturday. Eleven months later, I finally finish at the city where I started out in the first time I’ve been outside of the country.

This was at the Hotel Gangotena still. It was such a great place with nice rooms and great food. Yes, that is a food pic that says “happy birthday” in Spanish. It was for my sister since it was her birthday on that day.

Thanks for checking out my Ecuador photos over the past several months and for checking out my Autumn Peal blog!



Shutterbug Saturday: Return to Quito

Thanks for sticking through 16 straight weeks of Galapagos Island pictures. This is the part of the vacation where we went back to Quito.

It felt nice being back in that city after we took 2 flights from the Galapagos to Guayaquil, then back to Ecuador’s capital and 2nd largest city. We actually had these trips on my sister’s birthday at that time.

On our return to Quito, we stayed at the Hotel Gangotena which was phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve even been in a hotel this nice before.


Shutterbug Saturday: Galapagos Islands XVI

This was when we were leaving the Galapagos Islands. We got a ferry and went back to the airport as we were going back to Guayaquil. At the airport, there was the Panama Hat shop. Did you know that Panama Hats originally came from Ecuador and not Panama? Also, I took a few airplane shots as we left the island.


Shutterbug Saturday: Galapagos Islands part XV

More Galapagos pictures!

We were finishing up the tour in the coffee plantation at the Galapagos Islands. I actually tried some of the coffee and it was quite good. I wish they could export some to America, but it’s whatever.


Shutterbug Saturday: Galapagos Islands part XIV

This was part of our last day at the Galapagos. We were taking a tour where we were at a coffee and cocoa plantation in the islands.

We saw where Ecuador’s coffee and chocolate comes from while also checking out methods to grind coffee and cocoa beans. Some other tourists joined us like Felipe (the guy with the black shirt and cap), who’s family came from Brazil to visit Ecuador.


Shutterbug Saturday: Galapagos Islands part XIII

I just keep on coming up with pictures from my Galapagos trip. Is that necessarily a bad thing?

Of course not!

Here are some photos from more of the oceanside, some birds, and more mosaic sculptures.



Shutterbug Saturday: Galapagos Islands part XII

More Galapagos pictures coming at ya!

Outside of the hotel where my family and I stayed, there was a mosaic garden within walking distance. There were some great designs from the artists there. Okay, I do admit the turtle shell looked like the X-Men logo, but that’s besides the point. The garden also lead to some oceanic scenery which was a nice touch.