Santa Cruz Island, in the Galapagos, is home to the largest town in the archipelago Puerto Ayora which is the main Galapagos tourist hub.
Ecuador is the land of volcanoes with forty seven in total including the ones on the Galapagos. Twenty seven of these are potentially active. It sits across the equator covering a variety of landscapes from lush amazon jungle, the world famous Galapagos islands and Andean highlands. Here we will share our discoveries and adventures in this spectacular and proud land.
We crossed into Ecuador via the Rumichaca bridge from Colombia. Heading first for the town of Otavalo to do a spot of hiking. We did two really good hikes the first was the circuit of Laguna de Cuicocha and then a few days later we made it to the top of Fuya Fuya both spectacular volcanic landscapes. Then we moved on to Quito airport to begin our adventure on the Galapagos archipelago. Flying in to the island of San Cristobal. Then visiting the Islands of Isabela and Santa Cruz by fast boat.
“Ecuadorians are strange and unique beings. They sleep peacefully surrounded by roaring volcanoes, they live poor among incomparable riches and they become happy listening to sad music”
Alexander Von Humboldt
Now back on the mainland having had two wonderful weeks on the Galápagos Islands. We will be exploring the capital Quito and planning the exploration of the rest of Ecuador before we move south to cross the boarder into Peru.
Isabela Island is the largest of the Galápagos Islands and is distinctly shaped like a horseshoe. It is made up of no less than 5 young volcanoes fused together with some of them still being active with the most recent eruption on Sierra Negro being only in 2018.
San Cristóbal is the fifth largest and easternmost island of the Galapagos. It is comprised of three or four fused volcanoes, all extinct.
Laguna de Cuicocha is a volcanic crater lake on the outskirts of Otavalo in northern Ecuador. It’s an easy day hike using public transport so is an ideal hike for budget conscious backpackers.
Fuya Fuya means cloud cloud in Kichwa the local indigenous language of the Otavalos people. Legend says that the clouds are born here on it’s twin peaks
Otavalo is a town in the Andean highlands in the Imbabura province of northern Ecuador. It’s surrounded by volcanoes including and the most amazing landscape