Month: January 2018

January 20, 2018 Paul Groves

Today’s excursion was a visit to the Matetic Vineyard. This vineyard is unique because it uses no artificial fertilizers or pesticides in making the wines. They planted their grapes in such a manner as to maximize the natural layout of the land. They take advantage of the daily fog and low clouds to provide water…

January 20, 2018 Paul Groves

Today we visited the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. It is located atop a mountain where there are usually 300 days of clear weather per year and the air is super clean. It is owned and operated by a consortium of US and South American colleges/universities. We toured the facilities and treated us by opening and…

January 20, 2018 Paul Groves

We were both thankful for a couple of Sea Days after the long overland trip. It was great to sleep in my accustomed bed, not worry about drinking the water, and being able to sleep in a little! Ron went to the cooking demonstrations with our new guest chef from Peru. Ron picked up some…

January 20, 2018 Paul Groves

Next Morning we traveled by Bus back to the ship from Lima to General San Martin port. Before we left Lima, I wanted to mention that a very special person was due to arrive in Lima in two days: The Pope! Luckily, we were gone by the time he showed up. I believe that the…

January 20, 2018 Paul Groves

A 3:30 a.m. wakeup call started our busy day. We started with a quick 1 hour flight from Lima to Cuzco where we were met by our van drivers for the next leg of our journey. We drove 1-1/2 hours to Ollantaytambo to catch our ride on the train to Machu Picchu village. On the…

January 19, 2018 Paul Groves

Again it was an early day with a quick walk to the Darwin Research Center. Here we saw the process where Galápagos turtles are raised and released back to their islands. After this quick visit we re-boarded the bus for our final 45 minute journey to the Ferry and the Airport. We had two flights…

January 19, 2018 Paul Groves

We left the hotel at 6:00 am for our bus ride to the Ferry and another 2 hour ship ride to the island. There was a chef on board so we got a great breakfast on the way. About an hour into the trip, we also sailed around another island, Daphne Major (an extinct volcano),…

January 19, 2018 Paul Groves

After breakfast we were off to our next island, Isla Plaza. A quick(?) 45 minute bus ride took us back to the Ferry (we soon learned that all trips started at the ferry so we had several more of these bus rides to go). We boarded a boat for a 1-1/2 hour ride to the…

January 18, 2018 Paul Groves

The next morning we awoke in the city of Quayaquil, Ecuador. We didn’t spend any time there as we were off to the airport for our flight to the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. Our flight was 1-1/2 hours and we landed at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island. Other than the airport, there’s nothing on the island….

January 15, 2018 Paul Groves

Two days after exiting the Panama Canal, we arrived in Ecuador at the city of Manta. Manta is the largest seaport in Ecuador. It’s main industries are fishing (primarily tuna) an tuna canning. It was fun to watch the ships next to us unloading the tuna. A lot of this tuna is shipped to the…