Archive for April, 2012

Galapagos to Quito and home

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

It’s Saturday, St. Paddy’s Day.  A few folks are wearing a bit of green, but since half my tour companions are Jewish it’s probably more of a coincidence with them than a conscious decision.   (Me, I lost track of the dates and wore my green yesterday.  Sigh.  Me sainted Irish mother is probably going tsk-tsk […]

Quito to the Galapagos

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Quito has a couple of distinctions.   At about 9200 feet elevation, it’s the highest capital city in the world.   It’s also the only capital city to be directly menaced by an active volcano.   Pinchincha, just off the western edge of the city, last erupted in 2006.   Although it basically just burped gas and spewed out […]

Cuzco to Quito

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Breakfast on Monday morning in the elegant Monasterio dining room included a five-star quality buffet array plus a bonus:  an equally elegant Spanish guitar player providing live accompaniment.    That’s a first! We’re off this morning to tour Cuzco, the capital of the ancient Incan Empire.   The place was actually settled more than 300 years before […]