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In Old Quito, a World Heritage City

We have now returned to Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. We are here for four days in transition from the tropical Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands. Very glad to have time to do some laundry – our “Amaz...
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Leaving the Rainforest

It’s been five days and our group of Vancouver Aquarium explorers is leaving Sacha Lodge and heading back to Quito. I am writing this as we are in the big canoe, seated three across, headed up-river for Coca an...
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The Jungle and the Rain

It rained overnight, hard, and lots of it.  It sounded like the sky opened up on the thatched roofs of our cabins.  The rain was hard enough to drown out the racket caused by the millions of tropical insects, f...
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Sacha Lodge in the Heart of the Amazon

We arrived at Sacha Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin after a flight from Quito to the “frontier” town of Coca, and then a boat trip.  Coca is a hub for the oil exploration and production in the Ecuadori...
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Off to Ecuador

As some reading this note will know, the Vancouver Aquarium organizes at least one exploration trip to an interesting part of the world each year. We’ve been to the Antarctic and Canada’s Arctic in the past two...