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The Ecuador-Peru border was complete deserted. They had a nice wide highway going right through, but no vehicles what so ever. I was through the Ecuador side in just a few minutes, while the Peru side took a bit less than an hour.

I’ve learned that it seems the less Spanish you know the better at border crossings. You’re best bet is to show up completely clueless. Give a blank stare at any question. The border agents will always just shake their head and stamp away. You can do no wrong.

I made it to the small coastal town of Mancora to spend the night. Found a nice secure hostel pretty quickly and headed out to the beach and in to town.

I had dinner at a restaurant called Chan Chan. It was run by really nice lady named Liliana. She made me some of the best shish-kabobs. Damn she could cook.

We spoke at length and she volunteered to show me around the area a bit the next day. Sounds good to me.

This is a hairless Peruvian dog. Really weird to touch.

Met some bikers that night as well. The dude with the blue bandana and white shirt is from Peru just starting a South American loop. Does he look a bit stressed? The rest of the guys were from Ecuador giving him a big send off.

Mancora is a great little town. It’s also a big surf spot. They had waves that would come in at an angle so you could surf for the longest distance. Sorry no pictures of surfers. I just refuse to take them.

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The weather didn’t cooperate so I decided to make some miles toward Peru. All I have is a map I tore out of a tour pamphlet and no tour guide. So I’m traveling blind.

Occasionally the clouds and fog lifted and you could see how mountainous Ecuador is. Also, went through a lot of towns consisting only of Indians.

I made it all the way to Cuenca. I was hoping to find a hotel somewhere along the main highway, but no luck. So I stopped a cab driver and asked about a hotel. He just shook his head and shrugged. How can a cab driver not know where a hotel is? Right than a man walked up to me and asked how he could help. He got on his cell phone and made a call. Than he told me to follow him, and he took me to the nicest hostel just a few blocks away. Tried to give him a few bucks, but he refused. He was just glad to make my acquaintance. Ecuadorean people are simply the best. What a cool thing to do.

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Finally on our last day on the islands they take us to some nice white sandy beaches.

Sea turtle tracks:

Flamingos:

We met a few really cool people on board the ship. Here are two European tour guides on vacation. One’s a Kiwi and the other an Aussie.

It was good to do something different. I think I’ve seen enough iguana’s for a lifetime, but it was great to step back in time. This is a must trip for animal and nature lovers.

Now its back to the road.

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Today we visited the Darwin Research Center and Museum. Here they had iguana and sea turtle breeding programs.

This is Lonesome George. The last land turtle of his kind found by himself on an island. He’s roughly 150 years old. They are now trying to bring his species back by having him mate with Georgina and Georgette. Not the same species, but they figure close enough.

More turtles:

Yawn or attack gesture?

Here’s some size perspective:

We’ve seen millions of iguanas. Now why they need a breeding program is beyond me.

Turtles in a more natural habitat. Out on some dude’s farm:

Two turtles getting it on:

Lava tunnels:


Less commentary. Just pics:

Blue footed bubis:

The sand on this island is red, because it was created underwater by a volcano and than pushed out of the water. Once the ground is exposed to air it turns red. Oxidation I think.

Only a week old:

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