Near Isla Isabela, The Galapagos

Today is the day. Late this afternoon, the Instituto Geografico Militar (IGM) and I are holding an event to launch the publication of Ecuador Por Mis Ojos. This book of photography takes the reader from the highest point in Ecuador, Chimborazo, to the Amazon Basin in the east and to the wide beaches of the west coast. The final pages end at sea level and highlight the beauty of the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador Por Mis Ojos is not available for sale but will be gifted to many of the people who have made our time here in Ecuador an absolute joy. But its publication has spurred me to search for publication options in the United States and to make my photography available in a different format other than online.

And there is a bright side – IGM is planning on sharing an online version of Ecuador Por Mis Ojos sometime soon!

If you are interested in seeing an exposition of 12 of the photos, in large format, and you live in Quito, the IGM will have the photos on display in the Sala de Exposición in the Planetarium. The exposition begins tomorrow, Friday, August 5th and runs for two weeks.

The Sala de Exposition also offers an excellent view of Quito and Rucu Pichincha. It is a great place to go to capture photos of this beautiful city.

Photos in the Exhibition

In the meantime, here are the 12 photos that will be on exhibition. Click on any one to view in a slideshow:

Info about the Planetarium

      Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 8:30am until 12:30pm and 1:30pm until 3:30pm
      Address: Seniergues 676 y Gral. Telmo Páz y Miño (El dorado), Quito
      Telephone: (593) 3975171 Ext: 3401
Street Corner in San Marcos

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Early Morning

With two visits to San Jorge de Milpe under my belt, it is time for me to share this hidden treasure of West Slope of the Ecuadorian Andes. If you like the outdoors, this is a lodge you will want to add to your bucket list. Green-crowned BrilliantsNaturalists who love a little bit of everything will find this the perfect location for adventure, even if traveling without a guide. There are beautiful birds that show up to the feeders, hiking trails through lush sub-tropical forests, pools and cascades in shady groves, and benches tucked into hidden corners for those that just want to sit and watch the world go by. Read More

Next Steps

Many of my dedicated readers will remember that I am not living permanently in Ecuador. Our assignment was for three years and the end is in sight. I am sad because leaving Ecuador and all it has to offer will be incredibly hard. And I am happy because new adventure is my middle name. I get itchy feet if we don’t move every so often. And I am looking forward to the next steps.

Variable Hawk PostcardThis news might make many of you wonder what will happen to the Ecuador part of Not Your Average American? I have good news. I have enough content to continuing writing about Ecuador, its lovely people, its stunning places, its beautiful cultures, for at least a year after we leave.
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Barn in Cholila, Argentina

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Take a tour on the Rio Guayas

Built in the year for which it is named, the Malecon 2000 is a modern urban park that attracts hundreds of Guayaquileños each day.

The word malecón means boardwalk or pier in English. Many coastal or river cities in Ecuador have a malecón. But when Guayaquil decided to extend the already existing Malecón Simon Bolívar by 2.5 kilometers at the turn of the century, they built a boardwalk that would stand the test of time. The extension included gardens, museums, fountains, and a commercial center with bars and restaurants. Sixteen years later and the “new” Malecón is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.

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Fishing Boat, Puerto Lopez

After being awoken by massive shaking last night, today seems as a good a day as any to let the world know what is going on in “post” earthquake Ecuador. Last night’s 6.7 earthquake was close enough to the epicenter of last month’s 7.8 that it might be considered an aftershock. And though last night’s earthquake was shocking after days of calm, headlines like this one one at CBS News, “Ecuadorians Panic as New Quake Hits Devastated Coast” are not helpful for a couple of reasons.
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Giant Galapagos Tortoise

A tortoise hatchery sounds like a pretty scientific place where you might expect to see cages, enclosures, incubation rooms, and a sterile lab or two. The Galapaguera at San Cristobal will come as quite a surprise.

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Playing Train ConductorThe Nariz del Diablo train ride provides an excellent opportunity to view some of the amazingly beautiful and mountainous landscape of Ecuador. It’s also a great chance for kids to learn a little history while playing conductor. All in all, it is a great trip for families.

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Gauchito Antonio Gil, The Argentine Robin Hood

It was only when we left the big city of Buenos Aires and embarked on a road trip through Southern Argentina that we learned about the Argentine Robin Hood. But the process of learning was a slow one that came step by step along our trail.
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