Galapagos Penguin

It's possible to see Galapagos Penguins on the Isla Isabella. They are the second smallest species of penguin in the world. Unfortunately, they are also the most endangered. A combination of predators (especially introduced animals like cats, dogs, and rats) and changing weather patterns like El Niño, threaten the species.

It’s possible to see Galapagos Penguins on the Isla Isabella. They are the second smallest species of penguin in the world. Unfortunately, they are also the most endangered. A combination of predators (especially introduced animals like cats, dogs, and rats) and changing weather patterns like El Niño, threaten the species.

Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve: More Than A Research Station

The Welcome Sign

The Welcome Sign


For those of you that are regular readers, you already know how much we love the Bellavista Reserve. It was one of our first trips in Ecuador. In fact, we hadn’t yet moved into our home but were still living in a hotel when the van from the Bellavista Lodge picked us up and transported us a meer 2 hours away into an environment so very different from the big city of Quito.

The problem with living in Ecuador is that we can’t afford to escape the city every weekend. Lodges like Bellavista, though beautiful and well-worth visiting, can add up and our budget just can’t handle it. That’s why I was thrilled to learn that we could stay at the Reserve’s Scientific Research Station for just $18.00 per person, per night. It’s not as nice as staying at the Lodge but for a family that is comfortable with tent camping, it’s a definite step in the right direction.

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