Another place on my bucket list and the first real time in South America (other than Chile in transit to Antarctica). The trip consisted of three days in the capital Quito, followed by five days in the Cloud forest of Mindo and then fourteen days on a boat around Galapagos.

Quito is a beautiful city and it was a nice place to acclimatise to the altitude before going up to the cloud forest near Mindo. The cloud forest is really all about birds and this was my first chance to photograph hummingbirds and hopefully to see the elusive Andean Cock-of-the-rock.

The Galapagos was all about reptiles with a few birds and mammals. The whole trip, four weeks, was extremely enjoyable and very sociable. On the boat, Tip Top II we meet some great people and had a really great time. Thanks to all my new friends for being so patient!

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