Galapagos Part 1:   We saw many new faces at the Hacienda Tranquila. The first person we saw, the one who picked us up from the airport, was Geovanny. Geovanny was the lead organizer of activities at the Hacienda. He was from the Galapagos and, he and I quickly found out, we both had lived… Read More


  Adventure week   Quilotoa:   Our first destination during our adventure week was the Volcano Quilatoa. We stayed in a low-ceilinged hotel which had a nice lodge feel to it. The hotel sat on the outskirts of a small tourist town about ten acres in size.    Standing in the town it’s hard to… Read More


Tsachila Community:    The Tsachilas, recognizable by their red-dyed hair, live separated, agrarian lives. There is no main Tsachila villiage; the families who are part of the Tsachila community live on their own farms, separated by the jungle from other community members. Therefore, even though the Tsachila “villiage” we stayed at, BĂșa, was the largest… Read More