The Galapagos Islands: An Archipelago Like No Other on Earth

Eclipse Yacht, AdventureSmith Explorations, Photo by PointsandTravel.com About half the size of New Jersey, you may ask yourself why, according to geographical size, there are more unique species in the Galapagos Islands than any other place on earth? As you make your way to the Galapagos Islands via the Eclipse yacht booked by AdventureSmith Explorations, you will find that there are clues hidden

2018-01-01T10:31:27+00:00

The Galapagos Islands – Birds of a Feather

The Galapagos Islands Galapagos Finches The Galapagos Islands are famous world-wide for the endemic Galapagos animals, in particularly, their fascinating birds of origin, many found nowhere else in the world! I was enamored by the variety of birds I saw on this trip booked through AdventureSmith Explorations, a small, intimate tour booking company that handles luxury accommodations on small ship expedition cruises, as

2018-01-01T10:36:37+00:00

Galapagos Islands – Here I come again!

I wanted to let you guys know about some exciting news in my upcoming travels… I will be returning to a place that is near and dear to my heart this month, in fact, I leave in just a few days. I am thrilled to announce that I am returning to the Galapagos Islands. I went last year and I cannot tell you what an

2017-12-31T22:35:34+00:00

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to visit in the world?” I have rounded up

2017-07-24T10:21:51+00:00

Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa

By Cacinda Maloney Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa Maybe it is just an urban legend to spook tourist from visiting this tiny island in the center of Galapagos, far out in the Pacific Ocean. But from the look in the deckhand’s eyes, it was as real as if he saw her himself. The way

2017-07-10T18:28:45+00:00

Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos

  Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos By Cacinda Maloney Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos  - Literally hundreds of stories start and end right here at the Galapagos Post Office. Written by those who have experienced the Galapagos Islands, there is a tiny spot on Floreana Island, where since the 19th century, whalers have kept a wooden barrel for mail at Post Office Bay. This

2017-07-10T18:29:26+00:00

Balsa Surf Camp in Montañita, Ecuador

By Cacinda Maloney Tropical Flower at Balsa Surf Camp, Montañita, Ecuador Tropical Flower at Balsa Surf Camp, Montañita, Ecuador So here I am, expecting a "hidden treasure"  with "perfect waves" and "golden sand" and a "tropical paradise", taken directly from wiki.  I don't know who writes this wiki stuff, but we have different ideas about what paradise is!! Road to

2018-01-27T22:05:02+00:00

Out of my Comfort Zone: Montañita, Ecuador

I not only like to travel, but I love to travel. So imagine my surprise when even for me, I end up out of my comfort zone! Where on earth could this be? It happened to be Montañita, Ecuador.It was just one of those places that make me feel a little uneasy. Montañita is a little beachside town about one hour's drive outside of Guayaquil in

2018-02-18T07:53:17+00:00

Cultural Tourism in a City Upon a Hill: Quito, Ecuador

Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Cultural Tourism Cultural Tourism: Quito, Ecuador Ecuador Turismo Ecuador’s cultural attractions are beginning to get more attention these days than its pristine Galapagos Islands. They are well know for a segment of tourism known as Natural Tourism and do a great job at sustainable tourism as well. But it is hight time for this country to continue

2017-07-10T18:31:07+00:00

Graffiti #2

By Cacinda Maloney Something about graffiti always catches my eye.  I usually photograph it in almost every city I go to.  Here is Graffiti #1 post and I am sure there will be many more to follow.  Which is your favorite? Train station in Italy Cuenca, Ecuador   Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain

2017-07-10T18:32:18+00:00

Ahh! The Foods of Cuenca, Ecuador

By Cacinda Maloney This post is the #4 post in a series of posts regarding taking a trip to Ecuador: Post #1:  Cuenca, Ecuador:  Stepping Back in Time Post #2: Chordeleg:  A Day Trip from Cuenca Post #3: The Markets in Cuenca, Ecuador Post #4:  Ahh! The Foods of Cuenca, Ecuador We had gotten a lot of recommendations for places to eat in Cuenca.  Everything

2017-07-10T18:32:44+00:00

The Markets in Cuenca, Ecuador

Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney The Markets in Ecuador Indigenous Markets Ecuador is famous for its colorful indigenous markets. The most famous of them is in Otavalo, northwest of Quito. There are many indigenous markets in Ecuador, but Otavalo is the most well known for international visitors. Cuenca, on the other hand, has lesser known, but more local markets spread throughout the city. Map of

2017-07-10T18:33:42+00:00

Cuenca, Ecuador: Stepping Back in Time

  By Cacinda Maloney This post is the #1 post in a series of posts regarding taking a trip to Ecuador: Post #1:  Cuenca, Ecuador:  Stepping Back in Time Post #2: Chordeleg:  A Day Trip from Cuenca Post #3: The Markets in Cuenca, Ecuador Post #4:  Ahh! The Foods of Cuenca, Ecuador Post #5:  Equestrian Countryside of Cuenca Post #6:  Quito: A Visit to the

2017-07-10T18:34:11+00:00

Chordeleg, Ecuador: A Day Trip from Cuenca

Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Chordeleg Guild Town There are many adorable small towns nestled in the hills of the Azuay province near Cuenca (the new hub for American retirees). The picturesque town of Chordeleg is one of them. Getting there was easy, the bus crested a hill and rolled down into a lush green valley. Down below there were terra-cotta roofed houses clustered around

2017-07-10T18:34:42+00:00

A Tribute: Sergio Castillo, a Chilean Sculptor

Sergio Castillo Sergio Castillo (13 May 1925 – 19 August 2010) You never really know who you will meet on your travels.  Looking at him, I never would have dreamed that he had created such a mass amount of great work that was stunning and thought provoking.  I loved the smoothness of his metal art pieces. The pieces were heavy, cool to the touch, and

2017-07-10T18:08:16+00:00

Graffiti #1

By Cacinda Maloney Graffiti (singular: graffito; the plural is used as a mass noun) is writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. I'm not sure what it is, but graffiti to me is interesting in non USA cities.  In the US, it seems so destructive and a violation of personal property.  But in other

2017-07-10T18:35:11+00:00

Quito, Ecuador: A Visit to the Middle of the World!

By Cacinda Maloney This post is the #6 post in a series of posts regarding taking a trip to Ecuador: Quito, Ecuador and Latitude 0 0’ 0” We hired a driver to take us from Quito to the volcano, the equator (with its museum) and the monument in "the center of the world".  In the photo below, we are being blown away by the winds,

2017-07-10T18:35:42+00:00

Lima, Peru: Still relatively an unknown, exotic city for most Americans to visit

By Cacinda Maloney Lima, Peru Mainstream guidebooks don’t do Lima justice.  It is a city that should be on every travelers list, known as the City of Kings, or “Los Cuidad de los Reyes”.  It extends outward from the rugged cliffs of the Pacific coastline with a mix of Spanish Colonial and the Peruvian Andes culture all rolled into one. The energy, as well as

2017-07-10T22:58:50+00:00
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