Chingaza National Park hike

We were really pleased when Lee and Laura suggested a hike in Chingaza, one of Colombia’s National Parks within driving distance of Bogotá to the east. The night before we made some sandwiches to carry with us. It took a while to make our way out of the city because a lot of locals like…

Bogotá beginnings

Apart from ticking off the Galápagos Islands and Chilean Patagonia from our travel list the main reason we had come to South America was to catch up with our son Lee and his girlfriend Laura in her home city of Bogotá in Colombia. We arrived after dark and were met by Lee and Laura. From…

Galápagos cruise, day 5

Monday 15th January We awoke to a bell at 5:30 to find ourselves in a calm sheltered area next to Archipel 1. Most of our group embarked in the zodiacs for our final excursion to Bachas Beach. It was a wet landing! Once on the beach we dried our feet with small towels we had…

Galápagos cruise, day 4

Sunday 14th January Awoke about 6:30. Buffet breakfast at 7:00 included cereals, pancakes and fried eggs, toast and fruit. By 8:00 we had been transferred in the pangas to the shore for a walk up to see Darwin Lake initially before hiking further up to a viewpoint over the volcanic plain. Many dormant trees waiting…

Galápagos cruise, day 3

Saturday 13th January I wake about 4:30. It appears we have finished our navigation and we are in another bay. I drift in and out of sleep until Karen wakes. We rise about 6:50 in time for another delicious buffet breakfast. At 8:00 we board the pangas (zodiacs) and head off for our first activity.…

Galápagos cruise, day 2

Friday January 12th Woke up about 4:30 then drifted back in and out of slumber until about 5:55. We have a wonderful sunrise. There is even a yacht in the foreground of my photos. We have an early start at 6:00 because our allocated time at the Los Tintoreras area of the National Park is…