The Galápagos on Your Bucket List? What You Need to Know to Go

The Galápagos Islands had long been on our bucket list. 

Finally tuition-free when our youngest graduated from college, we treated ourselves to the adventure of a lifetime.

Here’s what we learned about how to get there, what to pack, what to expect and how to prepare for one of the most fascinating… CONTINUE READING >>

The Galápagos Islands had long been on our bucket list. 

Finally tuition-free when our youngest graduated from college, we treated ourselves to the adventure of a lifetime.

Here’s what we learned about how to get there, what to pack, what to expect and how to prepare for one of the most fascinating… CONTINUE READING >>

The Key to Quito, Ecuador

What we THOUGHT was going to be a simple stopover on our way to The Galapagos Islands, turned out to be a gem of Colonial American history.

Quito’s Colonial Center is perhaps the largest and best preserved historic center in the Americas, and was the first New World city to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

And don’t get us started on the gigantic, winged Virgin Mary… CONTINUE READING >>

What we THOUGHT was going to be a simple stopover on our way to The Galapagos Islands, turned out to be a gem of Colonial American history.

Quito’s Colonial Center is perhaps the largest and best preserved historic center in the Americas, and was the first New World city to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

And don’t get us started on the gigantic, winged Virgin Mary… CONTINUE READING >>

Do People Live in the Galapagos Islands?

So do they? We get asked this a lot, actually.

Truth is, we didn’t know until we got there.

Say Galapagos and what pops to mind? For us, no doubt as for many folks, it was the image of giant tortoises.

They may well be the most famous attraction of these islands, but… CONTINUE READING >>

So do they? We get asked this a lot, actually.

Truth is, we didn’t know until we got there.

Say Galapagos and what pops to mind? For us, no doubt as for many folks, it was the image of giant tortoises.

They may well be the most famous attraction of these islands, but… CONTINUE READING >>

Getting Centered at the Equator in Ecuador (or Our Journey to the Center of the Earth)


Just outside of Quito, Ecuador lies the exact midway point between the North and South poles and, being of reasonably sound minds, we had to see it.

Seriously, when do you get the chance to stand on  Latitude 00° 00′ 00”?

We did some wacky things there, but only one of us got a certificate for the wackiest thing of all… CONTINUE READING >>


Just outside of Quito, Ecuador lies the exact midway point between the North and South poles and, being of reasonably sound minds, we had to see it.

Seriously, when do you get the chance to stand on  Latitude 00° 00′ 00”?

We did some wacky things there, but only one of us got a certificate for the wackiest thing of all… CONTINUE READING >>

5 Things Not to Miss in The Galapagos Islands


The Blue-footed Booby

“Weird” birds & giant tortoises, playful sea lions & active volcanoes – here are the top 5, not to miss, incredible experiences in the Galapagos Islands!… CONTINUE READING >>


The Blue-footed Booby

“Weird” birds & giant tortoises, playful sea lions & active volcanoes – here are the top 5, not to miss, incredible experiences in the Galapagos Islands!… CONTINUE READING >>

Sea Lions are so Funny on Land!


Of all of the fabulous animals in The Galapagos Islands, the one that made it hardest to obey the strict always-stay-six-feet-away-from-the-animals rule… See more of our favorite things in the Galapagos! >>


Of all of the fabulous animals in The Galapagos Islands, the one that made it hardest to obey the strict always-stay-six-feet-away-from-the-animals rule… See more of our favorite things in the Galapagos! >>

Picture This: Underwater Galapagos

Half the awe and fun of The Galapagos Islands is underwater. The sea creatures are just as unafraid of humans as their counterparts on land.

You will get up close. It’s a good idea to learn to swim backwards before you go!

Join us as we snorkel with sea lions, marine iguanas, turtles, spotted eagle rays, penguins, and much, much more! … CONTINUE READING >> 

Half the awe and fun of The Galapagos Islands is underwater. The sea creatures are just as unafraid of humans as their counterparts on land.

You will get up close. It’s a good idea to learn to swim backwards before you go!

Join us as we snorkel with sea lions, marine iguanas, turtles, spotted eagle rays, penguins, and much, much more! … CONTINUE READING >> 

David Shows You Around Underwater Galapagos!


David introduces you to frolicking sea lions, swimming marine iguanas, graceful turtles,  and super-fast penguins, and a host of characters!  See our entire underwater adventure here! >>


David introduces you to frolicking sea lions, swimming marine iguanas, graceful turtles,  and super-fast penguins, and a host of characters!  See our entire underwater adventure here! >>

The Giant Tortoise Breeding Center of The Galápagos Islands

In this strange land of strange animals, none is more iconic than the Galápagos Giant Tortoise.

Growing to over six feet long and eight hundred pounds, these are the biggest tortoises on the planet and one of the largest reptiles.

No Galápagos visit would be complete without these mammoth reptiles and the amazing Breeding Center that is giving these magnificent creatures newCONTINUE READING >>

In this strange land of strange animals, none is more iconic than the Galápagos Giant Tortoise.

Growing to over six feet long and eight hundred pounds, these are the biggest tortoises on the planet and one of the largest reptiles.

No Galápagos visit would be complete without these mammoth reptiles and the amazing Breeding Center that is giving these magnificent creatures newCONTINUE READING >>

Bucket List Alert: A Week in The Galápagos Islands

We’re asked about our favorite places quite often and The Galápagos Islands are always part of the conversation. There’s nowhere like it on Earth – we frolicked with sea lions, were blown away by Giant Tortoises, swam with iguanas and sea turtles (half the fun is underwater!) and hiked up to a live volcano!

And that’s just for starters. Here’s our journey… CONTINUE READING >> 

We’re asked about our favorite places quite often and The Galápagos Islands are always part of the conversation. There’s nowhere like it on Earth – we frolicked with sea lions, were blown away by Giant Tortoises, swam with iguanas and sea turtles (half the fun is underwater!) and hiked up to a live volcano!

And that’s just for starters. Here’s our journey… CONTINUE READING >> 

Snorkeling with a Sea Lion in The Galápagos!


One of the coolest moments of our lives – were treated to several minutes of frolicking with an extremely playful sea lion! See ALL of our Galápagos sea lion footage (they are so funny on land!): GO!  >>


One of the coolest moments of our lives – were treated to several minutes of frolicking with an extremely playful sea lion! See ALL of our Galápagos sea lion footage (they are so funny on land!): GO!  >>

Guayaquil, The Pearl of the Pacific

Join your GypsyNesters in Guayaquil, Ecuador!

Discover the steep Cerro Santa Ana, a colorful, dynamic neighborhood of 444 steps with amazing sunset visits from the top.

Delight in the Parque de las Iguana where the reptiles were so thick that we had to be careful not to step on them.

And stroll the beautiful, romantic riverwalk – the Malecón… CONTINUE READING >>

Join your GypsyNesters in Guayaquil, Ecuador!

Discover the steep Cerro Santa Ana, a colorful, dynamic neighborhood of 444 steps with amazing sunset visits from the top.

Delight in the Parque de las Iguana where the reptiles were so thick that we had to be careful not to step on them.

And stroll the beautiful, romantic riverwalk – the Malecón… CONTINUE READING >>

How The Galápagos Made Birders Out of Us

A trip to The Galápagos Islands is guaranteed to make a birder out of anyone. The sheer numbers, and just plain strange features that isolation has brought upon these fabulous creatures would have been enough for us.

Couple this with fact that we spent more effort backing away from them than trying to spot them – these birds have absolutely zero fear of humans – and we were… CONTINUE READING >> 

A trip to The Galápagos Islands is guaranteed to make a birder out of anyone. The sheer numbers, and just plain strange features that isolation has brought upon these fabulous creatures would have been enough for us.

Couple this with fact that we spent more effort backing away from them than trying to spot them – these birds have absolutely zero fear of humans – and we were… CONTINUE READING >> 

Video – The “Bird Island” of The Galápagos


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Genovesa Island has been nicknamed “The Bird Island” and that moniker is certainly fitting. Considering the proliferation of the red-footed and Nazca varieties of boobies… CONTINUE READING >>


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Genovesa Island has been nicknamed “The Bird Island” and that moniker is certainly fitting. Considering the proliferation of the red-footed and Nazca varieties of boobies… CONTINUE READING >>

Seal-ing the Deal in the Galápagos (but these are sea LIONS)!

Of all of the fabulous animals in The Galápagos Islands, the one that made it hardest to obey the always-stay-six-feet-away-from-the-animals-rule were the sea lions.

Sea lions, or lobos del mar (wolves… CONTINUE READING >>

Of all of the fabulous animals in The Galápagos Islands, the one that made it hardest to obey the always-stay-six-feet-away-from-the-animals-rule were the sea lions.

Sea lions, or lobos del mar (wolves… CONTINUE READING >>

Quito, Ecuador in a Day!


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Enter a church completely coated in gold, see the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace, explore Quito’s unique food and take in a giant winged Virgin… CONTINUE READING >>


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Enter a church completely coated in gold, see the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace, explore Quito’s unique food and take in a giant winged Virgin… CONTINUE READING >>

The Galapagos, South America Live-Blog

Our South American live-blog continues with a week sailing in The Galápagos Islands!

We are absolutely IN LOVE with the animals here – unbelievably friendly and so fun to photograph. The terrain is wild and the snorkeling unforgettable (and we’ve got underwater video!).

Join our adventure aboard the Yolita II… CONTINUE READING >>

Our South American live-blog continues with a week sailing in The Galápagos Islands!

We are absolutely IN LOVE with the animals here – unbelievably friendly and so fun to photograph. The terrain is wild and the snorkeling unforgettable (and we’ve got underwater video!).

Join our adventure aboard the Yolita II… CONTINUE READING >>

Dispatch 1, South America Live-Blog

Join us in Ecuador! Follow us as we visit Le Panecillo, where the Incas worshiped the sun, with amazing views of the city of Quito from 9,843 feet.

Take a trip to the Equator (we’re feeling very centered), visit a church coated in gold, explore marketplaces.

And, of course, we’ll delve into the food and culture of Ecuador – GypsyNester style – on our way to The Galápagos… CONTINUE READING >>

Join us in Ecuador! Follow us as we visit Le Panecillo, where the Incas worshiped the sun, with amazing views of the city of Quito from 9,843 feet.

Take a trip to the Equator (we’re feeling very centered), visit a church coated in gold, explore marketplaces.

And, of course, we’ll delve into the food and culture of Ecuador – GypsyNester style – on our way to The Galápagos… CONTINUE READING >>

Getting Ready for South America

The time has come! You voted for it – now we’ll deliver! And we couldn’t be more excited!

We’re heading to South America and, starting June 1st, we’ll be live-blogging our journey through Ecuador, Peru, The Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Cusco and much, much more!

We want to be sure we cover EVERYTHING, so please be sure to leave a comment about what you are most interested in seeing on this trip!

Are you interested in the animals of The… CONTINUE READING >>

The time has come! You voted for it – now we’ll deliver! And we couldn’t be more excited!

We’re heading to South America and, starting June 1st, we’ll be live-blogging our journey through Ecuador, Peru, The Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Cusco and much, much more!

We want to be sure we cover EVERYTHING, so please be sure to leave a comment about what you are most interested in seeing on this trip!

Are you interested in the animals of The… CONTINUE READING >>

Your Goofy GypsyNesters Prepare for South America


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Check out how your goofy GypsyNesters are preparing for their journey! Starting June 1st, we’ll be live-blogging through Ecuador, Peru, The Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Cusco and… CONTINUE READING >>


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Check out how your goofy GypsyNesters are preparing for their journey! Starting June 1st, we’ll be live-blogging through Ecuador, Peru, The Galápagos Islands, Machu Picchu, Cusco and… CONTINUE READING >>