Olivia and I have been off the bikes since March 15. We got to Tumbaco and stayed at the Casa de Ciclista, the home of a local bike mechanic. Santiago has opened his home for the past 27 years to cycling tourists passing through Ecuador. We camped for free in his back yard and left our bikes in his garage so we could travel into Quito by bus.
Once in Quito we organized a trip to the Galapagos. We knew we had to go, this was the closest we would ever be with the time to do it.
The flight is about two hours from Quito due west. We arrived to the hot and barren landscape of Baltra island and took a short boat ride across a glistening blue channel to Santa Cruz. After a cab ride into Puerto Ayora, we were set to explore.
The next day we took a speedboat to Isabela Island. The Island was formed by five volcanoes, some of which are still active. There are five endemic species of giant tortoises on the island, separated from each other by the rocky lava.