Packing for a Galapagos cruise: The Essentials

The best way to see the Galapagos is on a cruise which takes in a few of the different islands in the area. There are different cruise options – luxury, mid or budget, but whichever cruise you decide to go for, there are a few essential items you will need. Seasick pills Even if you…

The Enchanted Isles: The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The dreamlike Enchanted Isles “Mantas!” Marianna, our guide, calls out excitedly, and with a flick of her yellow fins, she’s gone, diving down through the cold, clear water towards the dark shapes on the white sand at the bottom. We are snorkeling in the Galapagos Island during our 8 day cruise aboard the MV Samba,…

A Quick Note from Quito

Pastel coloured houses cling to the sides of the volcanic slopes. Stray dogs wander the narrow, cobble stoned streets. In the early mornings, before the clouds roll in, there is blue sky in the Plaza de Independencia,  or Plaza Grande, the heart of Quito’s Old Town, or Centro Historico. Shoe shine men with wrinkled, nut-brown complexions sit waiting…