Continuing our look at exploring the Galápagos economically, this post will take a look at a destination just outside of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz that makes for a wonderful excursion, and can even be an all-day adventure if you are up for it. This is an area that has several attractions; a nice hike, a pristine protected beach, plenty of wildlife, and a protected lagoon for swimming and snorkeling. All of this is found along a coastal area known collectively...

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After spending part of our morning enjoying the Ruta de la Tortuga, we continued to stroll around the Darwin Research Center in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. This is a working research lab so there are several buildings that are just for the scientists, as well as some areas where public lectures are given. Self-guided exhibits are available to learn about what goes on there, the indigenous plant life, the incredibly rich marine life, and more. We chose to...

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Our first full day in the Galápagos dawned a bit overcast, but a very comfortable 75 degrees F (24C). Our hosts at the Sueños provided us with a delicious breakfast of eggs, cheese, a slice of ham lunchmeat, fruit, granola, yogurt, papaya juice and coffee. Wonderful way to start the day! In keeping with our quest to enjoy the islands without spending a fortune, we filled up the hydration packs in our backpacks and set off for the short walk...

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We planned our trip to the Galápagos taking advantage of one of the tips I mentioned in the previous article about saving money and maximizing your time - we arranged to fly into the Seymour Airport on Isla Baltra, and back to the mainland from the airport on Isla San Cristobal. Isla Baltra is a small, rocky, and desolate little island, separated from the larger and more verdant Isla Santa Cruz by the narrow Itabaca Channel. Not that there are...

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For people around the world, a visit to the Galápagos Islands is a common “bucket list” destination. Unfortunately, visiting this unique but out-of-the-way spot can be a very expensive proposition. For example, a family of four visiting from North America may find that between airfare to Ecuador and then on to the Islands, entry fees, accommodations, tours, meals, etc., that the cost of a Galápagos trip can easily approach or even reach five figures, forcing it to remain a dream...

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Planning for retirement is not as simple as it used to be. In our parent’s day, it was often enough to consider just downsizing and moving to a warmer climate for your golden years. For our grandparents, it could have been as humble as outliving the mortgage and finally enjoying your home. This generation of retirees however faces an unusual challenge. With increased life expectancy and better geriatric care, people are healthier and more active into their 80's and even...

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I would like to start by thanking all of those readers who responded about my post 'Tis the Season. As you may imagine it was not an easy decision to make public such a personal post on depression. But after hearing from so many people who have similar problems and concerns but have been afraid to talk to anyone about it, I am glad that I posted it. Several of you have emailed or messaged me asking for an update,...

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By any rational criteria, I have a wonderful life. I'm married to a beautiful woman that I've only grown closer to over the last 10+ years. We have been fortunate enough to do a lot of travel and experience some wonderful places. We've hiked the Inca Trail to stand in Machu Picchu, and explored the Galápagos Islands. We have a lovely home in a great location with no mortgage, and we plan to start traveling more soon with the rental...

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For anyone who doubts that the web and social media is full of foreign exploiters, looking to influence the unwary, here is a tale for you - as well as an update for those who subscribe to this blog. I recently noticed a big uptick in the number of people registering on my site. Mostly after I changed the tool that handles new signups. I also noticed in my security reports, a lot of attempted logins to my administrator site....

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As some readers may already have seen in this blog, other articles, or in social media posts, after six wonderful years of living in Ecuador Rita and I decided to move on. Our beachfront condo in the resort city of Salinas has been sold. We have relocated our US property from West Virginia to Tennessee, a state with no income tax on retirement and a more forgiving and temperate climate, and are preparing for a new lifestyle starting in 2020....

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