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June 26, 2012

Ecuador Institute

By the Alpaca Dames and Llama Luis

If a picture paints a thousand words, then our experiences today would need at least a million.  After a breakfast surrounded by a tropical forest of flowers in a dining room decked out with hand-crafted woodwork and Ecuadorian colors, we set off.

We boarded our boat along with Machalilla National Park Ranger Limber and headed out to Isla de la Plata.  As our boat cut through the waves, it didn’t take long before we saw our first moment of “Wow,” as a humpback whale breached a mere 100 feet away.

 Humback breaching

Seventy or so minutes later, we arrived at the park where we were given a brief overview of the island’s trails and what we could expect to see.  After climbing 150 steps to reach the top of the island, we observed blue-footed boobies, along with other fauna, as well as a myriad…

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