Dear Overseas Adventure Travellers – AWG 03 | 12 | 2014

Bienvenidos amigos… ( welcome friends !!! )

On behalf of Overseas Adventure Travel, I want to send you a huge welcome greeting before your arrival to my country… Ecuador.

I am Andres Cadena, your Trip Leader on your up coming trip to Galapagos – Ecuador Islands portion which is the second part of your Ultimate Galapagos Explorations & Ecuador’s Amazon Wilds and I hope to exceed all your expectations for this trip. I was born in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and you can have a look with more info at the About myself… link on top of this post. I’ve been part of the OAT Team in Ecuador since 2008. As your Trip Leader, I will be leading and coordinating your activities in the islands.

In the Amazon portion you will have an extra bonus with your local guide Jose Naranjo , he will join us to bring more information with another point of view becoming this visit more interesting with full of new discoveries. So get ready for the adventure, get ready for the best travel experience !!! Overseas Adventure Travel seeks out unusual experiences in places that are off the beaten track.

Specifically this ecuadorian tour has been carefully designed thinking on all the possible activities for you to discover: my county, my culture, my people and off course the unique wildlife and nature that Ecuador & Galapagos have.

We need from you some extra flexibility and a 100% positive attitude to have during this unique journey the best travel experience. Make sure to be opened and get prepared to leave your comfort zone. We never know what we’ll encounter, from airline delays to unpredictable weather, rough seas and sometimes very choppy waters as we sail at night from one island to the next one; but remember you come here to discover a fascinating new world!!! On the next pages, you’ll find information regarding How Galapagos looks like…,OAT Philosophy & Values…, Tips for Travel…, with a Recommended Packing List which gives you a detailed view of this new adventure that just started…


Photo blogging?

The Blog

Now that you’ve been snapping away, you’ll want to build your photographic following. has an excellent photo blogging community, which you can tap into by following these tips and tricks.

Tags, topics, and phloggers, oh my!

Tags work to connect your blog to the larger community, so you can see others who are writing, or photographing, the same subjects as you. By tagging your post as “Photography” or “Black and White,” your posts will be included in the respective Topic page so that other viewers can find your site. If you haven’t added tags to your posts before, you can learn how to do so here.

However, tags can be used for more than just bringing traffic to your site, but as a networking tool as well. As your photo blog grows, taking some time to look at other photo blogging sites can both help you to…

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Photo Blogging 101, Part 1

Some Photo help !

The Blog

Spring is in the air. With the weather warming up, now is a great time to get started on a photo blog. Creating a photo blog is a wonderful introduction to blogging on or an opportunity to refresh your current site. Ready to get started? You can sign up for a new blog right over here.

Getting started

Photo blogs, sometimes called phlogs, use pictures instead of words. While many photo bloggers choose a type of photo that they want to focus on, such as portraits, others use their photo blog to document their life’s events. Photo blogs come in a variety of styles, including those that focus on vacation photos or even snapshots of friends. With images, we can capture moments in our life in a way that sometimes words cannot.

When starting a photo blog, you’ll want to choose a theme with a wider content area…

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Galapagos M/Y GALAXY – MPG 05 | 12 Itinerary

May, 22 th – San Cristobal | Isla Lobos

After a 3-hour flight from Quito with a middle stop in Guayaquil finally we arrived in Puerto Baquerizo – San Cristobal

A short transfer to the pier and 30 minute- sail to Isla Lobos we started our visit with a Panga ride around the islet then going along the cost of San Cristobal.   Nice place where to see frigate birds, some blue-footed boobies and sea lions.

May, 23 th – Española

The highlight of our trip !! An early visit in the morning in Punta Suarez through a rocky trail where we saw lots o sea lions, swallow tailed-gulls, nazca boobies, blue footed boobies, Galapagos hawks and the unique albatross.  Incredible visit!

Next activity… deep water snorkel near by Gardner Islet, sea lions joined us in the water, playfull animals and very very curious ! We saw many Damsel fishes, King angel fishes, Sargent fishes and the endemic black-stripped Salema.

To finish with this wonderful journey, a wet landing in Gardner Bay… a huge conoly of sea lions and some time for your own… What do you discover there?

May, 24th, Floreana

Post Office Bay in the morning.   We started with a long panga ride around The Baroness view point looking for the most incredible and unique wildlife.   We saw lots of sea lions, some rays, marine turtles and Galapagos pinguins.   Then a wet landing in the Post Office bay where we walk along the beach approaching the mail box established on the Galapagos by Captain Colnett in the 18th century.

Remember the stories about pirates, whalers, Ecuadorians, Norwegians and the most interesting part… Germans ! Dr Rither, the Wittmer family, the Baroness and her lovers …

In the afternoon, the most spectacular snorkel in Devil’s Crown with colorful fishes, sea lions white tip reef sharks and much more!

In the afternoon wet landing on Punta Cormorant walking around to discover the wonders of Floreana.   Green sand beach with olivine cristals, some Darwin daisies, Scalesias, Galapagos Lantanas and to close with this daily adventure… on the south a white sand beach with sting rays and turtles!

May, 25th, Santa Fe + South Plazas

A journey observing Land Iguanas.   In the morning our first visit started with Santa Fe; a rocky trail with an incredible landscape where we saw lots of Opuntia Cactus.   Along the trail some Santa Fe Land Iguanas unique of this ecosystem that have been adapted to those extreme conditions.   Then snorkel with sea lions, sting rays and marine turtles.   Sailing time to South Plazas.

A dry landing on a rock pier where we discover on of the most important colonies of Galapagos Land Iguanas, unique specie in the Islands contrasting with a cactus forest and reddish, greenish Sesuvium.

May, 26th, Santa Cruz

Our last stop visiting the Charles Darwin Station…  Early departure to see the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises.  Three different species raised in captivity to restore the enormous populations that Galapagos used to have.   Time to take some pictures of Lonesome George, Diego and lots of Santa Cruz Tortoises.

Thank you ! A wonderful OAT Machu Picchu & Galapagos experience! May, 05 | 12

After an incredible discovery in Peru with Inca history and Machu Picchu ruins the next stop: Ecuador & Galapagos came to an end.   8 wonderful days together exploring this unique landscape.    Your interest and the unique place you visited made this a one of a kind trip.

Thanks for sharing with me feelings, photos, wildlife and more on the Galapagos…. fascinating destination for sure !!!

For some of you a dream came true, for others a unique place with extraordinary life… For me a new possibility to show you the place I call home and gives me the change to be the connection between you and this.

I hope that this OAT – Machu Picchu & Galapagos experience exceeded your expectations and you tell soon your family and friends how it was…


Andres your Galapagos Naturalist