The Final Countdown

The last few days we got to explore the beautiful West Coast of Ecuador! On Thursday, we spent the whole day on Isla de la Plata. This is an island off of Ecuador that is known as the Baby Galapogos or The Silver Island. It’s called the Silver Island because all of the bird poop…

3 Worlds, 1 Insane Day

Over the last 24 hours we have gone from being in the Amazon Rainforest, trudging up the Andes Mountains, and swimming in the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast. We started late Monday night into Tuesday morning sitting around the fire at Tod’s Lodge in the Amazon. We shared countless stories with each other of…

Indigenous Birthday Bash

Over the past few days, we got a chance to get to know indigenous people from the Waorani Tribe. We arrived on Thursday by canoe on the Mushuni River, which took 3 hours! It wasn’t the most comfortable sitting in a rocking canoe, getting poured on by rain, or hitting every stick in the water,…

Hardcore Hiking

Imagine walking through the Amazon Forest and being told you have to trudge through a raging river. Yes, that happened today. We started our journey on a small path in the forest where we saw a cacao plant with the pods being eaten by a black disease. Nevertheless, it was so cool to see a…

A Rose’s Budding

Today we explored the beginnings of a rose’s life. We traveled to Casanto Maraya, which is a rose farm just outside Quito, Ecuador. The roses take about a year to grow large enough to sell the roses. Once they are big enough, they are sold mainly in Ecuador, the United States, and Europe. Each month…

Ecuador’s Rich Religion- Day 1

This was the first full day in Ecuador! What an amazing and beautiful country. We begin our travels in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Soon we will venture deep into the Amazon Rainforest and then after travel to the West Coast and relax on the beach. We’re staying in downtown Quito at a beautiful hotel…

Ben’s Blogging Beginning

Thank you for checking out my blog! My name is Ben Glasl, and I am from Brockway, Pennsylvania which is about 2 hours northeast from Pitt. I am wrapping up my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh studying Finance and Accounting. When I’m not in the classroom, most of my time is spent outdoors…