Days 11-13: The End of an Era-caudor

I’ve said this in every blog post, but we’ve lived a million lifetimes in Ecuador. At the very least, we’ve lived three different lives: the city, the rainforest, and finally, the coast. Day 11 was the kickoff to our final leg of our Ecuadorian country tour. After the unexpected mudslide caused us to miss our…

Leaving Home for Home

Somehow, we’ve reached the end of our two weeks in Ecuador. But not quite, either. You’ll have to stay until the end to see what I mean by that… Our last full day in Ecuador began with us taking a boat bright and early to Isla de la Plata. It was an hour there and…

Maybe We Should Just Stay in Ecuador

Our adventure to the coast was a long one, but I’d do it over again in order to see this side of the country. For the majority of the trip, I would wake up without any idea of what our activities for the next day would be. We switched pace a little bit at the…

My First Time Seeing Blue-Footed Boobies

I have never seen as many unique species as I did yesterday during our trip to Isla de la Plata. Our day started with an exciting boat ride from the town of Puerto López to the Plata Island. If you are someone who gets seasick, this boat ride would have been the bane of your…

Ecuador Wants Us Back

On our second to last day studying abroad, we had the opportunity to indulge in one of my favorite activities: snorkeling. We took out a boat to Isla de la Plata. It was roughly an hour and a half to reach our destination. During our bumpy ride, we were lucky enough to meet some friends…

Only in Ecuador

Yesterday we went to the beautiful Isla de la Plata part of Machalilla National Park. Isla de la Plata is often called “The Poor Man’s Galapagos”. Isla de la Plata received its name meaning “Island of Silver” from the booby poop that covers the island. In the moonlight the white poop shimmers a silver hue…

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…

Times 3

Three is an important number in my life. I’m a triplet where I am one of 3, important dates in my life have the number 3, my sports jerseys always had the number 3, etc. As crazy as it sounds, the 3 in “Plus 3” is what initially caught my eye about this program. Given…

A Whole New World

Skip told us that we’d be seeing three vastly different landscapes. First was the Andes and Quito, the second was the Amazon and Iyarina, and the third would be the pacific coast. It was a great way to wind down after the breakneck speed of the first two legs of the trip. We spent our…

Saying Goodbye to Ecuador

In our final days of the Plus3 Ecuador trip, we were finally given some time to relax…well compared to the rest of the trip’s activities, at least. I wouldn’t exactly call our days on the west coast relaxing by most standards, but after how crazy this whole trip has been, it definitely felt like a…

Last Ecuadorian Adventures :(

As we counted down to the final days of our trip in Ecuador, we visited the island of Isla de la Plata. This journey began by waking up early to catch our boat, which would be an hour ride across the Pacific Ocean. Isla de la Plata is an un-inhabited island, due to the lack…

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…

Three Worlds, One Day

Waking up in the Amazon became very usual for us. The sounds of insects buzzing, birds singing and making various sounds, and the moist leaves throughout the lodge. This is exactly the scenario that happened 24 hours ago, but we did not realizenot a realize the diversity we would go through in one day. After…

Waadequï, I’m Thankful for Many Things

The past couple days have been relatively chill, but maybe I define “chill” differently now. When we got back from the Gomaton tribe, we spent the next two days working on our final projects before heading to coast. My group decided to take all of our new knowledge on the chocolate industry and create our…

The Power of a Community

The people across Ecuador have blown me away. We have had a really unique opportunity to be able to stay in all three regions of the country and to meet tons of people along the way. We started our trip by seeing large family gatherings in Quito for Mother’s Day. When we relocated to the…

My First Missed Flight

These past 24 hours have been a whirlwind of events. We went from the Iyarina Lodge (Andes and Amazon Field School) to Las Tunas a town on the Western coast of Ecuador. This change in setting was supposed to be an easy trip. Just a 4 hour bus-ride to the Quito airport around a 45…

Moving Through the Mud

There’s never a dull moment in Ecuador, and the last few days proved that. We were out of the headwaters of the Amazon, back at Tod’s lodge. A few other biologists came to set up some equipment, but it was just us there. We spent two days there after returning from the Waorani, and we…

Mudslides & Advanced Yoga

Hello from Las Tunas! We’ve officially left the lodge in Iyarina where we spent many nights, and we’ve ventured out of the Amazon and to the West Coast! For the last few days in Ecuador, we’ll be staying in a beach house fifty feet from the sand with soft beaches and fruit smoothies. We’ve got…

Mudslides are Real!

Yesterday, May 17, we left the Amazon and headed to the airport four hours away to catch a flight to the west coast of Ecuador. These last few days at the coast were meant to be a nice way to relax after all the intensity that the Amazon had to offer, it was supposed to…

Mom…we drove into a mudslide!

After leaving Tod’s Lodge, we hopped on the road to the airport for our in-country flight from Quito to Manta. We were about halfway through the 4-hour bus ride when we suddenly came to a halt. This arbitrary stop lasted for a few minutes before we all began to wonder, “what is going on?” Because…