I feel so incredibly lucky to have made this trip. Ecuador and Peru are beautiful with many interesting things to see. The Andes are spectacular and Machu Piccu is beyond words. I promise to figure out the picture thing when I get home. We have had great weather, the only rain we saw was going up to the highlands on Santa Cruz and that stopped before we got to the tortoise sanctuary. It is cloudy here in Lima, but warm, and the moisture feels good. Sometimes I like the freedom of traveling on my own, but this time have been very glad that Go Ahead, and esp our local tour guides, have handled so many of the arrangements. The naturalists in the Galapagos knew where to go to see things, we walked right next to nursing sea lions and marine iguanas. We saw many important cultural sites and learned about the history of the places we visited. I had many opportunities to interact with the local people, most were so friendly. A smile and buenos dias went far and a como se llama or como esta made a new friend. The food was good and plentiful. The bread was great every where and we had local butter from grass fed cows several times. I ate quinoa and sea bass, discovered banana chips and mantiquilla de mani (peanut butter). The Margaret Lawson group is a bunch of nice folks who all get along and look after each other. I've been lucky with the altitude, just a few minor symptoms. Other than some aches and pains from walking and climbing I have had no problems.
We flew to Lima today and will leave for home on an overnight flight tomorrow. I have had a wonderful time, but am ready to see my friends and family, sleep in my own bed and kiss my kitties. Kimberly and lance will be gone and that's hard to face, but like this fabulous trip I have many memories that will last a lifetime.
Roberto has arranged a group dinner in the hotel tonite. I think before that I will go out and look around. We are near the coast (saw surfers on the way here) and within walking distance of a central park.
Adios, South America, it's been a blast