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Galapagos 3 days open post liveaboard- seeking recommendations

Discussion in 'South America' started by texmaxdiver, Jun 7, 2021.

  1. texmaxdiver

    texmaxdiver Registered

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Austin TX
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    Hi everyone,
    We are going down to Galapagos in early August for a live aboard dive trip. We have 3 days after the boat returns to port before we fly out of Guayaquil early the morning of the 4th day.

    We will have already spent some time Guayaquil and San Cristobal on the way in, so we will get to explore that earlier in the trip.

    So, we have almost 3 full days to explore some of Ecuador, starting and returning to Guayaquil.

    I would really appreciate any advice on what we should do as a side trip. Open to more diving, mountains, rivers, overnights... Almost anything.
     
  2. Azbuceadora

    Azbuceadora Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Muscat
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    I lived in Ecuador for several years and am active on the TripAdvisor forums. Any diving after Galapagos is going to be a letdown. If you enjoy wildlife, there are a number of reserves in and around Guayaquil. To get to the Andes without sucking up too much time, I would suggest a 45 minute flight to Quito and environs, or a 4 hour bus ride to Cuenca (or hire a driver who could get you there more quickly). There are some wonderful areas to explore around there besides the city itself.
     
  3. texmaxdiver

    texmaxdiver Registered

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Austin TX
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    Thanks for the suggestions! So, maybe we strike diving off the list and just focus on land excursions. I'll look into Cuenca and try to find a driver. Is there a link to the forums you mention on Trip Advisor?
     
  4. Azbuceadora

    Azbuceadora Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Muscat
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    The main Ecuador forum Ecuador Forum, Travel Discussion for Ecuador - Tripadvisor And the Cuenca-specific forum Cuenca Forum, Travel Discussion for Cuenca, Ecuador - Tripadvisor

    Cuenca is a lovely city if you enjoy architecture and cultural sites. There is a workshop where you can watch Panama hats being made (yes, they are Ecuadorian in origin and not from Panama) and sold. I also enjoy the outlying areas where there are weaving villages and a fabulous orchid farm, as well as small fabricators of handmade guitars and other instruments.

    There is a national park nearby, El Cajas, that is pretty spectacular, with hiking trails and small brilliant blue lakes.
     

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