So, after eight years learning Spanish and two and a half years working with the Latin American community in London, I finally made it to South America!
During my time at LADPP, I'd heard so much about Ecuador, and it definitely lived up to the stories I'd been told. I couldn't believe that one country could have so many different landscapes. In the three and a half weeks that I was there I visited big cities, tiny villages, mountains, a cloud forest, the jungle and the beach - and not forgetting the incredible wildlife. Hopefully this small selection of photos will give you a flavour of my journey through Ecuador! :)
The best thing about the island are the blue-footed birds that you can see in the photo. They are called 'piqueros de patas azules' and are extremely friendly, although we weren't allowed to touch them in case they pecked us! As the island is completely uninhabited by humans, these birds have no fear of people and roam free even when faced with groups of tourists like us.
On the boat trip back from the island our tour guides took us to see some humpback whales. This was really incredible! As soon as we stopped a whale jumped right out the sea about five metres away from us. Unfortunately, it was extremely difficult to take a photo of them but I'll never forget that amazing experience.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventure and looking at the photos. We'd love to hear about your experiences in Ecuador or other Latin American countries! Has anyone been to any of these places? What are your recommendations for anyone travelling there? Let us know! :)