My trip to Ecuador in January/February/March of 2018 began a year and a half earlier with an invitation to sail across the Pacific Ocean from the Galapagos Islands to "Hiva Oa", a small island in French Polynesia. The invitation came from an acquaintance I'd met on my trek through Bhutan in May of 2015. You can view the travel images of that trip in another gallery in this travel section of my website. "Nikki Schmidt" was one of the other trekkers on that long hike, and we got along very well during my time in Bhutan. Nikki had recently retired and was planning to sail around the world in a brand new, state of the art yacht he was having built for him in Denmark. His plan was to take a year and a half or so and sail around the world using a shifting group of family and friends to help him crew his boat while on this journey. When he began to field out the specific individuals who would join him on the dozens of legs of the sail he was having trouble finding people who would commit to the sail across the open ocean(s). That's when he sent me an email and invited me to join him on this leg from the Galapagos Islands to Hiva Oa. I felt this was an exciting opportunity and I immediately accepted his invitation. In order or me to rendezvous with his boat I needed to be in the Galapagos Islands by the end of February 2018 when he planned to arrive there. I made my plans to fly to Ecuador and since I would already be on the mainland naturally I would also visit some of the countryside before flying over to the islands. I stayed in and saw much of Quito, Cuenca and Vilcabamba. On February 6th I flew over to Baltra, near Santa Cruz. Once in the islands I immediately linked up with a commercial tour boat that I had booked for a two week journey around all of the islands in the chain. That was a fabulous trip and the images of the animals and birds grace this gallery.
© Steve Tambosso - "The Wandering Fireman"