My trip to Ecuador in January/February/March of 2018 began a year and a half earlier with an invitation to sail across the open Pacific Ocean from the Galapagos Islands to "Hiva Oa", a small island in French Polynesia. The invitation came from an acquaintance of mine I'd met while 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 our time in Bhutan. Nikki was recently retired himself and was gearing up 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, join up with a sailing group know as "A.R.C." and sail around the world from the Caribbean to the Caribbean 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 adventure 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 then the Galapagos to meet him 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 Ecuador for three weeks and saw much of Quito, Cuenca and Vilcabamba where I engaged in an "Ayahuascan" retreat including three ceremonies. One was "San Pedro", a second was "Ayahuasca", and a third was "Wilca". My trip on the mainland ended February 6th when I flew over to the Galapagos islands and joined a commercial tour boat for a two week trip around most of the islands in the chain. The images from that tour grace a different gallery in this web site and I invite you to view those images.
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