Floriana Island is a small place with approximately a hundred and fifty inhabitants, it is a common stopping point on the way to Isla Isabela.
Isla de San Cristobal has a relaxed casual atmosphere to it, almost Caribbean in its vibe. The main strip of the shops and restaurants runs along the beach, and is cluttered with sea lions, how have made themselves at home amongst the human constructions in the Galapagos. A particular favourite for the sea lions are benches near the sea. A typical 'park' bench is just the right length and width for a sea lion to really stretch out and relax.
A small town between Tulcan and Quito, Otavalo is famous for its local market offering various tourist souvenirs as well as more practical local goods.
A strange place.
The main attraction of the town of Biblián, the Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Rock is carved into the mountain face.
The second best place in the world, after Machu Pichu to see Incan ruins, this shows more how completely the Spanish conquest impacted the indigenous cultures.
Cuenca is laid out in a grid pattern, reminiscent of American cities and a reminder that it is a relatively new city. It is a mixture of very new buildings and some beautiful old ones, with a handful of Incan ruins scattered through the city as well.
The capital city of Ecuador, though in the shadow of the Galapagos islands as Ecuadors most famous location, the city sits amongst volcanic hills, that rise up around it. Turbulence from the strange layered landscape buffets every plane to fly into the airport.