The morning was swell. Lemonade was served with breakfast and it was fresh and quite tasty. Granola - something I have missed - was also served and it was wonderful.
After breakfast we hopped on the buses to go to the Centro de Interpretacion Ambiental which was a museum; however, since we technically didn't have an official Galapagos tour guide with us we had to be very quiet or risk getting in trouble. It was actually really nice to be quiet though. Everything was really fast and loud the past few days so having some silent time to learn things about the islands was really really nice! The museum was not only incredibly informative on the history of the Galapagos, it had a few paths down to a small beach full of sea lions and a more off-path trail leading down to the road. There was certainly some interesting graffiti that we have pictures of, so you'll just have to wait to see.
After that mini excursion we stopped back at the hotel, and the hotel's cat was out and about, checking us and our suitcases out. We've seen a TON of dogs on this trip so seeing a cat was super nice. We then split into chaperone groups to find lunch. We ended up finding a guy who was selling empanadas (chicken or cheese) and they were HEAVENLY. I could've eaten them all day they were so good! We also got to see more of the colorful buildings on the street. I've noticed the colorful buildings before in Puerto Rico as well, as they're usually bright pink, green, blue, or yellow, and the roofs are usually a salmon-pink/red color that looks nice from above.
After lunch was the airport and our flight, which was definitely much better than our first few flights getting here! The clouds looked AMAZING today, like you could run your hands through them like soap in a bubble bath. On the plane I sat next to a girl named Emma, and she was from a small school group from Spokane, Washington, and also touring through EF! We chatted for 2+ hours and it was really nice. Apparently people in the Pacific northwest are obsessed with hammocks. Almost everyone in her group bought a hammock while they were here. We talked about food, specifically Wisconsin burgers and frozen custard which I miss dearly.
I can't even begin to describe how I felt looking up at the buildings in Quito, but I'll try: everything is on a slope upwards, and you could see the individual levels of streets as the houses ascended, it felt like they were towering over us! Finally, we got to our hotel which looks very pretty, with lots of flowers and accents of pink, as well as a metalgate of art-nouveau-esque curves out front. Today was gorgeous and I can't wait for tomorrow!
Authors: Juli & Cori
View more photos from Day 7 HERE!