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Mindo, Ecuador - Crossing "la tarabita" [01:34]
Located in Mindo, Ecuador, the tarabita, is basically a cage hung from a wire that is used to cross the jungle valley so you can get to the sanctuary of waterfalls on the other side. As you can see, you're high above the valley floor, so the ride is a little intimidating; but its also an extremely fun experience to be flying over the tree tops and see the river and everything else below. The waterfalls that you find on the other side are all very beautiful.
Tags: Ecuador, Mindo, tarabita, cascadas, waterfall, cloud forest, adventure, Quito
Galapagos Islands ... a short stay! [04:46]
Another part of our South American adventure in October 2011 was a visit to the Galapagos Islands, nearly 700 miles off the coast of Ecuador. It really is the most wonderful part of the world, virtually unspoiled and a magical environment for seeing nature and wildlife in it's element. We stayed for 3 nights aboard the Santa Cruz and visited 6 of the main islands. Enjoy John O'Brien PS This was shot on an i-phone so the quality isn't great, the camera judder is inevitable when used hand held.
Tags: Ecuador, Cruise, Iguanas, Giant Tortoises, Turtles, Frigates, Mocking Birds, Sealions, Pelicans, Penguins
Weaving reed mats in Ecuador [01:44]
In Ecuador's Imbabura Province, this Quichua man weaves mats called esteras by hand from reeds harvested from Lago San Pablo. The mats are used for everything from bedding and seating to wall, window, and door coverings and making bundles to carry goods to and from local markets.
Tags: Ecuador, weaving, craft, making
Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands with Sharks [09:01]
In August 2011, I went to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. This is footage we shot while snorkeling off of Isla Isabela. No zoom is used at all, they really get that close! In the video, you can also see giant sea turtles, chocolate chip sea stars, brittle sea stars, sea urchin, sea cucumbers, sand dollars, and various other fish. The sharks are white tip reef sharks, about 5 feet long. They have a unique ventilation system that allows them to remain still while at rest, which is why you can see so many 'sleeping' on the ocean bottom. They like to rest in these lava tubes because the water gets warmer. The tube we swam through was about 8 feet deep, and 3 feet wide. Please note that we were snorkeling with a licensed Parque National Galapagos guide and neither us or the sharks were in any danger.
Tags: snorkeling, galapagos, ecuador
Galapagos Island by prismash [07:02]
The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed around the equator in the Pacific Ocean, 972 km (525 nmi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part. Wildlife is its most notable feature. The Galápagos Islands and its surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. The principal language on the islands is Spanish. The islands have a population of around 23000. The islands are geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. The first crude navigation chart of the islands was done by the buccaneer Ambrose Cowley in 1684. He named the individual islands after some of his fellow pirates or after the English noblemen who helped the privateer's cause. More recently, the Ecuadorian government gave most of the islands Spanish names. While the Spanish names are official, many users (especially ecological researchers) continue to use the older English names, particularly as those were the names used when Charles Darwin visited.
Tags: galapagos island, isla galapagos, galapagos, animal, charles darwin. ecuador, island