The next morning we got up bright and early to start our journey back to Quito. This involves going across the lake in a canoe -
Canoeing down a narrow waterway -
And then a very long and fast journey back up the Napo River to the town of Coca.
And then a short flight to Quito.
Since we had a 13-hour layover in Quito, we arranged for a guide to take us to a Hot Springs a short trip over the mountains from the airport. I loved this sign warning about bears crossing.
This has to be the best hot springs I have ever been to, and I've been to a lot!
A half dozen pools, all different temperatures.
The surrounding countryside was also really beautiful.
Back at the Quito Airport, we got on our flight back to Tijuana. Flying in and out of Tijuana definitely has benefits - business class for the same price as a regular flight out of San Diego. We could get used to this!
We changed planes in Mexico City and flew over the Sea of Cortez. And since we were entering the US by foot, we didn't need to get a Covid test.
And last but not least, here is a video that our Galapagos guide did of our time in the islands. It is really good, and if you are interested in the Galapagos, definitely worth a view.