On June 7th, 2017, 18 fearless travelers joined OHHS Art and Design Teacher Jamie Schorsch on a 12 day excursion to Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands to explore the landscape, experience the culture, and live life like a National Geographic photographer. The adventure took the group through Quito; Isabela, San Cristobal, and Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands; and then up to the Highlands in the Andes to visit Riobamba to spend time in village of Palacio Real and view the world’s tallest mountain, Chimborazo. The travelers hiked at altitudes up to 13,000 feet, snorkeled alongside sea lions, sharks, and sea turtles, harvested potatoes with Trinidad in Palacio Real, and stood on the Equatorial Line. Travelers were given the special opportunity to name and hold a 2 day old baby llama at Palacio Real. Schorsch became the godmother of the little guy during a special naming ceremony that took place during our visit (we named him Cusco). The group also explored local archaeological sites, museums, and landmarks while trying out local cuisine and interacting with the people of Ecuador. Everyone involved agreed that this was an opportunity of a lifetime that changed us all forever through the friendships and memories formed along the way.
Check out some of the tour highlights below:
Sydni Crass created this video of her experiences in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Syndi, and her mom Veronica Diaz, were also able to make a side trip to visit family! Veronica hadn’t seen her family in Ecuador since she was a teenager and Sydni met them for the first time!
Schorsch’s snorkeling highlights.
Groh’s Sea Lion adventures!