Glacial Balance filmmaker Ethan Steinman explains his motivation to chronicle the local impacts of the melting glaciers of the Andes.
By Melissa Arnot I have become very interested in the Ecuadorian history of the Inca Highway recently. As we board a short flight south to Cuenca, I know that I will learn so much about it in the next few days.
By Melissa Arnot The alarm beeping alerted me that it was now midnight—time to get up and start the hot water. I wake up Jeff (though he assures me he never really slept). As I peek outside, I can see the city of Quito far below us as well as the infinite universe above us
By Melissa Arnot A few hours of driving land us directly at the base of Cotopaxi, in a beautiful and traditional hacienda. Today we will spend the morning packing and hydrating (and of course adjusting to the new altitude).
By Melissa Arnot The sun is shining today, which is a great way to start out the climbing portion of our trip! Unfortunately, it has been extremely wet for the past few weeks and as we approach (via jeep) our first hiking location, the wet roads show us that they have other ideas.
By Melissa Arnot Our first day in Quito starts with a fresh-fruit breakfast influenced by the coastal regions before we head out to see what Ecuador is really all about. The culture in Quito is an amazing mix of old and new.
By Melissa Arnot The sunshine is gone this morning as we head out to Floreana Island. After stepping into the chilly morning water, I feel compelled to stay there on the shore and wait for the penguins. Carlitos, our naturalist, tells me that we may see penguins, but we must be patient.