It seems as though my clues were helpful, because it took one reader no time at all to figure out that my mystery trip was to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Fantastic job, Ericka! She will be receiving a copy of the oh-so-appropriate cookbook The South American Table: The Flavor and Soul of Authentic Home Cooking from Patagonia to Rio de Janeiro.
Thanks to everyone who played along. As something of a consolation prize – not to mention as a way for me to put some of those 1,100 photos to good use – I have put together a small Flickr gallery with some of my favorite photos from the trip. I’ll also be featuring a handful of Ecuadorian (or Ecuadorian-inspired) recipes over the next couple of weeks to share some of the flavor of the region.