Adventure Life Reviews In The News
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Travel + Leisure
For the second year in a row, Travel + Leisure, has selected Adventure Life's CEO and Founder, Brian Morgan, as the go-to trip planner for Galapagos and Peru travel. Thousands of travel experts worldwide are screened for the exclusive A-List, making it one of the most reputable collections of travel specialists in the industry. We are honored!
By: Holly C. Corbett
Travel Channel recommends Adventure Life's Victoria House Belize Trip for a great bachelorette retreat! I couldn't agree more...
...Set on a palm-fringed, white-sand beach, Victoria House is a place where you can both chill out together and get your adrenaline pumping. Adventure Life, a sustainable travel company, lets you book your stay and choose between a selection of a la carte activities such as cave tubing, kayaking, visiting Mayan ruins and parasailing...
For the third time, Outside Magazine has named Adventure Life as one of the Best Places to Work in the nation. We are honored! "We're thrilled to celebrate all 100 of these forward-thinking companies," says Michael Roberts, Senior Executive Editor of Outside. "They believe success depends on helping their employees live more active and fulfilling lives. The kinds of benefits they're providing--free fitness classes, flexible hours, subsidized healthy meals, lots of time out of the office--result in a more productive and engaged staff."
By: Annie Fitzsimmons
Polar Bear Safari and the Northern Lights - With Adventure Life you are flown via private charter to the Arviat Polar Bear Cabins, placed for best possible viewing and polar bear encounters. Two full days are spent with local Inuit guides, who know the bears' daily life and behavior, and that they are almost always friendly. Camp is located where the most stunning and colorful Northern Lights viewing occurs at sunset. The itinerary also includes attempting to find a 400,000-strong local Caribou herd by checking their coordinates.
By: Stirling Kelso
Eight trips that offer a way to give back, from digging for dinosaur bones in Texas to planting trees in the Galápagos... COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK, ECUADOR
Travelers split their time between adventure and volunteer activities while staying in Cotopaxi, an 83,000-acre park in central Ecuador. A typical day may start with zip-lining through a temperate forest and riding horses with chagras (cowboys) and continue with an afternoon spent planting trees and clearing trails. At night guests retire to hacienda-style houses with wicker furnishings, fireplaces and hillside views.
By: A. Pawlowski
...For close encounters of the furry, feathered, or scaly kind, there's no place on the planet quite like the Galapagos Islands. "You just see some of the craziest things," said Jonathan Brunger, operations manager for Adventure Life, a Montana company that arranges trips to the region. "While you're out snorkeling, the sea lions will come out and swim with you. ... You feel a little nibble on the end of your flipper, you turn around and there's this sea lion wanting to play with you, wanting you to chase it. "Other times, they'll come up to your face and they're looking at their own reflection in your snorkel mask."...
Travel + Leisure
By: Clara Sedlak and Maria Shollenbarger
Adventure Life's Brian Morgan is selected by Travel + Leisure A-List as one of the world's best agents and operators for the Galapagos and Peru. T+L evaluated thousands of agents to come up with this highly selective list of the best in the businesses... With a wealth of expertise, these power brokers are the most informed and connected in the travel industry...
Excited About: The new eco-conscious cruise regulations, which will help protect the area's natural wonders. The standards stipulate that no operators may offer tours of longer than 15 days.
Years as Agent: 12.
Other Specialty: Peru.
Los Angeles Times
By: Los Angeles Times
Adventure Life trip reviews in Los Angeles Times. Our exclusive Machu Picchu 100th Anniversary trip is featured in their travel section. "Adventure Life's eight-day "Machu Picchu 100th Anniversary Celebration," led by local guide Marcos Palamino, includes attendance at the centennial anniversary and an exploration of the Sacred Valley..."
By: Laurel Delp
Adventure Life is featured by MSNBC and Budget Travel as their operator of choice to visit treasured Antarctica. "...Tourism is both bane and boon: it can add strain to already distressed areas, but it can also provide income, which in turn can help preserve these wonders. We spotlight 10 areas under threat -- some lesser known than others -- that can still be visited responsibly. Should you decide to plan a journey, we've recommended our favorite tour operator for each destination. In some cases the price tag may be higher than your average vacation, but consider it an investment in Mother Earth... "...Adventure Life has a 10-day cruise through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula on a former oceanographic research vessel. The trip includes viewing many species of penguins, whales and icebergs by Zodiac, and a visit to a scientific station..."
By: Kate Siber & The Editors
Adventure Life tour reviews in Outside Magazine's 2011 Best Trips Issue. We are so pleased to have our Andean Multisport makes the Machu Picchu Hot List. Outside writes: The Inca ruins are South America's most iconic and popular tourist site--for good reason. But that doesn't mean you have to experience them like everyone else...On a new ten-day multisport trip with Adventure Life, travelers visit Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo, but also mountain-bike, camp, soak in hot springs, and raft the Class III-IV Apurímac River.
New York Times
By: Kate Murphy
The New York Times reviews Adventure Life in it's Travel Section. ...As if dodging gunfire and improvised explosives isn't stressful enough, military personnel like Major Barker are using their time off to pursue strenuous and adrenaline-charged activities, and some tour operators are offering packages specifically designed for them... ...For his midtour leave, which he took in January, Sergeant Cutting went on a rafting trip down the Futaleufú River in Chile, organized by Adventure Life. Besides rafting, the trip included mountain biking, horseback riding and zip-lining. "I wanted to push the limits," he said. (Not that he was roughing it the entire time: the camps where he spent his evenings had fully stocked bars and massage therapists.)...
By: Margaret Loftus
Adventure Life's Bolivia Backroads + Oruro Festival trip was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of their Tours of a Lifetime. Truly a unique and special trip, we're so please with the feature. We're traveling again. Tour operators are reporting big spikes in inquiries and bookings. But an uncertain economy, ongoing wars, and the fragile health of the planet have, perhaps permanently, reordered priorities. Travelers now seek more perspective, meaning, and challenge. They want to see the unvarnished reality of a place, not just the fantasy. Outfitters have responded by dialing down the luxury and refocusing on core offerings. Their itineraries are more innovative and experiential--aimed at developing lasting connections between people. Here are 50 of the world's best guided tours for 2010, as chosen by the editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine. ...Kicking off with Carnaval de Oruro, Bolivia's most spectacular festival, this journey immerses you in local rituals that are still part of everyday life, such as baking bread in a traditional adobe oven at a working hacienda and shopping at the Tarabuco Market, where even the younger generation dons traditional ponchos, sandals, and headgear. There's action, too: Explore the salt desert and cap your trip with a climb up the 16,500-foot volcano Tunupa. Adventure Life: "Bolivia Backroads and Oruro Festival," CULTURE * VALUE
The Herb Companion
By: Thomas Walsh
From medicines and foods to the richly hued textiles for which it is famous, herbs are in use everywhere in this ancient land. The best way to appreciate Peru is to cultivate an appreciation for complexity. Occupying a large chunk of South America's western side, Peru has been home to some of the world's oldest known civilizations and is now a representational democracy working to establish itself economically and politically... ...
If You Have Wanderlust
For herb lovers who find Peru's enticements irresistible, National Geographic Traveler has recognized Adventure Life as one of "The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth." The company offers trips to Peru that focus on the nation's herbs, as well as the major historical attractions
By: USA Today
USA Today continues to feature Adventure Life in their travel tips section. Here are recent highlights for Costa Rica, Peru and Galapagos! Pacific Northwest Adventure Cruises
by Susan Sedgwick
Puget Sound Cruise
Adventure Life Voyages offers a cruise through the Puget and Howe Sounds with stops in Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria city on Vancouver Island, as well as the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Highlights include a tour of Vancouver's Stanley Island and the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a visit to Nanaimo, a historic island that was once home to the Hudson Bay Company, a trip to Victoria's famous Butchart Gardens and walking tour of Port Townsend's Victorian seaport. Peru & Galapagos Tours
by David Thyberg
..."Frommer's Travel Guide recommends Adventure Life, a US company specializing in South American tours. Choose from options including organized mountain biking, rafting and rain forest eco-lodge expeditions. This organization has non-profit ties aimed at giving back to local communities..." Costa Rica Eco Tours
by Barbara Dunlap
..."Adventure Life has more than a dozen eco tours in Costa Rica, each with its own focus. On some tours, you take a cruise ship; on others, you stay active with zip-lining, snorkeling, rafting and kayaking. The Pura Vida trip focuses on the rain forest, with visits to the Pacuare River and the Arenal Volcano; Wild Costa Rica lets you enjoy the renowned biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. Most Adventure Life tours last eight or nine days. Adventure Life 1655 S. Third St. W. Suite 1 Missoula, MT 59801 800-344-6118 adventure-life.com..." Machu Picchu & Galapagos Tours
by T.L. Chancellor
..."On this tour, explore Incan ruins and see Charles Darwin's inspiration for his theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands. This guided tour begins in Cusco, Peru, which is located in the Sacred Valley. Shop and explore. Next, spend two days among the ruins of Machu Picchu to learn about Andean traditions and the Incan people. During the Peru phase of the tour, there will be some down time to shop and explore the city of Cusco, The tour then moves to Ecuador for a cruise of the Galapagos Islands. During the cruise, the tour will visit between eight and 10 islands. A boat will ferry travelers ashore to explore each island. Take photographs of the islands' animal life, such as iguanas and the sea lions that live in this national park. The tour takes 16 days. Adventure Life 1655 S. 3rd St. West, Ste. 1 Missoula, MT 59801 800-344-6118 adventure-life.com"
The Boston Globe
By: Kari Bodnarchuk
The Boston Globe features our Ecuador Service Project that combines a chance to explore Cotopaxi National Park with lending a helpful hand to nearby community projects in the region. Bike 12 1/2 miles into Cotopaxi National Park, and then post signs that tout leave-no-trace ethics and warn against illegal hunting. Or go ziplining through the canopy at Hacienda Santa Rita Ecological Reserve and help with trail maintenance. This five-day Ecuador trip, run by Montana-based Adventure Life, blends adventure experiences with volunteer conservation efforts. You start with a horseback ride among herds of wild horses to the foothills of Rumiñahui Volcano, led by guides who will tell you about the area and its medicinal plants. Then spend three nights at the Hacienda El Porvenir, around which you will plant trees as part of a reforestation initiative.
By: Karen E. Klein
At a time when most independent travel agencies are struggling as travelers increasingly make reservations themselves online, Adventure Life is flying. That's because the Missoula (Mont.) agency isn't trying to compete with major travel booking sites, such as Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity. Instead it's catering to American travelers who want to do more than just book a vacation: They want to have a meaningful adventure. By focusing exclusively on tours in Latin America and cruises on small ships around the world, Adventure Life aims to provide experiences that delve into foreign cultures and help customers connect with local people. "What we're doing is different. You can't buy a specialized, guided trek on the Inca Trail on Orbitz. The big travel consolidators don't want to bother with the very specialized itineraries that we do," says Chief executive Brian Morgan, 37, who founded the business after spending a year working for a humanitarian group in Ecuador. "The travel industry builds its commission into retail pricing, but recently that commission has gotten smaller and smaller, because the industry is operating like a commodity." Read the complete article
Los Angeles Times
By: Judy Mandell
The LA Times features us as a go-to for solo-traveler trips. "Before you decide where to go or even when to go, decide how you're going to go about finding a way to keep your costs reasonable... Adventure Life offers solo traveler trips to Galápagos, Belize, Peru, the Amazon, Argentina and Patagonia and has eliminated single-supplement fees on these special packages..."
The Washington Post
By: Washington Post
The Washington Post reviews Adventure Life trip in their What's the Deal feature that highlights the best travel bargains around the globe. ...Adventure Life is offering half-off the companion fare on select 10-day Vietnam cruises. Rates start at $6,235 per person double, including taxes. For example, on the Nov. 18 cruise from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, two travelers pay $9,353 for a double suite, including taxes, down from $12,470 for two. Deal is available on cruises departing Nov. 18, Nov. 27 and Dec. 6.
By: Outside Magazine
For the second year in a row, Adventure Life is once again rewarded by Outside Magazine as one of the Best Places to Work. We are honored!
By: Stephanie Pearson
Outside Magazine features Adventure Life in their Falklands Island adventure! A great read. Check out a snip below or click here to read the whole article. "It's in the middle of nowhere, populated by quirky sheep farmers, and just a footnote in British military history. But the world is finally discovering what Darwin found out 176 years ago: The Falkland Islands are one of the last great wildlife destinations on the planet... ...Montana-based Adventure Life offers three new land-based itineraries. Their popular Wildlife Week gives you eight days to get among seabirds, penguins, albatrosses, sea lions, and other interesting creatures on Sea Lion, Saunders and East Falklands Islands. The eight-day Falkland Island Life offers a mash-up of islands wildlife, history and culture on East Falkland, West Falkland and Sea Lion islands..."
National Geographic Adventure
By: Claire Martin
We are so pleased to have our Peru Service Project trip featured in National Geographic Adventure's Best New Trips issue! Read a short highlight below, or click on the link to read the entire feature. "Long before the term "voluntourism" became etched into the travel lexicon, Adventure Life Journeys was a model practitioner. For years, the Latin America-focused outfitter has made a point of incorporating meaningful volunteer work into each of its itineraries and employing local guides and lodge owners. Now comes perhaps its most compelling offering: a weeklong stay with Inca descendants in the Sacred Valley village of Cachiccata, followed by a trek to Machu Picchu..."
The Washington Post
By: KC Summers
...By the way, when researching hotels for this or any other trip, don't forget to check package deals offered by airlines, hotels and tour operators. You can sometimes save quite a bit. For example, Adventure Life, a Montana-based tour operator specializing in Central and South American eco-trips, offers a variety of air-hotel deals that beat the cost of booking the components separately, and the company will customize its packages to suit your schedule. For Morrow's group of six or more, Adventure Life agent Marissa Jensen said she could modify an existing package to suit a six-night stay, starting with three days at Pook's Hill Lodge, a 300-acre property in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, and winding up at Ambergris Caye's stylish Victoria House hotel for three days of beach fun and relaxation...
By: Leigh Buchanan
Adventure Life's president and founder, Brian Morgan, was interviewed by Inc. Magazine for their "How to Build You Dream Company" issue. Check it out -- he even made the cover! (That's Brian on the far right.) ...Morgan had just a couple thousand dollars in savings, though, so he accepted a software job and relegated start-up work to evenings and weekends. He printed 200 brochures advertising a single excursion and deposited them in coffee shops and sporting-goods stores near universities. No one called. Travel agencies waved him away. Concluding that travelers wanted more than one option, Morgan created a second brochure offering three itineraries with six departure dates. He also built a website, which looked like the work of an Amazonian howler monkey. Fortunately, a graphic design student redesigned the site a few weeks later. Drawn by the brochure and the site, 100 people booked the first year...
By: Outside Magazine
Outside Magazine declares what I've long known as true - Adventure Life is one of the nation's Best Places to Work! We are honored. Family Affair: This international-travel outfitter's home is a modified flat that feels like, well, a home. Attire is decidedly casual (it's Montana), and parents can even set up a playpen next to their desks. "Going to the office and seeing my colleagues actually improves my day," says Brian Morgan, Adventure's founder and president. All employees can opt for compressed four-day workweeks and, once a year, take a free Adventure Life trip -- with a family member or friend to make sure it really feels like vacation. "These 30 companies share a common belief: that the secret to success in any economy is empowering employees to live balanced lives and remain committed to their communities and the environment," said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. "Our winners know that happy workers are good for the bottom line. So even in the current financial storm, they're offering on-site fitness classes and massage, reimbursements for gym memberships and ski passes, flexible hours, amazing travel benefits, and opportunities for on-the-clock community service."
By: Holly Corbett
For proof, take a look at Brian's online album that captures a few breathtaking moments on Mt. Rainier. Brian Morgan, CEO of Adventure Life, shares the secrets of his health and fitness success. ...We all have dreams, but turning them from thoughts into action can seem tougher than climbing a mountain. To help you reach your goal, Men's Fitness mined advice from a guy who did just that: Brian Morgan, 36, a former couch potato, started his own adventure company after college that morphed into a multi-million dollar business, and recently conquered Mount Rainier....
The Weather Channel
By: Amy Bertrand
The Weather Channel highlights our Cordillera Blanca Backcountry Trek trip -- originally featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Every Thursday I write about place I'd love to visit, if I had the time and the money. I just got an email from Adventure Life that has me drooling over a new 14-day northern Peru backcountry trekking tour. Here is the email: This tour journeys to the highest tropical mountain range on earth, with 50+ major summits of more than 18,000 feet. Travelers will spend two days acclimatizing, biking, rafting, and exploring in the mountain town of Huaraz before departing on the challenging eight-day trek. This expedition takes adventurers on an unparalleled alpine undertaking of towering peaks, turquoise lakes, flower filled meadows, and isolated villages seemingly lost in time...
By: Nicola Iseard
For many the Falklands will always conjure up images of war, but today they are increasingly a venue for tourism. You can stay in friendly B&Bs, walk in the unspoilt wilderness and immerse yourself in the local culture. Then jump on board an eight-seater plane to explore neighbouring islands where, if you're lucky, you may encounter penguins, sea lions and orcas. When? November to February Book it: Adventure Life offers an eight-day island-hopping trip, including accommodation, all meals and domestic flights. International flights extra. Weekly departures throughout 2010
National Geographic Traveler
By: Meg Beasley
We recently received a letter from a reader asking for help finding a cruise across the southern Mediterranean along the coast of North Africa. She hopes to visit cities founded during the Roman Empire rich with remnants of the past. Here are three travel companies with excellent cruising options for exploring the region. All trips are education-oriented and feature prominent speakers and guest lecturers on relevant topics from archaeology to classical culture and language... ...AL Voyages offers two trips with similar itineraries named "North African Mediterranean Coast Through the Centuries" on the 114-passenger, all-suite Corinthian II. Both 18-day trips originate in Cairo, Egypt and end in Casablanca, Morocco. The tours visit important sites from antiquity such as Roman ruins as well as places that have figured more recently in world history like the World War II battlefields of Tubruq. Leading academics in the fields of archaeology and religion offer tours at the sites as well as on-board lectures. Trip price includes all meals, alcoholic beverages and land excursions.
National Geographic Traveler
Cutting Loose: Cruising the Galapagos IslandsPublished: June 1, 2009
By: Michael Stoneman
National Geographic Traveler UK Lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands never fail to enchant those lucky enough to experience the archipelago's rich natural diversity and stunning indigenous wildlife... ...For Scuba Divers: While Galapagos tortoises, land iguanas, lava lizards and a huge variety of birds offer visitors to the islands plenty of wildlife to enjoy on dry land, there are even greater delights for those happy to take to the sea and dive beneath the surface. A seven-night cruise aboard the 100-foot 16 passenger M/Y Sky Dancer offers the best of both worlds. The custom-built dive live-aboard was launched in 2001, giving guests with scuba-diving qualifications the chance to do approximately 21 dives around the islands, as well as three land excursions. Although mostly drift dives along the cliff faces of offshore rocks and peninsulas, there are also night dives around Wolf and Darwin Islands, with a plethora of marine life practically guaranteed at each site, including turtles, dolphins and rays, as well as hammerhead and whale sharks. Contact Adventure Life www.adventure-life.com
By: Outside Magazine
Adventure Life is very pleased to have our Patagonia Wildlife Safari trip chosen as one of Outside Magazine's Best Trips for 2009. Recognized for its great itinerary and 'killer value' ... we couldn't agree more. CHILE
Situated on the east side of Torres del Paine National Park, Adventure Life's new EcoCamp--a series of wind-powered, fireplace-equipped domes--is your launchpad for four days of guided treks. Highlight: an 11-mile round-trip to the glacial lagoon at the base of the granite towers of Los Torres. Bonus highlight: Colchagua Valley cabernet back at the dining dome. Trips leave between October and April.
National Geographic Adventure
Two Years Running!Adventure Life is thrilled to be once again selected by National Geographic Adventure as one of the select "Best Adventure Travel Companies On Earth!"
For the second time in as many years, we've conducted an unprecedented survey of adventure travel companies, based on the idea that a traveler's most important decision is not always where to go but who to go with. For the 2009 edition, we spoke to more guide services--and their clients--than ever before.
Finally, outfitters are getting creative with their Peru itineraries. Latin American specialist Adventure Life, for one, leads a multisport trip from Cuzco to Machu Picchu. American, Continental, and Delta have the most one-stop flights to Lima. When you arrive, check into Hotel Carmel in coastal Mira Flores. DAY 2: Fly to Cuzco, which sits at more than 11,000 feet, and spend the day acclimating. DAYS 3-7: The next five days are an adrenaline-fueled journey to Machu Picchu that includes hiking, whitewater rafting the Urubamba River, and a screaming mountain-bike descent from a 14,000-foot pass into a rainforest. DAYS 8-11: See Machu Picchu, soak in hot springs in the town of Aguas Calientes [now known as Machu Picchu Pueblo), and kayak Lake Titicaca, exploring its Floating Islands and staying in the homes of indigenous families.
National Geographic Traveler
By: By Norie Quintos
This year, 2009, may be the best year ever to travel on a tour. Like the rest of the travel industry, guided tour operators are trying to entice travelers with unprecedented discounts, freebies, and incentives. Tour companies that have never been known to discount are doing so. We've assembled some of the available deals below, but it isn't comprehensive. If you are interested in a specific tour or operator, don't be shy. Find out if the tour is full; if it isn't, there may be room to negotiate an upgrade, an add-on, or a break on the price. It's a buyer's market, and it won't last forever... Adventure Life Voyages: $2,400 to $6,000 off Antarctic cruise The company offers from 20 to 25 percent off its Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands tours, if booked by June 30, 2009. The departure dates are Dec. 18, Jan. 3, Jan. 29, and Feb. 14. The price for this tour ranges in price from $11,995 to $31,595, depending on the season and type of cabin.
By: Todd Pitock
Sailing to Antarctica requires strong sea legs. The payoff: a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
...On the third day, our fall through the rabbit hole of the Drake is complete and we are in wonderland. The water calms, and our first iceberg encounter is a half-mile-long, high-walled rectangular platform whose symmetry looks too exact to be real. The sun comes out and sends a silver streak across one side of it. Color returns to people's faces, and to the world around us. Even at a distance, the brilliant blue of packed ice glimmers... Adventure Life Voyages' 11-day trip on the Antarctic Dream.
By: By Kassia Shishkoff
The travel company encourages its employees to enjoy the experiences that it sells to its clients. If you are going to be enthusiastic about the company you work for, you should be familiar with the products it sells. That is no less true for Adventure Life, a Missoula, Mont.-based travel company that organizes outdoor tours throughout Central and South America. At Adventure Life, employees are allowed--in fact, encouraged--to visit the locations where the company sends its clients. Each year, they are given a $1,200 stipend to go on one of the company's many South and Central American tours and asked to keep a travel journal, which is put on the Web site for the benefit of potential clients... ...Adventure Life staff members can select from any of the company's many destinations, including the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Guatemala, Antarctica and a worldwide expedition cruise. ...Other programs and benefits that Adventure Life offers its employees include paying half the cost of a health club membership, a small education stipend, and flexible scheduling. New mothers are even allowed to bring their infants in to work until they're five months old. This allows moms to continue work instead of staying home with their child until the baby is eligible for daycare....
Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned TravelerPublished: May 20, 2008
By: Shannon Stowell and Don Mankin
Published by National Geographic Books
Adventure Life has two featured trips -- our Hiking Galapagos and End of the World adventure -- in the upcoming book published by National Geographic Books as one of the top choices for seasoned travelers!
It's time to rediscover the fun and excitement of traveling off the beaten path. In Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Travelers published by National Geographic Books, expert guides Don Mankin and Shannon Stowell offer both an inspiring collection of personal, often unique, experiences and practical how-to, detailing some of the world's best trips. In-depth narratives convey the rich allure of 26 destinations with lively anecdotes and specialized information, while concise descriptions highlight an additional 26 amazing trips, selected in a survey by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) as top choices for people over 40...
New York Times
THE NORHTWEST PASSAGE
Notwithstanding last month's sinking of an Antarctic cruise ship, climate tourism is heating up. And few places are warming up faster than the Northwest Passage, the Arctic sea route over Canada. Adventure Life Voyages (www.alvoyages.com), for one, is already booking cruises for its Northwest Passage tour next August, with prices from $4,600 a person.
By: Gene Sloan
On top of the world: Adventure Life offers a 25-night journey through the Northeast Passage between Alaska and Russia. Clients are taken by icebreaker from Anchorage to Murmansk.
Looking for a life-changing adventure? How about a biking trip in Namibia? Or a rare voyage across the Arctic's Northeast Passage? USA TODAY looks at six of the most unusual adventure trips in the works for 2008...
...Outfitter: Adventure Life
Length: 25 nights
Details: Melting of the Arctic attributed to global warming is opening once-frozen routes to exploration, including the so-called Northeast Passage between Alaska and Russia. In this rare outing, the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov will take clients from Anchorage across the top of the world through the Barents Sea to Murmansk. Stops include the uninhabited island of Kolyuchin and the New Siberian Islands, where, weather permitting, passengers will hike the tundra, explore old hunting camps and see the northernmost point of the European continent.
Awe at the End of the WorldPublished: August 15, 2007
By: Carole Jacobs
..."Most people hike the W on their own steam, carrying 30-pound packs up vertical boulder fields, pitching tents in gale-force winds and huddling inside makeshift shelters to heat a pot of water to cook dinner. Our group was going it the easy way with Adventure Life, a Montana based outfit that specializes in global outdoor adventures. Instead of being burdened with heavy packs, we carried only light day packs holding our lunch, water and raingear while our trusty guides, Kenneth and Roberto, and two additional female porters, carried the rest..."
"Adventure Life's eight-day Pure Patagonia Base Camp Trekking adventure is an active itinerary of massive glaciers, jagged mountains, glacier hikes and wonderful wildlife. Hiking each day is moderate to strenuous, and participants should be in good shape."
"Adventure Life encourages sustainable, low-impact travel in small groups averaging 8-10 guests. Trip leaders are bilingual and hold university degrees in anthropology, biology, botany and other related disciplines. Adventure Life runs several trips in Patagonia and other countries where the wilderness is the star."
An Easy IcebrakerPublished: July 1, 2007
By: Mens Journal
The Northwest Passage links the Atlantic and Pacific and provides a shipping route between Europe and Asia.
The deadly, ice-packed Northwest Passage remained unconquered until Roald Amundsen braved the trip in 1906. Today satellite images suggest that the ice is retreating so rapidly that the passage could be a viable shipping land by 2050, making the Panama Canal nearly obsolete. Following Amundesen's route today (from Anchorage, Alaska, to Resolute Bay, Canaada) aboard an icebreaker with outfitter Adventure Life is more aking to a pleasure cruise. Highlights include passage through the roaring Beaufort Sea and the Victoria Straight, where Amundsen was stranded for two winters. In addition to watching whales, seals, and polar bears, travelers get a look at icebergs that, for now at least, are the size of several city blocks.
By: Meg Lukens Noonan
Two Years Running! This is the second year in a row an Adventure Life trip has made Outside Magazine's coveted "Trip of the Year." In 2006 our Argentina Northwest Trek made the list - 2007 honors our Hiking Galapagos trip. Explore some of the Islands' most remarkable regions, including snorkeling at Leon Dormido, Tortuga Bay, El Junco Lagoon and a hike to the rim of Sierra Negra volcano. Spend the nights on the Islands in comfortable hotels. This Galapagos tour is a great alternative to the traditional Galapagos cruise. "Straddling the equator 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador, these far-flung volcanic islands have been the focus of scientists and wildlife lovers since Charles Darwin first scratched his head here in 1835. Now that the Galapagos have become one of the most popular destinations on the planet -- 120,000 yearly vistors come to spy on the islands' famous giant tortoises, fur seals, and blue-footed boobies -- the Galapagos National Park Services keeps tight control on where boat passengers disembark and how long they spend at designated land and underwater visitor sites. The best way to avoid crowds?...Join Adventure Life's new nine-day hiking trip, with overnights in small inns."
By: Gene Sloan
Itching for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? How about the first commerical trek up Tibet's Tsangpo river? Or rafting in little-visited Montenegro? Or biking in Spain's vineyard-dotted Rioja region? These are just a few of the new offerings from adventure travel companies for 2007. USA TODAY's Gene Sloan offers a guide to five new itineraries:...
...Patagonia: Adventure Life's End of the World trip combines three days on an expedition ship, sailing glacier-fed fjords and corssing the Strait of Magellan, with a land-based exploration of mountainous Chile and Argentina that includes a stay at an eco-tent lodge.
By: Gene Sloan
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND, the Galapagos, Ecuador -- An hour into a grueling hike through the scrubby, arid lowlands that cover much of this island, Alfredo Meneses slows his pace.
"Keep your eyes out," says the 40-year-old tour guide, sweat glistening from his brow as he scans the nearby clumps of silvery-gray, lichen-covered palo santo trees. "We've just entered the kingdom of the giant tortoise." ...
...Meneses, an Ecuador-born guide for Missoula, Mont.-based Adventure Life Journeys, launched the first land-based tour in the Galapagos nearly five years ago, a week-long multisport trip that included hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. Soon other adventure companies followed. In the past year, several also have added land-based all-kayaking trips. Now Adventure Life is premiering the first all-hiking trip, the latest twist in the growing trend...
Conde Nast Traveler
We are thrilled to have made Conde Nast Traveler's 2006 Green List for our role as a Tour Operator practicing responsible and sustainable travel. Read more in the September 2006 issue of Conde Nast...
"Adventure Life Journeys
ALJ operates trips in Latin America and Antarctica only and sponsors (with additional donations from travelers) the Earth Family Fund, which concentrates on three projects: a shelter for teenage mothers in Peru, a community near the Inca Trail, and an Ecuadorian orphanage. In addition to working exclusively with local guides and support staff, ALJ chooses its destinations carefully, including a private reserve in Costa Rica that has started its own nonprofit foundation and invented a wastewater-purification system using water lilies. The company also prints brochures on recycled paper with soy ink -- even though it raises costs by 20 percent..."
National Geographic Adventure
National Geographic Adventure recently highlighted our Peru Manu Biosphere tour in their "Great Summer Trips" issue. Check it out!
The 4.4-million-acre Manu Biosphere Reserve, in eastern Peru's Amazon territory, has the highest concentration of bird species on the planet. It is also home to tapirs, a dozen varieties of monkeys, and the playful giant otter -- an animal hunted nearly to extinction elsewhere but still thriving within the reserve. But Manu's most charismatic wildlife attraction is a garish little bird called the Andean cock-of-the-rock; males famously congregate for a bizarre mating ritual -- a sing off that may be the animal kingdom's closest approximation of American Idol. Outfitter Adventure Life has been leading guests to this spectacle for five years and doing it in a way that gives back to the surrounding human and animal communities. "We use local guides and transportation and family-run hotels so that our Peruvian hosts can share the benefits of tourism," says the company's founder, Brian Morgan.
Expect high altitude (13,000 feet) in the cloudforest portion of the
reserve. Accommodations at Manu are comfortable and simple -- you'll
have your own bed and bath, but the electricity is on for only eight
hours a day.
The Washington Post
By: Cindy Loose
Hundreds of white coolers line floor-to-ceiling shelves inside a hot, dimly lighted shed. The silence is broken only by what sounds like dozens of fingernails scraping against Styrofoam.
Veterinarian Miguel Flores Peregrina listens carefully to discern which coolers are emitting the scraping sounds, identifies three and open the lids.
Inside, dozens of squirming newborn turtles, each smaller than the palm of my hand, are clawing their way to the top of the sand-filled coolers and trying to bash through the sides of the Styrofoam to freedom. Like all sea turtles, these are born with a natural burst of energy and an ancient instinct telling them to rush headlong into the sea...
...Volunteers at Mexico's Playa Las Tortugas can hold baby turles, help measure females after they've come ashore at night to lay eggs, and see new hatchings scramble in the corrals...
...Adventure Life has trips to Costa Rica's Pacuare Nature Reserve
or Tortuguero National Park in spring and summer. From San Jose, Costa
Rica, eight-day trips begin at $1,345 and include working with turtles,
white-water rafting and visiting a rainforest...
Every year Outside Magazine lists the top trips from around the world. This year we are happy to announce our Northwest Argentina Trek made the honored list.
Amid the deep red gorges of Argentina's rugged northwest, aboriginal adobe huts stand as reminders that this country's rich history far predates the tango. This nine-day trip covers both past and present, fromt the pre-Spanish Calchaquis relics in Quilmes to the up-and-coming wineries of Cafayate. After a stay at ta comfortable bodega lodge, you'll embark on a three-day trek through the Cachi Mountains, where you and your packhorses will hoof it 29 miles up the Belgrando River Gorge to the multicolored sandstone formations of the Pukamayu Vally.
New York Times
By: Michelle Higgins
Travelers who want to hike the Inca Trail to the stunning ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru this summer should get a move on. To help protect the ancient trail, the Peruvian government is enforcing the limit of 500 trekkers starting the hike each day by requiring that tour operators submit the names and passport numbers of their clients to purchase necessary permits...
Adventure Life, in Missoula, Mont., offers the Cachiccata Trek, a 10-day backcountry experience that inludes four days of hiking that bypasses the traditional Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu ($1,625).
"What has become known as the Inca Trail is what people refer to as that four-day hike to Machu Picchu," said DarAnne Dunning, a trip coordinator for Adventure Life. "But that isn't the only Inca trail that there was. There were thousands and thousands of miles of these trails in Peru."
New York Times
By: Hilary Howard
For those who prefer to experience the flora and fauna of the Galapagos without getting sore forearms or sand in their bedding, yacht tours are the way to go. Listed below are package tours available for 2006. All are 10-day trips, unless specified otherwise. The growing popularity of these cruises, plus temperate weather, means that high season is practically year-round. Cost-conscious travelers may want to take advantage of the two brief low seasons, May 1 to mid-June, or mid-September through October. Prices are per person. Air fare to Quito, the starting point for most packages, is not included; meals are.
By: Gene Sloan
Itching for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? Travel companies are rolling out a wave of unusual itineraries for next year. USA TODAY's Gene Sloan offers a guide to seven of the most exciting new adventure trips for 2006 (all prices per person, based on double occupancy):
Just about every major adventure travel company offers a tour of the Galapagos islands -- by boat. Adventure Life's new twist? Participants stay on shore -- in small hotels on three islands (a rarity, since 97% of the islands are national park).
By: Gene Sloan
...Spurred by recent Peruvian government efforts to enforce visitation limits on the classic trail to Machu Picchu (no more than 500 people, including porters, can enter the trail per day; on high-volume days, nearly twice that many previously entered the trail) Adventure Life and other adventure companies have been adding new treks across the region. They follow lesser-used but no less spectacular Inca routes and visit little-known Inca ruins...
By: Gene Sloan
...While thousands of miles of Incan trails crisscross the mountains of Peru, most major U.S. adventure tour companies only have offered treks on the so-called "classic" Inca Trail that leads directly to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Now that's beginning to change. With the Peruvian government enforcing limits on visitors to the classic trail, which has been plagued by overcrowding, firms are adding more treks on "alternative" Incan trails connecting lesser-known ruins. ....The Missoula, Mont.-based company this summer launched "Cachiccata Trek: The Inca Trail Less Traveled," a 10-day trip that includes three days of trekking on the Cachiccata Trail, a route that passes the ruins of Chokekillka. The trip includes a stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and a train trip to Machu Picchu....
New York Times
By: Marjorie Connelly
...Based in Missoula, Mont., Adventure Life Journeys, (800) 344-6118 or www.adventure -life.com, organizes trips ranging from 10 days to 23 days; the longer trips include visits to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island. A 10-night voyage aboard the 110-passenger Akademik Ioffe visits the South Shetland Islands and the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, focusing on areas with the best possibilities of viewing wildlife. Including an optional overnight camping excursion, fares start at $5,390 a person...
San Francisco Chronicle
The Costa Rica Pacuare Nature Reserve recently began accepting visitors, and the US-headquartered Adventure Life is booking guests into the lodge. Founded 13 years ago to protect and study leatherback turtles and green turtles, the reserve accepts only six guests at a time, who work side-by-side with reserve's biologists tagging and measuring adult turtles and finding and moving nests to protect eggs from poachers...