More pottery in the Cathedral of the ATM cave
Author
Marissa Jensen
This morning we rise early to catch the boat out with the Turneffe staff. It is rainy an overcast and I am nervous for the half hour boat ride to the lodge. The staff hasn't turned on their charm …
Loved watching these two chase eachother around in Pisac.
Author
Mary Schlicht
Visiting Lima was quite a contrast from the quiet villages I loved in the Sacred Valley. Lima provided all of the hustle and bustle a big city has to offer, and again, we enjoyed our day to explore …
To a rutted path
Author
Philip Flood
Saturday, June 20 - We had no plans for today, other than to meet the gentleman from Santiago at his jewelry store up Santander. We got up well before store hours and had our Chapin breakfast at the …
Ancient Maya pottery in the ATM cave
Author
Marissa Jensen
This morning we head to the Dangriga airport. There we catch our Tropic Air flight back to Belize city. These planes are 20 seaters and the pilot talks to you while you are flying. I have been in …
Nature and construction united.
Author
Mary Schlicht
We opted out of the optional tour this final day (our financial resources were getting pretty tight), so that we could spend time “alone” among the “local tourists” who have …
To a nicely graded dirt  road
Author
Philip Flood
Friday, June 19 – We got up early to meet Hugo for the planned 7:15 AM departure for San Francisco el Alto. We had our coffee, and Hugo was there, right on time. He asked us to leave our …
Relaxing at Pook\'s Hill in Belize\'s Maya Mountains
Author
Marissa Jensen
This morning we head out for our very own private snorkel tour. By the end of the week, the rest of the guests have had their fill so it is just mom and I. We see pretty much the same fish but …
Children playing on the trail up to Pisac.
Author
Mary Schlicht
Opting for a second day at Machu Picchu provided us the opportunity to explore this mystifying place on our own. Having done my own research on Machu Picchu, I wanted to seek out some of the sights …
Ecuador!
Author
Reilly Sullivan
How do you sum up a trip to the Galapagos? A birders paradise? A zoo without cages? Neither of the previous statements do Darwins Islands any justice. The Flamingo I, our vessel for the week, took us …
Our road from Mixco varied from a newly paved road
Author
Philip Flood
Thursday, June 18 – Today was a fairly easy day. Hugo called us last night to ask if we knew where some of the co-ops we were scheduled to visit were located. We pulled out our papers and found …
The Crystal Maiden in the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave
Author
Marissa Jensen
This morning we meet up for breakfast and head out on our adventure. We are taking a horseback riding tour through the Jungle this morning....well that was the plan any way When we get to the …
Many of the peoples of Peru captured my heart.
Author
Mary Schlicht
Boarding the train to Machu Picchu felt like a step back in time. I felt like I should be wearing a vintage wide-brimmed hat while being escorted by a pair of English Wolfhounds. There really is no …
There\'s a model of the site under the palapa
Author
Philip Flood
Wednesday, June 17 - The adventure continues. We got up at 7:30 to be able to have breakfast and meet our new guide at 9. My back pain has gotten no better, and the rain has kept up everyday. We have …
Hiking through Belize jungles near the Maya Mountains
Author
Marissa Jensen
Today is primarily just a day to do nothing. We decide to walk along the beach and look at the other lodges and eat breakfast at the sister lodge. About half into it, we get caught in a thunder …
Views from our side-trip to the llama farm.
Author
Mary Schlicht
Traveling through the Sacred Valley really helped to put this whole region into perspective. I quickly became thankful that this is the format to which this trip was established because it allowed …
Author
Adventure Life
Mike Guzman, National Geographic magazine's My Shot For the past few years, I have heard lots of news about carbon offsets and we have had lots of discussion within the office about carbon …
Mixco\'s mountaintop location aided in its defense
Author
Philip Flood
Tuesday, June 16 - After a nice breakfast at the La Laterna, we went to the front desk to inquire about getting a cab to take us to Solola. Tuesday is market day in Solola, and we were looking …
Wading through the river in route to the ATM cave
Author
Marissa Jensen
This morning we start with a nice refreshing breakfast of fruit, toast, coffee and freshly squeezed. When we are done, we head to the dock to board the boat. Once all divers and snorkelers are …
A drop everything for this picture photo of the Plaza.
Author
Mary Schlicht
I quickly became intoxicated with Cuzco and all of the sights and sounds of this amazing city. We arrived just days before the Inti Raymi festivities, but the city was already bustling with parades …
Phil at one of the ballcourts
Author
Philip Flood
Monday, June 15, 2009 - We checked out of the Aurora and our driver, Alfredo, met us right on time for the ride to Pana. He told us yesterday's earthquake was a 5.2 centered at Coban, so it was not …
Mountain Pine Ride Cayo District Belize
Author
Marissa Jensen
Every morning, I wake up pinching myself. This morning we awoke to the sound of birds singing in the distant trees. We are leaving the jungle today. I don't know if I am more sad to leave this …
My regrets for having not purchased a bird whistle here.
Author
Mary Schlicht
Anticipation…mixed with a full day of flying can produce amazing butterflies in ones stomach. Fortunately, I was able to convince all of my butterflies to fly in one direction; and they …
Sheree on the pyramid.
Author
Philip Flood
Sunday, June 14 - I did not sleep well last night. My right leg was very sore, and I could not get comfortable. My tossing and turning kept Sheree up as well. I woke up at about 5:30 or 6:00 to a …
My mom and I getting ready to enter the ATM cave
Author
Marissa Jensen
This morning starts with a hearty breakfast. We have a strenuous day ahead of us. We get to know our fellow travel mates and I look forward to getting to know them further. Once our breakfast …