--- Menu --- Blog Traveler Stories News Travel Tips Responsible Travel Our Office Author Mary Schlicht The flights home from Lima seemed to slip by in a dream. I couldn’t wait to return home to tell everyone about this grand adventure and about the insights I’ve gained from my travel to … Author Philip Flood Sunday, June 21 - This was our last full day in Guatemala. We had our breakfast at the La Lanterna, did our final packing, and got ready to meet Hugo by 8. Hugo had told us that he might not arrive … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 …