Basilica, view from the stairway
Author
Joan Curti
At Santa Fe we arrived to a beach with much younger sea lions than we had previously seen. They were much more energetic, playing with each other, and quite curious about who the visitors to their …
Author
Jason Elliott
Rise and shine in Quito, use the bathroom in a normal fashion for what, unbeknownst to us, is the last time until we get back, and head out to the airport where our Quito guide points us in the right …
Garden at Hotel Bougainvillea
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Laura Lovato
Since we came a day earlier than our Adventure Life tour started, we planned a day trip through the hotel. We'd heard about the Aerial Tram grounds and decided to check it out. The views from the …
Last ladder to the top, it is a long way up there!
Author
Joan Curti
This morning we arrived at Santa Cruz. Of the 16 members of our Millenium family, 12 are leaving to continue their journey throughout South America, only two are heading home. We all hop on a bus …
Can you find the iguana?
Author
Jason Elliott
Sander (my nine-year old boy) and I (my thirty-nine year old self) decided to take a trip to the Galapagos Islands. For us, the Galapagos is an almost mythical place, sort of like a Neverland for …
Scot Hiking the Inca Trail
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maureen mcclellan
Today is our last day. We have an afternoon flight to Cusco, so the Monasterio gave us a late checkout. We spend the early morning having breakfast in the coutyard under the sunshine and listening …
Day 1 hedge maze in Hotel Bougainvillea garden
Author
Laura Lovato
Today we flew from Charlotte, NC, to San Jose's Juan Santamaria International airport. The flight was a little sketchy, but it was our own fault since we did not check in the day before OR arrive a …
Climbing up from the Basilica ceiling
Author
Joan Curti
This morning we landed at Cormorant Point, where there are no cormorants and the sand on the beach is a greenish/blackish color. We hiked up and over a small hill to a brackish lagoon, the home of …
The Andes
Author
maureen mcclellan
Today we have a great breakfast at the Monasterio to the sounds of the Gregorian chants. Then we meet Marco and take a taxi up to Sacsayhuaman. It is still early so the site is pretty deserted. This …
Above the Basilica ceiling
Author
Joan Curti
When we went to bed last night we were in the harbor. We were going to start cruising during the night, and once we started up and left the harbor we didn’t get much sleep. The catamaran …
The beautiful Andes
Author
maureen mcclellan
This morning we hear the train running which means that the strike is over, so the next part of our journey begins. After an early morning breakfast farewell with our wild feathered friends we meet …
Barbershop under the Presidential Palace
Author
Joan Curti
In the morning, we deliver two dozen roses to the front desk clerk at the Hotel Eugenia, bringing a smile to her face. When Valerie picks us up, we give her the other two dozen. She delivers us to …
Huinay Huayna
Author
maureen mcclellan
This morning we got up early to go on a birdwatching walk but were met with a flock of wild parakeets squawking overhead just outside our room as they landed in a coral tree to eat the flowers. And …
Motorcycle Police
Author
Joan Curti
This morning we opened the curtains and found peacocks looking back at us. We decided to walk around the grounds again in the daylight and found we wished we had come earlier yesterday. If gave us …
Huinay Huayna
Author
maureen mcclellan
Today we got up early to see the sunrise. We stop at the entry gate to get the tickets Marco left there for re-entry and climb up to the guardhouse. Although there are a decent amount of people …
A local family weaving in Quito
Author
Joan Curti
Yes, I did count the speed bumps. We had a racecar wannabe bus driver on our way to Lago Agrio. His strategy was to drive like mad until you reach a speed bump, slow quickly, bounce over the speed …
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Carolyn Devens
I think I finally hit my stride today. I felt less like a guest being shown the ropes and more like someone that is settling in for the next 11 weeks. All the interns got up for the daily 6am check …
Our guide Marco with Moray rings reflections
Author
maureen mcclellan
Well, today's the big day! We start with an early morning breakfast, leave our duffel bags at the front desk, and make the very short walk to the train station with our carry-on bags. The train …
The great scarf saleslady makes a sale (to me)
Author
Joan Curti
This morning we woke up to a steady downpour in the rain forest. I found myself thinking that this was great, it should rain in the rain forest. Yesterday was so sunny it was hard to imagine that it …
Author
Elizabeth Conway
GoGirl Motto: Don't Take Life Sitting Down Sorry fellows, but this Product Praise is just for the ladies. There's no real romantic way to describe this product, so I'll dive right into it. Put …
Rings of Moray
Author
maureen mcclellan
Today I woke up early to see the resident alpacas at the Pakaritampu. The gardens here are pretty and peaceful. Our driver comes and we're off to see the Sacred Valley. On the way have glimpses of …
Ice Cream for sale
Author
Joan Curti
I slept like a log and got right up for the morning knock at 5 am, surprising, since I am not a morning person. We took another magical canoe ride back across the lake with lots of birds out in the …
Author
Carolyn Devens
Happy Belated 4th of July everyone! I actually had the wrong date on my watch and totally forgot yesterday! I only realized this morning when someone said it was the 5th that I was off by a day. It …
Sacred Valley farming
Author
maureen mcclellan
This morning we fly to Cusco and pass high over many snow capped glaciers, some razor edged. We are met at the airport by our guide Marco Palomino Tocre and the Cusco affiliates and our journey …