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Bartolome - Snorkeling from the Zodiak
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Sandy Lane
Sandy – I’ve had limited conversations with some of our 10 crew members. None spoke English well, all are native to Galapagos, and none has ever been to the USA. Our guide, Samuel …
face on the mountain at Ollantaytambo
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Sandra Woerner
I awoke to the sound of rain at two in the morning. It sounded wonderful against the greenery outside our room, but I was afraid it would ruin our morning on Machu Picchu. I did not sleep much that …
Bartolome - Leif standing at the top of the climb
Author
Sandy Lane
Sandy – We started the morning with a great breakfast that included French toast. Every morning we have fresh fruit juice; usually we have no idea what fruit the juice comes from, but it is …
Herbe and Zed at Salinas
Author
Sandra Woerner
After breakfast, we walked to the train station and boarded for the two hour journey to Aguas Calientes. The Urubamba River ran alongside the railroad tracks and the mountains were on either side of …
Rabida - Bump-head parrotfish that we saw while snorkeling
Author
Sandy Lane
Sandy -This morning the group went to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Galapagos' capital, to visit the Interpretive Center. I did not go because 4 hours will be spent in the town and I cannot imagine not …
Salt Flats
Author
Sandra Woerner
When Herbe came to pick us up there was a parade of protesters(workers) marching in the streets. We had to wait a few minutes before our driver could get the van through the streets. We were going to …
Rabida Island- Two sea lions on the beach
Author
Sandy Lane
Sandy – Plazas Sur, the island we sailed to overnight, is named after a man whose importance I don't remember. My leg was better today but not great enough to walk without hanging on to …
Author
Noel Swanson
The final stop was the Amazon at Puerto Maldonado, elevation about 200 meters – yet 2,000 km from the sea. Now, here was the biggest surprise. Here we were, in the Amazon rain forest, just 12 …
Music
Author
Jonathan Brunger
I know this is a bit last-minute, but we couldn't pass this up; we found out about the Tango Festival and World Championships that take place every August in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and decided to …
Moray
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Sandra Woerner
Our flight to Cusco was at 9:30 AM so we awoke early and ate a good breakfast and walked back across the street to go through security and board our Lan flight to Cusco. We were met by a …
Rabida Island- The two of us on our hike
Author
Sandy Lane
Sandy –Our day started with a glorious early morning hike on a boardwalk on Bartolomé Island to the top of the volcano. My leg had been taxed by the rough terrain, but this hike was made …
Zed at Moray
Author
Sandra Woerner
After months of planning and years of dreaming, my grandson, Zed, and I left the Austin airport around noon on Monday, July 12th. The flight to Houston was short and we had a couple hours layover …
Santa Cruz- "First Class" bus ride to Puerto Ayora
Author
Sandy Lane
Sandy – Having cruised all night, we awoke to an exciting, exhilarating day. We went to a beach on Rabida for hiking and viewing the wildlife. The rocks and beach sand were an iron-rich red. …
Author
Noel Swanson
Finally we arrived at Machu Picchu – and it is just as spectacular as in the photos. We also climbed up Waynu Picchu, which was steep, but not too bad until the very last bit where it is …
Our yacht, Millennium, led us to many adventures.
Author
Sandy Lane
Sandy – We had a short, not-so-good night at the Hotel Eugenia because of noise outside, a lumpy pillow, and a headache (I suspected it was due to the high altitude). We were picked up at 6 AM …
Quito, Ecuador- Photo taken from plane
Author
Sandy Lane
Sandy – All life offers to us is opportunity and so we, grandmother and grandson, seized the opportunity granted to us and left for the Philadelphia Airport early in the morning in the pouring …
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Noel Swanson
The trail was fairly straight forward, including the second day which took us back up to 4,200 meters again, to cross the Dead Woman's Pass. Along the way we saw numerous Inca terraces and buildings, …
In the Amazon rain forest
Author
Noel Swanson
Here was our first surprise – we had a private tour, just the two of us – plus SIX porters and our guide, Marco Antonio. The guides carried our stuff, put up our tents, and cooked us …
First sight of Machu Picchu
Author
Noel Swanson
First visiting the Sacred Valley, we then went to Ollantaytambo to start the Inca trail.
Breakfast at the top of the Inca Trail
Author
Noel Swanson
On the bus ride from the town of Puno (Lake Titicaca) we visited some Inca sites and then arrived at the Inca capital, Cusco. Of course, this is now 75% tourist driven, but still a pleasant town of …
Dancing at the Lake Titicaca Party
Author
Noel Swanson
We stated overnight with a family on Amantani island, and walked up to the peak of Pacha Mama, 4,200 feet. Then we donned native clothes and went to a party. The weather was curious – the …
Cheering for Brazil's victory over Chile at the World Cup
Author
Noel Swanson
From there we started our Peru tour – the floating islands of Uros in Lake Titicata, the highest navigable lake in the world. It is huge – and 3,800 meters high. The floating islands are …
Floating past caymans in the Pantanal, Brazil
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Noel Swanson
Brazil and Peru were interesting - but huge. Everytime we went to a new place, it was a full day’s traveling. We first went to Campo Grande, where we met someone who introduced us to Pousada …

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