Arctic Cruise on the Akademik Ioffe: A journey through Spitsbergen, Eastern Greenland & Iceland with a group of 21 students and teachers from the China Association for Scientific Expedition.

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The group in front of the China stationThe TeachersPolar bear and cubSealSpectacular ice formation
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Elizabeth Conway
Great alternative to Classic Inca Trail - the Cachiccata Trek With Inca Trail passes filling up 3 months in advance (sometimes even faster during peak travel months) the last-minute Peru trekker …
Our luggage travels in style to the Pinta
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Suzanne Hoffman
We take a long bus ride on Santa Cruz to see Giant tortoises. Even before we get to the farm, we see a number of large ones on the side of the road. As with Isabela, I find even the bus ride …
We made it to the first peak!
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Elizabeth Conway
Alex with Adventure Life travelers, DeAnne and Simon Phillips, on the Cachiccata Trek in Peru Some of our Peru travelers have already had a chance to meet Alex, one of our Peru guides. For those …
The first sea lion greets us at the pier
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Suzanne Hoffman
Today is Isabela day. We start out on a small bouncy bus and ride for about 45 minutes. Even if we see nothing else, the day is already interesting - just seeing what the inner parts of the island …
Our first panga ride (to the Pinta)
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Suzanne Hoffman
Our first stop is Post Office Bay - a place where a tradition continues of travellers taking letters / postcards with addresses near their home towns and then hand delivering them. I take several (to …
Our luggage travels from Galapagos airport to pier
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Suzanne Hoffman
We see North Seymore in the morning and Santa Cruz in the afternoon (somehow we fit in 3 enormous and incredible meals too!) In the morning we get our first view of some fascinating birds as well as …
Time for a little R&R
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Kristen Kidder
We have no plans for our day in Lima other than trying to find the Museum of the Spanish Inquisition and sample some chifa in Chinatown. And although Cory is skeptical, I am confident that we can …
Market place in Quito
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Suzanne Hoffman
I am up at 0400 (I feel like a kid on Christmas!) A van from Adventure Life picks us up a few hours later and takes us to the Quito airport. We get a nice lesson about the environs of the city . We …
Monkeying around in the Amazon
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Kristen Kidder
It’s our last full day of the trip and I wake feeling much better, although not quite 100%. Because we missed much of our planned activities yesterday, the company has generously sent Javier …
Casa Aliso in Quito
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Suzanne Hoffman
The day starts at 0230. I have 4 alarms set - 2 by the bed and 2 on the dresser! My husband Harry has one. The flight leaves at 0648 and the airport is ~1 hour away. There are two kinds of people in …
Bird over the lake
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Kristen Kidder
Although we were supposed to spend the next 24 hours sailing and touring islands, it becomes obvious early on that I’m not going to be able to continue this leg of the trip. Plans are made to …
Parrots- As Common In The Amazon As Pigeons Are to NYC
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Kristen Kidder
Javier is the name of our new guide, and he picks us up at the hotel early in the morning. He’s our youngest yet, and says “yes, of course” in answer to most questions. He’s …
Jungle hike
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Kristen Kidder
The final leg of our journey begins today – a 9-hour bus ride that takes us to Puno and our activities on Lake Titicaca. We’re happy to meet up with a Canadian family who was with us for …
Outside El Sauce Hotel in Ollantayambo
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Helen LeMaire
Nothing prepares you for Machu Picchu, not pictures, descriptions, or words. Going to Machu Picchu has been a dream of mine for many years. Although I'd read about the amazing accomplishments, the …