Author
Graham Gillen
On the day we were to raft the wild "Florida" section of theh Reventazon river, we met another Tico (Costa Rican) who was quite an interesting and fun character - our river guide, …
Sacsayhuaman, the head of the puma
Author
Madeline Jones
I think we all woke up excited. My parents also woke up to a ruin right out their window. Tucked up onto the hillside directly in front of their bed was the Ollantaytambo ruin, terraces resplendent …
Cathedral in Cusco
Author
Chris Stanford
I fly from Richmond, Virginia to Lima via Newark. The flight from Newark to Lima is long but it arrives on time at 10:30 pm local time. Fortunately, my hotel which is just across the street from …
At the Equator
Author
Stephanie & Craig Smith
After leaving Archidona, we drove 4 hours to Coca, a dingy oil-industry city which serves as a gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. After stopping for gas and picking up the 16-year-old Huaorani …
Plaza del Armas - Lima
Author
Kassandra Miller
We actually get to sleep in late today and enjoy the early morning at the hotel. We were surprised by the breakfast: the omelet bar is fantastic. There was more variety than your typical …
Hotel Majoro, Nazca
Author
Charles Anderson
We arrived in Arequipa the next morning, checked into our hotel, and had a chance to shower and rest before meeting Carlos for a stroll through the old section of the city. This is a charming area …
Author
Graham Gillen
That morning my travel alarm woke us early. It sounded strangely like a howler monkey. Wait, it WAS a howler monkey. It was time to pack our bags and make the return journey to more populous areas …
 Baby alpaca with a special treat for Teddy
Author
Madeline Jones
Today we ventured beyond our protective bubble and partook of the sweeter, harder to reach fruits surrounding Cusco. First stop was a small town, Chinchero, where we were taken to observe a weaving …
Ashley looks over the Lima airport from our hotel room
Author
Kassandra Miller
I am traveling to Peru with fellow Adventure Lifer, Ashley Bailey. We start our trip with our flight to San Francisco being delayed by an hour and a half. That's an hour and half more that we could …
Nazca Pottery
Author
Charles Anderson
At breakfast the next morning, we discovered that Peruvians are not coffee drinkers. However, coffee was readily available and generally very good. We also quickly discovered that Peru has great …
Blue Morpho
Author
Graham Gillen
Our second day in Tortuguero started and ended in darkness. We woke early for an early morning canal tour when the wildlife is more active. This was no zoo exhibit and there are no guarantees of …
Qenco with an altar lurking beneath the rocks
Author
Madeline Jones
The highlight of breakfast were thin, shriveled, bright pink sausages (I think) that no one was brave enough to try. They were accompanied by the same spread as the day before, although a few new …
Bus to Nazca
Author
Charles Anderson
The next day, we had time to walk up to Parque Kennedy, a lovely park surrounded by beautiful buildings including Iglesia de la Virgin Milagrosa and the Municipal Palace. On weekends, people gather …
Author
Graham Gillen
Our night was short and we woke early for a 620 am trip to Tortuguero. On the map it seemed *quite* remote and half the journey would be by boat. Our guide was Kenneth (I kick myself for not asking …
Mom and Dad as prime targets for eager peddlers
Author
Madeline Jones
Our alarms went off at 6 and we grudgingly convened downstairs for breakfast. It was a very European spread with bread, meats, cheeses, fruit, some scrambled eggs and vaguely familiar looking …
Balancing on the Equator
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Stephanie & Craig Smith
Felipe and his colleague Arturo picked us up (in a replacement truck) on Friday August 6 and drove us out of Quito over the Andean continental divide towards Archidona. Along the way we stopped at …
Colorful Bus in Lima
Author
Charles Anderson
I became curious about Peru during our trip to Ecuador last year with Adventure Life. The Andes intrigued me during our travels in and out of Quito. The tipping point came after I read an interesting …
Author
Graham Gillen
Our sedan service picked us up at 8am to take us to the airport in Washington, DC. Our driver was from Morocco (Yaseen) and we enjoyed conversing about travel and soccer. We both agreed Americans …
Plaza de las armas, Cusco
Author
Madeline Jones
With the exception of my brother, it was the first time for any of us in South America and I must admit it was a little anti-climactic. Our plane touched down at 10:40 and we wearily stumbled off …
 Pululahua Crater
Author
Stephanie & Craig Smith
On Saturday morning, we had another nice breakfast at Casa Aliso, and then were picked up by our guide, Felipe. We had met him over dinner in the Galapagos two years ago, and it was nice to see him …
Fog Shrouded Polar Sea Ice, Greenland
Author
Paul Ackerman
The ship entered Reykjavik harbor in the early morning hours on the final day of our two week cruise. The sparkling waterfront with its brightly colored houses offered a warm welcome as did our …
The Jimenez Oreamuno Pedestrian Walkway
Author
Patricia Bolgosano
We woke up early to the rumbling of Arenal Volcano sending black smoke skywards. It was so very cool to hear and see a live volcano. In the observatory lodge you can watch the seismograph needle …
Insided the elegant Hotel Bergerac
Author
Patricia Bolgosano
We met our guide Jeffery in the morning for our trip to La Fortuna. We stopped for lunch and as we ate we heard the rumble of Arenal and saw it's plume rise into the sky...our first sighting of it's …