Adelie penguin and chick
Author
Nancy Golden
Land ho, the Falkland Islands! Ten people to a zodiac, we departed the ship for our first excursion on West Point Island. Antarctica it was not. The green grass and sunny skies made us overdressed …
Ushuaia
Author
Sergey Semenchinskiy
Farewell Argentina! We left South America. Our way home was not as long as our trip to Argentina. It happened as it was scheduled, and we reach Moscow at 4pm on the 30th of December, only 20 hours …
Penguin rookery Martillo Island in Beagle Channel
Author
Cynthia Gillett
Today we partook of the other included excursion which is a horseback ride across the pastures and down to the immense Lake Argentina shore for 1-2 hrs depending in your wishes. We loved it - great …
Adelie penguin and juvenile
Author
Nancy Golden
'Variably queasy today' That's the main journal entry I have for our first full day aboard the Marina Svetaeva (recently renamed the Ortelius), a ship specifically designed for polar exploration with …
Author
Mary Keenan
I was ready to get home, but sorry to leave the wonderful nation of Ecuador. It's fun reminiscing. So back to the airport, back to the U.S. boarding paranoia, and back to planes stuck in Miami. But …
Ushuaia
Author
Sergey Semenchinskiy
Today we had a lazy day. We slept very long and only went out of the hotel at noon. It was very hot and we managed to find the only nice place around, a botanical garden. We sat in pleasure for …
Whalebone Gateway
Author
Cynthia Gillett
A comfortable bus picked us up (already full of people who had to be picked up much earlier than us because their lodgings were closer into town) and off we went to Argentina's Glacier National Park …
Adelie penguin with juvenile
Author
Nancy Golden
Today we would push off from dock and received some welcome news upon waking: Anne's luggage had made it to Buenos Aires and was likely to be on a morning flight to Ushuaia. This allowed us the …
Holding a wild tarantula found during a guided night hike
Author
David Vincent
A last wander on the beach and downtown to spend our last Belizean dollars. Some goodies for folks back home and a farewell Belikin beer at the Hangover Bar take care of that. Then on to the airport …
Author
Mary Keenan
More hikes, then back to Quito. Ecuador is a 3rd world country but one on an optimistic climb. Notable from the last time I was here were an emphasis on ecuadorian-grown products (rather than …
Harbor of Ushuaia
Author
Sergey Semenchinskiy
Farewell, Patagonia! Hello, Civilization! We met you again at Bariloche airport! How nice it was on road 40! We had no other choices - one bus, one road, one person, one hundred kilometers! And we …
TdF Natl Park Sign
Author
Cynthia Gillett
A much shorter bus ride back to El Calafate on this sunny morning, arriving to be greeted by a taxi driver who drove us through El Calafate and another 15 minutes to El Galpon ranch where we were …
Adelie penguins in love. Or perhaps just lust.
Author
Nancy Golden
Arriving in Ushuaia without delay allows for a play day before cruising. Mary Ann and Lynn booked a day of adventure at the National Park, while Linda, Brian, Erin, and I planned for a hike up the …
Xunantunich
Author
David Vincent
Up early to start the day. This will be a great experience as we are going deep sea fishing outside the reef. Dorado, wahoo, sailfish, marlin, grouper and many other species either inhabit this area …
Author
Mary Keenan
Adventure-Life squeezed the two of us into every trip we dreamed of. The last was a trip to Bella Vista hotel in bosque nublado, the cloud forest. A zillion more birds, of course, and to the …
View from a plane before landing at Ushuaia
Author
Sergey Semenchinskiy
On our last full day in Bariloche we wanted a final look at the city from above and used the cable road, named the ''teleferico'', to go up to the top. So as not to lose our way, we memorized this …
Woodpecker in TdF park
Author
Cynthia Gillett
Today's trek allowed for departure walking right from EcoCamp, past some horses frolicing in another lodge's front lawn, through a field of "mother-in-law" bushes (prickly!), with a stop by …
Erin and Nancy discover the Beagle Stout
Author
Nancy Golden
Unless you're extremely lucky (or an advance-planner....not my particular forte), the journey to Ushuaia involves not only changing planes in Buenos Aires, but often changing airports. Though I left …
Canoeing on the Rio Macal
Author
David Vincent
One of the local tour companies worked out a price for us to go on an all day tour, fishing, snorkelling, beach BBQ, and unlimited refreshments. It was a good deal so we said OK(we always barter). …
Author
Mary Keenan
Don't miss this! There are two sites, one full of restaurants and one "science" with the actual equator designated by a line. The guide does tricks to show the phenomena we all associate …
Statue in Steps of Aguas Calientes
Author
Hank Pomeranz
We landed in Cusco in late morning. The day was cool, overcast with occasional light rain. Our guide to be, Vidal, met us at the airport with the van to take us to the hotel. After a cursory …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
Author
Sergey Semenchinskiy
Today we had an wonderful trip by boat on lake Namuel Huapi to Port Blest. There was excellent weather and we saw many gulls flying over our boat. Port Blest is a small landing stage inside a …
Gnarled Tree in TdF Natl Park
Author
Cynthia Gillett
Today we took a bus ride through the park (guanacos, Andean condors, amazingly multicolored blue green mountain lakes), then a boat ride across Lake Pehoe to start our hike to French Valley. Because …
Martial Glacier, Argentina
Author
Nancy Golden
I bid goodbye to the large extended family that had gathered at my sister's house for Christmas. And not a moment too soon. A storm was moving up the East Coast, canceling flights along its path. One …