Author
Ranny and Donna Pierce
Over the next few days we visit many of the islands in the Galapagos, but of course not all. That would take an unusually long trip. Depending upon whether you do the four-day trip or the week trip, …
Giving the blessing -- Lucre
Author
Carol Thuerbach
Our friendly boat captain, Narciso, and his son Carlos Antony are from the island of Taquile, and they are all dressed up in their customary costumes for today's arrival. At the island, Marco and we …
Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Author
Amber See
Our final free day in Chile, we decide to take a day trip to the Andes mountains. Such an adventure to get to the top of the mountain with 61 curves of 180 degrees! But what a sight once we arrived …
Author
Ranny and Donna Pierce
We all had a well earned night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast the next morning. Did I mention about the breakfast at the hotel? Even though it was considered a continental breakfast, it was …
It's the week before Easter - Lucre
Author
Carol Thuerbach
Before leaving Tikonata, we stroll to the island's quaint museum which houses a small but amazing collection of mummies, all women, and all in the fetal position. As was the Inca tradition, each was …
Easter Sunday
Author
Amber See
Booked a tour for Valparaiso, which was declared World Heritage cite to visit. The city is absolutley beautiful. Full of so much history and culture. The homes are colored with bright brillant …
Author
Ranny and Donna Pierce
After an exhausting day (the day before), we all slept well at our hotel last night. The next morning our guide picked us up to take us shopping. We had a new guide this morning and his name was …
All made of flowers - Lucre
Author
Carol Thuerbach
At breakfast, we try for the first time api, a warm drink made from purple corn powder, water, cinnamon, cloves and sugar. YUMMMM! Marco, our guide for the next three days, meets us at the hotel …
Chilean Dinner & Dance
Author
Amber See
Free day in Santiago. Love free days! When we sat down for breakfast we noticed a small Easter basket on the table via the hotel staff on this Easter Sunday. Such a great thing to wake up to. We …
Author
Ranny and Donna Pierce
This part of the journal encompasses two days. Our first adventure was zip-lining (the natives call it "the canopy." This was the first time for all of us, so this was a "real" …
Lunch on the river's edge.
Author
Carol Thuerbach
A bus ride takes us from the bustling Cusco to the vast high plains. Imagine Kansas with high snowcapped mountains in the distance. There are large herds of sheep, alpaca, llamas and cattle. We …
Self tour of Santiago
Author
Amber See
After the long trek from New york, we arrived in Santiago without delay. Arrangements had been made for transfer to our home away from home. Once we settled into our rooms we made a break for the …
Author
Ranny and Donna Pierce
We wake to a wonderful buffet breakfast that includes those things you could find in the USA but also some of the local breakfast treats from Ecuador. You won't leave hungry. The staff is most …
Our lunch "pavilion" at the takeout
Author
Carol Thuerbach
It doesn't matter how many photographs of this place you may have seen, you MUST see it in person -- breathtaking! Again, I could write a book about the gradeur, the history, the sights, the …
Home, sweet Aliso
Author
Ranny and Donna Pierce
It's hard to believe that we are in the capital of Ecuador. Frankly, before looking into a trip to the Galapagos I never really thought about spending much time in Quito. I'm so glad that we made …
Rafting on the Urubamba River
Author
Carol Thuerbach
After breakfast, Juan and we tour the Inca ruins just below our campsite. The engineering of the area's water alone it a thing to behold. And now we begin our downward climb to the Sacred Valley. …
Madidi River, enroute to Chalalan Lodge in Bolivia
Author
Elizabeth Conway
National Geographic Traveler's annual Stay List is out. For 2011, they focused on a region of the world we know a thing or two about -- South America. Three of Adventure Life's favorites are …
Rasta Llama
Author
Carol Thuerbach
We camped overnight at a small village at the base of the trail we will hike today. The sounds of the day beginning are what awakens us from a great night's sleep -- the braying of a donkey, …
parrot clay lick Yasuni National Park
Author
Stuart White
Groggily we deplaned at dawn in Atlanta. Connections after this point were pretty routine, As we flew homeward I reflected a bit on our travels. It occurred to me that had we made the same trip a …
Saqsaywamen, near Cusco
Author
Carol Thuerbach
Leaving Cusco with a van loaded with bikes. There is the van driver, of course, a bike guide/mechanic, our chef for the next few days, and Juan. We are definitely being well taken care of. The …
briefly stuck on a Napo R. sandbar
Author
Stuart White
It's hard to believe we're spending our last day in Ecuador, the conclusion of a spectacular adventure. At breakfast Gloria gave us directions to a sporting goods store, where we bought Liga …
Love these hats the ladies wear
Author
Carol Thuerbach
Today we have FOUR people looking after us, ensuring our safety and enjoyment of the activities in store; our guide, Juan; a van driver; Willy, the rafting guide; and Rubio, our safety guide in his …
squirrel monkey foraging
Author
Stuart White
Those of us leaving the Coral went with Jose to the Principio tortoise reserve where we borrowed Wellingtons to slog through the mud in search of the lumbering giants. It brought to mind my personal …
A few of the 3,000 kinds of potatoes
Author
Carol Thuerbach
To be in this predominantly Catholic country during Easter week proves to be an unexpected delight. We join the throngs to watch the big parade in the central plaza. Vendors are selling palms …