Hot Springs
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Kimberly Tolhurst
Back to DC. We had an unforgettable adventure. All-in-all, I'd rate this a very successful trip. Between some luck (being right on the canopy bridge at the moment a sloth was climbing down from …
Fish face with an Alpaca hat
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Mindy Teini
Today is our last day in Cusco. We wandered down to a market near the hotel and started walking through all the stalls. Then we saw it: this small (ie. packable) painting of 4 travelers hiking. It …
Highway in Costa Rica
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Earl Rogers
Transfer back to San Jose
Starting a rainforest hike
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Kimberly Tolhurst
We enjoyed the scenery on our drive back to San Jose this afternoon. This included driving through banana plantations, farms, scenic mountain areas, and lots of lush greenery, with the occasional …
Nice view of Huayna Picchu
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Mindy Teini
Last night we stayed at the incredible Machu Picchu Hotel. Our room was upgraded to the Inkaterra Suite, an amazing room with a well-appointed king bed, 2 sitting areas, a private heated plunge pool, …
Yummy Great Reisling Wine -Ruth
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ruth brown
Traveling to Amsterdam from Malta was not a long trip (less than 3 hours) and on arrival we were greeted by beautiful weather, not too hot just perfect. Getting to the ship was pretty easy and we …
Driving along the Costa Rica coastline
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Earl Rogers
Morning canal boat trip
View from our balcony
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Kimberly Tolhurst
Today we went on a hike around the base of the arenal volcano. We had a wonderful guide, who provided lots of information about the history of the area, and was very knowledgeable about the flora and …
Day 1 at Machu Picchu
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Mindy Teini
Finally, the day came to hike from the famed Km 104 to the Sun Gate, and get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu!! As the train pulled to a stop the intercom came on with a nice greeting welcoming the …
Rafting the Sarapiqui River
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Kimberly Tolhurst
We upgraded to the Springs, a sprawling and activity-and-restaurant-packed resort. The views from around the resort, including from our own private balcony, were exquisite. The food was very good, …
rafting on the Urubamba
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Mindy Teini
Rafting the Urubamba River was pretty low on my list of exciting things to do while in Peru. I have to admit, I have always been a little scared of rafting! This day turned out to be one of my …
A Crocodile stalks a bird
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Earl Rogers
We just got back from the Arenal volcano tour. We walked up a private nature trail to the base of the volcano. It is 1700 meters high. We could only walk up the volcano about 300 meters, as per …
Taking a break for a swim
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Kimberly Tolhurst
During the day, we went rafting and swimming in the Sarapiqui River with a great crew. At the mid-way point, the crew pulled over to a shady shore and sliced us a refreshing and delicious snack of …
The Maras Salt Mines
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Mindy Teini
Day two took us touring into an indian market where we mostly admired the goods, but did barter to get a few deals! The women running the market stalls are almost aggressive the way they try to …
Crocodiles below
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Earl Rogers
Let me update you on Monday evening: I stopped by the bar on the way to supper at the hotel and met an interesting character along with a nice young lady bartender. After a great dinner that Louise, …
Flamingos
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Kimberly Tolhurst
We had a wonderful time exploring the rivers and canals, and our guide was dedicated and knowledgeable. He seemingly had eagle eyes, as he spotted and identified animals no one else on the boat could …
our biking route
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Mindy Teini
Everyone says you can feel the magic in Cusco, but for me the real magic happens in the less visited Sacred Valley along the Urubamba River! This is my magical place! The people are wonderful, the …
Crossing the river in Costa Rica
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Earl Rogers
What a day. Breakfast at the hotel was great. Louise, our waiter, took good care of us. French toast, 2 eggs over easy, toast, fresh fruit and fresh mixed fruit juice and coffee! I ate it all and …
Exploring -- river safari!
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Kimberly Tolhurst
Manatus is a dream! The staff is fabulous and friendly, and the food and lodging are delightful. Our room was simply but elegantly furnished with four poster beds sporting lovely netting. The grounds …
Sacsayhuaman
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Mindy Teini
Today we flew to Cusco! This city has real soul compared to Lima. I am super excited to be up at elevation where the air is a bit thinner and I feel like I can breathe again. This is the city I was …
An evening in Costa Rica
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Earl Rogers
We are on our way to Monteverde on highway 34 out of Quepos. It is a good road, but still has bumps and curves. It is bit harder to type in a moving car than I thought. We just past a big African …
View from our balcony
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Kimberly Tolhurst
On our first day, we arrived in San Jose from Washington, DC. Although we were tired from our flights, we enjoyed the pool, the food, and the chance to simply relax before really setting out on our …
being a fountain at Circuito Magico Del Agua
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Mindy Teini
We did see and do a lot in our short time in the Peruvian capital city: The zoo, a few pre-incan archeological sites, the Magic Water Circuit, the Larco Herrera museum, Miraflores District, Plaza de …