Capped Heron
Author
thomas wilusz
Just before sunrise, we crammed into the range rover and began our search for the giant anteater in the savannah. Caballeros on horseback had been sent ahead to scout but no joy this morning. After …
Istanbul University
Author
Jennifer Barile
We had to wake up at 3:15am in order to take a taxi to the airport. The down side to taking a taxi this early in the morning is that the taxi drivers charge almost double the price for rides between …
Caiman House
Author
thomas wilusz
After one more stroll around the grounds of Rock View and a short excursion to foothills for more birding, we finished our breakfast, said goodbye to our gracious host and staff and boarded the …
Our lunch site at Moray
Author
Molly Quackenbush
Woke up to Lima's 'garua' grey sky. We walked around the upscale neighborhood, and down to the shore. Even in the fog, the high bluffs along the coast were beautiful scenery. Surfers! Eduardo …
Washing before entering the mosque
Author
Jennifer Barile
After a yummy breakfast of Greek pastries that involved cheese and chocolate, we set out for the National Archeological Museum. This museum houses some of the most important artifacts in all of …
Burrowing Owl
Author
thomas wilusz
After breakfast, the day began with a short hike through the Annai village to the Pakaraima foothills. This was an easy trail to walk and the birdlife was amazing! Richard pointed out more than 50 …
Sunset over the Rio Negro
Author
Maria Campbell
We arrived back in Manaus this morning and had to say 'Goodbye' to all the characters we'd gotten to know over the past week. I have hundreds of photos to share with friends and a ton of memories …
At the Pisac Market
Author
Molly Quackenbush
We had this morning for some sightseeing, but the Coca Museum was closed for a Peruvian national holiday commemorating a 19th century naval battle with Chile ! (Wasn't on my radar at all.) I did …
Istanbul
Author
Jennifer Barile
Up early for breakfast, we disembarked the ship around 8am. We had such a relaxing time on the cruise and now had to say goodbye to being pampered. The staff on the ship were phenomenal and the …
Author
Gwenn Schamberger
Good thing all I had to do today was wake up and catch the flight back to Quito. Very sad to leave Galapagos; already trying to plan when I can come back again. I'm glad we have more day in Quito …
Lunch on the Burro Burro River
Author
thomas wilusz
Prior to this trip, I had arranged for an excursion to a Harpy Eagle nest before moving to our next destination at the Rock View Lodge in Annai. I convinced one of the others, Peter, to join me. It …
Victory:  On top of Huayna Picchu!
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Happy trekker at the top of Huayna Picchu Peak Hiking the ruins of Machu Picchu itself can be enough for some travelers. But there are some amazing peaks to trek while at the ruins -- and offer a …
Rio Negro
Author
Maria Campbell
The last day of our cruise, we'd just come back from a jungle walk. I had just showered and was wearing nothing but a little robe and Robyn had just hopped in the shower when we heard our guide …
at the Wildlife Rescue Ctr
Author
Molly Quackenbush
Interesting, beautifully scenic day on Lake Titicaca to the islands. The group guide was excellent, energetic. We were the only ones with our own additional guide, Javier, a young man, native of …
Stray cats were abundant in Istanbul.
Author
Jennifer Barile
Mykonos was another relaxing day for us. We explored the streets and shops a little, but mostly headed straight for the beach. We had borrowed a snorkel and mask from the ship (for free), so we …
Author
Gwenn Schamberger
Got up early again without the alarm clock and took our customary beach walk before breakfast. After meeting Richard, we took a water taxi out to a small boat carrying our ocean kayaks- we went out …
Buffalo Pond
Author
thomas wilusz
At dinner the night before, we inquired if there was an alternative to hiking up Surama Mountain per the itinerary. The older couple and the others got quite exhausted during the Turtle Mountain hike …
Caiman
Author
Maria Campbell
Today they took us to a big sandbar in the middle of the river. The white sand went on and on forever. We had the beach all to ourselves and had a chance to go swimming in water as warm as …
Condor at Wildlife Rescue Ctr
Author
Molly Quackenbush
Thank goodness, Dave is much better today. A day on the bus will not be too taxing. We said 'adios' to the Taypikala, which had served us well. The staff were always friendly and helpful, though …
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Author
Jennifer Barile
Beautiful Santorini. Some say the white buildings on the top of the island look like snow from a distance. This was one of our favorite spots during the entire cruise. There are three ways up to …
Author
Gwenn Schamberger
I don't think the sea lions woke me up, but they are definitely up early too- barking like hoarse beagles. My boyfriend has his appetite back. After breakfast, we take a small boat out- to Leon …
Boat Billed Heron
Author
thomas wilusz
At 5:30 am, I was once again wakened by the sound of the forest. Although, this time much louder as our three howler buddies were in the trees just around the corner from my room and howling in three …
The Tucano, our home for 8 days
Author
Maria Campbell
This time of year is the dry season and the water levels are really low. That's good for wildlife sightings 'cause they're all concentrated in a smaller area. But it means we didn't get to see …
Tambomachay
Author
Molly Quackenbush
I had asked that this day be added to our itinerary, so that we could just rest and recharge. It was a good thing ! Unfortunately the same combination of Cipro and altitude now hit Dave, and he was …