Istanbul (Sultanhamet neighborhood)
Author
Jennifer Barile
Another beautiful day! The highlight of Bodrum is its Castle, which also houses the Museum of underwater Archeology. The views from the Bodrum Castle are fantastic and peacocks roam the grounds. …
Author
Gwenn Schamberger
Sleep in a little and get breakfast. I think I am getting used to the little garbage cans for toilet paper and bottle water tooth brushing. We head for the Isabela tortoise breeding center via the …
Black Currasow
Author
thomas wilusz
After breakfast, we headed down the north-south road to the Atta Rainforest Lodge. Along the way I spotted a green aracari, several black curassows and a spotted sandpiper. We watched another agouti …
Cashew tree
Author
Maria Campbell
One afternoon our guide Edgy took a bunch of us out fishing for piranhas. We used bamboo sticks with a fishing line hanging off the end and baited the hooks with raw meat. After 5 minutes, we saw a …
Inside Qorikancha, Temple of Sun
Author
Molly Quackenbush
Best breakfast buffet at El Mapi, great selection. Dave's feeling better, thank goodness, so he could enjoy the day. It was raining so Edwin, took us into one of the huts where we could sit …
Beautiful Turkish rugs
Author
Jennifer Barile
Rhodes is full of magnificent medieval architecture and beautiful stone buildings. We walked from Old Town to New Town, strolling along the water. We had a relaxing day of exploring and lying on …
Author
Gwenn Schamberger
Another early morning- somehow I don't mind getting up when I'm not getting ready to go to work. We go for a walk on the empty beach and watch frigates, boobies, and pelicans dive. We meet up with …
Bedford Truck
Author
thomas wilusz
I woke up before sunrise to nature's alarm clock - red howler monkeys - and began gathering up my gear for an early boat ride to circumnavigate Indian House Island. While waiting to board the boat, …
Whitewater rafting
Author
Allison Falden
Overall our trip to Peru was magnificent. It was definitely an adventure of a lifetime. It was nice knowing that all of your accommodations were already taken care of and most of your meals were …
Rio Negro
Author
Maria Campbell
One of the first nights our guide Sosa gave us a lecture on Brazilian fruits. I thought it was going to be really boring, but it was actually really interesting. Did you know Brazil nuts grow a …
Santo Domingo/Qorikancha, Cusco
Author
Molly Quackenbush
It was a difficult day, but behold MACHU PICCHU! Poor Dave got sick in the night. He felt really bad this morning, but we had no choice but to keep going. Breakfast omelet with bacon!..the first …
Street food in Istanbul
Author
Jennifer Barile
Today we arranged a shore excursion with Windstar to Ephesus, an ancient Greek city (and later, Roman city). We toured the terrace houses at one time owned by the city's elite. After Ephesus, we …
Author
Gwenn Schamberger
We got up early for a hike to a local beach- we ate our grapefruit we picked the day before on the way- no sugar needed! We saw multiple finches and started comparing beaks- just like Darwin. After …
Atta Rainforest Lodge
Author
thomas wilusz
Now the real journey started! From Ogle, we flew to the Annai Airstrip, the hub of the interior. After lunch at the Rock View Lodge at Annai, we headed off on the only North-South road from …
Urubamba River - whitewater rafting
Author
Allison Falden
As this was our last day in Peru and Puno, we took a moto-taxi down to the lake to look through the nearby market and pick up some last minute souvenirs for family and friends back home. We walked …
Looking for wildlife on the Rio Negro
Author
Maria Campbell
Our daily routing was such: early morning canoe ride at 6am, followed by breakfast at 8:30am, followed by a forest walk at 10am, lounging on the boat in the afternoon (usually up on the top deck, …
"Vanessa" at Manu Wildlife Ctr Garden
Author
Molly Quackenbush
The night wasn't as cold as expected. Breakfast was pancakes with elderberry jam! The day started out rough. I had read so much about Day 2 being the hardest and that it was supposed to be easier …
The tram in Istanbul - Very easy to use!
Author
Jennifer Barile
Today we were at sea for the whole day, passing through the Dardanelles, a strait that connects the Sea of Marmara with the Aegean Sea. We explored the ship, relaxed, read and ate great food. The …
Author
Gwenn Schamberger
Got up pretty early, back to the Quito airport, flight to Baltra. Our tour guide, Richard, was waiting for us and somehow picked us out of the crowd. Within minutes we were in a truck and headed to …
Annai Post Office at Rock View
Author
thomas wilusz
I slept most of the time on the flight to Georgetown but was awake prior to arrival. Upon the descending towards Georgetown, it was amazing to see how we entered the city airspace and all you could …
Traditional Peruvian / Andes Dance
Author
Allison Falden
We got picked up and transfered to Esteves Island, where we met the kayak guide. Our guide had an additional person in her kayak to help her paddle, while my husband and I were in the other kayak. …
Sunrise over the Rio Negro
Author
Maria Campbell
Today, our riverboat cruise on the Tucano began. There were 16 passengers in all, 3 from the USA, 3 from England, 4 from Sweden/Norway, and the rest were a Brazilian family (mom & dad, two grown …
Hoatzin bird, Manu
Author
Molly Quackenbush
I'm writing this on the 2nd, because after the toughest day on the trail, as it's billed, I was too exhausted to write, but WE MADE IT to Dead Woman's Pass! To start the day, we were awakened by …
Author
Joseph Oetomo
It has been for sometime that I've wanted to see Machu Picchu. However, from Asia, South America is really far away. The flight alone will be one full day. This year I heard that Machu Picchu was …