Lepanthes sightings at the water's edge.
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Mary Jo Gilsdorf
Early the next morning, the group assembled in the lobby; some of us meeting for the first time. By that evening- we were thoroughly enjoying the camaraderie of our first dinner together joyfully …
Old Leon
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Marnie Green
After another wonderful Nicaraguan breakfast of eggs, gallo pinto, fried cheese, and plantains, we headed back to our cabin to pack up and prepare to catch the ferry. On the way we ran into our …
Rockhopper pengui hide &seek at New Island, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
We wake up early to have breakfast before our 7:30am zodiac ride to Gold Harbour. Gold Harbour takes its name from the pyrite or ''fools gold'' found here in 1911. We wonder whether we will see any …
Brennan, Trent, and Turrialba Valley
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Torrey Ebaugh
Here we go, complete with butterflies in my tummy that are somewhere between excitement and nervousness. We have made it through the high demands of Christmas time and now the trip we have planned …
Robert Dressler with a Sobralia at Lankaster Gardens
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Mary Jo Gilsdorf
This trip began as a taunt: ''Well Tom, you are always talking about organizing a trip to Costa Rica and you are always talking about the orchids there. Why don't you just do it?'' And Tom hooked up …
Old Leon
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Marnie Green
Our full day at Totoco EcoLodge was a mixture of experiences. Marnie, recovering from her stomach 'event' took it easy and rested at the lodge. All day. . . in a hammock. . . with a book. And a …
Rockhopper penguins resting in New Island, Falkland Islands
Author
Amy Sonbuchner
Luck is on our side, as our group gets to disembark at 9:00am. Happily, we aren't in the group that must disembark at 5:00am. This next stop is St. Andrew's Bay where 200,000 king penguin pairs and …
Old Leon
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Marnie Green
For those of you who may be wondering, 'How did they come up with the idea of going to Nicaragua?' here's the story. Over the years the three of us have traveled extensively together. We spent a …
Tour of the Maya ruins at Xunantunich
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Valerie Fife
Got up before dawn to watch the sun rise over Hamanasi's beach. Spent all morning just sitting on the beach and soaking in the warm moist air. Wanted to stay forever... The staff bid us farewell …
Rockhopper penguin at New Island, Falkland Islands
Author
Amy Sonbuchner
We wake up while the ship is still a few hours away from South Georgia. Fortunately, the animals of South Georgia came to greet our boat. We see fur seals porpoising as we continued on our way. We …
Statue in Old Leon
Author
Marnie Green
Christmas morning in Granada started off much quieter than the midnight fireworks the night before. We had our morning breakfast buffet and met our guide Eric just after 8 for the drive up volcano …
Ferry on Mayan ruin tour
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Valerie Fife
Went on the exciting mayflower hike today. Steep ascent next to a big waterfall made for a sense of adventure. Ropes helped us pull ourselves up the trail and made for a safe decent. A beautiful …
Albatross on nest at New Island, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
Having gone to bed late, we do not wake until 9:15am. We relax a bit before the lecture ''Marine Mammals'' begins. Then for our lunch they serve a fixed-course Christmas meal with sweet potato soup, …
Old Leon
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Marnie Green
Feliz Navidad to our family and friends! Today we continued our Nicaraguan adventure by traveling south to Masaya and Granada. Leaving Leon and the beautiful El Convento, we drove about two hours …
Iguana spotted on a birding tour
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Valerie Fife
Gerard and I split up today. I took the boat out snorkeling and Gerard went on a hike in the jaguar preserve. Our snorkeling boat visited bird island before heading for the reef. Saw frigate …
Gentoo penguin crossing at Grave Cove, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
I sleep until 8:45am and wake up feeling refreshed. We have our breakfast and perform the mandatory gear cleaning in preparation for our stops in South Georgia. There is a lecture on king penguins …
Our ride
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Marnie Green
We met our second day in Leon without a plan but we picked up steam as the day progressed. We started with an early morning walk through the streets of Leon and enjoyed the bustle of the city. The …
Sunrise
Author
Valerie Fife
Went on the tour to see Mayan ruins today. 2 hour drive each way to get there, but got to see many interesting sights along the way. Passed Amish settlements, the Belize capitol and took a single …
Gentoo Penguins at Grave Cove, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
This morning we didn't hear our alarm. Instead, we wake up to a shrill voice over the loud-speaker: ''The lecture will start in twenty minutes.'' We jump out of bed, quickly dress, and run to grab …
Tyndall Glacier from zodiac
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Janet Gordon
The early departure to drive back to Calama and then fly back to Santiago was the start of the long but uneventful trip home. This is a chance to give kudos to Adventure-Life and its partners for …
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Majorie Gendler
We flew back into Santiago where Janet continued on home and I stayed on for another week exploring the city on foot and taking day tours. I returned home on New Years Eve.
This landscape was stunning
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Airlines announce that starting Jan. 1, 2012 - all internal Ecuadorian flights - including those to the Galapagos - will have a fuel surcharge UPDATE Jan 9, 2012 - For both Aerogal and TAME …
With guide Roberto at Lake Managua
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Marnie Green
Today started bright and early with a traditional Nicaraguan breakfast. We are all now fans of gallo pinto (a mixture of rice and beans), queso frita (fried cheese), chorizo, huevos, and tortillas. …
Hamanasi Beach
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Valerie Fife
Went on the birding tour today. Our guide Pedro was obviously a real birder and passed on his enthusiasm to us less knowlegeable passengers. Saw 50 different species of birds in their natural …