Betty modeling the lipstick berry shade: Bixa orellena (achioto or annoti tree)
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
We had a choice of dates for this trip. March or the end of December/beginning of January. Since March is jammed pack with orchid shows for most of us - of course we picked the holidays! What better …
Volcan Momotombo
Author
Marnie Green
Our big adventure today was focused on surfing. Before we met up with our surf instructors we stopped at the local panaderia (bakery) for some snacks to take to the beach. The bakery is located just …
Shakelton's Hike from Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
Author
Amy Sonbuchner
Today we attend the mandatory cleaning and decontamination to prepare our outerwear for Antarctica. We are excited that we will arrive in Antarctica soon! There are two English lectures ''Life of …
A happy group
Author
Torrey Ebaugh
This morning we went for a bike ride through CATIE, the agricultural research center. Jose, our guide, got us situated and did a wonderful job tailoring the ride for the two 21 year olds who enjoyed …
Its a jungle out there!  Tapanti National Forest trailside.
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
The next morning, we were off to CATIE Botanical Gardens. Marco, a CATIE guide and a student there greeted us with a flower and fruit snack. CATIE's mission is to protect and develop the many …
Ushuaia, before we embark
Author
william Deily
Having crossed the Arctic Circle, Cancer, Capricorn, the Equator and International dateline, I was determined to complete the list by crossing the Antarctic Circle. I arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina …
Old Leon
Author
Marnie Green
This will be a short report, as there's not much to say when you spend the day hanging out in a beach town. We hiked to the lookout above town which is adorned by a 4 story Jesus Cristo statue. It …
Map of South Georgia Island
Author
Amy Sonbuchner
Today we are at sea, so we spend most of the day enjoying lectures and reviewing our photographs from South Georgia. There is a lecture called ''Ice is Nice'' and another lecture introducing us to …
Turrialba Valley
Author
Torrey Ebaugh
Six o'clock came early but somehow it was easy to get up. Our guide Luis met us right on time and off we went towards the Pacuare River. We soon left the city streets and were climbing the hills …
Lepanthes sightings at the water's edge.
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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
Author
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 …