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After boarding boat (our luggage already in our cabin) we unpacked and meet the other guests and had a great lunch. Then off on our first excursion to a giant tortoise … Author Jeremy Striffler Day 8 started with a nice breakfast buffet at the hotel, which featured a mix of local flavors and standard American fare.
Strengthened by our meal, we took a short taxi ride to Casca Viejo. We had … Author John Collins Arrived late in the day from Houston and proceeded to hotel. Decided to have dinner there and had what was to be the first (of many) side dishes of popcorn. What a great idea. Author Jeremy Striffler Goodbye to Bocas and hello to Panama City! A small but safe plane ride on Air Panama started the day off. The airport was low security and low service but a lot of fun to experience.
Landing in … Author Jeremy Striffler Andy and I had no clue that on Day 6 of our adventure what an amazing excursion lay ahead of us with Gambit Tours in Bocas.
A rep from the company met us at our hotel and escorted us to their … Author Elizabeth Conway Tikal ruins in Guatemala - be there at the end of the Maya calendar this Dec 21, 2012
On Dec 21, 2012, the Maya calendar will complete its 5,125 year cycle, marking the calendar's finality and the … Author Jeremy Striffler Day 5 meant saying goodbye to Costa Rica and crossing the border into Panama. I didn't fully understand going into our trip that it would be such a literal crossing.
Jonathan gave us a bag of … Author Jeremy Striffler Benny, Marteen and Ursula said goodbye that morning. Andy and I were the only guests for the day but, regardless, Carlos organized another great activity for us - horseback riding and zip lines!
We … Author Jeremy Striffler On our first morning at Selva Bananito, we were greeted by an amazing breakfast spread of eggs, fresh fruit, juice and more.
Carlos joined us and the others to talk about the possible activities … Author Jeremy Striffler Rising early in the morning, Andy and I were packed and ready for a full day of white water rafting with Exploradores Outdoors. We were picked up by their van at our hotel and greeted by Ricky, who … Author Mary Curry Despite being a small airport, we had to arrive very early (4 hours) for our international flight home as they have to get all of the travelers into the departure lounge before the plane arrives. I … Author Jeremy Striffler My college buddy, Andy, and I had planned a trip after both finishing grad school in the summer of 2010. That trip got delayed as we focused on moving and finding jobs. Hanging out over Labor Day … Author Jeremy Striffler My college buddy, Andy, and I had planned a trip after both finishing grad school in the summer of 2010. That trip got delayed as we focused on moving and finding jobs. Hanging out over Labor Day … Author Mary Curry Today we drove 2 1/2 hours via 4WD out to Volunteer Point which boasts the largest King Penguin colony on the islands. Though we had seen plenty of penguins on this trip so far, the sight of hundreds … Author Mary Curry This morning we enjoyed a final visit with the Elephant Seals before flying to the bustling capital city of Stanley. Though the population of the town hovers around 2500, it did feel very bustling … Author Mary Curry For breakfast we had scrambled penguin egg and toast. The penguin egg was optional. The Gentoos lay two eggs and the first is generally infertile so some farmers have begun gathering this first egg … Author Patty Martini We had an action packed trip to celebrate my friend Linda's 60th Birthday! The accommodations were fantastic, Selva Bananito Lodge was an eco lodge located deep in the Rainforest with many hikes into … Author Mary Curry This morning we woke for another flight to Weddell Island, the 3rd largest in the Falklands. Martin and Jane are the hosts and only residents. They are incredibly lovely. Martin teased us nonstop and … Author Mary Curry Saunders is a large island that is used for both tourism and farming. We drove across most of the island to the Neck, a narrow isthmus that is extraordinarily rich in birdlife, approx 45 minutes from … Author Mary Curry We started the day by being weighed (a dreaded prospect after last night’s dinner) for our local flight. They weigh everything, including hand luggage to know the amount of fuel … Author Mary Curry I said goodbye to my husband and hopped on the plane to the Falkland Islands. See the rest of my journal there! Author Mary Curry We arrived at Mt Pleasant airport and were met by Graham, the manager of Darwin House. The route to Darwin is a mix of paved and gravel roads. We had some lunch and then went exploring.
Graham drove …