Our team of Adventure Lifers!
Our Tough Adventure Life Dirty Dash Team: Jens, Erin, Katie, Maggie, Shaela, Sullivan & Erin Creative costumes, great brews, and mud-covered bodies were all part of Missoula's Dirty Dash Event …
Julio in the moto-taxis in Nauta City
Author
Andrea Edwards
Lee here. I'll journal the first part of the trip and Andrea will take over at the Amazon. The trip really started last January when I received a call on a weekday morning from my friend Andrea …
Narrow streets at hotel Cusco
Author
Miki Thomaston
We slept well. We rose earlier than we wanted because the kitchen was right below us. Load noises and great smells were below us. And, the sun was out with a vengeance. We enjoyed our Peruvian …
Belen market
Author
Norma Norland
And then there were the river dolphins, gray ones and pink, and many, many birds. By category I can name birds that were identified to us: kingfishers, wading birds, vultures, hawks and kites, …
Sunday at the Cathedral in Plaza de Armas Cusco.
Author
Miki Thomaston
Jan was ill at breakfast. Mick stays home with her. Jo and I boarded the bus and headed to one of the 7 wonders. At 10am, I began my Huana Picchu hike. I started off fast and then slowed to take …
Amazonian logging, ready for shipment
Author
Norma Norland
Most of the people who live along the rivers are subsistence farmers, growing small patches of corn, yucca, papaya, melons, and sometimes rice. Most of their protein comes from fish. In the markets …
Day at the fields in Aguas Calientes.
Author
Miki Thomaston
We awoke early and had a quick breakfast. Our guide tells the story of Ollantay-the great general of Pachacutec (a great Inca leader). Ollantay had a great passion for Pach's daughter. He finally, …
Waterfront, Iquitos
Author
Norma Norland
Early explorers of the region emerged from the jungle skinny, unkempt and often unhinged. Many of them starved: In ''The Lost City of Z'' David Grann describes several expeditions undertaken in …
Machu Picchu from Huana peak.  Mission accomplished.
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Miki Thomaston
We head to Pisac for our first stop after driving by "Sexy Woman" or Sacsayhuaman. We stop at a place to feed Llama, Vicanya, Guanaco, Alpaca. The small towns are piece mill and not …
In Iquitos
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Norma Norland
On our elegant ship, where we spent a week exploring the Amazon and several other rivers, memorably the Pacaya in the pristine Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, we were coddled with nightly tasting menus of …
Initial glimpse of total Machu Picchu. Just like my dreams.
Author
Miki Thomaston
We grab a quick breakfast of typical (yet interesting) Andean food. Almost as interesting as the egg/pickle sandwich I had on the plane. We arrive Cusco early morning. We are taken to our hotel …
Plaza des Armes, Iquitos
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Norma Norland
Iquitos is bustling, heterogeneous, grubby, rakish. In short, interesting. Since there are no roads that lead anywhere (with the single exception of a 70 mile-long road that took 30 years to build …
Aguas Calientes boy I was cutting up with.  It was worth it!
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Miki Thomaston
We head to the airport and arrive 3 hours early. The new international terminal in ATL is wonderful. We arrive and are at the gate within 20 minutes. We get settled in our seats around 5pm. Our …
Street art, Iquitos
Author
Norma Norland
During the wet season the water rises some 20 or more feet around Iquitos, but last year was freakish, and in March the water kept on rising and rising, flooding all the lower ground of Iquitos …
Casa Morey, an ex-rubber baron's home, our hotel in Iquitos
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Norma Norland
It's impossible to avoid talking of numbers when describing the Amazon: it's the largest drainage basin in the world (some 40% of South America), with tributaries pouring in from Venezuela, Ecuador, …
Just a baby anaconda!
Author
Norma Norland
Three degrees south of the equator, in Peru. Really far from Vermont. In many ways. It's the largest city in the world that has no roads leading in or out. The only ways to get here are by plane …
The Amazon
Author
Sullivan Peraino
Our alarm failed to sound this morning, making for a frantic dash back to the airport. We took a 25-minute flight east into the Amazon Basin, landing in Coca. Coca is a small port town on the banks …
Underwater Galapagos
Author
Sullivan Peraino
This morning we bid farewell to the Grand Odyssey, leaving our new friends on board. We disembarked on Santa Cruz, boarding a small bus for the highlands. We drove up out of the cloud cover, past …
The Galapagos
Author
Sullivan Peraino
We made it back to the northern shore of Isla Bartolome, where the Grand Odyssey anchored near Sullivan Bay! Isla Bartolome is quite small, a volcanic peak bare of vegetation with the exception of …