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The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is a fascinating blend of pristine beaches, turquoise blue water, spectacular nature, ruins of ancient civilizations, and residents who have not forgotten their …

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The city of Cusco
Author
Jim Sullivan
Early morning Ollantaytumbo is quiet. Uniformed children are beginning to walk to school, vendors are setting up food tables, and travelers are beginning to orient themselves to their busses or the …
Square in Cusco
Author
Jim Sullivan
Our wonderful chauffer Aurelio and Juan gathered us up with our hiking gear and backpacks to launch the next portion of our adventure. We traveled along, stopping at a llama and vicuna farm that had …
Greeting the locals on the streets
Author
Jim Sullivan
The buffet breakfast of fresh and native fruits and bread as well as other traditional delights was a great preparation for our hiking day with Juan Barrios our guide for the remainder of the trip. …
Neighborhood of Cusco
Author
Jim Sullivan
Taypikala Hotel Cusco, Cusco We awakened early in order to enjoy the incredible breakfast buffet and head toward our 8:00am flight to Cusco. Double checking our hidden passport pouches, securing our …
Centennial
Author
Jim Sullivan
Our plans, hopes and dreams were about to begin as the wheels touched down on a stary night in Lima, Peru. Oh, the Rocky Mountains in Colorado were hours behind us, our fitness training was over and …
Day of the Dead
Mexico Travel: Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) candles Coinciding with All Saints' and All Souls' Day each November 1 and 2nd, The Day of the Dead (or El Dia de los Muertos) is one of …
Exploring the region
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Sandra Woerner
I awoke at four. We were being picked up at the hotel at six to be driven to the airport. The concierge at the hotel arranged for our transportation and we paid our departure tax there which made it …
Rapelling the waterfall
Author
Sandra Woerner
I awoke at four to the screeching of howler monkeys. I kept looking for Tarzan and Cheetah. Our driver was to pick up up at six as we were to raft on the Reventazon River. When we arrived at the …
Exploring the region
Author
Sandra Woerner
The staff at the restaurant accommodate us with an early breakfast so we could set off on our snorkeling tour. It was very windy. Our driver picked up up at the appointed time and made two more …
Exploring the region
Author
Sandra Woerner
Sarah and I had decided we would spend the day in Puerto Viejo and do some shopping and just relax. It was a Saturday and the streets were crowded. I listened for howler monkeys that morning, but did …
Hiking in the cloud forest
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Lynessa Nelson
The last time I traveled to Ecuador in 2006 I remembered Quito as being colder than I expected.  I expected it this time and was prepared with a fleece hat and jacket to ward off the morning …
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Horseback Riding
Author
Sandra Woerner
It was daylight at 5:30 each morning and I was always ready to get up and eat breakfast. I had repacked my suitcase the night before and placed my very damp clothes and very wet hiking shoes in …
giant Galapagos tortoise
Author
Lynessa Nelson
We transferred from Isabela to Santa Cruz by boat.  I was thankful for a chance to sit on the front of the boat and look out ahead to keep my motion sickness at bay for the most part.  We …
Exploring the region
Author
Sandra Woerner
I woke up excited and somewhat apprehensive about the upcoming adventure. After all, I was terrified of heights and did not want to chicken out after reaching the waterfall. Well, that was not an …
Clear skies at Sierra Negra
Author
Lynessa Nelson
When we began hiking up the volcano this morning we were surrounded by fog.  Our guide cautioned us that the weather was out of our control so we may or may not see the crater below.  Also, …
Exploring the region
Author
Sandra Woerner
We had breakfast at the hotel which was originally a house and later several houses were connected to it. There was beautiful foliage everywhere and we had breakfast outside on a small patio. (our …
prepping for our bike tour on Isabela
Author
Lynessa Nelson
We flew out of San Cristobal this morning on a little "puddle jumper".  They rearranged our luggage between the planes to match the correct weight restrictions. We had packed light for …
HIking through the forest
Author
Sandra Woerner
Sarah picked me up at my house on October 9th and we drove to Austin to catch our afternoon flight. After checking in and going through security, we got a bite to eat and waited. Our plane was …
Sun shining through Kicker Rock
Author
Lynessa Nelson
We began the day early to head out snorkeling on the north end of San Cristobal.  Along the way to our first snorkel stop we saw humpback whales!  We stopped to admire the grace and beauty …

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