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Kassandra Miller
Leon was the heart of the Nicaraguan revolution. It stands in stark contrast to Granada, the seat of the conservative ruling party of several generations past. Leon is non-touristy, where Granada …
Author
Kassandra Miller
We have A LOT of driving to do today. Today will be our longest day. We are essentially going from the south end of the country to the north end, so we expect to spend around 8 hours in the car. It …
Author
Kassandra Miller
We say a sad goodbye to our new friends at La Omaja and set out on the ferry once again for the mainland. There isn't too much confusion about our tickets this time and we find ourselves driving in …
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Kassandra Miller
It's been two days since we've seen a volcano, so guess what ... time for another volcano! Ian and I are suckers for mountains, so climbing volcanoes seems the thing to do. The hotel arranges for a …
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Kassandra Miller
It's time to say goodbye to Granada and head for our next location - Ometepe Island. We run into our first case of bad luck at the ferry dock - they have no reservation or ticket for us. I show …
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Kassandra Miller
Today, we're set for some serious hiking. We don't get as early a start as we'd like (hello hangover!) and we make it to the entrance to Mombacho Volcano at around 10 AM. It takes some finagling to …
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Kassandra Miller
Granada is known for its hundreds of tiny islands, called isletas, protruding into Lake Nicaragua. This body of water is the largest in Central America at 3,191 square miles and was the original …
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Kassandra Miller
We pick up the rental car bright and early and head straight for shopping. That's right - first day in Central America and I'm dragging Ian to a local market. I LOVE local markets - I could …
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Kassandra Miller
Tick another country off my list of Central American destinations! Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, now Nicaragua. I'm working my way south. Ian and I are off on our first international trip together …
Kayaking the Amazon
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Elizabeth Conway
The Amazon Rainforest Makes Forbes' List of "10 Endangered Places to See Now" Forbes just came out with a list of "10 Endangered Places to See Now" that includes some of Adventure Life travelers' …
Wandering around the Sacred Valley
Author
Jim Sullivan
The hike up Huyana Picchu and extra morning at the city was very special. We returned to Aguas Calientes after another hair raising bus ride. We were in the last seat of the bus. Yes, we squeezed …
The market in Cusco
Author
Jim Sullivan
Once again it was early to rise in order to catch a first bus. We had tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu and as the weather cooperated the mountain beckoned. Juan would lead Jill and Melissa to the …
The local market in Cusco
Author
Jim Sullivan
The food on our trip had been so healthy; we knew our senses would be ready for this day. Adventure Life had all of the tickets once again, and we were the early birds for the bus. We loaded …
Copper Canyon hike
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Chicago Tribune features Adventure Life Mexico tours We're not the only ones who think Mexico travel is a great idea! Travel writer, Phil Marty, in the Chicago Tribune just featured Adventure Life …
Cusco
Author
Jim Sullivan
We awakened in La Playa also known as Sahuayaco or Sawayaco. Juan had arranged for a transport to carry us to the train station past Hidroelectrica and then into Aguas Calientes. It was a beautiful …
A Peruvian woman on the streets of Cusco
Author
Jim Sullivan
Awakening in Ccolpapampa was a dream. The light breeze wisk the misty atmosphere in swirls, the rooster was announcing the day like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, our bodies remembered the trek …
King penguin parent and chick
Author
Steve Jochmans
A simply awesome expedition to this area of the world and the ''White Continent''. Highlights included thousands of King penguins and their chicks crowding the beaches with elephant seals and fur …
With our guide in Cusco
Author
Jim Sullivan
The Salkantay Pass loomed about 2500 vertical feet above us and was the topic of our conversation. There was no turning back as Aurelio had already departed, and our emergency horse was turned back …
Beautiful landscape of Chile\s Easter Island
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Elizabeth Conway
PBS's NOVA to feature "The Mystery of Easter Island" on Nov. 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM. I'll be watching! A tiny pinprick in the great Pacific, Easter Island is actually a mound of consolidated lava and …
Beautiful flowers in Cusco
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Jim Sullivan
The second trek on Salkantay would take us to the pass just above 15,000 feet. It required a five hour car shuttle through beautiful mountain scenery then up through the lofty town of Mollepata at …
Exploring the streets of Cusco
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Jim Sullivan
''Good Morning,'' Marcelino said as he delivered our tent side coca leaf tea. It didn't take long for us to develop this new habit! Then it was only ten minutes later that he returned with a basin of …
The city of Cusco
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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. …