Happy hiking couple in Torres del Paine
Author
George Sloan
Our hike today was a 13-mile round trip, 3,000 feet in elevation gain trek that would take us to the base of The Towers, the iconic symbol of Torres del Paine Park. It was, or should have been, the …
Pirhana fishing, Sacha Lodge
Author
Yvonne Smith
We start a busy day with a visit to the church and convent of Santo Domingo. This may initially sound a little dry except that the Spanish built this on top and around one of the most important …
Spanish Steps
Author
Katherine De Bruyn
A photo workshop has been my long-held dream; a photo workshop in Rome was over the top - for me. My husband will tell anyone who asks that he has taken 12 pictures in his entire life - the limit …
Day 3: The Towers in early morning light
Author
George Sloan
The early morning light blessed us with gorgeous views of The Towers -- Torre Norte and Central -- Cerro Nido de Condor, and Almirante Nieto, just above our Dome. Today was a full day of hiking. The …
Sacha Lodge, Ecuador
Author
Yvonne Smith
We meet Ayul at 7 am and decide to take a hike along the river that passes below Machu Picchu to a large waterfall. The valley walls are steep and the river is a raging torrent below so the path …
Day 2: Mylodon Cave National Monument
Author
George Sloan
After spending the night at the Esplendor Hotel in El Calafate we took a public bus (a large, very comfortable tour bus) the following morning for a four hour ride to Puerto Natales, crossing into …
Sea turtle monitoring
Author
Elizabeth Conway
National Geographic Adventure picks Baja Sea Turtle Conservation tour as a Top 10 Trip that Gives Back In its Top 10 Adventure Trips that Give Back, National Geographic Adventure features one of …
Sacha Lodge, Ecuador
Author
Yvonne Smith
We awake in Ollantaytambo at 6 am, still without power. After a simple breakfast, we board two little 3-wheeled motorcycles with a bench seat and covered cabin. We have just a couple of backpacks …
Day 1: Bird and wildlife sanctuary in El Calafate
Author
George Sloan
After staying overnight in Buenos Aires we flew to El Calafate the following morning. El Calafate, a city that seems to exist only to service the area's tourist industry, was the jumping off …
Sacha Lodge, Ecuador
Author
Yvonne Smith
At 7:00 am Ayul picks us up in a private van. We leave Cusco and begin our journey through the Sacred Valley (''Secret Valley'' as Nicky calls it). Our first stop is an animal sanctuary. This was an …
Day 1: Landing in El Calafate
Author
George Sloan
Certain areas of the world captivate our imaginations for a host of reasons, some of which are obvious and easy to articulate, and some of which are vague, ethereal reasons known only to our …
Black water lake, Ecuador (Amazon)
Author
Yvonne Smith
A very rude 3:15 am wake-up call prepares us for a 3:45 pick-up for our flight to Lima. Nick actually had a decent sleep but Jake is like a cranky teenager. There are other passengers in our …
Amantani Island
Author
Yvonne Smith
Today is another travel day and they are beginning to take their toll. We feel tired at the prospect of more transfers, flights and line-ups. Regardless, we start the journey back to the mainland …
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Author
Yvonne Smith
We say goodbye to our wonderful guide Vico this morning. Vico was born and raised in the Galapagos and his intimate knowledge and passion for the islands have endeared him to us. He has also been …
The Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca
Author
Yvonne Smith
After an early morning play in the surf we have breakfast and then drive out to the base of Sierra Negro Volcano. This active volcano last erupted in 2005. In the blazing heat of the equatorial …
Navy Boat at Ushuaia port
Author
Michele Marcigliano
Home sweet home. I will always remember where I've been, the people I've had the privilege of meeting and traveling with, and all the wonderful memories.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Author
Yvonne Smith
After breakfast we board a traditional style bus which has seats and a roof but no sides and we ascend to the highlands where we visit another giant tortoise sanctuary. This provides another great …
The magnificent canyon
Author
Sullivan Peraino
Heading west on Ruta 7, we drove out of the pampas and vineyards of Mendoza and into the mountains. We passed the last vineyard and then entered a stunning red, orange and yellow limestone canyon. …
Not a typical tourist photo
Author
Michele Marcigliano
The amazing trip to Patagonia has come to a conclusion. What lies ahead is a long trip back home. It starts with a flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in the morning. . . a shuttle service …
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Author
Yvonne Smith
We begin our day with a short walk from the Red Mangrove to the neighbouring Charles Darwin Research Centre. We focus on giant land tortoises but also learn a little more about the broader work of …
Ushuaia City Tour
Author
Michele Marcigliano
The shuttle left Eco Camp at 6am. It was still dark and everyone was asleep. To our amazement, we saw a few sets of eyes glowing in the distance. Our driver told us they were pumas. In fact it …
Peru
Author
Yvonne Smith
Today is a much easier travel day as we arrive into the Galapagos at 11:00 am after picking up an hour in the time zone exchange. What is remarkable about our arrival into the Galapagos is their …
City Tour - Ushuaia
Author
Michele Marcigliano
Today's excursion was a drive through Torres del Paine park. We saw all kinds of animals. There were guanaco, rheas (a flightless bird), a photogenic fox, and various birds of prey including …
Family photo at Moray agricultural terraces
Author
Yvonne Smith
Today was a travel day. We paddle across the lake from the lodge where we hike for 30 minutes before reaching the Napo river. We are treated to red Howler monkeys playing above the trail as we …