Day 9: Poincenot (left) and Fitz Roy (right) at dawn
Author
George Sloan
Our second chance for hiking to Laguna Los Tres was thwarted again by the weather. We didn't want to hike 15 miles to see more clouds and mist. So we hiked to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, a small …
Our horse-drawn carriage
Author
Sullivan Peraino
Suzy takes the reins as our horses Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon lead the way Another typical morning in Mendoza - out and off to a winery by 9AM! We drove 20 minutes to Lujan de Cuyo, where the …
Lunch Stop
Author
Katherine De Bruyn
Our last day in Rome. Perhaps it was sour grapes after the day before, but I didn't especially enjoy the visit to the Vatican, although one can hardly fail to be impressed. It is hard to feel …
Day 8: Start of our hike to Loma del Plieguey
Author
George Sloan
Our itinerary for today said we were supposed to hike to Laguna Los Tres, a glacial lake at the base of Cerro Fitz Roy, the highest peak in the area at 11,168 feet. But the weather report called for …
Sea lion
Author
Yvonne Smith
Leaving Puno today and flying out of Juliaca through Lima, Miami and back home to Toronto. We've had an amazing, eye-opening, thrilling 6 weeks of travel. Our bond as a family has strengthened and …
Spanish Steps at Night
Author
Katherine De Bruyn
Our tour leaders had arranged coveted tickets in the seated area in Saint Peter's Square. And I missed it! 24-hour flu; not a chance of stirring from the hotel. My comrades took amazing photos: …
Day 5: Grey Glacier up close
Author
George Sloan
Today we visited another glacier, Perito Moreno, one of the world's few remaining advancing glaciers. The glacier is in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park and is part of the Southern …
Floreana Island, Galapagos
Author
Yvonne Smith
We are up very early, pack up our room, enjoy some pancakes with jam and leave our host family. Despite the fact that we really were not able to have any conversation (our guide was better in the …
Spanish Steps at Night
Author
Katherine De Bruyn
The Capitoline Hill, overlooking the Forum, is one of the seven hills of Rome. It has been a focus for Roman life since the earliest times of settlement. Contemplating the ruins of the Forum from …
Day 2: Sunrise in El Calafate
Author
George Sloan
This was a travel day from Torres del Paine back to El Calafate.
Seal relaxing in a chair.
Author
Yvonne Smith
We leave the hotel at 7:30, Steve still not feeling well after a sleepless night (symptom of altitude sickness). We head down to the harbour and pick up a few food items and water for our boat trip …
Spanish Steps
Author
Katherine De Bruyn
The entrance to the Ghetto is through the Portico di Ottavia, built by Augustus for his sister; a ruin full of columns and remnants of walls and buildings, some incorporated into modern structures. …
The Horns and Paine Grande, Torres del Paine
Author
George Sloan
After two very active hiking days today was a rest day for us -- a return to the short hike to Salto Grande and a three hour boat ride on Lago Grey for a close-up look at Glaciar Grey. The weather …
Santa Cruz island, Galapagos
Author
Yvonne Smith
A long day on the bus! We get picked up at 6:30 am for a 7:00 am bus departure. The ride from Cusco to Puno is 9 hours but goes by surprisingly quickly with several stops along the way. The most …
Vatican from Spanish Steps
Author
Katherine De Bruyn
One of our number wanted to photograph the Spanish Steps in early morning light - we were out of the hotel before six (glad I had dozed the day before) and had the light and the Steps virtually to …
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 …