Adventure Life


To tip or not to tip – or what to tip! Questions regarding tipping etiquette are some of the most common concerns travelers have when visiting a foreign country. To make matters even more …
Tropical rainforests are defined primarily by two factors: location (in the tropics) and amount of rainfall they receive. Rainforests receive from 4 to 8 meters of rain a year -- 5 meters of rain …
Howler monkey
The howling began before sunrise.  Having stayed in jungle lodges in Costa Rica and Guatemala, we hoped that we would hear howler monkeys again.  This time, it sounded like they were …
Galapagos Islands • 6 spaces available Dec. 25 departure aboard the Fragata • 1 space available (male willing to share) Dec. 20 departure aboard the Coral I. Come see the islands that …
The luxurious 332-passenger Paul Gauguin
Check out the MS Paul Gauguin ship on the Smithsonian Channel's "Mighty Cruise Ships" program.  This vessel is definitely one of our favorites, so we are "mighty" proud …
Can I customize my tour? YES, in fact we expect it! Our itineraries online and in the back of this brochure should be used more as suggested itineraries than a fixed program. Call us to discuss what …
Before You Go Sustainable, eco, green, certified, responsible travel -- the language can not only be confusing, it can unfortunately, be misleading. Yes, the language can be confusing, but …
Planning for great holiday travel is about being smart and traveling well — work out all the kinks in advance, keep a cool head, and you’ll set yourself up for smooth-sailing. 1. Plan in …
On our ninth day in Peru we hiked Huayna Picchu because after hiking 25 miles what’s another 4 or 5?  I was apprehensive because it sounded very technical but it was just climbing more …
Our final day before the trek began with a van ride (yes! a van ride!) to Maras, Peru and a visit to Sal Natural y Ecologica, the Salt Mines.  There are thousands of ponds that are fed from a …
We took advantage of the fact that we were going to be in Lima by adding an extra day at the beginning of our trip.  We worked with Adventure Life to get a hotel in Miraflores for two …
After our quick visit to Lima we flew to Cusco Peru to meet up with the rest of our group and meet our guide.  Our guide’s name was Juan Barrios and he was a Cusco native.  He met us …
Why would two, relatively same (although my children do call me crazy) decide to go to Peru and hike the Inca Trail for almost 25 miles from Km 82 to Machu Picchu? To celebrate our 30th anniversary …
Red-eyed tree frog on leaf
When a student group was notified that their international spring trip was cancelled by school administration for security concerns, they were crushed.  With less than a month to find an …
An arctic cruise will give you a rare chance to see and explore the route through some of the best arctic routes in this world. Here are 25 reasons to love these arctic cruises. 1. Exotic …
The following is a guest post from the non-profit organization Cooperative for Education, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. We're excited -- even …
Riding in the surf
Endurance training for horses on the beach in La Pedrera, Uruguay The sound of the ocean woke me at 6AM. The waves were pounding the beach so loudly that as I opened my eyes I would have thought …
The paddle
Suzy enjoys the canoe ride across Laguna Rocha in Uruguay A thin bar of sand separates the sea from a long circuit of shallow lagoons which serve as a sanctuary for marine life and birds along …
Admiring the surf
John admires the impressive surf along Uruguay's coast We traveled from Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, east toward the Atlantic Ocean. As we left the city and passed through suburbs and then …
The market
Exploring the San Telmo Sunday Market in Buenos Aires I'll be completely honest -- I love clothes. I adore coordinating outfits, accessories, shoes, make-up -- if it's pretty, I'm in. It's taken …
Tango dancers in the street
A couple dancing the tango in the streets of La Boca We were greeted this morning by our bright and energetic guide, Jose. His enthusiasm and humor were literally infectious, and we soon found …
The magnificent canyon
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. …
Cooking class in Argentina
Our first day on our Mendoza tour has been nothing short of perfect - we cooked a meal in a busy Argentine kitchen, toured the largest family winery in the country, mailed 3 cases of wine back to the …
Off to Argentina
Sullivan and Suzy take off for Argentina! Today's the day! South America adventure take 2. There are five flights between Missoula and our first destination - Mendoza, Argentina. This is the …