The following post is written by Belize traveler, Gail Gross. Thanks for the contribution, Gail! Travel to breathtakingly beautiful Belize must include excursions to the awe-inspiring stone temples and palaces of the ancient Maya civilization. The architecture of this highly advanced civilization remains stunning, adding another spectacular facet to the beauty and culture of Belize. The Maya flourished in Belize from 250 to 900 AD, the Golden [...]
The following article was written by Panama traveler M. Leonard. Thanks for the contribution! In the Caribbean Sea, a few miles off the east coast of mainland Panama, lies the San Blas Archipelago, a series of exquisite tropical islands. The Archipelago consists of 360 low-lying islands, including sixty that are homeland to the indigenous and traditional, Kuna people. The Kuna (also Cuna) Indians of Panama are a fascinating tribal society. [...]
Late last month, less then 1/100th of an inch of rain fell in the desert city of Iquique, Chile. Typically, drizzles don’t make headlines, but when a drizzle damages roofs, shuts down schools, and even knocks out power, the press — and bloggers — take notice. Located in the heart of Chile’s Atacama Desert, Iquique AVERAGES only roughly 0.02 inch of precipitation a year. Buildings and infrastructure are made to [...]
Traveler, M.J. Holliday, shares her experiences at the bustling and sometimes bizarre witches’ market, in Cusco, Peru. By M.J. Holliday Five hundred years ago, the Inca empire flourished in South America. At its center was the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and the capital city of Cusco, Peru. The Inca were farmers, scientists, engineers and astronomers. When Fransisco Pizarro arrived with the Spanish armies in the sixteenth century, Inca medicine [...]
Bloggers and globe-trekkers, The Lost Girls talk with Adventure Life president, Brian Morgan, on travel’s delicate two-way street between visitors and locals. “One of traveler’s biggest responsibilities is to understand the local community, and one of the best ways to do this is to volunteer next to the people,” says Brian. “It’s hard to find meaningful experiences that could create a long-term change and also help our travelers understand the [...]
Sustainable, Responsible, Green, Eco Tourism — I know it can be tough to get beyond these labels and into the meaning behind such abstracts. But here’s a little help… Traveler, Sarah Shelton, provides some direction and does a great job highlighting the sort of questions you should ask your travel company if you are looking at going green on your next adventure.
The Costa Rican people have touched the lives of our staff and our travelers over the years, and we are saddened by the recent earthquake. In the afternoon of Jan 8, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Costa Rica with an epicenter about 20 miles northwest of San Jose, killing at least 23 people and destroying more than 400 homes and damaging over 600. Three weeks after this terrible disaster, more than [...]