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Spending a week onboard the expedition vessel Atmosphere was an incredible experience, the ultimate catch-and-release that I will never forget. The service was first-class, prompt and one step ahead …

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Pre-boarding treats at the private marinaWaiting to boardMy cabin on the AtmosphereComing in for a landingShip CabinLoading on the rib boat for our excursion to the hotsprings
Chachapoyas Ruins
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Jenny Johnston
You may remember our post about the definitive changes to the Choquequirao Trek due to the construction of a cable car.  By the end of 2015, the first aerial tramway in all of Peru will be …
Argentine pesos and US dollars
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Jenny Johnston
As if you needed ANOTHER reason to visit this beautiful country, there is now even more incentive for US travelers going to Argentina!  The exchange rate for the Argentine peso to the US dollar …
Le Soleal sails blue waters
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Jenny Johnston
Small ship adventure cruising is not a new way to travel.  However, it has often been characterized by rugged, expedition-style vessels.  Upscale ships, such as Le Soleal, reflect a shift …
Tungurahua beginning to erupt in 2014
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Jenny Johnston
You may have seen our Tungurahua blog posting back in February.  If not, you can check it out here to read the story or to refresh your memory. Well, the volcano is causing excitement yet …
Choquequirao
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Jenny Johnston
Little known to the world, this ancient Peruvian city is often referred to as Machu Picchu's sister city.  However, we wholeheartedly believe it is a worthy destination on its own.  …
An aspiring soccer player
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Jenny Johnston
The attention of the world will be on Brazil this summer.  Not because of wild Carnaval celebrations, or discoveries in the Amazon rainforest, or the growing economy.  The world will be …
IGTOA Training 2013
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Jenny Johnston
IGTOA (International Galapagos Tour Operators Association) held the first "Five Star Guiding in Five Days" course at Charles Darwin Research Station from November 18 to November 23.  …
Exploring the market in Pujili, Ecuador
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Jenny Johnston
After a long year of hard work and effort, you've earned yourself a vacation. Go ahead and map out your travel plans, but be sure to set a budget. Unless you're Kim Kardashian or Kanye West, …
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Elizabeth Conway
Starting early next week, the city of Puno, Peru is transformed for the Virgin of Candelaria Festival. Thousands of dancers and musicians fill the streets with sounds and fantastic costumes to fill …
Start of Project
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Alejandro Hayes
This April 2014 begins a new conservationist initiative at the Peruvian Cloud Forest (ACP Bosque Nublado). Thanks to combined efforts of local association PERU VERDE, Adventure Life and a wonderful …
Strawberry shortcake and port dessert
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Lynessa Nelson
Day two of our cruise it becomes apparent that we'll need to take up some sort of activity to avoid gaining ten pounds in the next week.  Eating five times a days will have that effect on a …
Yacutinga Fireplace
Author
Jenny Johnston
Yacutinga Lodge recently received the distinction of becoming the FIRST ecolodge in Argentina to be verified by Rainforest Alliance.  This reflects the lodge's commitment to operate …
Volunteering in Peru
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Jonathan Brunger
Native Tree Planting Project in Cachiccata Healthy Breakfast at Cachiccata School Our travelers frequently voice their wishes to contribute to the communities that they will visit, whether it …
Our horse-drawn carriage
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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 …
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Elizabeth Conway
Intricate alfombras line the streets of Antigua during Guatemala's Easter Festivals The spectacular Easter festivals in Antigua, Guatemala are beyond comparison to anything in the northern …
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Elizabeth Conway
Enjoying the local rhythm during a Costa Rica tour Castro's Discotheque is a classic Costa Rican dance club. Combining Latin flare with a bit of world techno, dancers are treated to a mixture of …
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Elizabeth Conway
A taste of Peru travel: Delicious Alfajores! Alfajores, crispy cookie sandwiches, are enjoyed throughout Latin America. Many regions have their own local spin on these delicate sugar cookies …
A Welcoming Smile
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Elizabeth Conway
Knowing a bit a Spanish comes in handy when talking with locals on a Bolivia tour. Spanish a bit rusty? You and me both. In general, Spanish is used throughout Latin America - but you'll …
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Elizabeth Conway
Enter our Pinterest Recipe Contest today! There is no better way to learn about the local culture than by meeting local people in the markets and sampling the food. We love to taste our way …
Feria de Mataderos
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Elizabeth Conway
Enjoy a little gaucho culture at the Feria de Mataderos during your Argentina trip Continuing with a few insider tips for exploring the best of Buenos Aires, I invite you to visit some of the …
A dance for all ages
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Elizabeth Conway
Visit some of Buenos Aires' best Milongas The first is a series of insider tips to best help you explore Argentina's Buenos Aires -- I begin with some of its best Milongas. Milonga refers to a …
Colorful handmade carpet in for the Guatemal Easter Festivals
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Elizabeth Conway
Guatemala's Semana Santa -- the Easter Festival -- in the former colonial capital are beyond comparison to anything in the northern hemisphere. Along cobblestone streets, intricate carpets of colored …
Locals getting ready for the market
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Elizabeth Conway
Travelers looking for bargains should look towards Latin America. Like our Guatemala Classico trip 6-days for $795 Last week, the New York Times did a feature on ways to save on your next trip, …

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