South America


  • 279 days ago

Never attempt to arrive late at night by plane to Quito, Ecuador. Notice I say attempt: Fog envelopes the city, the plane circles until nearly out of fuel, and then the machine makes a quick scamper …

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My wife Petra and I had always researched and organized our own travel in the past, so when we opted out of last-minute necessity for a guided tour with Adventure Life, we didn't know quite what to …

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PANORAMIC PERU 2006 September 22 – October 8 Harold and Karen Greig John and Barbara Wise Guides: Carlos Lazo and Marco Palomino Friday, September 22. TRAVELING After driving up I-5 to …

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July 10, 2005 Have you ever thought about taking the Inca trail less traveled in Peru? My friend, Mary, and I were excited to take the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but then we found an alternative …

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"So, why Peru?" others would ask when we told them of our upcoming journey. That made me think, why indeed Peru!. And coming to the realization that the desire stemmed from my childhood. During …

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Machu Picchu trekking and tours
Peru, land of the legendary Incas, has retained much of its mythical feel. The cultural capital of Cuzco provides a glimpse into the country’s proud history, as the center of the Sacred Valley …
Machu Picchu Clouds
This iconic landmark is one that is included on countless bucket lists as a "must-visit" destination.  Everyone wants to GO to Machu Picchu, but few consider HOW they might prefer …
An infamous Pisco Sour
A Mi Manera, a restaurant in Cusco, has given some great Peruvian recipes to Adventure Lifers during a cooking class we include in tours.  Since it is always fun to explore the local foods of a …
Packed for a trip
The hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games is extending a gracious gesture to travelers around the world.  Brazil is granting a visa exemption for tourists visiting between August 5 - September 18, …
Volunteering in Peru
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 …
Fog over the ruins
1. When is the best time to go to Peru? Travelers can visit Peru any time of the year. Dry season runs from May to November and this is typically the time that is most recommended. However, this is …
Horseback riding beneath Los Cuernos del Paine
Patagonia is the scene of the world's great adventures. Even if we know little of the place, the name itself inhabits our subconscious, whispering of an unknown finger of the earth, el fin del …
Passengers boarding a plane
The news was just released on December 14, 2015 of a possible 48-hour strike of Chile's civil aviation authority. IF the strike occurs, it will happen this Thursday & Friday, December 17 …
Galapagos Sea Lion, acrylics, colored pencil, ink
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Staci Edwards
Snorkel sightings! (Disclaimer:  Jaime and I would sit down with a Galapagos Marine Species book on board the ship and, from memory, identify what we saw.  While we tried to be accurate, …
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Staci Edwards
I wanted to give potential travelers my observations, having had the unique opportunity to go to the Galapagos at two different times of year, on two different boats, with two different …
Marine Iguana, colored pencil
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Staci Edwards
Up early to pack and go to Santa Cruz island, to visit the Charles Darwin Center.  The bus stopped right by the mosaic garden, (click here for photos and art from this area) so we ducked in for …
Yellow-crowned Night Heron, pencil
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Staci Edwards
Floreana had unique features.  There was a giant, gnarly mangrove tree that dominated the crescent shaped shoreline.  Erosion had made a secondary type of cliff, where a Blue footed …
Galapagos hawk, acrylics
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Staci Edwards
Our new guide was Julian, and he was knowledgeable and friendly.  We were still in good hands!  Our group disembarked by a small lighthouse.  Walking the path was made even trickier …
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Staci Edwards
Cerro Brujo.  This is what is left of a tuff cone.  (That is where the lava enters a very cold ocean, causing an explosion.  It creates a different shape.)  This is also one of …
Galapagos tortoise, pencil
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Staci Edwards
Next stop: Punta Pitt, San Cristobal!We had a leisurely walk on a strangely colored, greenish beach, made so by olivine crystals in the sand.  Lava lizards abound.  We then turned …
Me and my sleepy friend!
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Staci Edwards
Galapagos, October, 2015I cannot describe to you how fortunate I feel, to be invited to explore more of these mysterious islands.  And how strange and marvelous the circumstances!  To be …
Colombia, is a colorful, vibrant, Spanish speaking country located in northern South America. Colombia tours open up a destination which has remained largely undiscovered for many years. Colombia has …