South America Travel Articles

Milagros Polo
Peruvian weavers
Sherry Ott
What a view.
Driving across the Salar de Uyuni
Sergio Yapura
Beautiful rainbow in the mist of Iguazu Falls
San Pedro Claver Plaza, Cartagena
The Way to Machu Picchu
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 …
Peruvian Recipe: 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 …
Patagonia Overview
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 …
Colombia Overview
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 …
Uruguay Overview
Uruguay is a small country nestled between Argentina and Brazil. It boasts a beautiful coastline along the Atlantic with beaches, sand dunes, and the occasional clear blue lagoon. Most of the …
Galapagos Islands Overview
The Galapagos Islands are a nature lover's paradise. Isolated from the mainland for thousands of years, some of the most unusual species in the world evolved here, including giant tortoises, …
Guyana Overview
Guyana's name means "land of many waters." An untouched paradise, it holds some of the most extensive contiguous rainforest in the world. Along the rivers red howler monkeys and scarlet …
An Overview of Ecuador
History The history of pre-Inca Ecuador is lost in a misty tangle of time and legend, and the earliest historical details date back only as far as the 11th century AD. It is commonly believed that …
Peru Overview
History The first inhabitants of Peru were nomadic hunter-gatherers who lived in caves in Peru's coastal regions. The oldest site, Pikimachay cave, dates from 12,000 BC. Crops such as cotton, …
Sacha Lodge Information
Getting There | Lodge Details | Excursions | Observation Tower | Butterfly House | Yasuni Parrot Lick Summary Since it's opening in 1991, Sacha has bought large expanses of pristine land …
Activities and Weather
Jungle Activities While offering a world of relaxation and adventure, travel also brings with it a change of climate, culture, altitude, physical routine, and diet that can be stressful on your …
Ancient Symbols in the Sand
In the southern desert of Peru there exists a puzzling expanse of hundreds of geoglyphs, or earth drawings, known as the Nazca lines. They cover a 200-square-mile area and consist both of geometric …
Family Travel in Ecuador
It was on a bus from Tena, a small town bordering the jungle, to Banos, known for its hot springs, that I first met Michael, Ruth, and their children Brian and Lucy. We had both had the idea of …
Argentina Wine: Classics in the Making
Argentina has a very young history in the world-class wine market, but because of excellent environmental conditions, Argentina is turning into an oasis for the highest quality wine. A tour of the …
The Peruvian Amazon – It's for the Birds
The Amazon is saturated with thousands of different species of plants and animals, making Peru one of the top countries for bird-watchers and nature lovers. In birds alone, Peru’s Manu Biosphere …
Peruvian Passion for Food
In recent years Peruvian gastronomy has continued to progress, drawing on the legacy of our regional culinary styles, accepting influences from other parts of the world and giving full rein to the …
Sea Kayaking
When the Spanish arrived in Chiloé in the 16th century, they found the islands and continental fjords populated by a seagoing people known as Chonos, who paddled canoes known as dalcas. …
Chile's Wine
In recent years, the world has begun to take notice of Chile's wines. In 1998, Chile exported $502 million in wines to some 85 countries, and was third in total imports to the US, after France …
Advice for High Altitude
Here are a few good tips about coping with high altitude on your Adventure Life tour. This is not meant to substitute for trained medical advice or attention. Please consult a physician before …
This Isn't Your Traditional Galapagos Tour
Traditionally, a Galapagos cruise has been the most popular way of exploring the Enchanted Islands. And for good reason: a variety of professional and personable yachts make cruising from island to …
To Weave for the Sun: Andean Weaving
Indigenous markets are one of the must-see events in Latin America. Whether it is the famous Otavalo market in Ecuador, or the Pisac market in Peru, travelers are sure to see many hand-woven …
Andean Music and Dance
While travelling through the Andean region of South America, one cannot help but become enchanted with the haunting, beautiful sounds of traditional music playing anywhere from the street corner, to …
Las Fiestas Patrias
People visiting Ecuador and Peru during July will have the opportunity to experience the national holiday of Fiestas Patrias, or Independence Day. In both countries, Fiestas Patrias is perhaps the …
South American Packing Essentials
It's amazing how much stuff people take when taking a trip to Latin America. A backpacker may be willing to take a cold shower, but she thinks she needs all of the amenities of a Roman bath to …