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Hiking the Inca Trail: Procrastinators Need Not Apply

Published: February 5, 2006

Travelers who want to hike the Inca Trail to the stunning ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru this summer should get a move on. To help protect the ancient trail, the Peruvian government is enforcing the limit of 500 trekkers starting the hike each day by requiring that tour operators submit the names and passport numbers of their clients to purchase necessary permits...

Adventure Life, in Missoula, Mont., offers the Cachiccata Trek, a 10-day backcountry experience that inludes four days of hiking that bypasses the traditional Inca Trail on the way to Machu Picchu ($1,625).

"What has become known as the Inca Trail is what people refer to as that four-day hike to Machu Picchu," said DarAnne Dunning, a trip coordinator for Adventure Life. "But that isn't the only Inca trail that there was. There were thousands and thousands of miles of these trails in Peru."

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The Galapagos Without a Paddle

Published: January 8, 2006

For those who prefer to experience the flora and fauna of the Galapagos without getting sore forearms or sand in their bedding, yacht tours are the way to go. Listed below are package tours available for 2006. All are 10-day trips, unless specified otherwise. The growing popularity of these cruises, plus temperate weather, means that high season is practically year-round. Cost-conscious travelers may want to take advantage of the two brief low seasons, May 1 to mid-June, or mid-September through October. Prices are per person. Air fare to Quito, the starting point for most packages, is not included; meals are.

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Edge of the World

Published: December 16, 2005

Itching for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? Travel companies are rolling out a wave of unusual itineraries for next year. USA TODAY's Gene Sloan offers a guide to seven of the most exciting new adventure trips for 2006 (all prices per person, based on double occupancy):

Just about every major adventure travel company offers a tour of the Galapagos islands — by boat. Adventure Life's new twist? Participants stay on shore — in small hotels on three islands (a rarity, since 97% of the islands are national park).

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The trail less trampled on

Published: September 22, 2005

...Spurred by recent Peruvian government efforts to enforce visitation limits on the classic trail to Machu Picchu (no more than 500 people, including porters, can enter the trail per day; on high-volume days, nearly twice that many previously entered the trail) Adventure Life and other adventure companies have been adding new treks across the region. They follow lesser-used but no less spectacular Inca routes and visit little-known Inca ruins...

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Alternate Inca trail routes

Published: September 22, 2005

...While thousands of miles of Incan trails crisscross the mountains of Peru, most major U.S. adventure tour companies only have offered treks on the so-called "classic" Inca Trail that leads directly to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Now that's beginning to change. With the Peruvian government enforcing limits on visitors to the classic trail, which has been plagued by overcrowding, firms are adding more treks on "alternative" Incan trails connecting lesser-known ruins. ....The Missoula, Mont.-based company this summer launched "Cachiccata Trek: The Inca Trail Less Traveled," a 10-day trip that includes three days of trekking on the Cachiccata Trail, a route that passes the ruins of Chokekillka. The trip includes a stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and a train trip to Machu Picchu....

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Tours from Antarctica to Argentina and Shorter Cruises of Hawaii

Published: September 18, 2005

...Based in Missoula, Mont., Adventure Life Journeys, (800) 344-6118 or www.adventure -life.com, organizes trips ranging from 10 days to 23 days; the longer trips include visits to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island. A 10-night voyage aboard the 110-passenger Akademik Ioffe visits the South Shetland Islands and the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, focusing on areas with the best possibilities of viewing wildlife. Including an optional overnight camping excursion, fares start at $5,390 a person...

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Adventure Life Offers Exclusive Trip: Study Leatherback Turtles in Costa Rica

Published: April 21, 2005

The Costa Rica Pacuare Nature Reserve recently began accepting visitors, and the US-headquartered Adventure Life is booking guests into the lodge. Founded 13 years ago to protect and study leatherback turtles and green turtles, the reserve accepts only six guests at a time, who work side-by-side with reserve's biologists tagging and measuring adult turtles and finding and moving nests to protect eggs from poachers...

Bradt Travel Guides

Amazon Highlights: Peru, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador (1st ed.) US-based Adventure Life provides quality small group tour to the Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon, and further afield. On tours, group size is kept to a minimum and the company aims to have a positive impact on local culture and the environment. Ultimate Adventures: A Rough Guide to Adventure Travel (1st ed.) Feature our Amazon Adventure sea kayaking 8-day trip Guides and Gear: US-based Adventure Life Journeys offers several different custom and small-group expedition into the headwaters of the Amazon on a year-round basis includes programmes that offer involvement with the Huaorani. Traveler's Tool Kit: Mexico and Central America (1st ed.) Dozens of U.S. and Canadian tour companies lead trips to Costa Rica, with new ones popping up every month or two. I traveled with Adventure Life and highly recommend the company. Its excellent guides go out of their way to make sure group members are happy. This operator tends to use smaller, family-run hotels and small restaurants off the main drag. Many responsible small-group North American operators leads trips to Guatemala. For example, Adventure Life runs well-regarded 6- to 12-day trips. Some very reputable North American operators leads trip to Panama, including Adventure Life. Environmentally Responsible Tour Operators The following are some tour operators and other companies that provides services in Mexico and Central America and have signed on to a code of conduct that commits them to follow guidelines of responsible ecotourism travel: Adventure Life Journeys...

Moon Handbooks

Adventure Life International is a five-year-old company based in Missoula, Montana, that is a good bet for budget-minded trekkers. Its nine-day Machu Picchu Pilgrimage includes Cusco, Machu Picchu, and a well-run Inca trail trek for $1,495. It also offers affordable trips to the fabulous Tambopata Research Center. It uses three-star, family-run hostels and local guides, and gives independent travelers flexibility on where they eat. Maximum group size is 12, though it often sends groups as small as two people. It has recently set up a fund (www.earthfamilyfund.org) to give back to the countries it visits.


But a new entry is from the field of adventure travel. Adventure Life, which specializes also in travel to South and Central America, has gotten into the act with its own registry (you can see a sample at www.adventure-life.com/gift/trondle). Note the button at the top of the page for "Give a Gift" and the note about how much has yet to be raised, $5,680 "trip balance due" when I looked. Adventure Life goes in for really rugged and exciting trips of the Indiana Jones variety. Check them out at www.adventure-life.com. The phone for this Montana-based outfit is 800/344-6118.

The ROUGH GUIDE to Bolivia

Adventure Life. 800/344-6118, www.adventure-life.com. Small, personal organization with a community focus. Trips include an eleven-day tour of Sucre, Potosi, and the Salar de Uyuni, and seven days in the Amazon staying at the Albergue Ecologico Chalalan.

Fodor's South America (6th Edition)

Adventure Life is mentioned 5 times in this edition as a recommended tour operator!! Here are a couple snippets... Adventure Life leads a kayaking journey along the Shiripuno River, paddling three to six hours per day; you also hike and meet Huaorani people (Ecuador section). Adventure Life focuses on Potosi, Uyuni, and villages near Sucre, and spends two nights at a working hacienda (Bolivia section).

The Bradt Travel Guide: The Amazon (2nd ed.)

Recommended tour operator for the Amazon: Adventure Life Journeys 712 W Spruce St., Suite A, Missoula, MT 59802; tel: 800 344 6118; fax: 406 541 2676; email: info@adventure-life.com; web: www.adventure-life.com. Lodge-based and camping/kayaking week long small-group tours in lowland forest of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

Hunter Publishing

Adventure Guide to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (1st ed.) Recommended tour operator for the Galapagos Islands: Adventure Life, an American company, offers 10-day and seven-day all-inclusive Galapagos tours, as well as trips to the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. Contact them at 800-344-6118 or info@adventure-life.com. Their website, www.adventure-life.com, provides complete information.

The New Key to Costa Rica (16th ed.)

Listed as recommended tour operator for US-based nature tour companies.
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Arizona Republic


Published: August 30, 2018

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Travel+Leisure A-List

Published: August 10, 2016

Our CEO & Founder, Brian Morgan, has once again been named the "Travel+Leisure A-List" Galapagos Islands agent. The 2016 A-List selects travel experts for specific destinations around the world. As always, it is an honor to be included on this exclusive list.

Travel+Leisure A-List: Top Travel Advisor

Published: August 1, 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Travel + Leisure selects Adventure Life's Brian Morgan as the go-to advisor for travelers looking to take a Galapagos trip. Travel + Leisure editors evaluates hundreds of travel agents to choose their favorites for the annual "A-List" of Top Travel Agents. Adventure Life is honored!

Travel+Leisure A-List: Top Travel Advisor

Published: August 1, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, Travel + Leisure selects Adventure Life's Brian Morgan as the go-to advisor for travelers looking to take a Galapagos trip. Travel + Leisure editors evaluated hundreds of travel agents and picked their favorites for the annual A-List of Top Travel Agents. Adventure Life is honored!

Travel + Leisure A-List: Top Travel Advisor

Published: August 15, 2013

For the third consecutive year, Travel + Leisure selects Adventure Life's Brian Morgan as the go-to advisor for travelers looking to take a Galapagos cruise and Peru tour. Travel + Leisure editors evaluated hundreds of travel agents and picked their favorites for the twelfth annual A-List of Top Travel Agents. We are honored!
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Travel + Leisure A-List: World's Top Agents 2011

Published: September 1, 2011

Adventure Life's Brian Morgan is selected by Travel + Leisure A-List as one of the world's best agents and operators for the Galapagos and Peru.

T+L evaluated thousands of agents to come up with this highly selective list of the best in the businesses... With a wealth of expertise, these power brokers are the most informed and connected in the travel industry...
Brian Morgan
Excited About: The new eco-conscious cruise regulations, which will help protect the area’s natural wonders. The standards stipulate that no operators may offer tours of longer than 15 days.
Years as Agent: 12.
Other Specialty: Peru.


From Cusco to Puno by Rail

Published: December 30, 2008

"...Oscar, one of the legions of bellmen uniformed in gray wool, flashes his million-dollar smile and signals to me. Reuben from the aptly named Adventure-Life tour is here. It’s a short ride in his van to the Wanchaq Station, a brief preamble to the journey of a lifetime...

...Adventure-Life: This U.S.-based tour company specializes in small tours (six to eight people) in Latin America and Antarctica. Guides are local experts. Hotel choices range from basic to luxury. Itineraries can be customized.

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The Semana Santa Easter Festival in Antigua, Guatemala

Published: July 25, 2008

Pastel-colored homes, cobblestone streets, bougainvillea-covered walls and looming volcanoes offer the first glimpses of Antigua. The UNESCO World Heritage site embraces thousands of travelers wanting to experience this world-famed Catholic celebration commemorating the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Antigua, Guatemala comes alive with its annual "Semana Santa" Holy Week, held sometime between March 22 and April 23. The entire city participates in the solemn activities during the week with a joyous celebration on Easter. Spanish missionaries from Seville initiated this religious occasion during colonial times.

...Adventure Life Journeys is one of a few tour groups for this Easter Festival. It has a nine-day trip with a local bilingual guide, small groups, and sustainable tourism practices. It includes the Easter Festival, ChiChicastenango and Solola Markets, as well as Lake Atitlan.

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Multisport Peru Manco Heart-stopper

Published: June 10, 2008

Scottsdale Magazine

Adventure Life attracts those seeking to push the limit of their thrill-seeking endurance up a north or two. This 12-day adventure offers participants the chance to experience native culture via an overnight stay with local families. The Manco adventure begins with your arrival in Lima where you soak up a bit of civilization before flying off to Cusco the next morning to immerse yourself into the mysteries of the witches' market, or explore the capital city of Inca's many plazas, ancient ruins and museums...

...A well-planned itinerary for those unaccustomed to extreme heights, such as the 14,403-foot La Raya pass, gives adventurers the opportunity to become acclimated before exploring the region's many ancient temples and archeological sites...

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