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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador — The dark shape darted straight at our masks, veering away at the last possible moment. Here it came again. And again — turning, swerving and passing us just out of reach. A sleek young sea lion was playing with us! When we finally returned to the beach, he followed us to the water's edge, looking wistful over losing his playmates. To our utter delight, 500 years of human contact haven't been long enough for the creatures of the Galapagos Islands to evolve a fear of humans...
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Even though born and raised in Havre, Brian Morgan knows what it is like to feel trapped by the urban environment. People want to get out of it, he says – which is exactly why he thinks his business, Adventure Life Journeys, is taking off.
...type "adventure" and "Chile" into your favorite Web search engine and you'll come up with spots such as Adventure Life - http://www.adventure-life.com/chile/chile.php - which touts treks through the wilds of Patagonia, coastal cruises and camping trips in the Atacama Desert...
The next Costa Rica, some call Guatemala. And for good reason. Like its long-popular Central American sibling to the south, Guatemala is home to soaring volcanoes, idyllic lakes and steamy rain forests full of monkeys, crocodiles and toucans. Unlike Costa Rica, it also harbors some of the world's most spectacular ruins, remnants of the ancient Mayan civilization, as well as a vibrant modern-day Mayan culture. With the country stablizing, U.S. adventure companies such as Adventure Life that have long offered trips to Costa Rica are beginning to add Guatemala to their mix.
Adventure Life. The Montana-based company is offering easy-rated trips this year to Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Guatemala. Example: Ecuadorian Amazon, a seven-night trip that includes a rain forest lodge stay with jungle explorations.
"Central America is still a new destination for many Americans, however, and even in Costa Rica independent vacations can be difficult, particularly if you're driving, because of the poor roads. So tours make sense. ....various smaller tour companies have sprung up to meet the demand for more specialized trips..."
..."Itineraries in Costa Rica, Belize and Guatemala are offered by Adventure Life Journeys, based in Missoula, Mont., which specializes in trips to Latin America. A 12-day tour departing April 2 visits Guatemala during Semana Santa, the holy week before Easter, when processions and huge puppets parade along streets decorated with dyed sawdust and flowers. Visits to Chichicastenango's colorful market, Lake Atitlán and Tikal are included, along with several days in the colonial city of Antigua, where much of the pageantry is centered. The trip includes stays in comfortable hotels and lodges (with breakfasts), along with in-country transportation except the flight between Guatemala City and Flores, near Tikal. A nine-day trip in Belize (with a side trip to Tikal), includes two nights at Glover's Reef, a coral atoll, or Ambergris Caye, with snorkeling, sea kayaking or windsurfing available, then three nights at a jungle lodge inland, with excursions along the river and to a Maya ruin. Information: (800) 344-6118 or www.adventure-life.com."
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Costa Rica Turtles and Rainforest:
"We set out from our lodge in the early morning and, after a two-hour trek through the jungle, we arrived at the entrance to a beautiful, hourglass-shaped cave with a small stream flowing from its mouth. Locals referred to this cavern as Actun Tunichil Muknal, which means the Cave of the Stone Sepulchre, and we had come to probe some of the mysteries and secrets of the Mayan civilization. …"
Belize Rainforest and Ruins:
"...What's special? Six hundreds miles from the shores of Ecuador lie the storybook islands of the Galapagos, where Darwin first chronicled the evolutionary origins of the species. These volcanic islands at first appear barren and uninhabited until a 180-kilogram giant tortoise lumbers past and blue-footed boobies ponder their human visitors. In nearby bays, playful sea lions are said to nibble on snorkelers' flippers.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos are a stage on which the Earth's evolutionary forces play out unencumbered by the hectic pace of life in the world's more inhabited climes. But travelers on the "Adventure Life" Galapagos 10-day luxury yacht tour can enjoy the mystical islands in relaxed style aboard the double-sailed schooner Diamante..."
Galapagos Islands tours:
"…A travel agency with experience in adventure trips can steer you to good boats. I found mine, the Sulidae, on line at http://www.adventure-life.com/galapagos/yachts/index.php, which also lists plusher boats. My seven-day, nine-island trip cost about $1,950 in a shared cabin last spring.…"
Turtles and Rainforest tour:
Vigorous hikes are highlighted by bright-red frogs, armies of leaf-cutter ants and flame-colored heliconias dripping from the trees. We drink sweet water from streams and splash through rivers amid mahogany tree so tall we can't see the tops and so wide we hide behind the roots. Our guides toss ropes over a roaring waterfall; I'm too afraid to rappel down on my own, but I make it with the help of new friends! Over the next few days we gallop horses across banana plantations, and Francisco climbs trees while I admire from below. We laze on hammocks, drink wine, watch wildlife, wake to birdsong and live by candlelight. We get all the adventure and romancy we dreamed of! "
Beaches and Rainforest tour:
The nextfigures proved much more impressive. A monkey with a vast
spiral tail was followed in short order by a hummingbird, a whale, a
fox, and a waving man with an oddly shaped head, referred to as the
Peru Panorama tour:
"Only in the Galapagos Islands can you snorkel with a penguin on the equator as schools of spotted eagle rays glide beneath you and playful sea lions perform an underwater ballet. And the most amazing thing about this aquatic experience is that you're not an observer- you're an actor in the performance. Equipped with a mask and fins, you can dive and swirl effortlessly as you play with your new marine friends in the cool, clear water! IF YOU GO [contact] Adventure Life, 1-800-344-6118"
Galapagos Islands tours:
"Morgan (Adventure Life Founder) uses a network of handpicked guides from the villages and tries to give his customers a trip immersed in the culture! Instead of joining a throng of Americans being bused from one tourist hot spot to the next before retiring for evenings at Western hotels, Schall (past client) described her tour as a busy schedule, but one with time for exploration and discovery away from the groups."