Act Now to Get Your 2017 Inca Trail Trip – Permits Available Week Of December 19, 2016!

Always wanted to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? Of course you have. We all have too (luckily we have already done the trek, but we still want to do it again). Well, you better act fast before permits sell out, likely before January 1, 2017 for premium dates. But did you know that only […]

You CAN still hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu this summer 2016!

Machu Picchu Windows to the World

Thinking of traveling to Peru this summer? Always wanted to hike the world famous Inca Trail so you arrive at Machu Picchu on foot? Too late! Permits to trek the regular Inca Trail are already sold out from April until the latter part of August. And once permits are gone there is no chance to […]

Detour’s New Truck Is A Bike

Detour's New Truck is a Yuba Cargo Bike

Here at Detour we are always looking for ways to get outside, get some exercise, and cut our carbon footprint, so you can only imagine how stoked we were to discover Yuba Bikes line of cargo bikes. Yuba bikes are fantastic people and stuff movers, and easily take the place of a car or small truck for running errands around […]

What sort of food should I expect on my trek?

Unless you are overnighting in towns or villages along the way, your operator will arrange for a cook to trek with you. They will typically provide food grown or produced locally. Many travelers are surprised at the quality, freshness and variety of cuisine they experience when trekking in South America. Trekking Tours  

What Kind of Accommodations Should I Expect on a Patagonia Trek?

The accommodations for a typical trekking trip in Patagonia will be camping or hotels. If you are camping, typically, you will have to provide the sleeping bag and pad yourself while the trek operator will provide the tents, cooking equipment, food, and water purifiers. Additionally, many Patagonian treks have the option of staying in either […]

What Can I Do About Altitude Sickness

Peru is famous for its impressive altitude; many of its most popular destinations sit at 8,000 feet above sea level. Cusco, the hub for many treks including the Classic Inca Trail, is 11,600 ft above sea level. Altitude sickness can begin to affect people at 6,500 feet above sea level. Symptoms will usually manifest after […]

What is Adventure Travel?

Adventure travel is another of those terms that can mean many things, as there is no official definition for it. We use the term to mean traveling with an adventurous spirit. Basically, if you want to take a trip that is just like being at home, that isn’t an adventure. Having an adventurous spirit means […]

SUP Love – Stand Up Paddleboard Adventures in Latin America

Stand up paddling in the Galapagos

Spring is here in Montana, and as the weather has warmed up I’ve been stoked to get out and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)! Of course it’s warm somewhere all year long, so we at Detour are developing SUP trips in Latin America you can do any month of the year so you don’t have to […]

President Clinton Says Tourism Good for the Earth, Children, and the Future

President Bill Clinton, speaking at the World Travel and Tourism Council summit in Abu Dhabi yesterday, said many positive things about the ability of travel and tourism to make the world a better place. According to the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9983729/Bill-Clinton-praises-tourisms-power-for-peace.html) Clinton “said the travel industry was ‘good for the earth, the children and the future.’ The […]

When Is the Best Time to Trek the Inca Trail?

Peru’s world famous Inca Trail is open 11 months of the year, allowing trekkers to arrive to Machu Picchu on foot from March 1 – January 31. The Inca Trail is closed during the month of February due to weather and to allow for maintenance. But when is the best time to do the Inca […]

Quito Ecuador’s New Airport Finally Opening February 20, 2013

After months of delays Quito, Ecuador’s, new Mariscal Sucre airport in the northeast suburb of Tababela, 37 km from the northern part of Quito, will finally open on Wednesday, February 20th at 9 am. February 19th the “old airport,” which is within the city of Quito, will close down at 7 pm.  The new airport […]

Galapagos Multisport Adventures Are Perfect For The Active Traveler

Snorkeling at Kicker Rock, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Multisport Adventures can provide amazing active Galapagos experiences. Do you want to travel to the Galapagos Islands but you’re worried that the trip will be too passive? If so, you sound just like my wife. Unfortunately for her, when she visited the Galapagos Islands in 2004 there weren’t really any good options for a […]

New Galapagos Cruise Video From Ecoventura

Ecoventura, the owners of the Eric, Letty, and Flamingo I have a new video about their Galapagos cruises. Check it out below. If you haven’t been to the Galapagos, you need to go!

New Trip: Galapagos and Cotopaxi Multisport Adventure

We’ve got a cool new trip, the Galapagos and Cotopaxi Multisport, from one of our great Ecuador providers Tropic, Journeys in Nature. This new trip combines a Galapagos Multisport Adventure with a great exploration of Quito and mainland Ecuador in a very active multisport trip that includes hiking, biking, horseback riding, zip-lining, kayaking, snorkeling, and wildlife […]

Inca Trail Permits Selling Fast for 2013

Want to trek the Inca Trail in 2013? You’d better get busy and plan your trip! Porters and trekkers along the Inca Trail Inca Trail trekking permits are selling faster and faster each year, and 2013 is no exception. Ever since the permit system was put in place to limit the number of people (tourists, […]

Family Galapagos Cruises on the Eric, Letty, Flamingo I

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s top family travel destinations, and a family cruise is a great way to experience the amazing archipelago.  The weather is pleasant, the activities are not so strenuous or difficult that they can’t be enjoyed by multiple age groups at once, and the wildlife viewing is out of […]

My Mom Loves the Huoarani Ecolodge, and So Will You!

More on my Mom’s (Helen Findley) Visit to the Huaorani, straight from her. My 79 year old mother visited the Huaorani Ecolodge in Ecuador’s Amazon Basin with her friend Phyllis in November, 2012. Here is Helen’s story about it: I have just had one of the most exciting and wonderful experiences of my life—a visit […]

My Mom Visited the Huaorani Ecolodge in Ecuador

My 79 year old mother, Helen Findley, visited Ecuador and the Huaorani Ecolodge in November, 2012. She has traveled all over the world, and besides the USA, she has lived in China and the Philippines. She has visited the Amazon previously, having rafted the Tambopata River and stayed at the Tambopata Research Center. She has […]

Do I need a wetsuit for my Galapagos trip?

  Snorkeling is one of the top activities in the Galapagos Islands, as the wildlife under water is as unafraid of humans as the wildlife on land. On one trip there I found myself swimming in a living room sized cove with 5 large sea turtles, who, oblivious to my presence, were munching (happily I […]

Caño Island, Costa Rica, Temporarily Closed

                          News from partner Costa Rican Trails: As of last week the Costa Rican government closed land access to Caño Island, off of the Osa Peninsula, for three months (until the end of May, 2012). This island is visited by all guests staying […]

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin!

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin! From the Galapagos Conservancy: Sunday, February 12th marks the 203rd birthday of Charles Darwin, famous for developing his theory of evolution following a visit to the Galapagos Islands aboard the HMS Beagle. His study of endemic plants and animals — and the variation in their physical traits from island to island […]

New Discovery: Galapagos Tortoise Breed Sequestered not Extinct

Chelonoidis elephantopus, a type of giant Galapagos tortoise that was thought to have become extinct over 150 years ago has been “found” in the genome of a similar species that currently lives in the Galapagos Islands. First recorded in 1853 by Charles Darwin in his famous voyage of The Beagle, Chelonoidis elephantopus was never again […]

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) on the Blackfoot River, MT

I first tried Stand Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, in February of this year when I paddled down the Shiripuno River to the Huaorani Ecolodge in Ecuador’s Amazon Basin, and then on a Galapagos Stand Up Paddle Multisport Adventure.  SUP’ing was a great way to experience the Galapagos, and it added one more activity to an […]

Espiritu Pampa Trek and Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek Featured in NY Times!

  Two of our favorite treks in Peru, Choquequirao to Machu Picchu and Espiritu Pampa – Trek to the Last City of the Incas, operated by Detour partner Amazonas Explorer, were featured in The New York Times Travel section yesterday: “The Hidden Route to Machu Picchu.” These are challenging, off the beaten path treks to […]

Tsunami Does Minimal Damage in Galapagos Islands

The Tsunami Warning and State of Emergency for the Galapagos Islands was lifted early Saturday morning, and flights and tours all resumed as normal on Saturday. We received a number of reports from our Galapagos partners, all assuring us that there were no serious injuries to people, and that damage was minimal. The tsunami, caused […]

Galapagos Tsunami Warnings Due to Japan Earthquake

We are very sad to hear the news about the earthquake in Japan today.  Unfortunately, the news could get worse as the day goes on as Tsunami  warnings have been issued for over 20 countries in the Pacific region, among them the Galapagos Islands and coast of Ecuador.  We certainly hope the tsunami’s don’t materialize […]

Patagonia Strike Ends- Travel Normal Again

Strike in Patagonia ends after 6 days From Travel Partner TravelArt Chile After six days of strike the conflict about the gas price increase in southern Chile has been resolved. An agreement, that was acceptable for the government as well as for the citizens’ representatives, was announced yesterday at around 11:00 a.m. local time after […]

Cusco Acclimatization Hike to Qusilluchayoc Ruins

Cusco, Peru,  is referred to as the “navel of civilization”; the layers of cultures stretching back to pre-Inca times within a relatively small geographic area is amazing.  Yesterday I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take advantage of my new job with Peru Sur Nativa to spend half my working day hiking to the […]