How to Choose a Water Filter for Your International Trip

Single use plastic is a problem everywhere in the world, but it is an especially large problem in major tourism destinations in developing countries, where waste disposal is limited and recycling is virtually nonexistent. Plastic water bottles is a huge issue, as in a lot of places, the tap water is unsafe to drink. You […]

Love Your Feet – Bring the Right Trekking Boots to Peru!

Nothing is more important than making sure your feet are happy for the trek of a lifetime! Here are our recommendations for what boots to take on your trek in Peru:

Hiking the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

There’s nothing quite like arriving at Machu Picchu on foot through the Sun Gate. It’s stunning to see the incredible Machu Picchu ruins, the mountains, and the Urubamba River valley spread out at your feet.

2018 Inca Trail Permits On Sale Now!

Have you been dreaming about hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? If you want to go in 2018 (and you should!), then you need to act fast! Inca Trail permits for 2018 are on sale as of mid October, 2018! This is by far the earliest permits have gone on sale for the upcoming season […]

How Much Should I Budget For A Trip To The Galapagos?

The Galapagos is a trip of a lifetime, but you want to make sure that you have the right budget for the type of trip you want to do. How much should you budget for a Naturalist Cruise? Luxury Class boats are very high end. They have spacious cabins with larger king or queen beds, […]

How Far In Advance Should I Book My Trip To The Galapagos?

This depends on a few factors: when you want to travel, how flexible your dates are, how big your group is, and how picky you are about your itinerary & accommodations. When do you want to travel?  The busiest times in the Galapagos are around Christmas and New Years, followed by Easter and Spring Breaks, […]

When Is The Best Time To Go To The Galapagos Islands?

There is never a bad time to visit the Galapagos! The weather varies little at the equator and most of the wildlife does not migrate. The “High Season” and “Low Season” in the Galapagos mostly corresponds with holidays. The Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter Holiday are the busiest times in the Galapagos, and it can be […]

How Long Should I Go to the Galapagos Islands For?

Because it takes time and money to get to the Galapagos Islands and the first and last days of your trip are mostly travel days, we recommend that you spend at least 5 days in the Galapagos. The vast majority of travelers go to the Galapagos for 7 or 8 days. The more days you […]

How Do You Get to the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands are located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in South America. So how do you get there? First you have to get to Ecuador All international flights to Ecuador arrive in Quito or Guayaquil, the two biggest cities in Ecuador. Both of these cities have domestic flights to the Galapagos, so […]

Should I go on a Galapagos Multisport Adventure?

Multisport Adventure trips stay in hotels on one or more of the 4 inhabited islands and explore the wildlife and scenery of the islands while kayaking, biking, hiking, snorkeling and possibly even stand up paddle boarding (SUP). There are a number of different itinerary options for these trips, with differences in the number of islands […]

Should I Go on a Galapagos Naturalist Cruise?

Exploring the islands on a small yacht is the classic way to see the Galapagos, just like Charles Darwin did when he traveled around the Galapagos. What is a typical day like on a cruise?  Cruises are slow paced. You wake up early in the morning, have breakfast, and then head out for your first […]

What Is The Difference Between the 4 and 5 Day Inca Trail Treks?

Inca Trail Trek

The Inca Trail is one of the world’s classic treks, and it is a fantastic experience for anyone willing to take the effort to make the trek. Entering Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun as Inca Royalty once did is an unforgettable experience. The traditional Inca Trail trek was usually done in 4 […]

How To Pack for Traveling in Peru

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST Nicer clothes for night life in Cusco Shorts (quick dry) Pants (quick dry) T-shirt or long sleeve shirts (quick dry) — The sun is very direct and strong in Peru. If you burn easily, bring long sleeves to help with sun protection. A warm fleece, down jacket, or wool sweater Underwear and […]

Should You Hike Huayna Picchu Mountain Or Machu Picchu Mountain?

Before you confirm your trip to Machu Picchu, consider whether or not you want to do one of the two permitted hikes that start in the Machu Picchu complex. One of the hikes is Huayna Picchu Mountain, which is the small sugar loaf mountain you see in the immediate background of most photos of Machu […]

How To Pack for Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Trek

This information is specifically for trekking the Inca Trail with the trip operators Amazonas Explorer. Other trip operators may have information that varies slightly. SUGGESTED PACKING LIST Nicer clothes for night life in Cusco Shorts (quick dry) Pants (quick dry) T-shirts (quick dry) A warm fleece, down jacket, or wool sweater (available in Cusco) Thermal […]

Which Peru Trek is Right For You?

Inca Trail

Peru is trekking heaven, and there are so many options out there! The five most popular areas to trek around Cusco and Machu Picchu are the Inca Trail, Salkantay, Lares Valley, Choquequirao, and Ausangate. Each of these areas provide a different experience. Which trek is right for you?

Short Galapagos Cruises to the Western Islands of Isabela and Fernandina

on the Ocean Spray Galapagos Cruise

So you’ve done a ton of research, and you know that you want to go to the far western part of at the Galapagos Islands: Isabela and Fernandina Islands. But you’ve run into a problem! Most cruises that go to Isabela and Fernandina Islands are 8 day cruises, and you just don’t have the time […]

What is the Difference Between the Classes of Boats in the Galapagos Islands?

There are four classes of boats in the Galapagos Islands: Luxury Class First Class Tourist Superior Class Tourist or Economy Class These classes vary by price, amenities on board, level of comfort, size of the cabins, and sometimes even by the quality of naturalist guide and itinerary. On Luxury Class, First Class, and Tourist Superior […]

Best Videos About Galapagos Wildlife

Daydreaming about your trip to the Galapagos? Here are some of our favorite videos about the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos. Waved Albatross are large, beautiful birds who mate for life and have endearing interactions with each other. Nearly every waved albatross in the world nests on Española Island in the Galapagos. They are on […]

How to Pack For the Galápagos Islands

If you’re like me, it’s the night before you fly to Ecuador, and you’re wasting precious sleeping hours agonizing over what to pack for your trip to the Galápagos Islands and what to leave at home. If you’re like my co-worker Katie, you are super organized and have everything laid out and ready to go […]

Celebrating New Year’s in Ecuador

Ecuadorians really know how to party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception.  If you’re in Ecuador for this super fun holiday, you’re going to experience many of the same traditions (like kissing at midnight), and a lot of very traditions you’ve probably never seen before.  We’re here to fill you in on everything you […]

What to do in Ecuador on Christmas

Traveling during the holidays is an amazing way to learn about the culture and traditions of a country, and maybe pick up a few new traditions of your own.  It also means that you have to arrange your trip a bit differently to accommodate the holiday schedule in that country or make special plans to […]

How much should I tip on my Patagonia trekking trip?

All tipping is, of course, at your own discretion and you are under no obligation to tip. In the unlikely event that you are not satisfied with the service you received, your tip (or lack of) will reflect this. Trip members can contribute towards a group tip to be shared among the drivers, assistants, cooks […]

What do I need to do about altitude sickness in Patagonia?

Generally, you should not be overly concerned about altitude sickness in Patagonia because the elevation is not too great for many popular hikes. However, if you are climbing higher than 3,000 meters, then you should take precautions.If you are in generally good health, then you can usually prevent or alleviate altitude sickness fairly easily. The […]