Which Islands Should My Galapagos Cruise Visit?

Blue Footed Boobie Feet

A cruise is the classic way to explore the Galapagos Islands.  For good reason. You’re able to reach more islands, explore more terrain, and see more wildlife. Many visitor sites are only available to cruises, so a cruise is the only way to visit them. By visiting many different island you also have a chance […]

Can My Kids Come? Minimum Age for Hiking the Inca Trail

So you’re looking for the perfect adventure for your active, energetic family . . . is the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu the right choice?  This is an important question because you want to have the best trip possible, but you don’t want to sign your kids up for more than they can reasonably […]

New Departure Added for Peru’s Spectacular Ausangate Trek

A new departure has been added to the incredible Ausangate Trek in Peru, September 2-10.  This trek near Cusco is truly spectacular — a circuit around the high, snow-capped peak of Ausangate, the tallest mountain in the Cusco region at 6, 327 meters.  Ausangate is still worshiped by the locals, as is its “Apu” god […]

Celebrating the Life of Lonesome George, Galapagos Islands Tortoise

Lonesome George in the Galapagos National Park Logo Celebrating the Life of Lonesome George , from Detour partner Metropolitan Touring. When the Galápagos Islands became a National Park in 1959, conservation priorities were a top priority for the world’s scientific community. Giant tortoises, who gave their names to the remote archipelago, ranked high, together with […]

Peru Adventure Tours

A few of our favorite Peru Adventure Tours operated by Amazonas Explorer FAMILY ADVENTURE PERU https://www.detourdestinations.com/family-adventure-peru.html A trip for those who want to do a little bit of everything in the Machu Picchu and Cusco region (whitewater rafting, hiking the Short Inca Trail, biking and canoeing) while exploring the Ica ruins and colorful Andean culture. […]

Planning Extra Days in the Galapagos

There are 3 islands that you can extend your stay on in the Galapagos: Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. Most trips start/end at the Baltra Airport, which is right next to Santa Cruz Island. So, this island will have the most options for hotels, restaurants, renting kayaks and other gear, scuba diving and joining […]

Trip Report: Lares Valley Trek (Day 2): Lakes, Waterfalls and Hot Springs

I awoke to the sound of our cook staff offering “Café. Coca tea?” to the others in my group. When they reached my tent I opted for tea. I’m not much of an instant coffee gal. I sipped it in my sleeping bag while I mustered up the courage to bare the bite of morning […]

Traveler Reports: Huaorani Ecolodge

A Detour traveler shares her adventures at the Huaorani Ecolodge in Ecuadors Amazon. The Huaorani Ecolodge is a community based tourism project to visit and explore the rainforest with the Huaorani people.  While wildlife is not quite as plentiful as it is at other lodges, the chance to visit the jungle with the Huaorani (whose […]

GALAPAGOS FLIGHTS: Fuel Surcharges for 2012

Earlier this month, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa announced the end of government fuel subsidies for local airlines. The following fuel surcharges have been announced for Galapagos Flights starting January 1, 2012 (subject to change): For flights with AeroGal Airlines the supplement will be $100 per person ($50 one-way). For TAME Airlines, there is a $120 […]

New Regulations for Huayna Picchu

As of July 15th 2011, the Peruvian government has started enforcing new rules for those wanting to climb Huayna Picchu (the big sugar loaf mountain behind Machu Picchu).  Many of your guidebooks and online resources probably won’t contain these latest updates, so read up on the newest regulations here before you embark on your Peru […]

Peru Trekking: Goods for the Locals

On many Peru treks you’ll be camping in communities and passing locals along the way. If you’re feeling like you want to bring something to give/trade here is a list of needed goods from a charity school near the Choquequirao Trek (provided by Amazonas Explorer). THINGS TO BRING Food: Fresh fruit, dry fruit, nuts & […]

Trip Report: Lares Valley Trek (Day 1)

Lares Valley Trek (Day 1) 3:40 am – Pick up from my hotel. This dead of night departure is not the norm, but a construction project on the road to Lares mandated it. Original pick-up was scheduled for the much more sane 8 o’clock hour. Unfortunately, most of our drive through the Sacred Valley was […]

Galapagos Conservancy Announces 2011 Photo Contest Winner

Galapagos Conservancy announces their 2011 photo contest winners. Alice Bartlett of Fyansford, Victoria (Austrailia) won the contest with her Spotted Eagle Rays photo above. Click here to view the other contest winners. The Galapagos Conservancy (GC) is a United States advocacy organization dedicated exclusively to the long-term protection of the Galapagos Islands. Collectively, GC members […]

Peruvian Author Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Mario Vargas Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” The prize is the first for a Latin American writer since 1990, after Mexico’s Octavio Paz. As an author, he had an international breakthrough with the novel […]

Active Adventures in the Amazon

The most common way to visit the Amazon is through a jungle lodge stay. Which usually involves a couple naturalist outings per day and some good R&R. Some of your daily excursions involve physical activity — a nature walk, a climb to a canopy tower. But for those that want a more hands-on adventure, the […]

Galapagos-Ecuador Foundation: Sustainability Projects

Metropolitan Touring shares with us an update on their Galapagos-Ecuador Foundation (Fundacion Galapagos-Ecuador) sustainability projects. The Foundation is an Ecuadorian, non-profit organization, founded in 1998 with the mission of providing support and funding for conservation projects directly related to the sustainable development of the Galapagos Islands. It’s three sustainability projects report great success: 1. Coastal […]

Birding in Ecuador

With more than half the bird species of South America found in this relatively small country, Ecuador is a great destination for bird-watching. In addition to the the Galapagos, Ecuador’s cloud forests and Amazon Basin provide countless birding opportunities. Below you’ll find a few of the options available. JUNGLE LODGES IN EL ORIENTE (Ecuador’s Amazon) […]

Amazon Essentials: 5 Packing Tips for Jungle Stays

Packing may be my least favorite part of travel. There’s always that unsettled feeling that something important has been forgotten. I’ll admit when packing for my stay in Ecuador’s Amazon at the Napo Wildlife Center, I felt lost. But through some trial-and-error, you figure out what it is you definitely want and what you could […]

7 Ways to Avoid Sea Sickness on your Galapagos Islands Cruise

Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands

Thinking of cruising the Galapagos Islands, but worried about sea sickness?  Take it from someone whose been – and gotten sick – it’s still worth it!  There are a number of proven ways that you can combat the possibility of sea sickness in the Galapagos and truly enjoy your trip.

Galapagos Islands Trips: Land-Based Tours vs Yacht-Based Cruises

If you’re going to spend the money and time it takes to get to the Galapagos Islands – you probably want to spend some effort finding the right tour for you.  Having just spent two weeks in the Galapagos I got to explore firsthand the differences between the classic Galapagos yacht-based cruise tour and the […]

Machu Picchu Back to Normal by July

Machu Picchu has been receiving its steady flow of travelers successfully since April – after January’s heavy rains. However, getting to the ruins involves bussing sections of the journey that used to be by train. FETRANSA, the rail company in charge of the train system, is working on the restoration of the railway that connects […]

Galapagos Guides: All You Need to Know About Your Naturalist Guide

Guide interpreting for travelers in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos is all about it’s flora and fauna. Exploring with a quality naturalist guide makes all the difference. And quite frankly, you have to be accompanied by a guide so you ought to care if he/she is a good one. Yet, Galapagos Islands’ guide classifications are not so cut and dry anymore. Originally, Galapagos […]

10 Tips For Trek Training

Trekking in the Lares Valley

When trekking, it doesn’t matter how stunning the scenery or wonderful the weather is, if you aren’t physically prepared for your trek you probably won’t enjoy it as much. Though treks vary greatly, here are some staple guidelines for any multi-day hike. We’ll leave the specifics of conditioning up to you. 1. Cut your Toenails! […]

Brazil: Flooding In Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO – Heavy rains that started Monday left the city flooded by Tuesday morning. Rains continued throughout Tuesday into Wednesday morning. A brief respite this morning has been shadowed by forecasts predicting more rain to come. Death toll is up to 110, with at least 60 people confirmed missing. Potential mudslides threaten up […]

Waved Albatross Arrive In Galapagos

I watched a BBC/National Geographic documentary on the Galapagos and I might have actually shed a tear when the Albatross meet to mate. It’s super romantic! They stay with the same partner their whole mating lives, meeting in the Galapagos each April, May, and June. The “men” typically arrive first and patiently await their female […]

Easter in Ecuador: Semana Santa

No chocolate bunnies here. Instead, the Roman Catholics of Ecuador get down all week. Starting on Palm Sunday (the week before Easter), Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and let’s not forget the Easter Sunday all provide reason to celebrate. Though technically only Holy Saturday gets official national holiday status. Either way, many Ecuadorians will […]

LAN Ecuador Plans Flights to Galapagos

LAN Airlines has been authorized by the Ecuadorian government to offer regular flights to the Galapagos. Starting in September LAN Ecuador will be the third carrier serving the islands, offering one daily flight from both Quito and Guayaquil. LAN Ecuador says they had been eyeing the Galapagos market for quite some time, however, the government […]

Galapagos Incident Report: M/S Alta

Galapagos Islands – On the evening of March 17 at 7:20 pm the M/S Alta, owned and operated by Quasar Expeditions, struck a reef near Camaño Islet while trying to enter the Puerto Ayora harbor of Santa Cruz.  As of now the primary cause of the crash is attributed to a malfunctioning lighthouse, which when […]

Sustainable Tourism vs. Oil Extraction In Ecuador’s Amazon

Today I stumbled across the trailer for the documentary Crude. The official website describes the film as a “story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case [which takes place in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, pitting 30,000 indigenous and colonial […]