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 […]

Huaorani Ecolodge Named a Best Life-Changing Trip by Travel and Leisure Magazine

  Travel and Leisure Magazine has included the Huaorani Ecolodge in its list of Best Life-Changing Trips of 2010-2011. I was one of the first group to ever stay at the lodge, and I have to agree that it is an awesome experience, and certainly fits the life-changing description.  It is rare to get to […]

Ecuador Stability Returns, Airports Open

Following a day of protests and unrest in Ecuador, stability has returned today.  Schools are still closed, but most everything else is back to normal.  All airports are open and operating normally today, and businesses are open again. A number of our Ecuadorian tour operators have reported in that all is calm today, and life […]

Ecuador Airports Closed by Protesting Police, Air Force

The main airports in Ecuador, in the cities of Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca, have all been seized today by protesting members of the Police and Air Force.  The airports are closed, and there is no word yet on when they will reopen.  Reports from our partner companies in Ecuador are that everyone is safe and […]

METROPOLITAN TOURING RECEIVES HONORABLE MENTION FROM CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S WORLD SAVERS AWARDS

Detour Travel partner Metropolitan Touring in Ecuador reports they have been awarded an Honorable Mention in the category of Poverty Alleviation in Conde Nast Traveler’s Wolrd Savers Awards 2010.  Detour applauds Metropolitan Touring for their sustainable tourism initiatives! From Metropolitan Touring: Condé Nast Traveler has awarded Metropolitan Touring an Honorable Mention in the category of […]

Cusco to Machu Picchu Train to Resume Full Service July 1, 2010

Train service should return to normal between Cusco and Machu Picchu on July 1, 2010. It appears the repairs to the train tracks from Cusco to Ollantaytambo are nearly finished, allowing train service to resume from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) on July 1, 2010.  The train tracks were damaged due to severe flooding […]

Ecuador, Chile Travel Offices Closed Due To World Cup Fever

World Cup fever has hit certain countries in South America in epidemic proportions, causing tour provider’s offices to close during their national team’s matches. Imagine the Super Bowl played during the work week and you might sort of understand how business shuts down during these matches. You gotta love an event so big that entire […]

Ecoventura Announces New Galapagos Isalands Yacht Cruise Departure For Solo Travelers!

New Galapagos Islands departure for solo travlers on the Eric, Letty, Flamingo I yachts February 13-20, 2011! Ecoventura is offering a designated cruise departure on their flagship Galapagos yachts catering to SOLO Travelers for the first time the week of February 13-20 2011.  This trip is perfect for those who prefer to travel with other […]

Galapagos Sailing Yacht Alta Declared Total Loss

In March the beautiful sailing yacht Alta, one of the more famous yachts in the Galapagos Islands, ran aground while entering the harbor at Puerto Ayora and had to be evacuated.  Environmental damage to the Galapagos appeared to be minimal, and no one was injured in the wreck.  Ever since we’ve been waiting for news […]

More Flooding in Peru –Sacred Valley Roads Blocked

Wow, more bad news out of Peru as heavy rains returned a few days ago causing flooding and landslides in the Sacred Valley.  Most recently affected is Pisaq, where floods and landslides have taken several lives and damaged many homes. Currently the road from Cusco to Pisaq is blocked by rocks and mud and is […]

Machu Picchu Railroad Repairs Ahead of Schedule – Could Reopen Before April 1

FETRANSA, the company in charge of repairing the train tracks from Pisacucho to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), issued a very positive statement this morning that the repair work is going very well, and the work could be completed BEFORE April 1! This report comes from our Peru partners Andean Adventures, Inkanatura Travel, and Metropolitan […]

Machu Picchu "Should" Re-open April 1

We haven’t received a lot of news about Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail this week, but the most recent reports are that the Peruvian Minister of Transportation, Mr. Enrique Cornejo, has confirmed that train service to Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu will resume April 1.  Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail will only reopen […]

Ways to Help Peru Flood Victims from South American Explorers Club

Here is an update on how you can help Peru flooding victims in Peru from the South American Explorers Club: HOW TO HELP – Many of you have asked how you could help the victims of the devasting floods and mudslides that have hit Cusco, the Sacred Valley and areas around Machu Picchu. Here is […]

Mi Chacra, A Documentary About An Inca Trail Porter

I just stumbled onto a very interesting looking documentary from a Montana filmmaker about the life of an Inca Trail porter: Mi Chacra (My Land) by Jason Burlage of Bozeman.  I hope to be able to make it to Missoula on Feb 19 for the film’s screening in the Wilma Theater at 5:30 as part […]

No Trekking on the Inca Trail in March

We have just learned from partner Amazonas Explorer that the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (INC), the agency controlling the Inca Trail,  has informed them that no one will be able to operate treks on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in March of this year (2010) due to the recent flooding. INC will refund all […]

Galapagos Trips- US Flight Delays Can Make You Miss the Boat!

We always recommend that people arrive in Ecuador at least two days before their Galapagos trip just in case there is some sort of airline delay or other problem that might make them miss their Galapagos flights.  Weather problems at airports in the USA the last two weekends have reinforced that this is a good […]

Ecocamp Patagonia Receives Recognition at the Virgin Holidays Tourism Awards 2009

Ecocamp Patagonia has been recognized for sustainable tourism in the Best in a  Mountain Environment category at this year’s Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards. Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards strive to promote and acknowledge all types of tourism that  “operate in ways that respect and benefit destinations and local people. The Awards recognize individuals, companies […]

Can I Scuba Dive in the Galapagos Islands?

Lots of people going to the Galapagos Islands want to know if they can scuba dive on their trip. After all, the Galapagos Islands is one of the world’s top dive destinations. The answer is a qualified “yes.” You must be an experienced scuba diver to dive in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos has cold […]

Trekking in the Machu Picchu Area at the Holidays

Lots of people want to know if they should trek the Inca Trail or an alternate trail near Machu Picchu over the December/January holiday season. After all, this is a time when many of us have time off from work, meaning we can travel without using up all our vacation days. Unfortunately, this holiday time […]

Lonesome George Might Be a Daddy Yet

Lonesome George, the Galapagos Island’s and world’s most famous giant tortoise may finally become a daddy, keeping the Pinta Island tortoise species alive.  Metropolitan Touring reports that eggs have been found in the nests in the corral he shares with his two female companions from Isabela Island. Lonesome George isn’t really so lonesome. He has […]

Ecuador Crime Wave Leads to Increased Security

Ecoventura reports that cases of serious armed robbery are on the increase in Ecuador, and that muggings and pick pocketing have become more common recently. As a result, on 30 September 2009, the Ecuadorian Government announced a 60 day ‘state of exception’ for the cities of Guayaquil, Quito and Manta in response to the current […]

The Rainforest Alliance Recommends Detour for Sustainable Travel in Latin America

Detour and the Rainforest Alliance have partnered for several years to promote sustainable tourism in South and Central America.  Detour is pleased to announce that the Rainforest Alliance has highlighted Detour as their “Recommended Link” on the Eco-Index:  http://www.eco-index.org/links/ecotourism.cfm. A service of the Rainforest Alliance, the Eco-Index (www.eco-index.org) is a bilingual database of more than […]

Galapagos Diving Permit System To Be Modified?

According to our Galapagos Lodge and Diving partner Red Mangrove Galapagos Lodges, the diving permit system in the Galapagos has been declared unconstitutional and may be revised: “On September 3rd 2009 Judge Ruben Pazmino De la Torre ruled that the entire diving permit program that has been in process for the last year or more […]