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My son and I had planned a trip to Yellowstone Park, but ultimately decided to take a trip that was like nothing we had expereince before. From Cotopaxi to the the Sacha Lodge, this trip exceeded our …

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Sea turtles, acrylics and colored pencil
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Staci Edwards
We met a veterinarian studying in Galapagos--her current job is catching Short Earred Owls and collecting DNA samples to see if they vary from island to island.  She was planning on diving with …
acrylics and colored pencil, land iguana
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Staci Edwards
The next few days we spent in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz. It is a pretty quiet little town, with plenty of shops, restaurants, tour centers and dive places.  There are hostels, bed and …
Colored pencil drawing of Galapagos sea lion
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Staci Edwards
On our final day of the cruise, we were up early for a visit to Mosquera Island.  It is small, with a beautiful beach.  The largest group of sea lions we encountered on the trip lazed on …
pencil sketches of the Darwin finches
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Staci Edwards
Rabida is dominated by the color red.  Red beach, red paths, red rocks everywhere. We hiked up above the beach and had a nice view back down. Along the way, we got to see the Galapagos …
Acrylics, colored pencil
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Staci Edwards
   Elizabeth Bay was full of wildlife.  There is no landing place--we explored from the dingies.  The red mangroves are a great refuge for a variety of animals.  We …
acrylic painting of the marine iguana on Espanosa
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Staci Edwards
Today was the first of two days visiting sites on Isabela Island.  We landed at the harbor for Puerto Villamil, the town on Isabela, and with all the rain, our bus was late.  So we explored …
Acrylics, penguin
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Staci Edwards
Up early for more adventures! Bartolome island is an interesting place.  The rocks are fantastic--there are amazing lava formations everywhere. And, on the way in....we saw a Galapagos …
acrylics, colored pencil, frigate bird
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Staci Edwards
Genovesa island made me feel like I was inserted in a National Geographic special.  First of all, we anchored inside the caldera, as Genovesa is the top of a volcano.  It really gave you a …
acrylics, Sally Lightfoot crab
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Staci Edwards
Galapagos began to show off immediately.  As we were coming in for a landing, we spotted two yellow-orange land iguanas off the runway.  Darwin finches and lava lizards dodged in and …
collage and painted map of Galapagos, with sand added for texture
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Staci Edwards
When you are planning a trip this big, it is good to have information. The islands have a lot to offer, and choices are always tough. My trip was the end of May, 2015.  We were in a …
Holiday Traditions Edited
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Jenny Johnston
Have you ever wondered what other cultures are doing while we are decorating cookies, hanging ornaments on trees, and writing to Santa?  Here are a few interesting holiday traditions in …
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Elizabeth Conway
Celebrate Earth Day -- Help us plant trees in Ecuador! Adventure Life is celebrating Earth Day by planting trees. You should join us! CLICK HERE to plant your tree. One entry = one tree. The …
View from the top of the basilica
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Elizabeth Conway
Views of the city from Quito's Basilica del Voto Nacional on an Ecuador tour We're not the only ones who think Quito is a great place to visit. National Geographic Traveler recognizes Quito, …
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Elizabeth Conway
Working together with International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), Adventure Life has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for Galapagos conservation. Like other isolated island …
Camping at the base of Cotopaxi
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Elizabeth Conway
Trekkers take a moments to take in the view in the shadow of Ecuador's Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador's paramo, a complex ecosystem of rolling alpine grassland, protects precious fresh water and endemic …
This landscape was stunning
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Elizabeth Conway
Airlines announce that starting Jan. 1, 2012 - all internal Ecuadorian flights - including those to the Galapagos - will have a fuel surcharge UPDATE Jan 9, 2012 - For both Aerogal and TAME …
Locals getting ready for the market
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Elizabeth Conway
Travelers looking for bargains should look towards Latin America. Like our Guatemala Classico trip 6-days for $795 Last week, the New York Times did a feature on ways to save on your next trip, …
Madidi River, enroute to Chalalan Lodge in Bolivia
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Elizabeth Conway
National Geographic Traveler's annual Stay List is out. For 2011, they focused on a region of the world we know a thing or two about -- South America. Three of Adventure Life's favorites are …
Old town teems with Colonial architecture, such as this plaza visited on an Ecuador tour
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Elizabeth Conway
Quito, Old Town Oh what a difference a day makes! I know it is tough to find a lot of accurate and updated information out there on just what is currently happening in Ecuador. I am happy to …