Our Favorite Galapagos Visitor Sites

Our Favorite Galapagos Visitor Sites Part 1

By Allie E. Almario What’s our favorite Galapagos visitor sites? Oh, there are so many scattered throughout the archipelago’s 13 major islands! But don’t worry, no matter what sailing itinerary you’re on, the Galapagos National Park has already done a terrific job of choosing the best visitor sites for the optimum wildlife viewing and landscape diversity. Even better, they limit the number of passengers who can disembark at each visitor site, ensuring that there are...
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Stargazing in the Atacama Desert

Stargazing In The Atacama Desert

By Allie E. Almario You’re probably already familiar with Chile, the skinny strip of land that is 2,700 miles long and 217 miles at its widest point. Chile is tucked between the Andes Mountains to the east and the Pacific to the west. Boasting the clearest skies on earth and known as the driest desert in the world, Chile’s Atacama Desert is the premier place for one of the world’s best stargazing experience. Little to no light pollution is the optimal environment for...
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Peru’s Southern Gems: Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Peru’s Southern Gems: Arequipa and Colca Canyon

By Allie Almario Most travelers choose Machu Picchu as the highlight of their Peruvian adventure, but if you can add on a few more days to your itinerary, consider heading south to Arequipa and Colca Canyon. Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city, with just over one million inhabitants, and long considered one of the most beautiful in the country. It is nicknamed The White City; most of the buildings in this grand colonial city influenced by Spaniards used sillar, a...
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ASK A TRAVEL EXPERT: Three Reasons To Choose A Land-Based Galapagos Adventure

By Allie Almario As popularity for visiting Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands increases, travelers are seeking a different perspective on exploring Darwin’s favorite archipelago. Most travelers fly into one of two islands – Baltra or San Cristobal — from mainland Ecuador, then join a cruise for a circuit of four to eight days.  But a growing number of people are interested in a land-based trip, preferring to stay at a hotel instead of on board a ship. While the...
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