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  1. Has anyone used a trip planner (similar to a safari planner) for Peru that they would recommend? I'm considering Machu Picchu later this year and would like to combine with either Amazon or Galapagos. I do not want a canned group tour, unless it's an extremely good tour with a very small group. Any advice is appreciated, even if it's things to avoid! Thank you!
  2. In May this year, I took a magical two week cruise in the Galapagos Islands, one of my two favorite holidays I have ever done so far. I loved every second of the trip and did not want to leave - what could be a better reason for writing a trip report and sharing my experiences with you? Imagine snorkelling with lots of turtles in a completely tranquil "amphitheater", diving with playful sea lions, seeing sharks and rays up close, witnessing courtship of albatrosses and blue footed boobies, watching all kinds of animals from close by and just forgetting time, walking through amazing scenery, great conversations with fellow passengers & crew, Pisco Sours on the deck while looking out for whales & dolphins,... A few photos to wet your appetite:
  3. Equator has just created a new marine sanctuary in the Galapagos, within the 133.000 km2 existing Marine Reseve. This new NO - Take zone of the size of Belgium, is located in the Northern part of the Galapagos Islands, around Wolf and Darwin Islands. It hosts the largest marine biomass on earth, and will protect breeding ground for hammerhead sharks. The project hard the support of National Geographic Pristine Seas. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160321-galapagos-marine-reserve-park-ecuador-conservation/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20160321news-galapagos&utm_campaign=Content&sf22898961=1 http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/21/ecuador-creates-galapagos-marine-sanctuary-to-protect-sharks
  4. During 2010 @@GnuGnu and I made a first trip to South America, the forerunner of the 2013 safari detailed in Macaws, monkeys and moai. There has been some interest in the Pantanal and Barranco Alto lately, so I thought I would post now – better late than never! The itinerary was: Buenos Aires (4 nights) Iguazu Falls (2 nights) Barranco Alto (4 nights) Northern Pantanal (Rio Clara, Porto Jofre Hotel, Araras Eco-lodge, Piuval – 8 nights with Pantanal Trackers) Rio (2 nights), Quito (3 nights) Tandayapa Valley (2 nights) Galapagos (2 nights on San Cristobel Island and then a 7 night cruise on MV Eric, an Ecoventura boat) Amazon (3 nights at Ceiba Tops, out of Iquitos) Ollantaytambo and Macchu Pichu (3 nights) Cusco (3 nights) Manu Cloudforest (2 nights Cock of the Rock Lodge) Buenos Aires (3 nights) Photos from this trip are available at: Argentina and Iguazu, Barranco Alto, Northern Pantanal, Ecuador and Galapagos and Peru. This was my first taste of Latin American culture and I was immediately captivated by the vibrant colours, warm people and unique wildlife that early on created a yen to return to see more of what South America was all about. There were so many memorable firsts in this trip - flying over the Andes misty Iguazu the unexpected mix of cattle ranching and safari in the Pantanal unique animals such as tapir, capybara, anteaters and armadillo birds as colourful as an artist's palette cosmopolitan cities the colours and landscapes of the Galapagos orca in the Canal Bolivar the Amazon historic cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu the scenery and wildlife of the Manu cloudforest Next: Buenos Aires

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