I’m sure that everybody has their own ideas about what amazon adventures would be like. For some it might just be going to the Amazon and staying in a lodge for 2 or 3 days or doing a short cruise to see the river. These options would normally include seeing the people living nearby, taking a walk in the jungle to learn about the plants, fishing for piranha and maybe do a night excursion to spotlight caiman.
What kind of things do you look for when you are trying to decide where to go to for a vacation? Is it safe? Are there fun things to do? Is there an interesting culture? Do they have activities to suit my interests? Are there beautiful natural areas? Do they have the type of accommodations I like to stay in?
When I discuss everything that Ecuador has to offer with the different tour operators, I inevitably ask the question "why aren't more people coming to mainland Ecuador"? Sure, a lot of people go to the Galapagos, but many of them spend the least amount of time possible on the mainland. Why?
Patagonia Tours Made Easier
Trying to put together a Patagonia tour in Chile or Argentina or in both countries? We have some prepared itineraries or can customize an itinerary for you.
Patagonia cruises through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, along glaciers, bays and fjords have become a popular addition to itineraries. People who thought that they needed to go to Antarctica to see penguins are surprised to find out that they can be seen along this route in Patagonia.
The Treehouse Lodge was founded in 2012 by a successful entrepreneur looking for something more fulfilling. But it had to have 3 elements: adventure, humanitarianism, because he sought greater fulfillment; and viability, because it wouldn’t last otherwise. He spent months thinking, dreaming, and seeking.
Have you been wanting to do a trek in the Torres del Paine Park in Chile, but have looked at options on our site and can't decide which one is best suited to your interests? Of course if your time is limited, that will make it easier for you to decide. But let's say that you've been doing some research and have some specific sites or trails you want to see. Here is some information that should help you to decide which Torres del Paine trek to do.
Customized Amazon Tours
Have you, and maybe some of your friends, always wanted to go to the Amazon, but you didn't want to do a standard tour or cruise, where everyone does the same thing each day? But maybe if it was just for you, or you and another person, you thought it might be too expensive? Or maybe you didn't know where you could go to in order to make sure you got a reliable and competent guide (have you read some of the horror stories in the reports at the South American Explorer's Club, where people would hire a guide who would get drunk and then make passes at the women or leave the clients to take care of themselves?)
Back when the National Geographic Adventure magazine was rating outfitters a few years ago, the Amazon cruises on the Tucano were the highest rated cruises in Brazil or Peru. Since that time, the owners have continued to improve the experience, knowing that they are competing with the new luxury ships in Peru.
After operating only their expedition cruise for many years, a few years ago they decided to add a shorter, 5 day cruise. Though it doesn't get into the remote areas that the longer cruise gets too, it still offers more than the other cruises in the area do - working hard to cover as much territory as possible.
Amazon Cruises in Peru
I had an interesting conversation with a person who has been a guide in the Peruvian Amazon for 26 years and has worked with several cruise companies over that time period, from moderate to upscale, and now has his own company, which operates the Cattleya ship
When studying options for Pantanal tours, people sometimes wonder if it is better to go to the northern Pantanal (accessed via Cuiaba) or the Southern Pantanal (accessed via Campo Grande).
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time