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Adventure Life

Lauderhill, Florida
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50 posts
370 reviews
Adventure Life

My wife and I have travelled with Adventure Life about six times in the past decade, and have been more than pleased with each trip. The latest was the Baja Whale Bounty, on the Un-Cruise Line, was as good as it gets.

The trip was a week on their luxury line, Safari Voyager. This was no floating casino like the huge cruises tend to be (hence the "Un-cruise" designation). The vessel was smaller, 65 passenger and about 25 crew. Cabins were clean and comfortable, maintained daily.

Food was wonderful--the chef and his staff were amazing. Meals were varied and very tasty, with small enough portions that we were always satisfied but never stuffed. And that meant a dessert course with every lunch and dinner. The pastry chef also made fresh bread, a different kind every day. And for happy hour and after dinner, there was a well-stocked bar with anything one could ask for, and a skilled and charming bartender, all included in the price of the trip.

The trip itself was pretty amazing. Whale watching while underway was pretty amazing -- one day we kept having schools of dolphin playing around the boat, while humpbacks kept breaching as if to compete for photo ops. We had an amazing trip to Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side, where grey whales and their calves would come right up to the small boats we were in. The rest of the trip was hiking, snorkeling, kayaking around beautiful islands in the Sea. We even had a once-in-a-lifetime sighting, when a pair of oarfish swam under our kayak and beached themselves. The oarfish is huge...these were each 15 feet long. They're a deep water species, only filmed alive first in 2001. One of our guides, with a marine biology degree, said that her profs told her that she would never see the oarfish, like the coelacanth and the giant squid, alive in her professional life, though one might wash up dead on the beach. They were wrong. The doomed critters were intent on dying, and probably coming up into shallow water from the deep had already doomed them. It was sad, but quite an experience.

As wonderful as the trip itself was, it was made even better by the wonderful staff--every member was superb. They were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and lots and lots of fun. Any one we dealt with was just delightful, from the guides to the servers to the crew to the chef and his sous chefs, to the two wellness lasses--we each got a massage from one of them, and they alternated dawn and dusk yoga sessions. They all made us feel at home, and I can't thank them enough.

As you can tell, we're quite satisfied customers!

USA
Level Contributor
471 posts
12 reviews
81. Re: Adventure Life

Hi Maria, that sounds like a wonderful trip. I've always wanted to see Iguassu Falls. I bet it was amazing.

Anyway, based on what you did: sort of a combination of independent travel and organized travel, you said it cost less than a 7 day cruise?

Unfortunately, I'm not much up to date on how much 7 day cruises cost these days?

For instance, did you spend more than $10,000 - $15,000 for two people ($5000 - $7,500 p/p) for everything including meals?

If you can give a ballpark figure for what you spent, this would be most helpful.

I'd like to do a trip similiar to yours, at some point.

Williamsburg...
Level Contributor
108 posts
460 reviews
82. Re: Adventure Life

Including international airfare from USA, 2 internal flights in Argentina, all meals, entrances to attractions, car rental and gas and all that Ad Life did for 2 people for 20 days we spent a total of $13,500. It was a great trip. Worth every penny. Our Galapagos trip was about $12,000 for 2 people including air from USA and then air within Ecuador.

Safe travels.

Granville, Ohio
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1 post
11 reviews
83. Re: Adventure Life

We just returned Christmas night from a week in Belize. Adventure Life did a fabulous job arranging every detail of the trip. Jessica worked with us to get the exact tours we wanted. We did not do any beach activities, only Mayan related tours and the guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and personable. We stayed at Pook's Hill Lodge which truly is in the jungle. The owner and staff were very accommodating, always wanting to make sure we were happy and tweaked anything that needed to be. The food was delicious and definitely "farm to table". We highly recommend the adventurous Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave tour...be prepared to swim and be wet for 2 to 3 hours! It was amazing. Exito booked our flights which was very helpful. We highly recommend Adventure Life!

USA
Level Contributor
471 posts
12 reviews
84. Re: Adventure Life

post 83 - belize. can you please tell us if you did any snorkeling? if so, please share any details.i.e. where you went and cost (if you went by boat.)

What other things to do there besides the cave trip (which sounds really great.)?

also, what airport did you fly in to and out of in Belize - and which airlines did you use?

thanks for the post. sounds like you had a great trip.

altaskier

Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 posts
85 reviews
85. Re: Adventure Life

Our family of five recently returned from a lovely 10-day trip to Panama, over the Christmas holidays. We have used Adventure-Life for the last 4 years to help us plan and execute our adventures abroad. With Adventure Life, we have travelled to Galapagos & Ecuador, Costa Rica, Belize and now Panama. We have been pleased with all of our trips and I have referred many people to Adventure Life. I particularly enjoy how they are able to custom plan with their clients. Jessica helped us plan this trip, and Mary Curry is my go-to when choosing an adventure.

Our Panama adventure began in Panama City. We arrived at our charming hotel, Las Clementinas, in Casca Viejo (the old, historic part of Panama City). Day 1: We traversed the Panama Canal on the Pacific Queen. Day 2: We visited the Summit Zoo and the famous Pipeline Road in Sobrenia National Park where we almost instantly saw Howler Monkeys defending their territory from a troupe of White-Faced Capuchin monkeys. Our guide for the day, Cesar, was well-versed in the birds, animals, flora and insects of the local area. We ate lunch at a restaurant that provided authentic Panamanian food, El Trapiche, recommended by our guide. We finished day 2 with a guided walk through Casca Viejo with our guide. Day 3: Traveled by air and boat to Tranquillo Bay, an eco-resort in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Day 4: Sea kayaking, and then an afternoon at a private island, Zapatillos Key. Huge seas and huge waves made this an exciting adventure. Day 5: A mucky adventure into a bat cave. Poison Dart tree frogs, 3 bat species were highlights of this guided tour. Afternoon birding with staff naturalist. Day 6: Early Morning Birding with Tranquillo Bay's staff naturalist, tour of Chocolate Farm, afternoon surfing in the (still) huge seas. Day 7: 1/2 day Jungle Hike, highlights village life, different poison dart frogs, huge ocean waves as seen from shore, hawk sightings. Day 7: Transfer to Boquete via van. Day 8: Coffee Tour, Birding session with Jason Lara, a resort birding guide. We saw the Resplendent Quetzal, a life-long dream for this birder! Day 8: Back to Panama City via air/David. Stayed again in Las Clementinas, finishing our trip with a little shopping and an amazing meal at the highly rated hotel restaurant.

Our family highly recommends Adventure Life. Adventure Life will work very hard to create the trip that you want. Our family focuses on eco-travel, making sure we stay in lodges that are truly sensitive to the environment, employ local people, and practice sustainable living. Tranquillo Bay was an excellent example of an eco-lodge. Thank you, Adventure Life!

Glendale, California
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1 post
11 reviews
86. Re: Adventure Life

I cannot say enough about AL!! We just returned from our second trip with them which was a three generation, 9-member family trip to Costa Rica with snorkeling in Panama added!! Three teenage girls never complained about being bored even though they were without their cell phones (except for photos) or television for 10 days!! They were too busy river rafting, tracking turtles at a research camp, rappelling down waterfalls in the jungle, and snorkeling. I don't know what could have made it any better than it was. Truly a trip to be remembered by all!!

Boston
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25 posts
209 reviews
87. Re: Adventure Life

My daughter and I booked a cruise of the Greek Islands with Adventure Life. I had previously used Adventure Life for a trip to the Galapagos and wanted a similar, small ship experience. Both were amazing. I spent hours talking on the phone with Mary Curry who helped me plan my trip and then finalized all of the details with Franny Friesz. Both were so helpful in answering all of my questions and also finding hotel and transportation before and after the cruise. Adventure Life works with other companies to find great ways to see your destination of choice. In our case, we wanted to visit a few Greek Islands and were able to not only see places like Mykonos and Santorini, but also visit other islands like Folegandros, Syros and Paros which we also really enjoyed. The boat we were on, the Galileo, was wonderful. Fantastic crew (19 for 30+ people!), really good food and comfortable accommodations. We can't say enough positive things about our trip, Jewels of the Cyclades, Variety Cruises and Adventure Life. We highly, highly recommend.

Ontario
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4 posts
29 reviews
88. Re: Adventure Life

We just returned from the most amazing African Safari trip, planned with Adventure-Life. Not only did Kassandra spend time listening to how we wanted to customize our trip, but then she found the perfect combination of safari camps to meet our budget, our timelines, and our wish list. Once we arrived in Africa, everything ran exactly as planned with absolutely no problems anywhere. Every accommodation exceeded our expectations, and the game drives themselves couldn't have been better. We have never been disappointed with this company, and would most definitely book with them again, and have frequently recommended them to our friends.

Longmont, Colorado
1 post
89. Re: Adventure Life

Great trip to the Andes and Peruvian Amazon with my daughter. Adventure Life coordinated an excellent trip. Nice accommodations, superb guide for the Andes, saw lots of wildlife in the Amazon.

1 post
2 reviews
90. Re: Adventure Life

My family and I (husband, wife, three daughters ages 24, 22, and 20) just returned from an Adventure Life Multisport trip to the Galapagos. It was without exception fabulous, from the preparation/planning, to the travel to country and within country, to our guide (INCREDIBLE), to the places we visited and the activities we engaged in - hiking, sea kayaking, mountain biking, snorkling, among others. For those planning a trip: we considered both land and sea Galapagos tours, from multiple organizations. We decided on Adventure Life on the basis of a friend's recommendation, and AL's outdoor/activity/eco orientation and affordability. We saw many other trips' groups while we were there, and none looked as happy as ours. We decided on a land tour because one of our daughters gets seasick - very good choice, since the seas could be quite rough. We also preferred the land tour since it allowed us to meet many more local people, in the hotels (which were uniformly excellent) and restaurants. We spent some time on the trip musing over what it would have been like to have done such a trip without a guide - since we have done such trips before and would theoretically have been cheaper. Our conclusion was that we never would have seen or understood much of what we did, and each activity would have taken much longer, without Adventure Life and our guide The value Adventure Life brings is very real - we had zero downtime finding things out or finding good activities and reputable people in-country, making every moment of our trip count, and memorable, with none of the delays and frustrations that can otherwise happen in a country one is new to.