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Window Seat or Aisle Seat: Voluntourism and Safety Tips for Spring Break

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Two Amazon Tributaries In Peru

Two Amazonian tributaries meet in Peru - photo credit: Megali del Solar/PromPeru

If your child has no interest in getting his or her hands dirty but still want a taste of educational adventure Cruceros Australis offers an expert guided cruise following the path Charles Darwin traveled when he spent two years in Patagonia. The ship visits a number of ecologically diverse locations, sailing through the Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel and the famous Glacier Alley, exploring Wulaia Bay and Mount Darwin. The pinnacle of the cruise is a visit to the legendary Cape Horn. Throughout the trip, zodiac boats take visitors ashore to experience the natural wonders up close and personal. Rates include accommodation, sea transportation, all meals, shore excursions and onboard entertainment. Departing March 3 or 10, rates start at $1,894 per person. Departing March 17, 24 or 31, rates start at $1,498. For more information and other excursion dates visit their website.

Galapagos Adventure

Young people bent on an action packed spring break might like the On BikeHike 10-day Galapagos adventure organized by Connecting the World Through Active Travel. The company recently Awarded one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic magazine offers one of the most illuminating and educational 
excursions where attendees can see colliding ocean currents, 
rat eating centipedes, blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, equatorial penguins, sea lions, giant sea turtles, seals, bottle-nosed dolphins and pink flamingos without them scurrying off in fear. In addition to hiking and biking there is sea kayaking, paddling and snorkeling in the turquoise waters. This 10-day trip is limited to 12 moderately active travelers. Priced from $2,799, land only. Departure dates are March 9-18, Apr 27-May 6, & May 18-27.
For more information go to their website.

Giving Back to Machu Picchu

Adventure Life Journeys, is a Latin America-focused outfitter offering, a first of it’s kind, week-long stay with Inca descendants in the Sacred Valley village of Cachiccata, followed by a trek to Machu Picchu. “We’re not just showing up and dropping off donations and then leaving, “says Adventure Life’s Jonathan Brunger, who spearheaded the project. One day visitors help a family restore their traditional home and another plant native trees with local kids. The villagers themselves have developed these projects. This trip also includes a visit to Cusco on the way in and Machu Picchu on the way out. Unlike any other vacation of it’s kind your child will witness first hand the ways of an ancient village-while helping its residents tackle 21st-century challenges. Visit them online  for more information.

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