Family Vacation Destinations Blog Posts

August 13, 2014

An Abbreviated Guide to Seasonal Galapagos Wildlife

If you’ve heard of the Galapagos Islands, you probably know they’re famous for their spectacular wildlife, as unique as it is abundant. This staunchly protected archipelago was Charles Darwin’s ecological playground – the place where he made discoveries that led to our modern understanding of evolution and natural selection. So, in terms of wildlife, which…

August 12, 2014

Machu Picchu

Another post from the Gamel family’s year around the world: Why would anyone wake up at 4:30 in the morning? There are only three good reasons I can come up with: 1) Your  child is sick. 2) A job-related emergency. 3) To watch the sun rise over the majestic scenery of Machu Picchu. The enigmatic…

August 4, 2014

A Few Handy Galapagos & Ecuador Tips

The cornerstone of many a traveler’s bucket list, the Galapagos Islands archipelago provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any nature or wildlife enthusiast. And the gorgeous, culturally rich, and vastly underrated Andean highlands of mainland Ecuador deliver family adventure memories unparalleled by any other place on earth. A trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos is much…

August 4, 2014

Cristo Blanco in Cusco, Peru

This week’s post from the Gamel family’s yearlong journey around the world, written by Noemi Gamel, with photography by Chris Gamel On July 28th, Peru celebrated its Independence Day, commemorating its proclamation of freedom from Spanish Rule in 1821. Chris and the kids had no Spanish classes that day, so we decided to spend the…

July 31, 2014

Peru’s Delicious Huancaína Sauce

Peruvian cuisine is quickly gaining worldwide esteem for its bold flavors and the increasing diversity of international influences. Despite recent culinary innovation, the traditional staples are still a huge part of daily life in Peru; authentic dishes combining native ingredients with both indigenous and colonial cooking methods remain common fare. The country’s Andean highlands benefit from an unbelievable variety of…