Trip Highlights

Peru highlights: condors in the Colca Canyon

Posted by on August 27th, 2013
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Your Peruvian itinerary will almost certainly include Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, but this amazingly diverse country has so much more to offer. For breathtaking views, up-close encounters with condors, and an authentic slice of real Andean life, it’s hard to beat the Colca Canyon and its surrounding valleys and villages. Go back in time […]

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Arequipa tourist attractions: Peru’s white city

Posted by on August 22nd, 2013
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Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru and it’s also the country’s third most popular tourist destination, but it’s still overlooked on many itineraries. Even those who do include it in their plans often only overnight here on their way to the Colca Canyon. This is a great pity, because there are numerous Arequipa […]

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Luxury Galapagos cruise checklist: the marine iguana

Posted by on August 7th, 2013
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The Galapagos aren’t your average tropical archipelago; instead they’re a menagerie of animals weird and wonderful, big and small, terrestrial and marine. Perhaps no creature is more ubiquitous, more creepy and more undoubtedly Galapagosian than the marine iguana. On your luxury Galapagos cruise you’ll be sure to see hundreds if not thousands of them, and […]

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Luxury Atacama hotel, Chile: Tierra Atacama

Posted by on July 16th, 2013
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Chile is incredibly diverse in its landscape. Traveling west to east (a maximum of 217 miles at its widest point) one travels from the Pacific Ocean to the towering Andes. Traveling south to north one can go from the windblown end of the earth in Patagonia to the driest place on earth: the Atacama Desert. Surprisingly, […]

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Machu Picchu Travel Tips

Posted by on July 16th, 2013
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Visiting Machu Picchu will almost certainly be the highlight of your Peruvian adventure. With real bucket-list destinations it pays to do your homework before you go, so that you can make the experience everything you imagined it to be. Follow these Machu Picchu travel tips to get the most out of your visit. Three ways […]

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Chasing icebergs in Patagonia

Posted by on July 10th, 2013
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I just finished watching the award winning 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, a visually stunning film that follows National Geographic photographer James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey.   His project captures time-lapse images of receding glaciers in Greenland and Alaska, a phenomenon he describes as “a miraculous, magical, horrible, scary thing.” The film reminded me of my own […]

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A brief history of Cusco

Posted by on July 2nd, 2013
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Cusco is so much more than the gateway to Machu Picchu. It’s probably the most important historical city in South America, and its architecture includes Killke, Inca and Spanish constructions. Before the Incas Located in a valley, at an altitude of about 11 000 ft, Cusco is surrounded by mountains in the truest sense of […]

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Zen Birding in South America – Macaws in Peru

Posted by on June 26th, 2013
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While preparing for a recent trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest in Ecuador, one of the most bird species-rich areas of the world, with over 450 species of birds, I stumbled across a book by David M. White and Susan M. Guyette entitled Zen Birding which reminded me of my experiences with macaws in Peru.  […]

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Darwin and the Galapagos: Part 2

Posted by on June 25th, 2013
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If you’re planning a luxury Galapagos cruise it pays to know a bit about the history of the place. Last week’s blog looked at Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos in 1835. This week I examine what happened between then and 1859, when On the Origin of Species was published. It’s as much a tale of […]

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Darwin and the Galapagos: Part 1

Posted by on June 20th, 2013
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Darwin would not be who he is today were it not for the islands. Likewise, the islands would not be as coveted a destination as they are had Darwin not visited and written about them. But what really happened on that fabled trip in 1835? What did Darwin do and where did he go? And […]

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