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Abercrombie & Kent
A&K features local offices in Peru, Chile and Ecuador, which,
according to the tour operator, enable them “to ensure every client
experiences the very essence of this exciting and still relatively
Altura is a specialist in Latin America, Europe and the
Mediterranean. Choose from its many independent, hosted, escorted
or group programs by special interest or category.
Austin Lehman Adventures
The tour operator has numerous tours to South America, including:
Chile: Wine Country, the Lake District, and Patagonia. Ecuador:
Galapagos Biking Hiking Rafting/Kayaking. Ecuador: Galapagos
Islands. Peru: Machu Picchu Biking Hiking Horseback Riding
Rafting/Kayaking. Peru: Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
Avanti Destinations, a member of the Rail Europe Group, is a
leading FIT tour operator with over 23 years of experience,
offering modular FIT packages to Europe and Latin America. In Latin
America, this includes city packages, beach resorts and
soft-adventure programs such as kayaking, cave tubing, hiking to
Machu Picchu and Galapagos cruises. The company is a member of
USTOA, ASTA and CLIA.
Big Five Tours & Expeditions
Big Five is a purveyor of luxury adventures, natural history
travels and cultural journeys. Its South and Central American
portfolio of destinations includes Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay,
Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands, Venezuela,
Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
According to the company, tailored programs reflect the current
demand for independent and small-group escorted tours.
772- 287-7995, 800-244-3483www.bigfive.com, www.galapagos.com
Brendan Worldwide Vacations
Clients interested in exploring Peru will not be disappointed with
Brendan Worldwide Vacations packages to the historically and
culturally rich country. The seven-night Wonders of Peru package
and the eight-night Empire of the Incas package display Peru’s
Spanish and Incan heritage to its fullest. Stops include a visit to
Lima’s baroque cathedrals and cloistered monasteries, Cuzco’s
ancient Incan ruins and the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Brendan
also offers a nine-day Amazon River Cruise Tour from Iquitos to
Lima. All packages include roundtrip economy airfare from Miami on
LAN PERU, including regional sectors; roundtrip airport/hotel
transfers and complimentary baggage handling; selected choice of
meals per itinerary; services of an English-speaking local host;
sightseeing programs and hotel taxes and service charges.
The new Globus exotic vacations offer monogram packages, which
feature a complete itinerary planned by a local expert such as the
eight-day Galapagos Highlights through Quito, Santa Crus, Santa Fe
and the Baltra Islands. The panoramic, multi-country 14-day South
American Sampler and the 18-day South American Odyssey tours give a
comprehensive look at the continent and offers optional extensions
like to the Amazon, Peru or Buzios.
Jet-A-Way is a wholesale tour company specializing in Latin
America and the Caribbean. It specializes in complete FIT bookings
for all its destinations and offers air and land packages, or land
only when needed.
Associated with IsramWorld, Latours is a full member of the USTOA’s
$1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. The company offers a range
of travel discoveries in Central and South America.
The tour operator hosts a wide array of South American itineraries,
including: Inca Mysteries, Ancient Civilizations; Peru, Ecuador
& the Galapagos Islands; Best of Ecuador; Best of Brazil;
Adventure on the Amazon; Exotic Argentina & Brazil; Classical
South America; Highlights of Chile, Argentina & Brazil; Essence
of South America; Splendors of Chile; Discover Patagonia & the
Straits of Magellan; Cuzco & Machu Picchu; Mystical Lake
Titicaca; Spectacular Iguassu Falls, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Hermine and Daniel Taramona founded Tara Tours in Miami 25 years
ago with the purpose of creating personalized tours to Central and
South America. Tara Tours staff has visited many of the countries
in the region and uses their firsthand knowledge to aid
What do you get when a group of over-achieving, hard-working
industry leaders head out for the ultimate travel adventure? A trip
to Peru and a reality check like none other, that’s for
I recently returned from an amazing and rewarding journey to
South America. Not only did we go to Peru, but we took the
once-in-a-lifetime trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This
three-day excursion led us up and down thousands of stone steps
hand-laid centuries ago throughout the Andes Mountains by the Mayan
tribesmen. There were eight of us in the group, plus two guides and
26 porters who carried all the food and supplies on their backs. We
hiked from morning until evening, camped at night and after three
days and 30 miles, we made it to the breathtaking Sun Gate entry of
Even with more than 25 years in the travel business, and having
seen much of the world, this trip was truly awesome and ranks up
there with most memorable life experiences. It is hard to put to
words the stunning vistas and sunsets from a lookout of 1,200 feet,
but if every picture tells a thousand words, my photos will speak
However, since I am writing about my adventure, the word I will
use to describe it is accomplishment. The sense of achieving
something that many people will never have the opportunity to
experience, and the effort required to get from start to finish, is
what makes hiking the Inca Trail such a remarkable lifetime event.
This is what travel and life is all about anyway, right?
As hard as it was initially to break away from the office and
engage in full technology disconnection, the 8½-hour flight from
Los Angeles to Lima gave me a chance to get used to the idea. There
is no time like the present, and knowing my pile of work would
still be waiting for me when I returned, the opportunity to hike to
new heights, both literally and figuratively, couldn’t be
Not normally a physical person, but still in fit shape and
moderate age, I have always wanted to trek the Inca Trail. So I
did. What was once top of my list of things to do in life, I can
now proudly check it off to experience.
At the top of Machu Picchu, industry experts from
ALL-TRAVEL.com and Brendan Vacations pause for the breathtaking
scenery. The group hiked for three days and 30 miles to see this
extraordinary view. From left, Catherine Reilly, Director of
Operations, Brendan Vacations Ireland, Gary Murphy, Pres. Brendan
Vacations, Whitney Ramirez, VP Brendan Vacations, Eric Maryanov,
President ALL-TRAVEL.com, and David VanNess, VP Marketing
The high altitude of Machu Picchu, plus its location south of
the Equator, means reverse seasons and cold nights. While hiking
for days over steep terrain and sleeping in tents is not considered
a luxury vacation, the fact that we ate gourmet meals seated at a
table each night qualifies this adventure as deluxe camping.
For some people, the altitude change and thinning air can be
unbearable. Luckily I was not one. The trick to feeling as good as
possible with less oxygen is to take the hike slow and easy, stay
hydrated by drinking lots of water, keep the sugar intake going and
avoid foods that are hard to digest, like red meat. Subtle, but
what a difference it makes.
So I’m back in my natural environment again, professionally
recovering from being away and am still trying to catch my breath,
yet, for very different reasons. The experience at Machu Picchu was
breathtaking, special and amazing; the frantic pace with which many
of us live will also take our breath away. Life is too short for
regrets so get out your dream to-do list and start planning your
next adventure today.
Since 1984, ALL-TRAVEL.com is a leading provider of
personalized travel services to the greater Los Angeles area. Based
on the Westside, ALL-TRAVEL.com has knowledgeable travel experts in
offices serving Santa Clarita Valley and the South Bay.