#AllYouNeedIs Ecuador

#AllYouNeedIs Ecuador

Ecuador’s great outdoors are calling. A South American haven of unrivaled natural beauty, this explorer’s playground boasts a boundless menu of rich and rewarding experiences: cruise down the Amazon, voyage through the Galápagos Islands, surround yourself in lush cloud forests, and discover the wonder of the Andes Mountains. When traveling to Ecuador with Ker & Downey, #AllYouNeedIs a little inspiration to start your journey. The Amazon and the Andes The countryside of Ecuador comes to life in the rural villages outside of Quito, the Amazon’s lush jungle, and the Andean Highlands. Galapagos Getaway Escape to Quito and the Galápagos Islands, […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Vanessa Niven

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Vanessa Niven

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the next year, we’ll be introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. Vanessa, our Operations Coordinator, has always loved to travel but says the travel bug really hit her after joining the Ker & Downey team six years ago. With us, she traveled to Dubai, South Africa, and Namibia. Her favorite parts of the trip were dune bashing […]

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Celebrate 2015 with Festivals Around the World

Celebrate 2015 with Festivals Around the World

The year has just begun, and if 2015 is the year you want to experience cultural festivals that will change your life, let us help get you started. Whatever your travel list includes, our expert team and custom itineraries let you explore and engage in ways you never thought possible. Contact us to begin planning your journey. Tapati Festival, Easter Island | January 30 – February 14 This weekend marks the beginning of the Tapati Festival on Easter Island. The yearly festival celebrates the traditional music, dance, and sports of the Rapa Nui culture with dance competitions, carving competitions, horse […]

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Galapagos Islands: Above & Below

Galapagos Islands: Above & Below

Charles Darwin once said “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the true value of life.” Michael McQuarn takes this advice to heart on his journey from the Galápagos Islands to the cloud forest of Ecuador. As I board the plane those words from Darwin echo within my head. Ecuador has always been a country on my short list of places to visit with the Galápagos Islands being the crowning gem. I make my way to my seat, put on my headphones and drift into a higher state of consciousness. I awake to the wheels touching down in Quito, […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Heather Jones

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Heather Jones

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the next year, we’ll be introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. Heather joined the Ker & Downey team six years ago and serves as our Operations Manager. She has traveled throughout South America, New Zealand, and Egypt with Ker & Downey and hopes to see much more of our beautiful world! Favorite place you’ve traveled: New Zealand […]

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The Experience: Luang Prabang

The Experience: Luang Prabang

Once the royal capital of the kingdom of Laos, the thriving town of Luang Prabang today is an appealing mélange of traditional Laotian culture, French colonial influences and international enterprises that offers visitors an unparalleled glimpse into this unique Southeast Asian country’s culture. Writer Eric Rosen takes part in ritual and tradition in this slice of paradise. I blink awake and find my room is still dark. Is it already 5:00 a.m.? It seems like I just shut my eyes after a meal of local specialties like lime and lemongrass-infused river fish at the 3 Nagas restaurant, but yes, indeed, […]

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The Unexplored Serengeti

The Unexplored Serengeti

Seeking big cats, Kelly Phillips Badal explores Tanzania’s untouched Soit Le Motonyi region—reopened after a 20-year hiatus—from Asilia Africa’s newest luxury camp. Read the full article below and in the current issue of Quest Magazine.  With the sun sinking fast, I sit transfixed. Fifty feet away, a mature male lion is stalking a younger male, his muscular body parting the eastern Serengeti grasses. He’s mythical Aslan of Narnia brought to life—majestic, confident and proud—and suddenly he’s a golden bullet, racing forward, roaring thunderously. The younger male turns and flees. The chase is on. Their sounds attract two other brawny males, presumably […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Cheri Whately

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Cheri Whately

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the next year, we’ll be introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. Cheri, better known as “CJ” around the office, is a native Texan with over 23 years of experience in the travel industry. She joined the Ker & Downey team seven years ago and heads up our Air Department. She has traveled to South Africa, Europe, Central […]

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The Itinerary: A Week in Myanmar

The Itinerary: A Week in Myanmar

Long closed off to the rest of the world, the one-time colonial outpost of Burma (now known as Myanmar) is back on the international jet-set agenda. Now is the perfect time to visit its untold cultural riches before the rest of the world rediscovers this untouched Southeast Asian jewel. By Eric Rosen Day 1-2 | Yangon | Strand Hotel Your first destination in this fascinating country will be its largest city and former capital, Yangon (you might also recognize it by its colonial name of Rangoon). This is a bustling metropolis, but operates at a more sedate pace than Southeast Asia’s other urban centers. Spend […]

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The Sands of Time

The Sands of Time

Tapping into memories of her eclectic, global upbringing, Lesley McKenzie revisits the romance of her childhood playground on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, beautiful Oman.  You don’t have to spend much time in the Sultanate of Oman before realizing you’ve come upon the jewel in the crown of the Middle East—a serene and tolerant country where the abundance of natural beauty is matched by the overwhelming displays of hospitality. My family came to this conclusion more than 30 years ago, when my father’s work brought us to this corner of the world from 1983 to 1989, relocating from […]

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