Category: Travel Diary

The Power of Pachamama: Experiencing Peru’s Ancient Traditions

The Power of Pachamama: Experiencing Peru’s Ancient Traditions

Ker & Downey’s Elizabeth Frels travels to Peru where she participates in a Pachamama (Mother Earth) Ceremony.  Staring across the Andean Mountains of Peru, I approach the ceremony site with trepidation and wonder. Waiting for me are two humble individuals marked by their multi-colored ponchos and tasseled wide-brimmed hats. The quiet shaman priest sits in welcome, beaming with a sort of peace and knowingness as I approach. Next to him is a barefoot musician, standing in wait to bring the landscape to life through sound. Framing them is a 180-degree panorama of the Sacred Valley’s peaks and glaciers peaking through […]

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A Patagonia Safari: In Search of the Elusive Puma

A Patagonia Safari: In Search of the Elusive Puma

Ker & Downey’s Elizabeth Frels takes a Patagonia safari in search of their elusive puma.  It’s early, and I’m exhausted. I should be thankful that it’s not the height of Patagonia summer, when the sun rises much earlier than my body would be able to handle. Fortunately, I am in Torres del Paine on the verge of winter, in April when the chill has returned to the winds, the days have become shorter, and the tourists have begun their general exodus from the region. In other words: it’s prime puma sighting time. That’s my main objective for today – to […]

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A Photo Essay of Steve’s Journey to Antarctica

A Photo Essay of Steve’s Journey to Antarctica

In December, Steve Brandon joined an elite group of travelers – he took a journey to Antarctica where he and his wife crossed the seventh continent off their list. He flew from Atlanta to Punta Arenas in Chile via Santiago and Puerto Montt where he overnight-ed. The next day, he boarded a flight for King George Island where he met the Sea Adventurer for his five-day Antarctic adventure. Upon his return, he shared his incredible images with us. Do you want to follow in Steve’s footsteps and travel to the last frontier? Contact your Luxury Travel Consultant to start planning […]

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Amazon Aria, Awe of the Amazon

Amazon Aria, Awe of the Amazon

Amy, our in-house graphic designer is spending a year traveling the world. She just spent three days on the Amazon Aria and is sharing her experience with us today. To read more about Amy’s travels, click here. In my opinion, the best way to experience the mighty Amazon river is aboard the Amazon Aria, an eco-conscience luxury cruise that offers 3 to 7 night stays. It has everything one would expect from a Ker & Downey trip – gold-standard service from the moment you walk off the plane, to the packed lunches they provide when you are dropped off at […]

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Pucon; A Place of Natural Beauty and Outdoor Adventure

Pucon; A Place of Natural Beauty and Outdoor Adventure

Michelle Sole, a former safari guide for Marataba Safari Lodge, is spending a year traveling the world and sharing her experiences with us. Today we’re headed to Pucon, in the heart of Chile’s Lake District. To read more of her travels, click here. Nestled in the heart of Chile’s Lake District lies Pucon. The town sits on the shore of Lake Lago Villarrica and is dwarfed by the snow-capped Vilarrica volcano. The town has a definite ‘ski resort’ feel to it. Cafes, bars, ice cream and chocolate shops line the streets; you won’t go hungry here! Nature lovers will not […]

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Amy's Luxury Bogota City Tour with Ker & Downey

Amy’s Luxury Bogota City Tour with Ker & Downey

Amy, our in-house graphic designer is spending a year traveling the world. In Colombia, we sent her on a luxury Bogota city tour. On January 1st, I started a journey with Remote Year where, along with 79 other people, we will spend one month living in a different city starting in Mexico City and ending the year in Cambodia. We will live, work, and travel together for 365 days. Needless to say, there are not too many times when you’re alone. When I got the opportunity to go on a private Bogota city tour with a top-notch Ker & Downey […]

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Tiffany's Stay at Some of the Best Camps in Botswana

Tiffany’s Stay at Some of the Best Camps in Botswana

We love highlighting the trips our Luxury Travel Consultants take. After each journey, they come back with a wealth of knowledge they are eager to share. Today we’re taking a look at a trip Tiffany took to Botswana earlier in 2016, where she stayed in some of the best camps in Botswana. My Botswana safari started in the Makgadikgadi Pans at Jack’s Camp, an eclectic yet elegant permanent camp, co-owned by Botswana’s rock star guide Ralph Bousfield. While the camp itself is incredible for its luxury accommodations and cuisine, it really shines for the unique activities available, marking is as […]

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Liane's Australia Travel Diary

Liane’s Australia Travel Diary

This past late spring, I journeyed down to South Land, Terra Australis, where my heart has been longing to return to and always will. Mind you, it is actually late fall there which is a wonderful time to go. It’s cooler and has less flies. (In the center they never fully go away.) My Australia travel adventure included my arrival into Alice Springs, then onward to Kings Canyon en route to Uluru, then straight up to the Top End to catch a charter flight to remote Arnhemland. Afterwards I went to Darwin, then back to Uluru, and finally ending up […]

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Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda's Undiscovered Wilderness

Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda’s Undiscovered Wilderness

On a recent FAM trip to Uganda, Heather visited Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda’s most isolated national park and one of Africa’s finest wildernesses. Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the northern corner of Uganda at the border of South Sudan near Kenya. It’s a part of the country that is so remote and hidden among Uganda’s hills, that its beauty and vast wilderness has gone almost unnoticed except by a small ethnic group of about 11,000 people known as the Ik. To reach the Kidepo Valley, you take a two-hour flight from Entebbe on a small plane. But the […]

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Exploring the Real Cuba with Ker & Downey

Exploring the Real Cuba with Ker & Downey

On December 1, 2016, Ker & Downey travelers Judith, Adrian, Astrid, and Marc departed on Delta’s inaugural flight from Miami to Havana – a flight 55 years in the making. Below, Judith recounts their favorite people-to-people experiences in Cuba with Ker & Downey, which took place during Cuba’s mandated period of mourning for Fidel Castro, and describes why traveling to Cuba with Ker & Downey can truly make all the difference. On December 1, 2016, we were honored and excited to be on Delta’s inaugural flight from Miami to Havana. At our departure gate there were the American and Cuban […]

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