Category: Travel Diary

Jill’s Top Ecuador Adventures

Jill’s Top Ecuador Adventures

Luxury Travel Consultant Jill Braley recently traveled to Ecuador. Today she’s sharing her top Ecuador adventures to add to your next Ker & Downey journey. The drive to Mashpi Lodge is long, and the last hour can be bumpy and rough, but it’s worth it. Once you’re there, you can feel the ambiance and energy changing. The air is so fresh, the surroundings are green and beautiful. It’s pretty incredible. My time at Mashpi was packed with adventure – a cable bike ride over the trees, a climb up the observation deck for a 360-degree view of the cloud forest, bird […]

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Exploring Waiheke Island

Exploring Waiheke Island

Ker & Downey’s Lisa Chapman travels to Waiheke Island and finds it firmly planted on her “do not miss list” when you find yourself in Auckland. An early morning arrival into Auckland recently provided me with a grand excuse to hop on a ferry from the Queens Wharf for the short sail over to Waiheke Island. Most notable today for an impressive collection of wineries, olive growers, and an annual outdoor sculpture exhibit,  Waiheke’s heritage dates back to the 14th century and is best learned through the stories of locals. In true Kiwi fashion, finding a local on Waiheke who […]

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A Three Day Uyuni Tour with Ker & Downey

A Three Day Uyuni Tour with Ker & Downey

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 making our way to Uyuni through the salt flats of Bolivia. To read more of her travels, click here. Say the word ‘Bolivia’ and my mind immediately conjures up images of pristine salt flats and sparkling lagoons full of pink flamingos. A recent three day tour with Ker & Downey, starting at the Hito Cajon Bolivian border and finishing in Uyuni was far beyond any expectations I had. The varied landscape in this area completely […]

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Copacabana, Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol with Ker & Downey

Copacabana, Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol with Ker & Downey

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 Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, and Isla del Sol. To read more of her travels, click here. Lake Titicaca sits at an altitude of over 12,000 feet between Bolivia and Peru. It has the largest surface area of any lake in South America and is well known for its deep blue color. Lake Titicaca has 48 sacred islands, the largest and most notable of which is Isla del Sol, as it is believed to be […]

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Mountains, Lakes, and Adventure: Hiking in Bariloche

Mountains, Lakes, and Adventure: Hiking in Bariloche

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 hiking in Bariloche in Argentina. To read more of her travels, click here. Famous throughout South America for its skiing in the winter, Bariloche is a hiker’s paradise for the rest of the year. Surrounded by the dramatic Patagonian landscapes found on the cover of a National Geographic magazine, with a myriad of lakes and imposing mountains, Bariloche is everything it’s promised to be and more. Plus, the main street of the town is lined […]

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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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