When you think of long layovers, it’s likely you first think of popular travel hubs like London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Dubai. Even Iceland has become an exciting layover hot spot en route to and from Europe thanks to Icelandair’s attractive stopover program. But what about travelers heading south? Outside of Lima and Santiago, there hasn’t been an easy layover destination with bucket list appeal. COPA Airlines is hoping to change that with their recent announcement of their “Stopover Panama” campaign.
Enjoy a fabulous 10-night journey through Quito and the Galapagos Islands, a perfect itinerary for those looking for a fully immersive and luxurious Galapagos getaway. A weeklong Galapagos cruise is not only one of the most conservation-friendly ways to explore the archipelago; it also promises exposure to the full gamut of the destination’s unparalleled wildlife and landscapes.
In 2020 Latin America will see several new hotel openings in the most remote parts of the land. Intrepid travelers can explore exciting locales and find fresh experiences. Here’s where to go in Latin America in 2020.
Latin America is jam packed with sizzling cities, secluded coastlines, serene mountains, and steamy rainforests. It’s hard to pick just a handful of countries that should be on your 2019 travel bucket list. These are the places we think you should make a top priority before the crowds come rushing in.
Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador is one of Ker & Downey’s favorite Ecuadorian destinations. The authentic working farm provides an authentic glimpse into the day-to-day happenings of a colonial hacienda. Just beyond the famed market town of Otavalo is the gateway to the Andean Highlands of Ecuador, home of the longest mountain chain in the world. This region is a vast tapestry of untamed volcanoes, misty cloud forests, and some of the Earth’s most impressive peaks and nestled within their grandeur lies the unassuming 17th-century allure of Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador. This 4,000-acre working farm is one of Ker & Downey’s favorite Ecuadorian […]
Ecuador luxury travel with Ker & Downey offers the best accommodations, friendly and knowledgeable guides, and exciting and unique excursions. The best things in life aren’t free. They’re priceless. That’s what Ker & Downey’s Trista Gage learned on her latest trip to Ecuador. In the ever-escalating world of luxury accommodations, a great management company can bring flawless design and dreamlike comfort to any hotel experience. They can create exquisite spaces, appointed with creamy linens and high end bath ammenities. But only a handful of hotels, lodges, and camps can claim that something special that turns an accommodation into an experience. It’s the […]
Galapagos Safari Camp is one of only a handful of luxury tented camps in South America and this special eco-luxury camp on the rise to becoming the leading accommodation on The Enchanted Islands. Here are a few reasons why Galapagos Safari Camp continues to be one of Ker & Downey’s favorite Galapagos experiences and why it is—in our opinion—an essential stop on any South America itinerary. Land and Sea Location Galapagos Safari Camp is its own Robinson Crusoe hideaway, occupying a wooden perch on Santa Cruz Island. This specific plot of land straddles what is known as the transition zone […]
This week marks the festivities of the Lunar New Year, and this year’s element—wood—ushers in a focus on sturdy reputation, a variety of interests and pursuits, and a collaborative spirit. What better way to celebrate this vital element than to travel with Ker & Downey—a company rooted in collaboration and offering a variety of experiences—and to look to the famous woods and forests around the world as inspiration for your next adventure? Germany – The Black Forest This famous forest is the setting for many of the familiar tales curated by brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and shared with a worldwide audience. The forest […]
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, […]
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, […]