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, […]
Journey beyond the land to experience exciting and unique adventures in the some of the most beautiful waters of our world. Snorkel, dive, and paddle your way through the waters to uncover treasures deep below the surface and discover remote islands. Contact us today to begin planning your water adventure.
Searching for a family-friendly journey full of variety? Explore three distinct environments over 10 days in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Ker & Downey. An array of wildlife encounters and historic sites await discovery on this journey, the perfect balance of adventure and luxury. Mashpi Lodge, Mashpi Reserve The incredible Andean cloud forest is home to this eco-friendly haven in the trees and a number of unique birds and animals. Look down on the scene from the Canopy Gondola and learn about the reserve’s efforts to reintroduce howler monkeys into this habitat. M/Y La Pinta, Galapagos Islands A constant […]
The end of the year is just around the corner. How do you want to finish off 2013? Maybe you want to travel to a new destination or start a new family tradition that includes a hand-crafted Ker & Downey journey. Recently we asked some of the sales team at Ker & Downey to share their travel experiences from this year with us and, to get in the holiday spirit, some of their special holiday traditions. Below Bekah talks about her journey to Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia this year and her favorite holiday traditions. This year I had the opportunity […]
The Galapagos Islands – the captivating archipelago off of Ecuador’s west coast, home to a vast number of endemic species of flora and fauna. The 19 volcanic islands were the first of the world’s marvels to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ker & Downey’s Galapagos Getaway brings you to this enchanting corner of the globe in a rich 7-day journey. As part of the Luxury for Less collection, the Galapagos Getaway is ideal for families and those looking for a speedy trip without compromising on quality and comfort. Aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend, you will cruise between the […]
The Galapagos Islands are widely known for being the subject of Charles Darwin’s landmark work, The Origin of Species. Notably, the islands’ fauna display a characteristic known as island gigantism, which is a biological phenomenon whereby the size of animals isolated on an island increases dramatically over generations. The Galapagos Islands first appeared on maps in 1570 when Dominican bishop Fray Tomás de Berlanga mistakenly landed on one of the islands after attempting to sail to Peru to settle a dispute between Francisco Pizarro and his lieutenants after the conquest of the Incan Empire. The islands were mostly forgotten until […]