Entries tagged: Peru

Family Friendly Summer Travel Experiences

Family Friendly Summer Travel Experiences

Summer is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to plan the ultimate Ker & Downey journey with your family, and world travel is not out of the question. There are plenty of places where children of all ages are not only welcomed, but truly engaged. Plan a summer vacation that will create unforgettable memories and maybe even give the “travel bug” to your own little trailblazers. We’ve put together some options, sure to please everyone in your family. Cruise the Blue Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey For a truly unique and tranquil holiday, board a luxurious private gulet, a traditional Turkish wooden […]

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Amazon Sailing

Amazon Sailing

Down the Amazon you’ll find an array of boats carrying all kinds of passengers, but the most discerning choose Ker & Downey and a privileged spot aboard the brand new M/V Aria. This ‘floating boutique hotel’ traverses the pristine Pacaya Samiria reserve where the wildlife puts on a display you won’t want to miss. As the popularity of the Peruvian Amazon grows, so does the luxury cruise ship fleet of Aqua Expeditions. In April of 2011, the M/V Aria was introduced as a second option to float the tranquil Amazon. The plush modern aesthetics of this updated vessel come courtesy […]

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Something’s Sizzling in Peru

Something’s Sizzling in Peru

In every corner of Peru, you can see it, smell it, taste it – over 500 years of culture, simmering in a true melting pot of flavor, where plates of the traditional and the nouveau all take their culinary cues from around the world and their own backyard. Perhaps the easiest way to immerse yourself in any given culture is by putting your mouth to work: not by attempting the local dialect, but by sampling as many of the most popular foods as you can. Fresh meats and other ingredients give you a crash course in local industry and agriculture. […]

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The Top 5 Spas in Peru

The Top 5 Spas in Peru

In the Fall 2011 issue of BESPOKE Magazine, Ker & Downey highlights five of our favorite spas in Peru. True Peruvian hospitality takes center state in the treatment rooms of these top spas, each with a unique treatment you won’t soon forget. Aranwa Resort & Spa, Sacred Valley Aranwa’s spacious Unno Spa is a journey into the tranquil and ultra-luxurious. Thai and Swedish techniques are enhanced by the use of Andean herbs and salts from the ancient Maras mines, creating an experience that is simultaneously unique and authentic. Entire rooms are dedicated to meditation, electrotherapy, Vichy shower and oxygen therapy, […]

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Trek to Machu Picchu

Trek to Machu Picchu

It’s easily South America’s most popular destination: Machu Picchu, the sprawling complex tucked away in the Cordillera Vilcabamba range of the Andes. Forget the Inca Trail; try trekking to the Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu, on a new route. It’s Peru’s backdoor trail with luxury accommodations. Historians offer theories on Machu Picchu’s original purpose – from a convent of sorts to a retreat for royalty – but its true purpose remains shrouded in mystery, much like the entire complex is hidden from below by overgrowth and incredible misty clouds. This July marked the centenary of historian and adventurer Hiram Bingham’s famed […]

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Inca Explorer

Inca Explorer

Ker & Downey’s Inca Explorer melds the traces of ancient cultures with the traditions still thriving in a modern Peru over twelve days in the eclectic region. Explore all that Peru has to offer with this 12-day itinerary. After spending your first night in Lima, your adventure into the history of the country begins in the Sacred Valley, aptly named for its concentration of the country’s oldest and most remarkable ruins. Rio Sagrado, next to the winding Urubamba River, is the gateway to these sites where you will capture a unique snapshot of everyday life in the fertile region. Venture […]

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Holiday Travel: Beyond Safaris with Ker & Downey

Believe it or not, the winter holidays are right around the corner. It is never too soon to begin planning for an unforgettable family vacation, and Ker & Downey’s many destinations and itinerary options will ensure that you find the perfect trip for you and your loved ones. Ramses to the Rift: Egypt and Kenya Our latest itinerary is a nine-day jaunt through the best of Egypt and the wonder of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Set off to see the Pyramids, the Sphinx and more wonders of the ancient world in Cairo while staying at the banks of the Nile. Continue […]

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Explore Peru’s Ancient Mysteries in Modern Luxury

As one of the New Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu has become one of the most popular archeological attractions in Peru and South America. However, there are several lesser-known sites found throughout the country, showcasing the rich history of the Inca and civilizations beyond. Experiential travel in Peru opens your eyes to the mysteries of many ancient sites and Ker & Downey’s Best of Peru luxury travel adventure guides you through the wonders of these hidden gems, abundant in culture and heritage. Like Titicaca The fascinating Uros Islands are completely man-made and resemble huge floating rafts made of reeds. […]

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Sample the Peruvian Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon is the portion of the Amazon rainforest confined within the country of Peru. The area stretches from the east Andes to the borders of Ecuador, Columbia, Brazil, and Bolivia. Notably, the region comprises more than half of the total area of the Peruvian countryside; it is the second largest jungle after the Brazilian Amazon. The region is typically divided into two distinct ecoregions: the lowland jungle and the highland jungle. The lowland jungle is the largest portion of the rainforest and stands, at times, nearly 400 meters above sea level. The temperatures in the highland jungle are […]

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Experiencing The Amazon

Instead of the jungle cruise at Disneyland, consider this: a custom-built trip to the Amazon is far more luxurious than one might think. The city of Manaus is only 5,200 air miles from Seattle. From Manaus, riverboats sail nearly a thousand miles downstream to Belem, a four-day journey, or upstream 1,200 miles to Iquitos, Peru, which takes a week or so. Sailing the Amazon is part of the undeniable appeal of the river. The closest town to Manaus is Itacoatiara- a coastal town famous for its surfing, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing- which is 124 miles downstream. In a post on his […]

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