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The Great Inca Trail - Part IX

The Great Inca Trail - Part IX

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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The Great Inca Trail - Part VIII

The Great Inca Trail - Part VIII

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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The Great Inca Trail - Part VII

The Great Inca Trail - Part VII

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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The Great Inca Trail - Part VI

The Great Inca Trail - Part VI

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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The Great Inca Trail - Part IV

The Great Inca Trail - Part IV

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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The Great Inca Trail - Part III

The Great Inca Trail - Part III

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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The Journey on the Great Inca Trail Begins

The Journey on the Great Inca Trail Begins

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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¿Por qué caminaré 3,200 kilómetros en los Andes a lo largo del Qhapaq Ñan?

¿Por qué caminaré 3,200 kilómetros en los Andes a lo largo del Qhapaq Ñan?

Nick Stanziano, el cofundador de SA Expeditions, explica el significado que tiene este Gran Camino Inca para él,  su empresa y para el Perú. La expedición El 14 de abril del 2017, un equipo de exploradores experimentados, profesionales del turismo y organizaciones privadas realizará una gran expedición a lo largo de 3,200 kilómetros en El Gran Camino Inca, que une las dos capitales del imperio inca: Tumebamba, cerca Cuenca, Ecuador y Cusco, Perú. La expedición que durará cinco meses será documentada y transmitida a través de nuestras redes sociales en tiempo real a los espectadores de todo el mundo. ¿Por qué este camino? El Gran Camino Inca es parte de una importante red de caminos andinos llamada Qhapaq Ñan, uno de los más grandiosos y recientes Patrimonios de la Humanidad declarado por la UNESCO. Está compuesto por miles de kilómetros de caminos de piedra que alguna vez unieron a la sociedad más avanzada de América del Sur, el Imperio Inca. Aunque se considera que los Incas solo …
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Why I’m trekking 2,000 miles in the remote Andes along the Qhapaq Ñan

Why I’m trekking 2,000 miles in the remote Andes along the Qhapaq Ñan

Our co-founder Nick Stanziano explains what the Great Inca Road means to him, our company and Peru as a whole. The Expedition On April 14, 2017, a team of hardened explorers, tourism professionals and private organizations will execute a major expedition along the greatest of all Inca roads that stretches 2,000 miles between what were two capitals of the Inca Empire: Tumebamba, near modern day Cuenca, Ecuador and Cusco, Peru, in the South. The continual five-month trek will be captured and transmitted through social networks in real-time to viewers all over the world. What’s in a Road? The Great Inca Trail is part of a larger Andean road network called the Qhapaq Ñan, the largest and one of the newest UNESCO World Heritage sites. It’s made up of thousands of miles of stone-paved roads that once linked the most advanced society in South America, the Inca Empire. While Incas could only be considered an empire for 100 years, they were the culmination of successive civilizations that …
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2015 Year in Review - Learning to Live in the Cloud

2015 Year in Review - Learning to Live in the Cloud

A story of a boutique South America tour operator SA Expeditions has had quite a year. We passed our fifth birthday. We had a record year over year in revenue growth. But most importantly of all, we re-conceptualized the structure of our company and learned how to grow as a 100% virtual organization after four initial years with our core team in an office. The shift to the cloud allowed us to conceptualize ourselves as a web, with the nodes of our network being guides, destination experts, communities, local ground operators and managers, naming just a few. It’s also required us to put more reliance on virtual platforms and new digital communication mediums to build cohesiveness and values between colleagues. We let go of the idea of a company with a geographic center, lunch hour and a copy room and stopped aspiring to the ideal of established travel brands created in the 20th century with office spaces in the world’s iconic cities. These ambitions in the early 2010’s only brought us …
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The Magic of Travel

The Magic of Travel

What is it to travel? Technically speaking it’s really just getting yourself from one place to another. Yet for those who have sacrificed the security of familiarity and embarked on a journey of enlightenment through exploration, travel can be magic…That incredible feeling when you arrive to a new place, a new culture and a new energy in which your senses have never delved. For those intrepid souls, bursting with wanderlust, arrival to a new place is an incredibly strong drug. Something that reminds them of the immensity of our planet and the beauty of the human condition. The last 48 hours has been one of these experiences for me. It has been 48 hours of new faces, incredible works of art, observance of man’s great ancient cultures and within the company of those who call this place home. The place I’m talking about is Mexico City. A city of almost 30 million people of all stripes, social economic classes and the living reminisce of the clash and later blending of Aztecan and Spanish …
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Peruvian Cuisine & National Pride

Peruvian Cuisine & National Pride

Today is a very important day for all those who love Peru. It was barely 20 years ago that the country was in a brutal hangover from one of the most destructive epochs in its history. Tens of thousands of Peruvians were murdered, its cities rocked by daily bombings and its economy in collapse, all in the name of political ideology on both the left and right. Well today, its capital of Lima, crowded with informal taxis, shanty towns on the hills, young surfers along its coastline,  an expanding middle class at its universities and the ever growing wealth of its elites, now has something to celebrate together, as one Peru. Today Peruvians delight in the crowning of three of their restaurants into the World’s Top 50 Restaurants on June 1st, 2015. For countries like France, Spain and the United States, this would be yet one more feather in the hat as evidence of their cultures influence and domination of recent centuries. Yet for Peru this is very different. This is a country that …
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