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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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Lodge versus cruise: Exploring the Peruvian Amazon

Lodge versus cruise: Exploring the Peruvian Amazon

You haven’t truly experienced the wonders of South America until you’ve immersed yourself in the canopy of the Amazon and explored its many waterways. Until you’ve got up close and personal with a macaw and heard a howler howl… Why go The numbers don’t lie. The Amazon Rainforest covers about 2,100,000 square miles, making it far and away the largest rain forest on the planet. The Amazon River, without which there would be no forest, is the world’s largest river by volume and – recent studies suggest – also the world’s longest.  The Amazon Rainforest is shared by eight different countries, with Brazil, Peru and Columbia boasting the largest swaths. Photo credit: R.Rodrich / Delfin Amazon Cruises By area 60% of Peru is rainforest, but only 5% of the population calls it home. What it lacks in humans it makes up for with a multitude of plants, insects, birds, animals and fish that is quite simply without compare. The Amazon is the most biodiverse place on the planet …
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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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5 iconic Amazon animals

5 iconic Amazon animals

Your once in-a-lifetime adventure to the world’s largest and richest rainforest will be packed with wildlife highlights from start to finish. Here are a few of the most exciting species found near Puerto Maldonado... Giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). These graceful river giants, which attain lengths of 8ft (if you include their long tails) and weights of 70lb, are the largest member of the Mustelid family. Only 5,000 remain in the wild (in an area the size of the Lower 48!) but the oxbow lakes of Tambopata in South-Eastern Peru are one of the best places in the world to see them. The sociable otters who live in groups of up to 20 individuals are expert fishermen who eat approximately 3 kilograms of fish every day. Each otter is born with a uniquely shaped patch of cream-colored fur on its throat – much like a human fingerprint this can be used by rangers and scientists to identify individuals. They’re also extremely vocal animals…as you will find out on your Amazon …
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Everything you need to know about Peru

Everything you need to know about Peru

From the vibrant colors of the Amazon to the wispy clouds of Machu Picchu, Peru has it all. We’ve sifted through our archives to compile one megablog that covers every corner of this magnificent country… Lima, the thriving capital With great beaches, the world’s best food (officially!) and a fascinating history Lima really does have it all. Where else can you see a pre-Incan adobe pyramid surrounded by skyscrapers and go on a tour of the oldest colonial house in all of the Americas? Adventure junkies can jog, surf, bike and paraglide to their hearts' content while kids and adults will love the water and lights show at the Parque de la Reserva. Making the most of your Lima layover Colonial Culture in Lima An introduction to Lima Lima through the lens Lima más arriba (amazing aerial photographs of the city) Water and lights shows at the Parque de la Reserva Photo credit: Kenneth Moore Lima, foodie heaven With five restaurants in the the world' …
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The Great Inca Trail - Part II

The Great Inca Trail - Part II

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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Making the most of your Lima layover

Making the most of your Lima layover

With a fascinating colonial past, a thriving culinary scene and a gorgeous coastline, Peru’s bustling capital is so much more than a layover. Whether you’re coming from the giddying heights of Machu Picchu or the steamy lowlands of the Amazon, one thing’s for certain: Your once-in-a-lifetime Peruvian adventure will include at least a few hours in Lima before you fly out of Peru. This blog takes you through some of the best ways to capitalize on this opportunity to delve further into Peruvian culture. Eat and drink your way around the city on a food tour Peru has been voted the World's Leading Culinary Destination for five years running, and Lima is the undisputed epicenter of the country’s gastronomic renaissance. Peruvian cuisine has been refined over millennia and the fusion of cultures and variety of local ingredients makes it both unique and exquisite. These highly-rated tours aim to nurture an understanding and appreciation of the culture of Peru by experiencing its food at …
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Introducing Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital

Introducing Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital

The Malbecs are mouth-watering, the wineries cutting edge and the Andes resplendent. Every way you look at it, Mendoza is a delight. The pleasant provincial capital of Mendoza owes its prosperity to the Andes, or more specifically the network of acequias (irrigation channels) that taps into the raging snowmelt torrent that is the Rio Mendoza. Built by the Huarpe and perfected by the Incas, the acequias still flow through the streets of the city and the water they bring is life-giving in every sense of the word. Without it there would be no wine, no fountains and no shady avenues... The many faces of Malbec Argentina is fifth-largest wine producer in the world and Mendoza is its undisputed capital. Malbec, which in its native France is only used in blends, has come into its own in Mendoza’s high-altitude desert environment. While most of Mendoza’s highest ranked wines are Malbecs, there are also several excellent red blends and smattering of wonderful Chardonnays too. Winemakers love …
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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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Antarctica wildlife highlights: penguins, whales, seals…

Antarctica wildlife highlights: penguins, whales, seals…

Prepare to be charmed by endearing Adélie penguins, wowed by muscular orcas and won over by enigmatic leopard seals. Antarctica isn’t just the coldest, driest and emptiest continent, it’s also home to the most pristine and untouched ecosystem on the planet. You’ll be amazed by the sheer abundance and diversity of life down South. Read on to find out more about the a few of the standouts… Penguins Gentoo, Adélie and Chinstrap penguins are the three remaining members of the Pygoscelis genus and you will likely encounter them all on your cruise. Gentoos are the largest and most numerous of the three, and they’re also the fastest swimmers of all penguins…Attaining speeds of 22mph puts them in the same echelon as Usain Bolt! They’re distinguished by their white ‘bonnets’ and red beaks. Adélies are the most penguin-like of all penguins, so much so that they are almost caricatures of themselves. Named after the wife of French explorer Dumont D’Urville, these small penguins are purely black …
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