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A look back at 2012 with SA Luxury Expeditions

A look back at 2012 with SA Luxury Expeditions

2012 has been a busy year for SA Luxury Expeditions. We’ve opened a new office in Cuzco, expanded our in-house team, and continued traveling and checking up on all our recommended hotels and destinations. And throughout it all, we’ve been planning, operating, and overseeing hundreds of private, customized tours across South America. In 2012 alone, our team has inspected the following main South America destinations firsthand (some places visited more than once): Ecuador: Galapagos Islands, Quito, Cajas National Park, Guayaquil, Mindo, Banos, Cuenca Peru: Lima, Cuzco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Chachapoyas Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, Iguazu Colombia: Cartagena, Bogota Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande, Paraty, Sao Paulo, Iguazu Chile: Santiago, Vina del Mar, Easter Island, Chiloe, Puerto Varas But bigger things were going on around us in South America. Several destinations made international …
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Stunning South America travel video

Stunning South America travel video

We’re located in South America, and this video even makes us want to jump out of our chairs and hit the road. This beautiful montage of time-lapse shots from across central and southern South America is the most wanderlust-inducing video we've seen in a while.
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Favorite Part of Peru: Sacred Valley

Favorite Part of Peru: Sacred Valley

We asked fellow travelers and SA Expedition team members to tell us about their favorite part of Peru. Today’s post comes from independent travel blogger Robert Schrader who writes about the Sacred Valley. Since travel to Machu Picchu tends to be the first priority for people who travel to Peru, other tourist destinations in the country like the Colca Canyon near Arequipa and even the Peruvian capital city Lima tend to go unnoticed. Like Machu Picchu, Peru's aptly-named "Sacred Valley" is close to Cusco, the largest city in southeastern Peru and the ancient capital of the Incas. If you only have one day to dedicate to the massive Sacred Valley, take a day trip to the Moray Inca Ruins, about 50 km from the center of Cusco. Bus to the Sacred Valley If you want to explore solo, wake up around 8 a.m.  to head out to the agricultural site of Moray. You can call or hail a taxi to Cusco's Santiago bus terminal. Upon exiting the cab, make your way inside the white walls of the station and …
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South America Gift Guide

South America Gift Guide

With Christmas less than 5 days away, some of you might still be scrambling to find the perfect present.  For giving inspiration and for shopping suggestions for up-coming visitors to South America, here are 7 South America themed gift suggestions. Enjoy! Carved Gourds from Peru One of my favorite Peruvian crafts comes from the highland region surrounding the city of Huancayo. Artisans use sharp scalpels called burils to carve into dried lagenaria vulgaris gourds. The practice of gourd carving in Peru dates back 3,500 years. Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer bringing handmade crafts to a global market. Buy it Visit Peru Magnetic Map of South America This week SA Luxury Expeditions celebrated the holidays with a delicious turkey dinner and a white elephant gift exchange. And after all the gifts were unwrapped, swapped, and stolen back again, I ended up with this gem: A magnetic dartboard map. It probably makes a better gift for the under-10 age group, …
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Favorite Part of Peru: Good Value

Favorite Part of Peru: Good Value

We asked fellow travelers and SA Expedition team members to tell us about their favorite part of Peru. Today’s post comes from our Destination Manager, Riva Bacquet. If you’re like me, you like to travel in comfort and you like to travel often. With these criteria in mind it’s crucial to select the best value-for-quality accommodations out there to make sure you’re getting the most from your investment. A better investment today frees up more spending power for your next trip (which, if you’re like me, is already in the works!). The good news is, there are incredible hotels at every budget level; and regardless of your wallet size, there’s always a first-rate choice to meet your needs. The challenge is figuring out which hotels offer the best combination of high-quality amenities, space, personalized service, and location, while maintaining a fair and competitive rate for their offer. These unique properties (and often specific rooms within a particular property) are a rarity, and it …
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Favorite Part of Peru: The People

Favorite Part of Peru: The People

We asked fellow travelers and SA Expedition team members to tell us about their favorite part of Peru. Today’s post comes from our Destination Expert, Kristina Rudge. When our travellers return home and tell us about their trip, one of the things they never fail to highlight is how important their guides were to their experience of Peru. Knowing our guides as we do, it doesn’t come as a surprise that they receive such universally warm praise, but it’s always something we love to hear about. For me, the people I’ve met when traveling have always been key to my experience. From mountain climbing in Argentina to the deep Amazon jungle, I think that the best life-long memories are forged by the people you share the adventure with, the people you meet along the way. When people ask me what I love most about Peru, I’ll mention the stunning diversity of its landscape and gastronomy, the mysterious ancient cultures I’ve been fascinated with since childhood; even Lima – a city you could never …
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Favorite Part of Peru: Northern Coast

Favorite Part of Peru: Northern Coast

We asked fellow travelers and SA Expedition team members to tell us about their favorite part of Peru. Today’s post comes from Sadler Kirk, part of our finance team. One of my favorite parts of Peru is the northern coast, more specifically Trujillo and the surrounding areas. Trujillo is known as the “City of the Eternal Spring” for its year-round warm weather and generally pleasant climate, and it is also the third largest city in Peru with a population of approximately 800,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Trujillo is about 10 hours one way from Lima by bus, and there is a wide range of buses that can take you. The reasons this city and its neighboring towns are one of my favorite places in Peru are numerous. As I already mentioned the comfortable weather is a plus, but the food is also spectacular. If you ever go, you’ve got to try the ceviche and the cangrejo reventado in Huanchaco, a coastal community about 15 minutes from the beautiful historic center of Trujillo (I can …
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Favorite Part of Peru: The Food

Favorite Part of Peru: The Food

We asked fellow travelers and SA Expedition team members to tell us about their favorite part of Peru. Today’s post comes from the talented food expert and blogger Morena who writes about Peruvian cuisine. “What is your favorite part of Peru?” When I was asked this question I thought I could come up with a million answers, and the truth is, I did.  So let me reformulate the question to "What is one of your favorite parts of Peru?" This way I won't feel bad to leave all the other beautiful and soulful places I have in mind out of my answer. Markets are definitely at the top of my favorite things about my colorful country. I have lived in many places, and wherever I go, one of the first things I do is explore the markets. For me, getting to know the local food is one of the best ways to learn about the culture, traditions... even politics of the place. There's certainly a special place in my heart for Peruvian markets, because of the magnificent diversity found in them. My favorite …
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12 Places to Go in South America

12 Places to Go in South America

It’s 12-12-12! Oh my! Sure, last year we had an 11/11/11 and the year before a 10/10/10—but next year you won’t be seeing a 13/13/13. So in honor of this quirk of the calendar, we’re listing our favorite 12 places to go in South America. Our regular readers already know the entire team at SA Luxury Expeditions has been to Machu Picchu, so we left that one off the list. Here are 12 other awesome South America destinations our team has visited and can recommend from firsthand experience. Get ready to add to your bucket list, because you’re going to want to see these places for yourself. In no particular order... 1. Patagonia, Glacier National Park Patagonia covers an area the size of Texas and is split between Chile and Argentina on the southern tip of South America. Full of fjords, glaciers, and pampas, it’s the ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts. On the Argentinean side is Glacier National Park, home to 47 glaciers including the Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers. Our co-founder …
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Wednesday Wanderlust - Misty Corcovado

Wednesday Wanderlust - Misty Corcovado

Happy Wednesday Wanderlust! A perfect picture to prove you don’t need clear skies for magnificent views. Admire more photos of Rio de Janeiro on our Pinterest board, read more about the city in our blog posts, or visit Rio de Janeiro for yourself!
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