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March 24, 2021

Antarctica: Expedition of a Lifetime JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Antarctica: A day in the ice, fascinating wildlife facts & top polar photo tips

The world’s iciest continent supports thousands of resilient species. Check out these cool stats about life way down south.

Kayakers and Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua), Cuverville Island, The Danco Coast, Gerlach Strait, Antarctica


A Day in the Ice
You will kayak among icebergs or hike to a penguin colony! Spot whales from the deck or take a Zodiac ride in the midnight sun! Every day is full of possibilities when you’re on expedition.


A once-in-a-lifetime trip calls for once-in-a-lifetime photos. These onboard experts tips will help you get your best shot.

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Guests cross-country skiing on frozen ocean in Antarctica!. The Orion rammed into fast ice at Cape Renaud, Antarctica.

Full moon (plus 1 day) rising over icebergs in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. This moonrise occurred on January 1, 2010, the night after the blue moon

A beautifully prepared dish aboard 

#Explorer on #expedition at Pleneau Island in #Antarctica, Southern Ocean.

Kayakers and Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua), Cuverville Island, The Danco Coast, Gerlach Strait, Antarctica

Sunset in Antarctica

Guest in Shackleton Centennial Jacket, observing gentoo penguin

Guests from the #Expedition ship #Explorer enjoy making snow angels in fresh snow on Booth Island, Antarctica.

Chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) chick head detail at colony on Useful Island near the Antarctic Peninsula. There are an estimated 2 million breeding pairs of chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic peninsula region alone, perhaps as many as 7.5 million breeding pairs in all of Antarctica. Their name derives from the narrow black band under their heads which makes it appear as if they are wearing black helmets, making them one of the most easily identified types of penguin. Other names for them are “Ringed Penguins”, “Bearded Penguins”, and “Stonecracker Penguins” due to their harsh call. They grow to 68 cm (27 in). The average adult weight of a Chinstrap Penguin is 4.5 kg (10 lbs). Weight can range from 3 to 6 kg (6.6-13.2 lbs), with males being slightly larger and weight varying based on where the penguin is in the breeding cycle. Their diet consists of krill, shrimp, and fish. On land they build circular nests from stones, and lay two eggs, which are incubated by both the male and the female for shifts of five to ten days. They can also breed on icebergs, though they prefer non-icy conditions. The chicks hatch after about 35 days, and have fluffy gray backs and white fronts. The chicks stay in the nest for 20–30 days before they go to join a creche. At around 50–60 days old, they moult, gaining their adult plumage and go to sea. The Chinstrap Penguin was first described by German naturalist Forster in 1781. Its specific epithet was often seen as antarctica, however a 2002 review determined the genus Pygoscelis was masculine, and hence the correct binomial name is Pygoscelis antarcticus.

Adult leopard seal, Hydrurga leptonyx, inspecting the camera above and below water at Damoy Point, Antarctica

#Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) flukes-up dive with kelp gulls near the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Southern Ocean. MORE INFO Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. The species’ diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpback whale populations in Antarctica are severely depleated from over fishing during the 20th century modern era whaling efforts.

Type B Pack ice #KillerWhales hunting crabeater seal

March 5, 2021

#ECUADOR, #GALAPAGOS CRUISES, #YACHTS #HOTELS JESS@FriendsTravel.com

ECUADOR AND GALAPAGOS CRUISES, YACHTS AND HOTELS

Experience safe travel in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands through its finest hotels and Galapagos yachts and cruises.  Every trip is curated to the wants, needs, desires and expectations of the travelers. Just tell us: who will be traveling: names as they read on passports; preferred days/dates of travel; hometown airport; do you prefer to fly First Class, Business Class or Coach! Any special needs or requirements.


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January 23, 2021

#Uruguay Surf, Turf, and Plenty of Wine JESS@FriendsTravel.com


Horseback riding on the beach in Uruguay;  

dining at Restaurante Garzón

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#Surf, #Turf, and Plenty of #Wine in #Uruguay
The country’s beach scene is known as one of the best in South America. But the epicurean delights of its rich, ranch-filled interior and rolling winelands have been less explored — until now.

By the time I’d breezed through automated border control at #Montevideo’s Carrasco Airport, received an earnest bro handshake from the rental-car guy, crossed town in rush-hour traffic in under 30 minutes, and devoured a plate of barbecue at the #Mercado del Puerto, I remembered why I’ve always loved coming to Uruguay. There’s not a mellower, humbler, more reliably agreeable country in the world — nor one with better meat.

It was early December 2019, and I was back in Uruguay for the first time in over a decade. I’d justified my carnivorous meal by framing it as a litmus test. Had the menus changed at this cluster of parillas (restaurants specializing in steak, sausage, and organ meats, grilled over firewood and charcoal) in a former produce market in Montevideo? Had the stalwart, working-class feel of the place become prissy and boutique? Of all my childhood memories of Uruguay, the parilla was a cornerstone.


Seated at the counter, watching the grill-tenders flash arm and sometimes neck tattoos as they offered tastes of grilled provolone, I got my answer. If the formerly grass-fed cows were now slightly fattened with grain, everything else — from the serviceable cappuccino to the dazzling dulce de leche pancake — was exactly as I remembered it.

A beach bar in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay; vegetables and meat on the grill in Uruguay


One of the bar shacks lining the beach at José Ignacio, where the vibe is exclusive but always low-key; an asado, or mixed grill, at beach pop-up El Caracol, near José Ignacio. 

My grandparents fled Serbia during World War II and settled in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, in the beachside neighborhood of Carrasco. Their children eventually dispersed to Argentina and the United States (our former home is now a branch of Banco Chase). But from childhood through my twenties, family vacations consisted of meeting relatives in Buenos Aires, then flying over to the Uruguayan beach town of Punta del Este. No need for a hotel: El Grillito, my aunt’s blue-roofed white-brick cottage, served as a staging ground for beach forays and evening strolls down Gorlero Avenue, Punta del Este’s main drag, in search of churros and ice cream.

As my siblings and I got older, our family visits tapered off. Punta del Este succumbed to overdevelopment, becoming, in my aunt’s words, “a mini-Miami.” My cousins began renting beach houses further down the coast of Maldonado province, and in the quieter province of Rocha next door. Years passed — a couple of decades, actually. Uruguay’s government made world news for legalizing gay marriage and marijuana in 2013, well before the United States. With characteristically little fanfare, the country of 3.5 million climbed to number 14 on the Happiness Planet Index, and suddenly, this breezy, relaxed string of beaches, which I’d always regarded as a no-frills bolt-hole for affluent Argentines, had recast itself as a glitzy, global destination that people were now describing as “the Uruguayan Riviera” and “the St.-Tropez of South America.”

When my cousin, Michele, who still lives in Buenos Aires, suggested a reunion tour of the region — less a search for our roots than a survey of current offerings — I found the idea irresistible. And so, a month later, after a bittersweet drive past El Grillito (no longer in the family), we found ourselves crossing the undulating Leonel Viera Bridge, which separates Punta del Este from the more low-key towns to the east, and whizzing down coastal Route 10, past the miraculously undeveloped sand dunes and wide-open beaches I remembered from my childhood.

Kitesurfers at Laguna Garzón in Uruguay at golden hour

The coolest town of them all is, arguably, José Ignacio — a sleepy fishing enclave reborn as the epicenter of Uruguay’s beach scene. My cousin’s tour of the place was decidedly personal. She pointed to houses she’d rented over the years, “some with boyfriends, some without boyfriends”; to the lighthouse on the rocky point that divides the town; and to a pebbly beach “where you can come in the morning and buy fish from the fishermen.” Sure, she shrugged, with the arrival of pop stars, soccer players, and supermodels, some smaller houses have been replaced by bigger ones. The town has become busier, the shabby outweighed by the chic.

To my eyes, however, the place still looked delightfully unspoiled. Nearly every corner of the town offers one, if not two angles on the Atlantic. On the one side, there’s the playa brava, meaning “rough beach,” which is open to the sea; on the other, the playa mansa, or “calm beach.” Both vistas are unmarred by gates, walls, gaudy signage, or garish construction. “Here you walk to the beach, to the restaurant, to the plaza after the beach to take a coffee. You don’t need a car,” Michele said.

Waving away comparisons to destinations like St.-Tropez and the Hamptons, my cousin laughed. “St.-Tropez is crowded and it barely has any sand,” she said. “The Hamptons are beautiful, but socially…?” She squinted. Estimating that “the Uruguayan Riviera” boasts at best 15 hotels with a total capacity of a thousand guests, she said, “Uruguay, you have beach running the entire length of the coast.” With so much space and so few crowds, the scene is never going to become too intense.

The most successful restaurant in the area is, without question, La Huella. Designed to look and feel like a boathouse, with a thatched roof, sand-dusted wooden deck flooring, and a staff of perfect-looking, evenly tanned twentysomethings, it’s probably the most painstakingly curated simulacrum of effortlessness you’ll ever see. It’s also the hardest table to score in the busy months of January and February.

My cousin was astonished when the polo-shirted maître d’ seated us on the outside deck near the entrance. “This is the best,” she cooed. “When they don’t want people to see you, they put you in the back.” We skipped past the sushi to order chipirones a la plancha (grilled squid), mollejas (grilled sweetbreads), and white corvina (cooked with almost nothing but salt, and one of the best, purest fish dishes I’ve ever had).

My cousin waltzed through a series of greetings — kiss kiss, both cheeks, “¡Ayyy, qué divino!”—with a steady procession of Argentine friends, and I remembered from childhood the intense social rituals of this still very small world. The sea, the beach, the kids, and the sh-sh-sh-heavy dialect of Uruguay and Argentina felt entirely familiar. What was new, to me at least, was the added mix of voices speaking American and British English, Dutch, German, French, and Portuguese.

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December 11, 2020

South America Ecuador Galápagos Islands JESS@FriendsTravel.com


World schooling; Enrolling in the Global Classroom: Mom, Dad, Kids, and Grandparents.


Being a Nomad, free of restrictions of needing to work in a designated space like an office, has become a growing trend over the last decade as technology becomes more reliable and jobs move to online platforms. Gone are the days of the need for cubicles, small talk at the water cooler, and 9-5 office hours. Work culture is changing with technological advancements, and new trends are emerging from the Digital Nomad lifestyle of being destination independent, including school. Welcome the Student Nomads, where college students skip the high cost of dorm living for a global education.

With the unfortunate current events, schooling online is no longer reserved for college students and is being implemented by many districts to combat the spread of COVID19. Many parents face difficult decisions while navigating this unpredictable storm with physical safety and mental health taking priority. Though the idea of homeschooling can be daunting, many parents are taking this opportunity to teach their children in a whole new setting. There are other options outside of homeschooling, and what are the benefits!

Not Homeschooling but Worldschooling! 

Homeschooling, unschooling, worldschooling, schoolcations, are all fancy buzzwords for experiential education. Studies have shown that those who are taught through firsthand experiences tend to absorb and retain information best by relation. Consider how important in-person activities like field trips are for students to better understand what they are learning. Now apply this to learning from outside the traditional school setting in the real world, and you get Worldschooling.


Travel Does Enhance Education!

From learning about cultural differences and similarities in the world to seeing nature’s beauty in person, students better grasp information when it is immersive. In-person experiences through travel also promotes a lifelong love of learning about new things with a fun sense of adventure and relatability. It is much easier to recall important events and information from a personal standpoint outside of a textbook. Travel also teaches valuable life lessons that aren’t always learned through traditional schooling, such as independence, social skills, and world awareness.


Schooling and Work Online Means No Specific Location, just an internet connection and a stellar laptop or tablet.

As destinations in the United States and around the world begin to open, travelers can look into which destinations best suit their needs. If you have young children, you may look at destinations where the kids can be out in nature, learning about the physical world firsthand.

The Galápagos Islands, Central America, Africa, South America, and US National Parks are some of the best destinations for outdoor learning. The best location will depend on the “Pod,” a trusted group of friends, and their specific requirements. Our professional #TravelConsultants will help you narrow down the best options.

For older high school or even college-age students, travel can be a huge part of their learning adventure and help prepare them for the future with real-world experiences. Depending on their interests, the world has endless opportunities from health and human services, cultural studies, art, and architecture to environmental and political sciences.

For adults wanting to buckle down in a serene environment where they can focus on work and play hard after hours, their destination of choice depends on how much they want to relax and how hard they want to play!


Region Specific Benefits of in Person Experiences


Costa Rica

Children will be enthralled learning about the wild rainforest, active volcanoes, and colorful marine life in Costa Rica. One experience we are very excited about sharing is seeing how rescue centers work with local communities to save injured or misplaced animals.


Peru – 
learn about history, rainforest, culture, and environment. One experience I am very excited about is having the kids see how scientists work in the rainforest, how they log and catalog plants, insects, and animals. Peru is one of our personal top favorites and is included in our selections: itinerary Ideas for Multi-Generational Trips


The Galápagos Islands 

What better place to learn about Darwin’s theory of evolution than where the idea was born? This is one of the best places in the world to teach kids to love the environment. While they see and learn about many different species, things they have read in their science books will come to life. Watching the kids swim and snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles, and Galápagos penguins will make perfect memories for you while they learn to appreciate the delicate ocean ecosystem.


Mainland Ecuador – 
Though the Galápagos is part of Ecuador, let’s consider these separately because while you are in this part of the world, you might as well show the kids both as the two are so unique to one another. Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, with the Andes and the many volcanoes, the cloud forest, the rain forest, culture, and nature is everywhere you look. It’s hard to not feel like a child yourself while exploring Ecuador!


Suggested Travel Learning Opportunities for Worldschooling

I recommend starting two to three weeks in Ecuador to begin Worldschooling. Here, students will experience three biospheres: the Andes, The rainforest, and The Galapagos.


With a stay at Hacienda Zuleta, the family can get into a rhythm of world schooling. Adults can work, and kids can do remote learning, where there is strong Wi-Fi and plentiful common areas to work. They don’t need to worry about cooking or cleaning for any meal, eat delicious food, and are looked after. They can focus on work and learning, and when the day is done, they have all of Zuleta to explore. They can be exposed to a different culture and history, learn and practice Spanish all in one place.


In the Andes, the kids will learn that the Equator is more than just a line on the map and will learn about the ancient civilizations and see how scientists work in the field.


I would then continue the journey with 5-days in the cloud forest or the Amazon for an informative, in depth learning experience of Ecuador’s rich and diverse wildlife and is home to more than half of the plants and animals on earth.  “I’m ready for my closeup Mr. DeMille” 


South America and Africa JESS@FriendsTravel.com

The journey would then wrap up in the Galápagos islands just off the coast of Ecuador. An archipelago formed by volcanic activity, the children will learn about geography as well as about biodiversity and the great biologist Charles Darwin here in the Galapagos. Here the kids will experience many weird and wonderful species, most of which only live here on the islands. With no natural predators, many of these creatures are easier to appreciate up close.




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December 7, 2020

Colombia South America JESS@FriendsTravel.com

THE NATURAL & CULTURAL BEAUTY
OF COLORFUL COLOMBIA

As the world looks forward to traveling internationally once more, we are already starting to see some borders reopening, such as Colombia. We are perfectly positioned for you and your fellow travelers to take advantage of excellent airfare in 2021, including upgrades to Premium Economy and Business Class, while also providing flexible booking terms such as the ability to ticket contract tour airfare prior to full payment. For 2021-22 and beyond, #FriendsTravel is our clients one-stop-shop and we are prepared to offer a full-range of support for you no matter where the destination. With years of experience, since 1985, #FriendsTravel offers both transparency and flexibility for every booking with our updated client-friendly terms & conditions and a robust Travel Protection Plan. Spark some inspiration with your Friends and Family by sharing some of our Recommended Vacation Packages with them and book by the end of 2020-21-22 to take advantage of affordable airfare and unbeatable deals!

2021-22 COLOMBIA-BEST OF COLOMBIA

From the big-city buzz of #Bogotá to the bucolic mountain landscapes of the Coffee Triangle and to the #Caribbean flair of colorful #Cartagena – #Colombia is teeming with biodiversity, culture, and history. This trip highlights the natural and cultural beauty of Colombia allowing travelers to fully experience the vibrancy of everyday life in Bogotá with tours of the city’s streets and of the city’s cuisine before seeing Colombia’s capital from above at the peak of Monserrate. Travel to the city of Pereira within the country’s famous Coffee Triangle to learn about the colonial legacy of coffee in this environment. Visit coffee plantations that blanket the foothills before a trek in the #Andes Mountains that lay above. Cap off the trip in #Cartagena, with its postcard-perfect colonial center, to learn how to prepare locally-sourced ceviche and mojitos Colombia-style! Full of art, culture, and passion Colombia should be next on your bucket list!

Air-inclusive price is based on 2021-22 departures in a selected class of service. #DiscountAirfares First, Business, and Coach. Package price is per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Additional departure cities across the USA and dates may be available at a different cost. Airfare includes fuel surcharges and September 11th security fee, but does not include possible international arrival, departure, and other foreign government imposed fees. For current prices please contact #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069. Additional restrictions may apply and price may change at any time and without prior notice. Baggage restrictions: first checked bag is free. For additional information on baggage requirements and prohibited items, please refer to the airline directly.

CASA LEGADO
One of the few boutique luxury hotels in Bogotá, every room in this hotel is unique and individually decorated. In addition, there are communal rooms designed to feel more like a home than a hotel. Located in the upscale Quinta Camacho neighborhood, this hotel is ideal for visitors who want to experience Bogotá like a local.


HACIENDA SAZAGUA
This boutique hotel is an experience unto itself! 15 minutes outside of Pereira, the hotel is surrounded by private gardens which are home to a variety of tropical birds. Each room is decorated eclectically, making prominent use of local timber as an accent, and featuring contemporary art as the finishing touch.

HOTEL QUADRIFOLIO
This luxurious hotel is located in a refurbished 17th-century colonial residence in the middle of Cartagena’s colonial center. Experience the history of Cartagena within its 8 deluxe suites just by simply admiring the architecture and design, while enjoying scenic views of the city from the hotel’s rooftop Jacuzzi.

Of course, as travel situations can change frequently, some bookings may be impacted by government policies in the future, in which case we can either issue a Future Travel Credit for you, or change the dates of service, or a different destination.

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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021-22

As our favorite destinations worldwide begin to open up to international travelers once more, stay tuned with Avanti as we will continue to provide up-to-date information for all our destinations as well as offer special promotions and deals you won’t find anywhere else.

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View on sweet market by Portal de Los Dulces in Cartagena – Colombia

October 22, 2020

Land a Big One in Guyana JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Amazing Adventures,Exotic Birds,Fishing,Guyana,Rainforest,South America,Wildlife — southamericawithfriendstravel @ 6:58 pm

In one of the country’s indigenous languages, “Guyana” translates to “land of many waters.” And where there is water, there are fish. Serious #freshwater #anglers have long been aware of the tremendous opportunities for #fishing #adventures in Guyana. #Arrowana, #piranha and #peacockbass populate the rivers, as does the world’s largest scaled freshwater fish, the #arapaima, primarily done through catch and release fly fishing. Of course, the fish themselves are just part of the attraction. Rivers run through #pristine #rainforests, #brimming with #wildlife and #exotic #birds. #Indigenous communities welcome anglers and provide #warm #hospitality and #experienced, English-speaking guides. I invite you to discover the tremendous opportunities Guyana can provide fishing-focused travelers.
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October 21, 2020

#Colombia #SouthAmerica JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Baru Island,Cartagena,Colombia,South America — southamericawithfriendstravel @ 6:27 pm

Luxury Package:

Coffee Zone, Cartagena and Baru Island
8-Days/7-Nights
Valid through Dec 20, 2020
From $2,154 per person sharing

Pacakge Includes:
In the Coffee Zone:
Three nights accommodation at Hacienda Bambusa
Gourmet breakfast and dinner daily at the Hacienda
Private Cacao Walking Tour at the Hacienda
Private tour of a Coffee Plantation including Coffee Tasting
Private full-day tour of Salento Town and the Cocora Valley, including lunch
Private arrival and departure transfers
All Taxes


In Cartagena:
Two nights accommodation at Casa San Agustin, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World
Daily breakfast at the hotel
Private Walking Tour of Cartagena Walled City
Private arrival and departure transfers
All Taxes

In Baru Island:
Two nights accommodation at Las Islas, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World
Daily breakfast at the hotel
Shared transfers by boat from/to Cartagena
All Taxes

Important!

Visitors wishing to enter Colombia must comply with these requirements:

Covid-19 test (PCR) with less than 92 hours before departure of the flight
Download and register on the app “CoronApp-Colombia.”
Fill in an on-line migration form.


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October 9, 2020

Private Amazon River cruise Friends and Family JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Brazil,Ecuador,Peru,South America — southamericawithfriendstravel @ 9:51 pm

The boom in river cruising is well documented, seeing an average annual passenger increase of ten percent year on year since 2009, but their appeal versus ocean-going cruises perhaps a little less.

As demand for mass package tourism on well-trodden paths diminishes in the wake of the pandemic, travelers are beginning to see the appeal of private escapes to one of the most remarkable and remote destinations on the planet – the Amazon Rainforest.

The boom in river cruising is well documented, seeing an average annual passenger increase of ten percent year on year since 2009, but their appeal versus ocean-going cruises perhaps a little less.

Certainly the thought of having an entire cruise liner for just you and your family or friends won’t have crossed your mind (unless you were writing a movie script), but what if you were to take that concept to a smaller scale? Shrink the ocean to a river and swap a liner for a boutique floating hotel? What was once fiction now becomes a tangible addition to your vacation bucket list.

Charter benefits
Charter cruises offer families and groups of friends the privacy of an entire boat, the undivided attention of a dedicated crew, and greater flexibility in terms of travel dates and itinerary customization. There are also the added benefits of significant cost savings, and – what some may consider to be priceless – you eliminate the risk of noisy and obnoxious fellow guests who you don’t see eye to eye with and aren’t forced to eat with or socialize with them.

Now the question becomes more not if, but where you should take your private cruise, and your options will narrow as you consider if you want luxury suites, gourmet cuisine, the chance to spot wildlife and seek adventure, embrace culture or just escape from the modern world. Many travelers may be searching for some or all of these things, and the ability to check not just one but all of these requirements is in no small part a contributory factor for the Amazon River’s gaining popularity as a cruise expedition destination.

Size matters
An average ocean liner has a passenger capacity of around 3,000 guests, in comparison to 150 guests for the bigger European river cruise ships, and just 26 passengers on average on the Amazon. With fewer guests the crew-to-passenger ratio can often broach 1:1, meaning better customer service for travelers and smaller groups per guide for more enriching and enjoyable excursions. For a private charter of an Amazon cruise, it is not unheard of for the crew on board to even outnumber the guests.

Due to their size, cruise liners typically have to limit themselves to existing ports and visiting attractions might involve a lengthy journey from the port to a destination. In contrast, expedition river cruises by their very nature mean you are already in situ. Most vessels have dedicated observation decks and their cabins often feature private balconies and panoramic windows to afford travelers great views of the destination from the comfort of their beds.

Smaller river vessels have the benefit of being able to dock right in the heart of villages, allowing guests remarkable insights into the way of life of indigenous communities in the Amazon and seamless exploration of the region. If a ship is too large to navigate certain tributaries, you can always utilize smaller boats called skiffs with shallow drafts designed to access the most remote sections of the rainforest to observe wildlife and explore wild terrain.

Unrivaled biodiversity
Home to 30 percent of the world’s species, the Amazon is a natural habitat for more plants and animals than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet, its biodiversity perhaps matched only by the richness of the cultural heritage of the indigenous groups who reside there.

Because river cruises have fewer passengers and are more regionally focused, vessels are more easily able to procure fresh, local produce and tailor their menus to be more regionally inspired than on large-ship cruises. The Amazon is no exception, the proverbial pantry of Mother Nature providing a wealth of exotic fruits and ingredients found nowhere else on earth. Many of the more luxurious Amazon River cruises have curated menus courtesy of celebrity consulting chefs, many of whom own some of the top-rated restaurants in South America.

River travel is the main mode of transport in the #Amazon #Rainforest and provides the best means by which to explore it. The #Peruvian #Amazon is considered the most easily accessible and has the largest selection of small luxury riverboats most suitable for private charter.

One such vessel is the Delfin I, the only Relais & Chateaux vessel sailing the Amazon River. With just 4 cabins, this intimate, luxury riverboat gives you the chance to explore Peru’s remote Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in the country’s Loreto province in a remarkable standard of accommodation.

Amazonian logistics
Amazon River cruises are available in #Peru, #Ecuador and #Brazil , and all three countries have now reopened their borders to international tourism without quarantine restrictions, subject to varying entry requirements and biosafety protocols.

The pandemic looks set to put greater emphasis on travel consultants , and when considering vacations in such remote and exotic locations it is recommended you discuss your travel arrangements with destination experts such as Rainforest Cruises who specialize in expedition cruises in the Amazon region to provide impartial advice on the country, vessel and itinerary that best suits your budgets and needs, and to keep you abridged of the latest health regulations and plan your trip in the safest way possible. Reservations: JESS@FriendsTravel.com
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June 26, 2020

#Ecuador #GalápagosIslandsCruise #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Galápagos Islands Cruise

Tourists sitting in Zodiac boat are taking pictures of Darwin Arch in Galapagos Islands.

One of the best places to go for animal encounters, #Ecuador’s #Galápagos Islands — visited by Charles Darwin in 1835, which inspired his theory of evolution — are home to some of the most unique species in the world. So how do you organize a cruise to see sea lions, blue footed boobies, flamingos, penguins, and giant tortoises?

Tasked with protecting one of the planet’s last remaining pristine wildlife refuges, #Galápagos National Park keeps visitors off most of the islands, only allowing excursions to the likes of #Isabela, #SantaCruz, and #SanCristobal. However, with around 220,000 visitors per year, Galápagos National Park now also limits tourism numbers and the types of tourist boats that are allowed to operate in the area to avoid overcrowding. So be flexible with dates when booking, and know that most visitors come in July and August. Allow #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 to assist with your choices!

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What’s the fuss about? And when is the next #Solar #Eclipse? During the few minutes of totality the world goes cold and dark only for those under the moon’s narrow (about 70 miles wide) and fast-moving shadow. Most incredibly you’ll see the sun’s #corona — its whispy, white, achingly beautiful outer atmosphere. You’ll get the shivers. You may even sob.

The #phenomenon next happens in #Chile and #Argentina on #December14, 2020, then again in #Antarctica (just close to #SouthShetland) on #December4, 2021. After that it’s the whale shark-watching paradise of #Exmouth #Peninsula and #Ningaloo reef off #Western #Australia’s #Coral #Coast on #April20, 2023 before, once again, North America gets it’s  turn. On #April8, 2024, a long, deep total #solar #eclipse unlike anything seen in North America for centuries will rip through #Mexico (with #Mazatlán being the prime spot), the U.S. (Texas to Maine — passing right over Niagara Falls) and Canada (Ontario to Newfoundland). Are you ready for the “Great North American Eclipse?” It’s time to choose a spot.

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Tell us: who will be traveling. Names as they read on ID | passports. Preferred Days/Dates of travel. Home Airport.

Tell us: you wants, needs, desires and expectations and realistic budget, and we will have a firm quote the same or next day.

Tell us: is this a Honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, multigenerational reunion. Ask about group rates.

Tell us: if interested in sports like Golf, Diving, Biking, Hiking, Surfing, Yoga or Spa Services.

Tell us: any special interest you may have or something specific you want to do or see.

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