October 1, 2015

#Ecuador #Amazon #Galapagos #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa JESS Kalinowsky

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August 22, 2015

Safari in South America! JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel West Hollywood Ca. 90069

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A Safari in South America! JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel West Hollywood Ca. 90069

A Safari in South America?

It was a “Mola mola” or Ocean Sunfish, one of the largest fish on earth, roughly 3 meters (10 feet) long, and it was being hunted by the wolves of the sea – Orca, the killer whales. My family and I were in zodiac boats (pangas), exploring the shoreline of one of the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador, photographing penguins along the rocky shore, sea turtles, and rays. Our naturalist guide was explaining the creation of the islands, Charles Darwin, rock formations, and the wildlife, when someone noticed the huge fish in distress nearby, as the black and white whales revealed themselves to us, showing no fear.

A sunfish, one of the largest fish in the world
A sunfish, one of the largest fish in the world

The killer whales had cornered the huge sunfish in the very bay we were exploring. Our zodiac driver turned off the engine and we all sat, witness to the show of a lifetime, watching an incredible display of nature from the surface of the water. At times we could have “touched” the action. There were three Orca, one being a calf with its mother. All three blocked the sunfish between the jagged rocky shore and its escape, and the two adults evidently took turns to dive down, and rush up from beneath, stopping the sunfish from diving to freedom (and allowing the whales to constantly breathe), bashing the sunfish with their heads or violently slapping it with their tails. We floated to a position where we were now part of the sunfish blockade, willing participants, with the sunfish right alongside. The poor sunfish was done for, circling on the spot frantically, but the relentless assault didn’t stop. Water was thrown over us, as again and again the sunfish was smashed, hit, and struck. It began to roll over, clearly stunned.

A pod of Orca killer whales
A pod of Orca killer whales

An opportunity presented itself, and the largest orca cut in, with its huge dorsal fin cutting the surface, and in one surgical strike, delivering a death blow. A perfect set of sharp teeth flashed in the sun, as some red inter-mixed with the ocean’s blue, and apart from the clicks of cameras, all was silent. Our group looked down upon the injured sunfish alongside our panga. It stopped moving, and slowly started to sink. The whales would finish it off underwater, and as our panga moved on, two tails appeared in the air, seeming to wave goodbye.

Looking around our boat, we were all beaming. We had just seen something extraordinary, and our hearts and minds were racing! Having been lucky enough to have seen this, as well as a kill on an African safari when in Botswana, it struck me that a Galapagos cruise is on par with the magic and excitement of an African safari. The African safari has long held a high position on any intrepid travellers’ dreams, but it is high time the Galapagos Islands claims its rightful place, in the upper echelons of the Globetrotter’s bucket list. Could anyone disagree?

Get close to wildlife which are unafraid of humans on land. Learn fascinating natural history, as well as historical, for it was here Charles Darwin finally understood what would become his Theory of Evolution. Swim amongst friendly sea lions, and marvel at smiling marine iguanas and tiny little penguins. See impressive sea birds display their incredible mating rituals, or dive off high cliffs into the water. The Galapagos Islands are one of earth’s great places, and through careful conservancy, they’ve been preserved for future generations.

A Galapagos cruise offers the perfect vacation for those seeking romance, families, teenagers, and just about anyone. It’s active, educational, and truly a photographer’s paradise. The food is fantastic, and the climate not too hot, although you’ll be sure to get a suntan. You’ll even come home smarter, thanks to the fascinating lectures onboard, and have a deeper appreciation for all wildlife.

Friends Travel West Hollywood Ca.  promotes several ships, of varying size, price, and atmosphere, as well as land-based touring. There are 4-, 5-, and 8-day cruises (some even longer), and the islands are good to visit all year round. Its major international gateway is one of the best colonial cities in the world, Quito, which also deserves a mention. Surrounded by mountains, the city features a distinct indigenous culture, and great food – don’t miss it!

3-Day Quito Stopover

The city of Quito
The city of Quito

When considering your next 1-2 week travel adventure, start from the top of your bucket list and come to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador!

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June 20, 2015

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A perfect add-on to Galapagos! Year Round from $115 per night Located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes, Sacha Ji is a 100% sustainable, luxury wellness sanctuary. Sacha Ji’s unique combination of scenic magnificence, personalized service, beautiful accommodations, delicious, fresh and healthy Ecuadorian gastronomy, along with an array of wellness, natural and cultural activities and experiences allow for much more than your usual tour or even special vacation. We are located 97.6 km. north of Quito, and minutes away from Otavalo, known for its famous indigenous textile and craft markets, musicians and colorful festivals We offer a Pre-Galapagos Photography Courses in the Andean Highlands (2D/1N & 3D/2N)

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June 17, 2014

#GalapagosIslandsCruises and Tours Friends Travel 24|7|365

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Galapagos Islands Cruises and Tours

There may be no nature destination on the planet as unique as the Galapagos Islands, where animals found nowhere else on earth show no fear at close range. Our Galapagos cruises and tours immerse you in this wondrous world, more intimately and with more insight into what you are seeing, than any other Galapagos trip out there. Our groups are the smallest. Our superb guides are the most highly trained in the field. On our privately chartered deluxe yachts or our exclusive land-based adventures, we experience what others miss while enjoying exceptional personal attention.

April 18, 2013

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June 28, 2012

#FriendsTravel #PeruVacations JESS Kalinowsky

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Peru is located in South America and is one of the most attractive ancient cultures in the world. Peru is a country with great riches; this is one of the reasons that tourists are amazed when they arrive in Peru as they admired the wonderful secrets of the Peruvian history. Peru’s boundaries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Chile to the south, Brazil and Bolivia to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Peru is the third largest country in South America with 1,285,216 square kilometers or 498,222 square miles. It is divided into an arid coastal strip reaching from the North to the south of the country, the Andes with their snow-capped peaks and fertile valleys, and the tropical rain forests of the Amazon basin in the East.

26 million in Peru, with around 8 million in and surrounding the capital, Lima. 50% of the population is Indian, 35% Mestizo, 15% Caucasian, Negroid and Oriental.

The encounter between the Inca culture and Hispanic culture got underway as a result of the Spanish conquest in the early sixteenth century. In 1532, the troops of Francisco Pizarro captured Inca ruler Atahualpa in the northern highland city of Cajamarca.

The Inca empire (1200 – 1500 BC) was possibly the most organized civilization in South America. Their economic system, distribution of wealth, artistic manifestations and architecture impressed the first of the Spanish chroniclers.

The Incas worshipped the earth goddess Pachamama and the sun god, the Inti. The Inca sovereign, lord of the Tahuantinsuyo, the Inca empire, was held to be sacred and to be the descendant of the sun god. Thus, the legend of the origin of the Incas tells how the sun god sent his children Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo (and in another version the four Ayar brothers and their wives) to found Cuzco, the sacred city and capital of the Inca empire.

Perú is a magical spot of ancient cultures and a rich colonial tradition which involves one of the richest biodiversities of Earth, and is a melting pot of different cultures that together are forging the promise of a better future.


Peru is divided into three regions.  The Coast Which features deserts, beautiful beaches and fertile valleys…The Peruvian coastline is formed by a long snaking desert hemmed in between the sea and the mountains. The Andes to the east and the cold Humboldt sea current that runs along the coast are what make this area so arid. From the Sechura desert to the Nazca plains and the Atacama Desert.  Humidity in these areas produces a sensation of cold, although temperatures rarely dip below 12°C. During the summer, meanwhile, the sun beats down and temperatures often top 30°C. The central and southern sections of the coast feature two well-defined seasons: winter from April to October, and summer from November to March. The north coast, meanwhile, is not touched by the effects of the cold current, which means it enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and warm temperatures all year-long (as much as 35°C in the summer). The rain season runs from November to March.

The Highlands, a mountainous area dominated by the Andes, where Mount Huascaran soars to 6,768 meters.  In the Peruvian highlands, there are two well-defined seasons: the dry season (from April to October), marked by sunny days, cold nights and the lack of rain (the ideal time for visiting); and the rainy season (November to March), when there are frequent rain showers (generally more than 1000 mm). A characteristic of the mountain region is the drop in temperature during the day: temperatures commonly range around 24°C at midday before plunging to -3°C at night.

The Jungle, a vast region of tropical vegetation in the Amazon River Basin, home to Peru’s largest natural reserves.  The vast Peruvian jungle, which surrounds the wide and winding Amazon river, is divided into two differentiated areas: the cloud forest, which features a subtropical, balmy climate, with heavy rain showers (around 3000 mm a year) between November and March, and sunny days from April to October; and the lowland jungle (below 700 masl), where the dry season runs from April to October and is ideal for tourism, with sunshine and high temperatures often topping 35°C.


Lightweight cotton clothing and sun and insect protection is recommended for the jungle, and plenty of layers of both warm and cool clothes for the Andes.

Money Issues:

This is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol. US$ 1.00 = S/: 3.50 approx. The U.S. Dollar is accepted in some local businesses, restaurants and gas stations at the day’s exchange rate.  It is also possible to exchange foreign currency (US$ and Euros) at hotels, banks and authorized exchange houses.

The country’s main cities have ATMs that accept different kinds of debit and credit cards. The most widely accepted credit cards are: American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard. Travelers checks have limitations, so we recommend consulting the establishment to see if they accept them or not before making purchases or ordering.

Health Care:

Peru generally maintains good health conditions. Hospitals and clinics provide adequate services, especially in Lima and the other main cities.

It is recommended that you take the proper measures to protect yourself, specially from mosquito bites, in order to prevent infection from, among other diseases, yellow fever (vaccination) and malaria (repellant and medication). Consult your doctor before traveling.

A yellow fever vaccination is required for traveling to jungle cities, and it must be administered at least 10 days before your trip. If not, it will not be effective.

To avoid altitude sickness we suggest you to ascend gradually in order to become acclimatized, rest on the first day of your arrival, eat light foods, drink plenty of water and keep lemon candies at hand. If you have heart problems consult your doctor.

 To keep from getting gastrointestinal infections, we recommend you take care when eating raw foods. Drink bottled or boiled water and do not eat food from street vendors.


As part of its rich cultural tradition, Peru features many different languages. Although Spanish is commonly spoken across the country, Quechua is a major legacy of the Inca empire, and is still spoken with regional dialects in many parts of Peru.

In addition, other languages are spoken such as Aymara (in Puno) and a startling variety of dialects in the Amazon jungle, which are divided up into 15 linguistic families and 43 different languages.

Food and Drinks:

Peruvian cuisine is delicious and diverse with jungle fruits, succulent fish and seafood, hot peppery sauces. There are traditional restaurants specializing in the famous “ceviche” -fresh fish marinated in lime juice-, or “anticuchos”, shish-kebabs of spicy marinated meat cooked over charcoal, or Chifa restaurants which provide Peru’s exotic alternative to Chinese cuisine. Or try Andean specialties such as roast guinea pig with peanut sauce, or the Pachamanca, where different meats and vegetables are roasted together in pits covered with hot stones. Peruvian beer is excellent and the wine very good, but the national drink, of course, is the “Pisco Sour”, made from grape brandy with lime juice and egg white. Also try the delicious, non-alcoholic “Chicha” made from local purple corn.


Daily flights of the national airlines connect Lima with most major cities in Peru. Bus services are also available. The railway network operates on three major trunk lines, as follows: (Please request schedules).

·       Tourist Trains Cuzco – Machu Picchu and return (3 hours one way),

·       Urubamba – Machu Picchu and return (1 ½ hours one way) or

·       Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu and return (1 hour one way). Daily services.

·       Puno – Cuzco and return, approx. 10 hours each way.

·       Lima-Huancayo and return, approx. 8 hours each way. (restricted service)


Archeological Tourism:

Ten thousand years of history are lived through 180 museums and historical places. While Peru inevitably evokes images of Machu Picchu and the Inca empire, the country is also riddled with archaeological sites which are a legacy of even more ancient times, when great civilizations bequeathed a legacy of their art, customs and rituals, their wisdom and skills.

Nature & Landscapes:

Peru, in a bid to conserve its natural surroundings, flora and fauna, has designed a series of mechanisms aimed at conserving the country’s biological diversity.

Peru features a total of 60 natural areas or conservation units, covering approximately 14.80% of the country’s territory. These areas are in turn split up into a variety of categories governing their use: parks, reserves and national sanctuaries, historic sanctuaries, reserved zones, game preserves, protected forests and communal reserves.

The beauty of Peru’s rivers stems from the canyons which their waters have carved out over centuries, the plant life which grows alongside and the varieties of fauna found in their waters. All this makes them ideal spots for swimming, resting and adventure sports such as rafting.

The inter-Andean lakes are usually of tectonic or glacial origins. One superb tectonic lake is that of Lake Titicaca, which thousands of years ago formed a vast inland sea together with the lakes of Arapa and Yapupampa.  Peru, after all, has been blessed with hot springs and mineral baths which are visited with fervor by the local population for its medicinal properties. The most famous of Peru’s hot springs are the Inca Baths in Cajamarca, in the northern Andes, where temperatures can reach 74°C.

Peru’s astounding variety of climates and eco-systems ranks the country amongst the world’s top eight nations in terms of biodiversity, where one can find 84 of the 104 life zones existing around the planet. The country is home to more than 400 species of mammals, 300 reptiles, 1,700 birds and more than 50,000 plants registered to date.  Species such as the condor, serpent and puma were worshipped by the ancient highlanders, who crafted their images into pottery and monuments during the rise of early civilizations, in homage to their beauty and power.

According to Clements & Shany (“A Guide to the Birds of Peru”, 2001), Peru supports the highest number of birds of any country, with more than 1,800 species.  The area around Iquitos, in the lowland tropics of north-east Peru is especially rich in plants and animals, including birds.

Adventure & Sports:

Adventure-lovers will find the Andes to be ideal for trekking, camping and mountain-climbing. The highlands are riddled with more than 15,000 lakes, snow-capped peaks soaring over 6,000 meters, the world’s deepest canyons, bucolic valleys and picturesque villages. The entire Andean chain offers unparalleled opportunities for whitewater rafting, superb trails for mountain biking and gusting winds for fans of hang-gliding and parapente.

The beaches of Paracas (south of Lima) and along the north coast are ideal for sports such as surfing, windsurfing, sandboard, fishing and scuba diving. There is also good fishing to be had in the Amazon jungle, where birdwatchers will also have a field day. Whether basking in the noonday sun or watching the star-studded night skies, Peru are the ideal place to enjoy a unique and unforgettable stay.

Culture & Traditions:

Peru boasts one of the largest varieties of arts and crafts on Earth. The diversity, color, creativity and multiple functions of Peru’s folk art has made it a fundamental activity not just for Peru’s cultural identity, but also as a way of life for thousands of families and even entire communities.

Religious festivals occur alongside pagan celebrations dating back to ancestral myths in native communities in the jungle, as well as dozens of festivals created over the following centuries, blended with the magical beliefs of ancient forms of worship.Peru’s festivals form a radiant rainbow, whose colors blend with sounds, textures and a vigorous theatrical concept aimed at reinventing history and producing a celebratory synthesis of Man and the Earth goddess, the Pachamama.  In Peru’s rural areas, the way people dress makes an important distinction, as a result of the blend of pre-Hispanic influences with the European clothing that the natives were forced to wear during the colonial era.

Thanks to the recent archaeological discoveries of musical instruments, experts now know that in Peru, music has been played at least as far back as 10,000 years ago.

This ancient tradition created quenas, zampoñas, pututos (trumpets made from sea conch) and a wide variety of other wind instruments crafted from a range of materials such as cane, mud, bone, horns and precious metals, as well as various percussion instruments.

Peru boasts one of the most exquisite and varied cuisines on Earth, as local chefs have succeeded in adapting a diverse variety of native ingredients while remaining open to outside influences. Peru’s cooking is an invitation to discover flavors and fragrant smells which are as authentic as they are ancient.

Experiential Tourism:

Participating in communal activities implies learning about the communal organizational system and assimilating ancestral techniques and customs, now being recovered. In Huaraz (Ancash), for example, the Llama Trek rescues the use of llamas as pack animals to cross the White Mountain Range and reach the old temple of Chavin. On the Titicaca Islands (Puno) and Cuzco’s Sacred Valley communities, visitors participate in agricultural works that still use successful Inca irrigation and farming techniques such as terracing, besides participating in textile crafts and religious expressions. In Porcón (Cajamarca) and the Austro-German colonies of Pozuzo, Oxapampa and Villa Rica (Pasco), it is also very interesting to share forestry and farm working experiences.


For entry into Peru, travelers must present valid passports that will not expire for at least thirty days after arrival, and a roundtrip/outbound ticket.  Passports should be in good condition;

Citizens from most countries in the Americas and Western Europe do not require visas to enter Peru. Bolivians, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, and Chileans may enter determined regions of the country just by presenting their national identification documents. The maximum authorized length of stay is 90 days.

To remain longer in the country or to enter for other purposes (residence, study, research, work, etc.), you must request the corresponding visa at the Peruvian consulate of your country of residence before traveling.

International Departing taxes in Peru are $30.25 per person, for traveling within the country by air $6.05

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June 9, 2011

Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Patagonia Cruises, Torres del Paine and Santiago JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Patagonia Cruises, Torres del Paine and Santiago

The Stella and the Via are the new expedition cruise ships of Patagonia Cruises in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Each of the outside cabins offers spectacular views of glaciers, forests and snow-capped mountains when we cross from Argentina to Chile, arriving at Torres del Paine National Park. Yampu travelers will also visit Buenos Aires – that lovely city on the southern shore of the Rio de la Plata – and Santiago.

After the cruise we will visit the towering granite “cuernos” or horns as they are called in Torres del Paine National Park, and which are perhaps the best-known image of Chile. Enormous glaciers mark the northern boundary of the park. This is the southern extreme of the Patagonia Ice field – the world’s largest.

We will also spend two days touring in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires and in the fascinating and modern city: Santiago. Near Santiago we may visit Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, Valle Nevado, Isla Negra and the Pablo Neruda Museum or the wineries Cousińo Macul winery and Concha y Toro.

Preferred departure date for this trip is Wednesday or Saturday, since there are two weekly departures on the Stella or the Via.

This tour includes international airfare from Miami (US), on non-holiday dates. You do not need to fly via Miami; Yampu will fly you the most direct way to your city of destination. Depending on your travel dates and proximity of travel, we will quote you the most economical surcharge from your city or country of origin.

Additional information on this trip:

    • Days of Week the Trip can Start:
      Wednesday, Saturday
    • Dates this trip is NOT available for online booking (please submit a regular request):
      01 April – 01 September
    • Visited Cities:
      Buenos Aires, Torres del Paine, Santiago
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Starting Price: $5,850.00
Trip Length: 13 days
Includes international airfare from Miami (US)

February 12, 2011

Awasi San Pedro de Atacama Chile JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

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Enter the rustic-chic, eight-room Awasi, which specializes in delivering curated experiences meant for travelers looking to feel “lonely.” All excursions—from an all-day trek along the Rio Grande, to a horseback ride in Death Valley, even a soak in the Puritama hot springs—are private, and the savvy guides, from a geologist to an experienced rock climber, are well versed in the intricacies of the landscape and the animals that live within it (vicunas, flamingos, and an endless variety of smaller birds).Discounted First Class, Business Class, and Coach Airfares Worldwide!

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February 10, 2011

Iguazu Falls Brazil and Argentina JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

Iguazu Falls, Argentina And Brazil
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Iguazu Falls, Argentina And Brazil

With cascading waterfalls taller than Niagara Falls and a love story that rivals Romeo and Juliet, Iguazu Falls is the perfect place to fall in love all over again. Legend has it that Guarani tribesmen would sacrifice young virgins to appease a monstrous serpent named Boi that inhabited the river. One day a warrior named Taroba fell in love with the chosen offering, Naipi, and the two ran off together. Boi, seeing the lovers escape, lashed its mighty tail and split the river, forever separating them and creating the Iguazu Falls. Whether the story is true or not, you and your loved one can stand together and witness the glory of more than 270 falls shared by Brazil and Argentina.

There is an array of accommodations in the nearby city of Puerto Iguazu.

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I have walked the Fall’s , I have explored from a rubber raft in the River, I have flown over the Falls in a Helicopter, extensively, every square inch! and trust me when I say this, Iguazu Falls is truly one of the most amazing places on the PLANET!

I have visited every country in South America and Central America, many of them, many times.

JESS Kalinowsky, Professional Travel Consultant

February 9, 2011

Ecuador and Peru, and Chile Argentina Brazil JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

20 Days - Magical Ecuador and Peru 17 Days - Splendours of South America
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Includes: Galapagos and Machu Picchu Chile , Argentina, Brazil
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