VIK CHILE – A Wine Destination in Itself!

If you love wine, art, nature and incredibly great food, VIK Retreats are one of a kind and a destination within themselves! Vik Chile is located just over two hours outside of Santiago in the Millahue area of the Chilean Central Valley. Besides being a wonderful place to start or finish an itinerary in Chile, …

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Mas Vino: An Argentine Wine Extravaganza

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape. Nowhere else in the world does malbec rise to such heights of quality and richness as it does here. Our fun-loving group of wine enthusiasts based ourselves at the Cavas Wine Lodge in the Lujan de Cuyo wine region of Mendoza, where the majority of the country's top wines are …

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ATACAMA – Adventure to the Highest & Driest Desert in the World

The San Pedro de Atacama oasis, in the middle of the driest desert in the world, has an altitudinal peculiarity: it is situated at 8,200 feet above sea level, making the Atacama not only the driest, but also the highest desert on earth. For this reason, the year-round climate is pleasant and the transparency of light is …

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PERU: An Epic Family Adventure

My husband and I hiked the Inca trail over a decade ago, and throughout that experience I dreamed of not IF, but WHEN we would return with our children! I challenge you to float to the end of these images - each experience tops the last! Let me know when I can help craft your …

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Cartagena de Indias: A magical girl’s trip!

I traveled to Colombia last year for the first time and was blown away by the whole country - the people, the topography, the food, the climate and the nature. And when I got to Cartagena, I knew I would return many times again for its year-round 80 degree weather, Spanish colonial vibe, spectacular shopping, …

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Colombia, oh what a delightful surprise!

Colombia has been on my mind for years simply because I have so many Colombian friends, and every time I meet a Colombian my impression is always so positive. In general, the Colombian disposition is highly upbeat, personable, and always fun. What I like to call “good people!" With decades of drug cartel violence and …

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Patagonia – The End of the World (Chile)

I know instantly when a place has changed me: I feel an unexplained tinge of melancholy at the end of a journey.  As I rode along the aptly named “Ruta del Fin del Mundo” (The Route to the End of the World) for the 5 hour drive back to the closest commercial airport in Punta …

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Buenos Aires and Uruguay

Dear Friends, Is it not amazing how our list of “must-see” places seems to expand proportionately each day? We keep trying to get just one more spectacular adventure in before the year end, before the month-end, before the weekend! I personally find that I am enjoying more places, maybe seeing them a bit quicker than …

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Uruguay, Jose Ignacio – Gauchos, Beaches, Food, Wine, Art, and Raw Beauty

This is one where you are just going to have to trust me and I promise you will be rewarded handsomely. If you have 7 days to spend and are open on your destination, you must consider Uruguay! Here is my take: For East Coast Americans an overnight flight to the Uruguayan Capital Montevideo hardly …

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The Galapagos with International Expeditions Aboard the 34-passenger Evolution

The Galapagos with International Expeditions Aboard the 34-passenger Evolution The Evolution is perhaps one of the nicest boats in the Galapagos. It is a pretty ship with character, intimate, yet with very large state-rooms for expedition-standards with port-holes that open, spacious bathrooms with storage, and some rooms large enough for a third person. The crew …

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