TOP 10 trips to take this year
If you’ve watched our video series (see below), you may be able to relate to our three protagonists, pictured above. If you, too, are ready to live out your own “How it started/How it’s going” fantasy, we’ve compiled our top 10 destinations we recommend this year.
Read on for an inspiring list of our favorite custom, private expeditions – and contact us when you’ve found your dream destination, so we can make this year’s vacation a reality!
1. Machu Picchu
Peru’s New World Wonder. The Lost Citadel of the Incas. Believe us when we tell you that photos of this stunning site truly don’t do it justice. Whether you prefer to arrive via a comfortable train ride or by the steam of your own two feet, your visit to Machu Picchu is sure to leave you speechless. If you’re itching to get outdoors and explore lesser-known trails in the Machu Picchu region, we recommend our Great Inca Trail Day Hikes to Machu Picchu itinerary, where you’ll hike during the days supported by a full trekking team, and relax each evening in luxurious hotels.
This archipelago is nicknamed the “enchanted isles” for good reason – from idyllic waters and pristine beaches to unreal wildlife encounters with giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, your visit to the Galapagos will forever be etched into your memory. You may wish to kick back and relax on an all-inclusive cruise through the islands or explore the region using a comfortable hotel as your home base – the choice is yours. The pleasure of making it happen is all ours.
Escape from the daily grind and get lost in a world of granite peaks, calving glaciers, horseback rides led by gauchos, and hearty meals accompanied by exquisite regional wines. Patagonia’s jaw-dropping landscapes are a veritable playground for adventure enthusiasts, and for those hoping for more emphasis on R&R, almost every lodge we work with boasts spectacular cuisine and an on-site spa for the ultimate relaxation getaway.
If you’re in need of a digital detox, we can’t think of a better way to unwind than by disconnecting on a luxury cruise floating down the Amazon River near Iquitos, Peru. Wake up with panga rides through flooded forests, marvel at curious primates, colorful birds, and playful pink river dolphins, and relish colorful Amazonian sunsets from the comforts of your luxury air-conditioned cabin. The jungle is calling!
Cross another World Wonder off your list with a few days exploring Rio de Janeiro’s cultural highlights, including a stop at the Christ the Redeemer statue, before journeying to the otherworldly white sand landscapes of the Lençois Maranhenses National Park. Take advantage of the chance to dance Samba in Rio before getting lost – and then finding yourself – among pristine dunes on Brazil’s coast.
We can’t stress this enough: the time has never been better to finally book that safari you’ve always dreamed of. Going in search of the Big Five on a thrilling wildlife safari in South Africa, and spending time on a working organic farm in Cape Town’s acclaimed Winelands sounds pretty good right about now, doesn’t it? We think so, too.
If you’re ready to get away from it all – and we mean away from it ALL – there’s no better destination than Antarctica. You’d be surprised how comfortable a voyage to the Seventh Continent can be, and remember that an entire new world of penguins, glaciers, fjords, and more are waiting for you on an Antarctica cruise. For an added bonus, why not spend a few days in Chile or Argentina on either end of your cruise, soaking up capital city life?
You’ve never experienced luxury like this before. Our Costa Rica expedition combines enviable adventures, like rainforest canopy walks and hikes on active volcanoes, with the utmost in personal luxury experiences. Thrill with a rush of adrenaline before tuning the world out during the best massage of your life. Sound good? Let’s go.
Is there anything more enjoyable than hopping from one award-winning winery to another, sampling local varietals, finding your favorite, then finding a new favorite, all while having a private driver chauffeur you safely from one place to the next? Make your wine-tasting dreams a reality and let us whisk you from Santiago to Mendoza to Buenos Aires on the 12-day adventure you so deserve.
Central America’s hidden gem is a convenient flight from most places in North America and an entire world away from the bustle of daily life. Lose yourself among tropical islands, misty coffee-growing highlands, and charming neighborhoods (oh, and that most famous of canals!), and let us handle all the logistics. You can thank us later.
Now is the perfect time to finally commit to that epic trip you’ve been daydreaming about the last few years. Let us take care of the details for you!