Central and South America

Costa Rica

You can’t get much closer to nature than on this adventure. And you don’t even have to travel half way around the globe to explore such wonders as rain forests, smoking volcanoes, and wildlife galore.

After one night at the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel in San Jose board a private charter plane in the morning to Tortugero and reside in rustic Laguna Lodge located smack dab in the middle of a tropical rainforest. This is the perfect place to learn about endangered sea turtles. At Tortugero National Park you’ll be able to spot sea toucans, sloths, even white-headed capuchin monkeys as you travel by boat through the flora and fauna (be on the lookout for swinging monkeys!).

Your next Costa Rican sojourn takes you to Arenal Volcano and a visit to a working pineapple plantation. Your stay at Hotel Arenal Manoa in La Fortuna offers impressive views of the resident volcano. The most exciting day of the trip comes the next morning on a zip line, and in the evening a welcome soak in nearby hot springs heated by the volcano itself!

Even more adventure awaits you along the way before commencing your beach vacation at Guanacaste and the Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort: white water rafting on the Tenorio River. The next morning board a catamaran and enjoy snorkeling off secluded beaches. Your high-spirited Costa Rican farewell consists of a lesson in mojito making and a final dinner with live regional music.

Peru & Machu Picchu

After a night at the Westin Lima Hotel, fly to captivating Cusco, once the capital of the Incan Empire, high in the Andes Mountains. Proceed to the Sacred Valley and your hotel, the Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa. Watch master weavers demonstrate the art of traditional Peruvian textiles and partake in a welcome Andean feast accompanied by dances and stories of the Incas. The next few days brings an exciting raft trip down the Urubamba River as well as visits to the salt pan terraces of Maras, where salt has been mined for over 500 years, and the ruins of Ollantaytambo with its extensive terracing and irrigation systems.

Then off on a train trip to Machu Picchu, one of the most magnificent structures in the world, where you’ll lunch at Sanctuary Lodge located right next to the site. On your way to Cusco the next morning shop a Pisac market for local crafts, then view llamas, alpacas, and the rare vicuna at the Awana Kancha Camelida Center. Explore Cusco’s carved Incan walls and Spanish colonial buildings on foot before arriving at your hotel, the luxurious Libertador Palacio Del Inka Hotel Cusco, just blocks from the main plaza.

The following day, visit the remarkable fortress of Sacsayhauman where 200-ton stones were moved miles without modern machinery, then explore Cusco on your own in the afternoon. Your adventure ends back in Lima and a farewell lunch at a 16th-century colonial mansion before boarding your plane for home.

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