Betty Worthy Strahan, a luxury travel advisor for Sterling Brownell and husband, Bob, spent the month of February traveling in South America. Here is a quick look at all of their adventures and fabulous photos!
My husband and I just returned from a fabulous trip to South America
! Here is a quick rundown of all the wonderful experiences we had:
We started in Buenos Aires and had incredible experiences in Argentina. Here is a beautiful pic from Buenos Aires:
A private tour of the Evita Museum in Buenos Aires and a visit to the Caminito (La Boca’s artists district and marketplace), dinner at La Cabana (famous Orient Express steak house in BA), an evening at a tango show, and an awesome visit to both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguazu Falls, were among our favorite experiences in Argentina.
Here is a picture of the falls:
We boarded the Oceania Insignia from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and sailed 1657 nautical miles, with port calls in Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay, Rio Grande, Santos (Sao Paulo), Parati, Ilha Grande, Buzios, and finally Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Shore excursions included visits to coffee museums, art museums, wineries, historical cathedrals and ancient chapels, fishing villages, beaches and rides aboard a steam train.
Beautiful weather in Rio de Janeiro allowed a narrow gauge train ride to the top of the Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) Mountain with awesome views of the city. Another beautiful day allowed a cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf and a spectacular view of Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches.
You can see the beautiful view of Sugar Loaf mountain below:
Staying in Orient Express Hotel’s Copacabana Palace allowed a short walk across the street for a visit to the famous beach!
To complete the visit to Rio, an evening at the Samba and folkloric show were a must – just prior to beginning of Carnival in Rio!!!
After Rio, clients traveling with us on this portion of the trip flew back home, and new clients met us in Lima, Peru, to begin the fabulous trip to Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu with A&K. Staying in all Orient Express Hotel properties (Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, Hotel Monasterio Del Cuzco in Cuzco, The Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu) for the entire trip added to the experience—all are fabulous. Visiting “The Labyrinth” (an Inca shrine dedicated to the Earth Mother, and the small fortress of Puka Pukara) in Cuzco, visiting the Sacred Valley, the Urubanba Valley, a visit to Hacienda Huayo Ccari for a special private lunch, a visit to Awanakancha (vicunas, guanacos, llamas, alpacas are bred and fabulous alpaca and llama handwoven pieces created here) were among the highlights in Cuzco.
Here we are halfway up Machu Picchu:
A fabulous ride aboard the Hiram Bingham train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu was just the beginning of the very special experiences which lay ahead – a private guided visit to this archeological wonder built by the ancient civilization of Incas – was both unbelievable and inspiring. Below is a “magic” fountain built by the Incas:
Our group in front of the Hiram Bingham:
After this excursion, we headed back to Cuzco aboard the Hiram Bingham with a gourmet evening meal and another night at Hotel Monasterio. The next morning we took a flight back to Lima, and enjoyed the very special treat of a private visit to a local Hacienda, where we had lunch and an exhibition of Peruvian Paso Fino horses, before boarding our late-night (early morning) flight back to Atlanta. A VERY SPECIAL TRIP!