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Spend Christmas touring the City of the Kings

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Machu Picchu Christmas tour

For Christmas you can follow the masses and head to any number of ski lodges or you can head down the less beaten track. Or more precisely, up the beaten patch, along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Explore the culture of ancient Peru while experiencing the culture of modern day Peru. Voga Travel offers several destination packages to Machu Picchu in a small escorted tour group for a rich cultural experience. For nine days experience the stunning landscapes of Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

Your tour will start by taking in the beautiful colonial architecture of Lima, known as the City of Kings. Then you’ll explore Cuzco, the gateway to Machu Picchu, the new seventh wonder of the world. Cuzco is considered the oldest inhabitated city of the Americas and was the ancient capital of the Incas. The Spanish Conquistadores built colonial mansions, cathedrals and churches in the old palaces of the Incas during the 16th century. Those ruins remain and exist as stunning reminders of what once was.

From Cuzco you’ll have the chance to explore Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Located high in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu was a religious center that today is accessed by train or along the Inca Trail, which you can trek on foot.

Your expedition will continue with a visit to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Lake Titicaca is home to the Uros Islands, a unique area where people still practice the ancient customs that very few people get a chance to see. You’ll see local people, wildlife like llamas and alpacas and, of course spectacular vistas.

Plan a Christmas trip to a destination that gives you a peek into the past. Visit the Voga Travel website for information on how to schedule your tour.

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Macaws and Monkeys at Carara National Park and Cerro Lodge, Costa Rica

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Carara National Park in Costa Rica protects a good sized chunk of threatened, lowland rain forest in the southern Pacific region of this small, biodiverse country. Famous for providing refuge for one of the last, large, healthy flocks of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica, the forests of Carara are also a great place to see monkeys, sloths, toucans, massive old growth trees, and other wonders of the rain forest.

Carara can be easily visited on flat, easy-going trails (a major boon in such a mountainous, craggy country as Costa Rica). Partly for this reason, the rain forests of Carara see their fair share of visitors, including troops of tourists whose constant chatter and occasional brazen laughter is so loud that it would frighten animals in a zoo and should terrify rain forest wildlife. Incredibly, the wildlife at Carara have apparently accepted this people noise as a fact of their jungle-based life because unlike the timidity so typical exhibited by animals from other rain forests, they don’t seem to mind and practically pose for the camera!

The brilliant red, blue and yellow colored macaws are easy enough to see as they fly overhead or feed in the canopy of the forest but can be tough to photograph within the park because they show such a penchant for perching in the tallest of trees. At nearby Cerro Lodge, however, they do daily flybys over the hotel restaurant and sometimes alight in much shorter trees for excellent photo opportunities.

Cerro Lodge is one of the better sites for photography and wildlife observation near Carara National Park because of its location on a small hill that overlooks dry forest and distant mangroves. Visitors to the lodge can relax in the outdoor restaurant with a cold drink (always necessary in this hot place) while exotic birds such as macaws and a host of parrots and parakeets fly past at eye level. The lodge (actually a series of bungalows), is also working on becoming self-sustainable and promotes conservation efforts; an on-site organic garden is used for the restaurant, solar panels are used for electricity, and dozens of trees have been planted to aid with reforestation in the vicinity.

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