Other adventures we can share with you
When not working we travel fairly extensively ourselves, and often to some amazingly remote locales. These are destinations we love, but where it's just doesn't make sense for us to create a custom program - why try and do that if you've already found an amazing expedition that can't be beat?! And besides, a reasonably large vessel is called for. Following are a few of our favorite adventures that we can help organize, with Tour Operators we know and trust to provide an incredible experience - that once-in-a-lifetime experience you have your heart set on.
If you have already experienced the Galápagos Islands you will be surprised at both the similarities, and differences. The wildlife is generally as approachable as you experienced in the Galápagos, although with colonies typically far larger. Another difference is the relative freedom afforded in Antarctica; rather than staying with your guide you are more likely to be able to explore an area more at your own pace, within boundaries set by the expedition team, lingering where you wish. The photographic oppourtunites are unmatched and the wildlife unreal!
Peru is home not only Machu Picchu - one of the "New" 7 Wonders of the World - but also myriad other Inca sites plus grand Spanish Colonial architecture. Peru is small enough to be easily explored, yet large enough to be remarkably diverse, all with fascinating history. Custom designed programs are available year round in three lengths - perfect as a stand alone holiday or as an add-on to Galapagos or Chile.
The more we learned about Antarctica from reading and experiencing first hand, the more we began comparing it to the Arctic - the other Polar frontier. It is a vast area, much like Antarctica. And it has bested many efforts to reach the furthest north - the Pole itself. But unlike Antarctica, which is always the dominant force, strong and aloof, you do "connect" to the Arctic. No doubt, the connection is a bit different for each of us, but the mind definitely opens up and touches this place. With expansive reaches of pack ice, an imposing obstacle to virtually everything in its path, I felt like an explorer at the ultimate end of the known civilized world.
And on the edges of this ice, one finds the King of the Arctic - the Ice (Polar) Bear. You never stop looking for them, and the more you learn, the more fascinating they become. Not far from the Ice Bear, but far enough to hopefully stay out of its reach, are the seals (4 species) that live and breed in the Polar environment. As do reindeer, Arctic fox, and herds of walrus, hauled out all over each other.
Papua New Guinea + Solomon Islands
Experience the wonders and mysteries of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu - Melanesia - by small expedition ship. Step back in time as you visit islands that maybe see a ship once a year. Cultures, birds, snorkeling - the region amazes! We first traveled here in 2004 and have returned several times more recently.
Comprised of some 18,000 islands, Indonesia is a land steeped in history and rich in culture and tradition. Join us and discover a true paradise where untouched dense jungles - home to some of the rarest flora and fauna on the planet - meet crystalline tropical waters teaming with exotic marine life and some of the world’s best coral reefs. Swim with the Whale Sharks in Kwatisore Bay and explore the turquoise waters and rainbow corals of Raja Ampat. Traverse powdery white sand beaches and untamed jungles, home to Red, Wilsons and Lesser Bird-of-paradise. See World War II relics and visit lost tribes on this voyage from Sorong, Indonesia to Madang, Papua New Guinea.