Meet the Qhapaq Ñan crew: Kevin Floerke

February 28th, 2017 | by Nick Dall

A bona fide archaeologist with a special interest in Inca roads who also just happens to be a drone pilot, rock climber and videographer...Kevin was made for our Qhapaq Ñan expedition


Meet the Qhapaq Ñan crew: John Leivers

January 30th, 2017 | by Nick Dall

Veteran Australian adventurer John Leivers has spent more time walking in the Andes than most llamas. His vast knowledge and on-the-ground experience of the Qhapaq Ñan make him an irreplaceable member of the team


Five staples of Andean cuisine

November 16th, 2016 | by Nick Dall

When you combine high altitude, low rainfall and bitter winters you get hungry people. This week’s blog looks at five cornerstones of the Andean diet


Qhapaq Ñan–Second Expedition,Part 2

November 4th, 2016 | by Nicholas Stanziano

Hilarious and captivating stories from SA Expeditions Founder, Nick Stanziano, as he boldly walks 200 miles over 2 weeks thru Southern Peru with a trusted team of llamas to bring the magic of the Great Inca Road, Qhapaq Ñan, to all of us


Qhapaq Ñan–Second Expedition,Part 1

November 4th, 2016 | by Nicholas Stanziano

Journey along side Nick Stanziano as he prepares to hike 5 months along the Great Inca Road - Qhapaq Ñan - connecting Ecuador and Peru, with a team of Inca Trail experts and a pack of somewhat unruly llamas


Things to do in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos

November 2nd, 2016 | by Nick Dall

Most first-time visitors to the wildlife wonder that is the Galapagos are surprised that it's got a bona fide town, with shops and restaurants and schools. Read on to find out more about Puerto Ayora's main attractions


Lodge to lodge treks near Machu Picchu

September 16th, 2016 | by Nick Dall

Dilemma: You’ve always wanted to do the Inca Trail but you also value the finer things in life. Get the best of both worlds by doing one of the luxurious lodge to lodge treks on offer near Cusco


What to do on your Guayaquil stopover

September 12th, 2016 | by Nick Dall

Many Galapagos itineraries include a stopover in Guayaquil, the so-called Pearl of the Pacific. Follow these tips to make the most out of your time in Ecuador's largest city.


Choquechaca: An Interlude to the Qhapaq Ñan

September 6th, 2016 | by Nicholas Stanziano

I would have never come up with the crazy idea to hike 2,000 miles on the Qhapaq Ñan without Choquechaca. When I first arrived in Choquechaca 12 years ago a new chapter of my life began


Qhapaq Ñan – Week 2 / Semana 2

August 22nd, 2016 | by Nicholas Stanziano

Read on for a blow by blow account of the second week of our Chief Explorer's Qhapac Ñan adventure from Chavín in the highlands to Casma at the coast.


Qhapaq Ñan – Week 1 / Semana 1

August 14th, 2016 | by Nicholas Stanziano

Today we begin a series of expeditions that will keep us busy for the next 12 months. In total we will walk nearly 3,000 miles of the great Inca road system known as the Qhapaq Ñan


5 must-sees in Quito’s gorgeous Old Town

July 15th, 2016 | by Nick Dall

Quito’s Old Town is so jampacked with incredible experiences, that it can be hard to choose which ones to visit. We’ve done the legwork for you and handpicked 5 of the very best


Buenos Aires in the shoes of Evita

June 27th, 2016 | by Nick Dall

Lionel Messi, Jorge Luis Borges, Che Guevara and Diego Maradona…Argentina has produced plenty of global icons, but none more famous than Evita Peron. When you visit Buenos Aires, be sure to follow in her footsteps a little


Gallery: Hummingbird heaven in Ecuador

June 11th, 2016 | by Nick Dall

Ecuador is home to an incredible 132 species of hummingbird - more than any other country in the world - and their spectacular diversity is a reason in itself to visit the country.


A closer look at Inca rope bridges

May 31st, 2016 | by Nick Dall

The vast Inca road network relied on about 200 rope bridges to traverse the steep valleys and canyons of the Andes. Only one such bridge remains…


Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain

May 21st, 2016 | by Nick Dall

There’s no denying the 3 to 4-hour hike up Machu Picchu Mountain is tiring, But the views from the top more than make up for the exertion…


5 of the best Buenos Aires hoods

May 2nd, 2016 | by Nick Dall

Buenos Aires is an enormous city. With 14 million inhabitants, you could spend a month here and feel like you hardly know the place. Fortunately it’s divided into neighborhoods, each one distinct from the other. We've rounded up 5 of the best


Introducing Chile: Land of extremes

March 24th, 2016 | by Nick Dall

Preposterously long and thin, Chile’s absurd natural extremes make it every adventurer’s dream. What’s more, the people are charming, the culture is infectious and the wine is world class


Zika virus: All you need to know

February 10th, 2016 | by Nick Dall

The Zika virus has been dominating headlines for the past month or so and there is no doubting the challenge South America is facing. But for tourists there isn't too much to worry about. Unless, of course, you are a pregnant woman


Famous South Americans: René Favaloro

December 18th, 2015 | by Nick Dall

The Argentine surgeon who pioneered heart bypass surgery in the 1960s and 70s was also responsible for bringing world-class healthcare to Argentina’s rural poor. He was a national celebrity and his suicide in the year 2000 is still mired in controversy


The Magic of Travel

August 22nd, 2015 | by Nicholas Stanziano

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A is for Almuerzo

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    5 months ago

    SA Qhapaq Ñan

    Tune in daily for captivating updates from SA Expeditions’ Chief Explorer, Nick Stanziano, and his team as they set out on their second ambitious expedition along the Great Inca Road, Qhapaq Ñan, See more

    Our Second Expedition Begins…

    Qhapaq Ñan – Day 1

    After 14 hours of traversing treacherous Andean roads, in route from Cusco towards Ayacucho, we arrived to Vilcashuamán. Vilcashuamán was a

    Being in the Andes, we will also be supported by our team of 12 llamas which arrived by truck after two days on the highway from Northern Peru. While llamas are an iconic Andean symbol, their use and familiarity has been declining since the Spanish introduced hooved animals as the principal beast of burden. Although the llama, in its elegance and native familiarity in the high Andes, give it certain advantages on long distance travel here. We want to understand and rely again, as the Inca’s did before us, on how to use of the llama as a pack animal.

    Today though, in our efforts just to get them loaded, we were reminded we were no Incas…The circus that ensued brought more than a 100 townsfolk and gawking tourists to watch us chase llamas around the archeological park in town that is the tallest ushnu (raised ceremonial platform) in the whole Inca empire. We had gangs of young children, in an amazing display of ability skipping across the terraced Andes, pursuing llamas that were on the loose escaping their load.

    Half the town must have been in some way part of the llamas’ presence and our ragtag team of 3 Cusqueños and two gringos, as we chased them down. In the end, we found one of the llamas so ornery and with a zeal to run, that we decided to sell it for 300 soles (90 dollars) to the man who also played dressed as the Inca king to take pictures with tourists. We declined his first offer, but soon found it a convenient way to find it a home that wasn’t part of our expedition. In the end, we decided to camp another night and think about things and find some more clarity on how this is all going to work out.

    I’ll close this first post with optimism and braced for the 200 miles of adventure ahead on the great Qhapaq Ñan.

    Nick Stanziano
    Chief Explorer
    SA Expeditions

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    Qhapaq Ñan – Día 1. Comenzando la segunda expedición..

    Luego de catorce horas de atravesar dificultosos caminos andinos, desde Cusco hacia Ayacucho, llegamos a Vilcashuamán. Vilcashuamán fue el centro del Imperio Inca durante el siglo XV, siendo el punto medio geográfico del mundo Inca que iba desde el norte de Argentina hasta el sur de Colombia a lo largo de la costa occidental de América del Sur. Se dice que Vilcashuamán fue la casa de retiro de Pachacutec, el gran inca rey que muchos creen construyó Machu Picchu. Vilcashuamán toma aproximadamente cuatro semanas a pie o en llama en el gran camino del Inca, el Qhapaq Ñan, trayecto que estaremos haciendo el año que viene. Pero esta visita comienza con otra expedición a lo largo del Qhapaq Ñan por una distancia de 320 kilómetros en ruta hacia el Pacífico a un oasis en el desierto cerca de la moderna ciudad de Ica, a donde llegaremos a finales de octubre.

    Estando en los Andes, también recibimos el apoyo de nuestro equipo de doce llamas que llegaron en camión después de dos días de viaje por la carretera desde el norte de Perú. Mientras que las llamas son un símbolo icono de los Andes, su uso y la familiaridad ha ido disminuyendo desde que los españoles introdujeron otros animales principales de carga. Sin embargo, la llama, con elegancia y familiaridad nativa de los Andes, tiene ciertas ventajas en viajes de larga distancia en este terreno. Queremos entender y confiar de nuevo, como lo hicieron los incas antes que nosotros, los contextos de uso de la llama como animal de carga.

    Sin embargo, hoy en nuestro esfuerzo de alistar a las llamas, recordamos que no somos Incas… lo que a continuación pasó fue un circo que logró que más de cien ciudadanos y turistas nos observen en una persecución de llamas por el parque arqueológico de la ciudad que es el más alto ushnu (elevada plataforma ceremonial) en todo el imperio Inca. Tuvimos bandas de niños pequeños, dándonos una impresionante muestra de la capacidad de saltar al otro lado de las terrazas andinas, persiguiendo llamas que estaban a punto de escapar de su carga.

    La mitad de la ciudad fue partícipe de la organización de las llamas, junto a nuestro equipo de tres Cusqueños y dos gringos. Al final, encontramos una de las llamas tan intratables y con un afán de correr, que decidimos venderla por 300 soles (90 dólares) al hombre que estando ahí vestido como un Inca aprovechó en tomarse unas fotos con los turistas. Inicialmente rechazamos una primera oferta, pero pronto pareció una manera conveniente de encontrarle una casa a esta llama. Al final, decidimos acampar otra noche y pensar en las cosas y encontrar algo más de claridad sobre cómo todo esto va a funcionar.

    Voy a cerrar este primer post con optimismo y preparándome para los 320 kilómetros de aventura por delante en el gran Qhapaq Ñan.

    Nick Stanziano
    Jefe explorador
    SA Expeditions See more

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    Both of Alexa’s parents are from

    Yet she is not the stereotype of a first generation immigrant family in the United States, living happily ever after in Gringolandia. Migrations of people and opportunity are always in continual shift and Alexa’s intelligence and pursuit of opportunity are a continuation of her family before her. By her early twenties, she notched up time living and studying primates in the Peruvian Amazon and Southern plains of Paraguay. She had also travelled much of Western Europe, South America and Australia. She understood that learning and becoming flexible around the world was much more important to her future in the 21st century, than a simple geographical place in the world.

    This has been her path before becoming our latest and greatest Destination Expert. Her roots and experience in Latin America is a critical asset in designing experiences for her clients as she does so with a deep understanding of the destinations and cultures in which we work in.

    Cheers to Alexa! The #saexpeditionsuniverse looks forward to continuing our journey of enlightenment through travel with you. See more

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    Choquechaca: An Interlude to the Qhapaq Ñan

    Second expedition done with success in the place where the adventure to hike the Great Inca route, Qhapaq Ñan, began to take hold..

    Day 1 I would have never come up with the crazy idea to hike 2,000 miles on the Qhapaq Ñan without Choquechaca. I first arrived to Choquechaca 12 years ago

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    7 months ago

    SA Qhapaq Ñan

    First expedition done with success! 250 miles and 14 days later on the Great Inca route, Qhapaq Ñan, from the Andes to the Pacific Coast.

    Qhapaq Ñan – In Summary

    In this first expedition of the project, we made great strides in understanding the limitations and management of the llama. As well as progressing on the many technical

    A big thank you to our friends and close partners at Lima Tours in providing generous support of capital and logistical assistance. Especially, Miluska, Jose and Diego who have been critical to the project and whose influence for eventually establishing real economic value in tourism along the Qhapaq Ñan will be key.
    We had numerous people and animals along the way in which my brief daily correspondence could not pay sufficient justice to their hard work and support. A big thank you to Cordillero Blanca in Huaraz for arranging the local team of llamas, llameros and local assistance. Especially Nelson who spent the good part of two weeks adjusting to our expeditions needs. His son Rodrigo who spent a few days at a critical section descending towards the town of Tambo with his expertise on the route. Thank you to the hospitality that Cynthia and Wilson provided at the national “Tambo” in Olleros with a comfortable bed and many other details so appreciated after 10 days of trekking. To John Rick for the generous time he gave in sharing the wonders of his archeological dig in Chavín. As well as Victor Lopez in the main plaza at Casma. He is a one-man guide, driver, ambassador, and scholar of 5,000 years of Casmeño history that was very appreciated.
    To all those who came along for the adventure…Antonio, Leo, Alejandro, Edder, Ivan, Freddy, Mangus the dog and our 11 llamas. Especially to Rolando, our dedicated cook, who was the only one who loyally walked every mile of the expedition alongside myself. To John, for his constant mentorship, as well as defying what is physically possible at 65 years old.

    A big thank you to all those in the SA Expeditions Universe, who without their daily efforts around the world, none of this would be possible. Especially Alicia for her excellent translation to Spanish of my daily correspondence…And Riva, who’s is my biggest cheerleader and who’s brilliant leadership in managing the growth of SA Expeditions is critical while I’m on the Qhapaq Ñan…And last but not least, the SA Expeditions Destination Experts…You are the very best in the world at what you do. The value you create in capital and goodwill with your clients is the fuel that allows us to pursue such lofty ambitions.

    Stay tuned to our next adventure when the expedition will go from Vilcashuaman, near Ayacucho in Southern Peru to the coast near Paracas. We will have some new friends along and will be continuing to prepare for our 2,000 mile grand Qhapaq Ñan expedition next year.

    Nick Stanziano
    Chief Explorer
    SA Expeditions

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    Qhapaq Ñan – Resumen

    En esta primera expedición – que forma parte de este gran proyecto -, hemos realizado significativos avances en la comprensión y gestión relacionados a temas como el equipo de llamas, las que estuvieron con nosotros durante todo este tiempo. Además, comprendimos los diversos aspectos técnicos sobre la transmisión en tiempo real de la información y aspectos mentales que experimentamos a esa elevada altura. Hemos aprendido mucho acerca de nosotros mismos, observando diferentes perspectivas para poder perfeccionar nuestros procedimientos y equipos para la cercana expedición que llevaremos a cabo, la misma que durará 5 meses y en donde caminaremos desde Cuenca, Ecuador a Cusco, Perú, por una distancia de 3,200 kilómetros.

    En lo que respecta al equipo, me gustaría rendir homenaje y dar gracias a los que están detrás de todo esto, empezando por nuestros grandes amigos y socios de Lima Tours, quienes prestaron el generoso apoyo de capital y asistencia logística. Reconocer de manera especial a Miluska, José y Diego que han sido pieza clave en esta primera expedición y cuya influencia para determinar el valor económico real en el turismo a lo largo del Qhapaq Ñan será decisiva.

    Muchas personas y animales nos acompañaron durante esta expedición y quiero decir que los pequeños relatos que realicé a diario no son suficientes para poder rendir homenaje a su gran trabajo y apoyo. Un gran agradecimiento al operador Cordillera Blanca de Huaraz, por poner a disposición el equipo de llamas, a las personas encargadas de estos animales y la asistencia local. Queremos agradecer también, a Nelson que pasó gran parte de estas dos semanas con nosotros y que se adaptó a nuestras necesidades durante la expedición. Así mismo, agradecer a su hijo Rodrigo, que pasó unos días junto a nosotros en una sección complicada de la ruta que desciende hacia el pueblo de Tambo y que con su experiencia nos ayudó a cruzar de manera favorable. Gracias a la hospitalidad que Cynthia y Wilson nos ofrecieron en el “tambo” ubicado en la comunidad de Olleros, quienes nos brindaron una cómoda cama y muchos otros detalles tan apreciados después de 10 días de caminata. Para John Rick, por la generosa información, por el tiempo que nos dio y todo lo que compartió sobre las maravillas de su excavación arqueológica en Chavín. Gracias también a Víctor López quien nos esperó en la plaza principal en Casma. Él no solo cumplió la excelente labor como guía, sino también como chofer, embajador e impartió todos sus conocimientos de 5.000 años de historia Casmeño con nosotros, detalle que fue muy apreciado.
    Un agradecimiento a todos los que estuvieron con nosotros sólo por ser parte de esta gran aventura … Antonio, Leo, Alejandro, Edder, Ivan, Freddy, Mangus – el perro – y nuestras 11 llamas. Un agradecimiento especial a Rolando, nuestro hacendoso cocinero quien fue el único que estuvo en cada milla de la expedición junto a mí. Gracias a John, por su constante orientación y por redefinir lo que puede ser físicamente posible a los 65 años de edad.

    Un gran agradecimiento a todos los que forman parte de nuestro universo de SA Expeditions, ya que sin el esfuerzo que realizan a diario desde diferentes partes del mundo, nada de esto sería posible. Gracias a Alicia por el trabajo realizado en la traducción al español de los relatos enviados a diario… Y a Riva, que es la mayor creyente y animadora de mis sueños, quien cuenta con un brillante liderazgo en la gestión del crecimiento de SA Expeditions, quien fue imprescindible mientras realizaba esta expedición a lo largo del Qhapaq Ñan. Y, por último, pero no menos importante, a nuestros expertos en destinos, nuestro equipo de ventas, quienes son los mejores en el mundo.

    El valor se crea en el capital y la buena voluntad hacia los clientes quienes son el combustible que nos permite buscar realizar tales ambiciones.

    Sigan atentos a nuestra próxima aventura, la expedición que empezará desde Vilcashuamán, cerca de Ayacucho en el sur de Perú hacia la costa, muy cerca de Paracas. Haremos nuevos amigos a lo largo de la ruta y seguiremos en la preparación y perfeccionamiento para nuestra próxima gran expedición de 3,200 kilómetros por el gran camino inca, Qhapaq Ñan.

    Nick Stanziano
    Jefe explorador.
    SA Expeditions See more

    7 months ago

    Video: Discover the Galapagos’ underwater secrets

    Darwin based his Theory Of Evolution on the terrestrial observations he made in the Galapagos. This gorgeous film details what he would have seen if he’d ventured into the depths.

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    Qhapaq Ñan Week 1 / Semana 1

    Check out the first in nearly 3 weeks of SA Expeditions’ most ambition exploration yet along the Inca road Qhapaq Ñan in #Peru. As Founder & Chief Explorer, Nick Stanziano, traverses remote Inca See more

    Qhapaq Ñan – Week 1 Qhapaq Ñan – Semana 1 Day 0 – August 7 Today we begin a series of expeditions that in the end will last over the next 12 months,

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    Sunset across the salt, with one of the very small springs that emerge from Incahuasi Island

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    SA Qhapaq Ñan

    Today SA Expeditions Founder, Nick Stanziano, sets off on a 3,000-mile exploration by foot to give us a firsthand look at the beauty and importance of the Qhapaq Ñan, the great Inca Road system that See more

    Qhapaq Ñan – Day 0

    Today we begin a series of expeditions that in the end will last over the next 12 months, covering nearly 3,000 miles by foot, exploring the great Inca Road system known as the

    When the Spanish conquistadors first saw the Qhapaq Ñan in 1532, they remarked that they were as impressive as anything seen in Europe at its time. Later at the end of the 19th century, explorer and scientist Alexander von Humbolt hypothesized that it was amongst one of the largest works of mankind. In the 20th century, explorer, scientist Victor H. von Hagen in an exploration sponsored by the University of California made great strides in understanding its secrets. And most recently, “El caminante” Ricardo Espinosa Reyes brought the wonders of the Qhapaq Ñan in his famous expeditions that finished in 2002.

    Today in 2016, we begin a new expedition that in its scale and ambition attempts to show the world the greatness and beauty of the Qhapaq Ñan, which we hope pays respect to the efforts of the Incas and relentless explorers before us. Using the most modern of technologies available, we’re going to bring the world along with us daily, sharing – through photo, video and the written word – the revealing of its lost cities and cultures, which are among some of the most remote swathes of the Andes in South America.

    The expedition at its core is about preservation and awareness of a cultural resource that can be instrumental in creating a future for contemporary Andean communities that is one of dignity and self-reliance. Ourselves and our growing network of partners at the international, regional and local level will give a monumental effort in attempting to understand and layout a plan to develop sustainable, community-based tourism along the Qhapaq Ñan. It is an effort at an important crux in the protection of this patrimony of mankind that attempts to put to work this critical resource towards the development of Peru and the Andean people.

    Sincerely,
    Nick Stanziano
    Founder and Chief Explorer

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    Qhapaq Ñan – Día 0

    Hoy empezamos con una serie de expediciones que continuarán durante los siguientes doce meses, en donde cubriremos alrededor de 3,000 millas del Gran Camino Inca conocido como Qhapaq Ñan. Esta travesía nos llevará por uno de los más remotos caminos de los Andes, que unió a un Imperio por medio de redes de comunicación y transporte, siguiendo los pasos dados por los Incas durante los siglos XIV y XV.

    Como se sabe, el Imperio Incaico fue una de las más grande y avanzadas civilizaciones que existieron en el mundo. En 1532, cuando los conquistadores españoles vieron por primera vez el Qhapaq Ñan, enfatizaron que esta majestuosa obra era tan impresionante como lo que se podía observar en Europa en esa época.

    A finales del siglo XIX, el científico y explorador Alexander Von Humbolt proporcionó la hipótesis de que estaba frente a una de las mayores e increíbles obras realizadas por el ser humano. En el siglo XX y durante una exploración patrocinada por la universidad de California, un segundo y reconocido científico y explorador, Victor H. Von Hagen, realizó grandes avances en la comprensión de algunos de los secretos de este misterioso camino. De la misma manera, Ricardo Espinoza Reyes, “El Caminante”, mostró al mundo las maravillas del Qhapaq Ñan en una de sus famosas y recientes expediciones, la misma que finalizó en el 2002.

    Ahora, en el 2016, empezamos con esta serie de expediciones a gran escala y que, de manera ambiciosa, intenta mostrar al mundo la grandeza y belleza del Qhapaq Ñan, con lo que esperamos se resguarden los esfuerzos y respeto tanto de los Incas como de los excepcionales exploradores anteriormente a nosotros.

    Haciendo uso de la última tecnología disponible compartiremos diariamente con ustedes fotos, videos e historias, revelando ciudades y culturas perdidas que se encuentran entre algunas de las franjas más remotas de los Andes en América del Sur. El principal objetivo de estas expediciones es la preservación y reconocimiento de un recurso cultural que es decisivo en la formación de un próspero futuro, digno e independiente para las comunidades andinas contemporáneas.

    Nuestro equipo junto a nuestra creciente red de socios a nivel internacional, regional y local, trabajaremos en el intento de comprender y diseñar un plan de desarrollo de turismo sostenible a lo largo de las comunidades del Qhapaq Ñan, un esfuerzo en un punto crucial en la protección de este patrimonio de la humanidad para el desarrollo de las comunidades andinas y el Perú.

    Sinceramente,
    Nick Stanziano
    Fundador y Director Explorador See more

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    8 months ago

    Galapagos highlight: Charles Darwin Research Station

    Observe wildlife conservation in action at the Charles Darwin Foundation in the #Galapagos where colorful Land Iguanas are protected and 2-inch baby Giant Tortoises are raised until they’re strong See more

    See Galapagos giant tortoises in all stages of development – from tiny babies to adult behemoths. Plus a breeding program for land iguanas and other informative exhibits

    8 months ago

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    Looking for souvenirs in Rio de Janeiro? You could find ceramics, embroidery, gemstones, art and more at the Hippie Fair.
    Let us take you there!
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    8 months ago

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    One of the most emblematic buildings in Buenos Aires at night. #Argentina

    8 months ago

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    Trekking isn’t just about the beautiful landscapes, but also about the friends we make along the way! #Cusco #Peru
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    9 months ago

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    Paron Lagoon, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, is a lagoon in #Peru located in the department of Ancash, 4185 meters above sea level. It is the largest natural reservoir freshwater See more

    9 months ago

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    The Cementery of La Recoleta Neighborhood in #BuenosAires is listed as one of the 10 most beautiful cementeries in the world. This is the final resting place of Argentinian presidents, poets, Nobel See more

    9 months ago

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    Happy Father’s Day from SA Expeditions!

    9 months ago

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    Which country is home to an incredible number of hummingbird species? http://bit.ly/1UVd0jl

    9 months ago

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    Matt Risse is next in our #saexpeditionsuniverse series that introduces all the people around the world that allow us to build life changing experiences.

    Matt is a native Californian with travel in

    That something was #Chile. He’d never been to South America but the more he discovered about Chile the more captivated he became and so he decided to see it for himself. Serendipitously, at about the same time SA Expeditions was looking for a web developer, a position with the freedom to work from where he wished. The interview as it turned out was at a Sacramento Irish Pub that really turned out to be a test of Matt’s talents at pub quizzes. After a two hour competition and a second place finish, there was proof enough that Matt had the flexibility to manage the collection of SA Expeditions technology assets.

    With his new gig in the bag, he moved to Viña del Mar, Chile for a year to bring SA Expeditions web pages into the mobile realm. While in Chile, he also made lifelong friends, learnt a bit of Spanish and saw a lot of South America – much of it on SA Expeditions itineraries. As our site has grown in unexpected and exciting directions, Matt has taught himself new techniques and technologies that blend his wanderlust for travel with his deep experience with computers. Filling one of those missing gaps that makes life more fulfilling.

    Cheers to Matt! The #saexpeditionsuniverse looks forward to continuing our journey of enlightenment through travel with you. See more

    9 months ago

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    Any idea where this amazing mountain view is? #pacchanta #ausangate #cusco

    10 months ago

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    Carrie Shapiro is next in our #saexpeditionsuniverse series that introduces all the people around the world that allow us to build life changing experiences.

    It all began on a chance encounter on

    Yet the San Francisco Bay Area was and still continues to be extremely important in her work. Fresh from university, she had been swallowed up into the tech world, working for a young firm using digital tools to market products and services on the internet. The learning curve was steep, but it provided a foundation and expertise in which she could almost predict someone’s thoughts before they knew it themselves. Today, the technology clusters of her home in the Bay Area continues to nourish her knowledge of digital marketing, yet with a touch of good old South America “Buena onda” that began on that fateful flight.

    When SA Expeditions pops up in your Facebook news feed or you see our logo with a picture of Machu Picchu conspicuously to the right of the day’s top news story, it’s no coincidence. Carrie has identified you as someone with aspirations and dreams to travel to South America…And we hope you will let us take you there.

    Cheers to Carrie! The #saexpeditionsuniverse looks forward to continuing our journey of enlightenment through travel with you. See more

    10 months ago

    Cuisine, Culture and Travel to Peru

    SA Expeditions hits the road and is coming to a town near you!

    SA Expeditions will be hosting a day filled with Peruvian cuisine, culture and travel in Roseville, California.

    There will be presentations from Nick Stanziano, SA Expeditions founder and Chief

    Destination Experts from SA Expeditions will be on hand to consult on travel to Peru and South America. There will also be complimentary Peruvian cuisine and live Andean music throughout. The event is co-sponsored by Travelstore of Northern California.

    Join the event now through Facebook or by email to travel@saexpeditions.com to save your space.

    For more Information you can call SA Expeditions at 1-415-549-8049. See more

    10 months ago

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    Alicia Moreno is next in our #saexpeditionsuniverse series that introduces all the people around the world that allow us to build life changing experiences.

    Alicia was born in #Lima, #Peru yet with

    Fast forward to the 21st Century, and Alicia still immerses herself into an international community of friends and coworkers, only now through the use of technology as our manager of “all the details”. As she peers out amongst Lima from her flat with her trusty dog Bono by her side, she coordinates activities from her colleagues on five continents, ranging from marketing to data management. Her flexibility and cleverness at the core of the SA Expeditions Universe allows us to quickly experiment and optimize the most logical and efficient manner in which to plan and execute our expeditions.. Understanding that in order to add unique value to the world, one cannot follow others and has to make a new path.

    Working in the cloud is an entirely new concept to Peru, an idea only catching on within small technocratic circles in its capital. When Alicia tells her friends what she does for her day job, she is met with blank stares. Not that it bothers her: In fact, her insights understanding about the bureaucratic laden reality of Peruvian industry and the results-driven approach of many North America companies is something she feels proud of. She understands that the workplace of the future need not know any geographic borders, an idea worth sharing, reminding us all that there’s no wall big enough to fight the spread of technology and ideas.

    Cheers to Alicia! The #saexpeditionsuniverse looks forward to continuing our journey of enlightenment through travel with you. See more

    10 months ago

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    We have all either seen this majestic bird in person or through photos. The Galapagos Flamingo, scientifically known as Phoenicopterus ruber, lives in saltwater lagoons near the sea, and its diet is See more

    10 months ago

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    Kim Leary is next in our #saexpeditionsuniverse series that introduces all the people around the world that allow us to build life changing experiences.

    Sometimes people change in a dramatic way and

    So Kim decided to go for it, took a leave of absence from Boeing and accepted a volunteer position with a non-profit in Cusco, Peru. At that point Kim had never been further south than Mexico, but since then she hasn’t spent much time away from South America. She has since left her job at Boeing, sold her house and hasn’t looked back. She continues to sooth that nagging feeling, keeping up with her charity work and specifically addressing the plight of indigenous communities as a destination expert with a difference. Kim knows better than most the positive effect tourist dollars can have on the local economy, and she always gets an extra special kick out of selling experiences in the #ChoquechacaValley.

    Kim’s time navigating the complexity of corporate America, balanced with her deeper connection and empathy for the human spirit is a potent mix that fuels Kim’s disciplined and humanistic quest to improve the lives of others.

    Cheers to Kim! The #saexpeditionsuniverse looks forward to continuing our journey of enlightenment through travel with you. See more

    10 months ago

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    The Magician’s Pyramid, also known as the Pyramid of the Dwarf, is said to have received its names from a Mayan legend about a magical little person that hatched from an egg, grew to adulthood in a See more

    10 months ago

    City snapshot: BA’s Floralis Genérica

    Argentina’s iconic Floralis Generica is the aluminum flower that never fades and reminds us to take advantage of each new day..

    The Floralis Genérica in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires is striking and spectacular. Head on over for a selfie with a difference

    10 months ago

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    Happy Mother’s Day to moms all over the world! There’s nothing like exploring the wonders of South America and traveling with your mom. This is a photo from a mother daughter trip planned by SA See more

    10 months ago

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    The presidential mansion in Argentina is pink! Considered one of the most emblematic buildings in Buenos Aires, the palace is the center of government proceedings, famous speeches, and countless See more

    11 months ago

    The Cidade Maravilhosa in glorious HD

    Take a minute and enjoy the beauty of Brazil in high definition..

    Making a stop-motion film that does Rio justice is no mean feat, but these guys have done it with knobs on!

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