📷 by @mollie_frontiers: Big & Little-- silverback with baby( look closely- it's on the lower right!) #aktravel
📷 by @lauraitzkowitz: Just had the most incredible tour of Udaipur's City Palace with @aktravel_usa guide Vikram Singh. He mentioned that as a young boy he used to play hide and seek in the palace, but it wasn't until I asked that he revealed he's actually descended from the maharanas 👑🏰🇮🇳 #freelancelife #aktravel
It's difficult to accurately describe Antarctica, but larger than life comes pretty close.
White sand or snow? Our Around the World Private Jet journey: The Tropics to the Arctic has a bit of both. And...no single supplement for solo travelers.
Thanks to @journeyswithgg for this great video: Had the opportunity to visit the Ilboru School-Special Needs Classrooms built and donated by @aktravel_usa and A&K Philanthropy in Tanzania. What incredible work they are doing to ensure that children who are deaf have e-readers where they can learn to read books and sign. #aktravel
Antarctica is spectacular but photographers know the holy grail is South Georgia where you'll find hundreds of thousands of penguins surrounded by stunning landscape. 📷by @michellevalbergphotography ・・・ A trio of King Penguins - Salisbury Plain - South Georgia. #kingpenguins #penguins #SalisburyPlain #southgeorgia #antarctica #abercrombiekent #mountains #instantarctica #aktravel #cruise
Today is World Wildlife Day. @geoffrey_kent says Shoot with a camera, not with a gun. We need to protect endangered animals or they will be gone! #worldwildlifeday #aktravel #sanctuaryretreats #abercrombiekent #wildlife
Yes, there are beaches with whiter sand and clearer, more turquoise water. Other beaches may be easier to get to. But to find the most laidback and truly happy people, Brazil is second to none. I used to spend a month of each summer here, exploring uncharted beaches, living off mangoes and beer, utterly content with a simple lifestyle. Now, it’s nice to be able to offer a similar experience but in a significantly more luxurious manner on an A&K Tailor Made Brazil journey. - @javierechecopar #TailorMadeTakeover
Today we’re wrapping up our #TailorMadeTakeover around Latin America with @javierechecopar in its largest country, Brazil. Few know about it today but Ouro Preto was once the largest city in the New World. The gold mining brought amazing wealth which was used to build a stunning colonial town, of terracotta roofs and bleached facades, nestled between hills and forests. Dozens of white and gold churches are found, some enormous, built on top of hills, others small and intimate, hidden around a corner. I spent a week here during carnival, walked endlessly and by the end of the trip continued to stumble across little architectural treasures.
The rest of Ecuador is equally a draw for travellers - especially photographers. While walking around the historic district of Quito, a crowd caught our eye. We discovered a group of dancers proudly showing off their vibrant dresses and dances. The stonework on the ground and whitewashed buildings in the back provided the perfect contrast to the textures and colors of the troupe. - @javierechecopar #TailorMadeTakeover #LatinAmerica
One of the hardest aspects to explain about the Galapagos Islands is the sense of closeness with nature that comes from the proximity to the wildlife. It touches a prehistoric chord in people, springing forth the image an idealized version of men and women living in peace among beasts. Despite the well-publicized allure of the giant tortoises and marine iguanas, for me it was walking closely among the hundreds of thousands of perfectly indifferent birds on Genovesa Island that provided the most memorable and surreal Galapagos experience. - @javierechecopar #TailorMadeTakeover #LatinAmerica
Everyone loves sea lions and Ecuador's Galapagos Islands is a playground for them. They are the happiest of marine mammals, equally content doing underwater pirouettes or laying lazily in the sand. Snorkeling in the Galapagos you observe them naturally as if you were invisible right until they decided to notice you and, with a twinkle in their eyes, begin their playful antics. Underwater they swam around me at amazing speeds, daring me to chase them down, clearly amused at my underwater limitations but still willing to indulge my efforts. - @javierechecopar #TailorMadeTakeover #LatinAmerica
Peru's Amazon attracts travellers looking for exotic wildlife and an intense nature experience. But once you’ve seen the big, orange sun appear over the river, the sunrises become addictive. We travelled with my brother on an old iron ferry that moved infinitely slow up the river. We slept in hammocks, watched the ferry groan its way from one shore to the next, from one village to another, taking three full days to travel just 300 miles until we had almost gone mad with the lack of progress. But then we arrived, quickly forgot the crawl and never forgot the sunrises. Thankfully there are now much more luxurious ways to cruise the Amazon, but you still won't forget those sunrises. - @javierechecopar #TailorMadeTakeover #LatinAmerica
I used to carry a small spinning top on my trips. It was easy entertainment for hours waiting for a ride long before cell phones were ubiquitous but it also provided a source of wizardry for impressing kids. A few twirls and the top would be spinning, dancing on my forearm, jumping high and landing like a small, delicate bird in my hand. I remember playing for these kids and their laughter. As I was walking away, I looked back and saw their eyes continued to sparkle. I took the photo and it has been a favorite ever since. - @javierechecopar #TailorMadeTakeover #LatinAmerica
In Peru, continuing our #TailorMadeTakeover with @javierechecopar : Machu Picchu is such an adventure. Getting there is an epic journey which can be done with extraordinary luxury on the Hiram Bingham train. The history is edge-of-your-seat thrilling, especially when explained by Alfredo Mormontoy, former resident archaeologist at Machu Picchu, who shares his insights into the mystery surrounding its use and demise, and research currently under way within the complex. And of course, walking the ruins is breathtaking - whether it's your first time or fifth. I don't know of any site on earth that has such a combination of vibrant history and natural beauty.
Despite being the driest desert in the world, the Atacama is known for its beautiful lagoon. The rains come in thundering clouds from the Bolivian rainforest but the high Andes are usually too much of a challenge. So the mountains are snowed upon and the water slowly filters down in dark underwater flows over hundreds of years until finally reappearing in these bright lagoons of every color that dot the desert landscapes. - @javierechecopar #TailorMadeTakeover #LatinAmerica #aktravel #customtravel
I have yet to see a more spectacular landscape than Torres del Paine. The wild shapes of the mountains in combination with lakes of every color defy belief. This particular trip was special as the park had just reopened after a series of wildfires. In the photo, you can see some of the dark brown consequences on the hill to the right. I set off to explore the park on my own the day after it opened to provide the most updated information to our A&K office. There were still areas heavily affected but the mountains seemed intent on demonstrating that even after the worst, it could continue to dazzle with little effort. -@javierechecopar #TailorMadeTakeover #LatinAmerica #aktravel #customtravel
The Licancabur Volcano is master of his domain in the Atacama Desert. Though there are taller mountains, Licancabur has an unrivalled presence, standing perfectly conical while towering over the town of San Pedro. In the ancient local lore, mountains are god-like, with human traits in their personalities and as such are absorbed in a whirlwind of jealousy, love, violence and redemption. Licancabur has a particularly dramatic story so make sure to ask your A&K guide about him and his lover next time you are in the area. - @javierechecopar #TailorMadeTakeover #LatinAmerica #aktravel #customtravel