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The Hiking was Wonderful!! This active family of four just returned from a custom Hikers Patagonia Adventure in Patagonia and share some of their incredible experiences:   “First of all, we enjoyed all the hiking- it was wonderful!!   Second, we loved all of our guides!  Lorena in Santiago took care of us well. Chris in Patagonia Camp was good and entertaining. Ismail, Frederico in Calafate were great. Andres in El Chalten was especially good. Had a nice pace for hiking and just an easy guy to be around for 9-10 hours. His knowledge of geology was great and interesting to us.   Patagonia Camp yurts were fun, unique, warm, cozy, and loved that they were separated. El Puma, in El Chalten, was very comfortable and well situated. Loved Alta Vista in El Calafate because I wouldn't have wanted to be in town. I loved hiking from the house and riding the horses was...
Cultural encounters were the surprise of our Tanzania Safari When the Kaplan family traveled to Tanzania on our Serengeti Family Safari in June they knew that they were in for some great wildlife. What was unexpected was the people that they met and the cultures that they experienced along the way. "The entire trip was fabulous. The highlight was actually the cultural encounters that we had. I expected the animal part of the safari but our visit with the Bushman was beyond anything I could imagine and my kids loved playing soccer, volleyball, and frisbee with the locals. Our guide Dominic was unbelievable. He was incredibly knowledgeable but was also a truly amazing person. He kept everyone engaged and let things be spontaneous, making time to add to our itinerary where beneficial. We LOVED him! My favorite experience was hunting with the Bushman and learning about their culture. We also had a great interaction with some women in the...

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One of the most amazing things I have ever seen Susan and her family just returned from our Sacred Lands of the Incas Adventure and was amazed by Machu Picchu, Cusco and the people they met while in Peru. “I appreciated all the information that you sent and found it very helpful. We were able to get a good background from this information and the books you suggested. Machu Picchu was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. It was truly fascinating and I am inspired to research and read more about these people and their way of life. We also found the time in and around Cusco to be fascinating. Walking through some of the villages and seeing how the people live and go about their daily activities was eye-opening. I watched one woman trudge up a hill to a village outside Cusco. She was wearing typical garb with a hat and brightly colored skirt. Her...

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Such a great experience and wonderful people! This family for four just got back from our Best of Peru: Machu Picchu and the Amazon adventure and had a blast with their guides! “Hi-we had a great trip! Such a great experience and wonderful people! Yuri -our guide in Cusco and MP was just SO wonderful to us (and we did torture him a bit!). Max, our driver, was also a very sweet guy! Nick was funny and cool--also gave us a great business idea: b-day parties for dogs as his friend in Lima does. It was so nice to have someone guiding us through the transportation system there (often subject to change we learned!)... printing the boarding passes was priceless!! Jesus at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica was great-amazing English and such a nice guy! Besides brief altitude and stomach illness experienced- things were very good and I thank you! Thank you so much for everything! -Diane”   Your friendly Peru...

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Travel Gear for Kids: Travel Games Since kids are so immersed in electronics, I try to find things for them to do that are engaging but do not include electricity on our family adventures. My current favorites are made by SmartGames and the kids are excited to try out their Noah’s Ark Travel Game. Pros: It’s about the size of a CD case and folds out to lap size, which means our two kids won’t get in each other’s way.  Each game comes with about 48 levels beginning with “starter” and working up to “master”. Although these games are usually designed for ages 5 and up the master levels are really hard, I have trouble with them and I like logic puzzles! Though designed for one player, the harder levels can be solved more easily if the kids work as a team. So they can take turns for awhile, and then when they get tired of...
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