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New Zealand Sampler

Written by Eva Stelzer on . Posted in New Zealand, North Island, South Island, Trips

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New Zealand Sampler – Bespoke 11 night Itinerary

Highlights of New Zealand Travel

  • Imagine the most glorious scenery of New Zealand’s north and south Island.
  • Experience Hawke’s Bay New Zealand eclectic mix of visual and sensual. experiences and an area that is New Zealand’s leading producer of red wines.
  • Marvel at the greatest concentration of Art Deco architecture below the equator.
  • Don’t miss Cape Kidnappers, home to the largest accessible gannet colony in the world, perched on the edge of a rugged coastline.
  • Walk, hike or bike along the miles of nature trails and if you get a clear day, you can see as far as volcano of Ruapehu in the distance.
  • Auckland 2 nights, Hawke’s Bay 3  nights, Nelson area 3 nights, Queenstown 3 nights

Hiking Routebrun Track South Island

Written by Eva Stelzer on . Posted in New Zealand, Uncategorized

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Highlights Guided Hike Routeburn Track South Island

  • Ultimate alpine adventure, weaving through meadows, reflective tarns and alpine gardens.
  • Spectacular vistas over vast mountain ranges and valleys.
  • Wind through the Routeburn gorge along the crystal-clear Route Burn (river).Take in spectacular views of the Hollyford valley and Darren Mountains.

Guided Hike on the Routeburn Track

Since the 1880’s the Routeburn Track has proved to be one of the most accessible and popular journeys into New Zealand’s forests and mountains. The Routeburn Track passes through two national parks, Fiordland and Mount Aspiring, and is part of Te Wahipounamu, South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

We offer full day of hiking on the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s most famous walks. Or if you prefer, try the 2-3 day trek. Our guided day your takes you up the wide smooth track to Routeburn Flats. Your guide will point out the unique flora and birdl ife of the Routeburn Valley. Enjoy a drink and lunch at Routeburn Flats Hut while taking in the splendor of the surrounding mountains. Next, head on to the Routeburn Falls or meander back home. Our guides will transfer you back to your hotel in Queenstown.

The Routeburn Track traverses wild and scenic mountain country between the Hollyford and Dart Valleys at the base of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Since the 1880’s the Routeburn Track has proved to be one of the most accessible and popular journeys into New Zealand’s forests and mountains.

 

 

 

Journey to the bottom of the earth

Written by Eva Stelzer on . Posted in Argentina, Blog, Walking Holidays

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Hiking in Southern Patagonia

The moment my husband and I arrive in El Calafate, an oasis town in Southern Patagonia’s desert, we know that our decision to travel to Argentina’s outback wilderness was right. It is exotic and exciting. Birds dig their webbed feet into the sand to keep from being blown away. Clouds swirl past the snow-capped Andean peaks. We came to explore remote hiking trails, gawk at wind-hewn icebergs, and walk on Perito Moreno—one of the southern hemisphere’s few advancing glaciers.

“That’s Cristina’s place,” announces our driver. He points to sprawling bungalows and an enormous villa. They are surprisingly lavish in this frontier town of slapdash clapboard buildings with corrugated metal roofs.

“Who’s she?” I ask, sounding quite ignorant, I later realize.

“The President. She vacations here. Owns the hotel.” Los Sauces belongs to Argentina’s first elected female leader, the glamorous and tough Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. I hadn’t realized that our accommodations and her private home would be so close together, sharing an elegant décor of British hunting lodge-meets-hearty ranch. The property originally belonged to her late husband and political predecessor, Néstor. The goal to transform the remote location into a premier travel destination is ongoing. Progressing from a one-runway airport to a four-terminal stop opened in 2012, all signs point to their success.

Patagonian supper After checking in, we bundle up for the trek to the hotel bar. Sand hits our faces like shards of glass. There’s an eerie quiet. We are aware of thethings that are missing more than what is there: an absence of city lights and neon signs leaves us in unfamiliar darkness. Because we are traveling off-season, the staff has time to chat while plying us with drinks. Chef Carlos whips up a parilla that includes a lamb chop the size of a rib steak and a steak resembling an entire side of cow. Excited by my limited Spanish, he rambles on about the region’s world-class cattle culture. In Argentina, animals roam great expanses of open land, chewing thick grasses and grey-leaved desert thorns. It takes six years—compared to one year in North America—to bring the meat to market. We savour the results—a reduced-fat beef with melt-in-the mouth tenderness.

Costa Rica Volcanoes and Beaches Guanacaste

Trip package in Costa Rica, Inspirations, Nature's Wonders, Trips

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  • Discover rich ecological wonders as you walk or zipline above the treetop canopy on suspended bridges.
  • Gain firsthand knowledge of Costa Rica’s habitats as you explore with your highly trained naturalist guides, keeping an eye out for caimans, monkeys, river otters, toucans and butterflies.
  • Explore the Arenal region with a bird’s-eye view from numerous fixed and hanging bridges positioned at or above the tree line.
  • Relax on a sunset cruise along the ocean shores.

  • Basque in the warm sun of the Guanacaste’s wide open beaches while sipping a margarita.