Are those cheap airfare ads that pepper the back pages of the Sunday travel sections too good to be true? Yes…and no. Like most travel companies, we work with select airline ticket consolidators. This allows us to provide our clients with lower international fares than those available from major carriers.
With Myths and Mountains, customizing our Peru itinerary was simple. The chance to go birding and see condors flying close and free led my husband Fred and me to southern Peru, to the Arequipa district and Colca Canyon after we explored Machu Picchu. Set in the Andes where volcanoes rise 20,000 feet, the region features a dramatic landscape with a gorge twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.
Sam meant well. He’d been to Cambodia during the Vietnam War and found the poverty in many areas heart-wrenching. Now, he was going back as a tourist, and he wanted to take gifts for the villagers he would encounter along the way from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat. When he told us he planned to take a large duffle bag of clothing and candy to distribute to the poor, we said, “It’s a lovely gesture, but not a good idea.”