Jessica Journeys to Peru

Day 1
Off to Peru I go… how to get there? I took the overnight flight (2:00AM) from Miami to Lima arriving at approximately 6:40AM. I spent my morning at the Belmond Miraflores Park which is an outstanding hotel. Taking my own advice I arranged a spa appointment to relax and get over jet lag. After a wonderful lunch I had a private tour of Lima to learn as much about the city as I could in such a short amount of time. Money and time well spent.
Day 2
After an early (and short)  flight from Lima we arrived Cusco. This is where the adventure begins. I have the pleasure to be traveling with our Virtuoso partners G Adventures and learn about their Planeterra initiative. This is a global movement to make tourism sustainable, to minimize impacts on the environment, local people and cultures and offer economic benefits to local businesses and communities. Click here to learn about this amazing project.
The second stop was for lunch at Parwa which is another Planaterra project. This is a community run restaurant to provide access to the tourism market for the first time to a small village. Lear more  here . Our farm to table lunch was delicious. Fun fact – did you know there are 3500 varieties of potatoes in Peru?
Our day ended with our first glimpse of the Sacred Valley – all I can say is WOW! Stay tuned for more of my adventure.

Damian McCabe is nominated for Virtuoso’s Most Admired Advisor

McCabe World Travel is proud to announce that Damian has been nominated for the 2016 Virtuoso Award – Most Admired Advisor!  This is an accolade that is voted by our valued industry partners and Damian is so honored by their support. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala at Virtuoso Travel Week on Thursday, August 11.

South Africa Sightings – Jessica Griscavage

Days 8 & 9: Singita Boulders Sabi Sand

The rest of day 8 was completely amazing with elephant sightings. For such a massive animal they are incredibly quiet and graceful. It was a fabulous way to end our game drives.
Day 9 starting with a 5:00 wake up call – which is no issue when you are greeted with a tray of coffee.  I had one last look out of my tent and headed for my final drive in the Timbavati region. The temperature drop was incredible. The day prior it was almost 100 degrees and I was freezing in this drive. The morning started out a little slow and then… the most fabulous leopard sighting. I didn’t think it could get better than our first sighting but seeing this leopard on the prowl was insane! We were so incredibly close and I have to say a bit nervous for the first time. A fantastic way to end our time at Tanda Tula.
So like most Travel Agents we were then off to do sight inspections. Although…. I have never done them by helicopter before. We met our pilot at the air strip and then flew to Royal Malewane and Tintswalo – both so special. We made our final flight to Singita Boulders which is nothing but spectacular. We had time for one more game drive of the day. It was amazing how different the topography was in just a few hundred miles. This area has had some storms and is becoming green.

Our first major sighting were two incredible lionesses. The females are absolutely stunning and regal.  For me, more impressive than the males.  We watched them rest, hunt, rest, hunt… and we left them. They were too exposed to the impalas that they were hunting so they decided to take a nap. I like the way they think.
We moved on to spot a massive heard of buffalo (amazing) and then another (OMG) leopard sighting. This leopard was lying in the tree for a lazy rest. Then our tracker noticed the zebra carcass in the same tree that she brought up to the top to protect from hyenas and other prey stealing her catch. She was happy and full and was just a perfect way to call it a night for this drive. Driving back to the camp we saw the same two lionesses looking for “dinner”. I have a feeling it probably happened tonight.
We had about 30 minutes to freshen up for a fabulous wine tasting (now you really feel bad for me). They only serve South African wines here which of course is very fitting and of course now I have my new favorites. The night ended with an amazing dinner, great company and memories of the most surreal day of my life.
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