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The Great Suitcase Debate

Best Suitcases – What is better Soft or Hard Shell ?

For many travelers a suitcase is an investment and needs to be carefully selected to suit its owner and travelling style. Listed below are key points to consider when deciding on a soft or hard cover suitcase.

Hard Cover Suitcase Pros:

  • Strong construction and lightweight
  • Better security
  • More packing space in bag as its only a thin plastic shell
  • More protection of belongings in bag as will adsorb knocks

Hard Cover Suitcase Cons:

  • Both side of suitcase must be opened so you will need more room in your hotel room
  • Most are 4 wheels, not ideal if dragging a suitcase on cobblestone or uneven terrain
  • Harder to put in taxis/cars as they are a fixed size and cannot push in
  • They are not indestructible, the hard covers can still break

Soft Cover Suitcase Pros:

  • They take up less space when open (can put one side up against a wall)
  • Most soft cover suitcases have expander zips for extra luggage space
  • Easy to store when not travelling
  • Easier to pack in taxi’s/car’s
  • Most are on two wheels

Soft Cover Suitcase Cons:

  • Less security, a fabric suitcase can be cut into
  • Water can get inside and more prone to wear and tear
  • If you have fragile items in your bag the soft cover suitcase might not be able to protect them, a hard cover will absorb the bumps/knocks

Conclusion

Personally I prefer the soft cover suitcase’s as they suit my style of travel where I am always in and out of taxi’s, walking on uneven surfaces and its much easier to store away when at home and in hotel rooms.

You do however need to make the investment in your chosen suitcase, if you purchase a cheap suitcase with a soft or hard cover it may be completely unreliable and break mid holiday. Take the time to go to luggage stores and pay that little bit extra to ensure you are purchasing a reliable and durable suitcase that will last for many years.

Tip – Don’t get a big suitcase, remember on most flights the checked luggage restriction is 23kgs. You can always find a launderette to do your washing no matter where you are. Pack for 1-2weeks and plan in advance so by the time you are running out of clean clothing you are in a town to do laundry.

Tip – Most travellers at the luggage carousel will have a plane black suitcase, mix it up a bit. Why not purchase a coloured suitcase and put some ribbon on it so its easy to identify when at the luggage carousel.

Suitcase brands to consider include Samsonite, Victorinox, Antler and American Tourister

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Ladies Overseas Winery Tour – Argentina

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Ladies Overseas Winery Tour – Argentina

Conveying an unforgettable experience for adventurous ladies who love the idea of indulging in wine, travel and luxury, the Ladies Overseas Winery Tour of Argentina ticks all the boxes. Offering small group opportunities women can gather some friends to discover Argentinian gems – from the urban vibrancy of Buenos Aires to the beautifully landscaped vineyards in Mendoza.

Highlights of the Ladies Overseas Winery Tour in Argentina

This 10-day winery tour of Argentina is designed as a relaxed way to experience the indulgences of Mendoza, while visiting awe-inspiring surrounding regions before ending every night in chic city hotels or exquisite wine resorts. Some of the highlights of the winery tour include:

  • Sightseeing in Buenos Aires, a city known for its vibrant tango, night life, historical significance and colonial-inspired alleyways – with a dinner and tango show to end the night.
  • Flight to the most famous wine region in South America – Mendoza, known for its art deco and leafy streets.
  • Wine tasting tour in the heart of the very best wineries Mendoza has to offer – travelling through the Uco Valley for wine tasting and a classic lunch at an exquisite winery.
  • Exploring the iconic Casa de Uco vineyard for wine tasting and indulgent relaxation.
  • Taking on a cooking class to learn some of the classic foods prepared in Argentina.
  • Travelling to the most famous waterfalls in South America – Iguazu Falls to enjoy the picturesque landscapes and scenery whilst staying at the Famous Belmond Hotel.

What to Expect on this 10-Day Argentinian Winery Tour

Ladies choosing to indulge in this exciting Argentinian winery tour can expect to stay in some of the finest hotels and wineries of the country – with the option for free amenities for early bird bookers.

From accommodation at the Alvear Art hotel in Buenos Aires and Park Hyatt Hotel in Mendoza to Casa de Uco Vineyard & Wine Resort in Uco Valley and Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel in Iguazu Falls, the only hotel in the national park – female travellers have plenty to enjoy on this intimate group tour.

Early bird bookers before 31 August 2017 can enjoy bonuses like hotel upgrades (subject to availability), complimentary dinners, complimentary Wi-Fi, US$100 (cannot redeem for cash if unutilised) to spend as spa credit and much more.

Starting from USD $4,199 per person (twin share), female travellers looking for an enjoyable time in Argentina will enjoy luxury accommodation, nine breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner as part of their tour plan, apart from included taxes, transfers, sightseeing tours and airfare to Mendoza.

For more information click on Here or contact Tanya Kellen on 0421 986 733 or tkellen@mtatravel.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador – Exploits for Intrepid Travellers

Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador – Exploits for Intrepid Travellers

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Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador is built on a bedrock of daytime adventure and action injected with night-time luxury, the Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador has plenty to offer discerning travellers who want to experience the vest best of what Ecuador has to offer – without having to do the planning on their own.

From exploring the Avenue of Volcano’s and climbing Cayambe Volcano to horse riding, white water rafting, cooking classes and canyoning, travellers have a raft of adventures to indulge in while they experience this exhilarating 12-day luxury travel tour of Ecuador – all the while finishing each day off in the comfort of 5-star accommodation.

Highlights of the Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador

Never short of excitement and thrill, intrepid travellers be treated to a variety of adventures and experiences in this South American wonderland. Some highlights of this luxury travel tour include:

  • Explore the magnificence of the surrounding volcanos, local traditions, neighbouring villages and the handicraft market, while finishing off with a culinary class in Otavalo.
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Cotacachi Volcano on a hiking adventure.
  • Discover the historical and cultural heritage of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, on a walking tour of the city.
  • Acclimatise at Posochoa before climbing up to the Cayambe Volcano, Ecuador’s third highest mountain at 5790 metres above sea level.
  • Indulge in the beautiful Papallacta thermal springs where spa treatments offer marvellous relaxation after a challenging climb.
  • Experience myriad adventure activities like horse riding, white water rafting, canyon swings, mountain bike riding, zip lining, hiking and much more at Banios, Ecuador’s adventure capital.

What to Expect

Starting from USD $3,900 per person (Based on twin share)(Only valid for November 2017 departure), the Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador has more than its fair share of stimulating experiences, offering travellers the chance to craft unforgettable memories in South America.

The price for this luxury South America travel tour includes private transportation, bilingual guides, climbing guides, meals, national park entrance fees, horse riding (shared), white water rafting (shared), 5-star accommodation and sightseeing tours.

Travellers will enjoy a good night’s rest in some of the country’s best 5-star properties, including Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo, Hotel Boutique Le Parc in Quito, Papagayo Lodge in Machachi, Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta, Hotel Sangay in Banios or similar types of properties.

Enthusiastic explorers also have the option to explore Ecuador further with custom luxury itineraries developed for exploring the Galapagos Islands, the Andes mountain range and much more.

Those looking to explore the intimate adventures of Ecuador without having to do the planning on their own will find this luxury travel tour right up their alley. Find out more about the tour here.

Contact Tanya Kellen on +61 421 986 733 or email tkellen@mtatravel.com.au for more details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Luxury South America Travel – The Luxury Explorer’s Guide to Peru

Luxury South America Travel

The Luxury Explorer’s Guide to Peru

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Luxury South America Travel – Luxury Adventure Tour Peru “Empire”. The tour showcases all the trapping of modern exploration set against the backdrop of Peru’s rich history and culture. Explorers will take in spectacular landscapes, unforgettable adventures and indulgent experiences along the way. From Peruvian horse shows and desert safaris to remote treks and cooking classes. Every day of this luxury South America travel tour ends with accommodation in a 5-star property.

Highlights Of The Peru Luxury Travel Tour 

This guided small group luxury tour captures some of the very best Peruvian experiences. It offers a raft of highlights for travellers to enjoy. Travellers begin the tour in Lima, the capital of Peru. Where they will experience ancient pre Inca and Inca culture and history ahead of the visit to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley. Encapsulating a truly phenomenal travel experience, some of the highlights of this luxury itinerary include:

  • A voyage into the Lurin Valley to experience a Peruvian Paso horse dance experience.
  • A 4×4 dune buggy safari in the Paracas desert meandering through towering sand dunes.
  • A joy-flight enjoying exquisite views of Nazca Lines and a journey to the Balastas Islands.
  • A breathtaking trip to the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s followed by lunch in a classic hacienda.
  • A visit to the world-famous Pisac markets and Ollantaytambo fortress. The gateway to discovering more about ancient life of the Inca civilization.
  • Train journey to Machu Picchu, Peru’s most visited and beautifully preserved Inca ruins. Followed by an informative guided tour of the area.
  • An exhilarating 2-hour hike to reach the summit of Wayna Picchu offering panoramic Machu Picchu vistas.
  • A rooftop cooking class in Cusco covering local delicacies – crafted by local culinary experts.
  • A 5-day hiking expedition to the magnificent ancient ruins of Choquequirao, exploring stunning vistas of enveloping mountains, canyons and much more along the way.

What to Expect 

Every night of this 18-day tour ends with a stay in some of Peru’s finest 5-star properties like Marriott Miraflores Hotel in Lima, Hotel Libertador Paracas in Paracas, Marriott Hotel in Cusco, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Puelbo Hotel in Machu Picchu and Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in Sacred Valley to name a few.

At just USD $7,299 per person based on twin share (USD $6,299 per person for those who choose to remove the trek experience). This impressive luxury travel itinerary includes guided tours, airport transfers, trekking equipment, meals, entrance tickets to Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu and 5-star accommodation. There’s no better way to enjoy the very best of what Peru has to offer – get more information about this tour here.

Contact Tanya Kellen on +61 421 986 733 or tkellen@mtatravel.com.au for more details.

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Choquequirao Trek – A Great Alternative to the Inca Trail

Choquequirao Trek – A great alternative to the Inca Trail

Choquequirao Trek 

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When you think of Peru you instantly think of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. Unfortunately so does everyone else. So what do you do if you want to see Inca ruins, go on a hike and not be surrounded by everyone else doing the same thing?

Let me introduce you to the Choquequirao Trek. A 5 day spectacular hike that takes you on a journey through the jungle, along the Apurimac canyon and to the ancient Inca ruins of Choquequirao. Choquequirao is the long lost sister of Machu Picchu. These ruins are actually three times the size of Machu Picchu but only sees around a dozen tourists each day.

Now there is good reason behind why these magnificent Inca ruins are only visited by few travelers each day. That’s because of the challenging 5 day round trip hike all travelers must endure to visit these ruins. This hike is not for the faint hearted as some parts of this hike is steep and you of course are hiking at altitude. You are especially rewarded with almost having the entire Choquequirao ruins at your disposal. Its certainly an experience to explore and soak up the serenity & atmosphere of the ruins. Most of all have the sense of accomplishment of this hard yet rewarding hike.

Some of the best secrets in Peru are off the tourist track and Choquequirao is one of them. The best way to explore Choquequirao is through our 18Day Luxury Adventure Tour to Peru this September 2017.

The Deluxe version of the Choquequirao Trek –

First of all our tour has a unique combination of adventure, amazing sightseeing and staying in 5 star hotels. Most of all our tour offers the deluxe version of Choquequirao hike with deluxe tents, a full support team and an all inclusive trekking experience. Check out our 18 Day Luxury Adventure Tour to Peru to experience this amazing Choquequirao trek.

 

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A Perfect Setting in the Sacred Valley – Peru Hotels

A perfect setting in the Sacred Valley, Peru Hotels  

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel Review 

    
One of my favourite Peru hotels is the new and exciting Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. This is a perfect hotel to stop, relax and recharge before continuing your journey to Machu Picchu.

This Peru hotels sets the scene of an old historical hacienda with a contemporary twist and a grand entrance. The hotel sits on 100acres and has 12 rooms in the main Casa Hacienda and 24 stand alone luxury casitas with unspoiled views of the magnificent surrounding snow capped mountains, plus a few ultra luxurious owners quarters and suites.

The rooms are rustic and feels like your staying with your old Peruvian family, as soon as you walk through the door you instantly feel relaxed and warm with a spacious room that has been carefully decorated in local Peruvian charm and character. The rooms range from the superior deluxe rooms which have a living room, dining area and colonial style wardrobe, to the Casitas with your own unspoiled views of the surrounding mountains and fireplace to the spacious and extravagant suites and owners quarters where you will certainly feel at home.

Another reason why this Peru hotels stands out is the contribution to sustainability in the area, the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba has its very own 10 acre organic plantation which all the restaurant food is cooked from and absolutely delicious. I highly recommend booking into the hotels restaurant for dinner as the creations they use from their local produce is mouthwatering.

Below I have put a few pros and cons to help you decide if the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is the ideal Sacred Valley Peru hotels for you;

Pros:

  • New contemporary hotel with a rustic charm
  • Stunning location
  • Spacious rooms
  • Reasonable prices for restaurant & rooms
  • Well made Pisco sour
  • Great ambiance in the lobby and bar areas
  • Perfect place for a relaxation day
  • Complimentary activities at the resort
  • Perfect for couples

Cons:

  • Not walking distance to other local restaurants
  • Must book the restaurant for dinner reservations in advance
  • Not ideal for travellers who cant walk uphill or uneven surfaces very well as the hotel is situated on a hill.

 

This hotel is also one of the unique Peru hotels we book on our 18 Day Luxury Adventure Tour in Peru this September; http://www.prestigeworldtours.com.au/tour/luxury-adventure-tour-peru

For more details on the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba and how we can use this hotel to fit in with your Peru holiday plans call Tanya @ MTA Travel on 0421 986 733 or email tkellen@mtatravel.com.au
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Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest 

      

It’s on most travellers bucket list to see the magnificent Amazon rainforest, which comprises of 1.4billion acres making it the largest rainforest in the world. With this much land coverage it’s hard to imagine there are only a few spots where tourists can go to enter the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil and Peru are the main hubs when entering the Amazon rainforest, however the most unique spot is through Ecuador. A short flight from Quito to Coco takes you directly into the Amazon Rainforest and along side the Napo River. The Amazon rainforest is by far the most accessible to reach from Ecuador.

Once in Coca board the divine Anakonda Amazon River cruise, the only luxurious vessel in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. It was built to ensure the most comprehensive and unique adventure possible with all the luxurious at arms reach. The Anakonda comes complete with a large observation deck, outdoor Jacuzzi, al fresco lounge and 18 suites featuring sitting areas and large comfortable beds.

Each day the Anakonda takes its guests along the Napo River and deep into the Amazon rainforest to experience the flora and fauna in the area. Day excursions take you onboard the Anakonda’s small canoes in search for the pink dolphins, squirrel monkeys, the infamous piranha, water monkey fish, parrots and much more.

Using Ecuador as your entry into the Amazon rainforest and experiencing the region through the Anakonda River cruise will ensure you will have the best of both worlds with the luxury of this river cruise and the sheer beauty of the Amazon Rainforest.

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Venezuela – The Lost World

 

Venezuela – The Lost World 

 

Still to this day there are many parts of the world where few tourists have visited and this is a story about a place which has been hidden from society; a place where flora and fauna has not evolved and is known as ‘The Lost World”. The lost world is a far way place known as Mount Roraima, a huge table top mountain in the heart of Venezuela overlooking Guyana and Brazil. 1000’s of years ago this mountain was surrounded my a lush rainforest and lined in crystals. Once on top of this tabletop mountain you encounter what the world looked like 1000’s of years ago as its huge cliff face walls protect it, nothing to reach the top of the mountain for evolution to take place. As much as this mountain is breathtaking and steps back in time it’s not for the faint hearted. Reaching the top of this mountain you will need strength, determination, and courage.

The first two days of my trek to Mount Roraima where hard, the walk itself was easy, with approximately 8 hours of walking per day but hard due to the sever heat and no shade!The third day is the summit day and the hardest of all. Looking up from base camp to the top is sheer cliff face and your eyes struggle to see the path. But as soon as we started venturing closer to this cliff face mountain a small yet steep path emerged. Following the path up to the top we endured spectacular views of Venezuela and how far we had all come. We climbed over boulders, climbing through waterfalls and using every muscle in our body to finally make it to the top of this magnificent mountain.

Stepping on top for the first time, it is an unbelievable feeling knowing this how the Earth looked like 1000’s of years ago. Stepping over crevasses, looking at the unique rock formations, being above the clouds, walking through crystal lined valleys on top of the mountain and seeing flora and fauna not witnessed before is a feeling that will stick with you for a lifetime. We were able to explore the mountain over two days before climbing down to the bottom and continuing to our next adventure – Angel Falls in Canaima National Park.

Apart from taking a trek back in-time, Venezuela is also home to the highest waterfall in the world – Angel Falls, it also has Jasper lined rivers, Pink dolphins and still to this day a country which is not inundated by tourists and ideal for a person wanting a very unique and unforgettable holiday.

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