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The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)


As one of the most iconic parts of Southeast Asia, none is more sought out or respected than The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Set in the heart of the Bangkok, Thailand, the Emerald Buddha resides in a diverse complex of buildings at The Grand Palace. Despite the allure of the numerous buildings, halls, pavilions and gardens that make up the Palace, The Emerald Buddha calls out to anyone nearby.

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Topics: Southeast Asia, Asia

Quick Facts About Machu Picchu, Peru

Famed American archaeologist, Hiram Bingham, re-discovered the beautifully preserved Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, or “old peak”, in 1911. Machu Picchu sits high above the Urubamba River in the middle of the cloud forest. Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, most archaeologists believe Machu Picchu was created as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century. View this Private Journey - https://www.travcoa.com/tours/americas/peru/mythical-machu-picchu-peru

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Topics: Peru, Machu Picchu

New Zealand's Hawke's Bay: Culinary Richness from the Wine Region

The Hawke's Bay region is known for its mild winters and long, hot, Mediterranean summers. It is this gorgeous climate that entices exclusive travelers to visit and allows the region to be so well-known for producing fine wine and remarkable food. Local markets are loaded with a bevy of fresh vegetables, seasonal fruit, locally-made cheeses, seafood, lamb, and artisan treats. These opulent goodies compete for stall space with bread, fresh baking, hand-made chocolates, and artisanal wines.

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Topics: New Zealand, Culinary, Wine

Enjoy a day trip to unspoiled Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island, located off the coast of southern Australia, features such a wide array of natural wildlife and majestic beauty that it’s often referred to as Australia’s Galapagos. This island offers an unforgettable experience for all visitors no matter where their interests lie, making it a little slice of heaven for everyone who comes ashore. There are nearly endless opportunities for fine dining, deep cultural experiences, and amazing wildlife sightings.  Here is what you’ll be able to experience on a trip to this breathtaking island.

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Topics: Australia, Kangaroo Island, Australia, Culinary, Nature

Australia Points of Interest - A Delicious Day in Barossa Valley


When you embark on your luxury adventure through Australia's Barossa Valley as part of Travcoa's Amazing Australia 13-Day Private Journey, you'll immediately get swept up in the region's rich history and culture. The past is very much present in the stunning architecture and the lush landscapes, which drew in the German and English pioneers who settled there in the 1840s.

The influence of those independent and industrious settlers is also strong in Barossa wineries, bakeries, butcher shops, and restaurants. Preserving, smoking, and baking are still a part of everyday life, and your luxury tour will offer culinary delights that include delicious smoked mettwurst, lachschinken, traditional breads, olives and olive oil, and a variety of chutneys, pickles and preserves.

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Topics: Australia, Barossa Valley

#TravelTogether: Luxury in Peru


Traveling with a luxury tour operator means staying at the finest properties, taking convenient transportation, and enjoying exclusive access to shows and performances. Our Mythical Machu Picchu Journey is no exception. Our guests can enjoy a stay at an accommodation nestled right next to the ruins of Machu Picchu, savor some of the best Peruvian cuisine, and enjoy an authentic show at a hacienda. Watch as Kelley Ferro does all of this and more in this episode of #TravelTogether with USTOA.

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Topics: Peru

The Andes & Machu Picchu


Prior to the arrival of eager Spanish colonizers, the Inca had already established a sprawling, multi-country empire with their own language, government, and religion. As the Inca had no written language – they kept records with a system of knotted cords called “quipu” – what’s known about this ancient civilization has been culled from the written accounts of outsiders and the striking remains that the Inca themselves left behind.

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Topics: Peru

#TravelTogether: Food in Peru


With so many cultural influences in Peru – from Spanish colonialism to Chinese immigration, as well as a variety of indigenous cultures – it is no surprise that Peruvian cuisine reflects this mixture. Immigrants who moved to Peru, unable to find the ingredients for their own traditional food, adapted many recipes with Peruvian substitutes that were available. This resulted in some classic Peruvian dishes like lomo saltado, a meat and vegetable stir-fry topped with French fries.

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Topics: Peru

#TravelTogether: Loving Lima


Peru’s capital city, Lima, is a perfect example of how this South American country blends ancient and modern civilizations. You can see the pre-Columbian artifacts in the Larco Museum, shop at the Larco Mar Mall, and sip artisan coffee in the trendy neighborhood of Barranco  all in the same day. In this episode of #TravelTogether with USTOA and Kelley Ferro, Kelley visits other Lima highlights as well  like Casa D’Aliaga, the home of the artist Victor Delfin, and the Church of San Francisco – all included on our Mythical Macchu Picchu Private Journey.

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Topics: Peru

#TravelTogether: Overview of Peru


Peru – vibrant and colorful, much like the textiles that this South American country is known for. Each thread of culture contrasts and complements the others to form the Peru we know today. From pre-Incan civilizations and the sprawling, sophisticated Incan empire to the influence of Spanish colonialism – every piece of history shapes the fabric of Peru, a country that is both ancient and modern.

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Topics: Peru