Donovan Hervig

Donovan Hervig

Machu Picchu

ISA Peru Trip 2024: part 3 One of the many reasons to book your trip through a travel agent is that they, and their local, on-the-ground tour operators, can more effectively sort out any potential issues that may arise.  This…

The Sacred Valley

ISA Peru Trip 2024: part 2 After an amazing four days in the Peruvian Amazon’s Tambopata National Reserve (part 1), a 45 minute flight brought me from Puerto Maldonado to Cuzco – the Incan capital and gateway to Machu Picchu. …

The Amazon – Tambopata National Reserve

ISA Peru Trip 2024: part 1 As the planet’s largest rainforest, the Amazon is roughly the size of the contiguous U.S. and covers nearly half of the South American continent.  Although two-thirds of it is in Brazil, the mighty Amazon…

Off-the-beaten-path: Hidden Gems in Brazil

South America’s largest country is well-known for its capital city, Rio de Janeiro, and its annual carnival parade.  Perhaps best viewed from Sugar Loaf Mountain, seeing the Atlantic coastal forests descend to the city’s fabulous world-class beaches and Guanabara Bay –…

Off-the-beaten-path: Hidden Gems in Argentina

Argentina is well-known for Tango dance and music, along with its vast Patagonian expanses.  The plains (pampas) and mountains bring to mind world-class hiking and trekking, as well as Mendoza and its wine tours, not far from the continent’s highest peak –…

Brazil – Amazon & Pantanal

The Beavans are Back Two of our first and favorite passengers, Keith and Beth Beavan, were back traveling with Ideal South America in 2022.  Planned years ago, before the pandemic, and cancelled and re-scheduled more than once, they were finally able to…