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Teresa has traveled, as the great American writer Willa Cather says, to "the bright edges of the world." In 25 years of high adventure, Teresa has visited vibrant and cosmopolitan European cities, remote Asian villages, and romantic South Pacific Islands. She's ridden a camel in Rajasthan, watched the Whirling Dervishes twirl in Turkey, and rafted the rapids of Chile's Petrohue River. Teresa's extensive travel experience and specific personal knowledge of many parts of the world distinguish her from typical travel professionals. Teresa is not simply an "agent"… she's an adventurer. If she's not been to the corner of world you're interested in exploring, she's very likely researched the destination and created a customized journey for one or more of her clients. Here's where Teresa's been. Where do you want to go?
ARGENTINA -- Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls.
AUSTRIA -- Linz, Melk and Vienna.
AUSTRALIA -- Sydney
BAHAMAS -- Nassau
BELIZE -- Ambergris Caye, Belmopan, Caves Branch, Caye Caulker, the Cayo District and many of the smaller cayes only accessible by private catamaran. My private group itinerary also included a river cave spelunking expedition in Caves Branch, requiring passengers to trek up and float down river on intertubes, wearing miner's lights throughout the dark, mysterious journey.
BRAZIL -- Sao Paulo, Rio de Janiero, Salvador de Bahia and Costa de Sauipe, including an eco four-wheel jeep drive and canoe excursion through the river and swamp forrests to the beach.
CAMBODIA -- Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
CANADA -- British Columbia (Vancouver and Victoria Island), Alberta (Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Jasper and Lake Louise), Ontario (Niagara on the Lake, Niagra Falls and Toronto), Quebec (Quebec City and Montreal) and Nova Scotia (Halifax, Lunenburg, Chester, and Mahone).
CHILE -- Santiago, Balmaceda and Chacabucu (in the heart of Upper Patagonia), Chiloé Island (including a visit to a penguin rookery), Puerto Varas and Petrohué (at the base of the Andes and in the “lake region” along the shores of Lake Llanquihue ~ including some class III and IV white water rafting), Santa Cruz and Maipo & Colchaga Valleys (Chile’s “Napa Valley”).
CHINA -- Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and the Great Wall. My private group itinerary also included an overnight journey by way of the Chinese Express train from Beijing to Xian in a sleeper cabin - A fantastic cultural experience!
COLOMBIA -- Bogota, Manizales (Cafe Zona/Coffee Region), Medellin, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Taganga Beach, Tayrona National Park.
COSTA RICA -- Pacuare, Arenal, Tabacon Springs, El Ocotol, Monteverde, Puerto Limon, San Jose, Tortugueros, Jaco Beach, Manual Antonio, Monteverde and Pacuare River. Some of our accommodations included lodges in the middle of the cloud forest overlooking the bubbling Arenol Volcano as well as cabins at the base of the rain forest.
CROATIA -- Zagreb, Opatija, and Plitvice Lakes National Park, as well as all along the Dalmatian coast, including Dubrovnik and the islands of Split and Hvar.
CZECH REPUBLIC -- Prague and nearby surrounding castle districts.
EGYPT -- Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Sharm El Sheikh.
EL SALVADOR -- San Salvador.
ENGLAND -- London, Windsor, Bath, Southampton, Eastbourne and Brighton.
FINLAND -- Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Levi, Kemi (with a human plunge off of the Sampo Icebreaker into frigid arctic waters), and Yllas (with an overnight stay in the ice/snow hotel).
FRANCE -- Paris, Canne, Monte Carlo, Nice, champagne districts of Epernay and Reims, Burgundy including Beaune, as well as Aix-en Provence and the Luberon and Marseilles.
GERMANY -- Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Passau.
GREECE -- Athens, Olympia, Delphi and the greek islands of Crete, Hydra, Sifnos, Santorini and Mykynos.
GUATAMALA -- Guatemala City and Tikal.
HUNGARY -- Budapest.
INDIA -- Delhi, Pushkar, Chandelao, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Ranakpur, Ranthambore, Khimsar, Kerala, and the Himalayas.
INDONESIA -- Bali (Ubud, Sanur, Mount Batur), and the Indonesian archipelago islands of Nusa Lembongan, Gili, Moyo, Satonda, Wera, and Komodo (including the Pink Beach and Komodo National Park).
IRELAND -- Dublin, Dingle, Kilkenny, Shannon, Waterford, Wicklow, Limerick, Cork, Blarney and Killarney.
ISRAEL -- Jerusalem.
ITALY -- Assisi, Capri, Florence, Lake Como, Milan, Pompei, Rome, Siena, Sorento, Venice, Vatican City, the Tuscany and Umbria countryside like Cortona, Lucca, and the Cinque Terre villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.
JAPAN -- Tokyo, Kyoto, Kagoshima, Kiroshima, and post towns along the Nakasendo trail (Karuizawa, Narai, Kiso-Fukushima, Tsumago and Magome).
JORDAN -- Wadi Rum and Petra.
KOREA -- Seoul.
LAPLAND -- Kittila, Levi, Kemi and Rovaniemi.
MEXICO -- Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose Del Cabo, Yelapa, Mexico City and Oaxaca.
MONTENEGRO -- the beautiful Bay of Kotor.
MOROCCO -- Casablanca, Fez, High Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh and Ouarzazate. This exotic journey for my private tour also included a private camel trek into the Sahara Desert staying overnight in authentic Bedouin Tents amongst the "Blue Men" Berbers.
NEPAL -- Kathmandu and an Anapurna village trek, teahouse to teahouse including a helicopter ride up to Chhomrung, trekking down for five days to Sarangkot and finally a tandom paraglide flight down to Pokhara for two days of R&R, followed by a two-night white-water rafting and camping adventure along the Trishuli River.
NEW ZEALAND -- Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Wanaka, Queenstown.
NETHERLANDS -- Amsterdam.
PERU -- Lima, Iquitos, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Yanahuara, and Machu Picchu, including an industrious and marvelous trek along the Inka trail (just like Hiram Bingham did it) and cultural exchanges with the Willoq community to name a few.
PORTUGAL -- Lisbon and the southern coastal Algarve area.
PUERTO RICO -- San Juan.
SINGAPORE -- Marina Bay.
SOUTH AFRICA -- Cape Town, Kruger National Park (in the bush under canvas and at fabulous safari lodges), Hermanus, Johannesburg.
SPAIN -- Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Sevilla.
ST. KITTS -- Basseterre.
ST. MAARTEN -- Phillipsburg.
ST. THOMAS -- Charlotte Amalie.
SWITZERLAND -- Zurich, Lucern, Montreux, Vevey, Gstaad, Interlaken, Jungfrau, Mt Titlis, Mt Pilatus, Geneva and Valle Maggia.
TAHITI -- Moorea and Tahiti. Our accomodations were in thatched roof bungalows on the South Pacific surf's edge - unbelievably romantic!
TANZANIA -- on private safari in Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Tarangire with a stop-over on the spice island of Zanzibar.
THAILAND -- Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Phuket, Hua Hin, Trang and the off-island of Koh Libong. This private group adventure included a two night trek to the Hilltribes located deep in the mountains outside of Mae Hong Song. Transportation was by way of elephant back, bamboo raft and lots of strenuous hiking through the rain forest.
TURKEY -- Ankara, Cappodocia, Antalya, Bodrum, Selchuk, Ephesus, Cannakale and Istanbul. This journey also included overnighting in a "cave hotel" in Cappodocia, and a private chartered traditional Turkish gulet voyage while skirting the Tourquois Coast as well as the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas, followed by historic visits to two of the Ancient Wonders of the World. The grand finale was a five night stay exploring fabulous Istanbul.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
UNITED STATES -- almost all 50 states.
VIETNAM -- Ho Chi Man City (Saigon), Mekong Delta, Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Sapa.
CRUISES -- Alaska cruise aboard Holland America's Oosterdam, a Baja Mexico cruise aboard Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian's repositioning cruise from the Bahamas to New York City.