Jet-Setting With “Nat Geo”

Jet-Setting With “Nat Geo”

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Once or twice a year, a glossy catalog with a posh trip by air lands in my mailbox.

The latest that caught my eye was about the National Geographic Expeditions new multi-day private jet excursion to Central and South America.

You’ll be gone for twenty-two days, departing from and returning to Miami, making these stops along the airborne circuit:

  • Tikal and El Mirador, Guatemala
  • Panama City and the Panama Canal, Panama
  • Cusco and Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, or Trujillo, Peru
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Iguaçu Falls, Brazil
  • Cartagena, Colombia

You can expect to be set down among spectacular scenery.

(National Geography Expeditions Photo)

At each destination you will be put up in swank lodgings.

(National Geographic Expeditions Photo)

And you will be accompanied by experts in archeology, biology, and photography who will help you appreciate what you’ll see during the trip.

(National Geographic Expeditions Photo)

Here’s what Nat Geo says about the specially outfitted Boeing 757 which will whisk you through the clouds:

  • 75 passenger seats in a special 2×2 configuration, instead of the standard 233 seats.
  • Beautiful VIP-style leather seating with adjustable leg and headrests and a 45-degree recline. The seats feature special ecomfort™ foam that reduces pressure and stress.

    (National Geography Expeditions Photo)
  • One of the highest crew-to-traveler ratios in the industry — 1 to 5.
  • Spacious cabin with plenty of storage for personal items.
  • Spotless and plush interior details.
  • Our specially-trained flight crew — including three pilots, expedition chef, catering officer, eight flight attendants, two engineers, and a dedicated luggage handler.
  • A dedicated expedition physician who accompanies the group on the jet and on land.
  • Operation and maintenance by the award-winning TUI Airways, based in England and winner of the World’s Best Leisure Airline at the 2010 World Airline Awards.
  • Audio-visual capabilities with 24 flat-screen monitors for onboard seminars and destination-specific movies and documentaries.
  • iPads loaded with trip-related content for use during flights.

I’m not sure who goes on these trips, but they are not for the “faint of wallet: The $78,945 per person/double occupancy cost includes most, but not all expenses, but not the costs of traveling from your home to and from Miami, personal expenses, and trip insurance.

The bad news: I’m not going, except in my dreams, unless I win the Powerball lottery.

The good news: The trip doesn’t begin until March 2, 2019, so I’ve got nearly a year to try to score that lottery win.

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