Latin America

Latin America

Intrepid Travel Launches Solo-Only Tours

The stigma of traveling alone is on its way out the door with the rise of solo trips, tours and cruises tailor made for those going it alone.

Hiking Huayna Picchu

Travel Vision Journeys is inviting active travelers to Peru for a sensory exploration of the country’s ancient cultures, cuisine and iconic landscapes, including the Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Out-of-the-Ordinary Group Tours

For an out-of-the-ordinary tour suggestion that incorporates sought-after destinations and experiential learning opportunities, while taking into account your client’s special interests such as voluntourism or religious tourism, recommend these adventure-filled vacations.
Spring Villa at Nayara Springs Resort in Costa Rica.

Craving a Sweet Suite?

Latin America offers show-stopping suites to urban-loving guests and excels in the sweetest of suite accommodations in mountain and jungle lodges.

A “Standing Ovation” for Celebrity’s New “Far Away” TV Spot

A travel agent executive gives Celebrity Cruises' new TV spot “Far Away” a standing ovation.

The Sights, Sounds and Flavors of South America

South America is the ideal destination for active travelers looking to dive into the sights, sounds and flavors of pre-Columbian cultures.

Play Time Reimagined

Hotels and resorts are stepping up and out “to fill the evolving needs of family travelers who are more active, more global and more socially connected than ever before,” says Brian Povinelli, global brand leader of Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Meridien.
Abercrombie & Kent is offering a Family Peru tour in 2017.

PERU: Family-Friendly & Fascinating

Peru sits firmly on the wish list of family-friendly destinations, and in this boom-time market for family travel, Peru has some of the hottest vacation options of all: “re-conquering” ancient Inca cities and cruising the Amazon wildlands.

Luxury on the Banks of Rio Uruguay

The former love nest of an Argentinian ballerina has been transformed into a secluded hideaway on the banks of the Rio Uruguay in Salto.

Discover the Marvels of Costa Rica

Pleasant Holidays has opened sales of its 2017 Costa Rica Guided Vacations with guaranteed departures every other Saturday through Dec. 10, 2016, and from Jan. 7 to Dec. 9, 2017 with no minimum number of travelers required.

Argentina Annuls Entry Fee

"Welcome to Argentina" has gone from a whisper to a shout, according to Marnella Tours.

Giant Savings and Tortoises on IE’s Galapagos Cruise

International Expeditions’ discounted pricing on the cruise line’s 10-day Galapagos Islands cruise is ideal for all of your spontaneous, budget-conscious, watersports-loving clients.

Discover Luxury on Abercrombie & Kent’s New Marco Polo Journeys

For your clients with more checks than blanks on their travel bucket lists, Abercrombie & Kent has created new limited-edition small group journeys to off-the-beaten path destinations including Papua New Guinea, Bolivia and Sri Lanka.

LATAM Airlines Brazil Invests Olympian Effort in Preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympics

LATAM Airlines has begun special operations for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, adding 150 domestic flights, as well as services such as translators at key airports, advance check-in at the Athletes’ Village, special wheelchairs and a LATAM Passenger Guide in three languages
Cox & Kings USA’s Brazil: Colonial Roots trip visits Ouro Preto.

The Romance of Discovery

There’s something wildly romantic about walking in the footsteps of ancient civilizations and historic cultures, and Latin America has more than its share of world-class antiquities and living cultures.

Encounter of Two Worlds in Peru

For your foodie clients, Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas’ Palacio del Inka property, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Cusco, is offering the Encounter of Two Worlds package.

Hampton by Hilton Makes its Argentina Debut

In Q2 2018, Argentina will welcome its first Hampton by Hilton property in San Carlos de Bariloche, a popular tourist destination situated in the foothills of the Andes along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi.

Hilton Worldwide Heads to Belize

Expected to open its doors in early 2017, the Resort at Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton will be the first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize, as well as the first luxury resort from a global brand in the country.

Unplug With Intrepid Travel’s New Digital Detox Tours

Break free from technology, if only for a week, on Intrepid Travel’s four new Digital Detox tours.

Accidental Explosion Causes the Aqua Amazon to Sink

On Saturday, July 16, Aqua Expeditions’ founder and CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro announced that an accidental explosion caused the luxury cruise line’s 12-suite Aqua Amazon vessel to sink during the ship’s regular Saturday supplying and turn-around.

Silversea Announces Tasty New Culinary Cruises 

Silversea Cruises has unveiled three new Culinary Expedition Voyages for 2016 and 2017.

Opulent Accommodations Around the Globe

When your clients ask for a luxurious getaway with all of the trimmings, suggest these opulent hotel and train accommodations.
Chayote Lodge, Costa Rica.

Onsite Review: Chayote Lodge, Costa Rica

Fine, sustainable lodgings mixed with authentic experiences are in the DNA of Costa Rica, and Rico Tours president Leigh Ann Cloutier is excited about the country’s newest: Chayote Lodge.
Opposite page: Dining al fresco at The Vines Resort & Spa in Chile.

Do Like the Locals in Latin America

Never underestimate the power of a hotel to capture for guests the specialty adventures of its immediate neighborhood, and to unlock the essence and authenticity of its locale. By opening new hospitality horizons, Latin America hotels continue to change the landscape of vacation planning for the active and adventurous traveler, while also delivering memorable cultural experiences. Let’s consider some prime-time examples...

The Olympic Flame Heads for Rio

As of June 30, there are 36 days left until the Aug. 5 opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics at the iconic Macarana Stadium; closing ceremonies on Aug. 21 will also be held at this famous stadium.

explora Valle Sagrado Puts the Accent on Exploring

With the opening of explora Valle Sagrado in Peru’s Sacred Valley on July 1, the explora group will be welcoming guests to its first hotel outside Chile.

Chile FAM

Flash Tour USA is offering a 6-day Chile FAM Dec. 1-6, 2016.

Collette Extends Savings on Trip of a Lifetime Itineraries

Agents can save their clients up to $1,500 per couple on Collette’s recently launched Trip of a Lifetime itineraries in Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America when using the promo code BUCKETLIST.
Jungle Spa at Belcampo Belize.

Eco-Friendly Honeymoons

Luring travelers with rich ecosystems, sparkling beaches, ancient civilizations, and stunning eco-lodges, Central American countries are well positioned to reap the gains from a growing crop of newlyweds choosing eco-friendly honeymoons.

Get Pampered and Play at Westin Playa Bonita Panama

The Westin Playa Bonita is offering a Luxe & Local Panama package for travelers looking to escape to tropical Panama City, Panama for an indulgent getaway sprinkled with a bit of adventure.

Allianz Survey Reveals American Attitudes Towards Cuba Travel

A survey by travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance has found that although 42 percent of Americans are interested in visiting Cuba now that travel restrictions from the U.S. have been eased, 70 percent are currently unlikely to do so.

The Reality of Virtual Travel

Virtual reality technology is popping up across all sectors of the travel industry, bringing your clients closer to far-flung destinations and you closer to closing that deal.
Tara Tours offers trips to Guatemala, with excursions to Tikal.

New Frontiers in Travel

It’s always interesting to learn what new discoveries specialists in travel to Latin America have made on recent journeys. It’s even better to find these discoveries in new client-pleasing vacations. We asked an adventurous quartet of U.S. tour operators the following: “What is the one corner of Latin America that you think might be the next new-frontier/new-attraction for North American travelers?”

Hyatt’s Newest Brand: The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has launched a new brand featuring a global collection of unique and independent stay experiences.

ID Travel Unveils Cancellation Waiver Promotion

Luxury tour operator ID Travel Group has launched a complimentary cancellation waiver at select properties.

Out of Africa & Into South America

Once upon a time—eons ago, actually—the South American continent was physically joined to Africa. This year we have a couple of tour companies, specialists in luxury African safaris and lodgings, who are expanding their horizons and heading West to add Latin America to their luxury travel portfolios.

On the Travel Menu in Chile & Peru

The April issue of Recommend highlights tours focusing on food in Latin America. Now, our Latin America Carla Hunt is expanding on that “travel menu” to include a “preview tasting” of two hotels offering clients farm-to-table culinary experiences to accompany luxury lodgings in five-star destinations.

Colombia FAM

Tara Tours is offering a 7-night FAM to Colombia from Oct. 19-26, 2016.
Latin American Escapes offers a tour of Costa Rica that includes a stay at Monte Azul mountain resort.

Latin America: Accent on Food

Culinary tourism seems to be about the most popular ingredient in the travel demand for new and involving experiences.

Get Amplified With Hard Rock Hotels

Hard Rock Hotels has launched its Amplified package, available at all 23 properties worldwide, including domestic locations in Florida and California, and international destinations in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean.

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