Latin America

Latin America

Lake Titicaca.

Contiki Adds Six New Trips in Latin America

Contiki is adding six new trips to its Latin America portfolio beginning in 2018.
A lobby with a view at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in the Sacred Valley.

Globetrotting: Inkaterra Hotels: A Sustainable Success Story

Last year, those in our industry selling travel to South America celebrated the 40th anniversary of Inkaterra, whose award-winning luxury lodgings set new standards for Peru’s travel industry, and whose founder, Jose Koechlin, is honored industry-wide as a pioneer in ecotourism and a major force in hotel development focused on conserving the environment and enriching local communities—all financed by sustainable tourism revenues.
Belmond Las Casitas can arrange horseback riding excursions for guests in Colca Canyon.

Eco-Tourism in South America

Designed to bring guests closer to nature, these eco-conscious experiences in Peru and Chile are part of the rapidly expanding eco-tourism movement happening in South America and around the world.
Taking a cruise—both ocean-going and on the rivers—is one of the most popular ways to vacation, according to the survey, and Cuba is a top international destination. (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Travel Trends

You, too, are the travel experts, so we conducted a Future of Travel survey a couple of months back on recommend.com to get your take on what’s trending in travel in 2017 and 2018.
Avanti Destinations is offering eco-adventure itineraries on two new small ships.

Avanti Destinations Announces New Small Ships for Eco-Adventure Cruises

Avanti Destinations is giving travelers an intimate view of the rich flora, fauna and natural wonders of the Galapagos and Patagonia on its new small ship cruises for eco-adventure itineraries.
Jennie Ho, president of Delta Vacations.

Jennie Ho Takes the Reigns as President of Delta Vacations

With the recent appointment of Jennie Ho as president of Delta Vacations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, we thought it fitting to have a chat with the former Delta Air Lines managing director - specialty and Canada sales, to find out more about her transition and future initiatives.
Belmond is offering a 6-night itinerary in Botswana hosted by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the popular The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book series. (Photo credit: Belmond)

Belmond Launches Expert-Led Journeys Through Africa, Europe and Asia

The latest news from Belmond for spring, summer and fall 2017 includes new product launches, renovations, and itineraries, in addition to the debut of expert-led journeys through Africa, Scotland, and Myanmar.
Valparaiso is known for its citywide street art.

Globetrotting: Santiago, Chile

Once Sleepy, Santiago’s Now Wide Awake
LATAM Airlines Brazil is launching a direct service connecting Orlando, Florida with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 2.

LATAM Launches Direct Orlando-Rio de Janeiro Flight

On July 2, 2017, LATAM Airlines Brazil will launch a direct service connecting Orlando, Florida with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A guestroom at the Tower Suites Reykjavik in Iceland.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Introduces New Destinations

What do two luxurious retreats in Iceland, a historic gem in Armenia, and an island hideaway in Nicaragua have in common? They are the latest properties Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has introduced into its portfolio.

Eye on the World: Panama & Costa Rica with Windstar Cruises

During the course of seven days, through the Panama Canal and to Costa Rica with Windstar Cruises.
On The Go Tours' ultimate bucket list tour that takes travelers to each of the New Seven Wonders of the World, including the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Explore the New Seven Wonders of the World

On The Go Tours is offering the ultimate bucket list trip that takes travelers to each of the New Seven Wonders of the World, including the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu.

Chilean Vineyards Take Wine Tourism Beyond Tastings

Smart visitors to Chile leave time for at least one or two days away from Santiago, following the wine roads that link the vast vineyards just beyond the capital.
In 2016, Club Med opened Club Med Sanya in China.

Club Med’s Plans for 2017 and Beyond

Club Med has announced 15 new all-inclusive resorts and renovations across the globe for 2017 and beyond, including Club Med Samoens in the French Alps, which is now open for bookings.
Costa Rica Travel - WebGoTravel is here to answer your clients questions about travel to Costa Rica.

Top Costa Rica Travel Questions Answered. What is so special about Costa Rica? 

What makes Costa Rica so special and why is it such a hot destination?
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa in Costa Rica offers an outstanding spa and thermal springs experience.

Globetrotting: Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

“Unique” and “extraordinary” are common and oft-misused terms when describing a spa resort, but not in the case of Costa Rica’s award-winning Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa.
Guests can sail with Aqua Expeditions' CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro on a few new itineraries. (Photo courtesy by Aqua Expeditions.)

Aqua Expeditions Announces Exclusive Amazon and Mekong Sailings

Aqua Expeditions has announced two new river cruise voyages for 2017, where guests will have the opportunity to join the company's founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, or consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Unveils Its 2017 Travel Trends

For the first time in the company’s history, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has unveiled its picks for the top travel trends for 2017.
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco’s chef Thais Rodriguez takes guests on a tour through the local San Pedro Market.

Peru’s Modern Appeal

The best of Peru isn’t just in its past.
Bahia Vik Jose Ignacio in Uruguay.

A Tale of Two Countries

Uruguay and Nicaragua are topping the charts, here's why these two countries are now trending.

Central and South America Resorts Head Into High Season

Winter is quickly approaching in North America; however, in Central and South America, resorts are preparing for high season with warm weather that will beckon travelers from around the country.

12 (More) Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Last week, we whet your budget travel appetites with 10 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals to book before the end of the moth. This week, we’re squeezing in 12 more limited-time offers for you and your clients to consider.

A Taste of Ecuador

La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa—a former hacienda perched on an Andean hillside less than three hours outside of Quito, Ecuador—is offering its guests a taste of Ecuador through onsite cooking classes.

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.
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