Girlfriend Getaways in Latin America

written by | Posted on June 18th, 2013

Llama Expeditions.

Llama Expeditions.
(Photo courtesy of Llama Expeditions.)

If your clients are ladies looking to jet off with a group of girlfriends, book them a Latin America getaway with these tours catering specifically to women.

Ladies who are looking for adventure in Peru can take a 10-day trek on the Inca Trail with Llama Expeditions. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu itinerary starts and ends in Lima, taking travelers on a city tour, in addition to exploring colonial Cusco, Inca ruins and a weaving community in the Andes, and then spending four days on the Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu.

On the trek, travelers stay in accommodations ranging from small lodges to three-season tents on the Inca Trail. Throughout the journey, travelers not only explore the region, they also have the opportunity to give back to the local communities. For example, travelers can dine at a restaurant that helps women and children in poor areas in the Andes.

“Because of the philanthropic nature of my programs, my guests also want to immerse themselves in the culture and pay it forward some way, either through cash donations to local charities or by bringing worthwhile gifts for schools, clinics and people they meet along the way,” says Diane Valenti, the founder and owner of Llama Expeditions. ”It’s this real connection to the people and everyday life in Peru that seems to leave the most lasting impression on my guests. And of course there’s the majesty of Machu Picchu and other lesser-known ruins we visit that complete the experience.”

Rates start at $4,497 pp for groups of two to four people. Your clients can save $100 if they book from now through the rest of the year for hikes completed by 2014. For more information, visit llamaexpeditions.com.

Meanwhile, on Indus’ Women Only Worldwide Tours’ Highlights Of Argentina, ladies spend 10 days exploring the country and its cultural offerings, with visits to vineyards to sample wine and tango lessons in Buenos Aires.

The trip starts in Mendoza with tours around the oldest part of the city, such as Pedro del Castillo Square and the Ruins of San Francisco Church, before visiting some of the nature in the area, such as General San Martin Park and the Hill of Glory. Travelers will also take a half-day tour visiting two of the wineries in the Lujan de Cuyo region, and even get to make their own blend of wine. After Mendoza, women visit Iguazu Falls before spending four nights in the capital, Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires, visitors will take city tours to see Avenida de Mayo; the historical neighborhood of San Telmo; and the Colon Theatre Opera House. In addition, guests will experience a show at Tango Porteño and spend a full day at Estancia Santa Susana for a fiesta gaucha party with lunch, drinks and folk dances.

Rates start at $2,099 pp. Accommodations include the five-star Amerian Portal de Iguazu in Puerto Iguazu; the four-star NH Cordillera in Mendoza; and the four-star Amerian Park Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires. For more information, call (866) 978-2997 or visit indus.travel/argentina/women-only-tours.

On LATOUR’s 8-day A Women’s View tour, designed and operated by women, travelers spend three nights in Quito, Ecuador and four nights on a Galapagos cruise on board the M/V Santa Cruz.

On the trip, women will take a city tour of Quito, drive through the valleys and orchards to the woodcarving village of San Antonio de Ibarra, and visit one of the top markets in the country, the Otavalo Indian Market. From Quito, travelers fly to Baltra Island in the Galapagos where they embark on a 5-day cruise around the islands, filled with nightly lectures by an expert guide, swimming and snorkeling, hikes and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Rates start at $3,850 pp and includes transfers marked in the itinerary; sightseeing by deluxe motor coach; flights between Quito and the Galapagos; full breakfast daily at the hotel; three meals daily on the ship, and a farewell dinner; a 5-day Galapagos Islands cruise; and 3-night accommodations at the Deluxe Radisson Hotel in Quito. For more information, visit latour.com.