Latin America

Latin America

Crystal Cruises Reveals Major Brand Expansions

Crystal Cruises unveils some significant expansions to its luxury brand.

A “Pura Vida” Experience at the Four Seasons Costa Rica

Pura vida, meaning pure life, is a well-known Costa Rican saying, as well as the Costa Rican way of life. At the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, guests can experience the pura vida lifestyle, however that translates to them, whether it's through a day of active adventure or a detox from everyday life.
Views of Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort.

Hacienda AltaGracia is Now an Auberge Resort

Auberge Resorts Collection has announced it is now managing Hacienda AltaGracia, a luxury resort that opened June 2015 in the mountains of Perez Zeledon in Costa Rica.
Writer Ed Wetschler poses with Galapagos’ famous tortoises.

Small Boats & Big Tortoises in the Galapagos

When my friend Larry returned from Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, he told me (repeatedly) that he’d found the water too cold for snorkeling. A few months ago, when I returned from the Galapagos, I told him that his skinny pal had felt warm enough. How could this be?

Downtown Travel Launches New Leisure Brand

Downtown Travel, one of the largest air consolidators serving the U.S., recently announced its launch of a new leisure travel brand, Holidays with Downtown.
The Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort.

A FAM & New Tauck Trips to Costa Rica

Two tour operators are offering experiential trips to Costa Rica.

Eye on the World: Panama

Panama Unexpected was the theme of this visit to Panama's elegant Westin Playa Bonita, located on the beachfront just outside Panama City.

Vinicius Lummertz Named New President of Embratur

Vinicius Lummertiz has been named President of the Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur).

A Couple of Knockouts

Newlyweds are on the move, increasingly and wildly interested in experiencing new horizons in Central and South America. And with today’s honeymooners, it is rare that this most treasured of memories will be a one-stop destination. Consider just a couple of compelling combos.

Compelling & Romantic Combos

Peru and Panama are choice honeymoon spots.
A guestroom in Casa Palopo.

Casa Palopo Becomes First Relais & Chateaux Hotel in Guatemala

A private home turned luxury boutique Hotel, Casa Palopo is the first property in Guatemala—and only the second in Central America—to became an official member of the Relais & Chateaux hotel group.
Copan Airport in Rio Amarillo Honduras opened.

In Honduras, Copan Airport Makes its Debut

Copan, the Maya city-state, was connected by trails through the jungle during the first millennium: by a 2.5-hour road trip from San Pedro Sula in the second millennium: and as of March 10, 2015, by air services into the Copan Airport.

Costa Rica Honors Latour

Latour, longtime specialist in travel to Latin America, won this year’s title of Top International Tour Promoter to Costa Rica.
Volcano trekking, hiking and mountain biking are some of the activities Guatemala offers adventurous travelers. (Guatemala Tourism Board)

The Guatemala Travel Experience

An awesome inventory of temples and pyramids left behind by the ancient Maya. Horizons of sacred volcanoes mirrored in pristine lakes. Quiche Maya people weaving and wearing traditional dress. Well-preserved colonial towns and villages. Weekly markets and folkloric festivals—a kaleidoscope of color. Without doubt, few countries in the Americas can match Guatemala in cultural attractions.
The resort offers luxury tented camp accommodations.

Lodgings Take Comforts to New Heights

Resorts are taking their lodging accommodations to new heights.
The Nepal Kathmandu Spinning Prayer Wheels.

G Adventures Adds Eight New ‘Comfort’ Trips

G Adventures has added eight new trips to its 2015 Comfort brochure, including trips to Belize, Central and Eastern Europe, East Africa, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Patagonia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Sonesta Hotel San Antonio lobby.

Sonesta Hotel San Antonio Opens in Chile

Sonesta is expanding its portfolio with the opening of Sonesta Hotel San Antonio in Chile.
Brazil will host the 2016 soccer Olympics.

Six Brazilian Cities to Host Olympic Soccer Games

Who says Brazil is not totally focused on the 2016 Summer Olympics? Why else would the Brazilian Tourism Institute (EMBRATUR) come up with a bit of aviation trivia that reads: “The United States, the second largest delegation in the 2012 Olympics, had the largest number of flights to Brazil in 2014. In fact, international flights to Brazil increased by 30.97 percent in 2014, compared to 2010."
Collette launches Culinary Guide to Europe tours.

Culinary Experiences From Europe to South Africa

Culinary experiences are becoming quite popular with today's travelers. For your foodie clients seeking a culinary getaway, we've rounded up five experiences—from culinary bike tours to wine escapes—in destinations around the world.
Chef David Blisland leads Silversea's culinary program.

Silversea’s Culinary Sailings

Silversea is offering culinary & wine sailings.

Culture Xplorers’ Food-Focused Itineraries

In the April issue, I recount my culinary-infused trip through Peru with Culture Xplorers. Here's a Culture Xplorers tour ideal for foodie clients.

Onsite Review: Eating Our Way Through Peru

Culture Xplorers provides well-crafted itineraries in Peru.
Travelers on the Colombia FAM.

FAMs to South America

Tucan Travel is offering two FAMs to South America.
Ready for a ziplining adventure, which is very popular in Costa Rica.

Parks & Recreation = Family Travel Highs in Costa Rica

“If any destination is tailormade for family travel, Costa Rica is it.” I wrote that sentence in Recommend’s Costa Rica Specialist Program based on just looking around during many years of traveling in this family-friendly nation. Last July was time to sample the product: The Hunt family traveled in an Adobe Rent a Car’s 4x4 to a trio of kid-friendly wild places: Tortuguero National Park (three nights), the Sarapiqui region (two nights), and Monteverde National Park (three nights). Perhaps a trip report on what worked (most things) and what didn’t (just a few) will be helpful in client trip planning.
Visit Costa Rica with Boundless Costa Rica.

FAM to Costa Rica

Boundless Costa Rica is offering a FAM to Costa Rica, departing June 5, 2015.
Travelers hiking up the Inca trail.

So You’re Hiking the Inca Trail: Which One?

Dasatariq Peru, a leading tour operator and DMC based in Lima, notes that more than 75,000 people make the trek each year to get to Machu Picchu the way the Incas did—on foot—and today there are many different ways to hike the Inca Trail.
The Four Seasons adds Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota to its portfolio.

Four Seasons Debuts in Bogota

Two elegant boutique hotels in Bogota’s fashionable North Zone have switched hotel families.
Western Brook Pond at Gros Morne National Park. (Photo courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism.)

In Focus: 150 Countries, One Destination

Why is The New York Times Travel Show one of the largest trade and consumer travel events in North America? Well, let’s take a quick look at the numbers of the 10th annual tourism showcase, held Jan. 23-25, under the banner of 150 Countries, One Destination.

Recommended Luxury Stays in South America

Tour operators give their insight on top hotels stays in South America.

Tours to Argentina

Here's a sprinkling of tours to Argentina from U.S. tour operators.
Spa time at the family-run House of Jasmines estancia.

Upscaling The Wilderness

Go adventuring in style amidst Latin America’s remote and celebrated natural landscapes and culture sites, including in Argentina, where Salta and its environs shine.

Tune In to Ecuador at Super Bowl XLIX

Guess who’s a player at the Super Bowl this Sunday? Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism, up and running at the half-time advertising break to tell fans and viewers: All You Need is Ecuador.
A vintage car on the streets of Havana.(Photo courtesy of Travoca.)

Cuba’s New Travel Regulations

For over 50 years, travel to Cuba has been limited from the U.S., but as of last Friday, new travel rules between the two countries are now in effect. This could mean big changes for both travelers and travel advisors, but tell clients not to start packing just yet.

Costa Rica to the Rescue

While the temperature plunged to an all-time low for this year’s winter season—10℉, not counting the wind chill factor—and the stock market shot up a staggering 323 points on the Dow Jones, our good neighbors from the Costa Rica Tourism Ministry came to New York City to launch their Save the Americans campaign.The rescue victims are the overworked American worker and the rescue cure is—you guessed it: come relax in Costa Rica.
The Chachapoyas fortress of Kuelap.

Visit Peru’s Ancient Ruins

After last year's announcement to build a tram to the ruins of Choquequirao, the government of Peru has announced plans for a second tram headed to the ancient Chachapoyas fortress of Kuelap. The new cable car is expected to accommodate up to 1,000 visitors to Kuelap every hour.
The Carib houses—good night.

Caribbean Costa Rica: Authentically Yours

Let’s seriously consider a corner of Costa Rica that this traveler is not sure even the Costa Ricans know is there—the Caribbean coast, no match for the high-end pleasures and treasures of the Pacific coast, but a perfect match for clients who want wildlife viewing, snorkeling and surfing, laid-back beach towns, a join-in nightlife, and a less-costly vacation.

Checking-in To Latin America

Latin America continues to move upmarket, with hotel development a boom industry - especially in the luxury boutique hotels.

Tara Tours FAM to Panama

Tara Tours is offering an all-inclusive FAM to Panama in 2015.
Vila interion at Mukul Beack, Golf & Spa. (Photo credit: Ryan Forbes.)

Luxury Resort in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the home of the country's first luxury resort, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa.
View from El Dorado Casitas Royale troom. (Photo credit: El Dorado Casitas Royale.)

Tour Operators’ New Travel Offers

Tour operators are offering a slew of new travel packages and agent incentives. And in other travel industry news, Karisma Hotels & Resorts is highlighting their top tour operator for this month.

New Offerings With Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings has launched a new travel professional portal and added six itineraries to its Latin America portfolio.

Scavenger Hunt Through Buenos Aires

Your clients can have some fun while exploring Buenos Aires with Hummingbird Trip's Scavenger Hunt, which allows travelers to discover the city's character in a very unique way.
A aerial rendering of Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica.

AMResorts Expands in Latin America & the Caribbean

A few weeks ago, Recommend attended an event in Miami to get the 4-1-1 on AMResorts' new AMRewards program, where the senior director of sales, Matt Mullen, mentioned the brand was expanding to Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as adding more properties in Mexico.
Luna Salada Hotel.

Onsite Review: Bella Bolivia

Your clients will be walking on clouds when they visit Bolivia’s Salt Flats.
arlos M. Molinet, Sr. Vice President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau; Paola Carvajal, Minister of Transportation; Barbara Sharief, Mayor of Broward County; Nataly Celi, the Ambassador of Ecuador in the United States; Kent George, Broward County Aviation Director; and Fernando Guerrero, Tame Airlines CEO.

TAME Airlines’ New Service to Ecuador

TAME Airlines now services Quito, Ecuador from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). This marks the first flight to operate out of the Greater Fort Lauderdale area with daily nonstop service for TAME.

jetBlue Adds Four New Flight Connections

jetBlue recently announced four new non-stop flights out of Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.
El Secreto Belize.

Journese Debuts in Belize with Agent Incentives

Journese, the luxury brand of Pleasant Holidays, has grown its Central America portfolio with the addition of Belize as its newest destination. The new product line includes five deluxe resorts on Ambergris Caye, a variety of activity options and excursions, as well as private air and ground transportation options.
Close encounters with penguins on an Australis sail.

Australis’ Darwin Cruises

Australis, an expedition cruise company sailing on 3- and 4-night cruises between Ushuaia, Argentina and Puerto Arenas, Chile, has a magical routing: the Strait of Magellan, Cape Horn, the Beagle Channel and other places down in far-flung Tierra del Fuego that reverberate with adventure and history.
tYacu Wasi spa at the Sol y Luna Resort & Spa offers guests cultural spa experiences.

A Spa Experience in Peru

Sol & Luna Lodge and Spa in Peru offers guests spa experiences inspired by the country's unique wellness practices.
LAN’s Breast Cancer Awareness plane.

LAN Flys the Pink Ribbon

Exhibiting a familiar icon, LAN’s “Pink Planes” are taking the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign through all of Chile. Three LAN aircrafts are flying the pink ribbon to generate awareness of this important cause in different regions of the country.
See lemurs on the Madagascar Adventures tour inspired by the film, Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar.

Movie-Inspired Tours with Kensington

Hollywood's film sets can't compare to the real-life experiences travelers can take with Kensington Tours' private-guided itineraries inspired by this fall's blockbuster films.
Learn Latin dance moves with the Couples Retreat package in San Juan.

Couples Retreat in San Juan

Couples can escape to the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico this fall for a little pampering and romance with the Couples Retreat package.

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