Latin America

Latin America

Brazil Calling: World Cup News You Can Use

Let the games begin! And indeed 2014 FIFA World Cup will kick off on June 12 at the new 65,000-seat stadium in Sao Paulo. All 12 cities will host at least four of the 64 matches, with the final competition on July 13 at the Macarana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Nayara Springs

Luxurious New Properties in Latin America

Five-star properties are popping up throughout Latin America with luxurious offerings from hot spring mineral pools in villas to private yacht explorations.
Mashpi Cloud Forest Lodge

Ecuadorian Cloud Forest Adventure FAM Trip

Tara Tours is taking travel agents on a five-star, 8-day Ecuadorian Cloud Forest Adventure FAM in June.
JW Marriott Cusco

Spa Escape at JW Marriott Cusco

Travelers seeking a five-star spa getaway in Peru need look no further than the JW Marriott Cusco, set in a 16th century convent in historic Cusco.
Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Big Five Heads to Guatemala & the Galapagos

Big Five Tours & Expeditions heads to Guatemala and the Galapagos Islands this year on an adventure tour through Latin America.
Maria Santa Teresa

What’s New in Latin America

Exclusive tours to Peru. Pop-up hotels in Rio de Janeiro. Cooking classes in Costa Rica. There are plenty of new things in store for your clients visiting Latin America this year.

Become an Expert on the Falkland Islands

With the specialist courses available on, travel agents can gain the knowledge they’ll need to more expertly sell a destination. Recommend’s FIXpert-Falkland Islands Xpert will give you expert knowledge about this archipelago and its unique wildlife and history.
The Vines Resort & Spa

The Vines Resort in Argentina Joins The Leading Hotels of the World

Luxury boutique hotel The Vines Resort & Spa in Argentina, opening in January, has joined The Leading Hotels of the World, the first in the Mendoza region to be part of the luxury collection.

Become a Guatemala Specialist

Now that Recommend has launched the Guatemala Specialist Program, this Central American gem can be an easy sell for the active traveler, the cultural buff or the family looking to experience a country rich in architecture, cuisine and centuries-old Maya temples.

Latin America in 2013 & Beyond

This year, the cream that seemed to rise to the top of Latin America’s travel marketplace brew was a trio of trends—luxury, sustainability and enriching experiences.
The Singular Patagonia

The 8th Wonder of the World—Torres del Paine National Park

It’s official. Torres del Paine National Park won the title of "8th Wonder of the World." The southern Chilean wild land garnered five million votes in a worldwide competition that attracted more than 300 entries from more than 50 countries.
Palacio del Inka

Libertador’s Luxurious Palacio del Inka Reopens in Cusco

Travelers visiting Cusco now have a luxurious option located in the center of the city, Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, which re-opened in August.

It’s Time to Experience Guatemala

Now that Recommend has launched the Guatemala Specialist Program, this Central American gem can be an easy sell for the active traveler, the cultural buff or the family looking to experience a country rich in architecture, cuisine and centuries-old Maya temples.

Become a Chile Specialist

Via all of the specialist courses available on, travel agents can gain the knowledge they’ll need to more expertly sell a destination. Herewith, we put a spotlight on Recommend’s Chile Specialist Program.

Nicaragua Now!

Nicaragua’s time has come.

Become a Panama Specialist Today

Panama may be a small country—about as large as the state of South Carolina—but it excels in terms of hospitality and safety, offering travelers everything from luxury beach resorts to rainforest lodges. Gain the knowledge to promote Panama and its adventure, nature and cultural offerings with the Panama Specialist Program.

Coming Attractions: The Luxe and Lovely Indura Beach & Golf Resort at Tela Bay,...

Honduras will be hitting a home run in hospitality when the luxury Indura Beach & Golf Resort opens in the first quarter of 2014, a showcase property along a 26-mile stretch of Tela Bay on the northern Caribbean coast.

Seaside Swells: Brazil + Uruguay

Swell places for clients to be by the sea in South America.

Explore Three Amazing Cities with StarwoodPro

With locations in more than 100 countries and as the global traveler continues to evolve, Starwood Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its footprint in the destinations you sell and your clients love. To support this growth, Starwood is also expanding its resources for travel professionals.

Rebranding at Australis

Australis, whose ships that follow the path of Charles Darwin in South America, has rebranded its name and logo, dropping the Cruceros portion from its former title, Cruceros Australis.

Dateline Quito

All eyes are on Quito, Ecuador, for the opening on Sept. 18 of the 37th TravelMart LatinAmerica (TMLA), an annual ingathering of buyers and sellers of travel products and services. The 3-day marathon of business meetings, orchestrated by William H. Coleman, Inc., gives all attendees—150 travel buying companies from North America this year—a focused venue to learn what’s new in the Central and South American market place.

Ecuador & Galapagos FAM Trip

Agents can spend 10 days exploring the Amazonian jungle in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on a FAM trip with Flo Tours.

El Salvador Conducts First Travel Market

The beaches of El Salvador have been well known for decades among the surfing set as one of the world’s most challenging locales and has been the venue for the Quicksilver surfing events that have attracted thousands. Now, the country is broadening its appeal to attract a wider range of visitors by promoting its cultural heritage, its Mayan sites and its extensive national parks and reserves.

Costa Rica’s Occidental Grand Papagayo Turns Adults-Only

Costa Rica will welcome its first adults-only property when the Occidental Grand Papagayo converts to an adults-only hotel on Nov. 1.

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

Located on the northern Pacific side of Costa Rica, Guanacaste—an area where beaches form white ribbons around crescent-shaped bays—is fast becoming a haven for adventure- and nature-seeking travelers, and families are “catching the wave.”

Royal Caribbean Returns to Brazil with Winter Cruises

Your clients can ring in the new year with a fireworks show at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on one of Royal Caribbean International's winter 2014-15 Brazil and South America cruises.

Historic Peruvian Hotel Joins The Luxury Collection

After a $15 million renovation, Palacio del Inka in Cusco has joined The Luxury Collection portfolio as Starwood Hotels & Resorts expands in Peru.

Bogota, Colombia

This past spring, Recommend was whisked away on a whirlwind tour of Bogota, Colombia. Although we wished we could’ve spent more time in this South American hotspot, during the short time we were there, Bogota managed to enthrall and enrapture our senses with its culture, museums, pre- and post-Columbian architecture, and its world-class local and international cuisine.

Costa Rica Dream World FAM

Costa Rica Dream World is hosting a 7-day FAM trip complete with ziplining, hiking and white-water rafting.

Eye on the World: Costa Rica

Last week, Recommend spent a few days in Costa Rica exploring its lush rainforests in Jaco (via a zipline), taking in a few surfing lessons, and soaking up the magnificent views on a catamaran ride in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Costa Rica FAM

Agents can explore the Costa Rican hotel Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel and Spa with a FAM rate of $99 per night.

Winter Deals at Chile Hotels

While North America is still in summer mode, South America is now offering travelers winter discounts at luxury properties in Chile.

Guatemala: Specialist Program & More

Since Guatemala is brimming with boutique hotels, and tour companies continue to offer exciting and adventurous itineraries to the country, here are some additional sources to help you sell this colorful Central American destination.

Romantic Escape in Belize

The mere mention of the word honeymoon conjures up images of island bliss, and El Secreto in Belize is offering the ultimate in privacy and luxury in a tropical paradise.

Save on Trips to Costa Rica with Perillo Tours

When travelers book Perillo Tours' Costa Rica trip, they can save $200 per couple from now through July 30.

Girlfriend Getaways in Latin America

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.

Wonders-of-the-World Honeymoons

Wonder-seeking newlyweds will find themselves in awe of the manmade and natural sites on display in Latin America.

Four Seasons Costa Rica’s Exotic Memorial Day Foodie Getaway

We had the pleasure of visiting the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo this past weekend, where the resort rocked a first-time culinary event: the Memorial Day Foodie Getaway.

In Peru, New Comforts Come to Condor Country

The newcomer in the Colca Valley, debuting this past April, is Aranwa Colca Resort & Spa, located on the banks of the Colca River on grounds landscaped with gardens that draw myriads of hummingbirds. The new property joins other hotels in the Lima-based Aranwa Group, now in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and coming in November, Aranwa Paracas Resort & Spa.

Take a Family Vacation in Costa Rica with Learning Journeys

With Learning Journeys Family Adventures, families can take a vacation to Costa Rica that also has an educational component.

The Road to Ruins, Northern Kingdoms

The Northern Kingdoms of Peru offer as much splendor as the iconic Machu Picchu.

Bahia Hotel Takes Spa to New Level

As UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Bahia, Brazil, expands its spa and fitness center, it's turning to the local Pataxo tribe for inspiration.

Three FAMs to Latin America & the Caribbean

Travel agents looking to visit Suriname, Curaçao or Costa Rica can take off on one of Sunny Land Tours' FAM trips in April and May.

Three New Ways to Tour Latin America

As travelers become more interested in Latin America, tour operators are paying attention to the trends and expanding their offerings.

Booking 2 on the Isles

Easter Island and the Galapagos Islands have one thing in common: they are both located out in the Pacific, off the coasts of Chile and Ecuador, respectively. Otherwise, they offer very different travel experiences.

Costa Rica

We’ve explored beyond Costa Rica’s hotspots and found three areas that should be on your radar.

Q&A with CEO and Founder of Group IST, Michael Goren

Founder and CEO of Group IST Michael Goren spoke with Associate Editor Deserae E. del Campo to talk about the company's religious, educational and experiential travel tours to such places as the Holy Land, Africa, the Greek Isles and the Seychelles (just to name a few)—all tailor made for groups.

Voluntourism in Costa Rica

Wild Planet Adventures is adding a wildlife voluntourism experience to its 14-day Ultimate Wildlife tour in Costa Rica.

Peru FAM with Tara Tours

Travel to Peru and Cuzco on a 7-night FAM trip with Tara Tours, departing May 3.

Quito’s New Airport Opens Tomorrow

Effective Feb. 20, passengers will be taking off from and landing in Quito, Ecuador at the new Mariscal Sucre Airport, located 15 miles northeast of Quito in the Tababela parish.

El Secreto

This is a luxurious, top-quality boutique beach resort that will raise the standard of service currently offered in the country.

Discover the Ruins of Copan in Honduras

On December 21, 2012, the 5,126-year-long Maya long-count calendar came to an end. For those who missed the ceremonies and celebrations at the royal Mayan complex of Copan, turn the calendar page to a new era of discovery.