Latin America

Latin America

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.

The Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa’s New Orchid Rooms Take a Cue From Nature

The Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa in Costa Rica has redesigned its Orchid Rooms to reflect the destination's culture and verdant landscape.

Spring Steals and Summer Hotel Deals

You'll have to act fast to take advantage of these spring and summer hotel deals in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.

El Salvador FAM

Tara Tours is offering an El Salvador Travel Experience April 28-May 05, 2016 for travel agents and their spouse or companion.

Si! Hotels in South America Focus on Food

Nowadays, South American cuisine continues to make culinary headlines, and hotels south of our border are active participants in the cultural trend of treating their guests to hands-on food experiences.

Classic Family Vacations With an Adventurous Twist 

Classic Journeys' family multi-sport journeys invite the whole gang to participate in river tubing, snorkeling, and other outdoor activities, as well as experience interactions with locals throughout their vacation.

Celebrity Cruises Ups Galapagos Islands Capacity

Celebrity Cruises is planning to up its Galapagos Islands guest capacity by 65 percent with the acquisition of the award-winning Galapagos Islands tour operator Ocean Adventures and its two ships, the 48-passenger M/V Eclipse and the 16-passenger catamaran M/C Athala II.

Make Art, Make a Difference Onboard Lindblad Expeditions Galapagos Voyages

Lindblad Expeditions, in partnership with National Geographic, is offering guests the opportunity to make art and support local artisans while sailing the Galapagos Islands through the Make Art, Make a Difference program.
G Adventures offers family trips in Costa Rica that include plenty of outdoor activities.

Adventure-Lands Ripe for Family Travel

We all know that family travel is a booming segment of the leisure marketplace, and Latin America has some of the hottest spots of all.

The Perks of Being an Agent

Journese, a member of Pleasant Holidays' portfolio of luxury brands, has launched its Exclusive Perks campaign offering agents the opportunity to extend their clients a range of value-added amenities, from resort credits and complimentary nights to spa treatments and complimentary cabana use at select premier resorts.

Around the World by Private Jet

Abercrombie & Kent’s new Around the World by Private Jet: The Tropics to the Arctic itinerary explores far-flung destinations from the French Polynesia to Iceland in a 26-day off-the-beaten-path private jet tour.

Carnival in Brazil Draws Record Numbers

The party must go on, and it did. Despite the Zika virus threat, Brazil’s legendary Carnival hit the streets all over the country, drawing record numbers of revelers to festivities from Salvador de Bahia in the north to Santa Catarina in the south.

Indigenous-Inspired Spa Treatments in Honduras

Honduras’ Lodge at Pico Bonito, a Small Luxury Hotels of the World member, is offering new organic spa treatments inspired by the pre-Hispanic indigenous culture and traditions at the eco-lodge’s recently opened Spa at Pico Bonito.

Travel Industry Responds to Zika

New reports on Zika’s spread, potential effect and modes of transmission surface by the day, but is it, and how is it, affecting travel to destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America?
Avanti Destinations includes a stay at the Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal.

The Luxury is in the Experience

Luxury travel is being re-defined all over the world, Central America included. Today, new ingredients—adventurous activities, authentic experiences, unique destinations, and personal discovery—are all part of the recipe for customer-perfect leisure travel. Always in the mix, of course, are luxury accommodations, perfectly matched to different tastes. Have a look at a sampling of products out there.

Latour Unveils Themed Tour Packages in Peru

Latour, a member of the IsramWorld portfolio, has expanded its offering in South America with four new packages to Peru.

It’s Showtime!

At the opening gong on Trade Day, Recommend’s Ed Wetschler and myself—Caribbean and Latin America editors, respectively—were lined up behind the starting “gate,” at the ready for the marathon course through the New York Times Travel Show on “trade day,” Jan. 8.

Lindblad Acquires Australis Ship for Galapagos Expeditions

Cruise and adventure travel operator Lindblad Expeditions has announced the purchase of the Via Australis ship to be used on its tours of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
Ski.com's new Resort Finder tool allows agents to view a side-by-side comparison of the up to three resorts.

Ski.com Launches New Travel Agent Website

Ski.com recently launched a new website for travel agents with online tools and resources that make it easier for agents to quote, book and manage their clients’ ski vacations.

Central Holidays Debuts Latin America Programs

Central Holidays is making its debut in Latin America with a collection of new itineraries for 2016, covering 13 countries including Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Bolivia and Chile.

USTOA: Positive Outlook for 2016

Listen closely to what USTOA members are saying, and you’ll be all smiles going into the holidays and into 2016. There’s a positive outlook for the coming year, with tour operator members showing strong growth this past year and going into 2016, and affirming that travel agents contribute significantly to USTOA members’ business. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we.
Standard dome tent at EcoCamp Patagonia, where AdventureSmith Explorations clients stay while touring Patagonia.

Cool Patagonia is a Hot Ticket

The newfound popularity of Patagonia is a credit to the discovery of its timeless landscapes of glacial lakes and towering peaks, its spectacular parklands and diverse flora and fauna.

Active Vacations in Belize and Guatemala

Backroads and the Francis Ford Coppola family resorts have teamed up to offer a Backroads Belize & Guatemala Multisport Adventure tour.
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica.

AMResorts Opens First Secrets Property in Costa Rica

AMResorts opened its first Secrets Resorts & Spas property in Costa Rica—Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica—last month.
Santorini, Greece.

Variety Cruises’ FAMs

Variety Cruises is offering special rates to travel agents on its winter 2015/2016 and summer 2016 FAM trips.
A highlight of Say Hueque’s new Salta: Adventure Tolar Grande is visits to the large salt flats in Salta, Argentina.

Culturally Unique Tours of South America

For a culturally unique vacation set amongst the natural wonders of South America, suggest your clients take part in one of these tours.
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