Latin America

Latin America

Complimentary Diving with Zegrahm Expeditions

Discover the diverse marine life of Central America with Zegrahm Expeditions, which is now offering complimentary diving excursions on the upcoming Rainforests & Reefs cruise.
Central Holidays $600 pre-holiday sale for couples is available on five Cuba programs through DATE. 

Central Holidays’ Pre-Holiday Cuba Sale

Central Holidays is offering couples a $600 pre-holiday sale on five of its Cuba programs, including A Taste of Havana, Hola Cuba, L’Chaim Cuba and Cruise Around Cuba, through Nov. 30.
The Hilton San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

Hilton Worldwide Continues to Expand in Latin America & Caribbean

Hilton Worldwide’s plans to reach 100 hotels in Latin America and the Caribbean by the end of 2015 are well on its way.
Ecoventura's newest luxury ship, MV Origin, makes its inaugural voyage through the Galapagos Islands in January 2016.

Ecoventura Debuts the MV Origin

In January 2016, Ecoventura is debuting the new MV Origin set to sail the Galapagos Islands.
The Pavilion at Viña Vik in Chile.

Southbound, by Design

Bespoke travel—it’s a many-splendored concept with many perspectives. Think truly customized upscale travel in which a journey is solely...
Agent who book a new Mountain Travel Sobek trip by Dec. 15 will receive a $100 booking bonus. 

Agent Incentives

Mountain Travel Sobek is offering agents and their clients monetary incentives when booking one of the company's itineraries.

Q&A With Central Holidays’ New V.P. of Latin America and Cuba Division

After many years of serving as the executive vice president of the South America division at LATOUR, Arthur Berman has joined Central Holidays as vice president of the company’s newly created Latin America and Cuba division.
AskMeWeddings’ new agent incentives include air credit, an all-inclusive vacation for two and up to 15 percent commission.

New Agent Perks From AskMeWeddings

We’re excited to be among the first to reveal AskMeWeddings’ new agent perks and incentives.
Agents can receive up to 2 percent bonus commission on Travel Impressions' 2016 land itineraries.

Travel Impressions Offers Bonus Commission

Travel Impressions is offering agents up to 2 percent bonus commission on 2016 land itineraries booked between now and Oct. 31, 2015 for travel in 2016.
Marriott’s Vroom Service is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality guest service.

Marriott’s In-Room Virtual Reality Travel Experience

Marriott Hotels has collaborated with Samsung Electronics America to launch VRoom Service, a new virtual reality travel experience.
On Condor Travel’s Llama Trek Trail, guests visit indigenous weaving community.

Llama Trekking Plus a New Hotel in Peru

Condor Travel’s 1-day llama trekking excursion is ideal for agents booking large groups.
Tara Tours’ is offering its new Guatemala FAM for travel in December.

Guatemala FAM

Tara Tours’ new Guatemala Travel Agent Adventure & Shopping Spree FAM offers agents, and their companions, an all-inclusive trip to Central America for travel this December.
The Singular Patagonia is preparing to reopen for its summer season.

The Singular Patagonia Reopens for the Summer Season

As the ice melts away another winter season in Chile, The Singular Patagonia prepares to reopen on Sept. 17.
The Waldorf Astoria's Unforgettable Experience in Louisiana includes an evening of food and music at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.

The Waldorf Astoria’s Unforgettable Packages

Waldorf Astoria hotels are offering guests incredible vacation packages in 25 destinations around the world as part of the new Waldorf Astoria Unforgettable Experiences.

Travel Impressions Extends 31 Days of Giveaways Contest

Due to a positive response from agents, Travel Impressions is extending its 31 Days of Giveaways booking window through Sept. 30, 2015.

USTOA Offers Travel Together Month Incentives

USTOA’s Travel Together Month program offers agents bonus commissions, the option to earn free trips, special FAM rates and deals throughout the month of September.
Delta Vacations now offers packages to Colombia, including Medellin.

New Offerings Abound

From added destinations to bonus perks, these tour operators have raised the stakes.
Tom and his family at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

The 4-1-1 on Booking Family Travel Abroad

One-on-one with Tom Varghese, owner of Travel Tom.
Guests relax in a jucuzzi while taking in the mountainous scenery in Nicaragua.

Book and Save with Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays announced the addition of several new hotels joining its Central America portfolio.

LATAM is Born

LATAM Airlines is the new kid on the aviation block, a brand that joins LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines to form the largest airline group in Latin America.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s New Destinations

Norwegian Cruise Line offers guests new destinations and ports in 2016 and 2017, including itineraries to Asia, the Arabian Gulf, and India.

Windstar Cruises’ New All-Inclusive Package

Windstar Cruises is offering an opportunity to book brand-new, all-inclusive cruise packages on select itineraries.
The MS Nordkapp.

Cruise Lines Add New Voyages

Un-Cruise Adventures has released a new brochure of small ship adventure and river cruises, including a new 2017 Panama itinerary, in addition to revealing their 2016 schedule of Alaska adventure cruises. Across the pond and a sea in Norway, Hurtigruten is offering three special sailings in October and November 2015 for venturesome travelers.
Aqua Expeditions Aqua Amazon and Aria Amazon.

Aqua Expeditions Renovates Peruvian Vessels

Aqua Expeditions renovates its two Peruvian vessels—the Aqua Amazon and the Aria Amazon.
Delta Vacations now offers trips to Cartagena.

Delta Vacations Expands to Colombia

Delta Vacations is expanding its presence in Latin America with the addition of packages in Bogota, Catagena, and Medellin, Colombia.

Checking In: Latin America

Any time is a good time for an update on new products in Latin American countries. Why? Check out these figures: Nicaragua continues to be hailed as the “new Costa Rica”; Colombia’s good notices are expanding touring beyond Cartagena and Bogota; Ecuador’s tourism numbers grew by 14 percent last year; Brazil’s by 10.6 percent; and Chile’s by 5.3 percent. Peru, meanwhile, is earning accolades for great wilderness comforts and award-winning culinary treats.
Haimark Line offers 9-night itineraries to Cuba.

Haimark Set to Sail to Cuba

Haimark Line will begin sailing to Cuba aboard the MS Saint Laurent; it will be the first small ship operated by a U.S. cruise line to sail to Cuba in over 40 years.

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.
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