Latin America

Latin America

Yoga Retreat in Guatemala

The new, 7-bedroom boutique hotel in Guatemala, Casa Palopo, which overlooks Lake Atitlan, is offering a yoga retreat perfect for fit and healthy travelers.

A Family Getaway in Peru

This summer, families can experience the best of Peru with a family-inspired summer package at the JW Marriott Cusco. The hotel is built on the site of a 16th century San Agustin Convent, and is centrally located near museums and attractions throughout the city, including Machu Picchu, which is just a train ride away.

TAM Airlines Gears Up for World Cup

All eyes are on Brazil this week, host country to the 32 nations competing for gold and glory during the FIFA World Cup. The opening match took place took place in Sao Paulo on June 12), with the closing game being held in the famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

Agents Earn 15 Percent on Travel to Costa Rica

Woodbridge International is offering agents 15 percent commission on travel packages to Costa Rica. Woodbridge International is based on the concept of allowing people the freedom to customize their vacation with the guidance of an expert

CyberSummer Deals at 22 Hotels

You've all heard of Cyber Monday, the big sales that go on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Well, who wants to wait that long for a deal? On June 21, the Saturday before the start of summer, 22 hotels and resorts are coming together for the second annual CyberSummer event.

Honeymoons in Latin America

In the June Destination Weddings & Honeymoons issue, we write about honeymoons in Latin America, including Costa Rica, Belize, the Amazon, Patagonia and Buenos Aires. Here are a few more enticing options to recommend to clients who want to extend their honeymoons in Central or South America.

Costa Rica: The Republic of Green

At Expotur 2014, the annual Costa Rica travel marketplace held every May in San Jose, delegates came away with one important message: While visitor numbers are approaching the 2.5 million mark, Costa Rica has lost none of its vim and vigor in actively re-enforcing its role as a leader in sustainable ecotourism.

Hotelbeds Shows A Winning Hand in Las Vegas

It's all about company growth for Hotelbeds.

River Cruise Craze Extends to the Amazon

Something’s always happening on the river, in this case, the Amazon River, when come June, a floating architectural gem, the M/V Cattleya, will celebrate her maiden voyage by sailing with Rainforest Cruises, a boutique travel company specializing in traditional and authentic Amazon River cruises and expedition riverboat tours.

Peru’s Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas Opens

Peru’s southern coast is now home to a new resort—Aranwa Paracas, located on Paracas Bay, three hours from Lima and part of the Aranwa Hotels Resorts & Spas collection.

Family Package at The Singular Patagonia

Families traveling with kids are rewarded at The Singular Patagonia in Chile with a child-friendly program and 40 percent savings.

Discover the Galapagos Islands with Kensington Tours

Kensington Tours helps travelers discover the Galapagos Islands with new customizable tours.

Meet Belize at the Belize Tourism Expo

Travel agents are invited to attend the Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX), the biannual event that brings travel sellers to meet with travel buyers, taking place this year May 7-12 in Belize City.

Special Rates at SunBreeze Hotels in Belize

Sunbreeze Hotels is offering special rates to entice visitors to San Pedro.

Puno, Peru: Come for the Folklore

Noted for its traditional handicrafts, dances and fiestas, Puno is considered the folkloric capital of Peru.

Chile Waives Reciprocity Fee

Officially, Chile announced that on arrival in the country U.S. citizens will no longer need to pay the $160 reciprocity fee that has been in effect for many years.

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 edu.recommend.com, 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 edu.recommend.com, 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.
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