June 2019

Excellent wine, gourmet food and beautiful sceneries in Uruguay

In May, along with five others, I was lucky enough to be invited by the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism and Air Europa to spend a week sampling the delights of Uruguay for the first time. Known for its sweeping, golden sandy beaches, Uruguay is often seen as a seasonal beach destination – And while this is justified with a large range of coastal places to stay to suit all tastes, there is a lot more to this (relatively) small Latin American country.

The white-washed Gaudi-esque Casa Pueblo dominating the coastline at Punta Ballena and the idiosyncrasy of the self-built dwellings – although now somewhat curtailed – alongside the sealion colony at Cabo Polonio are unexpected, as is the feeling of exhilaration when standing off-season amongst the shifting sand dunes at Punta del Diablo close to the Brazil border. Inland a surprising number of wineries offer sophisticated wine-tastings, also highlighting other excellent local produce and working estancias offer a friendly and comfortable experience of rural Uruguay.

The arts are also important – the visibility of contemporary artists such as Pablo Atchugarry and a lively diverse music scene runs alongside pride in their national history and traditions, that culminates in what is thought to be the world’s longest annual carnival in the 40 days leading up to Lent.

It soon becomes apparent there is a good choice of accommodation on offer ranging from comfortable standard hotels, via quirky and characterful guesthouses to high-end luxury; and the quality of food and wine is excellent – particularly if you are a fan of red meat and full-bodied red wines, or seafood. There is definitely no need to rough-it exploring Uruguay.

It also feels safe and family-friendly. Outside rush hour in the cities the roads are easily navigable and distances are relatively short, opening up the possibility for either staying in one place and exploring, or making a self-drive holiday.

Uruguay is still relatively unknown as a holiday destination in the U.K. but for people looking for an enjoyable, authentic, and off-the-beaten-track Latin American experience it has a lot to offer.

For more information contact Jude: jude@americas.co.uk

Family activities to choose from in Ecuador & The Galapagos

Travelling with your family is an adventure unlike any other. Children often have wildly different needs than adults, which is why we don’t just adapt our grown-up itineraries for smaller travelers. Our Andando family trips deliver a seamless mix of adventure and education that’s so much fun children don’t even realise they’re learning new things with each activity.

Andando Tours can provide different types of activities depending on which part of Ecuador your clients are visiting. Here is our list of recommended activities for families with children during their Ecuador and Galapagos vacation:
• Scavenger hunts at historical haciendas
• Toy workshops
• Ecuadorian cooking classes
• Chocolate workshops
• Legends and folk tales
• Falconry
• Stargazing
• Canopying
• Visit a butterfly farm
• Horseback riding through the avenue of the volcanoes dressing in true ‘chagra’ (Andean cowboys) style
• Surfing lessons surrounded by marine iguanas and sea lions
• Kayaking
• Biking

Add-ons upon request are available, including a journal for the children’s trip to Ecuador, a tour leader for children and pen-pals (this activity is planned with months ahead as involves an exchange of letters between children of the regions they will visit and then meet them in Ecuador).

For more info contact the team at Andando Tours – contact@andandotours.com

The hidden treasures of Austral Road in Northern Patagonia

Northern Patagonia

ADSMundo has the pleasure of offering new scheduled departures to Northern Patagonia, Austral road with an 8 days/7 nights programme within this remote area of Chile, the heart of the real Patagonia and part of the Route of Parks of Patagonia.

This scenic itinerary includes Laguna San Rafael Glacier, Queulat National Park, the Marble Chapels on Lake General Carrera as well as the little village of Caleta Tortel built on stilts over one of the Pacific Ocean fjords.
Alternatively request a tailor-made itinerary based on self-drive options within this splendid and remote area of the Chilean Patagonia.

Please contact Claude Dumontet at Adsmundo for more information.

Caleta Tortel

Peru- A family-friendly destination for all to discover

Enjoying activities for families in Peru.

Peru is an ideal destination for travelling with kids as it offers something for everyone. Nature lovers, history buffs, and sports fans will find a reason to fall in love with it.


The Larco Museum in Lima has fun activities that make children excited about discovering Peru’s history. If you prefer nature, take a boat ride to the Palomino Islands to see the sea lions swimming playfully close to you. And, for chocolate lovers, in the Choco Museo in Lima or Cusco, you will learn about Peruvian cacao and can prepare your own chocolate.

Experience Peru with Lima Tours

Cusco will bring you and your children closer to the Andean culture, starting with a visit to the Planetarium to find out about the connection between the Incas and the stars. Get creative as a family by participating in the Art Trail workshop and painting your own Torito de Pucara – a traditional figure from the Andes. And if you are looking for adventure, cross the sky in a zip line after ascending through a rock wall following a Via Ferrata path in the Sacred Valley.


As you can see, the diversity of experiences in Peru makes it the perfect place to create bonds and enjoy as a family. Are you ready?

Lima Tours were runners up for the award of Best DMC/Local Operator in Latin America at the LATA Achievement Awards in June, which we are very pleased about.


For more information contact Lima Tours marketing@limatours.com.pe or visit their website here.