April 2020

Americas Virtual Workshop

We are pleased to announce that we are planning our first Americas Virtual Workshop. This online three-day workshop offers our partners and UK companies selling or planning to sell trips to Latin America the opportunity to meet via a pre-arranged virtual meeting.

The workshop will be organised using Zoom and Americas will co-ordinate one-to-one meetings for you with our Americas DMC partners, who are all well-established and high-quality DMCs. Those participating are:  

  • Argentina Travel Partners
  • ADSMundo/Sportstour (Chile)
  • Bueme’s (Uruguay)
  • BE Brazil
  • Camino Travel (Costa Rica)
  • Colombian Journeys
  • Crillon Tours (Bolivia)
  • Geo Reisen (Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands)
  • Native Trails (Mexico)
  • Panama Journeys.

We plan to hold the workshop on Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th, and Thursday 31st July 2020. We will be watching how things unfold with the current pandemic, and if needs be, we will reschedule the dates.

Please look out for our updates on email and on our Americas Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you have any questions about our Americas Virtual Workshop, please contact Jude Berry at Jude@americas.co.uk.

Retreat to Carmelo for peace and quiet, and total relaxation

Andrea from Bueme’s favourite place in Uruguay is Carmelo.

“The peace and quiet that you find in Carmelo is priceless. Surrounded by vineyards, countryside, and nature, the only sound you hear is birds singing. All of the accommodation options are boutique and with personalized service, and by being small, you feel that the entire property is just for you. Gourmet food paired with some of the country’s best wines are the perfect add-on. If you are feeling active, you can go horse riding or have your own cheese and olive oil tasting while enjoying some of the country’s best sunsets. A great time to visit is around February, as it’s harvesting season and you can also collect your own grapes. However, Carmelo is a destination that can be visited throughout the year. It is the ideal way place to visit to relax and recharge at the end of a trip to South America.”

For more information on Carmelo and Uruguay please contact Andrea at Viajes Bueme’s:  acambon@buemes.com.uy.

A magnificent full solar eclipse will be visible in Patagonia this December

Invite your clients to book a once in a lifetime experience to see a total solar eclipse surrounded by complete serenity and clear starlit skies. 

On December 14th, 2020, the eclipse will be visible in Patagonia. On a trip to Southern Argentina, your clients can discover the best of Argentina’s Bariloche Lake District, staying in a luxury art hotel on the coast of Nahuel Huapi Lake, and then experience this astronomical event at a privileged location along the central axis of the eclipse. An exclusive observatory tented camp with full comfort, amenities, delicious gourmet food and premium wines, makes it an excellent place for this experience. The world goes still, almost seems to hold its breath, the light slowly dims, the stars come out… and when the sun finally returns one instinctively rejoices and can understand the mystical power this event has always had on mankind. 

In July 2019 ATP had the opportunity of seeing the previous total solar eclipse from different viewpoints;  some of us from the city rooftops, our guide Erica at a special location in the foothills of the Andes, and Merina on a horse-riding picnic in the Cordoba hills. We all agreed that it was a thrilling experience and would love your clients to share in the excitement this coming December. We still have accommodation available at El Casco Art Hotel for a 3-night program (or more!) and the exclusive Observatory camp for Eclipse day. 

Click on this link for the Full Solar Eclipse program in Patagonia and email Matias Gomez ATP for more information: mgomez@atpdmc.com

Hunting Sunsets –by Regina Meirelles of BE Brazil

” I was invited on an incredible trip, to ‘Hunt Sunsets’. How cool is that? Besides the amazing sunsets, I was gifted with the opportunity to visit unforgettable places and meet new people.”

Day 1 –
Our flight departed Rio International airport at 13:55, to Natal where we arrived at 16:50. On arrival, we were met with a huge smile, and I was certain we would have a great week ahead.

Our transfer to Sao Miguel Do Gostoso took just over 1hr 30mins along the beaches of the North Coast of Natal.

Our first stop was at Mi Scereto, which is a sophisticated hotel. With 19 rooms, the pousada is incredibly charming, with rustic furnishings and a cozy ambiance. We then continued to Portofino which has a beautiful pool, delicious breakfast, a spa, and all the bungalows are very spacious. It is super, I recommend it for those who are looking for kitesurfing and windsurfing in Brazil.

Portofino in North East Brazil

Day 2 –

We had a very early start at 6:20 am to Maxaranguape, which is a small village. On arrival, we were offered a simple breakfast before we took a speed boat to the natural pools famous for diving.

There are many platforms for diving, for the more adventurous with a tank, or for those that enjoy a simple snorkel. The platforms are very well structured, with local bars serving lobsters, shrimps, and drinks. The instructors are very professional, I confess I was a little tense, as it was my first time. The depth is from 1,80m to 3m, we saw corals and lots of small fishes – it was fascinating!

We returned to the beach and the adventure continued by walking along the beach, to another diving base, where we ate fresh fish for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, we continued on quad bikes through and over the dunes and beaches to watch our first sunset. A once in a lifetime experience!

In the evening we had a 4×4 jeep tour, through the beaches and to Pousada Mar de Estrelas (Sea of Stars pousada) where we had a lovely moment enjoying some drinks in an open-air lounge area with a bonfire.

A delicious and amazing fish roasted in coarse sea salt was served for dinner.

A perfect day: diving, cocktails, and sunsets!

Day 3 –
Another day of adventure was waiting for us. We departed to Pousada Kauli, after visiting the pousada, we were able to enjoy various activities like SUP, biking, or just relax at the beach.

At the end of the day, we were graced with another stunning sunset at Tourinhos beach.

Pousada Kauli and a magical sunset at Tourinhos beach

Day 4 –
After breakfast, we started our journey to Tao Paradise, it’s a day club, and located 45mins from São Miguel do Gostoso. A true paradise built from a mineral water spring. The owner receives a maximum of 20 people a day, its structures have tents with tables and chairs, and lunch is served in a hut on stilts.

After lunch, we continued to Touros, a small village located 41 minutes from Tao Paradise. We stayed at Vila Galé Touros Hotel. It’s a big all-inclusive hotel, so not for everyone.

Cooling off in a mineral water spring

Day 5 –
After a delicious breakfast, we left for Galinhos, another small village, 170km away from the capital, with its lagoons that form natural pools between the dunes, isolated beaches that appear and disappear with the tides. From there, as cars are not allowed, we took a 10min speed boat transfer to a neighboring village called Galos. We checked in at Pousada Peixe Galo (Moon Fish Pousada), a beachfront pousada.

We left our luggage in our rooms and a boat was waiting for us for a tour through the region. Tubarão was our captain and guide during this tour. He is a well-known boatman, and we were treated to fresh oysters (fished by Tubarao), and drinks on the dunes while we waited for yet another breathtaking sunset, before enjoying dinner in a local restaurant.

Fishing and sunsets

Day 6 –
Our morning was fun and relaxing stand up paddleboarding on the river. Lunch was served at Pousada Amagali, a pretty and comfortable pousada. The service was very good, and they made us feel like we were at home. In the afternoon we went to the lighthouse to hunt down another incredible sunset, I felt incredibly spoilt to experience such stunning views over the beach as the sunset in the distance.

Regina enjoying Galinhos

Day 7–
In the morning we returned to Natal to make our way to Ponta Negra, located 15km from Natal. We stayed at Vogal Hotel in front of the beach. It is a good 5-star hotel, and my room had a veranda facing the beach with a fantastic hot tub to enjoy in the evening.

Vogal Hotel, Ponta Negra

Day 8 –
After breakfast, we departed to Ponta Negra to visit a local village. I confess this day was very special, as we all got to interact with the local embroiderers, and understand the art of embroidery, some of the pieces take months to get ready. The oldest embroiderer is called grandmother by many locals. She runs the administration of the village and is well respected. The day ended with another spectacular sunset on Potengi river, that we watched on our speed boat.

Grandmother sewing in the Ponta Negra

Day 9-

We checked out of our hotel after breakfast and headed to Natal airport to take our flight back home. This trip was very special for me, I felt very privileged to “Hunt” so many amazing sunsets, I would love to share with you and our guests this amazing experience. If you are looking for something off the beaten track, I invite you to “Hunt sunsets in Brazil!”.


THE END.

For more information on this trip and the experiences please contact BE Brazil by emailing Anna Nagy – annanagy@bebrazildmc.com.br

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