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Discover the timeless culture of Bolivia on a family adventure

A family holiday is special and memories from these travels will last forever. Visiting Bolivia offers families the opportunity to discover fascinating history, rich and diverse culture and enjoy some of Latin America’s most diverse and stunning scenery.

The administrative capital of La Paz is the gateway to Bolivia and the highest city in the world, with an elevation of 3,640m above sea level. In La Paz, you can enjoy riding on the world’s largest urban cable car system called Teleferico, while in the air, imagine you’re like a Condor soaring above the city with wings outstretched – the view of all of the city below is fantastic!

Otherworldly scenery on the Uyuni Salt Flats

Another unmissable visit is to see the world’s largest salt flats, which cover an expanse of 10,582 square kilometres. On the Uyuni Salt Flats, the battle of Crait was filmed for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. One of our favorite robots, the C-3PO visited the salt flats – which was incredible!

From Uyuni, you can also enjoy a visit to Chiquini Cave, which is a subaquatic cave formed prior to the formation of the glaciers, caused by volcanic eruptions when the Salt Lake was still filled with water.

Tiwanaku – An endless story (1580BC-1187AD)

Tiwanaku, a Pre-Colombian archaeological site, resides on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and it’s the capital of Bolivia’s lost civilization and regarded as the spiritual birthplace and center of the cosmos. Archaeologists are still revealing secrets of Bolivia’s past, and a guided visit allows you to learn about the indigenous people’s history and why this place is so sacred to them.

The Sacred Lake Titicaca, a cradle of ancient cultures

The magical Sun and Moon Islands and the Urus Iruitus floating Islands can be visited in the comfort of Crillon Tours hydrofoil cruises. At Inca Utama Hotel and Cultural Centre, learn about the Limachi Brothers, who are famous for designing reed boats, you will also be able to see the RA II replica reed boat. The boat was used in 1970, by Thor Heyerdahl, a famous Norwegian adventurer, who successfully sailed from the west coast of Africa to Barbados. Visiting Lake Titicaca offers a place to learn about the local culture, handicrafts, and way of life. If it’s a sunny day, take a walk around the lake and enjoy snapping some photos of South America’s largest freshwater lake.

Crillon Tours are experts in tailoring trips of a lifetime with unique hotel stays along the way. For more information about a tour for families please email them. They will also be exhibiting at ITB Berlin in Hall 23.b/Stand 112 from 4th-8th March. If you are attending please email Americas about making an appointment.

Peru has exciting offerings for families of all ages

Planning experiences for a family holiday can be challenging. However, the exciting mix on offer in Peru to explore history, nature, and adventure, makes it an ideal destination for your next family holiday.

The opportunity to explore the Peruvian culture is open to everyone, regardless of age or nationality. With a diverse selection of museums, such as the Larco Museum in Lima, and family tours where they incorporate activities to capture the interest of children. In Cusco, treasure hunts are organized around the city or the citadel of Machu Picchu by enthusiastic guides – an entertaining journey through history designed perfectly for the little ones.

Let your passengers learn about the Inca cosmology and its close relationship with the stars in the planetarium located in magical space, in the Sacred Valley. Visit the interpretive centre to discover the meaning of the constellations and look directly at the sky through a telescope. Enhance your passengers’ creativity by decorating a Pucara bull, an Andean traditional piece, in a painting workshop guided by a local craftsman where they will learn the techniques used since colonial times and brought alive in folk art.

A universe of culture awaits in Peru – experience it from a local’s perspective with LimaTours.

Click here to learn more about the family activities offered by LimaTours or contact Lima Tours by email today.

Lima Tours will be exhibiting at ITB Berlin in Hall 23.a/Prom Peru Stand 104 & American Encounters Stand 112 from 4th-8th March. If you are attending please email Americas about making an appointment.

Family cultural experience in Ecuador

Exploring unique cultural experiences, while having fun with all the family is important when planning a family holiday to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Flexibility is one of Geo Reisen’s mottos. We include in our programs plenty of activities for families with children, and even in the bustling colonial city of Quito, there are activities for all.

In and around Quito, these activities include the Chocolate Museum, where everyone can taste three different types of what is considered high-quality chocolate in the world. A mandatory stop is at an artisanal ice cream store whose “Helado de Paila” ice cream recipe is often passed down from elders to the new generations. Something exciting and traditional for children is to attend a spinning top workshop, where children learn how a top is manufactured and thrown.  Going to the Yaku Museum (“Water” in Quichua language) is an educational and fun activity, where families have many interactive experiences related to the importance of preserving and using water responsibly. The International Cultural and Scientific Museum, located at the exact point through which the equator passes through, is the place where exciting science experiments are done.  Another experience that will leave lifelong positive memories is a cooking class in an ancient hacienda surrounded by one of the highest snowcapped volcanoes of the world – the Cotopaxi Volcano. Families learn the secrets of national cuisine, using traditional, regional utensils and ingredients from many cities in Ecuador.

For more information on these experiences and tours for families, please contact Geo Reisen today to make an inquiry.

You can also visit us at the ITB 2020, Hall 23.a / 110 and 112. We will be showing our new experiences for families and promoting the brand-new Hotel Boutique Acacia in the Galápagos Islands. If you would like to arrange a meeting then please email Americas today.

Join ADSMundo for a family cultural immersion experience in Chile

Even though Chile is known as a top nature destination, it also offers many cultural experiences to be shared with your family. ADSMundo can arrange activities such as street art tours in Valparaiso, stargazing in the North and encounters with native communities in different regions, allowing fascinating family experiences in Chile.

Aymara and altiplano cultures in the extreme North of Chile offer the chance to discover cultural sites such as the Pintado Geoglyphs, the Atacama Giant Petroglyphs, the Humberstone ghost town lost in the desert, the Chinchorro Mummies (Oldest in the World), whilst being immersed into the landscapes of altitude lakes and snow-capped volcanoes, and sharing experiences with the Aymara communities in the small villages of the Altiplano.

An immersion experience in Chiloe Island offers contact with beautiful nature and the cultural heritage of Chiloé,  by exploring the unique landscapes of the archipelago, visiting the wooden churches built by the Jesuits (UNESCO Mankind Patrimony), discovering the houses built on stilts, but also by learning the history, mythology and local traditions through their greatest treasure – the people. Families will also be fascinated by the penguins and the variety of marine fauna to be found on the shores of the island.

Immersion in Mapuche World in southern Chile offers the possibility to hike in the Araucaria National Parks, as well as taking part in activities with local Mapuches communities, seen as the “People of the Earth”.  The activities include learning about their cosmovision, encounters with the Machi- Shaman, shared meals and experiences with Mapuche families, fishing, horseback riding and discovering the use of their medicinal herbs.

ADSMundo will be exhibiting at ITB Berlin from 4th-8th March and will be in Hall 23.b, Chilean Stand 210. If you would like to make an appointment please email Americas to arrange.

For more information on a family trip to Chile, please contact Claude Dumontet or Catalina Yanez

Galapagos Island Hopping with Geo Reisen

Galapagos Island Hopping programs are a great way to experience the enchanted islands. This travel mode adapts to all passengers’ wants and needs, giving several alternatives for their tours while also providing flexibility to cater to everyone’s wishes for their Galapagos adventure. It allows passengers to see a wide variety of wildlife and landscapes but also contributing to the local communities. The island hopping provides overnights in hotels on the different inhabited islands, with accommodation categories starting from 3* and up. However, the most important aspect that this Galapagos visit provides, is the personalization of services we deliver to the passengers that take this option. From the moment you request a quote, to the arrival of your clients to the Galapagos Islands, we will give the very best service so your clients can enjoy a trip of a lifetime and come back with many wonderful memories.

 What can Geo Reisen’s Island Hopping offer?

– Comparable to the cruise programs, as they combine several visits and islands with overnights in hotels

-Own operation in Galapagos with our highly trained team, to guarantee the quality of product and service you get on your Galapagos vacation

– VIP Lounge access in Baltra’s airport on your departure day included on the program

– Programs that adjust to different budgets and desired time in the islands, with the possibility to add supplementary activities for a more personalized tour, even during the operation

Guaranteed departures on determined days (depending on the selected program) with minimum 2 confirmed pax

-Private yacht (Speedboat) from Island to Island), to guarantee the standard of service on board, making the inter-island transfers part of the experience, as our crew will stop for animal sightseeing along the way.

For further information please Jude today.

Rafting for peace in Colombia

San Vicente del Caguán, a city located in the department of Caquetá, was once a hotbed of clashes during the country’s armed conflict. At the start of this tour, you will meet a group of former guerrilla members from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who chose rafting as their path to social reintegration. These ex-combatants and community members are now athletes and certified rafting guides who will lead you on a life-changing experience that combines adventure, nature and peace teaching. The tour is an example of the inspiring projects that are making positive changes and improvements to many Colombians lives. The tour begins with an air transfer from Bogotá to San Vicente del Caguán (1 1/2hrs), and then a 2-hour road transfer past beautiful jungle scenery to the ETCR “Territorial training and reinstatement space”, where ex-combatants and their families reside.

During this day tour you will have the opportunity to meet locals and enjoy various activities like rafting on the Pato River, learn about the flora and fauna; enjoy a game of tejo (one of Colombia’s most traditional games), taste typical food of the region, visit the productive projects of the community and the local museum of memory. This museum is a space created by ex-combatant women, who have collected objects that the community has preserved since the time of the conflict. Participants will also enjoy a cultural evening, with talks about the history of the city, it’s people and music. Finally, you will return to the airport to go back to your hotel in Bogota.

For more information on this tour and trips to Colombia please contact Colombian Journeys – marketing@colombianjourneys.net

Look after yourself and visit Panama

Offer your clients an adventure with nature and wellness activities at the forefront of everything they do, during a relaxed holiday exploring Panama.

Panama offers a wonderful selection of diving, snorkeling, yoga, surfing and fishing trips on the Caribbean and Pacific Coast, allowing travellers to leave their phones switched off, to get up close and personal with their natural surroundings.

In Coiba National Park on the Pacific Coast, you can learn to dive with some of the world’s rarest whale sharks or practice your surfing at Santa Catalina or Playa Vanao beach.

Coiba National Park has been a protected national park since 1992 and is home to a wide variety of marine life. This archipelago is internationally recognized as the third largest marine park in the world, after the coral reef of Australia and the Galapagos Islands. The megafauna sightings include humpback whales, sharks, whale sharks, orcas and more. Over 700 species of fish have been recorded here, including snappers, barracuda, amberjack, and marlin, making it a great place for snorkeling and diving.

Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort located at Cambutal on the Azuero Peninsula offers relaxing yoga retreats. This intimate oceanfront resort specializes in world-class yoga retreats, surf sessions and other outdoor experiences, while you will be spending some time in an untouched, tropical oasis that promises to leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and replenished.

For more information, please contact Panama Journeys – marketing@panamajourneys.com

Escape for a wellness retreat at Chablé Resort & Spa in Chocholá, Yucatán

If you’re looking for a luxury wellness retreat in beautiful tropical surroundings, then the Chablé Resort in Mexico may tick all the boxes.

Surrounded by extensive tropical gardens, the luxurious Chablé Resort and Spa invites you to experience a relaxing wellness stay. Guests can enjoy traditional Mayan culture paired with contemporary comfort. The hotel offers casitas and 2 spacious villas with modern furnishings in bright, vivid colours. Warm wooden elements and decor inspired by the local culture create a relaxed atmosphere. All accommodations are surrounded by gardens and feature a private outdoor pool and terrace. The bathroom is equipped with a rain shower, bathrobes and complimentary natural beauty products. A spacious spa promises relaxation and the opportunity to leave your everyday life behind with relaxing wellness treatments, it’s also one of the only spas in the world that has its own cenote. The hotel’s extensive offering includes Temazcal steam baths, an outdoor deck for meditation and yoga, and a fitness centre. In the hotel’s 3 restaurants you can enjoy local and international specialties, cocktails and refreshing smoothies. Meat dishes are available, however vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose-free options are available for those who require them. Many of the vegetables and herbs come from the hotel’s carefully cared for Maya garden and are picked fresh each day. 

Day trips can be enjoyed from the hotel to see the beautiful pink flamingos on the coast at Celestún or take a trip to see the beautiful city of Merida, where you can learn about its colonial and Mayan heritage (40 car journey).

Contact Olaf and the team at Native Trails for more information info@nativetrails.de

Costa Rica – An adventure lovers playground

Costa Rica is fantastic for wildlife and adventure enthusiasts, with exciting experiences to offer everyone. I have just returned from a ten-day experience led trip with Camino Travel testing out their best adventure activities, while staying in magnificent eco-hotels and getting up close to Costa Rica’s wonderful wildlife.

Finca Rosa Blanca

I’ve travelled to Costa Rica a couple of times and always in November, which is considered the green season and the end of the rainy season (May to November). I’ve learned that if it rains, it tends to rain in short bursts in the morning or afternoon, which don’t disrupt your day too much. The temperatures are still warm and tropical in the rainy season (25C-27C on average) and there are fewer people travelling, which is a huge bonus. However, if you prefer to be guaranteed more sunshine, then it’s best to travel between December and May, but it will be busier.


Finca Rosa Blanca was my first stop, one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, with a huge emphasis on sustainability and supporting the environment. I enjoyed an organic coffee tour to learn how they take beans to cup to make some of the finest Arabica coffee in the world. After enjoying a cup or two, we travelled on and enjoyed a few hours of wildlife watching at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This is a great place to get a taste of the wildlife that you may see during your time in Costa Rica, I saw many sloths, monkeys, wild cats, and some very colourful hummingbirds.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens


On the journey from La Paz Waterfall Gardens to Arenal, we spotted some sloths chilling in the trees and saw some colourful toucans. The countryside in Costa Rica is teeming with wildlife and has rich soils and fantastic tropical climate for growing fruits, we drove past many banana and pineapple plantations, coffee farms and coconut trees. I enjoyed a ‘pipa fria’ on the way – a deliciously fresh and cold coconut water. We finished off our first day exploring with a visit to Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica’s largest network of naturally flowing thermal mineral springs in Arenal’s private and secluded rainforest reserve. In my opinion, this is the best place to relax after your first day acclimatizing to the change in time zone.


If you enjoy adrenalin then the Arenal Sky Tram and Trek is a must, it’s one of Costa Rica’s longest zip lines, offering stunning views over the Arenal Lake. However, if you need to find some water-based activities for your clients, then the Guanacaste Coast is easy to access from Arenal (Approx. 3-4 hrs drive). Here you can choose from kayaking, SUP, snorkeling, surfing or fishing. You can visit Samara or Nosara to enjoy the Pacific Coast, there are some excellent hotels to choose from as well, which Camino Travel can advise on.

Pacuare River Rafting, Samara Beach Kayaking, Zip Lining


Costa Rica offers some of the best white water rafting in Central America on the Pacuare River, where you can enjoy an exhilarating raft over grade I and II rapids to the Pacuare Lodge or Rios Tropicales Eco Lodge. Pacuare Lodge is another National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a very special place for those seeking a luxury rainforest experience. I stayed in one of their river view rooms, which came with an amazing balcony, with a hammock, a great place to sit and listen to the sounds of the river and rainforest. Rio Tropicales is a comfortable eco-lodge option for those that want to enjoy a river view and hike in the primary rainforest surrounding the lodge, it’s great for groups and less expensive.

Pacuare Lodge


Puerto Viejo, located on the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica offers a more laid-back atmosphere, with palm-fringed beaches and delicious Caribbean cuisine. Bikes are available to rent, to cycle from beach to beach, and you can stop off on the way to visit the Jaguar Rescue Centre or sit and have a few beers sat next to your favourite palm tree. The Aguas Claras Hotel is a 5-star boutique hotel, a short walk away from the tranquillity of Playa Chiquita beach. The hotel is beautifully decorated with Costa Rican art and is owned by a Costa Rican artist, who really cares about sustainability and protecting the natural environment. It was the perfect place to kick back and relax on the beach at the end of a fabulous time touring through Costa Rica.


The diversity of wildlife and activities available in Costa Rica, as well as the very high standard of service and accommodation, make Costa Rica one of the best destinations to travel to in Latin America. If you are interested in knowing more about Camino Travel and Costa Rican itineraries please contact Katrina (katrina@americas.co.uk) for more information.

Visit Uruguay for the longest carnival in the world

Entertainment at Uruguay’s annual carnival

Smaller and less well-known internationally than the festivities of their larger neighbour Brazil, the celebrations in Uruguay have the accolade of being the world’s longest carnival. Starting in January, the festivities last for 40 days and celebrate the diverse cultures of Uruguay.

In Montevideo, the Inaugural Parade takes place on 18 de Julio Avenue. This parade introduces the Queens of Carnival and features a large procession of floats, giant figures, and dancers accompanied by local music. Another popular parade, every February, is Desfile de Llamadas in the neighbourhoods of Barrio Sur and Palermo which celebrates candombe – an energetic rhythm and dance form with African roots performed by large groups of drummers. This exhilarating tradition of the Afro-River Plate community was declared part of the world’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO in 2009. 

Satirical musical theatre ensembles known as Murgas are also a major feature of Uruguay’s unique carnival – In a tradition originating from Cadiz (Spain) and introduced by immigrants, these groups compete on local stages throughout the carnival. Themes are often contemporary and political.

Useful dates for 2020:

Carnival Inaugural Parade: January 23

Las Llamadas Parade: February 07 & 08 (*Friday and Saturday NOT the traditional Thursday and Friday)

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