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Easter celebrations in Brazil

Brazil has one of the largest Catholic populations in the world. Holy Week Semana Santa in Portuguese is observed by many throughout the country with processions and rituals similar to other Catholic countries yet made unique by the Brazilian cultural context and history.

Some well-known Holy Week events in Brazil include:
• Procissão do Fogaréu in Goiás Velho, a torchlight procession where hooded men symbolize Roman soldiers arresting Jesus.
• Passion Plays in Nova Jerusalém and Recife.

Some of the best-loved destinations in Brazil for those who seek to experience traditional Catholic Holy Week are historic cities, where colourful processions take place on cobblestone streets and mass is held in beautiful churches.

Carpets on the streets

One of the most beautiful traditions in Holy Week is the decoration of streets for the Sunday procession. Many cities do this for Corpus Christi, but in Ouro Preto, for example, people create colourful carpets with wood shavings, flour, coffee, flowers, and other elements the night before Easter Sunday for the procession.

Contact Walpax, our partners in Brazil, for more information about a trip to Brazil for the Easter celebrations in 2020. Email-incoming@walpax.com.br

Criolla week in Montevideo, Uruguay

Criolla Week in Montevideo.


The “Criolla del Prado” week is one of the most important festivals of the Uruguayan calendar. It’s a fun way to bring the “gaucho” (cowboy) culture and the tradition of the countryside to the capital city of Montevideo.


It is also the largest gaucho festival in the country, where the central show is the “Jineteadas Gaucho Contest”, which is an exciting bare back rodeo contest. In addition, the program includes local music, children’s activities, and Uruguayan gastronomy.

During Criolla week, the best riders and horses gather in the ring for the largest bareback horse-riding contest in Uruguay. It highlights the role of the gaucho and rural Uruguayan customs, with animals brought in from the countryside for all to see.

Dates of the celebration: The Creole week takes place every year on the same days as Holy Week, that is, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Although some opening acts are held on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.


Email Bueme’s for more information about arranging a trip to Uruguay for your clients- acambon@buemes.com.uy.

Easter light celebrations in Paraguay

Holy Week is one of the biggest Christian holidays and in Paraguay it’s experienced with a combination of religious celebrations and traditions that are distinctive to Paraguayan culture.

One of the biggest events is the celebration in Tañarandy (San Ignacio, Misiones), which has a massive and spectacular procession on Good Friday, with around 40,000 visitors.

Tañarandy means land of the invincible. The national artist Koki Ruiz is the leader and creator of this celebration, now known as one of the most important events of Holy Week in the country.

During the previous weeks, the whole community is responsible for preparing the 20,000 lights that will light the “Yvaga Rapé” (road to heaven), a dirt road of approximately 2 to 3 km, which is where the religious procession takes place.

The activities begin at the chapel where all the lights are lit, illuminating the road with the beauty of candlelight, and these are accompanied by the plaintive song of the stationers who bring with them the image of the Virgin to meet the Mutilated Christ (an artistic version of Jesus on the cross). The tall torches located on the side of the road also offer up an amazing light spectacle for all to see.

Altars inspired by the Baroque Guaraní style are built with corn, pumpkin and other products from the countryside and give the celebration a unique identity.

Enjoy Semana Santa celebrations and a tour around Paraguay for your Easter holiday next year with Martin Travel. They offer flexible and innovative tours crafted to meet clients’ specific requirements.

Email Martin Travel today at incoming03@martintravel.com.py for more information.

An Argentine Easter

Easter holiday time in Argentina.

Easter festivities in Argentina are more low-key than in other Latin American countries where the “Semana Santa” or “Holy Week” is a time of solemn celebration.

If your clients are interested in travelling around Easter time to experience the Catholic celebration in Argentina, it’s a great opportunity to do so. For local Argentines Easter is a time to return home, so many Argentines will be visiting family, which means Buenos Aires city is quieter than usual. On the Thursday evening you can enjoy the Misa Criolla event and on Friday night the Via Crucis on May Avenue towards the Metropolitan Cathedral. It is also a great time to join Argentines in their food customs around the celebrations, from the traditional fish-filled empandas to the great asados on Easter Sunday, and taste other Easter delicacies, such as home-made chocolate eggs or sweet Easter bread called rosca de pascua.

However, Easter celebrations tend to differ depending on where in Argentina your clients want to go. In the northern provinces of Salta and Jujuy the celebrations are magical, with a blend between Catholic and native cultures and rituals, infusing traditional Argentine Catholicism with devotion to Pachamama, the Mother Earth, worshipped in the Andes and by ancient communities. Celebrations there are taken into the street with parades, processions and rituals, and street parties. Your clients can experience these in the lovely villages or rural communities, not only here but all over Argentina. A stay at a ranch, for instance, would be another great programme during Easter, attending church service at small local chapel and enjoying the local delicacies prepared for the celebration in a family environment. And why not try Easter egg hunting while horse riding? It’s great fun!

Contact ATP DMC to find out more information on planning trips for your clients during Easter 2020. Email: info@atpdmc.com

Americas attends the annual LATA parliamentary reception

Americas at the LATA Parliamentary Reception

Americas was delighted to participate in the annual LATA Parliamentary Reception in March.

With ITB Berlin the week before, it meant that several of our Americas partners were also in the UK: Marcela from Camino Travel, Claude from ADSMundo / Sportstour, and Olaf and Christian from Native Trails – It was lovely to attend this prestigious event together.

The evening of the 12th March was an interesting time to be in the Terrace Pavilion of the House of Commons, as this was the evening of the second ‘meaningful vote’ on the deal the Government has negotiated for exiting the EU. Outside parliament there were protesters, TV cameras inside and a general feel that something important was happening; which added to the history of the building made just being there a memorable experience.

Despite the external distractions the LATA Parliamentary Reception was a great success, with interesting speakers, relevant awards, a convivial atmosphere and excellent wine. Congratulations to Danny, Megan, Colin and the LATA committee for another wonderful evening!

If you would like to get in touch with Jude or Katrina please call us on
+44 (0) 20 7223 4330

How to avoid single supplements on Galapagos cruises

Andando Tours offer their excellent advice for solo travellers wishing to visit the Galapagos Islands. In many parts of the world travelling alone can be more expensive and visiting the Galapagos Islands is not cheap regardless of how you are travelling. However, there are some great options for solo travellers if they plan in advance.

What is a ‘Single Supplement’ on a Galapagos Cruise?

The single supplement is for travellers that would rather not share their room with someone else. It helps cover the costs to the operator of the ‘empty’ berth.

The single supplement costs can be an issue for customers, that’s if they’re not aware of the supplement costs and allowed for them.

 Is it possible to avoid the Single Supplement if you are travelling to Galapagos Islands?

While it may be difficult to find a Galapagos trip for a solo traveller without any additional single supplement, there are a few ways of exploring the stunning islands whilst traveling alone.

Here are some different options to consider:

• Some of the Galapagos cruises, like Andando Tours SS Mary-Ann, have cabins that do not carry a single supplement. However, these get booked up quickly and it is advisable to book well in advance.

• Travellers can agree to share their cruise cabin with another (unknown) passenger, both passengers then avoid paying the single supplement fee. If lucky, the cruise will not be full, therefore you may end up not having to share a bedroom at all. Please note that this is not a guaranteed private room option and is only for the more flexible traveller, who doesn’t mind sharing with a stranger.

• Solo travellers that want a specific private cabin for only themselves should request this well in advance

• Pay the cruise ship’s single supplement for a double room – this supplement may vary from 25% – 100% depending on which cruise and the time of the year.

Andando Tours offers unique and distinctive Galapagos Cruises.

Choosing the right option for your solo traveller clients can be hard sometimes. Andando Tours are here to help you book tours for your solo travellers, so please get in touch more information.

For more information contact Andando Tours at contact@andandotours.com or visit their website here.

Relax and switch off from the world, on board a Deluxe Airstream Camper on the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Looking for something different and remarkable for your more adventurous clients travelling to Bolivia?

Crillon Tours offer a truly first-class camping experience on the expansive and beautiful Uyuni Salt Flats. It’s a brilliant alternative to the standard hotel experience, and amazing to camp on the wide-open expanse of Bolivia’s salt flats. The camper will be parked right on the salt flats with complete silence and incredible constellations shining brightly at night.

This Camper experience will allow clients to totally switch off from the stresses of being connected to technology and modern life, allowing for total relaxation.

The silver shimmer from the camper on the white salt and the sun glistening off the van is blinding and beautiful at the same time. Re-live those childhood memories of camping but in total luxury and with first-rate hospitality. When travelling across the salt flats a comfortable off road 4×4 vehicle is used, and the photo opportunities are endless.

Each camper comes complete with double or twin beds and a convertible sofa. Relax and enjoy every home comfort from electric blankets and a private bathroom with hot shower to air conditioning/heating and a mini-bar. Delicious home cooked gourmet meals will be prepared by your very own private chef. For a sample itinerary please click here and for enquiries email info@titicaca.com .

Glamping experience on Easter Island

Sportstour Bespoke Journeys Chile, the luxury brand of ADSMundo, is currently working on a full selection of pop-up ‘Glamping Programmes’ throughout Chile, and is delighted to present you the first release – a special Easter Island Programme for January and February 2020.

Offer your guests a unique experience visiting Easter Island, one of the most mystical places in the world, located at the southernmost point of the Polynesian triangle in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

In February, the people of Easter Island celebrate the main artistic and cultural activity of Rapa Nui; Tapati Festival, which generally begins the first week of February and lasts approximately two weeks.

During the festival a series of ancestral ceremonies are practiced, which recreate heritage activities and keep this important and unique culture alive.

Our glamping is immersed in the natural environment of Easter Island. We offer fully equipped Sibley’s tents for a luxurious stay reviving the style of the camps that were historically used by European aristocratic travellers. (Our tents are 20m², made of 100% cotton canvas and include: a double bed / 2 x single beds, a living area and a private bathroom)

We have designed a ‘5 days/ 4 nights All-Inclusive Easter Island Itinerary’ including full archaeological, cultural and active experiences. Offer your clients Easter Island in a different way!

For more information please contact: Francisca Labra: Flabra@sportstour.cl / Claude Dumontet: cdumontet@sportstour.cl

**Coming soon …. Full Glamping experience in the Atacama Desert**

Lima Tours commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism.

Ana Paula from Lima Tours shares some news on their plans for 2019 and how you can support them.

“We are working harder than ever to ensure responsible tourism practices run through our service chain. Lima Tours are certified again under the NEPCon / Rainforest Alliance standard for meeting all the requirements of sustainable tourism and have a rating of 98.38%. It should be noted that we’ve had this recognition since 2016, something we work hard at and are very proud of.

Furthermore, we have been working on several other initiatives concerning sustainability. We have reinforced our goal to plant 10,000 trees, by 2020, in the Tambopata National Reserve. We want to offset our carbon footprint and the impact that greenhouse gases have on the environment. From the beginning of February 2019, we have become a zero-plastic company and no longer give bottled water to our clients. We now provide all our passengers with an aluminium bottle, allowing them to fill them with water at our refill water points. At the end of 2019 Lima Tours will offer the option to your passengers to pay their CO2 footprint through a personalised calculator, thus helping to pay for the planting of trees in Tambopata, in collaboration with our Green Initiative.

This new certification encourages us to continue promoting respect for the environment, diversity and inclusion, which we consider pillars in all our operations and business practices.”

This fantastic video that shows the magical views of Peru from 2018 -simply breath-taking footage for you all to share and spread the word about Peru travel. 

Lima Tours also have published a fantastic Ultimate Journey’s Sustainable Peru magazine, which you can view here online.

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

Seven great things about Costa Rica.

Below you can read seven key points about Costa Rica that have been selected by our partner Camino Travel, to offer their unique perspective on magnificent Costa Rica.

1. First class hospitality
Costa Rica is a family friendly country and particularly welcoming to children. On arrival it is easy for any traveller to immediately notice how hospitable the Costa Rican people can be. They make a huge effort to go out of their way to make visitors feel comfortable during their stay.

2. Success story
Abolishing the army and strengthening many civil rights, gave Costa Rica the chance to offer a better lifestyle, relatively high education levels and a solid security system as well.

3. Preserving nature
Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on earth and retains 5% of the biodiversity of the planet in one country, which is 0.03% of the land in the world. Protected National Parks in Costa Rica make up 25% of the country. Costa Rica has unique eco-systems and gives visitors the chance to admire a portion of this plentiful natural world.

4. The natural world
Costa Rica is fantastic for nature lovers with over 615 wildlife species per 10,000 sq km. Its geographical location in the tropics forms a bridge between two continental masses. The mountainous system, with several diverse microclimates, offers so many shapes of life. Many visitors seek to observe some popular mammals in their natural environment. You may get the opportunity to stop by the road to help a sloth to get to the other side of the road, or experience a monkey waking you up early in the morning jumping on the tree next to your room. It’s the perfect place for people that are looking for natural beauty and would like a holiday where they can be immersed in the natural world.

5. The importance of sustainability
Everyone is included in sustainability in Costa Rica, from the elementary schools to the highest positions in business and politics. Sustainability is already part of our education and culture. We believe that it is our task to create awareness of how important it is, remembering that sustainability is about our children and our grandchildren, and the conditions of the world they will inherit.

6. “Pura Vida”
The expression “Pura Vida” meaning “Pure Life”, is the main way to express or to show the devotion of a modest nation, it can be used to ask “How are you?” and is equivalent to “very well” too, but for the inhabitants of Costa Rica there is a deeper interpretation, the simplicity of good living. The attachment to simplicity, exuberance, freedom, welfare, affection, and positivity associated with the art of appreciating the simple and natural way of life, the art of living.

7. The illusion of time
Have you ever felt that time flies when you are having fun? How often do you check the clocks time when you are receiving a class that you consider boring? When you visit Costa Rica, you will have an uncountable amount of opportunities to put this into practice, an unforgettable experience that will eventually push you to be alert, to make every second of your life high-quality time.