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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 onboard, 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.

Parintins Folklore Festival in Brazil

Parade at the festival

The festival of Boi-Bumba, also known as Parintins Folklore Festival, is held in Amazonas State and is considered the second biggest festival in Brazil. It takes place over three days at the end of June on an island 420km south of Manaus, on the edge of the magnificent Amazon River, next to wildlife and verdant rainforest.

This huge annual festival originates from 1913 and showcases the blend of local cultures, both those of indigenous people and those of the descendants of slaves who came to the area. The festival centres around a re-enactment of the legend of Boi-Bumba – when an ox, that is killed for its tongue to satisfy the cravings of a pregnant lady is then miraculously restored to life. Over the years the celebration has grown and since 1988 has taken place in the 35,000-seater purpose built Bumbódromo. Two historic local associations Caprichoso (blue) and Garantido (red) parade colourful floats, and compete through dance, music and elaborate costumes, impress the judges with their displays portraying the story of the ox, and rituals and legends of the local river and rainforest. Both sides are encouraged by their supporters in matching blue and red coloured seats. The festival is a glorious, theatrical spectacle – which is best seen to be believed!

For more information please contact BE Brazil by emailing Anna – annanagy@bebrazildmc.com.br

A Paraguayan pilgrimage to Caacupé

Caacupé pilgrimage

The city of Caacupé, located 54 km from Asunción, is considered the spiritual capital of Paraguay. The town gets its name from the virgin’s command “kaaguy kupepe”, which became Caacupé. On December the 8th, which is the date of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Caacupé receives thousands of tourists on a pilgrimage to make vows and honour the Virgin for her miracles.

Several days before, over one million Paraguayans from all corners of the country begin their pilgrimage for their religious beliefs. This spiritual tradition is ascribed to the legend of a local Paraguayan, called José, who made the pilgrimage to thank the Virgin for a miracle. Paraguayans walk to thank the Virgin for the good things they received in the year or to make vows in exchange for better things next year.

Market vendors take to the streets and sell food, drinks, Caacupé t-shirts, and other memorabilia. The harp has been played since the epoch of the Jesuits and groups of harpists play in the Cathedral Basilica during mass.

The Caacupé pilgrimage is considered a national holiday, full of cultural identity and tradition.

For more information on trips to Paraguay, please contact Martin Travel – incoming03@martintravel.com.py

Experience an Argentine gaucho festival

Gauchos

The 10th of November was the chosen date to celebrate gaucho traditions in Argentina, to pay tribute to the writer and poet José Hernandez, the first author who became well known for stories and poems about gauchos. The poem ‘El Gaucho Martin Fierro’ recounts the experiences and lifestyle of a gaucho who defended the borders defending the borders of his lands.


During the festival, gauchos exhibited their finest horses and wore their wealth in goods made by silversmiths. This was their time to show off their elegance and dexterity on horseback. The first parades took place around the main square of San Antonio de Areco village back in 1939. The traditional Asado (BBQ) was served in the kitchen of the old Guerrico Hall, near the Arellano Square. This was also where the assembled gauchos played the guitar and danced.

Today, the festival takes place in the historic town centre, and in the heart of the vast Criollo Park, where the bravest gauchos compete during the jineteadas (rodeos), which are as dangerous as they are spectacular! The traditional gaucho festival has become a very popular event in Argentina and a unique sight that is not to be missed. It’s celebrated the weekend of the 10th November, which is an ideal time to see the different generations of gaucho’s parade through the town in all their finery.


Visting San Antonio de Areco during this festival is the best way to see the rural traditions that are still alive today. A visit combines well with a stay on an estancia (ranch), where gauchos still work the land on horseback, and some local towns seem unchanged since the 1880s.

For more information on trips to Argentina please contact our partners ATP DMC info@atpdmc.com

Experience the Uros Islands with Crillon Tours

In Bolivia, there is a vast indigenous population. One of these groups is ‘The Uros’ on Lake Titicaca, who have been around since 5000 BC and still live by the lake today.

A visit to Lake Titicaca offers travellers the opportunity to meet the indigenous people of the Uros islands and for the community to be introduced to the international travellers.

What makes the Uros people different is that their homes are on the water, protecting themselves from wild animals and other threats. They lived, and still do, on ‘Floating Islands’ that are made of totora reeds. 

Crillon Tours first met the community on the shores of the Desaguadeo River and offer a unique opportunity to meet with the survivors of the Urus Iruitos, consisting of 32 families, who work together and share their culture and traditional handicrafts with visitors.  

The islanders wish to progress, but in a way, that retains their identity, dignity, traditions, lifestyle and their cosmovision – to help with their understanding of the universe.

They have received much recognition, on the 5th July 2007, the government of La Paz officially declared that the Urus people were “Cultural and Intangible Heritage to the Living Human Treasures of the Department of La Paz”.

You can request this unforgettable visit to the ‘Uros Iruitos Floating Islands’ on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. It can be added to any of Crillon Tours’ Lake Titicaca and La Paz programs; or as an extension to a bespoke itinerary with the exclusive ‘Deluxe Hydrofoil Cruise’.

For more information please contact Crillon Tours today on info@titicaca.com.