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The 5 Day Loop Around The Galápagos Islands

A full experience to enjoy the islands & wildlife with Geo Reisen Boutique

Your journey will begin upon arrival at Baltra airport where a member of our staff will pick you up.  You will take a shuttle from the airport to the Itabaca Channel. After a short ferry ride, you will arrive at Santa Cruz Island.

DAY 1 – SUNDAY: TRANSFER-IN SANTA CRUZ – HIGHLANDS – LAVA TUNNELS (L)

On Santa Cruz Island journey across the island into the highlands, where we will be amazed by the island’s variety of wildlife and geology. We will stop at one of the ranches where we will have the chance to lunch surrounded by the iconic tortoise species, which we will be able to watch closely. Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to visit a tunnel formed by lava after an eruption of the volcano, now extinct.

Later on, we will have time to visit Santa Cruz Brewery, an example of entrepreneurship that produces one of the local artisanal draft beers. Here, we will have the opportunity to understand the complex and delicate process that the brewery follows to get tasty and unique types of beers in the isolated Galapagos Islands. After all, there is time for tasting some of the beers before continuing the journey to Puerto Ayora, where we will have the rest of the day for leisure. The accommodation will be in the selected hotel.

DAY 2 – MONDAY: TRANSFER TO FLOREANA ISLAND – LOCAL FARM – HIGHLANDS – BARBEQUE ON THE BEACH (B, L, D)

In the morning, after breakfast, we will head to Puerto Ayora´s pier where we will take our private speed boat to Floreana Island; this ride will take 2h30 minutes approx. Floreana has, arguably, the most interesting human history of all of the Galapagos Islands.

Arriving on the island, we will visit a local farm that will allow us to learn more about people’s way of life on Floreana. This island, which exists far from technology and development, has inhabitants who wish to generate production and optimization of their resources to achieve a very interesting lifestyle. During this visit, we will visit a lagoon where it is possible to observe frigates and will have the opportunity to feed the farm animals and harvest vegetables.

We will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with the foods harvested from the farm. After lunch, we will continue with our next visit, the Asilo de la Paz at the Highlands and also a Tortoise Breeding Center Accommodation in one of the basic hotels built on the island and run by the second generation of a family that arrived after the Ritter family abandoned the island.

 DAY 3 – TUESDAY:  SNORKELING “LA LOBERIA” – TRANSFER TO ISABELA ISLAND (B, L)

Today, after breakfast, we will begin our excursion to “La Loberia”, a sea Lion breeding area. We will start our first marine excursion in the bright turquoise water where we might be able to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, manta rays and a variety of colourful coral fish.

We will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with the foods harvested from the farm. After all, we will head to take our speed boat to Isabela Island; this ride will take us 2h 30 minutes approx. Arriving at Isabela, we will be able to enjoy the Island on our own. Accommodation in selected hotel. 

DAY 4 WEDNESDAY:  BREEDING CENTER – FLAMINGO LAGOON TINTORERAS (B)

After having breakfast, we will have a short ride to the Isabela Breeding Center. Here, we will learn more about the efforts that the Galapagos National Park and the local and international foundations are doing to preserve and promote the reproduction of some of the Giant Tortoises species found in the Galapagos. Later on, we will continue through a mangrove path that connects with a series of lagoons where the flamingos rest and feed. This walk is ideal for understanding the Galapagos biodiversity, and how the species have adapted to the harsh conditions that the Enchanted Islands have. Today, lunch will be on our own.

In the afternoon, we will visit Tintoreras Islets located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and home to a great variety of wildlife. The turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles, and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully. Once we reach the Isle of Tintoreras, we will get to know a lot of these species. Most of the part of this island is formed by AA lava. Accommodation in selected hotel.

DAY 5 –THURSDAY: SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO – SANTA CRUZ (B, L)

Today we will visit the iconic Sierra Negra Volcano with the second widest crater of an active volcano (10 km – 6.21 mi approx.); but first, we will be driven along the highland of Isabela up to reach the checking control point.

We will hike approximately 2 km (1.24 mi) up to the first lookout point of the volcano, where we will have time to enjoy a snack while we recover the strength and let the amazing view amaze us. After our rest, we will continue our hike until reach Sierra Negra furthest lookout point. Later on, we will return to Puerto Villamil, for having lunch and then board the private speedboat, and continue our journey back to Santa Cruz Island.

Once we arrive at Puerto Ayora, we will be free to enjoy and explore this iconic town for the last night in the Enchanted Islands.  Accommodation at the selected hotel.

DAY 6 – FRIDAY: CHARLES DARWIN – TRANSFER OUT (B)

After breakfast, we will have a short visit to the Charles Darwin Station. The centre is a reservoir of information on habitats and local conservation as well as other fascinating relevant statistics. The most striking attraction of this station is certainly the Tortoise Breeding Center, where it is possible to view tortoises of different shapes and sizes. Additionally, in order to fully take advantage of our visit to the Galapagos Islands, we will be able to visit the station where the legendary “Lonesome George” is exhibited as the last of his species. In 2012, after his death, he was shipped to New York to the American Museum of Natural History in order to start an embalming process for his conservation. Lonesome George was exhibited in the museum for one year. Now Lonesome George is back in the Charles Darwin research station, as a “symbol” of conservation. Afterwards, transfer to the airport to take your international flight.

Important Note: In case the traveller has an early flight departing from Baltra Airport, they will have to pay a supplement for a private transfer and assistance to the airport, and it implies losing the visit to the Charles Darwin Station.

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INCLUDED:

  • Transfer Airport – Hotel – Airport
  • Accommodation in the selected hotel with breakfast
  • Meals noted (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, BL: Boxed Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide in all Excursions (English/ Spanish)
  • Private speed boat for passengers
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Contribution to the local community

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (US$ 100 per person)
  • Galapagos Migration Card / Ingala (US$ 20 per person)
  • Isabela dock fee entrance (UDS 10 per person)
  • Optional excursions as a supplement
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips (not mandatory)
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra expenses

For more information on this itinerary and alternative options in the Galapagos Islands, please contact sales@georeisen-ecuador.com

Extraordinary Panama

Panama City

13 Days – 12 Nights

This itinerary has been designed to showcase the very best of Panama with fantastic accommodation and excursions to get to know the heart of the country.

DAY 1 | PANAMA CITY
Arrive in Panama City, where you will be picked up at the airport by a guide who will help with the transfer to the hotel. The guide will also provide important information regarding the rest of the trip. Rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner at the Hotel and overnight stay.
MEALS: ‐ / ‐ / ‐

DAY 2 | PANAMA CITY TOUR & MIRAFLORES LOCKS W/LUNCH
The tour starts at the Panama Canal, a magnificent work of engineering, actually the greatest and most expensive human feat of the time. After 30/40 minutes on the route, you will reach the Visitor Center of Miraflores Locks, from which you will be able to see closely the ships moving along the canal, and the way it operates. You will visit the Amador Causeway on the way, which offers one of the city’s most spectacular panoramic views.
Lunch will be served in one of the unsophisticated and typical restaurants of the Amador Causeway.


The tour ends in the Old Quarter of Panama City, the historic centre of San Felipe declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, thanks to its eclectic fusion of colonial, neoclassical and French architecture. This stop includes a walk in the streets, squares and gravel roads and a visit to emblematic colonial buildings, churches, and palaces.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / L / ‐D

DAY 3 | HALF-DAY PARTIAL TRANSIT
The visit allows you to feel the excitement of going through part of the canal in order to observe the actual workings of the locks, which allow vessels to pass through the canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. First, transfer to the Modern International Flamenco Marina where you will set sail to the entrance of the canal.


In the boat, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the Bridge of the Americas and the spectacular gulf dotted by numerous ships waiting to pass through the canal. Every Vessel should be secured using mooring lines in order to be towed by electric locomotives called mules which move over parallel rails to keep vessels aligned. In a few minutes, water will reach the established level and the lock will open by the side of the stem allowing the ship to pass to the following basin. The tour continues at the Miraflores Lake up to reach Pedro Miguel’s locks where the level rises over 9 meters, then the canal shrinks, and the ship will continue under the Centennial Bridge until it reaches the famous Gaillard Cut or Culebra Cut, known for its meandering bends where the Chagres River converges on. The tour ends in Gamboa where you will return to the hotel. Lunch will be provided during the tour.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / L / ‐

DAY 4 | PANAMA CITY ‐ GAMBOA

Breakfast at the Hotel.

Transfer to Gamboa and stop at the Soberania National Park, 40 minutes away from the city in order to get into the Pipeline Trail. During the tour, it is possible to see in detail the great variety of flora in this secondary rain forest which serves as a bride to birds that travel to escape from winter and as a shelter for the most diverse fauna living among bushes, from monkeys, snakes, spiders, to anteaters and other species.
Next, go onboard a small vessel to discover the Gatún Lake. During this journey, visit the famous Monkey Island and enjoy nature.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Hotel Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

DAY 5 | HALF DAY EMBERÁ KATUMÁ
Transfer service of approximately one hour to the little pier of Gamboa where you will board a pirogue, a motor canoe, to arrive at the community of Emberá Katumá.
During the journey of approximately 15 minutes, you will be able to see the splendid jungle and if you are lucky, its monkeys, butterflies, herons and turtles. Upon your arrival, you will be received by the Indian Chief of the community who will tell you the history of the tribe and its cultural wealth.
The Emberá are native of the Darién, who in turn come from the Chocò, Colombia. They live at the edge of the river in little communities of thatch‐roofed palafittes named tambos, for counteracting humidity and avoiding floods.
Afterwards, a typical lunch will be served to you and you will enjoy a folkloric show with traditional music and dances.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / L / ‐

Emberá Katumá Community

DAY 6 | GAMBOA – BOQUETE
After breakfast, transfer to the airport of Albrook in order to take a flight to David, where the guide will pick you up and help you with the transfer to the Hotel in Boquete.
Rest of the day at leisure.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

DAY 7 | HALF DAY COFFEE TOUR AT FINCA LÉRIDA
The coffee and Lérida Farm’s history dates back to the year 1911 when Sir Toleff Mönniche, one of the Norwegian Engineers who worked in the construction and design of the Panama Canal, in 1924 he built his first Coffee Farm. Later in time, in 1929, he began to export Panamanian coffee to Germany and he made this place a mandatory tourist reference point.

The route starts with a walk by the coffee plantations where their microclimate and variety are essential in order to reach excellence levels. Afterwards, you will visit the areas where the pulp is removed from coffee cherries; they are dried out and roasted. Towards the end, there will be a coffee tasting within which its scent, aroma and character are merged while creating a perfect balance of sweet and bitter tastes and blending. Rest of the day at leisure.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

DAY 8 | HALF-DAY CLOUD FOREST WATERFALL HIKE
The trail is located near Barú National Park, in Las Cataratas Nature Reserve, offering you the opportunity to go deep into the magic forest and see some of its 250‐bird species, including the famous Quetzal. Its plumage is simply fascinating: shaded green with blue and black and metallic highlights. The male has even more flashy colours, its breast is an intense red, its tail that may measure up to 70 centimetres long is white and green, its bill is yellow, and its crest is green with black shades. The Mayans and Aztecs venerated it as they believed it represented the god of heaven. The Quetzal feeds mainly on aguacatillo trees and nests in the holes of the trees. Visit through the clay pits and the mysterious swimming pools used by native tribes. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a refreshing bath in the crystalline waters of the waterfall’s lakes.
Rest of the day at leisure.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

Cloud Forest

DAY 9 | BOQUETE – ALMIRANTE – BOCAS DEL TORO
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the Almirante, in order to take a short boat transfer to Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro Archipelago, where you will be picked up by a driver to transfer you to the Hotel.
Overnight stay. MEALS: B / ‐ / D

DAY 10 / 11| BOCAS DEL TORO

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day at leisure.
It is recommended to visit some of the several coral atolls and islets offering dream beaches surrounded by palm trees, a spectacular barrier reef, several sea species, emerald‐green waters, mangroves, tropical forests inhabited by an incredible fauna and lush flora. Each island has its own personality and natural beauty. It is a world that turns around water and nature where aquatic taxis are the sole means of transportation. Bocas del Toro is a place with ethnic and cultural wealth that is reflected in its traditions, dances, music and cuisine that in combination with the native culture get us back to the roots of the American Continent.
Overnight stay.
MEALS: B / ‐ / D

Bocas Del Toro

DAY 12| BOCAS DEL TORO ‐ PANAMA CITY

Breakfast at the hotel.
Private transfer to the airstrip of Bocas del Toro in order to take the flight to Panama City. Meeting with the guide for transfer to the hotel.

MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

DAY 13| PANAMA CITY ‐ DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer in time to Tocumen Airport for the return flight.
MEALS: B / ‐ / ‐

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For more information on tours to Panama please contact Gabriela Pedrotti: marketing@panamajourneys.com

The “Where the Wild Things Are” Experience with Camino Travel

Highlights

Pacuare River: A breathtaking river with class II, III, and IV rapids that flows through a breathtaking canyon with steep, jungle-covered hills and occasional rocky cliffs. This area is almost inaccessible by vehicles, making this hidden gem a nearly untouched paradise.

Arenal Volcano: A plethora of adventure and relaxation activities, surrounded by lush rainforests, dotted with natural mineral hot springs. All under the mighty gaze of the conical Arenal Volcano and alongside the Arenal Lake.

Manuel Antonio: Pristine beaches, jungle-covered hills, and abundant wildlife. This popular destination boasts a fun-loving beach town, numerous surfing beaches, and a truly incredible national park.

Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose

Arrival at Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO). Meet & Greet outside the airport terminal and transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight at Park Inn

Day 2: San Jose – Pacuare – Arenal

(B, L) It’s an early wake-up on your first morning in Costa Rica when you’ll embark together on the 2.5 hours drive through the green countryside to the Pacuare River. Once at the river, you’ll start the real adventure as you board rafts and travel down the river for several hours of class II-IV rapids.

In the late afternoon, you’ll transfer to La Fortuna, home of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Aside from the volcano looming over the area, you’ll enjoy some of the most diverse activities, adventures, and experiences in the country. 

Overnight at Arenal Manoa Resort & Hot Springs

Day 3: Arenal

(B, L) The highlight of today is the canyoning activity, where you’ll find yourself rappelling down waterfalls into a green river canyon. The adventure ends at midday when you’ll be treated with a delicious lunch.

The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

Overnight at Arenal Manoa Resort & Hot Springs

Day 4: Arenal

(B, D) Get ready to sail through the air for this morning tour. You’ll head over to the Sky Adventures Park where you’ll ride up the side of a mountain on open-air gondolas, enjoying views of the volcano to the side and the lake below. Once at the top, the real adventure begins. You’ll glide your way to the bottom on 2 miles / 3km of zip line cables. 

In the afternoon, you’ll hike along the base of the Arenal Volcano to the 1968 lava flows. You’ll have yet another perspective of the volcano, the lake, and the surrounding mountains on this activity. After the hike, you’ll be ready for a relaxing soak in natural volcanic thermal springs and a hearty dinner. 

Overnight at Arenal Manoa Resort & Hot Springs

Day 5: Arenal – Manuel Antonio

(B) Today, you’ll take a private transfer from Arenal in the middle of the country to Manuel Antonio, located on the central Pacific coast. The ride itself will give you a great opportunity to appreciate some of the different geographies and climates of Costa Rica. 

Spend the afternoon exploring the hotel’s facilities, which include complimentary access to the hotel’s butterfly atrium, crocodile lagoon, and amphibian jungle.

Overnight at Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge

Day 6: Manuel Antonio

(B) This morning, you’ll get a chance to visit the favourite Manuel Antonio, National Park. This protected land is formed around the Punta Cathedral, which often looks like a whale’s tail. Here, you’ll find three unique beaches and a wide variety of protected flora and fauna. There’s a trail to the highest point in the park, where you can see the ocean and rainforest from up high, before enjoying some time relaxing on the beach.

In the afternoon, you’ll be able to choose to go back to the national park, unwind at the hotel, or explore the surroundings on your own. (Note that the national park is closed on Mondays. This activity will be rescheduled to another day, if necessary.) 

Overnight at Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

Breakfast

The whole day is free to spend on the beach, enjoy the hotel’s facilities, or join one of the tours in the area.

Overnight at Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge

Day 8: Departure transfer

(B) You’ll depart on a transfer from Manuel Antonio to the Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO).

For those with early morning flights, we’ll gladly extend or adjust your itinerary to return to San Jose the night before and book an extra night at a hotel closer to the airport.

What’s included in the “Where the Wild Things Are” Experience?

  • Meet & Greet and private arrival transfer from San Jose Airport (SJO)
  • Accommodation as specified:
  • 1 night at Park Inn by Radisson San Jose  
  • 3 nights at Arenal Manoa Resort & Hot Springs
  • 3 nights at Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge
  • Meals as specified
  • Guided tours/activities: 
    • Whitewater Rafting Pacuare River (1-day tour)
    • Pure Trek Canyoning
    • Sky Tram & Sky Trek
    • Arenal Volcano Hike & Hot Springs
    • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Transfer from Pacuare River to Arenal provided by Rafting company (approx. 3 hrs)
  • Private transfer from Arenal to Manuel Antonio (approx. 4.5 hrs)
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio to Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose (SJO) (approx. 3 hrs)
  • Current taxes
  • Dedicated 24/7 in country support and emergency assistance
  • Flexible change/cancellation policies
  • Optional activities are not included

Important notes:

  • Accommodations will be in the above-mentioned hotels or alternative properties of similar style and ambience, according to availability at the time of booking.
  • Tours on the package may be adapted according to traveler preference.
  • The itinerary can be adjusted based on the arrival and departure airports (San Jose/SJO or Guanacaste/LIR).

Please contact Rebeca for further information on this tour.

Rebeca Urena
Sales Executive
sales@caminotravel.com
Tel.: (+506) 4032-9100

Exploring neighbourhoods of colourful Buenos Aires, Argentina

The new gastronomic centre south of San Telmo: architecture, history, curiosities and flavours along the renovated Caseros Boulevard.

Expression of street art in a less explored neighbourhood minutes from Palermo: Coghlan.

Time to appreciate nature in Puerto Madero.

Taking a breath of fresh air in the green tunnels of the towering park trees. San Martin Square.

Discovering the domes of the historic district from the heights of the most beautiful rooftops.

Admire the traditional architecture around the Plaza de Mayo.

Explore the new gourmet market of San Telmo, where the most authentic flavors are combined with the nostalgia of other times.

Reconnect with nature in one of the most flowery gardens in Palermo parks: the Rose Garden.

Enjoy a bike tour along one of the new corridors of the city.

See the urban vegetable gardens that are popping up in different corners of the city, like this one in the heart of Palermo Soho.

Walk nostalgically along the colorful Caminito in La Boca and hear the chords of the Tango vibrate again!

For more information please contact Matias Gomez at ATP: mgomez@atpdmc.com

Vilacabamba, Ecuador’s Valley of Longevity

Vilcabamba is one of the most magical places in Ecuador and yet relatively unknown. Located in the south, just 40 minutes away from the city of Loja, it’s in a region with a diverse offering for travelers.

The region is full of energy and unexplainable mysticisms and known as the Valley of Longevity because many locals live for over 100 years. Why do people here get to live more? Maybe it’s due to the harmony of the environment, minerals in the water, or a healthy and active lifestyle? The reason for this longevity is unknown, but scientific studies are trying to find out about this enigma.

On a stay here you can enjoy a range of activities such as self-guided hiking and trekking, biking, birdwatching, admire the beautiful rivers and waterfalls, or sit in your hammock and enjoy the peaceful environment.

A visit to Vilcambaba can be combined with an itinerary that includes a visit to the pretty town of Zaruma, to see the houses and churches that are crafted out of wood. Excursions to visit El Sexmo Gold mine or a cocoa plantation are also on offer, before visiting the coastal town of Guayaquil.

Geo Reisen invites you and your clients to visit this scenic area of Ecuador and experience the magical secrets behind this remarkable valley. The hotels in this region are 3*, for more information on a trip to Ecuador please contact Fernanda Machado today: fernanda@georeisen-ecuador.com

Wildlife and cowboy culture in Colombia’s Eastern Plains

Colombia continues to be recognised abroad with the Llanos Orientales (Eastern Plains) included in the ’52 Places to love in 2021′ covered in The New York Times. We want to inspire your next trips to our country with this wild and untraversed destination.

This region offers wide-open savannahs covered with flooded grasslands, lush forests, wild rivers that derive from the vast Orinoco basin, and a diversity of wildlife such as deers, capybaras, jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys, pygmy anteaters, and hundreds of bird species. The llaneros continue to preserve their traditional ranching culture, which includes horseback riding barefoot, singing to call and ease their cattle, cooking a tasty smoky barbecue, and playing the harp and the cuatro guitar. Declared an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage Site’ by UNESCO in 2017, llaneros songs are a means of vocal communication sung in a cappella style to include themes of herding, horses, adventures, and love.

Colombian Journey’s offer different packages to visit private nature reserves, home to all this biodiversity combined with cultural experiences to discover a wildlife paradise in Colombia. For more information, please email us at marketing@colombianjourneys.com

Mirjam from Crillon Tours shares her favorite places to visit in Bolivia

When asked about my favorite places in Bolivia, it was hard to narrow it down, since when travelling through this country, I had found something special and unforgettable in every corner, making each place special and worth visiting.

Nevertheless, I do feel that the calmest and relaxed place I have ever been, is definitely “Sun Island” not only does this island come with a fantastic legend and is the most important island on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, but its problem-free lives of its inhabitants rubs off on one. Walking through its small bucolic villages, seeing herds of llamas and small farm animals, such as pigs and chickens, one knows that you are in a special place, away from streets, noises, pollution, and hoards of people. The experience of staying in the bungalow style Posada del Inca Lodge is magical. Here you can enjoy its beautiful garden, spectacular views over the blue lake, and the eucalyptus trees making soothing sounds in the breeze gave me inner peace and the motivation for reflection.

Something similar I have also felt standing in front of the Green Lagoon in the Eduardo Avaroa Nature Reserve, close to the border with Chile. The whole area is just otherworldly, and one gets surprised over and over again by fauna, colors and nature’s humorous creations being displayed by rocks, mountains and flora. But standing in front of that Green Lagoon, the silence, the landscape surrounding it which lets its jade colors stand out even more, had me experienced something that does not happen much today-my mouth dropped open!

Last but not least, I would also always want to return to the Amazon Region of Bolivia. The Madidi National Park and Pampas had me placed in such a completely different scenario from my everyday life, taking me out of my routine being able to share the habitat of unusual exotic plants and numerous animals, allowing me to wake up to the sound of monkeys, letting me swim with pink dolphins, feeling suspense spotting the red caiman eyes during a night river tour, going on an anaconda observation walk, fishing piranhas and so much more..

This was written by Mirjam at Crillon Tours, who are experts in tailoring trips of a lifetime with unique hotel stays along the way. For more information about tours in Bolivia please email Darius Morgan – dariusjr@titicaca.com

Adventures and sunsets in Casanare, Colombia

All my life I have dreamt about visiting the destination of Casanare. I often heard the fantastic stories from my family who once visited Colombia’s vast plains and valleys. They told me about the wildlife, fauna, and cowboys, and these stories were imprinted on my memory making me dream of visiting. Lucky for me, my dream came true! I was offered a trip to explore this region through my work in tourism for Colombian Journeys.

Travels that made my dreams come true

My trip started with the arrival in Yopal, the capital city of Casanare region in Colombia, and after a very warm welcome from our hosts and a good night’s sleep we had an early start. We checked out of our hotel after breakfast and headed to the airport to take our flight in a small charter plane for only six passengers- such a small flight was an exciting experience for me! After a flight of about one hour, we landed in the middle of El Lagunazo.

We were surrounded by nature and friendly warm people, I felt like I was in paradise by a beautiful lagoon and in the middle of flatlands named Los Llanos. We arrived, had lunch, and we started a short hike in the afternoon and took a canoe trip that ended with a picnic while watching a magnificent sunset. I had never imagined that my first day at El Lagunazo would be the best sunset I had ever seen.

For the next four days, I had several incredible experiences. The nature in this part of Colombia is very different from the rest of the places that I know and it was a delight to see. During the walks and safari trips that we took, we saw a huge variety of colored birds as well as geese, parrots, ducks, owls, horses, wild pigs, deer, caimans, and hundreds of capybaras. The sight was spectacular, and I experienced different sunsets during a safari trip and a hike looking for a boa and a jaguar.

Living like a Llanero

I learned not only about nature but also about the local people. They showed us that tourism helps to maintain themselves and the sustainability of their natural habitat. They work hard every day with the community to improve what they offer. It was no more than their rustic houses, the stunning landscapes, the spectacular food, and their smiles (with a big hug included) and to show us how it is to live like a Llanero (Colombian cowboy).

This trip was very special for me, I felt very privileged for what I have seen and done in Casanare. I fell in love with Los Llanos and I am sure that anyone visiting Colombia would love to discover what I experienced. I will surely come back not just once, but many more times. It was a once in a lifetime experience!

By Catherine Morales

Credit to @bycathy and @kthymorita for the photos.

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 buy propecia online no prescription 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.