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
Camino Travel (Costa Rica)
Crillon Tours (Bolivia)
Geo Reisen (Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands)
Native Trails (Mexico)
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.
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.”
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
” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”.
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!
Otherworldlyscenery 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
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.
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. We are a very personable and friendly Ecuadorian DMC and we look forward to chatting with you.
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.
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
– 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.
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.
Offer your clients an adventure with nature and wellness activities
at the forefront of everything they do, during a relaxed holiday exploring
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.