We are excited to reveal Camino Travel as our new partner in Costa Rica.
Established in 1991, Camino Travel is at the forefront of travel business in Costa Rica. Proud to be an independently-run company with strong business ethics, they offer innovative, culturally sensitive services throughout the country.
Working under the motto ‘We sell what we know’, Camino Travel showcases the best of Costa Rica, with an emphasis on sustainable tourism – awarded the highest level (Level 5) Certification for Sustainable Tourism by the Costa Rica Tourism Board. Quality and innovation are at the heart of everything they do.
Camino’s knowledgeable team offers expertly designed and personalised experiences for both groups and FIT customers. Their guides are carefully chosen for their experience and passion; many specialising in bird-watching, nature, adventure and/or sports.
Helena Chavarria (director and founder) and Erika Kristaly (Marketing Manager) are looking forward to introducing to UK clients the legendary ‘Camino touch’ to travel in Costa Rica.
We are delighted to announce ADSMundo and Sportstour as Americas’ new partners in Chile.
A fourth generation family-run business, Andina del Sud (ADS) enviably combines tow of the most respected brands in tourism in Chile – ADSMundo and luxury brand Sportstour. Jointly the boast more 150 years’ experience delivering the best and most exciting Chilean travel experiences.
ADSMundo has a reputation for creating exciting, personalised itineraries for both individuals and groups. Their enthusiastic and knowledgeable team continuously seek out new experiences and services, and additional offices in San Pedro de Atacama and Puerto Varas ensure excellent customer service.
Originally established in 1962 as a ski company and now known for innovative, expertly crafted, tailor-made travel itineraries, the Sportstour team became a valued part of Andina del Sud in 2008.
Claude Dumontet is ADSMundo / Sportstour Sales Director and regularly visits the UK. A Frenchman, born in Germany, he has travelled extensively throughout South America. He immediately fell in love with Chile and has lived there since 1997, working in various roles for Andina del Sud (ADS).
Why is Buenos Aires such a popular destination for families with children? Firstly, Buenos Aires is cosmopolitan and fun. It has the face and the flavour of Europe, elegant cafés, beautiful architecture and approximately one hundred museums, most of which are child-friendly, but its heart and soul beat to a Latin rhythm, lively and frenetic.Secondly, kids reign in Argentina. They are welcome everywhere (except nightclubs).
Even the most sophisticated restaurants have high chairs and child menus and it is usual to see children in a restaurant at 11 pm having dinner with their parents.There are also multiple activities suitable for all ages. In and around Buenos Aires there cooking lessons, filete painting, horse riding, bicycle tours, dinosaurs(!) at the Natural Science Museum, space exploration at the Planetarium, and the Forbidden Not To Touch Science Museum.
You can take a polo lesson, visit a ranch or explore an island in the Tigre Delta by boat.Children can go grape harvesting in Mendoza whilst their parents do a wine tasting, or get up close and personal with whales in Puerto Madryn with a trip on a Yellow Submarine, walk among penguins, explore the Iguazu Falls, go fishing or kayaking in Bariloche, or ride through hills for a swim under a waterfall in Los Potreros ranch in Cordoba.
Another year, another fantastic party! After the final day of a very busy World Travel Market 2016, we celebrated America 25th Anniversary on the 9th of November at the stunning Naval & Military Club, in the King Harald Room. It was great to see some familiar and new faces at the party, we hope you had a great evening and thank you for your continued support.
We’re please to say official photos from the event have been released, take a look at them here. You might even seen yourself!
“I am delighted to have joined Americas, a company I have long respected, and which I first got to know over ten years ago. Over the years I have worked for several small and medium sized tour operators, but developed my passion for Latin America while working for Sunvil Traveller in Isleworth. Since then I have worked as a Product Manager for Explore Worldwide, and become part of the team for the LATA Foundation. I am really looking forward to my new role within the Americas partnership, and to getting to know you all over the coming months. WTM is not far away now, so I will see many of you there!”
Panama is often associated with the tremendous engineering work of the canal which has been operating for more than a century and considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world. However, it is not just about steel and concrete. Magnificent tropical scenery is abound including some the of the world’s most untouched areas of rainforest. One third of the total land area is set aside as Protected Areas and National Parks, and indigenous peoples have their rights respected to continue living in their traditional lands.
A haven for nature lovers, Panama is home to 800 bird species, 200 mammals, 240 reptiles and more than 10,00 species of plants. It offers excellent birdwatching experiences in the Soberania National Park or Volcan Baru – Panama’s only volcano – and its clean beaches and clear waters provide an unrivalled experience for divers, snorkelers and surfers. Furthermore, the countryside offers ample scope for hiking, cycling or white water rafting.
The country has a rich historical past and oozes charm, traditions and folklore. Explore the “Old Quarter”, the historical center of Panama City, the little town of Portobelo on the Caribbean Sea with the ruins of its fortress and its cultural wealth and the Forts of San Lorenzo and Portobelo which have been designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The little town of Natá de los caballeros preserves a large church that evokes the period of the Spanish domination, and Parita with its little colonial center revives memories of the glorious colonial past where the time seems to have stopped.
Uruguay is one of the smallest and often overlooked Latin American countries. Liberal and fun-loving, Uruguay is a land of rolling hills and verdant pastures, where you can can ride out on horseback in true gaucho style, returning to your estancia at the end of each day to tuck into steak and some excellent local wine.
Our partner Viajes Buemes, can tailor-make the right Uruguayan experience for your clients. From Boutique Beach Hotels to Whale Watching – via Gourmet Food Tours, blending your own wine and horse riding.
Andrea and her team at Buemes offer an exciting range of tours and excursions catering for FITs as well as groups, meetings, incentives and special interest tours. They understand the UK market especially well, working with a huge number of UK clients, as well as arranging the shore excursions for many of the world’s major cruise companies.
• Colonia – Like a walk back in time, this old colonial town is renowned for its cobbled streets and colourful houses and is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The little port of Colonia lies on the River Plate estuary and is easily accessible from Montevideo and Buenos Aires.
• Punta Del Este – Commonly referred to as the St Tropez of South America. The gentle waters of the beaches on the bay side of the peninsula are suitable for bathing and relaxing, while the rougher waters of the surfing beaches are on the ocean side. Punta del Este, is a see-and-be-seen jet-set mecca with a white sandy beach whose restaurants, clubs and designer boutiques would not look out of place on the French Riviera.
• Jose Ignacio – 30km from the bright lights of Punta del Este, Jose Ignacio is perceived as quieter but with a reputation for sophistication. Boutique hotels, excellent restaurants and near-empty beaches provide a different beach experience from Punta Del Este.
• Laguna de Rocha – This protected landscape on the Atlantic coast is well known for its biodiversity. Its ecosystem has made it a prime site for birds, especially waterfowl, otters, capybaras, turtles, foxes, rheas and mules; not to mention the Darwin frog, an endangered species worldwide.
• The nation’s waterfront capital, Montevideo is the third most southern capital in the world. It boasts a wonderfully eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers, art deco and colonial buildings. The city is a vibrant place with a rich cultural life and a thriving entertainment scene. Montevideo is well known for the Mercado del Puerto – where Uruguayans have been trading local goods since 1868. It’s a great place to grab a chivito, the steak sandwich that’s the national dish of Uruguay.
• Estancias – Uruguay’s grand old ranches. There is a wide range of options allowing you to step into the boots of gaucho for a few days and enjoy the freedom of the rolling plains. Choose from guest houses, farms and ranches in the centuries-old construction of the colonial era, sympathetically renovated to meet the needs of the 21st century visitor.
Stand-out Tours and Products Americas likes include:
• Whale watching – The season has just begun! Fourteen species of whales can be seen in Uruguayan waters including the impressive Southern Right Whale (Ballena Franca).
• Montevideo’s markets and bars – a four hour tour of Montevideo’s hidden treasures.
From first week of 2017, Chile will be a little more accessible for Britons, thanks to the launch of a direct British Airways flight between London Heathrow and Santiago.
The service will begin on January 3, and will immediately become BA’s longest route – the 14 hours and 40 minutes required to travel to the Chilean capital eclipsing the 13 hours and 50 minutes it currently takes the airline to fly between Heathrow and Buenos Aires. The connection to Santiago will run four times a week.