Native Trails recommend a visit to see the Maya site of Muyil, which lies in the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an, and has been a UNESCO Natural World Heritage since 1987. The several Mayan buildings lie close to a freshwater lagoon, which is linked to the Caribbean via canals and natural outlets. Muyil was part of the coastal trade network and was dominated by Chichén Itzá, Cobá, and later Mayapán.
On a small path through the dense jungle of Yucatán, you reach the lagoons in the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve. In a panga boat, you cross the turquoise blue water of the Muyil lagoon before passing the historic, extremely narrow Maya canal into the neighboring Chunyaxché lagoon. On its northern end, there is a small river amidst mangrove forests, where you can let your boat float in the clear water – this is a truly wonderful Mexican adventure!
With its unique log cabin designed from mangroves and palms, and with direct access to the beach, Punta Faro stands out for its unique eco architecture and excellent service.
The hotel has a remote and peaceful location on the beautiful Mucura Island, which is only 2 hours by boat from Cartagena de Indias. It’s the perfect place to retreat and relax by the tranquil warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and to disconnect from the world.
Guests can enjoy a range of nautical sports on Macura Island, including scuba diving, sea-kayaking, windsurfing and sailing a catamaran, among others. There’s also the options to hire a bike to explore, play tennis or totally relax with a massage on the beach.
Its a great spot for anyone looking to experience calm and serenity and experience the very best of Colombian hospitality.
The relaxing sound of waves crashing on the beach, the soothing sights of a myriad of tones of green, and the mesmerizing tropical environment are an elemental part of the underlying beauty of Nosara – a community dedicated to yoga, meditation and just plain good living, in one of the few “blue zones” in the world.
Nosara is not the easiest place to get to, but that only seems to add to the magic for those who are looking for the perfect wave, heightened self-awareness or just some rest and time to switch off from the constant phone buzzes or masses of emails we all know too well.
Those who come to Nosara to practice the art and science of yoga will find that there is no shortage of options for both the novice and more experienced. A leisurely stroll through town offers healing centers, open-air studios – tucked among the lush vegetation of Costa Rica’s tropical forest or overlooking the Pacific Ocean – yoga retreats, meditation retreats, teaching training courses, workshops, spas. And, of course, a world-renowned Yoga Institute.
Whether you are interested in the quick and powerful moves of Ashtanga yoga or the slower and more intense movements of Hatha yoga, we are sure that you will find that the white sand beaches, intense turquoise waters, lush tropical forests, and exuberant flora and fauna simply serve as a catalyst to connect with your inner self and find that soothing state of awareness many are looking for.
Marcela Valverde from Camino Travel is an experienced yoga teacher and knows the best places for yoga, zen and relaxation in Nosara and the rest of Costa Rica.
Our partners Panama Journeys have been researching places to switch off and unplug from technology.
Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy time away from technology and focus on wellness and relaxation. The resort is located in Cambutal on the Pacific Coast of the Azuero Peninsula.
This intimate 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.
The owners Janel and Mike are from Canada and share a mutual passion for the outdoors, surfing, yoga and Panama.
“We wanted to create a place that catered to all, and shared our passion and belief in a simpler, more organic lifestyle, where people can slow down, unplug, and escape their hectic lifestyles.
We’re here to support guests by offering a safe, relaxing, and healthy environment to create a holiday experience unlike any other. With classes, local adventures, healthy cuisine, and beautiful accommodations, we hope our passion will rub off on our guests.
In this sanctuary you can disconnect, breathe, discover your needs and take the time to become the best version of yourself with the best yoga lessons, wellness advocates and meditation practices.”
The resort offers 12 private cabins with ocean view and is surrounded by exuberant flora that makes for a very relaxing stay.
Book a stay here combined with a tour to visit other beautiful locations in Panama through our partner Panama Journeys.
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. Emailemail@example.com
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.