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BA announce Santiago Flights!

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Great aviation news for Latin America!

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.

This is great news for Chile and Latin America!

LATA House of Lords event

At an event at the House of Lords last week LATA was delighted to formally induct Lillian Mathieson from Americas and Merina Begg from Argentina Travel Partners to the LATA Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to Latin America travel over the years.

   

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Something new in Arenal!

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Cultour

This tour combines the beauty of nature and a friendly visit to the community, the visitors will discover the culture, traditions and daily rural life in a small countryside town. Visitors will be welcomed at the terrace of La Casona Río Fortuna, a place full with history, culture and traditions. After a short walk, they reach the sugar cane mill to learn how sugar cane was processed more than one hundred years ago. They will prepare coffee and have fresh made tortillas with homemade sour cream and cheese. Those who will like to participate in the preparation are more than welcome!

After that everyone will get into a tractor-pulled wagon to continue this journey through different plantations and the warm greeting of the villagers. The drive leads to the local school. This is a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the education system in Costa Rica to other education systems. This visit consists of a guided tour of the school, led by the director, a teacher, and/or students, a presentation, and a question and answer session. Guests will be received by the students with traditional dances and music. During the day, they will also visit a local farm where they will learn about organic farming.

It includes: Lunch and traditional tortilla class with coffee break and visit to the local primary school

What to bring? Light clothes, hiking shoes, sunscreen lotion, insect repellent, camera and binoculars.

Duration: 4 hours

Important note: The visit to the Primary School is available from Monday through Friday, during regular school hours.

   

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Peru Update

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First and foremost everyone at America’s would like to wish all our lovely readers a Happy New Year, we all wish you the very best!

We’re kicking 2016 off with a quick recap on some of tours and services offered by our Peru partners Lima Tours’ Peru package.

In case you missed it, Lima Tours’ use iPads for all airport pick-ups. These iPads are all about making your customers time as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. We’ve all have been in that situation at an airport where you’re looking for your transport but, simply can’t see the correct person or you just can’t read what their unrecognizable handwriting is saying. Well thankfully Lima Tours’ have eradicated that problem for quite some time now. Not will your customers being able read their name clearly, they will be able to clearly see that the person holding the iPad is a proud representative of Lima Tours’.

 

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Another unmissable feature of Lima Tours’ tour offerings is the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world! The below pictures of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are simply breathtaking.

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We love the look of this new lodge on the shores of Lake Titicaca – also offered by Lima Tours. Your clients can sit back and relax in their very own Amantica Lodge…

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Wine Tasting by Antique Cars – Uruguay

We love the sound of this new wine tour from Buemes Travel DMC, Uruguay….

 

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Transfer to the Winery Bouza, located in Melilla, at only 15 km from Montevideo downtown. You will be picked up on an antique car, such as a Chrysler sedan 1927, Chevrolet Double Phaeton Convertible 1929 or Ford “A” Sedan Luxe 1930 & 1931. These vehicles are 100% original and registered in FIVA (Federation Internationales Des Vehicules Anciens) in Brussels, Belgium. All vehicles maintain its original upholstered, breaks with metal rod and dampers, dynamo and perfumed with real flowers, remaining as they were built 85 years ago.

While enjoying the drive, you will be taken to Bouza Winery; one of Montevideo’s most well-known venues. The winery is part of a harmonious milieu, surrounded by vines and native woods. The diversity of the native plants and animals is influenced by the proximity of the Santa Lucia River and its outlet into the River Plate, known as the widest river in the world. The Winery was born as a family business, placing great care in all stages of the process, starting from the vineyard and ending in the cup of wine.

The property is divided into two fields, one in Las Violetas area of important vine-growing tradition, approximately 39 km from the center of Montevideo and of the River Plate. The other in Melilla, 5 km from the Santa Lucia River. The vineyard is composed by 10 hectares of Tannat, Merlot and Chardonnay plants, of ages ranging between 20 and 40 years. Also 13 hectares with new plantations of Tannat, Merlot, Tempranillo and Albariño, selecting high quality and low productivity clones.

Bouza Winery was built using the basic structure of an old winery functioning in the area since 1942. It was restored maintaining the original idea. Wine varieties: Albariño (white wine), Chardonnay, Merlot, Tannat-Merlot, etc. Today Uruguay entered with its wines to very competitive markets where each year gets first prizes in fairs and expositions.
Tour starts with a visit to the vineyards and orientation on process, observing the nature with a wide diversification of fauna and flora, a collection of antique cars like a Ford T 1926. Ford A, Citroen 1950, 1980, Alfa Romeo Spider 1960, or 1926 train wagons among others.

Afterwards a visit to the cave for a wine tasting of the different varieties.
Transfer back to your hotel.
Walking involved: Moderate but not recommendable for passengers with physical limitations.
Wine Tasting by Antique Cars
Tour Duration: Approx. 3:30 hs.
Cars Available: Chrysler Sedan 1927 – Chevrolet Doble Phaeton Convertible 1929 – 2 Ford “A” Sedan Deluxe 1930 – 1931

 

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Best WTM Give-away ever?

We’ve all been given USB memory sticks before.  But I can’t remember ever getting one of a country’s president, with removable head!

Thank you Bolivia Tourism for giving us a real laugh with this give-away.

 

BA announce Lima Flights!

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More great aviation news for Latin America!

Fresh from the announcement that British Airways will be flying direct to Costa Rica, BA have announced 3 weekly flights to Peru!

British Airways will fly 3 x weekly London Gatwick – Lima service to commence on 4th May 2016. The flight will be operated by 3 Class Boeing 777-200ERs to the following schedule:
BA2239 London Gatwick 1350 – Lima 2025 Wednesdays Thursdays, Sundays
BA2238 Lima 2000 – London Gatwick 1420+1 Wednesdays, Thurdays, Sundays

This is great news for Peru and Latin America! If you have any queries regarding Peru, please contact us and we can put you in touch with our partners,Lima Tours.

 

M/Y Passion Maiden Voyage to Galapagos

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Exciting news from our partners in Ecuador, Andando Tours!

Luxury yacht M/Y Passion is now available to book for your clients’ cruises to The Galapagos Islands, having recently completed her maiden voyage.
She has a huge amount of outdoor space, perfect for viewing the islands.
There are 6 cabins, accommodating 12 pax.

Click here to read more from Andando Tours including high-res photos.