Latin America

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.

A magnificent full solar eclipse will be visible in Patagonia this December

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 cheap ambien buy online 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 day. 

Click on this link for the Full Solar Eclipse program in Patagonia and email Matias Gomez ATP for more information: mgomez@atpdmc.com

Hunting Sunsets –by Regina Meirelles of BE Brazil

” 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.

Portofino in North East Brazil

Day 2 –

We had a very early start at 6:20 am to Maxaranguape, which is a small albuterol inhaler side effects children 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.

A perfect day: diving, cocktails, and sunsets!

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.

Pousada Kauli and a magical 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.

Cooling off in a mineral water spring

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.

Fishing and sunsets

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.

Regina enjoying Galinhos

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.

Vogal Hotel, Ponta Negra

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.

Grandmother sewing in the Ponta Negra

Day 9-

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!”.


THE END.

For more information on this trip and the experiences please contact BE Brazil by emailing Anna Nagy – annanagy@bebrazildmc.com.br

Visit Uruguay for the longest carnival in the world

Entertainment at Uruguay’s annual carnival

Smaller and less well-known internationally than the festivities of their larger neighbour Brazil, the celebrations in Uruguay have the accolade of being the world’s longest carnival. Starting in January, the festivities last for 40 days and celebrate the diverse cultures of Uruguay.

In Montevideo, the Inaugural Parade takes place on 18 de Julio Avenue. This parade introduces the Queens of Carnival and features a large procession of floats, giant figures, and dancers accompanied by local music. Another popular parade, every February, is Desfile de Llamadas in the neighbourhoods of Barrio Sur and Palermo which celebrates candombe – an energetic rhythm and dance form with African roots performed by large groups of drummers. This exhilarating tradition of the Afro-River Plate community was declared part of the world’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO in 2009. 

Satirical musical theatre ensembles known as Murgas are also a major feature of Uruguay’s unique carnival – In a tradition originating from Cadiz (Spain) and introduced by immigrants, these groups compete on local stages throughout the carnival. Themes are often contemporary and political.

Useful dates for 2020:

Carnival Inaugural Parade: January 23

Las Llamadas Parade: February 07 & 08 (*Friday and Saturday NOT the traditional Thursday and Friday)

For more information on Uruguay’s Carnival Season please contact Andrea at Viajes Bueme’s :  acambon@buemes.com.uy.

Parintins Folklore Festival in Brazil

Parade at the festival

The festival of Boi-Bumba, also known as Parintins Folklore Festival, is held in Amazonas State and is considered the second biggest festival in Brazil. It takes place over three days at the end of June on an island 420km south of Manaus, on the edge of the magnificent Amazon River, next to wildlife and verdant rainforest.

This huge annual festival originates from 1913 and showcases the blend of local cultures, both those of indigenous people and those of the descendants of slaves who came to the area. The festival centres around a re-enactment of the legend of Boi-Bumba – when an ox, that is killed for its tongue to satisfy the cravings of a pregnant lady is then miraculously restored to life. Over the years the celebration has grown and since 1988 has taken place in the 35,000-seater purpose built Bumbódromo. Two historic local associations Caprichoso (blue) and Garantido (red) parade colourful floats, and compete through dance, music and elaborate costumes, impress the judges with their displays portraying the story of the ox, and rituals and legends of the local river and rainforest. Both sides are encouraged by their supporters in matching blue and red coloured seats. The festival is a glorious, theatrical spectacle – which is best seen to be believed!

For more information please contact BE Brazil by emailing Anna – annanagy@bebrazildmc.com.br

Experience an Argentine gaucho festival

Gauchos

The 10th of November was the chosen date to celebrate gaucho traditions in Argentina, to pay tribute to the writer and poet José Hernandez, the first author who became well known for stories and poems about gauchos. The poem ‘El Gaucho Martin Fierro’ recounts the experiences and lifestyle of a gaucho who defended the borders defending the borders of his lands.


During the festival, gauchos exhibited their finest horses and wore their wealth in goods made by silversmiths. This was their time to show off their elegance and dexterity on horseback. The first parades took place around the main square of San Antonio de Areco village back in 1939. The traditional Asado (BBQ) was served in the kitchen of the old Guerrico Hall, near the Arellano Square. This was also where the assembled gauchos played the guitar and danced.

Today, the festival takes place in the historic cheap xanax united kingdom town centre, and in the heart of the vast Criollo Park, where the bravest gauchos compete during the jineteadas (rodeos), which are as dangerous as they are spectacular! The traditional gaucho festival has become a very popular event in Argentina and a unique sight that is not to be missed. It’s celebrated the weekend of the 10th November, which is an ideal time to see the different generations of gaucho’s parade through the town in all their finery.


Visting San Antonio de Areco during this festival is the best way to see the rural traditions that are still alive today. A visit combines well with a stay on an estancia (ranch), where gauchos still work the land on horseback, and some local towns seem unchanged since the 1880s.

For more information on trips to Argentina please contact our partners ATP DMC info@atpdmc.com

Crillon Tours new Sky Lounge Explorer is open for bookings.

Crillon Tours has launched its new ‘Sky Lounge Explorer’, a mobile lounge designed to offer first-class food and beverage service in the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flats. The lounge is on board a Deluxe Airstream Camper, which means it can be relocated anywhere on the Salt Flats, to provide your clients with the best experience and views. During the night, the panoramic glass ceiling will allow your clients to do stargazing of the southern skies and learn about Andean Cosmovision.

The ‘Sky Lounge Explorer’ aims to enhance your client’s Deluxe Camper Experience on the Uyuni Salt Flats at no extra cost, with the best exclusive service throughout the whole year, in the middle of this natural treasure of 10,000 Kms². Featuring a solid and aerodynamic design, the solar-powered “Sky Lounge Explorer” offers all the facilities and services a traveler might desire while exploring the Salt Flats.

The upgraded Deluxe Airstream Camper Experience is the only way to guarantee exclusivity, safety and the indispensable protection against the cold and strong winds of the area. Your guests will also have their experience complemented by a private chef for making divine cocktails at sunset and serving up delicious a la carte meals on request.

In addition, the Deluxe Airstream Camper experience includes the private service of a guide, a chauffeur and a concierge.

The Sky Lounge Explorer is operating now and will even operate during the rainy season on the flooded Uyuni Salt Flats (the largest natural mirror in the world).

Family activities to choose from in Ecuador & The Galapagos

Travelling with your family is an adventure unlike any other. Children often have wildly different needs than adults, which is why we don’t just adapt our grown-up itineraries for smaller travelers. Our Andando family trips deliver a seamless mix of adventure and education that’s so much fun children don’t even realise they’re learning new things with each activity.

Andando Tours can provide different types of activities depending on which part of Ecuador your clients are visiting. Here is our list of recommended activities for families with children during their Ecuador and Galapagos vacation:
• Scavenger hunts at historical haciendas
• Toy workshops
• Ecuadorian cooking classes
• Chocolate workshops
• Legends and folk buy xanax no prescription australia tales
• Falconry
• Stargazing
• Canopying
• Visit a butterfly farm
• Horseback riding through the avenue of the volcanoes dressing in true ‘chagra’ (Andean cowboys) style
• Surfing lessons surrounded by marine iguanas and sea lions
• Kayaking
• Biking

Add-ons upon request are available, including a journal for the children’s trip to Ecuador, a tour leader for children and pen-pals (this activity is planned with months ahead as involves an exchange of letters between children of the regions they will visit and then meet them in Ecuador).

For more info contact the team at Andando Tours – contact@andandotours.com

Retreat to Colombia’s secluded Punta Faro Hotel on Macura Island

Punta Faro beach

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.

Bedroom at Punta Faro

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.

For more information on Punta Faro or Macura Island please contact marketing@colombianjourneys.com or visit the Colombian Journeys website.

Lima Tours commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism.

Ana Paula from Lima Tours shares some news on their plans for 2019 and how you can support them.

“We are working harder than ever to ensure responsible tourism practices run through our service chain. Lima Tours are certified again under the NEPCon / Rainforest Alliance standard for meeting all the requirements of sustainable tourism and have a rating of 98.38%. It should be noted that we’ve had this recognition since 2016, something we work hard at and are very proud of.

Furthermore, we have been working on several other initiatives concerning sustainability. We have reinforced our goal to plant 10,000 trees, by 2020, in the Tambopata National Reserve. We want to offset our carbon footprint and the impact that greenhouse gases have on the environment. From the beginning of February 2019, we have become a zero-plastic company and no longer give bottled water to our clients. We now provide all our passengers with an aluminium bottle, allowing them to fill them with water at our refill water points. At the end of 2019 Lima Tours will offer the option to your passengers to pay their CO2 footprint through a personalised calculator, thus helping to pay for the planting of trees in Tambopata, in collaboration with our Green Initiative.

This new certification encourages us to continue promoting respect for the environment, diversity and inclusion, which we consider pillars in all our operations and business practices.”

This fantastic video that shows the magical views of Peru from 2018 -simply breath-taking footage for you all to share and spread the word about Peru travel. 

Lima Tours also have published a fantastic Ultimate Journey’s Sustainable Peru magazine, which you can view here online.

For more information contact Lima Tours marketing@limatours.com.pe or visit their website here.

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