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The world’s longest established travel company, Cox & Kings, has launched its new Latin America brochure for 2014 featuring a comprehensive programme of escorted tours, including new group tours to Cuba and Central America, new river and rail options in Ecuador, and self-drive ideas in Chile and Argentina as well as an array of expanded tailor-made travel suggestions throughout the continent.

Cox & Kings reports that total passenger numbers to Latin America in 2012 increased by almost 25% compared to 2011, and with year-on-year bookings showing a 15% increase already compared to 2012, 2013 is set to be another strong year for the region. With Peruvian cuisine becoming increasingly popular, and the sporting world looking ahead to the World Cup and Olympics in Brazil, all eyes are on Latin America for the coming year.

The trend of clients combining countries in order to get the most value out of their trips has continued in 2013, helped by new flight routings and competitive prices. Vessela Baleva, Cox & Kings’ Latin America product manager says, “Latin America offers such a variety of experiences that clients increasingly want to combine countries in the same trip. We’ve introduced some new sample itineraries to show how easy it can be to combine these destinations and we are excited to be offering a comprehensive escorted tour of Central America for the first time”.

PERU: Peru remains one of Cox & Kings’ bestselling destinations and the Train to Machu Picchu (p16) tour is its second best selling escorted tour. The 15-day / 12-night tour is priced from £2,895 per person and new for 2014 is an extension to northern Peru, to see pre-Inca archaeological sites. The Christmas departure spends 25 December at the Colca Canyon and sees in the New Year at Machu Picchu.

NEW – PERU & COLOMBIA (p28): A new direct flight links Lima and Bogota providing an easy connection between the Inca sites of Peru before exploring Colombia, a lesser-known but fast growing and intriguing tourist destination with a vibrant culture and colonial history. Cox & Kings’ new 12-day / 10-night itinerary, priced from £2,995 per person, combines Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu with Bogota and Cartagena.

NEW – CUBA: Cuba has long been a popular destination for Cox & Kings and demand has remained high for 2013 departures. New for 2014 is a second escorted tour to Cuba, A Journey through Cuba (p88), which travels through verdant countryside and captivating mountain scenery, and explores historic cities and colonial towns. The 13-day / 11-night private tour is priced from £1,895 per person and covers Cuba from west to east. There has been a 10% increase in bookings on the Splendours of Cuba (p86) escorted group tour compared to 2012 and the 12-day / 10-night escorted tour is priced from £1,995 per person.

NEW – CENTRAL AMERICA (p112): With the trend of multi-country itineraries growing, and increased demand in Cox & Kings’ tailor-made holidays in the region, the operator is introducing an escorted tour through six Central American countries. Grand Tour of Central America takes in the natural and cultural wonders of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, with an option to extend further in Belize. The comprehensive 18-day / 16 night tour is priced from £3,195 per person and uses the region’s excellent network of domestic flights as well as some drives to explore the tropical landscapes, volcanoes and colonial heritage of fascinating Mayan cities. A cruise through some of the locks of the Panama Canal is also included.

NEW – ECUADOR (p34): Following the successful launch of an escorted tour to Ecuador and the Galapagos in 2013, additional tailor-made suggestions have been given including a new luxury Amazon cruise, which launches this autumn and a vintage steam train that travels from the Andean highlands to the coast. The Anakonda river cruise explores the rainforest and waterways of the biologically diverse Yasuni National Park with naturalist and native guides accompanying daily excursions. Natural Ecuador is a new suggested itinerary combining a 3-night cruise on the Anakonda with 3 nights in the Galapagos. A 10-day / 8-night tour is from £5,695 per person. The Train Crucero, which launched in 2013, is a restored heritage train travelling from Quito to Guayaquil and includes the switchbacks of the infamous Devil’s Nose. The 4-day journey includes overnight stays in traditional haciendas or hotels and guided excursions to places of interest en route. A 7-day / 6-night tour, including 2 nights in Quito and the 4-day train journey, is priced from £1,295 per person, excluding international flights.

TAILOR-MADE SUGGESTIONS: The 2014 Latin America brochure has additional tailor-made content to provide suggestions for exploring regions away from the well-trodden tourist path. Baleva says, “We want to encourage people to explore areas off the beaten track in the knowledge that they will be accompanied by an expert local guide, who will bring the destination to life and allow them to experience something different”. The new brochure contains sample journeys to show how different regions can be combined and more destination information is given to provide inspiration. Self-drive journeys have been added for Chile and Argentina, where long and wide-open roads allow for easy exploration of the stunning scenery.

All prices include flights, transfers, guided excursions and accommodation with breakfast daily and other meals as specified.
Please see www.coxandkings.co.uk/latin-america  for the full programme to Latin America.

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