Uncover the Spirit of South America with Trafalgar

July 3, 2013 on 4:09 pm | In Adventure Travel, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, South America, Surfing Resorts, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela | Comments Off



Uncover the spirit of South America with Trafalgar
See one of the hottest destinations on the planet from the inside

Award-winning guided holiday operator Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com), has launched its highly-anticipated 2014 South America programme showcasing four brand new guided holidays, amongst the 15 on offer across the continent. Discover your passion for living like a Latin American local and see Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama from the inside.

Uncover all the icons of the region with the NEW 22-day Icons of South America, where you can partake in a Local Specialty and mix the perfect Caipirinha in Rio, listen to the thunder of Iguassu Falls, and mingle with the locals at a truly unique Be My Guest dining experience in Buenos Aires. Get a taste for the Andean Lake District, including a visit to the Chocolate Museum in Bariloche, be led by a Local Expert and learn about the wines of Chile before ending your adventure on a true voyage of discovery through Peru. This guided holiday is priced from $8425 per person with savings of up to $751 per person for when you book and pay by 31 October 2013.

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in one country with the NEW 10-day Colourful Trails of Ecuador. Explore Cotopaxi and El Cajas National Parks as well as the “Gateway to the Amazon” – Banos, enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest dining experience at a rose plantation in Cayambe and witness the art of Andean flute-making, amongst many other Ecuadorian delights. Alternatively, follow the trails of ancient legends on a Peruvian pilgrimage with the NEW 10-day In the Footsteps of the Incas. Or try the NEW 13-day Peru’s Andean Explorer and visit the iconic Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, and be welcomed at a Be My Guest dining experience at a picturesque colonial residence in Lima.

Also new for 2014, Trafalgar has introduced Authentic Accommodation across the region, providing guests with a rare insight into some of the places they visit. From staying in a 17th century Andean estate in Ecuador to relaxing in an 18th century traditional Hacienda in Peru, each Authentic Accommodation has been specifically chosen for either its unique significance to the local area, distinctive architecture, rich historical significance or magnificent setting.

Savvy travellers can secure their spot ahead of time on their chosen guided holiday by saving 10% when they book and pay-in-full by 31 October, 2013.

To view the 2014 South America programme and for more information, visit www.trafalgar.com. Visit us on Twitter @TrafalgarTalk. You can also connect with Trafalgar on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrafalgarTravel.


LATAM Airlines Group Fare Discounts in South America

January 14, 2013 on 3:33 pm | In Airlines, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, East Coast, Ecuador, Guyana, New York City, Paraguay, Peru, South America, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela | Comments Off



Travelers who book flights aboard LATAM Airlines Groupcarriers, including LAN Airlines and its affiliates, and TAM Airlines, through Jan. 28 will earn discounts of up to 40 percent on flights throughout South America.

The discounted routes include roundtrip economy class flights between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Miami, Los Angeles, or San Francisco (starting at $899) and New York (starting at $999) on LAN Airlines and/or its affiliated carriers. Also discounted are economy class roundtrip flights between Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Miami and New York (staring at $799) and Orlando (starting at $999).


Enjoy Sizzling Temperatures and Savings in Latin America w/ IHG

December 2, 2012 on 5:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Golf Resorts, Guyana, Hotels, Paraguay, Peru, South America, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela | Comments Off



Book at least 21 days in advance and save 20%

Lucky for vacationers this holiday season, IHG is promising a rocking Holiday escape and a joyful and culturally-rich celebration at any of their family of hotel brands in Latin America and the Caribbean.

From golden beaches and charming colonial towns to vibrant cosmopolitan cities, IHG plans to turn wintery holiday travel plans into extra bright and warm ones with its “Free Night Holiday Celebration Package”.

Valid on hotel stays from December 14, 2012 to January 31, 2013, the package provides guests who book a minimum of four nights with one complimentary night.

The package also includes breakfast buffet for two adults and children staying in the same room; a 4 p.m. late check-out to enjoy every last moment of the Holidays; and a $25 USD credit for phone calls or Internet use, so guests can stay connected with loved ones.

–IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], one of the world’s largest hotel companies, launches the “Free Night Holiday Celebration Package”, providing families and travelers looking to celebrate the Holidays in Latin America and the Caribbean with a good reason to rejoice.

Valid on hotel stays from December 14, 2012 to January 31, 2013, the “Free Night Holiday Celebration Package” provides guests who book a minimum of four nights with one complimentary night.

eBags Mother Lode DuffelThe package also includes breakfast buffet for two adults and children staying in the same room; a 4 p.m. late check-out to enjoy every last moment of the Holidays; and a $25 USD credit for phone calls or Internet use, so guests can stay connected with loved ones.

The Free Night Holiday Celebration Package promises travelers a rocking Holiday escape and a joyful and culturally-rich celebration at any of the IHG family of hotel brands in Latin America and the Caribbean, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express® and Staybridge Suites®. From golden beaches and charming colonial towns to vibrant cosmopolitan cities, Latin American and the Caribbean destinations have plenty to offer to those looking for a Holiday getaway.

The Free Night Holiday Celebration Package can be reserved from now until January 15, 2013.

Priority Club Rewards members who book this package can earn Priority Club® points on their hotel stay.

For reservations and the full terms and conditions of this offer, please visit www.ihg.com/celebrate in English, www.ihg.com/celebrar  in Spanish or www.ihg.com/celebre  in Portuguese.


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LAN Airlines Offers Online Access to South America Travel Experts

August 22, 2012 on 11:32 am | In Airlines, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, South America, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela | Comments Off



Chilean carrier LAN Airlines is seeking to expand its visibility following its June merger with Brazilian operator TAM. LAN announced the launch of “Only in South America,” a micro website designed to connect users to the airline’s South American destinations on a personal level through expert advice from “South America Insiders” with knowledge of popular and off-the-beaten-path travel experiences in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The site is part of an extended multi-year marketing initiative to highlight LAN’s unparalleled network of regional destinations and promote leisure travel to South America.

LAN’s merger with TAM created Latam Airlines Group, Latin America’s largest carrier. The TAM and LAN brands provide passenger service to 150 destinations in 22 countries. The micro-site will provide leisure travelers with opportunities to virtually explore South America and create itineraries that include flights, hotels, and vacation packages.

“The new microsite is further proof of LAN’s commitment to promoting travel to South America and its passion for the region,” said Pablo Chiozza, Latam’s vice president of North America and the Caribbean.

“We believe South America’s people are the best reasons to visit the region, so we are excited to connect visitors to the site with this kind of insider knowledge.”

LAN is also offering a Facebook contest in conjunction with the new micro-site. The “My South America Dream List” sweepstakes runs through Sept. 1, 2012, and offers fans of the LAN Airlines USA Facebook page who provide details of their South America “dream list” a chance to win one of five “Only in South America” vacation packages to Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Buenos Aires, the Andes, and Santiago, Chile.


Air Europa Sets Off To Santa Cruz

July 20, 2012 on 9:26 am | In Airlines, Argentina, Beachbooker, Caribbean, Cuba, Dominican Republic, French West Indies, South America, Venezuela | Comments Off



Latin America specialist launches twice-weekly service to Bolivia

Air Europa, the Latin America specialists, will launch a new route to Santa Cruz from 29 November as the carrier expands its long-haul programme.

Using the new Airbus 330-200, the twice-weekly service, from London Gatwick via Madrid, provides UK travellers with great value airfares to Bolivia’s indigenous villages, Amazon jungle, and the world’s largest salt plains of Salar de Uyuni.

“In what has been a challenging time for the airline industry, we are extremely proud to introduce yet another long-haul route to our growing portfolio of services to South America,” says Colin Stewart, UK General Manager, Air Europa.

“Since launching the London Gatwick-Madrid route over three years ago, we’ve gone from strength to strength and hope that this new service will further cement our position as the airline of choice to Latin America,” says Colin.

The new route to Bolivia is the latest addition to the airline’s extensive list of services across South America and the Spanish Caribbean including Buenos Aires; Argentina, Caracas; Venezuela, Havana; Cuba and Santo Domingo; Dominican Republic. The airline has also boosted capacity on its Gatwick to Madrid connection by replacing the Embraer 195 with the Boeing 737, adding an extra 120 seats a day to the route.

With short connection times of less than three and a half hours and a generous baggage allowance of 23kg, Air Europa continues to open the gateway to South America for UK travellers.

For more information please visit www.aireuropa.com  or call 0871 423 0717 to speak with a UK based reservation agent.


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REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES’ ALL-INCLUSIVE VOYAGES OF SOUTH AMERICA

July 2, 2012 on 3:35 pm | In Adventure Travel, Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cruise Boats, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, South America, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela | Comments Off



Regent Seven Seas Cruises brings its hallmark all-inclusive luxury voyages to South America this winter where guests can sail along the mighty Amazon, cruise around Cape Horn, explore the Panama Canal and visit the largest Magellanic Penguin colony in the world. Each voyage offers Regent Seven Seas’ incomparable value of two-for-one fares, free round-trip air, unlimited complimentary shore excursions, a pre-cruise luxury hotel package and bonus savings.

“From vast rainforests to long mountain ranges, South America’s ever-changing landscape will awe and inspire even the most seasoned traveler,” said Mark Conroy, the line’s president.

“Whether choosing our 72-night voyage that circumvents the continent or shorter sailings that focus on specific regions, guests will appreciate the unparalleled service, spacious accommodations and all-inclusive value delivered by Regent Seven Seas.”

Circle South America

The all-balcony, all-suite Seven Seas Mariner explores many of the continent’s most popular ports-of-call with the Circle South America 72-night voyage, roundtrip from Miami departing January 7, 2013.

Exclusive amenities include free First Class round-trip air, special pre-cruise overnight and gala dinner in Miami, exclusive shoreside events, free private transfers to and from the port of Miami, free roundtrip luggage delivery service, internet access, visas.

eBags Mother Lode DuffelFour shorter South America voyages ranging from 12- to 24-nights focus on the Panama Canal, Chilean fjords, Brazil, Argentina and the Amazon include:

· Peruvian Promenade, departing January 7, is a 14-night voyage from Miami to Lima, with visits in Curacao, Aruba, an overnight stay in Cartagena, Columbia before transiting the famed Panama Canal en route to Ecuador, and includes as many as 39 complimentary shore excursions.

Three-day post cruise land programs to Machu Picchu are also available;

· Chilean Fjord Rhapsody begins its voyage in Lima on January 21 with visits to magnificent Laguna San Rafael, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina, two of the most southern cities in the world.

The journey continues around Cape Horn before heading to the Falkland Islands; Puerto Madryn in Argentina, home of the largest Magellanic Penguins colony in the world; before reaching the old world charm of Montevideo, Uruguay, and ending with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires.

Guests will enjoy a choice of up to 43 free shore excursions on this 24-night sailing;
· Sophisticated South America departs from Buenos Aires on February 14 for a 12-night journey ending with an overnight in Rio de Janeiro.


As many as 20 complimentary shore excursions provide exploration in ports such as Montevideo and Punta Del Este in Uruguay; and Rio Grande, Porto Belo, and Santos in Brazil;

· Spirit of Brazil departs from Rio de Janeiro on February 26 for a seven-night journey along the Amazon River with an overnight stay in the astonishing city of Manaus, Brazil, which has been carved out of jungle. Exotic ports-of-call including eight different stops in Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, St. Barts and Puerto Rico are explored with up to 43 complimentary shore excursions.

Travelers visit these exotic South American locales aboard the all-balcony, all-suite Seven Seas Mariner. The suites on the award-winning, 700-guest ship are among the most spacious and luxurious at sea ranging in size from 301 to 2,002 square feet.

The line’s all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner also cruises the Amazon this winter with a 22-night The Ultimate Amazon sailing from Rio de Janeiro to Miami departing December 16. Offering up to 43 free shore excursions, guests will have ample opportunity to explore eight different ports in Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, St. Barts and Puerto Rico. Guests who book by June 30, 2012 can receive additional bonus savings up to $10,000 per suite.

Journey through the Amazon

The intimate 490 guest, all-suite Seven Seas Navigator, which received a multi-million dollar refurbishment in May 2012, sets sails for the Amazon on November 25, 2012, roundtrip from Miami. The 23-night Amazon Adventure voyage visits twelve exotic ports including St. Barts, Trinidad & Tobago, Saint Lucia, French Guiana, Barbados, Antigua, Puerto Rico and four calls along the Amazon River in Brazil. With as many as 50 complimentary excursions offered on this sailing, guests can explore the jungles of Manaus in Brazil, snorkel in St. Barts, or be emerged in the island culture of Tobago, among many others.

To receive a brochure or for more information on Regent Seven Seas Cruises, see a professional travel agent, visit www.RSSC.com  or call toll-free 800-285-1835.


Star Alliance Adds Avianca, TACA and Copa Airlines as Members

June 22, 2012 on 8:34 am | In Airlines, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South America, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela | Comments Off



The Star Alliance said it is adding  Avianca,  TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines as members to cement its presence in Latin America and add close to 50 new airports to the network. With Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines now being part of the Star Alliance network, passengers from within and outside the region will be able to connect seamlessly through the Copa Airlines hubs in Panama City (Panama) and Bogota (Colombia) and the Avianca, TACA Airlines hubs in Bogota (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Lima (Peru) and San Jose (Costa Rica).

In addition to the network, Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines customers will also gain access to the full breadth of the global Star Alliance benefits by using their existing frequent flyer memberships to collect and redeem miles on all member carriers.

Those customers with higher status privileges in the LifeMiles program of Avianca, TACA Airlines or in Copa Airlines’ Mileage Plus program will be entitled to the Star Alliance Gold benefits, which offer priority services across the whole network, including extra baggage allowance, priority baggage delivery and access to over 990 lounges world-wide.


At the same time, holders of frequent-flyer cards of the other Star Alliance member carriers will be offered the Star Alliance Frequent Flyer benefits when travelling on the Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines network.

“On behalf of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines to the Star Alliance family. The addition of these quality aviation groups strengthens our presence in the rapidly growing Latin American market,” said Mark Schwab, CEO of Star Alliance. With Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines our customers now enjoy increased connectivity across the Americas by connecting through five new Star Alliance hubs right in the middle of the American continent.”


Access 500 airport lounges
A further benefit from Star Alliance is fare products both for the corporate and leisure customer. With the home bases of both airline groups being located in one of the fastest growing regions in the world, these are ideal markets for expanding Star Alliance Corporate Plus, Conventions Plus and Meetings Plus. At the same time, the Star Alliance Round the World fare can now offer customers routings which include destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Cuzco and the Jungles of Central America as well as many beach resorts in the Caribbean.

As June 21, the Star Alliance network is comprised of 27 members offering more than 21,500 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.


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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Ships to Sail South America in 2013

June 21, 2012 on 8:06 am | In Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cruise Boats, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, South America, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela | Comments Off



Regent Seven Seas Cruises will offer a series of extended South America cruises beginning in January of 2013. Regent’s all-balcony, all-suite Seven Seas Mariner explores many of the continent’s most popular ports-of-call with the will offer a 72-night “Circle South America” voyage departing roundtrip from Miami on Jan. 7, 2013.

Guests who book the voyage by June 30, 2012, will receive exclusive services and amenities including first-class roundtrip air transportation, a special pre-cruise overnight stay and gala dinner in Miami, exclusive shoreside events, private transfers to and from the Port of Miami, free roundtrip luggage delivery service, Internet access, visa fulfillment and savings of up to $27,000 per suite.

Seven Seas Mariner’s South America voyages are also available in shorter segments ranging from 12 to 24 nights. The itineraries focus on the Panama Canal, the Chilean fjords, Brazil, Argentina and the Amazon.

They include a 14-night sailing from Miami to Lima that calls at Curacao, Aruba, Cartagena, Colombia and Ecuador and includes a Panama Canal transit.

A 24-night Lima-to-Buenos Aires segment departing Jan. 21 will visit Laguna San Rafael and Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina before sailing around Cape Horn to visit the Falkland Islands.

Seven Seas Mariner will also cruises the Amazon this winter with a 22-night “Ultimate Amazon” departing Rio de Janeiro for Miami on December 16. The voyage will feature 43 free shore excursions during port calls in Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, St. Barts and Puerto Rico. Guests who book by June 30, 2012, can receive additional savings up to $10,000 per suite.


Kensington Tours Unveils Customizable Guided Tours to Venezuela

April 21, 2012 on 6:48 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, South America, Venezuela | Comments Off



Kensington Tours launched a new tour to Venezuela that includes its capital city of Caracas, the Gran Sabana, Puerto Ordaz, San Felix, the Los Roques archipelago, the Orinoco Delta, Canaima National Park and Margarita Island. The program uses hotels in the three- to five-star range. The itinerary includes a diversity of experiences, such as guided Angel Falls flights, jungle safaris, river rafting, canoeing, hiking, fly fishing, panoramic city tours, Gran Sabana camping excursions, island hopping, beach escapes and Mt. Roraima climbs. Packages are customized to suit the individual style, schedule and budget of clients.

The new tours include the five-day Angel Falls package from $1,920, a six-day Fly Fishing Los Roques from $3,700, an eight-day Gran Sabana Jeep Safari and Puerto Ordaz from $1,799, an eight-day Jungle and Beach Escape from $2,360; a 10-day Islands Safaris and The Falls from $3,720; and a 12-day Trekking Mt. Roraima from $3,149.


Avis Offers Late-Model Vehicles to Rent in South America

February 29, 2012 on 4:22 pm | In Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Road Trips, South America, Uruguay, Venezuela | Comments Off



Avis is renting late-model vehicles in South America in locations ranging from Medellin in the north to southernmost Tierra del Fuego, and from Quito on the Pacific coast to Joao Pessoa, Brazil, the easternmost city on the continent.

“Avis is committed to having a robust presence throughout South America, from established destinations such as Brazil to emerging tourism growth areas such as Uruguay,” said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia Pacific, Avis Budget Group. In South America, most Avis locations are operated by independently owned licensees. Avis has 68 locations in Argentina, four in Bolivia, 85 in Brazil, 24 in Chile, six in Colombia, eight in Uraguay and six in Venezuela.


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