The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) is a membership association that aims to promote Latin America as a tourist destination and stimulate growth of travel to the region. LATA Members represent an ever-growing travel community with unrivalled passion and knowledge for Latin America. The association is comprised of over 360 companies including tourism boards, airlines, hotels, tour operators, representation companies and the travel press.
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News From Lata FoundationLATA Foundation Covid-19 emergency appeal In June, the LATA Foundation set up its emergency Covid-19 ...Read moreNews From Lata Foundation - News & announcementsLATA Foundation Covid-19 emergency appeal In June, the LATA Foundation set up its emergency Covid-19 appeal in a response to the devastating impact the global pandemic is having in Latin America. The appeal provides small grants to a range of charities and organisations that have been severely impacted as a result of the global pandemic. Since establishing the appeal, the LATA Foundation has supported nine emergency projects. From facilitating PPE for midwives serving in remote communities in Guatemala to funding food parcels for porters in Peru whose income has dried up due to the lack of tourism; funds have been carefully allocated to ensure support goes to those who are most in need during these challenging times. Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/latafoundationcovid19response
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Senderos Pacuare Lodge & sister hotel Lapa Rios, Costa Rica – Pay 3 Nights, Stay 4! The 4th night is complimentary for new bookings at either lodge for a stay until 19th December 2020 or between 10th January and 31st October 2021. Subject to availability. Please ask your DMC or us for more information. Good timing with Sansa will resuming flights to Puerto Jimenez, the nearest airport to Lapa Rios! Contact [email protected] or visit our website.
REGION-WIDECondor Travel We are OPEN and READY! Open borders, check. International safety standards and protocols, check. Flexible booking policies and early-booking discounts, check. This month we had our first tourists back in Galapagos, and Machu Picchu will be open to the general public in November. All that’s missing are your clients. Discover Flexitravel products made to fit the needs of today’s travels.
Maya Trails We’re back! We are pleased to announce that we are ready for future guests to GUATEMALA, BELIZE & HONDURAS. Please contact us for future bookings at [email protected].
ARGENTINAEstancia Los Potreros Website Update Following a very success LATA Expo 2020 we have now launched an up to date agents section on our website. For those agents who wish to access all our marketing information please email us at [email protected] to requests the login and password.
Furlong Incoming Join us to fight climate change In an alliance with ReforestArg organization, each confirmed reserve will become a native tree planted in the degraded forests of Argentina, to compensate 1,000 km traveled by plane by the passengers. As they will be contributing to the fight against climate change, they will obtain a certificate for the tree planted. We also offer our clients 100% Carbon Neutral Programs, to give their passengers the possibility of mitigating 100% of the carbon footprint, generated by the flights that connect the destinations. Together we can be the change!
Antarpply Expeditions Antarpply Expeditions is encouraged by strong reservations for their 2021-22 program and is recommending that you book early to secure space for your clients. The 2021-22 program – beginning in November 2021 – can be found on their website at or you can email [email protected] for more information.
ALCHEMY DMC Argentina Explore Welsh Patagonia with the ALCHEMISTS Another of the myriad surprises of Argentina is the Welsh Patagonia area in the Chubut Valley region. The distinct fusion of Wales & Argentina is seen in landscapes, marked with windmills and chapels, the culture, with tea houses and festivals celebrating the Welsh heritage. Many towns, all with Welsh names, are worthy to visit, such as Trelew, Trevelin, Gaiman, Esquel & Puerto Madryn. We invite your customers to explore focusing not only on the interesting roots and culture, but also on the fine nature and wildlife, from the coast to the mountains range. Contact our team, for tailor-made programs: [email protected].
BOLIVIACrillon Tours S.A. We ended October with excellent news. Presidential elections were held peacefully; our Bio-Security protocols have been accepted by national authorities & with the seal of the WTTC under the concept of Travel Bubble, although in Bolivia there is a sustained decrease of Covid-19. Finally, our competitive advantages as a destination have been widely applauded, far from crowds & open spaces with a bewitching nature and unmatched authentic alive cultures… good reasons to be happy! To learn more about Crillon Tours, click HERE or HERE.
BRAZILHAVAS CREATIVE TOURS Fernando de Noronha – the definition of Paradise Fernando de Noronha is a volcanic archipelago located about 350 kilometers off the northeast coast of Brazil. It is the dream of every Brazilian to visit this paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, at least once in a lifetime. The archipelago is named after its largest island, a marine park and protected ecological sanctuary with a jagged coastline and several ecosystems. It offers great activities such as diving and snorkeling. Sea turtles, rays, dolphins and reef sharks swim in the warm and clear waters. Also your clients will get to visit Baía de Sancho which was voted most beautiful beach in the world. For more information, contact Havas Creative Tours.
Walpax Brazil Travel Partners Inside Paraty by Sea Experience – 65 Islands and more than a hundred beaches Paraty has 65 islands and more than a hundred beaches of a rare beauty, surrounded by lush vegetation that makes it a quiet and unforgettable place, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. From the pier, your clients will spend their day cruising through the bay of Paraty on schooner NETUNO to some of Paraty’s favorite beaches. On the way, they will stop to explore a few of the many beautiful beaches and islands along the Paraty coast. The trip last around 5 hours and there are 4 stops for swimming and snorkeling. They will enjoy this remarkable adventure! For more information, please contact us.
CHILEtravelArt Chile travelArt presents: The magic of Chile on an impressive virtual journey With breathtaking pictures, the travelArt team accompanies you on a virtual journey from the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile to Patagonia in the south of the country. We will also take you to discover the culture-rich Easter Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Experience the contrasting landscapes as they are only found in Chile and be enchanted by the impressive pictures. Here you can find almost every type of climate of the world in one single country. Click HERE to see the video & take yourself on a dream trip to Chile…
Hotel Hangaroa Low Season rates extended We are delighted to let LATA members know that we have extended our low season rates until September 30th, 2021. Valid for all programs. To learn more about Hotel Hangaroa, CLICK HERE.
COLOMBIAColombian Journeys We have new excursions in Bogotá to visit the areas wherein the social transformation has shaped the capital city. A visit to El Paraíso neighborhood in Ciudad Bolívar, a new scenario for social and inclusive tourism, where we will ride the new TransMiCable (cable car), a mobility solution for its inhabitants, followed by unique tour through the city center and the Bronx (the old “Cartucho”), an area without government control until 2016. Both experiences allow your clients to discover artistic, cultural and colourful territories full of local talent, getting involved in music, dance, graffiti and urban gardens workshops. More information [email protected].
Metropolitan Touring Colombia Top 6 reasons to travel to Colombia post-Covid 19 1. Many efforts have been made to follow all the sanitary measures to generate trust among travelers, minimizing the infection risk and, encouraging tourism’s development again. 2. Tourism operators and guides can apply to a biosecurity batch and a safe travel stamp. 3. Most nationalities only need a valid passport, as Colombia is visa free-travel country. 4. There are no quarantine requirements upon arrival. 5. The country has perfect destinations surrounded by nature with wide-open spaces and a low covid19 infection rate. 6. Colombia is an inexpensive county to experience in South America.
COSTA RICATravel Excellence Costa Rica’s Pacific and Caribbean beaches have extended its visitation schedule from 05:00 to 22:00 (Monday to Friday) and from 05:00 to 20:00 (Saturday & Sunday). This is great news since there are amazing promotions for long beach-stays where your clients can relax, detox and enjoy some of the exciting open-air activities. Check our latest promotions and long- stay itineraries! The good times are closer to come.
ECUADOR/GALAPAGOSNapo Wildlife Center Special Experience – Photography Program Napo Wildlife Center has developed a special Photography Program as an option for our visitors. It has a special supplement fee, as it would have specialized guiding to have the most amazing memories of the Amazon Rainforest. There are options for 3 or 4 nights, to experience nature and culture like nowhere else!! You can see more HERE.
Latventure Incoming We are happy to announce the start of a new cooperation with the DMC Alliance Latinconnect. Our offices in Argentina and Ecuador will start in January as exclusive partners and our office in Peru will follow in 2022. During the Virtual Market Place from November 10-12, we will share insights about the current situation in our destinations. Latinconnect also offers a great bonus program for tour operators; learn more HERE.
Montemar Eco Luxury Villas Montemar – the SAFE BUBBLE of Galapagos Montemar is the perfect option for the post-pandemic traveller looking for meaningful and sustainable trips, connection with nature and local communities, and exclusivity and privacy: our 43-acre private reserve offers a safe bubble for a maximum of 12 guests. Let our local owners look personally after your clients at one of two luxurious villas and create the trip of their dreams in Galapagos. Contact Rosario or your supplier for more information.
Galagents Galapagos Cruises 2 months operating! We are proud to share with you that we celebrated 2 months since our comeback to operations in Galapagos, time where we have learnt to respect and value more what we have. Our commitment is stronger than ever in order to promote this unique destination with the most strict Biosecurity Protocols and to protect our new visitors during the expeditions. Click HERE to watch a short video.
Hotel del Parque Guayaquil wins Lofty TripAdvisor Awards Despite a year of worldwide instability and uncertainty in the travel sector, Guayaquil continues to rise above it. Like a phoenix leaping from the ashes, Ecuador’s favorite city has seized 2020 as an opportunity. Guayaquil has proven that now is the time to become known as more than just a stop en route to the Galapagos Islands. This year has been pivotal in catapulting Guayaquil’s reputation as a world-class travel destination. The Ecuadorian city’s rising popularity is evidenced via numerous Traveler’s Choice 2020 awards issued by TripAdvisor. To learn more about Hotel del Parque, CLICK HERE.
Tropic Ecuador News & Specials Tropic Ecuador is excited to welcome back our global travellers! We have guests on the ground both in Ecuador’s mainland and the Galapagos Islands enjoying the very best guiding and accommodations while safely exploring our country’s wonders. Those interested in travelling with Tropic over the next few months can enjoy special last-minute promotions on a range of trips and accommodations. Contact Tropic Ecuador for details.
Ecoventura – Galapagos Ecoventura has two departures in Nov, one of which is a special photography departure Ecoventura has two departures in November 2020. One is a specialist photography departure running from 8-15 Nov, covering the central and southern route. And the second departure runs from 29 Nov – 6 Dec and will be the northern and western route. Ecoventura’s 10-cabin expedition yachts have the highest ratio of guide to guest in the Galapagos, plus amazing food and attention to detail being the only boats in the archipelago that are members of Relais & Chateaux. For more info please email: [email protected]
GUYANAWilderness Explorers Wilderness Explorers have been working closely with local communities, suppliers and the Guyana Tourism Authority to prepare for the reopening of Guyana which already opened its airports on the 12th October. American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Copa and Eastern Airlines have all announced plans to resume services in due course. We have been busy developing new tours including In The Footsteps of Gordon Ramsay which follows his Uncharted trip to Guyana which was aired on the 21st October on National Geographic. See HERE for more details. Claire and Tony are always available for online training or even socially-distanced meetings. Contact [email protected].
MEXICOThe Los Cabos Tourism Board Join us for the 14th Los Cabos VIP Summit taking place 9 – 11 November 2020 This year’s event will be virtual, and we will be using an online platform to forge new alliances while bringing together top travel professionals from around the world through a one-on-one business meeting program. There will also be an On Demand educational program for partners and local suppliers with keynote speakers. Additionally, the event will feature an exclusive day for a travel agent tradeshow where you will be able to talk and interact live with a range of destination suppliers. To register CLICK HERE.
NICARAGUANicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR) As commercial flights to Nicaragua resumed with Avianca arrivals from Miami, Tourism Minister Anasha Campbell addressed the LATA virtual Ministerial Summit, highlighting the country’s ongoing reactivation of domestic tourism, with businesses and infrastructure in optimal condition for the return of international visitors, and effective biosecurity protocols in place. Nicaragua has the second lowest cases and deaths from Covid-19 in Central America. You can read more information HERE and HERE.
Vapues Travel Vapues Travel is one of the first companies in the region to achieve Travelife Partner status, and we’re working hard to remove single-use plastics from all of our experiences. We also support a variety of innovative local projects which aim to give something back to communities and regenerate the incredible nature which surrounds us. We believe that tourism should benefit local communities and celebrate their culture and traditions, and you’ll see this throughout our range of accommodation and authentic experiences. Get in touch with our product manager for a tailored proposal at: [email protected].
PANAMAPROMTUR Panama Panama announces reopening of borders to international travellers with approved tourism safety guidelines Panama has announced it will reopen its borders to international visitors from all countries on October 12, 2020. With COVID-19 still a worldwide concern, The Authority of Tourism has worked closely with The Ministry of Health, alongside other government authorities, to implement strategic health and safety protocols designed to keep both visitors and local communities throughout the destination safe during and after its initial tourism reopening. For more information on Panama’s re-opening and new health and safety protocols, please visit: https://www.visitpanama.com/information/travel-guidelines
Panama Journeys Panama opens air borders to commercial and international flights On October 12, 2020, Panama opened air borders to commercial and international flights. This reopening occured under strict health controls. Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test with a maximum of 48 hours before boarding. The passengers who do not present it upon arrival must undergo a rapid test, at a cost of $50. Since this date, flights have been scheduled by airlines including Air France, Iberia, United Airlines, and KLM. Turkish Airlines and Air Europa are expected to do so from November & December respectively.
PERUSol y Luna Sol y Luna launches new programme for the children of the Sol y Luna Foundation with special needs The pandemic has been hugely challenging for the Sol y Luna Foundation, and one of the biggest hurdles has been how to support our special needs children during these times. They cannot adapt to virtual sessions, so we have launched “Paqari at Home” a special initiative which means that we pay personal visits each week to our children with different capacities. Our main objectives are:
- Socialisation of students with their teachers and therapists.
- Development of academic activities and therapy sessions.
- Adaptation to new work routines and behaviours.
- Emotional balance for students and their families.
Amazonas Explorer Regenerative Travel Do you remember when an eco-lodge actually meant a hotel or lodge that followed principles and systems to minimize the impact on the local environment? Or when a sustainable business actually indicated a company’s ability to sustain the environment around them? Over the years it seems like any company with a set of recycling bins has adopted these trendy adjectives to attract the eco-conscious consumer. These labels have become so commonplace they have lost their substance and to a degree their marketing power. Check out our full article HERE.
Aqua Expeditions Promotion – Family Special 2020 & 2021 Guests can enjoy a culinary adventure, exotic wildlife, a thrilling experience, or an indulgent retreat; we have something for everyone. Book an expedition aboard the Aria Amazon as a group/family to enjoy 25% off the total rack rate, when booking interconnecting suites for 3 or more guests. For more information contact us at [email protected] or visit our website
LIMATOURS Machu Picchu and iternational flights open We are glad to share some good news regarding the activation of tourism activities in Peru. The reopening of Machu Picchu already has a date for the general public: November 1! The archaeological site will have a reduced capacity as a health prevention measure. Other sites have opened in Cusco and you see the list HERE. Also, 24 new international air routes were announced starting in November between Peru and North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. See the list on the link.
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News From Lata FoundationEnjoy the gift of giving – the LATA Foundation creates Christmas donation vouchers Christmas is ...Read moreNews From Lata Foundation - News & announcementsEnjoy the gift of giving – the LATA Foundation creates Christmas donation vouchers Christmas is a time for giving and there has never been a time when the communities in Latin America that rely so heavily on tourism need your help. To help raise funds for essential causes, the LATA Foundation has created a collection of Christmas gift certificates to suit every budget. For example, £5 will cover a pair of ballet shoes for a child attending Projeto Vidançar; a dance school for underprivileged children from one of Brazil’s favelas. Or for bigger budgets, £100 would cover one month’s worth of PPE equipment for five Mayan midwives operating in remote areas of Guatemala. So whether you are struggling for a £5 Secret Santa idea or a larger gift for that difficult-to-buy family member, the LATA Foundation has a whole range of brilliant gift certificate options. Price: From £5.00 – £100. Available from https://latafoundation.org/lata-foundation-christmas-gifts/
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tranquilico Access to Latin America google drive – safety self assessments Don’t forget to give us one e-mail per company (Tour operator or DMC) to gain access to our Latin America data on the safety status of transport, aviation, marine and high risk activity suppliers – free courtesy of your LATA membership. This complements the data on accommodation provided by Sanderson Phillips. You need a google account linked to a work e-mail to gain access to the google drive. For those who work in other destinations, we also have data for UK & Ireland, Europe, North America, Caribbean, Africa, Indian Ocean, Middle East, Far East & Australasia (charges apply).
AVIATION NEWSBritish Airways / Iberia We are pleased to announce that we will be operating direct flights once a week between Madrid and Medellin and Madrid and Cali. Both destinations connect well from London Heathrow. This we will strengthen our network in Colombia, where Iberia also flies to Bogota. Flights are already on sale on all distribution systems.
REGION-WIDEVapues Travel We’re now bringing our trusted, professional services to nearby Panama, operating across a range of popular and off-the-beaten-track destinations throughout the country. We offer authentic Panamanian hotels, private vacation rentals, and a variety of curated experiences and tours which will show your clients the heart of this beautiful country. Alongside this, they can enjoy a complete, tailored service, with efficient transportation and the same reliable ground support on which we’ve built our reputation. Take a look at our diverse Panama and Nicaragua tailored travel range, on our newly designed website at www.vapues.com.
Maya Trails Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras are open and we are ready for business! With all the best protocols in place for your clients for a safe and amazing journey in our Region For more information about our services, CLICK HERE.
Pure Central America Central America is already open for international travel, flight routes and frequencies are slowly increasing and others are expected to resume in December. Find out HERE which countries have also opened their land borders allowing to travel by land and their restrictions.
Quimbaya Latin America Biosecurity certifications Safety is first! As borders open in Latin America, Quimbaya Latin America has been setting up health protocols and also obtaining the biosecurity certification #Safetravels from the World Travel Tourism Council in 6 destinations already (Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia). Furthermore, we have created the health and safety protocols and guidelines for all our services in all our 11 destinations. For more information on our measures and certifications, visit our website: https://www.quimbaya-tours.
com/en/home/ or contact me [email protected]
Condor Travel South America has started its engines! Chile, Peru and Ecuador have opened its borders to the world, and once again you can visit some of the main attractions in the region, like Machu Picchu, Galapagos and Torres del Paine. All touristic infrastructure is also ready to welcome you. To pitch into this reactivation, we have created Flexitravel: flexible booking policies, early-bird discounts and renewed experiences. Please get in touch to discover everything we have prepared for you!
ANTARCTICAAntarctica21 Antarctica21: Flexible Booking Policy and 2022-23 Plans To provide travelers with flexibility, we are currently confirming FIT reservations for our 2021-22 departures upon payment of a $1,000 deposit per person. The deposit is fully refundable until December 31, 2020. On January 4, 2021 the balance of the deposit will be due and from there on the standard booking conditions as indicated in the 2021-22 brochure will apply. The planning of 2022-23 season is also under way. If you have specific projects and requests, such as charters or large groups, please let us know.
ARGENTINASay Hueque We are thrilled to announce Say Hueque has been recognized as Argentina’s Leading Tour Operator in the World Travel Awards We couldn’t be prouder of our team: a band of adventurers devoted to creating transformational travel experiences. Say Hueque’s team is our real prize! They are dedicated professionals putting all their love, expertise and passion in order to deliver the most memorable journey for those exploring this amazing part of the world. Let’s keep working for a more sustainable, responsible and meaningful way of discovering the world.
Trips SouthAmerica One of the least visited sections of Patagonia is the Patagonia Park Circuit, perhaps the most important conservation project shared by Argentina and Chile. If your clients are looking for Wildlife spotting, Jurassic landscapes, lakes, the Andes, petrified forests, to Navigate to the Marble Chapels, trek to “Cueva de las Manos” and to drive in the mythical Route 40, this is the place. Check out our week-long package here: https://www.trips-
southamerica.com/package/ patagonia-national-parks-road- trip/#package-overview
Estancia Los Potreros We have something for everyone of our clients, alongside exceptional riding we have a whole host of activities for our non-riding guests. They can take a guided hike up into the Sierras Chicas and witness some of the plentiful and varied birdlife all year; including visits from the American Kestrels and the Peregrine Falcons and of course the Andean Condor. They can also enjoy relaxing days in the garden, lying by the pool, an evening cooking lesson alongside our chefs, sampling some of the finest Malbec and Argentine wines and being immersed entirely in Argentine culture. To find our more about our programmes, visit our website or email us directly.
Argentina Travel Partners – ATP DMC Argentina – private and immersive travel From remote lodges to a vineyard resort or a beach house, Argentina Travel Partners offers a wide variety of properties and activities where guests will be able to enjoy pampered privacy in an amazing and unforgettable trip. For those travelling as a couple, or as a multi-generational family journey, or with a small and trusted group of friends, or as a solo traveller ATP DMC will help you create private and immersive itineraries. Focusing on one area instead of jetting around the country. We will help fulfill travellers new mindset, reducing movement and exposure. Take a look at these ideas: Argentina Private and Immersive Travel
Antarpply Expeditions Season update Antarpply Expeditions regret to announce that they will not operate their 2020-21 Antarctic season. Given the numerous uncertainties in relation to Covid-19, we believe it is the safest decision for our passengers, crew and staff, to postpone all voyages to the 2021-22 season. Please find the 2021-22 program on our website or contact [email protected]. We look forward to welcoming your guests on board the USHUAIA starting in November 2021.
BOLIVIACrillon Tours Good news! Airplanes once again take to the world skies including from/to Bolivia.
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- LA; (SCL/LPB/SCL) (LIM/LPB/LIM.
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BRAZILHavas Creative Tours Jalapão – Beautiful sceneries with waterfalls, sand dunes, canyons, and enormous rocks Jalapao State Park is close to Mateiros, about 300 km from Palmas, capital of Tocantins. Well-sought out for adventure tourism and ecotourism, the park holds unforgettable experiences. The natural landscapes of Cerrado, the Brazilian savannah, features rivers, rock formations and numerous species of fauna, such as jaguars, maned wolves and macaws. For the adventurers, the park is ideal for canoeing, diving and rappelling. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Walpax Brazil Travel Partners A Jeep ride up to the mountains of Petropolis At the “Valley of Love” the gardens are inspired in several spiritual lines, such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Candomblé, among other religions. A beautiful landscape of plants, sculptures, and the surrounding flora and fauna of the mountainous region. The experience involves time to relax, unwind, and cleanse the soul. You clients will get to reinvigorate with a dive at a deep blue waterfall nearby. Everyone is invited, everyone is included. To learn more about this, click HERE.
CHILEtravelArt Chile Santiago – capital of mountain tourism If your clients think of Santiago de Chile, they might first think of a typical cityscape of a metropolis. However, the special thing about this city is not only the modern high-rise buildings, the charm of the old town or the multi-faceted districts. Santiago is surrounded by the impressive Andean mountains. The national institution CORFO, therefore, launched a five-year project with the aim of promoting the development of the mountain area around Santiago into an international tourist destination. The metropolitan region is to become an attractive destination for mountain sports, with or without snow, 365 days a year. If you want to learn ore about this and book your clients’ holidays, please email us at [email protected] or visit our website.
Chile Tourism Board Chile just launched the platform that will deliver all the information needed to travel to the country. Requirements for entering Chile, travel recommendations and documentation to travel in Chile can be found at https://chile.travel/en/planviajarachile
Hotel Magnolia Renovations and Refurbishment Hotel Magnolia is thrilled to announce that interior renovation has been underway for the last couple of months. These extensive renovations and refurbishment will allow hotel Magnolia to provide the very best hotel experience to its valued guests. The hotel is scheduled for reopening in mid-February 2021. For more information about the hotel, CLICK HERE.
Cascada Expediciones On November 23rd, Chile’s borders will open to tourists once again! Here at Cascada Expediciones, we are happy to welcome back travellers from abroad and look forward to organizing future trips in a safe and secure way. To understand more about Chile’s border opening and safety measures, check out our latest blog post.
andBeyond Re-opening of Chile Following the reopening of Chile to foreign tourists, andBeyond has launched a ‘7 wonders in 7 days at Vira Vira’ itinerary. This trip allows guests to remain safe focusing on exclusivity and slow travel, staying longer at each destination as well as enjoying a jam-packed itinerary. From heli-skiing in the mountains to white-water rafting on the Trancura river this trip showcases the best that Chile has to offer. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
COLOMBIAMetropolitan Touring Colombia Metropolitan Touring Leading Tour Operator of South America We are proud to share with you the good news: for the third consecutive year, we’ve been recognized as the Leading Tour Operator of South America at the World Travel Awards. The awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. We want to give a special thanks to our partners and team members for always working together to achieve brilliance and memorable travel experiences. We also want to extend our gratitude to our clients and friends for being our motor and motivation, we value you!
Colombia57 Colombia: The uniqueness of visiting soon Avianca resumes service to Bogotá and a negative PCR certificate is no longer an entry requirement; highlighting the preparedness of Colombia to once again welcome visitors. A convenient overnight flight from the long winter days to a land of tropical diversity of nature and culture where our product and service have been tailored to provide a once in a life time opportunity to experience Colombia with few other visitors in sight!
COSTA RICANayara Resorts Nayara Resorts Joins forces with Tanica Hoteles Expanding beyond Costa Rica and adding two new hotels to its collection Nayara Resorts, known for its three properties in Costa Rica often ranked amongst the top hotels in the world, is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Tanica hotels in Chile. This is Nayara’s first foray beyond Costa Rica and they look forward to offering guests their patented incredible customer service and gracious hospitality, starting with Nayara Alto Atacama, in Chile’s Atacama Desert and Nayara Hangaroa on Easter Island. Reservations will be centralized in Costa Rica for the collection and can be made by email at [email protected]
Travel Excellence Environmentally friendly trips Costa Rica and Travel Excellence are considered leaders in environmental matters thanks to the positive impact in sustainability as well as the actions to reduce and compensate carbon emissions. Travellers can also become part of these efforts, and contribute with different projects. A new tool allows them to calculate the carbon footprint caused by their trips, and know the equivalent environmental payment to offset it. Learn more HERE.
CUBACubania Travel Cubania Travel are delighted to announce the reopening of Havana airport to international commercial flights as of Sunday November 15th. Cuba has put thorough protocols in place to ensure a safe arrival in the country, including an immediate PCR test and an obligatory USD30 healthcare sur-charge. Cubania have designed their own safeguards alongside trusted suppliers, and look forward to welcoming cyclists, walkers and dancers alike back to the island! https://cubaniatravel.com/
ECUADOR/GALAPAGOSGalagents During the last weeks Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands have increased the quantity of visitors arriving, focusing in travellers from USA and Canada, Galagents offers special rates to reactive the tourism in the country after the lockdown. To check the special rates available please visit www.galagents.com
Napo Wildlife Center Just some days ago, we were very lucky to have seen Bush Dogs near the lodge. As the Añangu Community decided to ban hunting, fishing and cutting down trees, several years ago, flora and fauna of this space of the Amazon Rainforest have been developing. Small species population have grown, allowing bigger animals to be more frequently spot in the Añangu Land. If you want to learn more about Napo Wildlife Center, CLICK HERE.
EQ TOURING Amazing Charter Rates for 2021 At EQ TOURING we strongly invite you to promote our private charters in Galapagos. This is perhaps the best and only way to guarantee safe travels for your guests. Take advantage of the promotions and amazing prices that we have for all 2021. Check our deluxe yacht on this link and call us for availability and prices. For more information, CLICK HERE.
INCA Floats Special Promotion INCA is pleased to offer a new opportunity for those who wish to discover Galápagos while remaining within their secure social group of trusted family and friends. Groups between 4 and 10 guests may request INCA’s new Exclusive Use option and turn their Galápagos adventure aboard luxury yacht INTEGRITY into a completely private cruise. For more information, please see: https://www.inca1.com/
GUYANAWilderness Explorers Guyana’s airports reopened on the 12th October and Wilderness Explorers are working closely with the Guyana Tourism Authority to prepare for the the return of travellers to our region. We have been busy developing new itineraries and excursions, many with a culinary twist such as the Seven Curry Tour with The Singing Chef, and In The Foodsteps of Gordon Ramsay. Our day-trip to Uitvlugt Sugar Estate explores the importance of sugar in the dark history of Guyana and allows clients to navigate the unique irrigation system by ox-drawn sugar punt and chat with cane-cutters. Contact [email protected] for more information.
MEXICOThe Los Cabos Tourism Board Whale watching off the Los Cabos shores is glorious, as the gentle giants can be found in impressive numbers all along the coast. The best time to observe them is during their seasonal migration to the nutrient-rich waters off Alaska from December through April. During the season, charters run tours to the migratory grounds with a variety of boats. Your clients may find themselves on a wide, comfortable catamaran or a tony yacht, seeing pods of grey and humpback whales frolicking and spouting about with their young.
PANAMAPanama Journeys Discover the Gulf of Chiriquí Marine National Park onboard a brand-new new 43ft catamaran with a capacity for six guests. Your clients can choose from 3 to 7-night program to visit Isla Coiba, Islas Secas and Islas Paridas which are located in proximity. Chiquirí Gulf is one of the best-kept secrets in Panama. The park is also famous for its distant and lonely beaches of white sand, surrounded by crystalline water where it is possible to swim among multiple tropical fish, an additional attraction for snorkelling lovers. For more information, visit out website.
PERUSol y Luna Lodge Sol y Luna to re-open on 15 Dec 2020 Hotel Sol y Luna is re-opening its doors on 15th December 2020. We have a new 100% flexible booking policy meaning there will be no charges for any changes or cancellations made to bookings right up until guests have their negative Covid test prior to travel. Rates will also be frozen for 2021 and 2022. For more info please email us on: [email protected]
Belmond Reconecta Campaign – A journey to remember in Peru Peru is one of a select places on earth where the present resonates with rich, vibrant history. Its past is powerfully evident in evocative Inca hilltop ruins, enigmatic lines carved into the desert, and museums filled with pre-Columbian ceramics. Long-held traditions live on in hand-woven alpaca textiles; in Inca trails etched into the mountains, now thrilling ecotourism routes; and in Andean customs and festivals that reveal the deeply held beliefs of spiritual people. Belmond Hotels in Peru offer exceptional outdoor experiences, exclusive spaces for intimate stays and sparkling moments in the most inspiring destinations. For more information about the Belmond Hotels in Peru, CLICK HERE.
Aqua Expeditions Aqua Expeditions Resumes Amazon Operations With Peruvian borders slowly opening up to regional and international destinations, Aqua Expedition is pleased to announce the resumption of its Peruvian Amazon operations beginning with the first departure of Aria Amazon on December 18th, 2020. Just in time for the holiday season, guests will be able to reunite, celebrate, or getaway with family and friends across three-, four-, and seven-night itineraries in unparalleled privacy and safety for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Start planning your guest’s next adventures with us! For more information contact us at [email protected]
Setours – Handcrafted Journeys Martin Vizcarra was impeached by congress and Dr. Francisco Sagasti has been elected as the new president and is set to bring the nation together. Tambo Del Inka and Explora in the Sacred Valley will be re-opening on November 25 and December 21 respectively. SUMAQ in Aguas Calientes announced the reopening of its doors on the 23rd of December 2020 with promotional rates for bed & breakfast only, valid throughout 2021. Amazon cruises by ARIA will resume on December 18th and the maiden voyage of the Aqua Nera departure has been scheduled for April 2021. For more information visit: https://www.setours.com/south-
05 Oct 21Partner News
News From Lata FoundationThe LATA Foundation has created a collection of Christmas gift certificates to raise funds for ...Read moreNews From Lata Foundation - News & announcementsThe LATA Foundation has created a collection of Christmas gift certificates to raise funds for our projects, all of whom are needing support through these difficult times. The gift certificates are designed for those who like presents to have a lasting impact, and start at £5.For more information please see: https://latafoundation.
org/lata-foundation-christmas- gifts/A big thank you to our volunteers and donors, and to LATA and the LATA members, for all your support for the Foundation and our projects throughout this challenging year. We wish you all a relaxing Christmas holiday!
NEWS FROM UK & EUROPEAN MEMBERS
Silversea Cruises Ship Delivery Silversea Cruises took delivery of its first-ever destination-specific ship, Silver Origin, on Wednesday 3 June 2020. Integrating the latest state-of-the-art technology and designed with a focus on the pillars of sustainability, destination on board, expedition experience, authentic local culture, and comfort and service, the all-suite, all-balcony, 100-guest Silver Origin will welcome travellers year-round in the unique Galapagos Archipelago. The ship will provide guests with the ultimate destination experience, inspired by Silversea’s accrued expertise and founded on a deep respect for the fragility of the natural environment, while maintaining the cruise line’s trademark quality of service. To learn more about this, click HERE.
Charitable Travel Enjoy our customer magazine, designed to celebrate travel, applaud charity but to always be packed with meaning ensuring we deliver #TravelforGood. Our Editor, Laura, would love to hear from LATA hotel, destination, cruise and DMC members with news and stories that match our charitable purpose. Please contact our founder, Melissa if you’d like to work with www.charitable.travel to promote the LATA region and raise money for great causes at the same time!
Sapa Pana Travel New logo for Latin AmeriCar, Sapa Pana Travel’s Exclusive Car Journeys Label The Last 6 months we have been busy to develop new car journeys under our label Latin AmeriCar. In order to profile this label even better, we have had a new logo developed, which we can now proudly present. For more information about Sapa Pana Travel, CLICK HERE.
AVIATION NEWSIberia Iberia is reinforcing its operations to Latin America with additional flights planned for Q1 2021. Bogota (+1, now daily flights), Buenos Aires (+1, now daily flights), Havana (+1, now 5 weekly flights), Lima (+1, now 5 weekly flights), San Jose (+1, now 5 weekly flights). For more information, CLICK HERE.
REGION-WIDEVapues Travel Whilst tourists have been flocking to Central America’s Caribbean hotspots for years, the beautiful Pacific coastlines of Nicaragua and Panama have often been left to locals and traveling surfers to enjoy. This is slowly changing though, as more and more visitors wake up to the charms of this wild coast. Unspoilt beaches, lush forests and remote islands await; we’ve built up a selection of excellent hotels, private vacation rentals and immersive activities, so that your clients can experience the Pacific coast in comfort and style. Have a look: https://vapues.com/blog/3/
Maya Trails Maya Trails is happy to announce that Guatemala, Belize and Honduras borders/flights are fully open and operating. With the new normal in place we have our Operations Biosecurity Protocols in place (please request by email). We have been awarded as the first ten travel companies providers in Guatemala with Biosecurity from the Tourism Board, Safe Travels WTTC and ATTA Covid 19 Health and Safety. We are ready and open for your clients, let Maya Trails make this journey for them as safe and amazing as possible.
Via Natura Perú, Ecuador & Galapagos New Unbranded Website for Monserrat Galapagos Cruise We are pleased to announce the launch of our new unbranded website for our Monserrat Galapagos Cruise. Monserrat is a 20-passenger First Class Yacht sailing the Galapagos boasting 1 naturalist guide for every 10 guests. The yacht departs every Thursday and Sunday. For reservations please contact: [email protected]
Quimbaya Latin America Read our latest interviews from our online magazine Visit Latin America Great interview from Quimbaya’s CEO on the future 2021 and an exclusive interview from Costa Rica Minister of Tourism. Here is a short extract: What message would you like to send to tourism professionals? This crisis has stopped our industry and has put us all to the test. At the same time, it has allowed us to discover positive things that we should remember. In our 33 years of existence we have built strong relationships with our customers and suppliers. To read more. https://visit-latin-america.
Condor Travel Cusco, a retreat to wellness It’s time to enliven our souls in pristine environments, to reignite our senses in nature, and awaken our minds with new perspectives, it’s time to be well, to feel well. For that, we have prepared a catalogue of experiences in Cusco, with a singular approach to wellness. Maybe it’s yoga in the Inca Trail, or meditation amidst sacred mountains, or boosting your clients’ health with Peruvian superfoods, or maybe all, they can choose HERE.
ANTARCTICAAntarctica21 Antarctica21: New Explorers House in Punta Arenas Work has been progressing well at the site of Explorers House, our new expedition center in Punta Arenas. The heavy infrastructure work has been completed and now the architects and the interior designers are working on finalizing the layouts, materials, furniture, lighting etc. With an area of over 2,000 square meters, the expedition center will provide a modern and exclusive environment for our guests and be like their own Antarctic-themed private club in Punta Arenas. Explorers House will be ready to welcome Antarctica21 guests for the 2021-22 season. For more information, please visit our website.
ARGENTINAArgentina Tourist Board – INPROTUR Between the Sun and the Moon in Argentina, Eclipse 2020 Argentina invited worldwide tourism to watch the solar eclipse at Visit Argentina. This year Argentina had the best view of this natural event. From Junín de los Andes, bordering San Martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura in Neuquén, passing through San Carlos de Bariloche – an icon of Argentine tourism, close to the capital city Viedma, in Río Negro. Thus, the interposition of the Moon between the Earth and the Sun crossed the Northern portion of the Patagonia.
Estancia Los Potreros The Perfect Post-pandemic Location Only one hour from Cordoba international airport, Estancia Los Potreros is the perfect option for the post-pandemic clients looking for a trip which has a positive impact on nature and the local community, with space and the option for exclusivity. We will offer the entire estancia (6,500 acres) exclusively for a minimum of 6 full paying guests. For more information about Estancia Los Potreros, CLICK HERE.
Argentina Travel Partners – ATP DMC Calafate is the best base from which to see the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier and the Glaciers National Park. This is the Patagonia most often described as wind-swept, sparsely populated, remote, and rugged. Two classic day trips have been renewed; these are the new proposals: https://sites.google.com/view/calafate-something-new/home
Say Hueque We are happy to announce that we launched a social media campaign to rewild Patagonia. Say Hueque, together with Reforestar Argentina, asumes the commitments to plant one three every 3 new followers on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sayhueque_argentinatravel/ This campaign called Three People for a Tree, aims to rise awareness about climate change and the urgent need of massive reforestation. Would you like to join us? Please follow us on Instagram and let’s do our bit together.
BOLIVIACrillon Tours Starting last November, with all our Bio-Security protocols officially approved, we successfully restarted our operations on Lake Titicaca & our two hotels, the Inca Utama Hotel & Cultural Center and the Posada del Inca Eco-Lodge on the mythical Sun Island, both under our Travel Bubble. Our land and lakes borders are ready to open, as soon as the authorities of our neighboring countries open theirs. This is the beginning of a year that will be our global tourist awakening!
BRAZILWalpax Brazil Travel Partners New Boutique hotel in Rio de Janeiro A new boutique hotel in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Villa Paranaguá, a house that has been entirely renovated and now unites the history of the Santa Teresa neighborhood with modern Brazilian design. There are 10 rooms with amazing views and all the comfort of an exclusive hotel. The property has a large swimming pool surrounded by beautiful gardens and overlooking the Santa Teresa Valley and the Sugarloaf Mountain. To learn more about it and about our services, CLICK HERE.
Havas Creative Tours Amazing Nature Escape in the Amazon A charming lodge located on the bank of the Negro River, 184 kilometers from Manaus, by road. The hotel is located close to the ecological reserve of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The structure has an original design, which harmonizes art with the preserved nature around it. The Mirante do Gavião Lodge offers in their leisure areas swimming pool, pier, lounge and restaurant, and some lookouts on the property where you can relax and enjoy the various types of visual. It’s a perfect place for your clients to relax and feel the peace of nature. For more information, please get in touch.
CHILEChile Travel To reopen the tourism sector safely and responsibly for staff and visitors, Chile is implementing the “Tourist Trust” certificate of commitment. The objective of this Certificate of Commitment is to ensure that tourism service providers comply with health measures, recommendations and all management and prevention actions to minimize contagion risks. Therefore, once the company or service signs the “Tourist Confidence” certificate, the company must comply with all the established protocols and good practices guidelines, otherwise SERNATUR may restrict and/or prohibit the use of the certificate.
Chile is open. Finally. But what else should you know? Is it necessary to have a negative PCR to move between regions once you have entered the country? Currently, only the Aysén and Magallanes regions (Chilean Patagonia) are requiring negative PCR for admission. In the case of Aysén, the PCR must have been taken a maximum of 96 hours (4 days) before reaching the destination, while in Magallanes it must have been carried out prior to 72 hours (3 days). For more information, please visit: https://chile.travel/
Awasi Awasi Atacama and Patagonia Open with 40% discount Best ever rates to celebrate Awasi re-opening. Stay for 5 nights, pay only for 3 – book before end December for travel during December 2020, and January & February 2021. Offer valid for stays at either one, two or all three Awasi lodges (note there is a travel corridor between the UK and Chile). One private guide and 4×4 vehicle per room and all activities included. If you cannot travel due to international restrictions related to covid, you can change your travel dates within 18 months of the booking. For more information, CLICK HERE.
travelArt Chile 7 awards for Chile at the World Travel Awards We are proud of our beautiful country, which received seven awards at the World Travel Awards 2020. Since 2016, Chile is the world’s leading adventure tourism destination! In this year’s edition of the “Tourism Oscar”, Chile also won for the first time the prize for “South America’s Leading Destination” and, with Santiago, the title of “South America’s Leading Festival & Event Destination”. Watch our video (https://youtu.be/ogMtUceMJ6s) to learn more about. [email protected] | www.travelart.com
Remota Patagonia Lodge Remota Patagonia Lodge is proud to announce the launching of his bright new website, which has been updated and improved with the latest software to enhance the experience of the visitor. Besides the information on the facilities and services offered at the hotel, the website also provides valuable information on the excursions, the different alternatives of All-Inclusive programs and the rates for seasons 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Please visit www.remotahotel.com
EcoCamp Patagonia Here in Chilean Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park has officially reopened and has new protocols and precautions put in place to keep travelers safe. This is what you need to know about visiting the national park and how to stay with EcoCamp Patagonia this season. Click HERE to view the new protocols.
COLOMBIAColombian Journeys Check in Certificate biosecurity seal Colombian Journeys has obtained the “Check in Certificate” biosecurity seal, a brand created by the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Ministry of Colombia with the cooperation of Procolombia and endorsed by the World Tourism Organization (WTO), which certifies us as a 100% biosecure operator after meeting a demanding list of 295 requirements. We are ready to welcome all passengers safely to discover unique experiences and incomparable destinations in Colombia, providing the excellent service of all these years and caring for the health and welfare of all. More information at [email protected]
Metropolitan Touring Colombia Beautiful lodge in the Colombian Orinoquia Colombia is the must-see destination in South America, and it’s very easy to understand why – it is the second most biodiverse country in the world, with coastlines to the Pacific and the Caribbean, stunning mountain landscapes, incredibly lush forests in the Amazon and the Orinoquia! It’s precisely in this mysterious region, the Orinoquia, where a new luxury lodge is available. One of the five most complex and extensive natural regions of Colombia in biodiversity belongs to the Orinoco River basin, also known as the Eastern Plains. Savanna Orinoquía Lodge is a luxury lodge surrounded by amazing wildlife and nature. For more information about Metropolitan Touring Colombia, CLICK HERE.
Colombia57 Ltda New accommodation options for the New Year New and refurbished hotels open their doors to a New Year of travel and positivity. We have updated our accommodation portfolio to include new hotels and some recently refurbished favourites. In addition, we have access to private houses, villas & apartments throughout Colombia for those clients who seek privacy with their families and friends. Please contact [email protected] Happy Christmas, and may the New Year bring us all good health and prosperity!
COSTA RICASwiss Travel Costa Rica Sustainable Certification and Safe Travel Seal 2020 was a challenging year that has made us stronger. We are proud to continue strong into 2021 and sharing with you some of our achievements of 2020.
- Highest level of Costa Rica’s Sustainable Tourism certification by the Costa Rica Tourist Board ICT
- Carbon Neutrality Certification in our operations
- Safe Travel Seal from the WTTC
Pure Central America We are happy to announce this series of articles highlighting our 2021 signature itineraries. Let’s begin with one of the countries with less travel restrictions featuring most wanted covid-free secluded destinations like Corcovado, Tortuguero National Park and more! Click HERE to read more about our itineraries.
Travel Excellence Dear friends, This has been a challenging year, and we do not want to miss the chance to thank you for trusting in our team and keep Costa Rica in your hearts and minds. It is time for all us to be positive and to looking forward to a brighter new year. Wishing you a happy and successful 2021 – Click here! The Travel Excellence Team
ECUADOR/GALAPAGOSLatin Trails We are extremely happy to announce that Latin Trails run ILLA Experience Hotel’s restaurant Nuema – is the first Ecuadorean restaurant to be included in the 50 best list. The author style cuisine from chef Alejandro Chamorro has positioned the restaurant located within ILLA as the best in Ecuador. To find out more, CLICK HERE.
Tropic Ecuador The holiday season is upon us and very unusually, we have space in the Galapagos Islands for holiday travel! We are offering three unique land-based programs with six total departures, along with four cruise departures. If yourclients are ready for adventure, relaxation and a deep reconnection with nature this holiday season, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a last-minute booking in the Galapagos. There is limited availability so better hurry! To learn more about Tropic Ecuador, CLICK HERE.
Montemar Eco Luxury Villas Unique, Sustainable, Exclusive Recently launched Travel Weekly’s Insight report indicates that consumer preferences are evolving and that ‘the demand for unique, sustainable and exclusive experiences will rise’. At Montemar, we take pride in offering unique experiences which only local knowledge can create. Exclusivity is guaranteed at our private reserve of 43-acres where a max of 12 guests stay at one of our two 100% sustainable villas. More info at www.montemar.ec, contact [email protected] or your local agent.
Enchanted Expeditions After many months of shut down, we are very happy to announce that we have just run our first family trip on board our yacht Beluga. It has been a great pleasure for us to have people on aboard again and an incredible adventure for them to travel in such troubled times…but most of all, they had an unforgettable experience! And we are now ready to go on both our boats Beluga and Cachalote Explorer. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Golden Galapagos Cruises New information on the M/C Ocean Spray We have excellent news for you! The M/C Ocean Spray will join our fleet. This vessel has been successfully operating in the Galapagos for 8 years, and now it is in Guayaquil, Ecuador for annual maintenance. We have taken this opportunity to give our catamaran our signature Golden Touch, incorporating our concept into the vessel. For more details, please click here: https://www.
Metropolitan Touring Metropolitan Touring’s Mashpi Lodge has recently partnered with Rainforest Connection, the first real-time eco-acoustic monitoring company. Ten ‘Forest Guardians,’ solar powered mobile recording systems, have been placed around the reserve, detecting sounds of illegal deforestation and poaching and tracking sounds of animals and their movements. This has led to new species discoveries within the reserve. This month they discovered a water opossum, previously unknown to reside in the reserve.
Metropolitan Touring’s new private Galapagos itinerary allows guests to enjoy the archipelago’s magic whilst staying on land. A three night stay at Scalesia Lodge, Isabela Island, takes guests on private excursions to Isabela’s remote regions inaccessible to cruise passengers. A private flight takes guests to Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, Santa Cruz Island, for a four-night stay. Private daily excursions on the hotel’s Sea Lion yacht, stargazing workshops and beachfront dining experiences await.
EQ TOURING Private Charters 2021 We strongly encourage our partners to promote the Galapagos islands as a destination to travel in private basis. We are keeping the same promotional prices of 2020 for the whole year of 2021. For more information visit our site and we will be happy to assist you: http://eqtouring.com/
Galagents Galapagos Cruises New and exciting news are coming regarding the difficult situation we had been facing over the last months. That is why we have created special rate for the first 2021 quarter. However, we know that passengers are also looking for flexible policies and of course biosecurity protocols, in which we had been working during this time and are already in practice since we restarted our operation last September. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]
MEXICOThe Los Cabos Tourism Board Culture meets the sea While the beaches in Los Cabos certainly have their appeal, the destination also offers vacationers a thriving arts and culture scene. Thursday evenings between Nov and June, The San Jose del Cabo Art District hosts an Art Walk to allow locals and visitors to experience the works of the artists and artisans who live in the region. Additionally, throughout the year there is The Los Cabos Comedy Festival, The Los Cabos International Film Festival and The San Jose del Cabo Jazz Weekend Concert Series to name a few. These festivals are growing and gaining recognition on an international level. For more information, click HERE.
Journey Mexico New Properties in Mexico for 2021 With a vaccine now available and being distributed around the world, 2021 is looking like a comeback year for travel. So, what is new in Mexico in 2021? From luxurious towers in the heart of Mexico City to remote 5-start resorts along the county’s rugged Pacific coast, discover the newest hotels opening in Mexico in 2021. To see the new properties, click HERE.
NICARAGUANicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR)Nicaragua maintains the least cases and deaths from Covid-19 in Central America according to WHO recognised figures, and international arrivals continue due to Avianca’s Miami-Managua service.Likewise, the country’s concerted work with stakeholders is ongoing, to promote tourism reactivation. As such, Minister of Tourism Anasha Campbell chaired a meeting of her peers from seven Central American countries, where they discussed proposals to align regional Biosecurity Protocols, to facilitate multidestination travel.More informaation here: https://www.intur.gob.ni/2020/
12/nicaragua-preside-reunion- intersectorial-de-ministros- de-turismo-y-economia-de- centroamerica/
PANAMAPanama Journeys Excursion – Barú Volcano Hike Your clients can now get the chance to discover the highest mountain in Panama, the famous Barú Volcano, located 3,475 meters high in the province of Chiriquí. Barú National Park, founded in 1976, protects the magnificent biodiversity of the mountainsides of the volcano, and it is located in the south of the continental division between North America and South America, near Talamanca’s mountain range. From the top they will get the chance both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean on clear days. It is home to 250 species of birds which include the hummingbird, the yellow-thighed finch, black-cheeked warbler, crested eagle, the mythological quetzal, and more. To find out more about this itinerary, please email us.
PERUAqua Expeditions Last Minute Holiday Escape to the Peruvian Amazon Christmas and New Year celebrations are fast approaching; however, it is not too late for your clients to embark on the journey of their dreams aboard the exclusive Aria Amazon, exploring the vast and secluded Peruvian Amazon on unforgettable 3-, 4- or 7-night itineraries. This is the perfect solution for travelers seeking an escape to warmer climates while adding some well-deserved fun into their holidays with friends and family. December 2020 and all 2021 departures are now open! Let us reignite your clients’ sense of adventure and help them end the year on a high note. Exclusive offers up to 28% off. For more information, visit our website or contact us at [email protected]
Country Club Lima Hotel Country Club Lima is now open for reservations and since May 1st, our property reopened its doors. We are ready to host your clients as soon as international flights from UK become available. We have implemented new practices that have been audited and approved by Bureau Veritas Peru with its SafeGuardTM seal (Biosecurity Protocol Compliance Certification) and the #Safetravels certification from the World Travel Tourism Council. Please have a look at our latest hotel video with the new protocols. For more info please contact us: [email protected]
LimaTours LimaTours restarts its operations! We are very glad to announce that we restarted our operations! After almost eight months, we welcomed our first two passengers in Peru. Our guests came from Brasil and we toured the beautiful city of Cusco together. Health protocols were met throughout the visit to ensure a safe journey. We are looking forward to designing and sharing more experiences for you and your passengers!
Belmond Peru They say first impressions count the most, and if it’s accompanied by Peruvian flavour, the result is exquisite. That is why we want to invite your clients to have the privilege of tasting the best of Peruvian gastronomy in our restaurant Tragaluz, located in Belmond Miraflores Park. They will Complete their journey with a mystical experience, and what better place to do so than Cusco. They will get to discover the energy and history, walk around the mountains and reconnect with nature at this wonderful place. What is better than to revitalise with ancestral energy surrounded by the mystical Inca citadel of Machu Picchu at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge?
Amazonas Explorer Travelling to Machu Picchu in the Pandemic The first week of November some of our team members took the train to Km 104 and hiked into Machu Picchu to see what the new safety protocols were like and how it affected the hike into Machu Picchu. You can imagine our team’s surprise when upon their arrival at the Sun Gate, they were the only group on the site, it was completely empty. If the trip makes sense it’s a very exclusive experience with the current capacity at 50%. Here is a link to a video we made about our unique experience: https://youtu.be/Pa5zj-4jRdE
Andean Lodges After almost nine months, we are happy to share with you all the restart date for our Ausangate trekking tours in Cusco. ️ Starting January 15, Apu Ausangate opens its doors to enjoy the magic and beauty of this magnificent place. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3gpHqy8
24 May 21Partner News
News From Lata FoundationCanning House partner with the LATA Foundation UK based charity, Canning House, whose mission is ...Read moreNews From Lata Foundation - News & announcementsCanning House partner with the LATA Foundation UK based charity, Canning House, whose mission is to build relationships and understanding between the UK, Latin America, and Iberia, has chosen to partner with the LATA Foundation to donate emergency funds to communities most-in-need in Latin America during the Covid-19 pandemic. The LATA Foundation, the charitable arm of LATA, support grassroots projects throughout Latin America. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on the projects the Foundation supports and many have been forced to change their focus to be able to provide more emergency assistance on the ground to those most in need. For more information on the partnership with Canning House, please click here, or to donate to the LATA Foundation’s emergency COVID-19 appeal, please click here.
NEWS FROM UK MEMBERS
Senderos Our trade friends can now access Senderos partners’ images , videos and other resources (product info, rates etc.) through Squirrel Fish at https://squirrel-fish.com/. Please contact us or login details. The owners of Senderos partner Pacuare Lodge and Lapa Rios have acquired Monteverde Lodge & Gardens and Tortuga Lodge, two other pioneering properties that have served as adventure outposts in some of Costa Rica’s most emblematic wilderness destinations for over 30 years. See Senderos partners’ current promotions at https://senderos.co.uk/en/
offers.php. Contact: [email protected] / website www.senderos.co.uk.
REGION-WIDEVapues Travel Central America is known the world over for its colorful and diverse birdlife, and enthusiasts flock from far and wide to get a glimpse of the unique species found across the region, including Harpy Eagles, Motmots, Scarlet Macaws and resplendent Quetzals. Panama and Nicaragua are home to some of the finest birding sites in Latin America, and at Vapues Travel we’ve built a collection of fine nature lodges and curated birdwatching experiences to give your clients the chance to see these beautiful creatures close-up. Have a look at our suggestions: https://vapues.com/blog/5/
Pure Central America This week Nicaragua and Belize joined the list of countries to receive the Travel Safe Stamp in the region, along with Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama; countries that have qualified as safe destinations to travel to under the new normal. Honduras is also in the process of achieving this award, qualification that will allow the whole region to be recognized and promoted as destinations to be visited post-lockdown. All countries in Central America are already open for international traveling, and the new standards and protocols are meeting the requirements of the WHO, CDC and WTO.
TERRA Group It’s all about Safety & Protocols All Terra Group agencies have been following the protocols from the World Travel & Tourism Council and we are proud to say that our Costa Rica agency, Terra Caribea has been granted the stamp Safe Travels, while all our agencies are in the process of getting it. We also worked closely with our local partners in Adventure Travel to ensure the protocols outlined by ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association) are being followed. Terra Chile also received the national label Confianza Turistica Chile.
Quimbaya Latin America Let’s start this new year 2021 with a new B2B Agent system! We relaunched last year our system and included our Guaranteed departures for all our 11 destinations. This year we have uploaded all our Multi-day tours for all our 11 destinations and in 3 languages English, French and Italian. You can enjoy viewing products, tariffs and make reservations directly. If you don’t have your login yet, don’t hesitate to book your demo now and we will arrange the rest! Contact us here https://www.quimbaya-tours.
Condor Travel Positive Impact Experiences Because the trail a traveller leaves is just as important as the road that lies ahead, we have created a portfolio of experiences that also aim to contribute to places that have been visited. A safari to the Bolivian Amazon, a visit to the Sacred Valley in Cusco, an escape to the Galapagos can all become ways of making a positive impact, whilst being memorable experiences. Ask your account executive for more!
ANTARCTICAAntarctica21 Antarctica21 offers two different promotions for 2021-22 season The Antarctic Travel Credit promotion offers a “travel credit” (i.e. a price reduction, or discount) of between $500 and $3,000 per person on 12 departures. The offer appeals to the travellers seeking a price incentive, but is subject to certain conditions. Until the end of April 2021, our Flexible Booking Policy provides a period of time during which your clients can secure the departure and cabin of their choice with a refundable deposit of only $500. The offer will appeal to those who are looking for flexibility during these uncertain times. More information on www.antarctica21.com
ARGENTINAArgentina Tourism Board – INPROTUR The train to the clouds reopens its doorsThe famous Train in the province of Salta has restarted its emblematic ride that goes through various typical landscapes of the Northern area of Argentina. It is the third highest railway worldwide and reaches 4220 meters above sea level.The train to the Clouds has already got its health protocols and the complete tour offers a tour guide, breakfast, an afternoon snack, transfer service, a travel schedule and medical assistance.The train is waiting for tourists all around the world to enjoy it again.
Estancia Los Potreros One of the Best 100 Trips for 2021 We were delighted to be featured in The Times (UK) Best 100 Trips for 2021: “Channel your inner gaucho on a riding safari through Argentina’s vast grasslands, staying at family-owned Estancia Los Potreros, an elegant eight-room ranch in the Sierras Chicas, north west of Córdoba. The itinerary, including cattle-driving, polo and swimming in waterfalls, is pick-and-mix, depending on age and ability – but who would miss playing football with local children and helping heard the foals into the garden in the evenings?” For more information about Estancia Los Potreros, CLICK HERE.
Furlong Incoming We are pleased to announce the launch of our first Sustainability Report with the aim of being able to share the journey we have gone through in terms of sustainability in the last two years and our contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We work closely on this commitment with the Furlong Incoming staff, with our suppliers, with our clients, with the destination and the local communities. You can read our report here: https://www.furlongincoming.
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Argentina Travel Partners ATP DMC On the Trails of Glaciers – Patagonia Trekking Your clients have now the chance to traverse the paths that rim the glaciers of the Fitz Roy mountain range and the Cerro Torre. They will get to walk on the Cagliero Glacier to the north, cruise on the Laguna del Desierto (Desert Lagoon) and hike up to the limit between Argentina and Chile. The camps provide all the facilities for a comfortable stay and are manned by a friendly and professional staff who prepare the meals and take care of everything necessary with a smile and exceptional service. More information: https://sites.google.com/view/
ALCHEMY DMC Argentina Here we are, planning a brighter future! Determination: Our Word for 2021. Resilence: Our word for 2020. In spite of it all, at ALCHEMY DMC Argentina we always focus on the positive, so we want to share some of the things we have accomplished during 2020. With a lot of patience, time, and never-ending negotiations, we managed to host our privileged guests to enjoy the Solar Eclipse in Patagonia and said goodbye to 2020 in a unique way. We hosted LIVE virtual events to entertain and energize, as well as to share knowledge. We learned to work remotely and yet remained a tightly-knit team, always active! For more details about ALCHEMY DMC Argentina, CLICK HERE.
BOLIVIACrillon Tours During the 2020 worldwide stoppage of Tourism, we learnt that in order to jump stronger into 2021 – and the years to come – we will move along with creativity, security, innovation, empathy and unique programs, leaving an unforgettable memory in our visitors. Social sustainability in harmony with our own inhabitants and our “Bubble Travel” system will be our strong brand. The solidarity and affection of all our colleagues has inspired us to be always better… Happy 2021 – we will make this year better by working together!
BRAZILHavas Creative Tours We want to generate an unforgettable experience to your clients by providing an immersion in nature, venturing into what is most exuberant in our forests and rivers: natural whirlpools in the most preserved secret waterfalls in Foz do Iguaçu. Trekking is easy or moderate, there are 4 trails throughout the day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon – order of the trails chosen according to the group and the weather. For more information, please visit our website.
Walpax Brazil Travel Partners Submarine Flight in Rio de Janeiro A distinguished boat trip along Rio’s coast and its islands: Tijucas and Cagarras Archipelagos. Departing from Barra da Tijuca, passing by the hidden beach of Joatinga and the beautiful beach of São Conrado. Your clients will be amazed by the breathtaking view from the sea of the legendary beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. All of this on an incredible “Submarine Flight” for a sensational gliding under and over the water. For more details, do not hesitate to get in touch at [email protected]
CHILEChile Travel In order to make the entrance of foreign tourists to the country and the reactivation of tourism responsible and safe, this past Tuesday the launching of the landing “Travel to Chile Plan” was made official. Daily updated, please check: https://chile.travel/en/
traveltochileplan As of December 31st, those who enter Chile, whether Chileans, resident foreigners or visiting foreigners, must undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Chile Travel Chile ‘Day & Night’ digital campaign in alliance with Swarovski Optik. Between January 11 and March 7, 2021, Chile will develop a digital campaign with Swarovski Optik along with the British tour operator Hayes&Jarvis to reach wealthy audiences in the UK such as the Millennial C-suite, traveling couples, and families looking for high-end multi-generational activities. The target audience will also be part of a contest to win a pair of Swarovski Optik CL binoculars. Photo: http://tradenews.chile.travel
travelArt Chile NEW TOUR „Heartbeat of Chile“ – Discover the country’s soul For a varied travel with breathtaking landscapes the contrasting country of Chile is the first choice. travelArt’s new tour “Heartbeat of Chile” will take your clients to breathtaking highlights. They will experience the clearest starry sky of the world on an astronomical tour, watch cute penguins, observe an imposing condor in the sky and follow the tracks of the pumas in Patagonia. This trip will take them from the north to the south of the country and a visit to one of Chile’s outstanding wineries is also not to be missed. [email protected] | www.travelart.com
andBeyond andBeyond’s Vira Vira Lodge is thrilled to be welcoming visitors for 2021 after reopening in December. Guests can fly direct to their adventure with British Airways from London to Santiago, followed by a short flight to Tenuco with LATAM, Sky Airlines and Jetsmart. Those travelling to and from Vira Vira Lodge can enjoy the seamless travel experience with just one check in for each journey. For more information about andBeyond Vira Vira, CLICK HERE.
EcoCamp Patagonia On December 30th, 2020, EcoCamp reopened its doors to a small group of travellers. This is the first time the hotel has been able to open since last March. Thanks to our dedicated team and detailed safety protocols, we were able to provide a safe and unforgettable experience for our new travellers. To learn more about EcoCamp Patagonia, CLICK HERE.
COLOMBIAColombian Journeys Colombia was awarded as the best Country Brand of Latin America in 2020 in the Country Brand Awards, being the only Latinamerican country winner in this category. These awards evaluate in an independent manner three main components in the construction of the country brand: the capacity to generate economic brand attracting foreign inversions, talent and the increase of exportations; the capacity of constructing touristic brand and a new axis that responds the handling of the Covid 19 crisis. This new recognition makes us very proud and motivates institutions to continue working in promotion, reactivation, growth and competitivity.
COSTA RICATravel Excellence New year, new routes to Costa Rica Costa Rica is keeping its air borders open for tourists, and KLM has resumed its flights on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Amsterdam to Liberia (LIR) via San Jose, added up to the weekly direct flight to San Jose on Thursdays. Additionally, the direct flights with British Airways from London to San Jose are available again starting from 23rd March. Contact us for more information: [email protected]
ECUADOR/GALAPAGOSNapo Wildlife Center The Napo Wildlife Center is back! Thanks to the commitment of the Kichwa Añangu Community, we can now announce the reopening of our touristic projects. We have developed a Biosafety and Sanitary Measures Protocol, which follows the guidelines of WTTC. Local control bodies have made possible the reopening of the Yasuní National Park, after we have demonstrated our organizational and safety capacity for our visitors and our Community. For more information, please visit our website.
Tropic Ecuador Travellers who are ready for adventure in Ecuador can take advantage of Tropic Ecuador’s current special promotions! From luxury lodges in the cloud forest and the Amazon rainforest to some of the Galapagos’ best ships, we have negotiated incredible pricing for your guests. Contact us for details on how your clients can experience Ecuador through Tropic’s authentic, award-winning DMC services. Hurry – these promotions are for a limited time only!
Montemar Eco Luxury Villas Your home away from home in Galapagos Treat your clients to a ‘home-away-from-home’ experience at Montemar in Galapagos. Our ultra-small capacity of two private villas accommodating max 12 guests, enables us to provide the exclusivity that’s so sought after nowadays. Montemar is ideal for travellers who want to travel responsibly to Galapagos, connecting with nature and the local community – ask us about our community-based experiences at [email protected] or check out website www.montemar.ec.
Anakonda Amazon Cruises Anakonda Amazon Cruises’ reopening expedition Anakonda Amazon Cruises is pleased to announce that on November 27 we resumed our operations with our first excursion on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer. With a great deal of joy, we cruised along the Napo River and enjoyed the enchanting scenery unique to this natural setting. We share our Cruise Travel Log with you, so that you can appreciate the extraordinary experiences that we lived during our reopening cruise: https://anakondaamazoncruises.
EQ TOURING Luxury Private house in Quito We are proud to offer to our clients a private luxury house in Quito which offers exclusivity in a very safe environment as safety for our guests is our main priority. The house can accommodate families up to 14 guests. Our main goal is to be able to offer exclusive place and exclusive tours for small groups of travelers in a COVID safe bubble. For more information follow this link http://eqtouring.com/pages/
GUATEMALAMaya Trails New Experiences in Guatemala Maya Trails In Guatemala we have been exploring new and innovative/different ideas for our future guests. The Pacaya Pizza Experience is a new culinary adventure option combining hiking on an active volcano with a pizza dinner (or lunch) and volcano-roasted marshmallow smores for dessert! See our photos below and ask us to include this amazingly unique – and delicious – experience for your guests! Or just email us at [email protected]
GUYANAWilderness Explorers Wilderness Explorers are delighted to announce that on the 8th January 2021 we were approved as safe to reopen for travel, having implemented all the necessary Covid-19 Guidelines and Protocols recommended by the Guyana Tourism Authority. Lodges in the interior that have also been approved for a safe reopening include Atta Rainforest Lodge, Rock View, Waikin Ranch, Karanambu Lodge, Rewa Eco-Lodge and Iwokrama River Lodge. Please contact [email protected]
com for more updates on what is happening in our region including new culinary tours and travel bubble itineraries with the ultimate social distancing in our pristine wilderness.
NICARAGUANicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR) Nicaragua has been awarded the WTTC Safe Travels stamp for effective travel biosecurity, as the country continues to have the least Covid-19 cases and deaths in Central America, whilst remaining open to visitors. Further, INTUR has announced its plan for continued tourism recovery in 2021, including Central American and domestic travellers and reactivation of long-haul travel, with priorities including: strengthening human capital, ethical tourism, regional planning, communications, and public-private co-operation.
PANAMAPanama Journeys Discover Iguana Island This island, located on the Pacific coast of the Azuero Peninsula, is the habitat of a vast colony of man-of-war birds, pelicans, woodcocks, very colorful crabs and green iguanas. This is a real paradise for sea lovers, with white-sand beaches, crystalline waters and 16 hectares of barrier reef protecting 17 species of corals and more than 350 species of tropical fish. Also, between April and September, 5 species of sea turtles arrive to the beachside to lay their eggs. For more information, contact us to [email protected]
PERUAqua Expeditions Exclusive Chef Hosted Departures on the Peruvian Amazon Your clients have now the chance to join these one-of-a-kind hosted voyages with conservationist, researcher, and beloved Peruvian and international culinary personality, our award-winning Consulting Chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. He has created an inventive Amazonia-inspired menu with a rainforest-to-table philosophy that transforms uncommon ingredients into captivating dishes. The highlight of these specially-hosted journeys is the unique opportunity to discover the inspiration that drives our master chef, alongside a further exploration into the culinary culture through market visits, tastings, and cooking classes. For more information visit our website: https://www.aquaexpeditions.
com/upcoming-cruises/chef- hosted-cruises-pedro-miguel- schiaffino/
LimaTours Take a look at our 2021 Adventure Programmes Thinking about the “new normal” that we face today, we present our adventure programmes. The ten itineraries combine walks through the most spectacular routes in Peru with outdoor experiences for an unforgettable trip – like seeing penguins sailing along the Paracas coast, flying through the Cusco sky in zipline or sharing unique moments with local communities. All our programmes follow strict biosafety measures. Take a look at them here: https://drive.google.com/file/
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Amazonas Explorer With the news of the vaccine, it made us consider what travel will look like post-Covid-19. When we review the past 9 months and what brought us here, we are hoping things don’t go back to normal, we think we can all do better. Our industry is at a precipice and it’s up to each one of us to help move it to the future, for the more thoughtful and regenerative consumer. We’ve written down our “Call to Action”, in hopes that industry leaders will continue to step up and help us revolutionize tourism in the 21st century.