Costa Rica for Adventurers (10 days) | Costa Rica Tours

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  Itinerary Overview Suggested dates of travel: Year-round, except for September and October This 10-day private, customizable adventure tour features the capital city of San José, the tropical cloud forest of Bajosdel Toro, the towering Arenal Volcano, the pristine Osa Peninsula, and the … [Read more...]

Puertas Cerradas: Alternative Dining Experiences in Buenos Aires

Sometimes it is nice to feel at home when so far away from home. Yet while in a new country and culture, it is always refreshing to seek out unique culinary experiences to keep our stomachs as satisfied as our souls. Enter “puertas cerradas.” “Puertas Cerradas,” which literally translates to … [Read more...]

Explora Photo Expeditions

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Explora’s properties are located in some of the most photographable places in the world, so it is no wonder why this Chile luxury travel pioneer has teamed up with Nikon to provide monthly photographic expeditions. These five-day, four-night programs are available at Explora Patagonia and Explora … [Read more...]

Explora’s 20th Anniversary Promotion

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Latin Excursions is offering a special Explora promotion for travel between April 14th and October 14th, 2013. To celebrate Explora’s 20th anniversary, anyone who reserves a 4-night program at Explora Patagonia, Explora Rapa Nui or Explora Atacama for travel between April 14th and October 14th, … [Read more...]

Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Center

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There is perhaps no other name more synonymous with the Galapagos Islands than Charles Darwin. The author of the 1859 book On the Origin of Species, Darwin ignited what would turn out to be a forever debate about the merits of evolutions against the traditional ideas of creation based on … [Read more...]

Finding Paradise in Corumbau, Brazil

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  Sometimes, it is necessary to take a vacation from vacation. Whether you are looking for some time off from bouncing between numerous destinations in South America or need a break from the roar and rumble of Rio in June and July 2013 due to the World Cup, Brazil’s Corumbau is perhaps … [Read more...]

Lima’s ámaZ Brings Amazonian Flavors to Patrons’ Plates

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Glamorous is usually not the first word used to describe Amazonian cuisine, but at ámaZ in Lima, Peru, Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino has found a way combine the tastes of the Peruvian Amazon jungle with the quality, innovation and service of a top-notch restaurant. While Peru’s coastal cuisine has … [Read more...]

Winter Packages at Finch Bay Eco-Hotel

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Special packages are being offered at Finch Bay Eco-Hotel this December and January, making it a good choice for holiday travelers looking for a land-based Galapagos experience or a land extension to a Galapagos cruise. The Finch Bay Eco-Hotel is an oceanfront property and has a private outdoor … [Read more...]

Chile Travel Tips

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Will your trip to Chile be your first, or a return to an old favorite? Whichever the case, be sure to keep these top 3 Chile travel tips in mind for an unforgettable and well-prepared vacation! Learn Chileno – Standard Spanish might be the official language, but colloquially, Chilenan Spanish is … [Read more...]

Urban Walks: Lima’s Colonial Center and the Pacific Coast

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    Even though it is the world’s second largest desert city, Lima is a bustling metropolis with many beautiful sites to offer. In fact, there are so many green parks and beaches that many times, it takes some reminding to realize that giant sand dunes are only a few kilometers … [Read more...]

American Airlines begins direct flights between
Dallas and Lima, Peru

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If you are already in the southern United States, it can be incredibly tempting not to want to hop the border into colorful South America! Making it easier than ever to quickly reach the ancient Inca lands, American Airlines has announced that starting April 1, 2013, it will start running direct … [Read more...]

Not-to-Miss on Attractions on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

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Whenever timing and schedules permit, it is a good idea to arrive into the Galapagos Islands at least 1 day before your cruise begins, allowing some flexibility in case are any travel complications along the way. This is particularly recommended if you are flying in from faraway international … [Read more...]

Peru’s Most Colorful Places to Celebrate Saint’s Week

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Perhaps no annual holiday gets Peruvians as excited as Semana Santa, or Saint’s Week. In the 8 days leading up to Easter Sunday all throughout the country, the young and old gather to dance and celebrate on the streets while wearing colorful traditional garbs, religious Catholic processions held by … [Read more...]

Visiting Cusco during the Inti Raymi Solstice Festival

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Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire in Peru, is steeped in history and there is perhaps no more traditional festival still celebrated since ancient times than the Inti Raymi Solstice Festival every June. Since Peru is located below the equator in the Southern Hemisphere, Inti Raymi actually … [Read more...]

Tasty Fruits from the Peruvian Amazon

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A visit to South America would not be complete without trying some of the myriad of fruits not found elsewhere in the world. Each country has different produce depending on its geographies, making it quite the fun scavenger hunt to try new ones as you move throughout the continent. On your next trip … [Read more...]

Pueblito Encantado del Colca, Colca, Peru

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Near the harsh conditions of the arid Colca Canyon, Peru’s third most visited destination, will open in April 2013 the understated but elegant oasis of the Pueblito Encantado del Colca Hotel. Part of the recognized Peruvian hotel chain Aranwa, this resort is a place where humans and nature can come … [Read more...]

A Few Heavenly Days in Cartagena, Colombia

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Flying into Cartagena from Bogota, I made sure to sit on the left side of the plane so I could get some first glimpses of Colombia’s Caribbean jewel from the air. I couldn’t wait to see the old colonial port with my own eyes, a place many had told me was one of the most beautiful places in South … [Read more...]

Safety & What it Means in Today’s Colombia

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Having had such a tumultuous history in the 80’s and the 90’s due to violence arising from drug and revolutionary political groups, it is no secret that Colombia earned itself a reputation of being one of the more dangerous places in the world. However, the country has since truly renovated itself … [Read more...]

The Best Places to Dance Tango in Buenos Aires

Tango originated in Rio de la Plata (on the border between Argentina and Uruguay) and has quickly spread over the rest of the world as one of the most popular dance styles. There are many milongas (event or place to dance Tango) in Argentina where you can enjoy this dance in the company of friends … [Read more...]

Venezuelan Arepas

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Arepas: A Venezuelan Breakfast Staple My name is Sarah Cassedy, and I am a Travel Consultant for Latin Excursions. Having been to Venezuela a couple of times, with my Venezuelan beau, I can attest to the fact that their arepas rank as one of the best breakfast bites around the world. I like to … [Read more...]

Favorite Beaches in Brazil

Whatever kind of beach activity you’re looking for – surfing, kite surfing, sunbathing, beach sports or snorkeling, you’ll find the perfect beach in Brazil. With so many beaches to choose from, it’s not an easy choice. Our travel specialist in Brazil gives you her personal favorites: … [Read more...]

Killer Whales Sighted Near El Pedral Lodge: Patagonia, Argentina

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Last week, a group of killer whales were sighted along the beach near El Pedral Lodge, in front of Península Valdés, an important nature reserve in the Chubut province of Argentina. Not an everyday occurrence, the killer whales were led by “Alacrán,” a whale that was easily recognized for its … [Read more...]

Why Antarctica Should Be on Your Bucket List

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Antarctica, The White Continent, is the last great wilderness left on earth. This amazing continent is a land of extremes: icy storms, vast frozen deserts, immense icebergs, endless days during summer and endless nights during winter. This other-worldly destination, not for the faint of heart, is … [Read more...]

Dining in Rio: Top 5 Restaurants

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Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro has easily become one of the most prominent and iconic cities in the world, and it’s no surprise that it has produced a gamut of top restaurants. From traditional Portuguese fare to creative Italian cuisine, there are plenty of choices for food aficionados and novices … [Read more...]

Top 3 Salsa Spots in Cartagena

Although Cali is known as the ‘Capital de la Salsa’, Cartagena offers some great venues to immerse yourself in Colombia’s Salsa culture. Cartagena has a pulsating rhythm to it as a city and this is reflected in its night spots. Here are our 3 favorite spots to enjoy Salsa in Cartagena: … [Read more...]

Top Three Cevicherias in Lima, Peru

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Lima is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign travelers, finally breaking from the misconception that it is merely a logistical stopover. Taking much of the credit for this is the capital city’s prominent culinary scene, now visited and revered by foodies from around the globe. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Galapagos Beaches

The beaches of the Galapagos are not the stereotypical beaches you will find in other parts of the world; here, you can find white sand beaches surrounded by mangroves, black lava beaches and hidden coves, all abundant with wildlife like the friendly sea lions, pelicans, iguanas and so many more. … [Read more...]

Eric Sheets Named Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

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Eric Sheets, founder of Latin Excursions, has been named as one of Wendy Perrin’s Top Travel Specialists in Condé Nast Traveler – a distinction that only 133 consultants from around the world have been awarded this year. Sheets is being recognized specifically for his expertise in Ecuador and the … [Read more...]

6 Insights to consider when visiting The Galapagos

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Recently, Eric Sheets, our Galapagos specialist was asked to share some insights in an interview for Conde Nast Traveler magazine. We thought we would share them here as we are sure they will help anybody planning to visit the magic archipelago off the coast of Ecuador: … [Read more...]

Hotel B (El Hotel de Barranco), Lima, Peru

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When Hotel B opens its doors for guests in early 2013, this 17-suite hotel will be the first arts-boutique hotel in Lima. A 1914 family mansion, designed by French architect Claude Sahut, has been transformed into a classic Grand Dame-style boutique hotel, offering guests the chance to enjoy both … [Read more...]

Panama for the Active Adventurer (11 Days)

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Itinerary Overview The energized capital of Panama – with an impressive infrastructure of hotels and restaurants, parks and museums, and with a juxtaposition of colonial heritage and international commerce – will serve as the hub for your journey. From there, explore the Chiriqui Highlands, the … [Read more...]

Panama for Families (9 Days)

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This family adventure begins in Panama City – the perfect base for exploring the country. The city offers Spanish-colonial ruins, an ornate cathedral and the lovely Presidential Palace, verdant parks, a canal museum and a natural history museum, a breathtaking skyline, and an impressive … [Read more...]

Santa Teresa: The Bohemian Side of Rio

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We are sure that when you think of Rio de Janeiro the first thing that comes in to your mind are the beautiful beaches, the diverse wildlife and some key city highlights as  Corcovado and th Sugar Loaf. But… Did you know that Rio de Janeiro has and exciting artistic movement and cultural life … [Read more...]

The sounds of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro.

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It’s a well known fact that Rio de Janeiro is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and of course its' nightlife lives up to this premise as the contagious rhythms of the samba and the bossa nova takes over. Lapa is definitively the place to go if you’re looking for a fun night in the … [Read more...]

Boardwalk Villa, Troncoso

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Trancoso, Brazil Trancoso is a town in the Porto Seguro area of Bahia, Brazil. Set on a cliff overlooking the endless beach and ocean, the village of Trancoso is picture-perfect. In the last decade, Trancoso has gone through a steady transformation to become the most desirable and fashionable beach … [Read more...]

Villa Verde, Paraty

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Parati, Brazil Paraty is located on the Costa Verde (Green Coast), which runs along the coastline between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and is a beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial town. The area is renowned for the charming colonial town, pristine coastline and mountains. This cozy colonial … [Read more...]

From Santiago to Rio de Janeiro (16 Nights)

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Areas Visited: Santiago, Valparaiso, Lake District, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro Travel through some of South America’s most beautiful landscapes – the Lake District of Chile & Argentina, and also experience some of the continent’s most exciting cities. Ideal for … [Read more...]

From Buenos Aires to Machu Picchu (16 Nights)

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Areas Visited: Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Amazon Riverboat Cruise & Machu Picchu This trip combines cosmopolitan city life, with two of South America’s natural highlights – the Amazon jungle & Iguazu Falls, and the cultural & historical sites around Machu Picchu. Ideal for travelers … [Read more...]

From Buenos Aires to Andes Highlands (55 Nights)

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Areas Visited:Buenos Aires, Pampas, Ibera Wetlands, Iguazu Falls, Salta & Jujuy, Bariloche, Amazon Riverboat Cruise, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Cruise, Andes Highlands For those with plenty of time to travel, and a spirit of adventure, this trip is for you! You’ll travel to some of South America’s … [Read more...]

Manu Wildlife Center, Manu

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Amazon Region, Peru  Manu Lodge is the only lodge with all-inclusive, luxury services within Manu National Park, a 40,000-acre private reserve in Peru. The rainforest is pristine, and the area is only reachable by small plane and then canoe; there are no roads. The lodge has Amazon activities like … [Read more...]

Charter Dates Available on Galapagos Cruises

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Always wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands in private and exclusive way?  A charter is ideal for a family reunion or group of friends. We have some available dates to charter some of Galapagos most exclusive cruises where you'll be able to explore these magical islands with  really exciting … [Read more...]

Galapagos Villa – Inter-island tour – 10 Days

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Itinerary Overview Day 1 Welcome to Quito: Arrival to Quito and meet and greet; transfer to hotel, either a boutique luxury option in the colonial section of the city, or a large luxury property in the modern area of Quito. Meals not included. Day 2 Middle of the World: You’ll have a panoramic … [Read more...]

La Casona, Machu Picchu

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Cusco, Peru  A restored colonial manor house hosts Cusco’s newest, most luxurious boutique hotel. With only guests allowed in the hotel it maintains exclusivity and allows staff to focus on the needs of each visitor. Modern amenities, antiques and local artwork blend to create a romantic … [Read more...]

Carmelo

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Founded by Colonel José Gervasio Artigas on February 12, 1816 Carmelo is just 6 kilometres (4 miles) from the Four Seasons Resort. Carmelo is an authentic South American town (population 22,000) that has yet to be touched by commercialism. In the South American summer, many Argentinians dock their … [Read more...]

Jose Ignacio

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Jose Ignacio is undoubtedly, the place to be. This area around the hotspot, Punta del Este, is hidden, remote, and awesome. One hour from Punta del Este, on a sandy peninsula on Uruguay’s Atlantic coast, this quiet, laid back retreat boasting beautiful calm and rough sea beaches has become a … [Read more...]

Colonia

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Colonia (population 30,000) is a lovely historic city. Founded by the Portuguese in 1680 on the tip of a peninsula on the Río de la Plata estuary, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Colonia’s cobblestone streets are reminiscent of old Lisbon, linedwith small museums, tiny bars, fine … [Read more...]

Rio de Janeiro is now a UNESCO World Heritage site

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The eyes of the  world are pointing at Rio de Janeiro since the announcement that this spectacular Brazilian city will be the home for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics Games on 2016. But now there’s a new reason to celebrate since UNESCO has decidde to acknowledge the many wonders of the city … [Read more...]

The Wonders of the Peruvian Andes in Titilaka Lodge

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Those looking for a true Andean experience will be very excited to know about a special hotel located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Titilaka is a very unique lodge where visitors can immerse themselves in the place where great Inca culture was born. Surrounded by stunning scenery and pristine … [Read more...]

La Pinta + Finch Bay Eco Hotel (Eastern islands)

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Itinerary Overview This unique trip combines a brief stay in Quito at the city's top boutique hotel, with a 4 day cruise on the luxurious mid – size La Pinta vessel, ending with several days at the oceanfront Finch Bay Eco Hotel – an eco-luxury lodge on Santa Cruz Island. This trip is ideal for … [Read more...]

La Pinta Boat + Finch Bay Eco Hotel

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Itinerary Overview This unique trip combines a brief stay in Quito, at the city's top boutique hotel, with a 5 day cruise on the luxurious La Pinta vessel, and several days at the oceanfront Finch Bay Eco Hotel. This trip is ideal for travelers looking for an in-depth Galapagos trip, with time to … [Read more...]

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