Eric Sheets Featured on Travel + Leisure’s 2013 A-List World’s Top Travel Agents

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  Latin Excursions is pleased to announce that Eric Sheets, the founder of Latin Excursions, has been selected once again for Travel + Leisure magazine’s A-List, a privileged list of the world’s top travel agents. Each year, Travel + Leisure editors scour the globe to handpick the best in … [Read more...]

Colombia Travel Tips

Colombian salsa

  There are few countries with reputations more outdated than Colombia’s. Just as modern Chicago and New York City are far cries from their grittier pasts, South America’s hidden gem has come a long way from its reality of the last few decades. So, forget what you think you know about Colombia … [Read more...]

Peru Named South America’s Leading Culinary Destination for 2nd Year in a Row

Peruvian pisco sour

On July 20, 2013, the prestigious World Travel Awards named Peru as South America's Leading Culinary Destination for the second consecutive year. It’s no wonder, then, why the awards were hosted in Lima at the renowned Huaca Pucllana ruins and restaurant property! From its thousands of varieties of … [Read more...]

In Buenos Aires, Move to the Rhythm of Argentine Tango

Argentina tango

  When one thinks of South America, a few iconic dances probably come to mind: salsa (Colombia), marinera (Peru), and of course tango (Argentina). Like so many entertainment forms around the world, tango from Argentina finds it origins in the working class but is now popular with audiences … [Read more...]

World Travel Awards 2013 Honor Latin Excursions Partner Properties


Latin America came out strong in this year’s World Travel Awards, held in Lima, Peru, on July 20, 2013. Considered to be the “Oscars of the travel industry,” World Travel Awards honors the finest properties and best travel professionals throughout the world, and this year marks the premier travel … [Read more...]

Bananas for Fruits in Ecuador!

Bananas in Ecuador

For all the right reasons, fruit lovers are always very excited to go to South America. With such excellent warm yet rain-frequented climates, countries such as Colombia, Brazil, and Peru are hotbeds for tons upon tons of fruit exported to far off countries around the world each year, not to mention … [Read more...]

Eric Sheets, Featured as top expert on ArchtypeMe

Latin Excursions owner Eric Sheets was featured as a top expert for Colombia on ArchetypeMe’s “Tomorrow’s Trips Today.” Read the full feature here for insider tips on Colombia’s coffee plantations, beaches and recently revived cities. … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Go to Colombia Now!

Coffee, Colombia

Growing out of its struggling politics of the 1980s and 1990s, Colombia is now one of the best kept secrets in South America—but surely not for long! Travelers around the world are now discovering the comprehensive allure of the only country on the southern continent that touches both the Pacific … [Read more...]

Estancia Peuma Hue’s Yoga and Relaxation Package

Yoga at Peuma Hue

Estancia Peuma Hue, a set of charming luxury cabins on the shores of Lake Gutierrez within Nahuel Huapi National Park, is one of the finest estancia properties on the Argentine side of Patagonia. This beautiful mountain lodge is set on 500 acres of private wilderness, which encompasses an extensive … [Read more...]

Antarctica Travel Tips

The southernmost continent on the globe offers experiences unlike anywhere else on earth.

For a truly spectacular trip to a place where few have gone before you, venture to Antarctica, arguably the very last frontier on earth. Home to the legendary South Pole and a land of extremes where the world’s top scientists are still only scraping the surface of all that this icy land offers and … [Read more...]

Google’s Street View to Add Galapagos Islands

Galapagos sea turtles underwater

Google Maps’ Street View feature allows users to explore destinations throughout the world at street-level, providing 360-degree virtual tours of some of the most interesting places on earth. From Antarctica to the Swiss Alps, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Grand Canyon, Street View takes people … [Read more...]

Air France Begins Flights to Panama City

Panama beach

Panama is getting ever more conveniently connected with other areas of the world—specifically, Europe. Announced recently, Air France will begin 3 weekly flight services to Panama City departing from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport starting November 25, 2013. This is in addition to the daily … [Read more...]

Liquor and Explosions in Colombia: A Night of Fun to Remember

Aguardiente, Colombia

Looking for some out-of-the-ordinary fun while in Colombia? Try combining alcohol and gun powder! Aguardiente is a strong anise-flavored liquor beloved by locals and as synonymous with social events as laughter that you are sure to encounter (or be offered!) during your time in the land of El … [Read more...]

Explora and Cruceros Australis’ New “Patagonia by Land and Sea” Program


Explora and Cruceros Australis have teamed up to offer an exciting new 8-night “Patagonia by Land and Sea” program. The eight nights combine a 4-night stay at Explora Patagonia’s Hotel Salto Chico in Torres del Paine National Park with a 4-night cruise to Tierra del Fuego region aboard Cruceros … [Read more...]

Sleep in the Trees in the Peruvian Amazon

Reserva Amazonica Canopy Tree House (1)

There are probably many things that inspire you to muster up the motivation to plan a trip to the Amazon in Peru. Maybe you are looking forward to pairing a journey into the natural jungle with a trip to Machu Picchu, or perhaps you are just looking forward to discovering an unknown world of animals … [Read more...]

Argentina Travel Tips


  A trip to Argentina can start in the most unassuming of places--a stroll through wine country known as Mendoza, a bike ride through the tango capital Buenos Aires, or perhaps a boat ride at the imposing Iguazu Falls--but take you to the far ends of the world known as Patagonia. There are … [Read more...]

Latin Excursions’ New Costa Rica Tours

Spider Monkey-Tortuguero National Park Day 2

Latin Excursions is thrilled to announce the addition of several new fully customizable Costa Rica tours to our repertoire of high-quality trips to Latin America. Costa Rica is a place of extraordinary beauty, with miles of Caribbean and Pacific coastline dotted with spectacular beaches, towering … [Read more...]

3 Things That Might Surprise You on a Galapagos Trip

Be sure to wear your sunscreen and other sun protection when going to the beaches, the sun can be incredibly strong.

Looking back on the first time that I went to the Galapagos, I realized that I had no idea what I was getting myself into (as is often the case when we look behind us!). I had expected to see a few animals here and there, maybe a good sunset every night, and having to battle large groups of people … [Read more...]

Discovering the Ancient Figures of San Agustin by Foot or Horseback


Deep in southern Colombia is a mysterious destination that few visitors have ventured to discover in the last 30 years. This is because this region was once the stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as FARC. Today, this small town with a population of about 30,000 is … [Read more...]

New Hotel Coming Soon to Cusco, Peru: El Mercado


This year in the height of Peru’s high travel season, travelers to Cusco will have a few more lavish beds to choose from. On June 1, 2013, the ancient Inca capital will welcome the 32-room El Mercado boutique hotel run by Mountain Lodges of Peru, a proven and award-winning brand that strives to … [Read more...]

10 Awesome Awasi Outings in the Atacama Desert


Awasi is a classy, cozy and colorful lodge from which to explore the highlights of the enchanting Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Beyond its luxurious features and exquisite cuisine, Awasi’s private and personalized outings make it stand out among the rest; each group of guests gets its own 4x4 … [Read more...]

Peru and Colombia’s Whitewashed Cities: What the Spanish Left Behind

Popayan, Colombia

Perhaps nothing is so obviously Spanish influenced in South America than the “White Cities” structures left behind from the colonial eras. When the first Spanish conquistadors first arrived to the New World in the mid 1500’s, they brought with them the European preferences that they knew. In the … [Read more...]

Brazil Travel Tips

Brazil Travel Tips

Although South America consists of 13 unique countries, the behemoth Brazil geographically comprises about half of the land area. That’s a large destination! For your next trip to see some of the most famous landscapes, festivals and beaches in the world, take note of these helpful tips to get you … [Read more...]

Costa Rica for Families (8 days) | Costa Rica Tours

Aerial Tram-Day 2

  Itinerary Overview Suggested dates of travel:  Year-round This 8-day private, customizable adventure tour features the capital city of San José, a canopy tour over the rainforest, a national park rich in flora and fauna on the northern Caribbean coast, and the exquisitely beautiful beaches … [Read more...]

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

07 Pacuare River Day 10

  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


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...]

Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Center


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


  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


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...]

Chile Travel Tips

Straits of Magellan, Patagonia, Chile

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

The Gaudi-inspired Love Park is a favorite place to watch a sunset among lovers and families alike. Image by congochris.

    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


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


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


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

Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia | Latin Excursions pictures

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

My tostiarepa and Harina Pan

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


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

Emperor penguins, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Photo: Michael Van Woert, Wikipedia

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

Rio de Janeiro

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

Latin Excursions' found, Eric Sheets, at Cala's Restaurant in Lima

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


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...]

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