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The LATA April Media Round Up

HOTEL NEWS

Inkaterra announces the opening of a new property in the Peruvian Amazon

Inkaterra has announced the launch of a new hotel in the heart of the Tampobata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon called the Inkaterra Guides Field Station. Guests will have the option of staying in one of four ‘cabanas’ (small cabins) or, one of two large ‘pavilions’ featuring eight rooms which sleep up to four guests. The Inkaterra Guides Field Station includes a restaurant serving fresh local delicacies and an Eco Centre designed to educate guests on the local flora and fauna. Travellers will be offered the opportunity to explore the rainforest and participate in various conservation projects such as trips to the Gamitana Model Farm to work with local communities and the Bio-Orchard to learn about the sustainable techniques used in regional farming. One night’s stay in one of the pavilions is priced from £60 per person. www.inkaterra.com/guides-field-station

 

St Helena’s first four star hotel scheduled to open in summer 2017

St Helena is set to welcome the island’s first four star hotel scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. The St Helena Mantis Hotel, which will be located in Lower Jamestown, will feature 30 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar facilities and will be the most remote hotel in the Mantis portfolio. Mantis is a collection of privately owned boutique hotels and eco-escapes around the world. Aside from developing the island’s first ever four star boutique hotel, Mantis will also train locals to work in the tourism and hospitality industry. www.sthelenatourism.com

 

Casa Chameleon opens in Las Catalinas, Costa Rica

Las Catalinas, a seaside, car-free town located on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast in the Guanacaste province has welcomed its first hotel. Casa Chameleon features 21 stunning villas, its own saltwater infinity pool with breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean, an open air restaurant, a bar serving cocktails made from local ingredients, and an open-air yoga pavilion. The hotel can be booked as part of Geodyssey’s 15 day ‘Costa Rica Chill-Out’ tour. Prices are available upon request. www.geodyssey.co.uk/costa-rica/costa-rica-holidays/costa-rica-chill-out.aspx

 

New ‘Life of a Caballista’ experience at Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica  

Luxury hotel AltaGracia, located in the mountains of Perez Zeledon in Costa Rica has launched a new hands-on adventure where guests will have the chance to be real cowboys for the day. Visitors will prepare their horses and head out with a real ‘Caballista’ (horseman) to heard cattle from one field to another before enjoying breakfast straight from their saddle bag. The new tour provides an authentic experience for guests wishing to explore the Costa Rican highlands still untouched by tourism. The ‘Life of a Caballista’ experience is available to purchase with any overnight stay at Hacienda AltaGracia and is priced from £234 per couple. www.altagracia.aubergeresorts.com

 

Awasi Atacama introduces new Astronomy Tour

Luxury eco lodge Awasi Atacama has introduced a new Awasi Astronomy Tour in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Guests of Awasi Atacama can now visit the new Awasi Atacama Observatory located nine kilometres from the lodge, to admire the clear skies and stars above the desert.  Awasi Atacama features ten spacious cottages with private patios and outdoor showers, and open-air communal areas perfect for star-gazing.  A three night stay at the lodge is priced from £2,156 per person. www.awasiatacama.com

 

Scalesia Galapagos Lodge opens a new hiking trail on Scalesia Island 

The Scalesia Galapagos Lodge, located in the highlands of Scalesia Island is scheduled to open new self-guided hiking trails in October 2017. The trails will allow guests to get even closer to nature and discover the lush vegetation and wildlife of the Island. The Scalesia Galapagos Lodge is a modern, luxurious, safari-style tent resort which sits in the middle of a 40 acre property with magical forests and spectacular views of the coast. Prices are available upon request. www.scalesialodge.com

 

Hotel B in Lima launches a new menu

Relais & Chateaux property, Hotel B, located in the heart of the trendy district of Barranco in Lima, Peru, has launched a new menu which includes the best of Peruvian cuisine. Chefs Oscar Velarde and Diego Del Rosario bring together new flavours and textures – from panko and coconut fried shrimps with golden berries; to prosciutto, fig and avocado bruschetta; and the catch of the day served with truffle French fries. www.hotelb.pe

 

TOUR OPERATOR NEWS 

Ecoventura launches Galapagos cruises hosted by Jack Grove    

Cruise company Ecoventura has launched a series of special Galapagos Island cruises for 2018 hosted by renowned marine biologist Jack Grove on board the MV Origin. Grove will escort guests on all land and sea excursions included in the two seven night itineraries offered by Ecoventura and will give evening lectures on board. Highlights of the Ecoventura cruises include swimming with sea lions at Cerro Brujo, observing thousands of albatrosses on Española Island and snorkelling at Devil’s Crown; a sunken volcano crater home to hundreds of species of fish. Prices of the cruises are available upon request.www.ecoventura.com

 

KE Adventures introduces new ‘Natural Wonders of Costa Rica and Panama’ 

KE Adventures has launched a new 15 day wildlife and culturally orientated experience in Costa Rica and Panama. The holiday starts in Costa Rica where guests will visit Tortuguero National Park to observe endangered turtles nesting, monkeys and hundreds of species of birds including the resplendent quetzal bird. The tour continues south along the Caribbean coast to visit a sloth sanctuary and a one-of-a-kind iguana breeding project before travelling to Panama to visit the colourful islands of Bocas Del Toro. The holiday finishes in Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica which is home to the endangered white-faced capuchin monkey. The trip is priced from £3,295 per person including international flights. www.keadventure.com/holidays/costa-rica-and-panama

 

New ‘Wildlife and Waterfalls’ holiday in Brazil with Cox & Kings

New for 2017, Cox & Kings offers guests an 11 day ‘Wildlife and Waterfalls’ holiday in Brazil. The trip starts in the city of Brasilia located in the Brazilian highlands and continues to Cuiaba, a city known for being the gateway to the Pantanal region, offers excursions, boat trips, canoeing on the lake and wildlife spotting. The tour also includes a visit to the Iguacu Falls before finishing in the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro where guests will trek up Sugar Loaf Mountain, enjoy a tour of Tijuca forest and stroll down Copacabana Beach.  The trip is priced from £2,695 per person including international flights. www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/south-america/brazil/group-tours/wildlife-and-waterfalls

 

Aqua Expeditions launches new cruises for 2018 hosted by Jean-Michel Cousteau

Luxury boutique cruise company Aqua Expeditions has launched a series of special cruises for 2018 hosted by famed conservationist and son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel Cousteau. The seven night itinerary with Aqua Expeditions will depart from Iquitos and sail down the Amazon River to Yarapa River where travellers will be able to spot endemic species such as songbirds, black collared hawks and legendary pink river dolphins. Highlights of the cruise also including trekking in the Amazon rainforest, dusk excursions in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife and visiting the Bellavista-Nanay market to taste local Amazonian delicacies such as ‘suri’ or caterpillar. The expeditions also offer the chance to learn about international conservation first hand from expert Jean-Michel Cousteau during hosted excursions, evening talks and film screenings. The cruise is priced from £6,822 per person including all meals and excursions. www.aquaexpeditions.com/upcoming-cruises/jean-michel-cousteau-hosted-departure

 

AIRLINE NEWS

Launch of Dreamliner 787-8 on Madrid to Havana Route   

Air Europa has introduced its sixth ‘Dreamliner’ Boeing 787-8 on the airline’s daily Madrid to Havana route. The flight to Cuba connects with Air Europa’s twice-daily flights between London Gatwick and Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport. While the aircraft is fuel efficient and has lower emissions, the cabins are spacious and elegant with great inflight entertainment and wifi; features that promise maximum comfort for Air Europa’s passengers. Return flights from London to Havana (via Madrid) are priced from £560 and the flight time is approximately 14 hours. www.aireuropa.com

 

Avianca increases flight frequency from Bogota to Cusco

From May 2017, Avianca Airlines will increase flights from Bogota to Cusco from three flights a week to a daily service. The flight will depart from Bogota El Dorado International Airport at 07.44am and arrive at 11.22am at Velasco Astete International Airport, and return flights will depart Cusco at 16.47pm and arrive in Bogota at 20.15pm connecting with the London Heathrow service. Return flights in economy are priced from £233 per person. www.avianca.com

 

DESTINATION NEWS

Bolivia inaugurates new cable car route

A new Mi Teleferico 5-station Blue Line connecting La Paz, El Alto with Lake Titicaca and the pre-Inca archaeological site of Tiwancu has opened in Bolivia. The Blue Line operates entirely in El Alto and can transport 30,000 passengers daily. The Blue Line terminates at Ex Rio Seco Station which will facilitate access to Lake Titicaca and the archaeological site of Tiwanku, located an hour’s drive away. Geodyssey’s 24 day ‘Bolivia Explorer’ tour includes a ride in the Mi Teleferico cable car. www.gondolaproject.com/2017/03/03/la-paz-opens-citys-longest-mass-transit-urban-gondola-blue-line-linea-azul

 

Costa Rica to become carbon neutral by 2021

Costa Rica plans to become carbon neutral by 2021.The goal marks the country out as a global leader in the fight against climate change. Costa Rica already generates around 98% of its electricity from renewable sources, mainly its hydroelectric dams. However, the country faces a number of challenges in cutting its rising transport emissions, which have risen from welcoming a growing number of visitors year on year. www.visitcostarica.com

 

Belize records a 5% increase in UK arrivals 

The total number of arrivals into Belize from the UK was up 5.5% in 2016, contributing to the highest number of overnight visitors to Belize in 20 years. The increase in arrivals shows the impact of Belize’s promotional efforts in both the UK and Europe.

 

Belize set to host the Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX) 

From 3-5 May, Belize City will host The Belize Tourism Exposition, a three day trade event organised by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) and the Belize Tourism Board which brings together travel companies, agents and stakeholders from Belize and abroad. The event will feature numerous networking opportunities with workshops, presentations and seminars. Participants will also have the chance to experience Belize for themselves by visiting the iconic Barrier Reef, travelling to the rainforest to tour Maya cities and mystical caves, and take part in a number of activities. The deadline for registration is 31 March.  www.betex.bz

 

LATA to attend World Travel Market Latin America  

The Latin American Travel Association is set to attend World Travel Latin America taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 4-6 April. WTM Latin America is a three day B2B event which brings together travel professionals from 60 countries and regions showcasing their latest products. For more information or to set up a meeting please contact Megan Greaves

 

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