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LATA January Media Round-Up

Tour Operator News

Llama Travel introduces new land based Galapagos holiday 

Llama Travel has introduced a 10 day land based Galapagos holiday offering the opportunity for travellers to visit the Galapagos Islands at a more affordable price than the usual cruise options. The trip starts in Quito where guests are given the option to discover the Andean capital on a half day ‘Colonial Quito’ excursion which takes visitors to the summit of Panecillo Hill before heading to the iconic Plaza San Francisco. Guests will then fly from Quito to Santa Cruz Island to spend the next four days experiencing the Galapagos Islands’ wildlife and admiring the unusual volcanic formations of the islands. The holiday is priced from £2,599 per person including flights from the UK and accommodation. www.llamatravel.com/holidays/galapagos-island-stay-and-a-taste-of-ecuador

New Argentina Walks and Waterfalls with KEAdventures 

KEAdventures has launched a 14 day walking and cultural guided group holiday to Argentina, featuring some of the country’s favourite sites. Highlights of the tour include staying in Salta and Calafate, a region famous for its wine, exploring the magical city of Buenos Aires and staying in a tree-lodge house before enjoying a boat trip to the base of Iguazu Falls. Visitors will also sail through Ibera, the second largest wetland area in the world, camp alongside Inca ruins and hike through canyons on a remote Lerma Valley trek. The holiday is priced from £4,675 including return flights from the UK to Salta. www.keadventure.com/holidays/argentina-walking-buenos-aires-iguazu-salta           

Panama Trails offers new Bocas Del Toro Chocolate Farm & Botanical Garden tour

Panama Trails is offering guests a new day tour visiting a chocolate farm and botanical garden at Green Acres, an eco-farm nestled on the south shore of Dolphin Bay in Bocas Del Toro. The tour includes an introduction to the history of the property, a hike in the stunning Panamanian rainforest and a visit to a chocolate factory to learn about the different stages of chocolate production. Visitors will also be given time to discover the islands surrounding Bocas Del Toro. The tour is priced from £64 per person. www.panamatrails.com/dailytour/chocolateFarmandAndBotanicalGarden.htm

Journey Latin America launches new holiday to Paraguay   

Journey Latin America has launched its first ‘Signature Paraguay: Mission and the Chaco’ holiday focusing on the highlights of Paraguay. Highlights of the 12 day tour include a tour of the capital, Asuncion where travellers will visit the Panteon and the Casa de la Independencia, an overnight stay in the town of Sapucai and a tour through the marshland, lagoons and plains of the Chaco. The trip also travels east along the ‘Ruta Jesuita’ to discover the ruins of the Jesuit Reductions before leaving Paraguay and heading to Iguazu Falls in Argentina where guests will be given the opportunity to explore the bird-filled tropical rainforest on a private reserve. The holiday is priced from £3,619 per person and includes accommodation, breakfast, excursions and transfers. www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk

South American Tours unveils new premium gourmet journey to Argentina and Chile

South American Tours has unveiled a new 20 day gourmet journey in Argentina and Chile. The trip starts in Buenos Aires where visitors will experience a real Argentinean BBQ after a tour of the main highlights of the vibrant city. Guests will then travel to Mendoza to visit the Norton winery and enjoy a cooking class to learn how to cook like a local with home-grown ingredients, before heading to Bariloche to admire the spectacular landscape of Pucon and relax by the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake with the back drop of the Andes. The holiday continues to Chiloe Island located off the coast of southern Chile to visit a local market and taste cheese and oysters from the region. The price of the tour is available upon request. www.southamericantours.com

 

Hotel News

El Retablo opens in Cusco, Peru 

Boutique hotel El Retablo is the newest hotel to open in the Andean city of Cusco. The hotel which was converted from a historical building boasts 17 stunning rooms decorated in a style that blends a modern design with Peruvian tradition. A spacious garden patio nestled in the confines of the hotel welcomes guests for their breakfast and is an ideal location to relax with a drink after a long day of hiking in the Andes. One night in a standard double room is priced from £73 based on two people sharing. www.elretablo.com

Fasano Punta del Este offers guests new accommodation

Luxury hotel Fasano Punta Del Este, located on the outskirts of Las Piedras in Uruguay has recently extended with the addition of ten new rooms, a stunning modern lounge, pool, solarium and bar. The new apartments and terraces boast incredible views of the property’s beautiful setting, a preserved area of 490 hectares in the heart of La Barra. Room prices are available upon request. www.laspiedrasfasano.com/en/fasano/hotel

Patagonia Camp receives sustainability award

Patagonia Camp, the luxury camp in Torres del Paine Chile, has just received the highest honour of a Distinction in its fulfilment of the Chilean National System for Sustainable Tourism from SERNATUR which is endorsed by The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The property architecture, construction and operation have been certified minimally invasive and harmoniously adapted to suit the local landscape. Featuring 20 Yurts (Mongolian style circular tents), this season the camp debuted superior yurts with lounge room, private terrace and outdoor Jacuzzi. The concept was designed for guests to enjoy the wonderful and wild nature of Patagonia in superior comfort. www.patagoniacamp.com

Other News

Inca Rail includes two new services 

Inca Rail is introducing two new additions as of January 2017. A new, enhanced version of their First Class service, which now features an Observatory- Lounge carriage with a balcony, bar and live music, as well as the launch of a new gourmet menu prepared using Andean ingredients, accompanied by wine. Inca Rail is also launching a new combined transfer service (bus and train) in which passengers will be collected from San Pedro Station in Cusco and taken to Inca Rail’s private parking facilities in Ollantaytambo, to then board the train for Machu Picchu train station. For the return journey, the same sequence applies in reverse. www.incarail.com

Dominican Republic introduces an app in aid of developing accessible tourism

A new app is available for travellers to the Dominican Republic which provides users with information on accessible tourism in the destination.  The RD4ALL application includes updated information on 12 restaurants, four airports, 42 hotels and 21 beaches as well as featuring information on parking facilities, rooms and other services that provide access to individuals in wheel chairs, or who have limited mobility and impaired vision or hearing. www.accessdr.com/2016/11/app-for-accessible-tourism-in-the-dominican-republic/

New tax laws

As of 2nd January 2017, new tax laws in Argentina mean that foreign visitors to Argentina are exempt from paying tax (21%) on their hotel stays. To benefit from the tax exemption, clients will be required to provide a copy of their passports when booking and it is expected that the reduction in hotel rates will start to filter through from the beginning of next month. 

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The Latin America Travel Association (LATA) – is represented by Lotus.  For editorial and marketing enquiries, please contact Jules Ugo, Kate McWilliams or Lucy Keenan at Lotus– LATAPR@wearelotus.co.uk  0207 953 7470

 

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