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LATA Members’ Newsletter – May 2024



50 Years of Bradt Guides – your chance to join the party!

This year is the 50th anniversary of Bradt Guides, founded in 1974 by Hilary Bradt, one of the great travel pioneers and a member of LATA’s Hall of Fame.

Hilary wrote the world’s first guidebook to the Inca Trail! It was the book that launched Bradt Guides, and since then the company has had a strong focus on Latin America. Today, Bradt publishes more standalone country guides to Latin America than any other publisher – including seven guides that are entirely unique (with no competition at all). Furthermore, in 2025 Bradt will be re-launching the iconic South American Handbook!

During this special anniversary year, there’s an exciting opportunity for LATA members to share the spotlight. Bradt is planning lots of celebratory events and activities, including a flagship consumer and media event in September at the Royal Geographical Society (when Hilary will share her favourite travel moments of the last 50 years with legendary travel writer Colin Thubron and acclaimed TV presenter Nicholas Crane).

If you would like to be one of Bradt’s select anniversary partners – receiving branding and other promotion on all the anniversary activity (from the flagship event to newsletters, website and social media) – please email Bradt MD Adrian Phillips on Don’t miss this chance – it won’t come around for another 50 years!


Aqua Expeditions

Aqua Expeditions launches new website and agent portal

Aqua Expeditions’ brand-new Agent Portal simplifies bookings and equips agents with resources to sell expeditions. Tailored for mobile and tablet devices, its sleek interface grants access to a Resource Library stocked with sales materials like flyers and itineraries. Agents can access FIT and charter availability 24/7 across the fleet, with suite images and cabin details available post-selection.

The portal provides a deeper insight into selling Aqua’s expeditions with webinars covering vessels, itineraries, and more. Agents can earn a US$50 Amazon gift card for each booking made through the portal. Existing account holders will receive access instructions via email; new agents can sign up on Aqua’s website.

Aqua is dedicated to offering top-notch sales support for unforgettable journeys.

Senderos UK Ltd

Senderos – Championing Sustainable Travel & Conservation in Latin America

We recently launched Senderos Stories, featuring captivating interviews and new insights with our sustainable travel partners.

News from our Partners:
Boena Lodges, Costa Rica
The new Quetzal Suite is the newest and top room category at Monteverde Lodge and Gardens, for up to 4 guests. (Please link Quetzal Suite to

Tierra Hotels, Chile
Rates for the Suite category in Tierra Patagonia and Tierra Atacama for the 24-25 season include a dedicated vehicle and guide-driver per room.

See our partners’ current promotions and links to our newsletters and webinars HERE on our website. 


Aqua Expeditions

Aqua Expeditions will be at LATA Expo: Book your appointment to see us

Aqua Expeditions, award-winning luxury expeditions operator, is pleased to announce its participation at the LATA Expo 2024, taking place from June 24th to 26th in London.

This event offers the perfect opportunity to connect and learn more about Aqua’s exceptional small-ship experiences in the Galapagos Islands and Peruvian Amazon. Book an appointment to speak with the company’s Global Director of Sales, Milly Alva Haimberger and UK Regional Sales Manager, Max Campos, at their booth.

South American Tours DMC

Discover unique cross border travel with SAT

SAT is your specialist for bespoke travel experiences in eight destinations across South America.

In addition to offering in-depth country tours, SAT serves as your one-stop DMC for seamless cross-border travel. Besides classic country combinations, SAT invites you to explore lesser-known routes and land border crossings through breathtaking landscapes.

Highlights include the combination of southern Colombia’s Tatacoa Desert and San Agustín Archaeological Park with Ecuador’s Andean highlands, a historic train journey from Tacna in Peru to the Chilean desert town of Arica, or adventurous jeep tours from Chile’s Atacama Desert to Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni and on to Argentina’s northwest with the colourful Humahuaca Canyon.

Read more in the latest SAT newsletter HERE. For bookings please contact

Aqua Expeditions

Aqua Expeditions Partners with 4ocean to Enhance Sustainability Efforts

Aqua Expeditions is pleased to announce a global partnership with 4ocean which will remove at least 25,000 pounds of waste from the world’s oceans, rivers, and coastlines annually.

Aqua has also applied to join the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) with a goal to reduce emissions by a minimum of 4.5% by 2030, adhering to SBTi’s Corporate Net-Zero Standard. Alongside this, they will continue to lead conservation programs across their sailing destinations, including a regional partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galapagos Islands.


Sanderson Phillips / tranquilico

Travel safety news

Travel safety experts Sanderson Phillips and crisis management consultancy tranquilico are encouraging LATA members to make sure they have sufficient risk management plans in place following their inaugural seminar last month.

Moderated by LATA CEO Danny Callaghan and attended by LATA members and delegates from across travel, the event provided an in-depth perspective on risk management for businesses of all sizes.

Sanderson Phillips and tranquilico MD David Atkin said, “Risk and crisis management often end up as a ‘we’ll do it next year’ commitment. But by making decisions upfront, your business will experience much less negative impact should the worst happen.”

To discuss your risk and crisis preparedness get in touch at



2023-24 season in review

As our 2023-24 season drew to a close, we are happy to report that it has been the most successful season in our company’s history, setting new benchmarks for customer satisfaction and fruitful collaboration with our partners around the world.

This season was marked by two milestones that take our guests’ experience to the next level. We launched the first version of the Antarctica21 App, and we unveiled our new and exclusive expedition centre, Explorers House, the location of many joyous celebrations for our travellers and teams in Punta Arenas.

For more information and to receive the marketing material, please contact

Poseidon Expeditions

Celebrating 25 Years of Polar Adventure with Poseidon Expeditions

Poseidon Expeditions is thrilled to celebrate 25 years of polar cruising! Here are five compelling reasons why your clients should explore Antarctica with Poseidon this upcoming season:

– The intimate Sea Spirit allows all 100 guests to land together, ensuring an unparalleled experience without the hassle of crowds or wait times.
– Poseidon’s world-class expedition team, one of the best in the industry, features renowned lecturers and special guests!
– With 25 years of expertise, we guarantee the highest standards of safety and unforgettable journeys.
– Diverse itineraries and activities, including kayaking and camping, offer unique adventures.
– We are dedicated to preserving nature and promoting sustainable travel.

Join us this Antarctic season to create new memories together!

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.


Argentina Travel Partners (ATP DMC)

Cooking in Buenos Aires

In Palermo Soho there is a culinary space designed for fun where English-speaking chefs share Argentine cooking traditions, creating both memories and unforgettable food and wine experiences. A group activity where everyone participates, from preparing vegetables, to cutting meat and cooking on the stove/oven, before sharing a communal meal. A favourite is the step-by-step guide to preparing an asado like Argentines do!

At the grill, discover how Argentines prepare a fire, select different cuts of meat, cook typical sides, and taste some amazing wines. In true Argentine fashion, whether you are traveling alone, with family or friends, there’s always space for you at the table. ATP’s Ana Laura took part in the experience and was thrilled!

See the look of concentration on her face as she serves up her contribution!


Belize Tourism Board

Sustainability Awards in Belize

Belize is the Official Host Destination of the inaugural World Sustainable Travel & Hospitality Awards (WSTHA) Gala Ceremony on 27 September.

WSTHA is calling on pioneers in sustainable travel to gain recognition for their work. Individuals and organisations across the globe accelerating change and making an impactful contribution to net positive tourism are invited to enter for free, before the 31 May closing deadline.

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism, Belize, says: “We encourage individuals, organisations and responsible travel advocates to share their stories and initiatives, highlighting how they are leading the way and making encouraging strides to a better future.



Experience the outdoors in matchless style with our Airstream Camper at the Uyuni Salt Flats, combining comfort, a touch of glamour & personalized service of a guide, driver, chef and 24/7 monitoring, a unique adventure allowing you dream amidst one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes in this hidden gem of the Andes.

Next September, we’re introducing a new fully-equipped Airstream Camper, from where you will discover exotic nearby venues, embark on scenic bike rides, and delicious meals designed to delight even the most discerning palates. Bolivia is an endless story of surprises, revealing every day a new treasure buried in time and space.

Contact our Destination Specialists to assist you to uncover the magic of the Uyuni Salt Flats in a really once in your life time.


Embratur – Brazilian Tourist Board


Photo: – Freshwater beach in Alter do Chão, Pará.

The Brazilian Amazon (around 60% of the whole Amazon Rainforest) is a veritable paradise whose natural beauty and cultural riches invite travellers to explore its unique wonders. The region is home to rich biodiversity, with countless plant and animal species found nowhere else on the planet.

By visiting the Amazon, travellers can enjoy breathtaking landscapes and visit native communities that still maintain ancestral traditions, lifestyle, and culture to preserve the forest and its identity.

In 2025, the Brazilian Amazon will be the spotlight when the city of Belem hosts the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 30, an extraordinary opportunity to discover one of the gateways to the Amazon Rainforest.

Discover more about the Amazon Rainforest HERE


Las Torres Patagonia

Las Torres Patagonia signs the Glasgow Declaration

As part of Reimagina Turismo Santiago 2024, Las Torres Patagonia, a tourism holding company located in Torres del Paine National Park, signed the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action and Tourism, a global commitment to address the effects of climate change.

With the signing of this agreement, Las Torres Patagonia subscribes to its responsibility to halve its emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050, among other measures.

The declaration was co-signed with Jeremy Sampson, the co-author of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action and Tourism, launched at COP26 in Scotland.

Hotel Las Majadas

Product & News!

Are you a wine enthusiast? In Chile, Hotel Las Majadas offers vineyard tours to explore landscapes, learn about winemaking, and taste wines at their origin. The Maipo Valley, one of the world’s most traditional wine-growing regions, has cultivated Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for over 100 years.

Enhance your visit with cuisine from our Sequoia restaurant, featuring fresh, seasonal dishes made with ingredients from our garden. Enjoy nature with activities like hiking, horseback riding, and nature walks. A unique experience just minutes from Santiago. Las Majadas has now high and low seasons rates, and we also offering full board Programs.

Additionally, during the low season (May – Sep), the full Experience Program is 4×3 with transportation included, and Full Board is 3×2.


Commitment to sustainability – Cooperation with local ethnic groups

At travelArt, sustainability and social responsibility are core values. We aim to deliver high-quality services that benefit both travellers and Chile’s cultural and environmental preservation.

In northern Chile, we collaborate with local ethnic groups managing various sites. For example, the Socaire community manages the Altiplanic lagoons, while the Lickan Antay community oversees Chaxa lagoon and Salar de Tara. The Valle de la Luna Indigenous Association administers Moon Valley, and the Coyo community takes care of Tulor and other lagoons. In the Araucania region, the award-winning ‘Rutas Ancestrales Araucarias’ route showcases Mapuche culture. On Easter Island, the Mau Henua community manages Rapa Nui National Park, preserving its cultural heritage.

These initiatives ensure that tourism supports local communities and respects traditional practices. |

Southbound Travel

Hidden gems in the North of Chile!

Contrary to expectations, this image isn’t the Caribbean; it’s Bahía Inglesa, Atacama Region, ranked among the top 100 beaches globally. Its pristine white sands and turquoise waters make it a northern gem, bordered by rocky islets amid the Atacama Desert’s rugged beauty.

Southbound offers customised getaways, starting with a flight to Copiapó, just an hour and a half from Santiago. Self-drive is recommended to explore surrounding treasures, with Copiapó as your base. Beyond Bahía Inglesa, discover Nevado Tres Cruces National Park, the Flowering Desert National Park’s incredible blooms (mid-September to mid-November), and the Pan de Azúcar National Park.


Snow season starts in Chile

June marks the beginning of Chile’s snow season, which typically extends through the Southern Hemisphere’s winter months until September. The Andes mountain range, running along Chile’s eastern border, becomes a hub for snow sports and winter activities during this time. Renowned ski resorts such as Valle Nevado and Portillo, near Santiago, as well as Nevados de Chillán further south, attract visitors in search of winter sports and picturesque snowy landscapes.

Surrounded by the majestic Andes, Turavion’s travel programs and recommendations promise an unforgettable winter experience. We offer the perfect itinerary for every snow enthusiast, catering to both experienced pros and beginners alike. Chile’s ski season truly offers something magical for everyone. |

Tropic Travel

Tropic launches Chile!

Tropic spent more than a year working to develop product and curate exceptional experiences that embody the essence of Chile prior to launching the country as our latest destination.

We have carried forward the tradition of Tropic’s special ‘May I Introduce You’ programs, collaborating with local artisans and insiders to bring unique ‘a la Tropic’ programs to our travellers. These experiences celebrate Chilean culture and honour its heritage through immersive encounters with the guardians of tradition. Travelers will have the chance to engage with local artisans; visit vineyards to get behind the scenes to experience Chile’s exceptional wines; taste Chile’s culinary wonders; and discover Santiago like a local.

Contact us to learn more about Tropic’s Chile operations.


Pure! Travel Group

Fascinating eco-adventure in Colombia

Dive into the world of unique monkey species found nowhere else but in the tropical forests of Colombia with Titi’s Project. This award-winning conservation initiative protects the endangered cotton-top tamarins while allowing visitors to observe these species in their natural habitat and learn about the local flora and fauna through an interesting hike.

Guests can also have an immersive experience with eco-friendly agriculture and handmade crafts by local farmers and artisans. Besides, the program supports research and environmental education to empower local communities. This incredible travel experience awaits your clients in Colombia with us!

Colombian Journeys

Afro tourism in Colombia

Cali, Cartagena, and San Basilio de Palenque, known for their Afro-Colombian heritage, have positioned the country as the best Afro destination in the world during the World Travel Market (WTM) Latin America fair. Afro-tourism in Colombia offers experiential activities that highlight the culture, tradition, and history of Afro-descendant communities. In addition, Colombia received recognition at the Responsible Tourism Awards, underscoring its commitment to sustainable tourism and the promotion of its rich Afro heritage.

For more information on excursions and tours with Afro experiences, such as drum workshops, visits to Palenque, and more, contact us at:


Journey Costa Rica

Product News

We love coming at Costa Rica immersion from all angles, personalizing clients’ trips to meet different styles of travel.

Check out our inspirational travel experiences which give a glimpse into what we get up to – epic family vacations that bring out childlike wonder in the adults too, expert conservation hosts that plant the seeds of sustainable travel, or all-out luxury that balances hikes and horse-riding with spa sessions and heli transfers.

More information HERE


Art Hotels Ecuador

New Hotel Opening

Art Hotels Ecuador continues to grow with property in Guayaquil –
Art Hotels Ecuador is delighted to introduce the newest addition to its pioneer brand of Ecuadorian luxury boutique hotels, Hotel Rio Guayas.

Currently under development, it is slated to open in October 2024. The hotel boasts a privileged position along the Guayas River and within the most emblematic neighbourhood of Guayaquil – Las Peñas – just a 10-minute drive from José Joaquín de Olmedo International airport.

In line with trademark attributes of the Art Hotels Ecuador brand, Hotel Rio Guayas will feature a rooftop bar complete with an infinity pool.

Latin Trails

Update about Latin Trails

We are pleased to announce a comprehensive training program to become a certified expert in selling Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The program covers strategies to effectively market and sell the highlands, coast, Amazon rainforest, and the Galapagos Islands. Enhance your skills to attract more clients and increase sales by showcasing these stunning regions. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certification.

Join us  HERE.

We look forward to collaborating with you and enhancing our success in promoting Ecuador’s extraordinary destinations. Thank you for your partnership and support.

Golden Galapagos

Newspeg June 8th: International Oceans Day

Celebrate International Oceans Day on June 8th by exploring how your travel choices can protect marine environments. Golden Galapagos, in partnership with the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), showcases how responsible tourism supports conservation and uplifts local communities.
Sustainable tourism preserves ocean health, with Golden Galapagos promoting eco-friendly practices and backing GCT initiatives. They help local communities develop alternative incomes through ecotourism and sustainable fishing.

Guests learn about marine conservation and receive a complimentary GCT membership. Some key travel tips: choose eco-friendly operators, respect marine life, reduce plastic use, support local communities, and educate yourself. Learn more at Golden Galapagos Sustainability.

Full article HERE

Tropic Travel

Trekking in Ecuador

Among Ecuador’s ‘Four Worlds’ are the Andes Mountains – a stunning playground for adventure! Tropic Travel offers many unique and exciting adventures amid the towering peaks – from observing incredible wildlife to summiting one of the world’s highest active volcanoes – there is something for everyone.

Ask us about our lodge-to-lodge treks; trekking to Quilotoa, a journey through picturesque villages ending on the rim of a breathtaking volcanic crater lake; and treks on and around Chimborazo, a volcano whose summit has the distinction of being the furthest point from the centre of the earth. We provide travellers fantastic opportunities to experience the beauty of the Ecuadorian Andes, interact with indigenous communities, and immerse in nature.

Contact us to learn about our trekking programs.

Via Natura DMC: Hermes Galapagos Mega Catamaran

New Product

Hermes, Galapagos First Ultra-Luxury Mega Catamaran, was featured on Robb Report, the leading voice in global luxury and synonymous around the world with the best of the best. Our catamaran continues gaining recognition around the globe as an unprecedented Galapagos cruise option and the ideal one for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth travellers .

The magazine highlights Hermes’ unparalleled characteristics including suites with floor to ceiling window, private balcony and jacuzzi, and walk-in closets. It emphasizes our catamaran’s numerous social areas for only 20 guests and the finest five-star service to be delivered by a crew led by a cruise director and a 24/7 butler. The article points out the extraordinary expedition offered by two naturalist guides during our flexible and exciting itineraries.

You can read the complete article HERE


Embassy of El Salvador


Discover the perfect combination of the best coffee in the world and the incredible natural landscapes of El Salvador.

In the east, you can enjoy incredible views of the Lagoon of Alegría and coffee shops such as San Rafael, Entre Piedras, La Fonda de la Alegría, and Los Pirineos Coffee Farm in Berlin.

In the west, you can also enjoy exquisite coffee in Ruta de Las Flores, a string of villages, where several panoramic coffee farms such as Las Nubes in Apaneca, El Carmen Estate in Ataco, and La Esperanza in Juayúa, offer tours and coffee tastings.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore and enjoy the coffee culture in this wonderful Central American country.


Journey Mexico

New Product/Itinerary

In this new 10-day, fully customizable itinerary across Yuacatan, we paired the profound sense of place and secluded locations with Journey Mexico’s authentic, privately guided travel experiences.

Balancing adventure and rest, your clients will feel like explorers at archaeological sites deep in the jungle, float in the life-giving waters of a private cenote, and indulge in the luxury of a catamaran cruise to our favourite snorkelling spots.

More information HERE

La Paz Tourism Board

Welcome to the vibrant beat of La Paz, Mexico, where diversity thrives and culture flourishes against the stunning backdrop of the Gulf of California. Disconnect from everyday life and reconnect with the environment, observing the grey whale up close, exploring the world’s aquarium, swimming with the whale shark, or diving with sea lions. Live the experience of seeing the contrast between sea and desert in its beautiful landscapes. Discover the charm and warmth that La Paz offers through its venues and recharge yourself with its sunsets by the sea, on its beautiful boardwalk.

Nestled within its embrace lies the pristine Balandra Beach, a protected sanctuary and proud member of the illustrious list of the world’s 50 most beautiful beaches.



Islas Secas

Introducing Casa Cavada – Islas Secas’ new exclusive use residence

Introducing Casa Cavada, Islas Secas’ spectacular new exclusive use residence. Sprawling over 8,300 square feet, Casa Cavada is built to meld with the surrounding landscape, the soaring structure emerges from the rocks above the waves, with a manta-ray-shaped roof, cathedral-like ceilings, staggeringly beautiful indoor-outdoor design and a remarkable semi-Olympic-size infinity pool with expansive ocean views.

Four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a private kitchen and a vast living space lead onto a second, even larger outdoor terrace to the pool, edged by a beautiful vaulted bar, dining and lounge area. Casa Cavada guests can enjoy made-to-order breakfasts, freshly-mixed cocktails and celebratory feasts.

With its own exclusive ‘Cavada’ yacht, guests have the option to either enjoy complete privacy away from the other guests or engage as much as they desire.


Delfin Amazon Cruises

Conde Nast Traveler US and UK Reader’s Choice Awards nomination

We’re delighted to inform you that the Conde Nast Traveler US and UK Readers’ Choice Awards are now open for voting. Delfin I, II and III has been recognized as nominees in the Cruise Category. Voting is open now through the end of June.

Please vote for us following these steps:
– Select Cruise Ships Category
– Type “Delfin Amazon Cruises”
– Answer the questions and submit your vote.

Your vote means the world. Thank you for being part of our journey and for your ongoing support. Let’s continue creating exceptional memories together. Vote now HERE.

Setours Handcrafted Journeys

Machu Picchu

On May 12th, Peru’s Ministry of Culture revealed new routes for Machu Picchu. To alleviate congestion during the high season, additional tickets and alternative routes will be available for purchase.

For the latest updates and detailed information, visit our Machu Picchu Rules page, which includes a comprehensive table showing the previous circuits and their new equivalents.



Abercrombie & Kent to launch Peruvian Amazon river cruise in 2025: Luxury tour

Operator Abercrombie & Kent has announced the launch of a new Peruvian riverboat set to make its maiden voyage in April 2025. Travellers will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon aboard the exclusive 22-passenger luxury vessel. Three, four, and seven-day itineraries will combine river and land excursions, including Machupicchu.

The river cruise is a joint venture between A&K and expedition yacht company Ecoventura.

Metropolitan Touring Peru

New sample program: Essential

Our Metropolitan Touring team is ready to present the new crafted sample programs, designed to elevate the Peruvian experience to unparalleled heights. Prepare yourself and your clients for immersive encounters, new flavours, must-see destinations, and trending sites.

The newest addition to our updated collection is the Essential Peru Program, tailored for travellers with limited time who still want to savour the highlights of Peru. Over 8 memorable days, explore Lima, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. Delight in treasures like the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain, Inca archaeological sites, the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu, and a visit to the renowned Larco Museum, home to an extensive pre-Columbian art collection.

For more information about our 2024 programs, please contact us at

Amazonas Explorer

See you at LATA Expo

Amazonas Explorer sales team, Maria Fernanda Sanchez-Salazar and Lourdes Olivares look forward to meeting many of you at the LATA Expo next month.
Do make sure you let us know if you’ll be there, so we can guarantee a meeting!
We’ll also be in the London area before and after the show, so do let us know if you’d like to meet up to coordinate. 

Contact us at


There are many ways to explore Peru, but certainly one of the most rewarding is through an overland trip aboard an all-terrain 4WD, which gives you the total freedom to travel at your own pace, stopping at places you want for as long as you need.

Just a few months ago, our colleague Lenny, Destination Specialist at LimaTours, ventured on an exciting tailor-made tour with a group of travelers, being her first experience on a multi-day road trip in Peru exploring landscapes and hidden corners along the way.

This journey takes us through a variety of climates and ecosystems in a matter of hours, offering an unforgettable visual experience.


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