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LATA Members’ Newsletter – September 2018

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NEWS FROM UK MEMBERS

Avianca Airlines –  Avianca renews its domestic offer in Peru  Recently Avianca has restructured its offer of domestic flights in Peru which aims to provide more connection opportunities for visitors arriving in the country. The airline has implemented two new routes that connect Cusco with Arequipa and Juliaca. The new flight Cusco – Juliaca and the flight Cusco – Arequipa – Cusco are now available.


Chimu Adventures:  Chimu Adventures’ tours to Belize have just been made a whole lot easier to access. Aeromexico’s new route from Mexico City to Belize City now offers a same day connection from London Heathrow to Belize through Mexico City. You can check out Chimu’s tours to Belize here and Chimu can tailor make your entire holiday including all flights


COPA AIRLINES has expanded its service to offer daily flights between Curaçao and Panama City. Copa Airlines is now operating daily flights from Panama to Curaçao, departing at 9:13 am and arriving at 12:18 pm, and from Curaçao to Panama, departing at 1:18 pm and arriving at 2:30 pm. Copa had been serving Curaçao with four flights each week. More info www.copaair.com


Faremine September incentives:  Back to work in style, with Faremine  Say goodbye to those holiday blues! Faremine is giving agents HUGE rewards with NINE airlines this month. £1000s of luxury, designer work essentials including ipad, iphone, Jimmy Choos, Sweaty Betty kit, free tickets on Philippine Airlines and Love2shop vouchers to be won. Book Qatar, Royal Brunei, Atlantic Joint Venture (AJV) or Philippine Airlines with Faremine to be automatically entered into the prize draw. Email anthea@faremine.com


Galapagos Conservation Trust: Galapagos Day, 10 October 2018, 6pm: Join Galapagos Conservation Trust as we explore the conservation breakthroughs and innovations happening in Galapagos. Hear from experts about how cutting-edge science and technology is helping us to conserve the unique wildlife of the Islands, including using drone technology to survey plastics and how the International Space Station is helping researchers track giant tortoises. There will be a drinks reception and photography displays.


Iberia  With the start of the winter season, Iberia will be increasing frequencies to very popular Latin America destinations such as Buenos Aires and Mexico City. We will be adding 3 additional weekly flights to both capitals, which means we will be offering up to 3 daily flights.


Just a Drop’s latest safe water project near Camoapa in Nicaragua is now complete. The community now has access to safe water near to their homes, thanks to a hand-dug well and rope pump. The project will directly benefit ten families who live furthest away from an existing water source, meaning 100% of the community now has access to safe water. For further details about our work, visit: https://www.justadrop.org/nicaragua


www.tranquilico.com September 2018 is the 10th anniversary of tranquilico, we are delighted to have worked with some amazing people and excellent brands over this time and value our work and relationship with LATA and its members. Check out our new website, like our facebook page for updates and offers on courses and consultancy and get in touch if you need any advice on Health, Safety & Crisis Management – for that ultimate peace of mind!


United Airlines: Houston (IAH) – One of United Airlines key gateways into Latin America. Customers travelling United Polaris® business class will now be able to relax and dine before their flight out of Houston with our recently opened United Polaris lounge. Distinct flair, unique artwork, and Southern food and beverage specialties such as Caliente on the Rocks, a traditional Brazilian cocktail from muddle lime, sugar and cachaça help start trips in style. Read more here

NEWS FROM THE REGION


REGION-WIDE

Pure Central America Family Holidays in Central America!  Central America is growing as a family destination thanks to its nice tropical weather, varied landscapes and friendly people. As a regional DMC, our agents have the knowledge and experience to design the best travel experience for those who want to enjoy paradisiac beaches, hike actives volcanoes, discover the mysticism of the archaeological sites or enjoy unlimited things to do from Belize to Panama. Contact us at sales@pure.tours


ANTARCTICA  

Antarpply Expeditions are looking forward to a busy season starting in October but have a few spaces available still. On CLASSIC SOUTH GEORGIA voyage A171018 (Depart October 17, 2018, 19 nights/20 days) with rates starting at US$9,560. And also on CLASSIC ANTARCTICA voyages, A231118 (Depart November 23, 2018, 10 nights/11 days) and A131218 (Depart December 13, 2018, 9 nights/10 days) from US$6,490. For reservations or more details, email info@antarpply.com. Click here for details.


One Ocean Expeditions  In Spring of 2019, expert photographers will join One Ocean Expeditions passengers onboard the epic, Antarctic Peninsula and Circle Crossing voyage. This 10-night photographic symposium includes hands-on workshops, speciality excursions & expert advice as guests experience soft twilight, magnificent sunsets and the opportunity to encounter the mythical Aurora Australis, all of which make this a fantastic time of year to visit the white continent. For more information voyages@oneoceanexpeditions.com / www.oneoceanexpeditions.com


ARGENTINA

Eurotur Anniversary Event: Eurotur started more than 6 decades ago in Buenos Aires Over the years it has expanded its business and now is one of the main tour operators in Argentina with branch offices in Ushuaia, El Calafate and a new branch in Salta in September. Eurotur will celebrate its 65th anniversary on September 20th, if you are be in the Buenos Aires you’re welcome to join us! Contact sales@eurotur.tur.ar


BOLIVIA

Crillon Tours Deluxe Airstream Camper Experiences in the Uyuni Salt Lake, include more exclusive, new visits and gained a new attribute with a transparent Dome (the right size), for clients to enjoy gourmet meals whilst enjoying the surroundings without suffering from cold weather or strong southern winds typical of the area. As the preferred partner in Bolivia, Crillon Tours continues pioneering original journeys and extraordinary experiences for the discerning traveler. www.titicaca.com          www.uyuni.travel


BRAZIL

Embratur (Brazilian Tourism Board) From November 7 to 9, 2018 the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, in Brazil will host the AdventureNEXT Latin America, the largest event of ecotourism and adventure tourism of Latin America. During the event, delegates can network with international adventure-based tour operators and media, further their knowledge of trends in adventure travel, and help promote companies, destinations and products to the adventure travel industry decision-makers.  Click here for details. 


CHILE

Australis: Award winning photographer Nori Jemil, known for her speciality of photographing extreme landscapes will be on board The Ventus Australis on two specialist four night itineraries in February 2019 that take in the legendary Cape Horn and dramatic landscapes of Patagonia.  ‘The Fjords of Tierra del Fuego’ on 17th February departs from Punta Arenas and ‘The Patagonian Explorer’ sails from Ushuaia 21st February. Both are £2293 on an all-inclusive basis.


Award-winning operator, Cascada Expediciones, has gone back to its trekking routes with the opening of a new route in Patagonia. Cerro Castillo forms part of their ‘Best Hikes of Patagonia’ collection, and takes intrepid trekkers right off the beaten track into Northern Patagonia. Over 5 days guests explore one of Chile’s most untouched regions, scrambling up mountains and through ancient forests before one of the world’s most stunning views. Full details here.


PROTOURS << NEW >> FULL DAY PICHILLANCAHUE GLACIER: This excursion will take passengers to the most beautiful landscapes of the Villarrica National Park, near Pucón. The journey is aimed at those who enjoy outdoor activities while being in deep contact with diverse ecosystems. Not only will they admire the Pichillancahue Glacier, but they will also have the chance to relax in the magical Geométricas Thermal Pools.


Remota Hotel presents its exclusive rock climbing activity, unique in Chilean Patagonia, which is included in its All Inclusive Adventure Program 2018/2019. Our experienced guides have found more than 12 routes of different levels, from beginners to advanced climbers, at Cerro Benitez, a place of exclusive use of Remota Hotel and known as one of the best places in Chile for rock climbing. For more information, please write to saleseuro@remota.net


Skorpios Cruises is proud to announce the launching of new promotional videos, filmed with the most advance High Definition technology, and using drones to get spectacular aerial views. Most certainly these new videos will become a very effective marketing material, so we invite you to check them from the links; here Chonos Route and Kaweskar Route. To download the original files, please access from here.


COLOMBIA

Colombian Journeys  UNESCO declares Chiribiquete National Natural Park as a World Heritage site. This park is recognized for its biodiversity, mountainous formations, preservation and no human intervention, which makes it perfect for protecting endangered species and research into new unidentified species. We offer a 3 days/2 nights package to San José del Guaviare, including the main attractions of this destination. It is forbidden to fly over the park. More information at marketing@colombianjourneys.com 


COSTA RICA

Travel Excellence: Luxury houses and villas in Costa Rica  Costa Rica offers a wide variety of private houses and villas around the country; a great lodging option for those visitors who are looking for comfortable places to make them feel at home, surrounded by amazing landscapes and providing all amenities to enjoy a pleasant stay. Click here to see some good samples of the houses and villas Travel Excellence can book for an unforgettable experience.


Camino Travel Nestled high in the mountains of Tilarán, Monteverde is the home to one of the most spectacular cloud and rain forests in the Americas. Visit one of the cloud forest reserves for a chance to walk among moss laden branches, giant strangler figs, an infinity of ferns, bromeliads and orchids and enjoy the simply exhilarating abundance of flora and fauna found in this truly magical place.


Terranova DMC   As you see the rainforest, that amazing tall green mass of vegetation, it is really tempting to get in and enjoy the magic of life by yourself. Even though it is not recommended, there are some of us that cannot help it and want to get into solitude. Click here for the proper ways to do it so that your walk is more enjoyable and safe,  it could save your life. 


CUBA

Top five new experiences from Cuba Private TravelRumba at paladar Grados, with a chef who chats as he cooks while you enjoy a drink, folkloric dancers and musicians. Spend a day at Finca Tungasuck in the countryside. A look to our art at Gallery Continua, amazing venue in Chinatown. next enjoy a ride in a Ural motorcycle sidecar around Havana or an E byke tour. Contact enquiries@cubaprivatetravel.com for details.


ECUADOR/GALAPAGOS

Anakonda Amazon Cruises is running three limited travel packages during the month of September. Travel With Family: When families purchase trips for four or more family members, they receive a free trip for two of their grandparents. Just For Two: Couples receive a free round trip flight from Quito to Coca plus an upgrade to the cruise’s deluxe suite. Solo Travellers: Solo travellers pay double occupancy rates for single occupancy.  Click here for details.     


Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge is pleased to introduce the project “Galapagos Islands against climate change”. Around 50 experts were part of these workshops who had the mission to make a proposal that will focus on counteracting the effects of global warming on the Galápagos ecosystems. This event had been organized by Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Galapagos National Park and the United Nations. Read more here.


EL SALVADOR

El Salvador is renowned for the beauty of its territory, its tropical climate and the friendliness of its people. It is surrounded by multiple natural and cultural attractions, highlighting its beautiful beaches and impressive volcanoes, creating the ideal environment for water sports and ecotourism activities. It also has a vast history and culture belonging to the Mayan world, maintaining its authenticity through its living peoples.  www.elsalvador.travel

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GUATEMALA

Maya Trails – Guatemala/Belize/Honduras  Hotel Palacio Doña Leonor in Antigua Guatemala. Step back in time staying at this amazing architecture and beautifully restored Colonial Mansion built in the 16th century. This home was originally built for the daughter of Spanish conqueror Don Pedro de Alvarado, if these walls could speak would trace back so much history. This luxurious, elegant and peaceful boutique hotel provides guests with 11 stellar rooms, bar, restaurant, pool, the best amenities.


MEXICO

Native Trails: The Ultra Maratón Caballo Blanco is a 100-km hill race on rocky dirt roads, which takes place in Las Barrancas del Cobre, Chihuahua. Originally founded by Micah True, it was his intention to bring together runners from all over the world and introduce them to the Raramuri and their culture. This year’s race took place on March 04th. Rarámuri runner Lorena Remírez came second place wearing her traditional costume.


NICARAGUA

Vapues Tours has been working on an exciting new product for 2019, to be presented at the Adventure Travel World Summit next October, in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany. Our director will be participating, and would be pleased to meet you at the event. Please drop a line for an appointment at jan@vapues.com


PANAMA

Panama Journeys PANAMANIAN COFFEE SETS A NEW RECORD This year’s winner of the Best Washed Geisha Coffee was Elida Geisha Green Tip Washed lot from the Lamatus Family Estates, a new record imposed by Panama as a specialty coffee producer who achieve the highest score in the XXII International Coffee Tasting The Best of Panama 2018 held in Boquete. Get to visit Panama’s coffee region and taste the best Geisha coffee harvested in this beautiful place with our tour to a local plantation.


PERU

Amazonas Explorer  If you are looking for a safe and fully legal rafting operator in Peru – Amazonas Explorer recently became the first operator to be licenced to run rafting in the Cusco region under the new regulations. We are currently one of only two licensed operators. We also have a brand new one-day Apurimac rafting trip. Contact info@amazonas-explorer.com for details. Or see here http://amazonas-explorer.com/tours/one-day-apurimac/


LimaTours presents the new edition of our magazine Ultimate Journeys: Traditional Peru. We invite you on a trip through the cultural essence of Peru and its celebrations. Embark with us on a month-by-month tour, full of dances, religious fervour and millenary heritage. Go deep into the soul of Peru; we assure you that you will be amazed. Click here to see the magazine!


Mountain Lodges of Peru  New 3-day Salkantay Excursion Short on time? This 3-day adventure to the base of Mt. Salkantay has been designed for those with limited time. Follow the path of the Salkantay Trek to our signature lodge and explore trails and glacial lakes below snow capped peaks. THE SACRED VALLEY & LARES ADVENTURE TO MACHU PICCHU PROMO – BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 15th & GET 15% OFF (SELECT OCTOBER 2018 DEPARTURES). elisabeth.lr@mountainlodgesofperu.com

 


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