Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador—November through February these Spanish-speaking countries offer natural wonders and lively Latin cultures for our clients seeking a warmer winter destination (after all, it’s their summer!). No jet lag here—with a time difference of two-three hours from most American cities, recovery from a South American private tour is not so demanding.
Buenos Aires is a high-energy European flavored city with lively markets, a vibrant arts/design scene, fascinating architecture and an array of historical sites. Plaza Dorrego offers a lively Sunday flea market street scene—don’t miss the open-air tango events! Many of our clients enjoy an excursion to a private estancia and also to Tigre and the Paraná River delta. A one-night stopover in Iguazu Falls is a must, and of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the world. For our “foodie” friends, Mendoza has some of the best restaurants in all of Argentina and is considered among the world’s most famous wine regions. The luxurious Alvear Palace and boutique Algodon Mansion are two of our favorite places to stay here.
Our more intrepid clients have truly enjoyed their excursions to the Argentina and Chile expansion, Patagonia. Explore Torres Del Paine National Park, a spectacular national park set in the midst of the Paine Mountains with blue glaciers and lakes, wild rivers and plentiful trekking and wild life explorations. You may extend further south past Punta Arenas to view the penguins at the Otway Penguin Rookery. Despite the obscurity of the Patagonia locations, the area offers high-touch luxury properties, including the Singular Patagonia Camp and Llao Llao Hotel.
You may end your trip in multi-cultural Santiago, set in the midst of the towering Andes Mountains. For those seeking more adventure, a four-five hour flight excursion to Easter Island is a once in a lifetime experience.
Cusco/Machu Picchu are certainly among the fascinating natural wonders of the world. Despite the excessive tourism to the locale of Machu Picchu, we suggest spending time in nearby Sacred Valley where you can enjoy a more culturally compelling experience via private hiking guide.
Pre-requisite of any Machu Picchu luxury travel experience is the Hiram Bingham Train, an overnight at Sanctuary Lodge (on the actual grounds of Machu Picchu!) and the lovely boutique Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco.
Currently over 80 vessels are licensed to operate in the Galapagos, ranging from small catamaran-style vessels (Athala II—16 passenger and its new sister Ocean Spray) to the 90-100 passenger vessels (Celebrity Xpedition, Endeavor, Galapagos Explorer II). By the very nature of their size, the smaller catamaran-style boats are able to offer many more island landing sites, hence, more intimate natural encounters. The big down sides are tight quarters, few amenities and not-so-good sleeping in the variable Galapagos seas.
An otherworldly place, journey through the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and through the Scotia Sea on the way to the Antarctic abroad the Le Lyrial or Le Boreal. Throughout the cruise spectacular scenery and an extraordinary array of wildlife can be found at every stopover.
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São Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Lima, Peru