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THE LATIN AMERICAN TRAVEL ASSOCIATION

Welcome

Latin America is 2016’s most exciting travel destination. Not only will the eyes of the world be on Rio for the Olympic Games, but it contains some of the most vibrant, diverse and emerging countries as well as its most iconic monuments. Our Uniquely Latin article (pg 4) offers an expert’s view on the things you can only do in this remarkable, diverse continent – from UNESCO-listed ruins to rare wildlife to obscure tribes to buzzing cities – while our Calendar (pg 18) lets you know when and where you need to be to enjoy that classic Latin American experience: the festival. Elsewhere you can browse our fact-filled country guide, as well as a breakdown of our members, making it easier for you to make the best travel decision of your life. Whatever adventure you’re seeking – wildlife, cultural or scenic – you will find it within these pages. Your Latin American journey starts right here…

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Our guide to which Latin American tour operators handle which destinations

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The epic experiences that you can ONLY have in South America

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Gaze up at the Milky Way from the Atacama Desert

Gaze at the clearest night skies in the world Where? Atacama Desert, Chile

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The heavens will never feel closer than they do above the Atacama. The driest desert in the world, it is also high-altitude and lacking in light pollution. These factors give it some of the world’s clearest night skies and make it perfect for astronomy. If further proof were needed, look only to the multitude of high-end observatories built here. You don’t need fancy equipment to enjoy the stars though. You could join a nighttime tour with an expert, for added insight, stay in room with an openable roof, to gaze from bed, or simply look up and enjoy. While you’re in Chile, try... Climbing Nevado Ojos del Salado, the world’s highest volcano; mulling over the mysterious moai of Easter Island.

Ride in a vintage American car Where? Havana, Cuba

There is no more iconic Cuban image than that of a 1950s Cadillac, parked on a crumbling colonial street, gleaming under the Caribbean sun. Cuba is full of these venerable old vehicles, which pre-date the 1960s US trade embargo. Some might be a little wheezy, but they remain the most atmospheric way to tour capital Havana. Hop in the back and a local guide will drive you around the city’s sights, from historic squares to Hemingway hangouts and the seafront Malécon.

While you’re in Cuba, try... Wandering amid tobacco plantations in the Viñales Valley, then learning to roll a Cuban cigar; hiking to Castro’s revolutionary HQ in the Sierra Maestra.

Dive the world’s most diverse reef Where? Belize

Spreading along the country’s Caribbean coast, the Belize Barrier Reef is second only to Australia’s Great Barrier in terms of size. However, in terms of variety packed into a relatively small area, it’s unique. Patch, fringing, pinnacle and barrier reefs meet white-sand cayes, off-shelf atolls, mangroves, deep corals and eye-catching features such as the Blue Hole. That’s not to mention the 500 types of fish and various rarities, from West Indian manatee to sea turtles. There’s an abundance of snorkel and scuba trips on offer too, making this underwater wonderland easy to explore. While you’re in Belize, try... Hiking into Actun Tunichil Muknal – a jungly cave inside which lie the remains of the Crystal Maiden, an adolescent sacrificed by the Maya 1,000 years ago.

Spot the Greatest number of birds Where? Colombia

Colombia has the largest bird list of any country: 1,889 species recorded. From golden orioles to blue cotingas, mountain parrots to

condors, dusky starfrontlets to velvetfronted euphonias, the mountains, shores and forests are full of avian action. Even non-twitchers will be bewitched by the multicoloured variety on offer. Some of Colombia’s best birding spots include the Amazon region (accessed via Leticia), the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (a key area of endemism) and the montane forests and páramo of the Central Andes. While you’re in Colombia, try... Walking the Unesco-listed walls of Cartagena, one of the New World’s oldest cities; learning to salsa in Cali, world capital of salsa.

Camp amid Mayan ruins Where? Guatemala

The Maya were master builders, and left behind many marvellous cities, now in various states of repair. Today, many of them – including well-preserved Tikal – are busy with tourists during the day. So, to lose the crowds, stay overnight. It’s possible to camp at the ruins of Uaxactun (20km north of Tikal), which was occupied from 500 BC until AD 889. Tents sit beneath the pyramids, and you can climb a temple after dark to gaze at the stars. Alternatively, mount a multi-day expedition to remote El Mirador, to sleep by this site only rediscovered in 1926. While you’re in Guatemala, try... Meeting Maximón, a heavy-drinking Mayan deity, in Santiago Atitlán; riding a chicken bus.

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The Pantanal is one of best places to spot Jaguars

And they are arguably best found at Karanambu, a cattle ranch turned ecotourism hub located amid the wetlands, savannahs, rivers and forests of the Rupununi region. Karanambu is the home of Diane McTurk, a leading expert on river otters. Trips from the lodge – by riverboat, by Land Rover or on foot – explore otter country. Other highlights include spotting giant anteater, caiman and around 600 species of birds. While you’re in Guyana, try... Driving across Demerara Bridge, the longest floating steel bridge in the world; hiking to Kaieteur Falls.

Get close to some of the rarest birds Where? Falkland Islands

What makes birding in the Falkland Islands so unique is the chance to get so close to such large colonies of such rare species. For instance, over 70% of the planet’s blackbrowed albatross breed around the islands. The archipelago is the only place to see the endemic Falkland steamer duck and Cobb’s wren, while cormorants and terns are present in large numbers. And then there are the penguins: from stately kings, to curious gentoos, gutsy rockhoppers and bashful Magellanics. Even better, the birds are largely fearless, so intimate encounters are guaranteed. While you’re in the Falkland Islands, try... Taking a tour in a red Routemaster bus, 12,000km from London.

Witness a vodou ceremony Where? Haiti Spot a jaguar Where? Pantanal, Brazil

Jaguar – one of largest and most handsome of the world’s big cats – exists only in the Americas. As a reclusive beast with a penchant for dense rainforest, it can be difficult to spot. However, if you visit Brazil’s expansive Pantanal wetland in the right months, you’re likely to catch a glimpse: it’s reckoned about a 70% chance. The drier months of JuneOctober are the best times, with the best places being along the Transpantaneira Highway (you might spy a jaguar right on the verge) and boat trips on nearby tributaries, where the cats often laze by the water’s edge. While you’re in Brazil, try... Learning the dance/martial art of capoeira in Salvador; cruising along the Amazon, the world’s longest river.

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See all the North Atlantic’s humpback whales Where? Samaná Bay, Dominican Republic

From mid-January to mid-March, Samaná Bay is THE place to be. This sheltered inlet, on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, is where the North Atlantic’s entire population of humpbacks (around 4,000 in total) comes to court, mate and calve. These charismatic cetaceans can be seen sky-rocketing, flippering, tailing and teaching survival skills to their young. Boat trips, complete with

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marine biologists and hydrophones, head out to give you a closer look. While you’re in Dominican Republic, try... Raising a glass of mamajuana, a local speciality (and known aphrodisiac) containing rum, red wine, honey, herbs and bark; scaling Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s highest point.

Relive history with an ex-guerrilla Where? Perquín, El Salvador

The Salvadorian Civil War ravaged the country from 1979 to 1992. Thankfully, El Salvador is now at peace, but the Muséo de la Revolución Salvadoreña in Perquín, which is housed in the former headquarters of the FMLN rebels, offers a fascinating insight into the conflict. There are many exhibits, from radio equipment to a vast bomb crater and the wreckage of a downed helicopter. Most interesting though are the guides, many of whom are ex-combatants. They can talk through the displays and give first-hand accounts of life as a guerrilla. While you’re in El Salvador, try... Stuffing yourself with pupusas, traditional Salvadorian tortillas; hiking in El Imposible National Park.

See giant river otters Where? Karanambu, Guyana

Giant river otters, the world’s longest mustelids, are found only in Latin America.

Vodou was brought to the Caribbean by slaves from Africa in the late 17th century. On arrival, they were immediately forbidden from practicing it, and forced to convert to Catholicism. However, in Haiti the real vodou religion (rather than the ghoulish Hollywood depiction of it) is alive and well. Watching a ceremony is eye-opening. Drums beat, candles flicker, priestesses chant and dancers stamp in order to honour the lwa (spirits). It’s a raw, arresting experience. While you’re in Haiti, try... Listening to live Haitian music at the historic Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince.

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See a billion butterflies Where? Michoacan, Mexico

From late October, the forests of Mexico’s central highlands turn orange – not due to any fall-colour phenomenon but the arrival of up to a billion monarch butterflies. They migrate from Canada to overwinter in the warmer climes of the Reserva de la Biosfera Mariposa Monarca, clustering on the trees and cloaking the forest floor; in March they leave for the long flight back north. See them from the sanctuaries at El Rosario, Sierra Chincua, Cerro Pellon and Piedra Herrada, where viewing platforms put you amid the clouds of butterfly confetti. While you’re in Mexico, try... Running with Tarahumara people, possibly the world’s best distance runners, in the Copper Canyon; diving into a cenote (sinkhole) in the Yucatán.

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Seek the source of the world’s longest river Where? Nevado Mismi, Peru

The mighty River Amazon is widely believed to spring from a snow-capped peak in the Peruvian Andes. Near Arequipa, on the flanks of the Colca Canyon, sits 5,597m Nevado Mismi. A glacial stream on this mountain was declared start-point of the world’s longest river in 1996, and a plaque now marks the spot. It’s possible to visit this significant spring, either on a 4WD trip or a longer hike, camping out amid the Andes en route. www.lata.org

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While you’re in Peru, try... Participating in an Inca ceremony at Machu Picchu; eating everything from guinea pig to gourmet cuisine in foodie Lima.

Watch the rituals of a distinct religion Where? Suriname

The Afro-Surinamese practice of winti is the result of centuries of cultural and religious blending, a mix of colonial Christianity and the beliefs of African slaves. Winti was long outlawed in Suriname – it was considered a dark art – but it continued to be observed in secret. Now it’s more openly acknowledged in this Dutch enclave of Latin America. If you can locate a winti ritual, be prepared: they can involve fire dancing, walking over burning coals, eating glass, chanting and trances. Dramatic stuff. While you’re in Suriname, try... Cruising to look for pink river dolphins; meeting the Maroons (descendants of escaped slaves) in the wild interior.

Marvel at meat Where? Uruguay

There are few countries that would seek World Heritage status for an abandoned meat factory. But Uruguay is one of those countries. In 2015, the Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape – a processing plant

dating to 1859, now a museum – was inscribed onto the Unesco list, which says something about the importance of beef here. Indeed, Uruguay has one of the world’s highest consumptions of beef per capita – probably because the beef here is so good. Visit Fray Bentos, then head to a prairie ranch to ride like the gauchos then eat divine steaks every night. While you’re in Uruguay, try... Taking a ferry between Argentina and Uruguay across the River Plate, the world’s widest river mouth.

Watch a rocket launch Where? Kourou, French Guiana

It might seem odd that the European spaceport is based in Latin America. But the coastal district of Kourou offers the ideal location. Being near the equator, near the sea and away from human habitation are all big pluses for sending rockets skywards. You can take a tour of the vast Space Centre, exploring from control rooms to launchpads. If you time your visit right, you might even catch a launch – book to watch it from the centre or head to Carapa Observation Site, 15km away. While you’re in French Guiana, try... Watching the Kali’na Games, a unique event contested by the indigenous Kali’na – sports include tree-climbing and spear-throwing. THE GUIDE TO LATIN AMERICA 11

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Take in a tango in its original home: the clubs of Buenos Aires

Tango at a traditional milonga Where? Buenos Aires, Argentina

Born in the backstreets of Buenos Aires, the passionate tango out-sizzles any other dance. It has even been added to Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mankind list. There’s no better place to watch tango than in the Argentine capital; the southern districts La Boca, San Telmo and Constitución are home to the best dance clubs. Or find an old-school milonga (social club) to watch the locals in sublime action, or have a few lessons yourself. While you’re in Argentina, try... Trekking up Aconcagua – the highest mountain outside the Himalaya; riding a steam train to the end of the world – a loco runs from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego.

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Share a beach with 250,000 penguins Where? South Georgia

It will be smelly, noisy and overwhelming. You’ll probably end up breaking the rules. But there is nothing quite like stepping ashore at Salisbury Plain, on the South Atlantic island of South Georgia, and mingling with hundreds of thousands of king penguins. A huge breeding colony of the second-largest penguin species congregates between the two glaciers here. You’re not supposed to get closer than 5m to the birds, but nobody has told them that: the curious creatures regularly flout this rule themselves. While you’re in Antarctica, try... Camping out on the planet’s most pristine ice – some expedition cruises can organise nights under canvas on the White Continent.

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King Penguins on the run in St Andrews Bay, South Georgia

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At 979m Venezuela’s Angel Falls is the world’s highest waterfall

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Sleep in a hotel made of salt Where? Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Arriving at a salt hotel at the Salar de Uyuni

In south-west Bolivia, a handful of prehistoric lakes have, over the millennia, morphed into the world’s biggest salt flats – one of the sparkliest and most surreal places on the planet. The vast, white crust of the Salar de Uyuni messes with the mind; sense of perspective is easily lost. Stranger still, it’s possible to stay on the flats in structures made from it. There are hotels with walls, ceilings and furniture constructed from salt blocks, so you can be totally at one with the unusual surrounds. While you’re in Bolivia, try... Sailing across the world’s highest navigable lake, ethereal Lake Titicaca.

Surf down an active volcano Where? Cerro Negro, Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s nickname is the ‘Land of Lakes and Volcanoes’. No surprise: a chain of volcanoes swings north-south right through the country, comprising both bubbling peaks and peaceful craters. Cerro Negro is one of the former, a 728m-high, youthful, active cinder cone, cloaked in volcanic ash. It’s a steep climb to the top, to see the steaming crater and magnificent views beyond. But it’s a thrilling ride down – you can slide down one of Cerro Negro’s sheer, sandy slopes on a board for the ultimate adrenalin rush. While you’re in Nicaragua, try... Sport fishing in Lake Nicaragua and the San Juan River.

See two coasts from one volcano Where? Volcán Barú, Panama

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The skinniness of Panama has long been utilised, not least by the hemisphere-linking Panama Canal, which allows boats to cut across the country in around eight hours. However, arguably more exciting than linking the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean is the prospect of beholding them both at the same time. At 3,474m, active Volcán Barú is the highest peak in Panama, located in the western highlands. Climb up on

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a clear day and it’s possible to see both expanses of water from the top. While you’re in Panama, try... Following that Canal by train, via a 19th century railway; visiting the Biodiversity Museum, architect Frank Gehry’s first building in Latin America.

Find German villages in a Latin wilderness Where? Chaco, Paraguay

Paraguay’s untamed Chaco, a vast swathe of bird-filled, semi-arid scrub, remains one of Latin America’s last great wildernesses. The average population density here is well below one person per square kilometre. However, there are people here, an unlikely mix of Amerindian groups such as the Guaraní and German-speaking Mennonites, who came to Paraguay in the 1920s. As you explore this hot hinterland, you might come across some of the 80 Mennonite villages; some have small museums explaining how these settlers found themselves so very far from home. While you’re in Paraguay, try... Listening to the country’s distinctive harp music, accompanied by songs in the Guaraní language.

Canoe to the world’s highest waterfall Where? Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Tumbling 979m down the side of flat-topped Auyantepui, Angel Falls is the world’s highest

uninterrupted waterfall. It’s also wonderfully located, hidden deep in the wilderness of Canaima National Park, the sort of terrain that inspired Conan Doyle’s Lost World. If the water level is high enough (usually May-November) you can travel to the base of the falls in a dugout canoe, passing leafy jungle and little-visited Indian communities en route. While you’re in Venezuela, try... Climbing Mount Roraima to see its singular wildlife; riding the world’s highest cablecar in Mérida, when it reopens in 2016.

Buy traditional Lenca pottery Where? Southern Honduras

The indigenous Lenca people have long lived in the highlands of south-west Honduras. This mountainous region is still dotted with Lenca villages, not to mention excellent hiking opportunities. However, while here, be sure to shop. The Lenca are renowned for their distinctive pottery, which is handfashioned from clay by women, before being left to bake in the sun. Traditionally it was left bare, but is now often painted black and white. The pottery can be found countrywide, although the villages around Gracias (especially La Campa) offer some of the most authentic wares, as well as hosting demonstrations. While you’re in Honduras, try... Watching the ‘rain of fishes’ in Yoro – this phenomenon usually occurs annually, May-July. THE GUIDE TO LATIN AMERICA 15

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Heading into the Lost World to meet a Marine Iguana

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Traversing the Monteverde Cloud Forest’s canopy

Snorkel with a marine iguana Where? Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

There are many unique things about the Galapagos Islands. So separate from the rest of the world, this remote archipelago has been allowed to evolve in splendid isolation. It even, famously, changed science as we know it. However, perhaps the most unique experience here is to snorkel with a dinosaur. At least, that’s what it feels like when you see a scaly, black marine iguana – the planet’s only water-going lizard – foraging underwater, right by your flippers. While you’re in Ecuador, try... Buying a panama hat (which originate from Ecuador) in Cuenca; riding ‘the world’s most difficult railway’, the switchbacking Devil’s Nose train through the Andes.

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Get the original bird’s eye view Where? Costa Rica

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Few places do ecotourism as well as Costa Rica. This compact nation is bursting with species – 5% of the planet’s biodiversity is crammed into just 0.3% of its surface area. It is also adept at helping visitors experience them. Indeed, Costa Rica is birthplace of the canopy tour concept – that is, exploring forest-cloaked hills by means of high platforms, aerial bridges and zip-wires. The first tour was in Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you can fly through the treetops, looking for a wealth of birds. There are also canopy adventures in Mahogany Park (where you might see howler monkeys) and Drake Bay, on pristine Osa Peninsula. While you’re in Costa Rica, try... Scratching your head at the mysterious stone spheres of the Diquís Delta. ▪ THE GUIDE TO LATIN AMERICA 17

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2-7 Jan – Carnival of Blacks & Whites, Pasto, Colombia A face-painting party dating back to slave-master times. Messy good fun.

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2-5 Feb – Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Bolivia Take to the shores of Lake Titicaca to honour the Patroness of Bolivia.

11 Jan – Festo do Bonfim, Salvador, Brazil Bahians in traditional Yoruba costumes parade to Bonfim cathedral, followed by an all-night party celebrating Catholic saints and their candomblé counterparts.

7 Feb – Carnival Sunday There are many pre-Lenten Carnivals to party at. Brazil hosts huge jamboree in Rio and Salvador. In Colombia, try Barranquilla – a four-day fest with Unesco status; French Guiana’s event involves burlesque wedding gowns.

13-25 Jan – Fiestas Palmares, Costa Rica A two-week cowboy party, with rodeos, horse parades, music, carnival rides, bullfights and beer… lots of beer.

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1 May – Día del Trabajo Many Latin countries enjoy a national holiday on Labour Day. There are celebrations in Guatemala City, asado cook-ups in Argentina and parties in Uruguayan capital Montevideo, in the First of May Square.

14-20 Feb – International Poetry Festival, Granada, Nicaragua Wax lyrical at the massive poetry event.

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Jun-Jul – Bumba Meu Boi, São Luís, Brazil Maranhão state hosts an month-long celebration of folklore, infused with local legends, costumed dancers and unique, spirited rhythms. Heckling isn’t so much tolerated as expected.

Late May – May Ball, Falkland Islands Don a gown or DJ for some traditional dancing in the South Atlantic.

Early Sept – Mistura, Lima, Peru Ten days of glorious gastronomy, from top international chefs to quirky local producers. 7-18 Sept – Paralympics, Rio Sport fever recommences for the Paralympic Games. Athletes will compete in 22 sports, with triathlon and canoeing new for 2016. 10 Sept – Carnival, Belize City, Belize It’s party month in Belize, with Carnival a highlight. Watch vibrant parades, then dance, drink and be merry! Late Sept – Oktoberfest, Paraguay Raise a stein to Paraguay’s German communities – a Munich-style beer festival takes place in Asunción.

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Mid-Jun – Tango Festival, Tacuarembó, Uruguay Watch sizzling dance in the hometown of Carlos Gardel, godfather of tango. 24 Jun – Inti Raymi, Cusco, Peru The Festival of the Sun celebrates winter solstice and the Inca sun god with colourful Andean parades, costumes and tunes.

26 May – Independence Day, Guyana A good day to be in Guyana: 2016 sees the 50th anniversary of independence – expect a suitably big party.

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Throughout March – Vendimia, Chile Celebrate the grape harvest across Chile’s wine-growing regions.

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12 Apr – Punta Gorda Festival, Honduras Thousands gather on Roatan island to celebrate the first settlement of the Garifuna people.

20-27 March – Semana Santa Holy Week is characterised by solemn parades, religious rituals and flower-decorated streets. Arequipa (Peru), Antigua (Guatemala) and Recife (Brazil) are good choices. Popayán (Colombia) has hosted a grand procession since the 16th century.

25 Apr – Feria de San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Mexico Month-long event, with a beauty pageant, rodeos, free concerts and a state fair, culminating in St Mark’s Day.

March – Rara, Haiti Haiti goes music mad for Lent.

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Jul – Fiesta Julias, Santa Ana, El Salvador The July Festival sees parades, a fun fair and cultural events take over the colonial city.

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1-2 Nov – Day of the Dead The Mexican Día de Muertos sees families tend graves, build altars and bake bread-of-the-dead, while skeleton effigies loom everywhere. But spooky celebrations aren’t limited to Mexico: also see Fete Gede in Haiti and Todos Santos in Bolivia.

Aug – Tango Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina World-class dance envelops BA, followed by a Dancing Championship, when milongas (dance halls) sizzle with sensual performances. Aug – Merengue & Caribbean Rhythms Festival, Dominican Republic Santo Domingo goes wild for the Afro-Latin dance.

24-25 Jul – Simón Bolivar Day & Foundation of Guayaquil, Ecuador The celebrations for Bolivar’s birthday and the founding of the port city merge into one – expect a carnival atmosphere.

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5-21 Aug – Olympics, Rio, Brazil The planet’s best athletes will descend on Rio for the ultimate celebration of sport. Iconic venues include the Maracanã for football, the Carnaval Sambódrome for archery and Copacabana for beach volleyball.

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Mid-Dec – Havana International Jazz Festival, Cuba Jazz superstars – including acclaimed pianist and event organiser Chucho Valdés – jam in venues across the city.

Mid-Nov – Feria de la Chinita, Maracaibo, Venezuela Miracle-inspired mayhem: the Virgin of Chiquinquirá is honoured with parades, pipe music and rodeos.

13-21 Dec – Santo Tomás, Chichicastenango, Guatemala Christian and indigenous traditions combine, while the main event literally revolves around the palo volador – performers swing around this enormous pole.

3-4 Nov – Fiestas Patrias, Panama City, Panama Marking independence from Colombia and Flag Day, this is the quintessential Panamanian party.

31 Dec – Pagara Estafette, Suriname See out the year with Paramaribo’s biggest street party. Stamina required: it kicks off at 10am.

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A place to call home

care for a continent The LATA Foundation helps travellers support worthwhile causes in Latin America – why not get involved?

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atin America is a region that generously rewards all who visit, and many who travel there would love to give something back. The LATA Foundation was set up in 2008 by the Latin America travel industry to support social and environmental projects throughout Latin America. Their projects are helping to transform lives, providing clean water, dental or medical support and practical training to provide people with new skills in Mexico, Central and South America. Over the years the Foundation has aided many worthwhile projects. In Argentina, it supports a dental project providing free treatment to disadvantaged youths. In 2011 alone this project provided over 30,000 treatments to 5,000 children. “Seeing the dedication of that team and the conditions the children were living in was both inspiring and humbling,” says trustee Lucy Clark. “Some of our work truly changes – and saves – lives.”

In Peru, the Foundation supports an ambitious reforestation project aiming to plant a million trees. Other projects provide equipment and training to give people new income-generating skills, while other schemes offer underprivileged children an alternative to street crime, providing the children with the opportunity to participate in activities that would not otherwise be possible due to their economic situation. They also support turtle protection in Venezuela. “LATA is remarkable,” says former Foundation chairman, David Gilmour. “It’s a consortium of competing airlines, tour operators, hotels, ground agents and travel publishers that are collaborating to promote Latin America. The LATA Foundation was set up by members to put something back. We strongly believe that together we can do more. It shows just what the travel industry can achieve by working together.”

In Bolivia, the LATA Foundation is helping provide a safe and nurturing environment for homeless street children in Santa Cruz. Set up in the early 90’s, Alalay rescues vulnerable minors from the streets and offers them a loving environment together in family cabins. Alalay also feeds, clothes and educates the children and encourages them in their future working lives. With the help of LATA member supporters, the Foundation has funded a new medical unit, a quail farm and, in 2015, supported vital refurbishment to the boys’ welcome house in Santa Cruz.

Get Involved The LATA Foundation relies on donations from individuals and organisations, and every penny donated goes directly to worthwhile projects in Latin America. The Foundation is staffed by volunteers and all administrative costs are covered by LATA itself – so 100% of donations go to where they’re needed. To help raise funds, or to make a donation yourself, visit www.latafoundation.org or our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/lata

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1 Sail across the Antarctic Circle, to be one of the few people to make it to 66° South 2 Kayak through the glassy waters or even camp on the ice overnight – many expedition cruises offer adventurous extras 3 Make flat-footed friends on South Georgia – this archipelago is home to colossal penguin colonies, as well as Shackleton history 4 Take in views of snow-capped mountains and ice cliffs at the aptly-named Paradise Harbour, in the north of the peninsula 5 Cruise through the Lemaire Channel, flanked with calving glaciers and snowy peaks

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of seals, with orca (killer whales) prowling the coast. Tierra del Fuego is the ultimate wilderness, with jagged mountains whose tree-cloaked slopes turn scarlet in autumn. Sail to the estancia (ranch) of the first pioneer and contemplate the ‘end of the world’ in magical tranquillity.

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South America,” says Dr Cooper. “Anyone who has travelled to South America knows that everywhere you go, there’s a huge time-depth of different cultures that have been there in very diverse environments.” The series concentrated on four different societies. “I wanted to choose four pre-Incan cultures that gave a different emphasis on what helps develop a complex society,” he explains. The four were the less-well-known Chachapoya, the Tiwanaku of the Bolivian Altiplano (pictured right), the Muisca and Tairona of Colombia, and the Chimu, the first major empire in South America. “The most surprising thing was discovering the diversity of environments in which people can thrive,” Dr Cooper adds. “Think about the altiplano – it’s high, the air is thin, it’s a harsh environment and yet half a million people live there in a complex society. And then you contrast that with the desert, where there’s no water. How can you have these big societies in the desert? That’s the most surprising thing – the diversity of these societies and environments that South America has in abundance.”

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1 Laze on, and snorkel off, the cayes in the north for a taste of island paradise 2 Stay in an eco-luxe lodge in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, an area of dense forest and cool shade, excellent for hiking an exploring local caves, rivers and waterfalls 3 Marvel at the handiwork of the ancient Maya at sites such as magnificent Caracol and rainforestnestled Lamanai 4 Head to Punta Gorda to visit cacao plantations and soak up the local Caribbean music, culture and customs 5 Visit the world-famous jaguar preserve at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

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et the Games begin! 2016 is set to be a big year for Brazil, with the Olympics and Paralympics taking over Rio in August and September. But, no problem: Brazilians are used to super-size celebrations. Whether it’s a World Cup or the annual Carnaval, this is a nation of people that fully embraces fun and fiestas; that loves to sway to Latin beats and put on the best party. However, Brazilians have a E D S T A T E S A M E R I C A spiritual side to match their hedonistic streak. ManyBERMUDA exotic religions flourish, most notably Candomblé (based on African traditions), existing alongside BAHAMAS Catholicism. Brazil also has a rich architectural heritage,PUERTO dating back CUBA RICO HAITI to the 16th century, when the ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA DOMINICAN JAMAICA ST. KITTS REPUBLIC BELIZE Portuguese invested in beautiful AND NEVIS DOMINICA HONDURAS ST. LUCIA baroque buildings. MALA ST. VINCENT NICARAGUA BARBADOS EL SALVADOR Brazilians say that God created GRENADA TRINIDAD the world in six days – and on TOBAGO the & COSTA RICA L.Sup erior

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valleys filled with carpets of wild flowers and shrubs. For something completely different, head 3,790km west into the Pacific. Here sits Easter Island, famous for its 887 iconic and mysterious moai (stone heads).

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1 Explore the lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert on foot or horseback, and gaze at the stars 2 Trek through the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, for spectacular vistas over snow-capped mountains and shimmering lakes 3 Have a head-to-head with the giant stone statues on Easter Island, remnants of a long-vanished Polynesian civilisation in the remotest Pacific 4 Tuck into seafood in the buzzing metropolis of Santiago, one of South America’s most happening urban centres 5 Drive for miles without encountering another soul on the wild Carretera Austral

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of towering peaks lines the route south. The area attracts trekkers and climbers, while the less active can browse through the many colourful Indian markets and colonial towns, or board the Tren Crucero, an epic rail-ride between Quito and Guayaquil, through the highlands. On the western side of the Andes lies Ecuador’s coast, so different in atmosphere from the highlands that you could almost be in another country. If your idea of a good time is to lie on a beach all day soaking up rays and partying into the small hours of the morning, then Ecuador’s popular beach resorts are for you. Those who 1prefer their activity during daylight hours can swim, surf, scuba dive or watch humpback whales cruising through the warm waters off the shores of Manabí province. Beautiful woven textiles are produced throughout the northern highlands, often using techniques unchanged for centuries. A few hours north of Quito, the market town of Otavalo is one of Ecuador’s main weaving centres. No visit to Ecuador would be complete without venturing into its steamy jungles. Only a few

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can prepare the visitor for such close encounters. Snorkel with penguins and sea lions, watch giant tortoises lumbering through cactus forests, go gooey-eyed over your first glimpse of a seal pup and enjoy the courtship displays of the blue-footed booby and frigatebird.

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1 Enter the Amazon – stay at pioneering community-run ecolodges and spot rare wildlife 2 Travel down the Avenue of the Volcanoes, south of Quito, to gaze at perfectly conical Mount Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world 3 Fly out to the Galapagos Islands, the premier spot in Latin America to see all sorts of weird and wonderful species of animal in startling close-up 4 Find great bars, excellent cuisine and a wealth of museums in volcano-surrounded capital Quito 5 Haggle for traditional crafts, and sleep at local homestays, in the market town of Otavalo

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El Poy and Perquín are a haven for trekkers. Cerro Verde National Park offers dramatic landscapes filled with hot springs and countless waterfalls; a challenging scrabble across the smoking cinder cone of Izalco volcano is rewarded by beautiful views over Lago de Coatepeque. And who could resist the draw of a national park called El Imposible? To the south, long, sandy beaches prized by surfers for decades stretch along the Costa del Sol to the Gulf of Fonseca, dotted with islets and bays to explore. In the west, wander through coffee plantations, soak up the beauty of the Ruta de las Flores valley or simply laze around, watching the daily display of glorious Pacific sunsets.

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El Salvador’s temperature is a consistent and comfortable 28°C throughout the year. The rainy season lasts from May to October, although light rain is possible year round. The coast and lowland areas can feel hot and humid, especially between March and May. Take warmer clothes if you intend to spend any time at altitude.

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aircraft to reach these outlying islands and settlements – many of which (like Saunders and Carcass islands) are also rich in waterfowl and small bird species as well as the iconic penguins. Meanwhile, if you venture out to the likes of Sea Lion Island in spring, you’ll see crowded beaches of breeding elephant seals and sea lions, 1 with orca and dolphins patrolling the shallows. Your pilot should fly in to give you an adrenaline-filled closer peek. Popular excursions include guided 4WD treks, round-robin flights and boat excursions. All will enable you to spot endangered species such as the black-browed albatross, as well as endemic species like Cobb’s wren and up to five breeding species of penguin. Most major points of interest are accessible by air or road, with a ferry service also available between East and West Falkland.

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he eastern border of Latin America is marked by a string of British possessions in the Atlantic and situated in the heart of the South Atlantic Ocean, at latitude 15° 56’ South and longitude 5° 45’ West, the island of St Helena has played a vital role as a staging post for ships and travellers for hundreds of years. In the 1800s as many as 1,000 ships a year visited the island. With the opening of its new airport, St Helena will continue to be a natural bridge between Africa and South America, sitting 1,200 miles (1,950 km) off the coast of Angola and Namibia, and 1,800 miles (2,900 km) off the coast of Brazil.

Unlike Brazil, St Helena is one of the world’s smallest territories measuring just six miles by ten. Yet there is a huge amount packed in. The natural environment runs from arid desert to cloud forest, which host many species unique to St Helena. The historical legacy touches many aspects of world history, including the expansion and height of the British Empire, the Boer War, the Anglo-Zulu Wars, South American slavery and its abolition, and Napoleon who was exiled on St Helena from 1815 until his death in 1821. The island’s home to over 1,000 species of which over 400 are endemic to St Helena, including the Wirebird, giant

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on the Atlantic. Its wide, tree-lined avenues and canals follow the layout of the old sugar estates. White-painted, wooden 19thcentury houses are raised up on stilts and flowering trees line the streets. At dusk, the sea wall is crowded with strollers, while at Easter the area becomes a mass of colourful kites. The thinly populated interior is almost untouched and rivers are often the only way to get around. Highlights include Kaieteur Falls – almost five times the height of Niagara, with a single sheer drop

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For the ultimate wilderness experience, visit the remote Amerindian community of Rewa. Take the three-hour journey from Annai to the Rewa ecolodge, and enjoy some beautiful scenery and wildlife along the way.

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Guyana – a country roughly the size of Great Britain – has temperatures that stay a fairly consistent 24-31ºC year-round. It’s warm, without being unbearable, throughout the year. The two wet seasons extend from May to August and from December to January. Expect around eight hours of sunshine a day in the dry season.

Top 5 experiences

1 Visit a rum distillery in Georgetown before trying your hand at playing the steel pans with Roy Geddes at his dedicated school and museum 2 Delve deep into the interior to spot giant river otters, massive water lilies and other amazing wildlife in the savannahs of the Rupununi 3 Watch the swifts dart in and out of the thundering waters of Kaieteur Falls and gaze down the mighty gorge 4 Visit local villages (by road or boat) to meet members of the local Amerindian community 5 Travel to Rewa to wave goodbye to civilization and say hello to pristine rainforests, mountains and wildlife-rich oxbow lakes

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Guatemala’s climate varies with altitude, but the driest time is November to April. The coast is, by and large, hot all year round. The country’s average year-round temperature is 20°C, but maximums can easily be in the high 30°Cs. The highlands have pleasantly warm days and cool nights – in December and January there may even be frost in the early morning at the highest elevations.

Top 5 experiences

1 Find adventure on the shores of Lake Atitlán – kayaking, biking, trekking and high-altitude scuba diving are possible here 2 Barter your way around buzzing Chichicastenango market, which sells everything from pottery to handicrafts 3 Contemplate the power of nature when wandering around the earthquake-prone colonial ruins of Antigua, a breathtaking setting for a Unesco-recognised city 4 Head to the northern jungle lowlands around Tikal to experience the country’s best Maya archaeological sites 5 Keep an eye out for toucans and howler monkeys as you float down the lush Rio Dulce

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EL SALVADOR the northern jungles. NICARAGUA Huge stelae – stone monuments carved with inscriptions – reveal clues about the ancient Maya inhabitants. Venture further into the Western Highlands to explore markets and traditional villages. The Tz’utujil Maya live on the shore of Lake Atitlán, which they believe to be the birthplace of creation. Numerous other Maya villages, all named after Catholic saints, nestle around Atitlán’s shore – explore them on foot or by mountain bike. The Guatemalan altiplano and Cuchumatanes Mountains offer great horse-riding too.

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belize

Belize High Commission

3rd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP 020 7723 3603 info@belizehighcommission.co.uk www.belizehighcommission.co.uk

bolivia

Embassy of Bolivia

106 Eaton Square, SW1W 9AD 020 7235 4248 Ext 100 embol@bolivianembassy.co.uk www.bolivianembassy.co.uk

brazil

Embassy of Brazil

14/16 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BL 020 7747 4500 www.brazil.org.uk

chile

Embassy of Chile

37-41 Old Queen Street, SW1H 9JA 020 7222 2361 embachile@embachile.co.uk http://chileabroad.gov.cl/reino-unido

colombia

Embassy of Colombia

3 Hans Crescent, SW1X 0LN 020 7589 9177 / 020 7589 5037 egranbretana@cancilleria.gov.co www.colombianembassy.co.uk

costa rica

Embassy of Costa Rica

14 Lancaster Gate, W2 3LH 020 7706 8844 info@costaricanembassy.co.uk

cuba

Embassy of the Republic of Cuba 167 High Holborn, WC1V 6PA 020 7240 2488 secembajador@uk.embacuba.cu www.cubadiplomatica.cu

dominican republic

Embassy of the Dominican Republic 139 Inverness Terrace, W2 6JF 020 7727 7091 pa@dominicanembassy.org.uk www.dominicanembassy.org.uk

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Embassy of Ecuador

el salvador

Embassy of El Salvador

8 Dorset Square, 1st & 2nd Floors, NW1 6PU 020 7224 9800 embajadalondres@rree.gob.sv elsalvador.embassy@gmail.com

guatemala

Embassy of Guatemala

1st Floor & Suite1, 2nd Floor 105a Westbourne Grove, W2 4UW 020 7221 1525 info@guatemalanembassy.co.uk

guyana

High Commission for Guyana

3 Palace Court, Bayswater Road, W2 4LP 020 7229 7684 guyanahc1@btconnect.com www.guyanahclondon.co.uk

paraguay

Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay

DIRECTORY of advertisers

peru

Air Europa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OBC

52 Sloane Street, SW1X 9SP 020 7235 1917/8340/3802 postmaster@peruembassy-uk.com www.peruembassy-uk.com

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suriname

Brazilian Incentives & Tourism. . . 29

127 Pier House, 31 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5HN 07768 196 326 ajethu@honoraryconsul.info

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3rd Floor, 344 Kensington High Street, W14 8NS 020 7610 4180 embaparuk@paraguayembassy.co.uk www.paraguayembassy.co.uk

Embassy of Peru

Embassy of the Republic of Suriname

uruguay

Embassy of Uruguay

150 Brompton Road, SW3 1HX 020 7584 4200 urureinounido@mrree.gub.uy

haiti

venezuela

14 Cavendish Place, London, W1G 9DJ 020 7637 8985 info@haitianembassy.org

1 Cromwell Road, SW7 2HW 020 7584 4206 or 020 7581 2776 embavenezuk@venezlon.co.uk

Embassy of the Republic of Haiti

Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

honduras

falkland islands

4th Floor, 136 Baker Street, W1U 6UD 020 7486 4880 hondurasuk@lineone.net

Falkland House, 14 Broadway, SW1H 0BH 020 7222 2542 representative@falklands.gov.fk www.falklands.gov.fk

Embassy of Honduras

mexico

Embassy of Mexico

16 St. George Street, W1S 1FD 020 7499 8586 mexuk@sre.gob.mx www.sre.gob.mx/reinounido

nicaragua

Embassy of Nicaragua

Suite 31, Vicarage House, 58-60 Kensington Church Street, W8 4DB 020 7938 2373 embaniclondon@btconnect.com www.cancilleria.gob.ni

panama

Falkland Islands Government Office

st helena

Government of St Helena

Alliance House, 12 Caxton Street, SW1H 0QS 020 7031 0314 shgukrep@sthelenagov.com

Aqua Wellness Resort. . . . . . . . . . . 55 Belmond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Bradt Travel Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Chimu Adventures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Dominican Republic Tourist Board.38 Explora. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Falkland Islands Holidays. . . . . . . . 45 HighLives Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Inkaterra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Journey Latin America . . . . . . . . . . 59 KE Adventure Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 LATA Awards: Jago Cooper. . . . . . . 24 LATA Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 LATA Website. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 laterallife. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Llama Travel Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Metropolitan Touring. . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Metropolitan Touring. . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Peru Tourist Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Pura Adventures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Rainbow Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Silversea Expeditions. . . . . . . . . . . 09 South & Central America Revealed.34 St Helena Tourist Board . . . . . . . . . 45 St Helena Tourist Board . . . . . . . . . IBC Sunvil Traveller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Travel Sphere. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tropical Sky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Viaventure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Wanderlust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Windows on the World. . . . . . . . . . . 55

Embassy of Panama

40 Hertford Street, W1J 7SH 020 7493 4646 panama1@btconnect.com

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UK/EU tour operators Travelling to Latin America from Europe? Then these are the experienced travel experts to guide you there…

Bonding Each country operates its own rules to ensure consumer protection. In the UK any company or individual offering travel arrangements available for sale in the UK that involve a flight as part of the arrangements has to hold an Air Travel Organisers’ Licence (ATOL). Similarly, under European regulations, any company that sells a ‘package’ (a combination of flights, hotels, car hire, or other ground arrangements such as transfers) must be bonded through an approved body. For your own financial security you should always check that the company you are booking with has either an ATOL (if there are flights involved), or some other recognised bonding arrangement. If not, or if you make direct bookings for hotels or services, then you will almost certainly not be covered if the company with whom you have booked goes out of business after you have paid them. All UK Tour Operators listed in this section are ATOL holders. You can check an ATOL on the CAA’s website at www.atol.org.uk.

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Abercrombie & Kent Travel

0845 070 0614 info@abercrombiekent.co.uk www.abercrombiekent.co.uk The UK’s leading luxury and adventure tour operator offering 5 star tailored holidays to Latin America, the Caribbean and Antarctica. A&K is unique in having their own offices in Ecuador Peru, Chile and Argentina. b q

Advance360 Group

020 3371 1655 betterholidays@advance360group.co.uk www.advance360group.co.uk Ethical and responsible travel is the cornerstone of the products offered by Advance and at the heart of each and every client experience. The diversified product range offered by Advance includes: see360 small group tours, bespoke tours and honeymoons. b qq

All Leisure Holidays Ltd

0800 567 7379 www.travelsphere.co.uk Over 30 years experience as an escorted groups Tour Operator specialising in high quality,affordable holidays to Latin America. Why not explore exciting destinations with like minded people? All holidays include an experienced Tour Manager throughout.

Andean Trails

0131 467 7086 kathy@andeantrails.co.uk www.andeantrails.co.uk Independent tour operator offering a personalised service. Adventure travel and holidays in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Guyana, Cuba and Namibia. Treks, trekking peaks, mountaineering, biking, Amazon, kayaking, rafting. Tailor-made or group tours. b q

Audley Latin America

01993 838 600 latina@audleytravel.com www.audleytravel.com An in-depth knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for all things Latin American, combined with a dedication to personalised service means Audley Latin America can create the perfect tailor-made journey. b q

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020 7849 4000 gareth.mason@bestattravel.co.uk www.bestattravel.co.uk With over 25 years’ experience, we bring together the world’s most fascinating destinations. We specialise in luxury, tailor-made holidays around the world, with a focus on creating bespoke tours and providing competitive pricing and excellent service. q

Bravo Travel

020 7580 3000 info@bravo-travel.com www.bravo-travel.com Bravo creates tailor-made itineraries designed around your requirements. Their consultants have years of experience in the airline and tourism industry and are ready to assist you with full arrangements for your perfect trip with a reliable and friendly service. b qq

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020 7384 2332 latin@cazloyd.com www.cazloyd.com cazenove + loyd was the winner of the Favourite Specialist Tour Operator category at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2007 and in the top 5 from 2008 2012. They offer the finest private travel in South and Central America. b q

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Chimu Adventures

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01273 921655 info@discoversouthamerica.co.uk www.discoversouthamerica.co.uk Discover South America is an independent UK based tour operator specialising in custom tours to Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Enjoy flexibility, expert local knowledge, ATOL protection, value for money & 24/7 support. q

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01604 631155 enquiries@exclusiveadventures.co.uk www.exclusiveadventures.co.uk South America Travel specialist, providing high quality tailor-made holidays. We design and arrange each superb itinerary to exactly match the interests, requirements and budget of the client. Fully ATOL bonded. q

Exodus

0845 863 9606 sales@exodus.co.uk www.exodus.co.uk Exodus Travels have been operating since 1974 and are the UK’s original adventure and activity holiday company specialising in walking, cycling, winter activities, photographic and wildlife holidays in over 90 countries across the globe. b

Explore Worldwide

01252 884 723 res@explore.co.uk www.explore.co.uk Explore has been offering off-the-beatentrack small group adventure holidays for over 35 years. Explore offer over 550 trips in more than 120 countries – including many in Latin America. b q

Exsus Travel

020 7337 9000 escape@exsus.com www.exsus.com Exsus Travel offer luxury, personalised holidays for explorers with standards. Exsus properties are not only luxurious, but they are located in the best possible location and will truly reflect the culture of the country you are in. b q

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Geodyssey

020 7281 7788 enquiries@geodyssey.co.uk www.geodyssey.co.uk Geodyssey offers unique, in-depth, small group and tailor-made itineraries designed to showcase the best in each destination. Trips include sightseeing, walking, wildlife, birdwatching, diving, adventurous treks and expeditions, beaches and self-drive.

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020 8742 1556 maggi@gofishingworldwide.co.uk www.gofishingworldwide.co.uk Go Fishing Worldwide - fly fishing and game fishing holidays. Windows on the Wild wildlife, touring and soft adventure holidays.

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HighLives Travel

020 8835 7034 info@highlives.co.uk www.highlives.co.uk HighLives Travel are Latin America specialists with in-depth local know-how. We develop unique tours that offer true insight and discovery in to your chosen country; its culture, communities and natural world.

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Il Viaggio Journeys And Voyages

+39 0267 390 001 info@ilviaggio.biz www.ilviaggio.biz Il Viaggio is a bespoke niche Tour Operator. established in 1978. Our knowledge and expertise is invaluable, we provide tailor-made voyages highlighting on client’s interests and special needs. We focus our in-depth knowledge in Experiential Travel. q

Imagine Latin America

020 7622 1116 info@imaginelatinamerica.co.uk www.imaginelatinamerica.co.uk To try and encapsulate the essence of Latin America through just words and pictures is a feat, but this is what we strive for & hope it fires your imagination. We are here to pass on experiences and help you to have a memorable holiday. b q

Into Latin America

0117 214 0247 info@intolatinamerica.com www.intolatinamerica.com A small dedicated team creating tailor-made holidays to South and Central America. We enjoy getting to know our clients. This coupled with our extensive, in-depth knowledge of the region enables us to create unforgettable, personalised trips.

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020 7619 1380 enquiries@jacadatravel.com www.jacadatravel.com Leading specialists in luxury, bespoke travel to Latin America. Every one of our experts has spent time living and working in the region to gain a real in depth understanding of what Latin America has to offer you.

Journey Latin America

020 8747 8315 tours@journeylatinamerica.co.uk www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk As the UK’s No.1 specialists in travel to Latin America, we’ve been creating award-winning tailor-made holidays and escorted group tours to every corner of the region for over 35 years. Journey Latin America - we know the places you’ll love. b qq

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01768 773 966 info@keadventure.com www.keadventure.com We love to travel and with 31 years of experience, KE is the number one choice for trekking, discovering, climbing, cycling, family holidays and other adventures in Latin America and worldwide. b qq

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Kuoni Travel Ltd

01306 744 888 holidays@kuoni.co.uk www.kuoni.co.uk Since 1906, Kuoni has been creating incredible escorted tours, authentic independent itineraries and unique tailor-made holidays. Many of our Personal Travel Experts have travelled across Latin America and we also have a network of local experts. b q

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Last Frontiers

01296 653000 info@lastfrontiers.com www.lastfrontiers.com Whether it’s Cuba or Colombia, Last Frontiers can help plan your perfect trip. We design tailor-made itineraries throughout Latin America (and Antarctica) and our knowledge, combined with sensible advice and real attention to detail, is second to none. b q

Laterallife

020 7607 1943 info@laterallife.com www.laterallife.com We are an exclusive travel planning company, specialising in life-enriching sabbatical and experiential travel. We have detailed knowledge of Latin America and recommend destinations that we have personally vetted. Please do contact us for inspiration. q

Latin Odyssey

020 8704 1389 info@latinodyssey.com www.latinodyssey.com Latin Odyssey specialises in personalised itineraries throughout South America, creating holidays around your interests and budget. Our team has travelled extensively within each destination, giving you first-hand knowledge. b q

Latin Routes

020 8546 6222 info@latinroutes.co.uk www.latinroutes.co.uk Latin Routes only sells tailor-made holidays to South America. The destinations we offer are Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru and Antarctica. Our knowledge is second to none and based on our own first hand travel experience.

Llama Travel Limited

020 7263 3000 mail@llamatravel.com www.llamatravel.com Llama Travel offers high quality, excellent value holidays to Latin America. All our staff have either lived there or know the countries well. Choose from 40 featured holidays, or you can design your own holiday to visit the areas you want to see.

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Mercator Travel

01932 424252 info@mercatortravel.co.uk www.mercatortravel.co.uk Via its Central America Revealed & South America Revealed brands, Mercator Travel provides tailor-made travel services and informed regional knowledge, as well as quality customer service and competitive prices, across the entire Latin America region. qq

Miraviva

020 7186 1111 info@miravivatravel.com www.miravivatravel.com We are an established high end Latin America Travel Designer bringing fresh in-depth knowledge of the region to our guests. We take pride in delivering unique experiences with a personal touch and a fine attention to detail. q

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01327 359622 mail@motmottravel.com www.motmottravel.com MotMot Travel offers tailor-made holidays throughout the Caribbean area and on the surrounding Latin American mainland for nature lovers, bird watchers and for those seeking an authentic travel experience.

020 8274 8510 info@naturallybelize.co.uk www.naturallybelize.co.uk Specialising in tailor-made holidays to Belize. We offer custom itineraries for couples, groups, individuals and families looking to experience the reefs, rainforest, wildlife and mayan ruins within Belize and neighbouring countries. q 01670 772 349 info@optimundo.com www.optimundo.com Specialising in the Southern Cone of South America, we draw on a wealth of travel experience and local knowledge to arrange exceptional tailor-made holidays. q

Original Travel

020 7978 7333 will@originaltravel.co.uk www.originaltravel.co.uk Award winning Original Travel specialises in tailor-made itineraries across the globe. Latin America is its fastest growing area with trips ranging from Mexico’s tropical coastline southwards to the monumental icebergs of Antarctica. q

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Preston Reid

01347 889 332 info@prestonreid.com www.prestonreid.com Tailor-made itineraries throughout South America, individually created using our up to date first hand knowledge of the region and paying great attention to the finer details. Specialities include Honeymoons, Fishing, Riding, Cruises and Sports Tours.

Pura Aventura

01273 676 712 info@pura-aventura.com www.pura-aventura.com We specialise in thoughtfully tailored holidays in the great outdoors of Spain and Latin America. We believe in adventure, the kind you can’t just buy off the peg. For people who want to return from their travels feeling more alive than when they left. q

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Rainbow Tours

020 7666 1260 latinamerica@rainbowtours.co.uk www.rainbowtours.co.uk South America offers beach holidays, multi-country tours, classic cruises and exotic adventure. Rainbow Tours Latin America offers a selection of high-quality tailor-made holidays across the continent. ATOL 2786. b q

Reef And Rainforest Tours

01803 866 965 mail@reefandrainforest.co.uk www.reefandrainforest.co.uk Specialist natural history and diving tour operator since 1989. We publish three dedicated brochures; Tailor-made Itineraries, Family Adventures and Escorted Group Departures.

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Scott Dunn

020 8682 5030 latin@scottdunn.com www.scottdunn.com Scott Dunn has been creating luxury holidays and honeymoons to Latin America and other worldwide destinations since 1986. We cover nearly every country in Latin America, as well as Antarctica, and can also arrange add-on stays in the States. q

020 7407 1478 info@selectlatinamerica.co.uk www.selectlatinamerica.co.uk Our specialist knowledge of Latin America enables us to offer high-quality tours, both tailor-made and escorted small groups. We offer culture, nature and adventure itineraries. Galapagos, Amazon and Antarctica are our specialities. 30 years experience. q 020 7730 8646 info@steamondtravel.com www.steamondtravel.com Steamond Travel, with a background of 37 years in organising trips to Latin America offers you first-hand knowledge with flights, accommodation, air passes and bespoke tours at unbeatable prices. b qq

Steppes Travel

01285 885 333 enquiry@steppestravel.co.uk www.steppestravel.co.uk Steppes Travel specialise in tailor-made travel to all of Latin America. Our team have travelled extensively resulting in holidays which incorporate culture and wildlife while minimising your environmental impact through careful choice of hotels. b q

Sunvil Traveller

020 8758 4774 latinamerica@sunvil.co.uk www.sunvil.co.uk Carefully-crafted adventure trips with a particular emphasis on wildlife and culture. Our expert team has explored Latin America for well over 40 years. 11 countries across Central and South America. Sensible and honest advice. b q

Swoop Travel Ltd

0117 369 0196 advice@swooptravel.co.uk www.swoop-patagonia.co.uk LATA award winner 2015. Patagonia: specialists in trekking, adventure cruises, luxury lodges and horse-riding in the Patagonian Andes. Antarctica: Polar Cruise experts helping you choose from 17 different expedition ships. Tailor-made & Independent. q

T The Explorations Company

01367 850566 info@explorationscompany.com www.explorationscompany.com A highly personalised service for welltravelled individuals looking for something different. Holidays tailor-made to a client’s individuality. Our experts have a decade and a half of experience in travelling and working with this colourful continent. q

The South America Specialists

01525 306 555 info@thesouthamericaspecialists.com www.thesouthamericaspecialists.com A specialist tour operator and resource site for those planning their South America travel with a particular focus on Argentina and Chile. Featuring independent lodge reviews, photos, HD videos and rates. We charge the same rate as going direct. q

The Ultimate Travel Company

020 7386 4646 enquiry@theultimatetravelcompany.co.uk www.theultimatetravelcompany.co.uk The Ultimate Travel Company offers a wide range of tours throughout South America specialising in tailor-made itineraries for groups, individuals and families based on our extensive personal knowledge of Latin America. b qq

020 7368 1500 www.trailfinders.com Experts in tailor-making itineraries worldwide, Trailfinders offers unbeatable value and exceptional service. Whether you’re looking for budget or luxury, adventure or city breaks, cruising or touring, our prices are amongst the lowest you will find. b qq 01473 890499 info@tribes.co.uk www.tribes.co.uk TRIBES is an award-winning independent travel company founded in 1998. We provide high quality tailor-made holidays throughout Ecuador, The Galapagos, Peru and Brazil. We share our expert knowledge with you so that you get the experience you really want. b q

Tropical Sky

01342 887933 info@tropicalsky.co.uk www.tropicalsky.co.uk Tropical Sky a leading long haul operator specialises in high quality tailor-made/ packaged holidays. The program to Latin America includes all major countries and destinations offering a comprehensive choice and variety of accommodations and sightseeing. q

Tucan Travel

020 8896 1600 adventures@tucantravel.com www.tucantravel.com Tucan Travel has long been the experts in adventure travel to Latin America. Our award winning reputation for quality of service, value for money & responsible travel has made us leaders in this field. Take the adventure of a lifetime with Tucan Travel. b q

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WEXAS

020 7589 3315 travel@wexas.com www.wexas.com Over 40 years experience tailoring holidays to Latin America for individuals and groups alike, including trip-extensions and cruises to the Galapagos and Antarctica. q

Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel

020 7736 3968 info@wildfrontiers.co.uk www.wildfrontierstravel.com Adventure tour operator specialising in small group tours and tailor-made holidays to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations. b q

World Odyssey

01905 731373 info@world-odyssey.com www.world-odyssey.com World Odyssey specialises in tailor-made holidays throughout Latin America. We offer first-hand and in-depth knowledge and whether a honeymoon or a family holiday, we design the finest itineraries to fit the precise requirements of our clients.

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0800 0112424 info@yampu.com www.yampu.com Yampu Tours, planning lifetime experiences for 16 years, has received “South America’s Leading Tour Operator” award for the last 6 years. Experience More with our custom sightseeing, culinary, safari, family, and adventure itineraries to Latin America.

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MEMBERS BY COUNTRY Antarctica Antarctica XXI

+56-61-61 4100 sales@antarcticaxxi.com www.antarcticaxxi.com ANTARCTICA XXI offers exclusive fly & cruise expeditions to Antarctica - a unique opportunity to fly over the ‘infamous’ Drake Passage in 2 hours, and to join an expedition cruise visiting the best wildlife sites along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Antarpply Expeditions

+54-2901-433 636 / 436 747 info@antarpply.com www.antarpply.com ANTARPPLY EXPEDITIONS specialises in expedition cruises to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. Comfortably accommodating a maximum of 88 passengers, the USHUAIA is one of the few small ships ensuring longer and more frequent landings.

Argentina Aliwen Incoming

+54-11-5032 3073 quote@aliwenincoming.com.ar www.aliwenincoming.com Aliwen Incoming provides tailor-made trips for individuals or groups who desire the highest standards. Our specialists have travelled extensively throughout the country. We ensure we deliver good value services with competitive prices.

Alvear Palace Hotel

+54-11-4808 2100 info@alvearpalace.com www.alvearpalace.com A real palace in the heart of the Recoleta area, the hotel features 210 rooms including 125 suites. Sumptuously decorated with Empire and Louis XV style furniture, personal butler service, fresh fruits and flowers and Hermès toiletries in all rooms.

Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

+54-2901-44 2900 info@arakur.com www.arakur.com Located in a privileged location, on a natural balcony inside a nature Reserve, Arakur is more than a luxury hotel – it is an experience that will be etched in the memory of its visitors. At the mythical Tierra del Fuego.

ATP DMC

+54-11-4315 9222 info@atpdmc.com www.atpdmc.com ARGENTINA TRAVEL PARTNERS (ATP DMC) is an independent destination management company that specialises in opening up the range of unique travel experiences for new and returning visits to Argentina, whatever their age and interests.

Estancia Los Potreros

+54-91-159 006 468 bookings@estancialospotreros.com www.estancialospotreros.com Estancia Los Potreros is an exclusive working cattle farm in the wild and scenic Cordoba hills. It dates from 1574 and sets the highest standards of accommodation and is unrivalled in its fabulous horses. The top estancia to experience Argentina.

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Get the inside knowledge: these are the local tour operators in each destination that will help transform your visit into the trip of a lifetime

Mai10

+54-11-4314 3390 mai10@mai10.com.ar www.mai10.com Mai10 and our Founder/Owner Maita Barrenechea are recognized by the leading luxury experiential travel curators Virtuoso, Conde Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure as the top travel specialists of our region.

Belize

Belize Tourism Board

+501-227 2420 info@travelbelize.org www.travelbelize.org Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a peaceful English-speaking country in Central America. Belize offers a unique mix of culture and adventure, with tropical forests, Maya temples, and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

Absolute Belize

US Toll Free +1 800 640 2182 hello@absolutebelize.com www.absolutebelize.com At Absolute Belize, we curate the adventure and re-define the luxury, drawing on years of first hand experience on Belizean soil. Every itinerary is hand crafted with precision, love and nurture based on our clients' tastes, desires and wildest dreams.

Bolivia

Bolivia Milenaria

+591-2-241 4753 info@boliviamilenaria.com www.boliviamilenaria.com Bolivia Milenaria is a Bolivian DMC specialising in tailor-made tours for small groups or lone travellers. Our services focus on quality by paying attention to every little detail to make our trips the experience of a lifetime.

Crillon Tours-Titicaca Hydrofoils

Brazilian Tourist Board - Embratur 020 3727 2630 / Mob 07538 306 307 lilas.embratur@cunhavaz.com www.visitbrasil.com The Brazilian Tourist Board - Embratur's representative for the UK Travel Trade.

Chile

Turismo Chile

+56-2-2959 5500 cpt@turismochile.travel www.turismochile.travel Turismo Chile is a private non-profit entity, whose mission is to promote Chilean travel industry internationally. The institution combines public and private efforts to finance promotion around the world.

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

+56-2-2912 3945 recepcion@altoatacama.com www.altoatacama.com Alto Atacama is a tribute to the Atacama Desert and it’s culture, and an example of stunning sustainable architecture. To explore the desert there are over 30 adventurous, contemplative or cultural activities and a telescope, to relax six pools and a spa.

Awasi Atacama

+56-2-2233 9641 gororke@awasi.cl www.awasi.com Awasi is the only hotel in Atacama to be in the exclusive Relais & Chateaux association. Offering 100% tailor-made service, we assign a 4x4 vehicle & private guide per room. Allowing an experience according to the interests & preferences of each guest.

Balloons Over Atacama

020 3286 0207 info@balloonsoveratacama.com www.easternsafaris.com

EcoCamp Patagonia/Cascada

+591-2-233 7533 titicaca@entelnet.bo www.titicaca.com; www.uyuni.travel Tourism pioneers creating unique travel conditions for 56 years; our appealing products, programs, own operation and infrastructure on Lake Titicaca & Uyuni Salt Flats plus a growing offer of flights and hotels, Bolivia with CRILLON TOURS is unbeatable!

+56-2-2923 5950 info@cascada.travel www.cascada.travel Cascada Expediciones specialises in adventure travel and nature tours throughout Chile. We are the owners of sustainable geodesic dome hotel EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine and operate unique hiking tours in the national park.

Brazil

+56-2-206 6060 reservexplora@explora.com www.explora.com The purpose of explora is to provide its guests with the unforgettable experience of exploring the natural and cultural environments of South America's remote regions. Our hotels are sophisticated to ensure a real enjoyment of life's pleasures.

Belmond Copacabana Palace

+55-21-2548 7070 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com Situated on the promenade facing Copacabana Beach, Belmond Copacabana Palace is an iconic city-centre hotel legendary for its sumptuous style, fine cuisine and impeccable service. Highlights include a magnificent pool and Michelin Star restaurant.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

+55-45-2102 7000 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com The only hotel within Brazil's Iguassu National Park, this luxury colonial-style residence is located just seconds from the thundering action of Iguassu Falls. Guests have exclusive access to the natural wonder outside of park opening hours.

explora SA

Lakutaia Lodge

+56-61-261 5108 gerencia@lakutaia.cl www.lakutaialodge.com LAKUTAIA LODGE is the southernmost hotel in the world, located Cape Horn. We offer all inclusive programs from Punta Arenas and/ or Ushuaia. Activities such as over flights to the Cape Horn, trekking,fly fishing, horse riding, sailing routes, etc.

Latitud90- Chile

+56-2-2241 1941 ghorney@latitud90.com www.latitud90.com/incoming The Sense of Discovery Traveling is a learning experience that transforms people. This is why each program has been developed with the aim of revealing places, people and history in the most profound and comfortable way.

Nomads of the Seas

+56-2-2940 4690 contacts@nomadsoftheseas.com www.nomadsoftheseas.com Nomads of the Seas is more than a ship, it is a unique operation. The Atmosphere, is a specially designed platform to explore virgin Chilean Patagonia by air, land and water. The real magic is what you are doing and where you are doing it.

Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa

+56-2-2225 6489 info@puyuhuapilodge.com www.puyuhuapilodge.com In Chilean Patagonia and on the banks of a fjord, in a setting of incomparable beauty and enriched by the hot springs that emerge from the depths of the earth, we offer the perfect combination of adventure and disconnection Patagonia.

Tierra Hotels

+56-2-2207 8861 info@tierrahotels.com www.tierrahotels.com Discover Patagonia, Atacama and Chiloé Island in award winning Tierra Hotels. With bold architecture and inspiring views, Tierra Hotels offers seamless vacations in far-away places that feel like home.

Colombia ProColombia

020 7491 3535 london@proexport.com.co www.colombia.travel With 18 offices worldwide including 4 in Europe, ProColombia provides a point of contact & assistance for companies working or planning to work with Colombia as a destination. It is the perfect bridge to get the right Colombian tourism suppliers.

Colombia57

+57-6-886 8050 info@colombia57.com www.colombia57.com Colombia57 is a European owned local DMC & Receptive Tour Operator providing tailor made, FIT and group tours to Colombia with a strong focus on quality, innovative ideas & product, value for money, excellent service and attention to detail.

Costa Rica Costa Rican Trails

+506-2-280 6705 info@costaricantrails.com www.costaricantrails.com Costa Rican Trails targets to a very specific clientele, tailor made itineraries with special needs and interests. All of our services and products have been carefully selected to meet our high standards of quality, value and character.

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Swiss Travel, Costa Rica

+506-2-282 4898 info@swisstravelcr.com www.swisstravelcr.com Swiss Travel is a Destination Management Company (DMC) in Costa Rica. We offer a personalized service for individuals, groups, meetings & incentives including hotel reservations, transportation, tours, private services and organization of events.

Cuba

Cuba DMC

020 3637 1450 support@cubadmc.co.uk www.cubadmc.co.uk Uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional services in Cuba, Cuba DMC provides unrivalled knowledge and local expertise, leading the way in inbound travel and tourism in Cuba.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Tourist Board

020 7242 7778 uk@godominicanrepublic.com www.godominicanrepublic.com Dedicated to the promotion of our unparalleled destination in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic Tourist Board in London is a support and information center for travel industry professionals, journalists and members of the public.

Ecuador/Galapagos Quito Tourist Board

+593-2-299 3300-30 ext. 1042 ccardenas@quito-turismo.gob.ec www.quito-turismo.gob.ec Quito Turismo is in charge of promoting Ecuador's capital Quito as a tourism destination. Quito entices its visitors with the largest colonial city center in the Americas and its natural, cultural and gastronomic offer. www.quito.com.ec

Advantage Travel

+593-2-336 0888 info@advantagecuador.com www.advantagecuador.com Advantage Travel DMC, with more than 20 years experience, offers a different way to explore the fascinating diversity of Ecuador with 2 Amazon cruises and a wonderful lodge: The Manatee Amazon Explorer, the Anakonda Amazon Cruise, and the Mantaraya Lodge.

Casa Gangotena / Mashpi Lodge

+593-2-400 8000 info@casagangotena.com www.casagangotena.com; www.mashpilodge.com Casa Gangotena, luxury boutique hotel with 31 rooms is located in the heart of Quito’s Colonial Quarter. Mashpi Lodge, awardwinning luxurious lodge is located three hours from Quito in the mega-biodiverse world of its private cloudforest reserve.

Ecoventura/Galapagos Network

+1-305-262 6264 info@galapagosnetwork.com www.ecoventura.com Ecoventura offers life-enriching experiences in Galapagos for active adults, families and scuba divers aboard a fleet of expedition yachts; Eric, Letty, Galapagos Sky. MV ORIGIN joins the fleet in 2016 as the most comfortable fuel efficient luxury vessel.

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Enchanted Expeditions

+593-2-334 0525 headoffice@enchantedexpeditions.com www.enchantedexpeditions.com Enchanted Expeditions are a longestablished and reliable ground operator in Quito. Among our specialist tours - culture, archaeology, birding, adventure, trekking. Beluga and Cachalote on Galapagos.

EQ Touring

020 3372 4723 eqtouring@eqtouring.info www.eqtouring.com Boutique Company designing customized itineraries in Ecuador and Galapagos, we use the most reliable boats in Galapagos, the best hotels in Ecuador and the Amazon and the most experienced Tour Guides; this guarantees a pleasant exploration in our country.

Go Galapagos - Kleintours

+593-2-226 7000 accounts2@gogalapagos.com.ec www.kleintours.com Kleintours has become a leading tourism operator in Ecuador and a cruise line in the Galapagos Islands, providing dynamic mainland itineraries, and exclusive community-based social project.

Hilton Quito

+593-2-382 8350 sales.quito@hiltoncolon.com www.quito.hilton.com Prime location and views to experience the city, the closest 5* to the Colonial Town. Inviting rooms and an exclusive all-suite tower for full comfort under Hilton’s standards. The best of the national and international cuisine for fine or casual dining.

Metropolitan Touring

020 8675 4150 info@metropolitan-touring.com www.metropolitan-touring.com Our company is a top DMC/ground handler, established in 1953, with operations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. We offer a one-stop-shop for our clients' needs across South America, high standards of service and competitive prices.

Ocean Adventures

0800 404 9575 info@oagalapagos.com www.oagalapagos.com Discover the Galapagos on board the finest adventure cruise ships available. Owned and operated by Ocean Adventures, the expedition vessel, M/V Eclipse and M/C Athala II, allows travelers to experience one of the world’s greatest natural treasures.

Quasar Expeditions

+593-2-244 6996 info@quasarex.com www.quasarex.com Galapagos up-scale motor yacht operators since 1986. Capacity from 18 to 32 passengers. Land tour packages in Ecuador, Patagonia overland safaris and Peru tours for discerning travellers.

Sacha Lodge, Casa Suizo & Aliso

+593-2-256 6090 guillermoz@sachalodge.com www.sachalodge.com SACHA LODGE, 26 rooms. Amazon basin, 300 meters canopy walkway / CASA DEL SUIZO, 75 rooms Hotel. Amazon Basin. Culture nature & adventure. CASA ALISO, Quito 10 rooms individually designed & decorated. Petit Menu, until 10:00 PM, 24 hour front desk.

Surtrek Ecuador & Galapagos Tours

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

+593-2-250 0540 info@surtrek.com www.surtrek.com Specialist for tailor-made tours and sustainable travel in Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and South America. We offer customized first-class and luxury tours for individual travelers and small groups around Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

+52-998-872 8200 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com A tropical retreat set among lush greenery and on a talcum-white sandy beach. Guests can spend lazy days in the poolside restaurants and in the impressive spa, or snorkelling in the world’s second largest coral reef or nearby Mayan heritage sites.

Tip Top Travel

Catherwood Travels

Falkland Islands

Velas Resorts

+593-2-250 9983 enrique@rwittmer.com www.lcc-tiptoptravel.com TIP TOP TRAVEL is the representative of Tip Top Fleet in the Galapagos Islands. We offer all types of trips around Ecuador, we specialize in tailor made tours for FIT´s and groups looking always to meet all our clients’ needs and budget.

Falkland Islands Tourist Board

07968 962 882 Tony@falklandislands.com www.falklandislands.com Leading the tourism industry of this unrivalled wildlife destination, the Falkland Islands Tourist Board provides a wide range of information and services to visitors, agents and tour operators alike.

Falkland Islands Holidays

+500-22622 info@falklandislandsholidays.com www.falklandislandsholidays.com Longest established travel operator in the Falkland Islands, over 20 years experience in tailor-made holidays to suit all travel requirements, photograpy, wildlife, battle, hiking or general interest. Group and Independent travel arranged.

International Tours & Travel Ltd

+500-22041 se.itt@horizon.co.fk www.falklandislands.travel The most comprehensive travel agent and tour operator in the Falkland Islands with over 10 years experience and passion in selling this niche destination. As LAN GSA we also offer competitive prices for international flights to the South American cone.

Mexico

+52-999-920 2632 reservations@catherwoodtravels.com www.catherwoodtravels.com Catherwood Travels takes adventurers deep into the heart of Mexico's mesmerizing culture on unforgettable bespoke tours. Travelers enjoy exclusive dining, adventures in seldom-visited Mayan sites immersing them in the wonders of the Maya World.

07734 359 566 salesuk@velasresorts.com www.grandvelas.com Velas Resorts features four spectacular luxury resorts with 1,170 luxury rooms and suites, including Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Velas Vallarta Suites Resort, Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta and Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Viajes Meca

+52-55-5203 4155 mecauk@viajesmeca.com www.viajesmeca.com With over 30 years of experience, Viajes Meca has now become one of the leading DMC in Mexico, with a reliable and efficient service. Viajes Meca provides tailormade itineraries, personalizes all incentive travels, organizes conferences, seminars.

Nicaragua

Aqua Wellness Resort

+1-310-497 1767 Sharon.Boorstin@aquanicaragua.com www.aquanicaragua.com On Nicaragua's Pacific "Emerald Coast," Aqua is a "barefoot luxury" resort with 44 Tree House suites, ideal for a romantic getaway, a wellness retreat, or as a relaxing base camp for enjoying the nature, culture and adventure activities of Nicaragua.

Mexico Tourism Board

Panama

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

+507-315-1488 annie@ecocircuitos.com www.ecocircuitos.com Locally owned tour operator and DMC since 1999 that specializes in custom travel experiences that includes adventure activities, cultural encounters, honeymoon getaways, family holidays and educational tours that foster sustainable development in Panama.

00800-1111 2266 info@mexicotravel.co.uk www.visitmexico.com A fully comprehensive information service on all aspects of travel to Mexico, including literature on the country's many attractions, for the individual traveller and the tour wholesaler. +52-415-152 7040 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com A cluster of historic buildings at the heart of San Miguel de Allende, this charming luxury hotel offers the ultimate Mexican experience. Cool leafy gardens and stone arches surround pretty courtyards. Features include a renowned cookery school and spa.

Ecocircuitos

Panama Trails

+507-836-6093 info@panamatrails.com www.panamatrails.com Panama Trails is a Panama based tour operator committed to provide unique, innovative & sustainable travel services at a great value. We offer travel experiences for families, honeymooners, nature lovers, adrenaline junkies and tailor made itineraries.

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MEMBERS BY COUNTRY Peru

PromPerú

+51-1-616 7300 ehakim@promperu.gob.pe www.peru.travel PromPerú, the Commission for Exports and Tourism in Peru, is responsible for the promotion of investments and tourism. Being rich in history, colonial tradition, adventure, gastronomy and biodiversity, makes Peru an attractive destination.

Amazonas Explorer

+51-84-252 846 info@amazonas-explorer.com www.amazonas-explorer.com Amazonas Explorer offers you a Peru beyond Machu Picchu. 30 years of the safest, most professionally run Peru adventure. Explore the real Peru and see the main sites without the crowds. Travel by foot, raft and bike. Weekly group Inca Trail.

Belmond Hiram Bingham

+51-84-58 1414 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com The Belmond Hiram Bingham luxury train links Cusco and Machu Picchu via the dramatic Urubamba River valley. The journey includes appetisers, brunch, live music and a gourmet dinner of local specialities.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

+51-84-60 4000 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com A former monastery, Belmond Hotel Monasterio is a tranquil retreat located in the heart of Cusco. 16th-century paintings decorate magnificent interiors, while many guestrooms are enriched with oxygen to combat the effects of altitude.

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

+51-84-20 1631 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com Set by the Urubamba River between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado is a tranquil retreat. Spacious riverfront terraces offer vist as over the river and hills, while facilities include the Sacred Valley's first outdoor solar-heated pool.

Belmond Miraflores Park

+51-1-610 4000 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com This chic hotel in stylish Miraflores enjoys a sensational location beside the Pacific Ocean. The hotel’s restaurant is one of Lima’s top places to dine, serving international dishes with a focus on Asian, Mediterranean and Peruvian flavours.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

+51-84-582 222 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com This restored former palace and convent blends original Inca features with 21st–century indulgence. Oxygenenriched suites have butler service and facilities include Cusco’s first outdoor heated swimming pool and the world's only fully-oxygenated spa.

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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

+51-84-211 038 sales.uk@belmond.com www.belmond.com The only hotel adjacent to Machu Picchu, guests at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge enjoy exclusive access to the citadel in the early morning and late afternoon. Set in fragrant gardens, the intimate hotel offers stunning views of the surrounding mountainside.

Condor Travel SA

+51-1-615 3000 incoming@condortravel.com www.condortravel.com Condor Travel offers 37 years of experience in tourism, and major competitive advantages that make us into South America's leading tour operator: ISO 9001:2008 certified, 24/7 operation, innovative products, a highly skilled team, and sustainable tourism.

Delfin Amazon Cruises SAC

+51 719 0999 info@delfinamazoncruises.com www.delfinamazoncruises.com Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, Delfin Amazon Cruises will take you into one of the world’s largest protected flooded forests, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Hotel B

+51-1-206 0800 marketing@hotelb.pe www.hotelb.pe Hotel B will cater to a variety of clientele, from guests looking for a historic atmosphere to the ones interested in the city’s contemporary art and cultural scene. Heritage, traditions and culinary fusion attract the world’s savviest travelers to Lima.

Inkaterra Peru

+51-1-610 0400 liza.masias@inkaterra.com www.inkaterra.com Inkaterra is Peru's leader in sustainable tourism with five Inkaterra hotels and one hotel byInkaterra, a sub brand. The company also offers bespoke tailor-made trips and in Tambopata, Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Kichwa Peru

+51-84-261 369 juanjose@kichwaperu.com.pe www.kichwaperu.com.pe Kichwa creates unique and memorable experiences for travellers in Peru & Bolivia. Whether travelling independently or in a small group, Kichwa is the epitome of expertise and efficiency, offering over 20 years of combined experience.

Kuoda Tours

+51-84-221 773 info@kuodatravel.com www.kuodatravel.com BESPOKE TOURS IN SOUTH AMERICA: private itinerary tailored to requirements, personality, interests • Accommodations • Activities, entrance tickets • Private guides • Private transportation • Key meals • 24/7 Help • Unforgettable, meaningful experiences!

Libertador Hotels Resorts & Spas

+51-1-712 7000 avillarroel@libertador.com.pe www.libertador.com.pe Is a collection of hotels known for the quality of their service and the friendliness of their staff. Located in most attractive destinations such as Arequipa, Puno,Trujillo and Lima, our Libertador Hotel’s are considered one of the most important in Peru.

Mountain Lodges of Peru

+51-84-243 636 elisabeth.lr@mountainlodgesofperu.com www.mountainlodgesofperu.com Mountain Lodges of Peru is a Peruvian company dedicated to operating unique travel experiences with an orientation to soft adventures and social responsibility. We offer a spirited, authentic and thrilling take on adventure travel to Machu Picchu.

Palacio del Inka

+51-84-231 961 avillarroel@libertador.com.pe www.libertador.com.pe A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, Palacio del Inka stands in the historic center of Cusco. Directly across from the Koricancha, it is a 5-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets, and more.

Titilaka

marketing@andean-experience.com www.titilaka.com Titilaka is an Experience Lodge located on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca, providing sophisticated travelers a luxurious refuge to explore the treasured natural, cultural and historical resources of this remote mystical region.

Viajes Pacifico

+51-1-6101 900 info@vipac.pe www.viajespacifico.com.pe VIPAC Peru is one of the most prestigious tour companies in Peru. It was established more than 37 years ago with the mission of creating memorable experiences such as regular departures, private journeys, incentive programs, among others.

Uruguay

Buemes Travel DMC

+598-2902 1050 incoming@buemes.com.uy www.buemesdmc.com Our organization has the experience, means, materials and committed professionals for receiving FIT’s and groups. Our excellent group of professional bilingual staff, tour guides and our innovative tours, have made us a leader in the field.

Peru Empire Co.

+51-1-700 5100 marite@aeco.pe www.pec.pe Andean Experience offers tailor-made itineraries according traveler’s preferences to create Peru trips. We believe in structured yet flexible itineraries to facilitate discovery and exploration complemented by great service, the best guides and hotels.

PeruRail

6126700 www.perurail.com PeruRail is a Peruvian-British company, part of the Belmond Group. Since 1999 we have been operating rail services along the south and south-east routes. We offer tourist services and make every journey an unforgettable experience towards two emblematic destinations: Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

Rainforest Expeditions

+51-1-719 6422 sales@rainforest.com.pe www.perunature.com Rainforest Expeditions operates award winning EcoLodges: Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata Research Center and the new exclusive Amazon Villa. We're passionate about nature and committed to its people.

Tambo del Inka

+51-84-581-777 avillarroel@libertador.com.pe www.libertador.com.pe The only hotel in Urubamba with a private train station to Machu Picchu, we go to every length to ensure an indelible stay, offering refined dining, a therapeutic spa, and premier fitness center, along with an emerald lagoon and blooming riverside gardens.

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The hotels, airlines, cruise ships, tourist boards and service providers that will help enable you to get the most out of Latin America

Airlines

Cruise ships

Hotel groups

0871 644 4453 aerolineas@flightdirectors.com www.aerolineas.com.ar Founded in 1950, Aerolineas Argentinas, SkyTeam members, is one of the leading South American carriers. Aerolineas, along with Austral, flies to 24 international destinations in the Americas and Europe, and 36 domestics destinations.

+34-93-497 0484 europa@crucerosaustralis.eu www.australis.com Expedition cruises to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn. 4 weekly programs between Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina. Our daily shore excursions disembark near glaciers and fjords visiting colonies of penguins, elephant seals, etc.

020 3117 1300 kate.dicks@belmond.com www.belmond.com The Belmond collection in Latin America includes properties in Brazil, Mexico and five luxury hotels in Peru including the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas and Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, as well as the Belmond Hiram Bingham train.

Aerolineas Argentinas

Aeromexico

020 8834 1013 mnrodriguez@aeromexico.com www.aeromexico.com Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V., operating as AeroMexico, is the flag carrier airline of Mexico based in Mexico City. It operates scheduled domestic services and international services to Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

Air Europa

0871 423 0717 uksales@air-europa.com www.aireuropa.com Air Europa offers twice-daily flights from Gatwick to Madrid with quick connections to: Asuncion, Buenos Aires, Lima, Salvador de Bahia, Caracas, Havana, Santo Domingo, Montevideo, Santa Cruz, Sao Paulo, Cancun and Punta Cana. New for 2016: Bogota .

Avianca

0800 031 4206 info.uk@avianca.com www.avianca.com Avianca offers travellers the widest network of destinations, routes and frequencies, operated from our 3 hubs in Bogota (Colombia), Lima (Peru)and San Salvador. Star Alliance Member. From the 04th July will be the only flight non stop from LHR to BOG.

BA / Iberia Airlines

020 8738 3355 consumer.support@ba.com www.ba.com Iberia and British Airways offer both direct and indirect flights to Latin America. British Airways fly to Rio ,Sao, Bue ,Mex and Cun nonstop from London. Iberia , via Madrid , fly to Bue,Rio,Sao,Scl,Bog,Sjo,Uio,Gye,Sjo, Sal,Gua Pty ,Lim and Ccs.

LATAM AIRLINES GROUP

020 8741 2005 www.tamairlines.com / www.lan.com TAM is the largest airline in S. America. Our network covers more than 70 domestic destinations and 18 international in South America, Europe and USA. On board our passenger will experience the comfort and the excellent service exclusively offered by TAM.

United Airlines

0845 607 6760 www.united.com United Airlines has Latin America covered. Services from seven UK airports to over 50 Latin American destinations via connections from six U.S hubs. You’ll arrive refreshed, thanks to United’s superior levels of comfort and personal service.

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Cruceros Australis

One Ocean Expeditions

+351-962-721 836 voyages@oneoceanexpeditions.com www.oneoceanexpeditions.com Expedition cruise company One Ocean Expeditions operates two small ships designed for polar exploration. Offering a range of innovative Antarctic itineraries the company has developed a reputation for exceptional quality, customer service & great value.

Silversea Cruises (UK) Ltd

0844 770 9030 salesuk@silversea.com www.silversea.com Luxury all-inclusive expedition cruises year-round to the Galapagos Islands on two distinct 7-day itineraries plus luxury cruises to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil including butler service, complimentary beverages and fine dining.

Skorpios Cruises

+56-2-477 1900 skoinfo@skorpios.cl www.skorpios.cl Skorpios Cruises offers two routes to the glaciers of Chilean Patagonia; Chonos Route, a 6 nights program to the Northern Ice Field, and Kaweskar Route, a 3 nights program, with two weekly sailings, to the Patagonian Southern Ice Field.

Guide Books/Media Bradt Travel Guides

01753 893 444 info@bradtguides.com www.bradtguides.com Pioneering publisher of award-winning guidebooks since 1974. Bradt has 200+ titles on its list, but is best known for 'getting there first' with guides to new/ emerging destinations. Voted 'Best Guidebook Series' by Which? Magazine for two years in a row.

Footprint Handbooks

01225 469 141 contactus@footprinttravelguides.com www.footprinttravelguides.com Our 44 current guides to the region, including The South American Handbook, have been voted by LATA as 'the most informative guides to Latin America on the market'. Contact us to discuss advertising opportunities in all our guides and online.

Belmond (UK) Limited

Bop - Best Of South America

+541-152-540 193 mariana@bop.travel www.bop.travel BOP is the marketing alliance that groups together some of the most exclusive hotels and cruises of South America. Each member has distinguished qualities and outstanding features that make them unique and unrepeatable. www.bop.travel

Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts 020 3598 8030 www.fiestamericana.com Posadas is the Mexican largest hotel operator, with more than hotels and over 20,000 rooms in beach and city destinations throughout the country.

Relais & Châteaux

www.relaischateaux.com/en Relais & Châteaux offers you a veritable world tour. Whatever the occasion, however long you stay, each of our hotels will offer you the very best of its culture and region.

Local operators

Representation COMPANIES Americas

020 7223 4330 americas@americas.co.uk www.americas.co.uk We connect Tour Operators with DMCs and help plan your product range. We initiate relationships and continue to offer advice and knowledge to help maintain and grow sales. We offer support with materials, product selection, product training and fam-trips.

AMG LTD

020 8487 9881 david@amgltd.biz www.amgrepresentation.com AMG is one of the UK’s leading sales representation, tourism marketing and PR agencies. Our unique blend of in-house skills, expertise, products and services provides our clients with an array of ideas and opportunities not offered by our competitors.

Transportation companies

Airport To Hotel (UK) Limited

01273 828200 normant@holidaytaxis.com www.holidaytaxis.com Through HolidayTaxis you can book your ground transportation in over 10,000 destinations across 120 countries around the world. Offering everything from value shuttle transfers to luxury limousines.

Cast Central America

+506-2-228 1470 info@castcr.com www.castcr.com CAST is a DMC with its own offices in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, which has given thousands of travelers incredible and unforgettable experiences since 1999. Recognized as a sustainable company with personalized attention and high quality services.

Fremen Tours

+591-2-242 1258 info@andes-amazonia.com www.andes-amazonia.com BOLIVIA, Andes & Amazonia. We take the headaches out of your business.

South American Tours GMBH

+49-69-405 8970 sales@southamericantours.com www.southamericantours.com South American Tours DMC - with company owned SAT offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay - is leading in designing unique travel experiences, highlight tours, M.I.C.E., cruise handing and escorted Seat-In-Coach tours.

Wanderlust Travel Media

01753 620 426 info@wanderlust.co.uk www.wanderlust.co.uk Wanderlust is the UK's leading travel magazine covering adventurous and cultural travel. As Michael Palin says: "the most discerning travel magazine this side of Nanga Parbat!". Our award-winning team also produce customer magazines, content marketing campaigns and much more. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

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all lata MEMBERS Airlines

Aerolineas Argentinas Aeromexico Air Europa Avianca BA / Iberia Airlines Copa Airlines LATAM Airlines Group United Airlines

Business support Elman Wall Travel Accountants

Charities/NGOs

Galapagos Conservation Trust Just a Drop The Crees Foundation The LATA Foundation The Travel Foundation

Cruise ships

Amazon Nature Tours Antarctica XXI Antarpply Expeditions Cruceros Australis Delfin Amazon Cruises SAC Ecoventura/Galapagos Network Nomads of the Seas One Ocean Expeditions Silversea Cruises (UK) Ltd Skorpios Cruises

Guide Books/Media Bradt Travel Guides Footprint Handbooks Selling Travel Wanderlust Travel Media

Hotels

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa Alvear Palace Hotel Aqua Wellness Resort Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa Awasi Atacama Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada Belmond Copacabana Palace Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Belmond Hotel Monasterio Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa Belmond Miraflores Park Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Casa Gangotena / Mashpi Lodge Estancia Los Potreros FAENA HOTEL+UNIVERSE Grupo Islita Hacienda Zuleta Hard Rock Hotels Hilton Quito Hotel B Hotel Oro Verde Lakutaia Lodge Palacio del Inka Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa Remota Sacha Lodge , Casa Suizo & Aliso Sol & Luna Lodge & Spa Tambo del Inka Tequila Espiritu de Mexico Tierra Hotels Titilaka Vira Vira Hacienda Hotel

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Hotel groups

Belmond (UK) Limited BOP - Best of South America Casa Andina explora SA Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts Francis Ford Coppola Resorts Libertador Hotels Resorts & Spas Relais & Châteaux The Singular Hotels Velas Resorts

Legal & Insurance Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP Travel Risk Professionals

Local Operators Absolute Belize ADSMUNDO Advantage Travel Agora Brasil Viagens Albee Adventures Aliwen Incoming Amazonas Explorer Andando Tours Apus Peru ATP DMC Blumar Tour Operator Bolivia Milenaria Brazilian Incentives & Tourism Buemes Travel DMC CAST Central America Catherwood Travels Colombia57 Colombian Journeys Coltur Peru Condor Travel SA Condor Verde Travel Costa Rica Sun Tours Costa Rican Trails Creter Tours Crillon Tours-Titicaca Hydrofoils Cuba DMC Cynsa Tour Operator Darah Travel Ltd Del Bianco Travel Experience Delfino Tours C.A Designer Trips Argentina EcoCamp Patagonia / Cascada EcoCircuitos Ecuadorian Tours Enchanted Expeditions ENIGMA EQ Touring Esencia Experiences Eurotur SRL Falkland Islands Holidays Fremen Tours Gentian Trails Go Galapagos - Kleintours H&T Argentina Haugan Cruises / La Selva Lodge Horizontes Nature Tours Inkaterra Peru International Tours & Travel Ltd. Journey Mexico Kallpa Tour Operator Kichwa Peru Kuoda Tours Lares Uruguay Latin Trails Latincoming Latitud90- Chile Lima Tours SA Magri Turismo Ltda Mai10 Manu Expeditions Mava Travel Peru

Metropolitan Touring Mountain Lodges of Peru Native Trails Natoura Travel & Adventure Tours Nature Style SA Ocean Adventures Panama Trails Passion Brazil Peru Empire Co. Protours Pure Brasil Quality Travel Quasar Expeditions Rainforest Expeditions Saint Germain Tours Say Hueque Setours S.A. SOCOMPA South American Tours GmbH Surtrek Ecuador & Galapagos Tours Swiss Travel, Costa Rica Tip Top Travel Top Dest Tours Unlimited Trails of Chile Travel Excellence travelArt Chile Tropic Journeys in Nature Turavion Vapues Tours Viajes Meca Viajes Pacifico ViaVenture Walpax Viagens e Turismo Wilderness Explorers

Marketing/ Technology Support Blue Frog Critical Divide

Representation companies Americas AMG Ltd AVIACIRCLE Cara Hotel Marketing Chile Tours Destination Marketing Group Hemisphere Marketing Interchange JG Black Book of Travel Kellie Worldwide Saspo Tourism Services Limited Senderos Talking Stick Marketing The BigBlue Collection

Tour Operators Abercrombie & Kent Travel Advance360 Group All Leisure Holidays Ltd Andean Trails Audley Latin America Best at Travel Bravo Travel cazenove + loyd Chameleon Worldwide Chimu Adventures Cox & Kings Discover South America Ltd Exclusive Adventures Exodus Explore Worldwide Exsus Travel Geodyssey Go Fishing/Windows on the Wild HighLives Travel

Il Viaggio Journeys and Voyages Imagine Latin America Into Latin America Jacada Travel Ltd Journey Latin America KE Adventure Travel Kuoni Travel Ltd Last Frontiers laterallife Latin Odyssey Latin Routes Llama Travel Limited Mercator Travel Miraviva MotMot Travel Ltd Naturally Belize Optimundo Limited Original Travel Preston Reid Pura Aventura Rainbow Tours Reef and Rainforest Tours Scott Dunn Select Latin America Steamond Travel Steppes Travel Sunvil Traveller Swoop Travel Ltd The Explorations Company The South America Specialists The Ultimate Travel Company Trailfinders Tribes Travel Ltd Tropical Sky Tucan Travel WEXAS Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel World Odyssey Yampu Tours

Tourist Board

Belize Tourism Board Brazilian Tourist Board - Embratur Caribbean Tourism Organisation Dominican Republic Tourist Board Embassy of Brazil Tourist Office Falkland Islands Tourist Board Mexico Tourism Board ProColombia PromPerĂş Quito Tourist Board Turismo Chile

Trade bodies & Cultural Associations

Brazilian Chamber of Commerce British Argentine Chamber Canning House Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau VBRATA

Transportation companies Airport to Hotel (UK) Limited Balloons Over Atacama Belmond Hiram Bingham Ferrocarriles del Ecuador Inca Rail PeruRail

Travel shows

Reed Exhibitions Ltd The Times Destinations Show W H Coleman

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