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Dream Destinations in Latin America

Latin America is such a large area with so many different things to see and do, it can often be hard to know where to start looking. So, we thought we would try and narrow it down for you by showcasing what we would consider to be some of the best places to go and stay in South & Central America




Saying all this, the best way to get an idea of where to go is to give us a call. We have travelled to every single destination that we offer and can give you an in depth account of any given region as well as some impartial advice on hotels.


Off The Beaten Track




Where to go: Salta and the northwest of Argentina is a diverse region containing; vineyards, colonial villages, salt flats, canyons and excellent horse riding.

Where to stay: You ideally need about a week allowing you stay in the House of Jasmines near Salta and the Patios de Cafayate in the vineyards near Cafayate.

Also worth considering: The Yungas in Bolivia is an untouched escape


What our customers said: ‘The people of Argentina were fantastic’ Janet & Bill


Coastal Retreats




Where to go: The coastlines of both Trancoso in Brazil and the Riviera Maya in Mexico have the best beaches on the continent.

Where to stay: Lots of options in both areas with the best being the Villas Trancoso in Brazil and the Viceroy Riviera Maya in Mexico

Also worth considering: The Cayes in Belize offers a pristine reef system.


What our customers said: ‘The hotel was amazing the room was huge with a brilliant view.’ Steve C.


The National Parks




Where to go: Torres del Paine in Chile is unquestionably the best national park in Latin America. Towering peaks of granite and basalt, split by glaciers with multi coloured lakes and lagoons. The perfect place to walk and ride.

Where to stay: Over time, new hotels have emerged such as Awasi Patagonia, but the best still remains the Explora Patagonia hotel, inside the park, at the base of the mountains.

Also worth considering: The Galapagos National park off the coast of Ecuador


What our customers said: ‘The walk on the glacier was mind blowing.’ Stephen H.


Wildlife Watching




Where to go: The Pantanal in Brazil is the closest you will get to an African Safari where activities include walking, canoeing, driving safaris and horse riding.

Where to stay: The small and intimate Fazenda Barranco Alto and the Caiman Lodge have consistently been the best in the region.

Also worth considering: For ornithologist, there is nowhere better than Costa Rica


What our customers said: ‘The Pantanal was the highlight, what a gem of a place!’ Tim & Nell


Cultural Riches




Where to go: Peru is the epicentre of the Inca world. Machu Picchu obviously, but lesser known Pre-Inca ruins can be found around Arequipa and Lake Titicaca whilst other major Inca ruins are around both Cuzco and especially the Sacred Valley

Where to stay: Numerous places to choose from, but excellent retreats would be the Titilaka Hotel on Lake Titicaca and the Las Casitas del Colca in the Colca Canyon.

Also worth considering: The Mayan ruins of Guatemala where Tikal is the highlight


What our customers said: ‘Everything went really smoothly and it was all so amazing that I couldn’t pick a favourite bit!’ Ben D.


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Luxury For Less in Latin America

If you are thinking about going to Central or South America within the next year, now is the time to start thinking about it and we bring you five insider travel tips as well as some inspiring holiday ideas on how to be smart with your money when planning a Latin America holiday



  • Book your flights as early as possible – 11 months in advance if you can. This will secure the cheapest seats on any flight allowing you spend your hard earned cash on the best hotels and rooms. Also, Central America is cheaper to fly to than South America.
  • Try to avoid too much moving around as transfers to and from airports or towns can push your price up quickly. We recommend staying in two or three places within each country and exploring the surrounding areas from there.
  • Sometimes it is worth doing a few shared activities.  A prime example of this is around the Glaciers in El Calafate where a private tour of the glacier can sometimes be twice as much as a shared one.
  • Manage where you stay.  If you are on a budget stay in ‘good value’ hotels in good locations, then you can spoil yourself with a nice hotel for a few days at the end.
  • Taking internal flights in places like Brazil, Argentina or Chile can be expensive as distances are vast, so try to keep to one or two.  In Central America internal flights are cheaper and it’s a great way to see different parts of the country without losing time.


Need some inspiration on where to go and an idea of cost? Here are our ideas for the best places to go and stay if you want cocktails and canapés on a budget.


We have also given a guideline price for a 2 week holiday, though this price does not include any international flights, but does include internal flights, all hotels on a b&b basis, some activities and private transfers throughout.


Call us on 44 (0) 208 704 1389 to talk through the best way to arrange your holiday of a lifetime.


Guatemala & Belize




Best value hotels: The Jungle lodge in Tikal as it is right next to the ruins & Mata Rocks in Belize, which is close to town allowing you to eat out every night

Where to spoil yourself: Posada del Angel in Antigua.  A beautiful place to start your holiday

Approximate cost: 3 nights Antigua, 1 in Tikal, 4 in the Cayo district and 5 on The Cayes is from £1,280 per person






Best value hotels: At your hotel in Machu Picchu you will arrive late and leave early, so stay at the El Mapi, which is excellent value for money

Where to spoil yourself: The Casa Andina Private Collection in Arequipa is superb and relatively cheap as is the new El Mercado Tunqui hotel in Cuzco

Approximate cost: 1 night in Lima, 3 in Arequipa, 1 in the Colca Canyon, 3 in Cuzco, 1 in Machu Picchu and 4 in the Sacred Valley is from £1,477 per person







Best value hotel: The Villa Paraiso on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua is a great location; on the beach and next to the islands twin volcanoes.

Where to spoil yourself: Morgan’s Rock on the Pacific coast.  A world class hotel without the price tag to match

Approximate cost: 3 nights in Leon, 3 in Granada, 4 on Ometepe & 3 at Morgans Rock is from £1,296 per person







Best value hotels: Hard to find in Brazil but the Oka da Mata in Pipa and the Anima hotel on Morro de Sao Paulo are superb for the cost.

Where to spoil yourself: The Villa Bahia in Salvador is a beautiful Portuguese mansion in the heart of Pelourinho.

Approximate cost: 6 nights in Pipa, 2 in Salvador and 5 on Morro de Sao Paulo is from £1,582 per person







Best value hotels: At Chiriqui in the north-west is Cala Mia which has lots of things to see and do in the area, whilst Al Natural in Bocas del Toro is beautifully remote.

Where to spoil yourself: The Canal house in Panama City only has 3 rooms

Approximate cost: 3 nights Panama City, 3 nights Chiriqui, 3 nights Boquete & 4 nights Bocas del Toro is from £1,325 per person



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Country Focus: Guatemala


You’ve picked Guatemala for your next holiday. Your flight is booked. Your hotels are reserved. Now you just have to figure out what to do. Fortunately, Guatemala offers all sorts of ways to experience its top destinations. Below we’ve compiled a mix of traditional tours and more off-beat experiences around Antigua, Lake Atitlan and the northern department of Tikal. There’s so much to do, your new challenge will likely be how to fit it all in.





Pacaya Volcano Hike

Guatemala is home to more than 30 volcanoes, a handful of which often spew ash, smoke, and lava. One of the most popular for climbing is Pacaya, about 90 minutes from Antigua. A guided hike takes you along its foothills, through pine forests, and to an area of lava rock and ash where hot steam escapes through crevices in the ground. On a clear day, you can see nearby volcanoes and the Pacific lowlands. Add a picnic lunch as a reward.


Street Food Tour

Taste Guatemala’s most traditional fare as you explore Antigua’s street food hot spots. Visit places where long lines of locals are a fixture—and for good reason: The food served is delicious and well-prepared. Items you might sample include chuchitos (the Guatemalan take on a tamale), pupusas (cheese-filled corn tortillas), and rellenitos (plantain cakes filled with sweet beans). You’ll learn about the cultural and historic significance of the eats on offer and (if open) visit Antigua’s busy market.


Lake Atitlan




San Juan & Santiago Atitlán Villages Tour

Board a boat for the village of San Juan La Laguna [above], where you’ll visit a women’s cooperative to see how traditional backstrap looms and all-natural dyes are used to make some of Guatemala’s prettiest textiles. Visit the workshop of a local naïf painter, too. Afterward, head to the Tz’utujil Maya town of Santiago Atitlan. Here, you’ll explore Santiago’s church and market while learning about the town’s history, textiles, and folk art and track down Maximon, a celebrated Maya folk saint that’s housed by a member of the local religious brotherhood. Shamans often perform rituals wherever Maximon resides


Hiking & Biking Villages Visit

Explore Lake Atitlan’s ruggedly picturesque perimeter by foot or by bike [at right]. Along the way, you’ll pass agricultural fields, visit local shops, enjoy spectacular lake and volcano views, and get a taste of local life. The lake’s waterfront towns boast different personalities, all interesting in their own respect.






Tikal Tour

Take a privately guided tour of Tikal National Park [above], one of the ancient Maya’s largest and most fascinating urban centres. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, Tikal was occupied from approximately 900 B.C. to 900 A.D. and reached its heyday c. 700 A.D. with some 50,000 inhabitants. Today, it comprises more than 3,000 well-preserved temples, palaces, ceremonial platforms, and shrines surrounded by jungle; look for tropical birds and monkeys. As you explore the ruins, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the ancient Maya and visit famous spots like the Temple of the Grand Jaguar. A sunrise visit is a real treat.


Yaxha Sunset Tour

One of Guatemala’s little-visited but more picturesque archaeological areas, the Yaxha ruins comprise several superbly restored structures surrounded by lush jungle that sit atop a hill overlooking two scenic lakes. Temple 216 in the East Acropolis towers above the site and provides magnificent views of the area. Climb to its top at dusk for drinks and snacks and to watch the sunset over the surrounding landscape. Yaxha is also a great spot for birding tours.


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Something for Everyone in Latin America


Do you prefer soaking up culture in the city, roughing it in the middle of nowhere or getting pampered on the beach? We all have a different idea about what makes for a memorable holiday. Whether you are looking for peace and quiet or a piece of the action, Latin America will have something for you.

With 19 countries to choose from, this is unquestionably the continent of choices. It contains everything from jungle to beaches, colonial towns to mega cities, mountains, lakes, glaciers, ancient civilisations, high deserts and flooded wetlands, not to mention a profusion of wildlife. So, if you are struggling to find a holiday this year, whether it be for you, your family or someone special, give us a call and we can find something for you.


For: The Romantic


Best Areas: The wine region of Mendoza or Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Best Hotels: Cavas Wine Lodge has individual bungalows surrounded by vineyards whilst Casa Palopo overlooks the volcanoes on Lake Atitlan.

When to Go: All year round


For: The Adventurer


Best Area: Atacama, Chile. Here you will find remote salt flats, horse riding, high altitude trekking and the valley of the moon

Best Hotels: Awasi Atacama with its individual adobe bungalows and Tierra Atacama

When to Go: All year round, though Mar-Nov is best


For: The Beach Bum


Best Area: The coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. Powder white beaches from Cancun to Tulum as well as a pristine reef

Best Hotels: The Viceroy Riviera Maya or the Esencia

When to Go: Dec-June


For: The Tomb Raider


Best Area: The Cayo District in Belize which has numerous Mayan ruins within easy striking distance, including the impressive Tikal across the border in Guatemala

Best Hotel: Chaa Creek. A range of rooms from individual cottages to suites with private plunge pools

When to Go: Dec-May


For: The City Escape


Best Areas: Buenos Aires with its colonial barrios, antique markets and intimate tango shows though the Casco Viejo in Panama City is also stunning

Best Hotels: The world class Palacio Duhau in Buenos Aires. In Panama City the Canal House only has three superb rooms.

When to Go: All year round



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The best of Central America



Central America offers something completely different to South America. All 8 countries located on the isthmus offer something unique in regards to culture, beaches and ecological diversity. Distances between each country and destinations within each county are small, making internal travel quick and cheap.  On top of this international flights tend to be a lot cheaper than its South American neighbour.


Here are some of the nightlights of each country.





Some of the best beaches to be found anywhere on the isthmus are on the Riviera Maya and the peninsula also contains some incredible Mayan ruins – Chichen Itza & Tulum to name but a few. The peninsula is also rich in quality hotels with places such as the Viceroy Riviera Maya & the Hacienda Santa Rosa leading the way.





Without question, this is the most colourful of all the Central American countries.  Locals still wear their traditional dress and the country is steeped in history.  It also appears to have everything; mountains, volcanoes, lakes, colonial towns as well as jungle clad Mayan ruins at Tikal.





Probably the best place for a honeymoon, Belize is small and diverse.  Action and adventure can be found in The Cayo District, wildlife at Lamanai, trekking and Mayan ruins at Mountain Pine Ridge and for snorkelling, diving and relaxing on the beach you head to The Cayes.





Still very much untouched, Honduras is best known for The Bay IslandsThe islands offer one of the cheapest places to dive anywhere in the world and it has an amazingly diverse reef system.  On the mainland, the Mayan ruins of Copan are worth a few days and the rivers and waterfalls at Pico Bonito are unique.





Nicaragua is what Costa Rica was 20 years ago – underdeveloped and full of potential. For us this is the place to go now before it gets spoilt.  The colonial towns of Granada and Leon are lovely, Omepete Island in Lake Nicaragua is a real backwater, whilst the Pacific coast at San Juan del Sur has 2 superb beach hotels; Morgans Rock and the new Mukul Resort.


Costa Rica


Tried and tested, this is still an excellent holiday destination. Tremendous bird watching in Tortuguero, zip wiring in Monteverde and outstanding beach hotels on the Nicoya Peninsula means there is something for everyone.  You can still get off the beaten track here though and the Casa Corcovado hotel on the Osa Peninsula and the Pacuare Lodge near Turrialba are definitely worth the effort.




Panama City is worth the trip alone.  The beautiful Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) with its boutique hotels and funky restaurants is well worth some time, whilst the Panama Canal will always amaze. Beyond the city you will find good birding in Soberania, the curious Kuna people on the San Blas Archipelago and good beaches in Bocas Del Toro.



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Country focus: Peru


Peru is fast becoming ‘the’ destination in South America.  The emergence of new hotels throughout the country was really just the start, but the recent arrival of some of the best boutique hotels on the continent makes this the destination of choice for 2014.


The new hotels leading the way are the Relais & Châteaux Hotel B in Lima, the Palacio Nazarenas & El Mercado Tunqui in Cuzco as well as the Hacienda Concepcion in the Peruvian Amazon.




The destinations within Peru obviously remain the same with the old favourites such as; Arequipa, Cuzco, Lake Titicaca and of course Machu Picchu being the front runners.


The newest development is that of food tourism.  Peruvian food has always been excellent, whether you are eating from a market stall or a top class restaurant, but the emergence of some of the top chefs from around the world basing themselves here has been a surprise.  The best restaurants to look out for in Lima are;



Astrid y Gaston

The flagship of Peru’s most celebrated and successful chefs (Gastón Acurio and his wife Astrid Gutsche), this popular restaurant serves inventive variations on traditional Peruvian cuisine. Acurio is a master of both flavour and presentation. You can’t help but watch the kitchen door—each dish the waiters carry out is a work of art. Even a Peruvian standard such as lomo saltado (tenderloin slices sautéed with tomato, onions and aji peppers) gains a new personality here. The menu changes every six months, but is invariably original and delectable. Take advantage of the wine list—it’s one of the best in town. The colonial-style building is lovely, with grey walls hung with modern artwork, but you’ll spend most of your time ogling the food.


El Mercado

At Lima’s El Mercao Restaurant, the theme is old meets new—not just in the food, where acclaimed chef Rafael Osterling puts a new twist on classic Peruvian dishes, but also in the architecture. Opened in 2010, the restaurant is located in the city’s Miraflores district. The lunch only spot is more casual than his signature Rafael, though it still has an upmarket foodie feel with a long wooden bar, large chalkboard displaying the daily specials, and an open air dining room with a Playa de Asia style beachy decor.


La Mar

This cool, semi-open air cevicheria on the site of a parking lot, where the waiters place orders on iPhones, serves updated, upmarket versions of the traditional lunchtime dish, ceviche: raw fish cured in a ‘tiger milk’ of lemon, garlic, fish stock, ice, garlic, celery, salt and chilli. Lima’s vast and historic fish market brims with trout from the rivers and an almost overwhelming variety of species from the sea, all spanking fresh. At La Mar the sea bass is so recently alive its eyes are still translucent.


Mesa 18

Located in the glamorous seaside Miraflores Park Hotel, eating Toshiro Konishi’s Peruvian-Japanese fusion food is an experience. Now 59, Toshiro has been here for 35 years. ‘My blood is Latin,’ he says. There is delicate sashimi of local flounder, scallops served with the high-altitude root vegetable maca (‘herbal Viagra,’ says Toshiro), aubergines stuffed with pork and shrimp, followed by an ineffably subtle wasabi ice cream.

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Latin America Recommendations for 2014


With Brazil holding the World Cup next year, you don’t have to be a football fan to consider a trip to South or Central America in 2014. To be honest, we would probably recommend avoiding Brazil during June & July anyway where prices have more than tripled!!


So, why not take a look at what we think will be the places of choice for 2014. Our newsletter this month includes a suggested range of countries, hotels and areas, that we would recommend seeing before the end of 2014.




Best for snorkelling: The sleepy islands off the coast, known as The Cayes

Best hotel: Chaa Creek, nestled in the Jungle next to Mayan ruins

When to Go: Jan-Apr





Best Area: The lesser visited city of Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

Best Hotel: La Casona, located in the heart of historical Cuzco

When to Go: Mar-Sep





Best Boats: The impeccable Eclipse and Athala II

Best Boats for Families: Superb child friendly guides on the Eric, Flamingo & Letty

When to Go: All year round





Best Area: The remote mountains around El Chalten

Best Hotel: Cavas wine lodge, at the foot of the Andes surrounded by vineyards.

When to Go Patagonia: Oct – Mar

When to Go North West: Apr – Oct





Best Area: The colonial town of Granada on the edge of Lake Nicaragua

Best Hotel: Morgans Rock, with its own private beach and unique rooms

When to Go: Dec – Apr



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Top 5 markets in Latin America

Chichicastenango Market, Guatemala

Chichicastenango, or Chichi as it is known, is a traditional town of cobbled streets and charming old adobe houses, though these are now outnumbered by modern concrete structures. Twice a week the town is changed by their market – Sunday and Thursday’s – which attract many tourists, traders and Maya weavers from throughout the region.


In Chici, locals adhere to the ways of traditional weaving, the women wearing huipiles – a traditional local dress. The men’s costume of short trousers and jackets of black wool embroidered with silk is highly distinguished. For Sundays and fiestas, however, a handful of the elders still wear the traditional clothing and parade through the streets bearing spectacular silver processional crosses and antique incense-burners.




Otavalo market, Otavalo, Ecuador

The world famous Saturday crafts market in Otavalo contains an array of textiles and crafts. Split into 3 different markets; food and spices, weavings and carvings, and buying and selling of animals. The men wear their hair long and plaited with calf length white trousers and blue ponchos. Women wear colourful embroidered blouses, shoulder wraps and colourful beads.


Although the Saturday market is the largest and most famous it operates every day of the week. As well as the numerous handicrafts shops where you can find beautifully woven textiles, woollen ponchos, blankets and wall hangings, you can also find Andean folk music instruments.




Pisac Market, Sacred Valley, Peru

Pisac is a picturesque town comprising of both the old and the new (from the colonial era). The town of Pisac though is better known for its outstanding market, where locals and gringos alike barter over goods. Despite its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their produce.


Hundreds of stalls crowd the central square where a small church sits though it also spills down the many side streets. Sellers come from many different villages and each wear the dress typical of their village. Dignitaries from the local villages usually lead processions after Mass, making it a wonderful place to sit and watch. Pisac is a good place to buy the local ceramics including a huge and varied collection of hand-painted multi-coloured beads. There are smaller markets in Pisac on Tuesdays and Thursdays.





Saquisili Market, Avenue of Volcanos, Ecuador

South of Quito is the small rugged town of Saquisili, where each Thursday it is home to one of the most authentic and complete Indian markets in Ecuador, though it is also one of the largest and most genuine in South America. Hundreds of locals from the surrounding mountains arrive in the early hours of the morning, sometimes while it is still dark, to set up their stalls. The whole town is converted into a vibrant market where you can walk through the central plaza and shop for handicrafts of all kinds.


The market vendors sell everything from pigs and goats, pots and pans to colourful handicrafts, but it is best known for its animal market. Food stalls will sell a variety of local specialties, while the local butcher slaughters pigs, cattle and sheep to sell off literally piece by piece. Though as with all South American markets, it is a chance for the locals to socialize and to show off their best clothing.





San Telmo Market, Buenos Aires, Argentina

San Telmo is a small barrio of Buenos Aires and its distinctive cobblestone streets are home to the weekly (Sundays) antiques market. The area of San Telmo has a wonderful feeling of the grandeur, with its crumbling colonial buildings. This is the place to not only shop, but also to eat, drink and watch life go by. There are hundreds of stalls surrounded by street performers and it is the perfect place to buy souvenir mate cups – the cups which they suck the local tea out of.


Even if you are not here on a weekend, San Telmo is still a lovely place to wander around and explore. The main street – Calle Defensa – is lined with many antique shops, though one of the real highlights is sitting in a café on Plaza Dorrego, enjoying a local coffee and watching one of the professional tango dancers strutting their stuff.


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The best five colonial towns in Latin America





Both South and Central America have some of the best colonial towns in the world. All of them have something different to offer, whether it is sea views, impressive plazas, colourfully dressed locals or remote locations, but all have one thing in common; they are worth adding to your bucket list. Here is a selection of the best colonial towns in Latin America.





Cuzco, Peru

This is probably the best known and also the most popular. At its heart lies the impressive Plaza de Armas, which is home to both the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, also known as Cusco Cathedral and was built in 1539 on the foundations of the Palace of Viracocha Inca and the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesus (Church of the Society of Jesus), whose construction was initiated by the Jesuits in 1576. Beyond the main plaza though lie numerous other churches and smaller plazas as well as hidden cobbled streets lined with artisan shops making it an ideal place to explore on foot.





Leon, Nicaragua

Leon is a relative backwater in comparison to some of the other better known colonial towns of Latin America and certainly in comparison to Granada which sits on Lake Nicaragua to the south. Leon makes the list for the locals though. As you walk through the town you have the feeling that few people have been here before. Even though this is obviously not true, it still, somehow, manages to retain that unique charm which makes you feel like you are the first to see it.





Ouro Preto, Brazil

With thirteen churches as well as other numerous and impressive public buildings and monuments, Our Preto is a must if visiting Brazil. Surrounded by mountains, it is an excellent place to explore on foot and gives you the opportunity of climbing one of the small hills which give you a breath taking view of the city and its surroundings.





Antigua, Guatemala

Everyone that goes to Guatemala goes to Antigua. Its close proximity to the international airport in Guatemala City (50 minute drive) makes this a logical place to start any holiday to Guatemala. The city itself contains; 22 churches, 14 convents and 11 monasteries in various states of restoration. Antigua is laid out in a grid formation, making it easy navigate, it has some of the best restaurants in the country and being located in a valley, any one of the numerous rooftops give you superb views of not just the city but also the dominant Pacaya Volcano that sits over her.





Salta, Argentina

We have always said that Salta & the North West of Argentina is a repeat offenders destination in that, most people visit the major highlights of Argentina first; Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, El Chalten and Patagonia. Salta as a city is beautiful and has lots to see and do, not just within the city but in the surrounding countryside as well. Your days can be spent; visiting the numerous churches, the Plaza 9 de Julio, the Cabildo and various museums. In the centre of town is a cable car taking you to the top of San Bernardo Mountain (1,454 m) for superb views over the city.

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How to get the best for your money in Latin America




If you are on a tight budget and want to visit South or Central America, or even if you are not, there are various things you can do which will allow you, for example, to get better rooms in certain hotels by saving money at others. Below are some destination tips!







This is a destination which involves a lot of travelling, as each area deserves anywhere between 2 to 4 nights. However, there are two places where you should seriously consider where you stay. The first is Lima. Generally flights arrive late in the afternoon or at night and by the time you get to your hotel it is normally 23:00, so stay somewhere cheap, which is clean and comfortable as you will be gone first thing in the morning anyway. The second place is Machu Picchu where you will spend the whole day at the ruins arriving at your hotel around 18:00 and you will be up at 05:00 to return to Machu Picchu to watch the sunrise, so you don’t need anywhere flash here either. By doing this you will free up some of your budget to allow for a better hotel or a longer holiday






Guatemala & Belize

The cost of international flights to South America – which start at £800 per person and the vast distances of Argentina, Chile and Brazil means you also need 3 or 4 internal flights – which can cost around £600 per person. So before you have even spent a night on holiday you have spent a minimum of £1,400 per person, leaving you with less money for the hotels that you want to stay in. The advantage of Central America is that international flights start at £600 per person and distances are not so vast so none or very few internal flights are required, leaving you more money for your holiday.







Chile is long and thin and the three main tourist areas; Patagonia, the Lake District & Atacama are remote locations where hotels generally offer full board basis including all activities. This can be very expensive and although fine in Patagonia and Torres del Paine as there is no other choice, in both the Lake District and even more so Atacama, we would recommend booking on b&b (bed & breakfast) basis only. In both of these areas you can book your activities locally with one of the many operators that offer the same services as the hotels, but at a far cheaper price.



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