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Luxury Travel Peru



Luxury Travel Peru these days is very different to just 5 or 10 years ago.  Then, it was all about the destination (it still is about where you go by the way) and you were given a very limited choice of hotels to choose from.  Today you are spoilt for choice.  A number of luxury Peru hotels have sprung up over the country, making Peru a luxury destination.




The luxury Peru hotels leading the way are the locally owned Inkaterra group whose hotels in Cuzco (La Casona), Machu Picchu (Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel), the Amazon (Reserva Amazonica) and newly opened Sacred Valley hotel (Hacienda Urubamba) are simply superb.




The main reason we like the above hotels is because they have been created in harmony with their local surroundings and although we never like a chain hotel, this group are different. We also like the fact that a luxury Peru holiday can be combined with hotels owned by local people, which will only help the local economy in the long run.


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There are of course other luxury hotels in Peru which we would recommend.  Some are new, whilst others are tried and tested and never seem to lose their character.  These luxury Peru hotels include; the relatively new Hotel B in Lima, which has a stunning interior design, spacious rooms and incredible personal service – we also particularly like the bar area!


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The Titilaka Hotel on the edge of Lake Titicaca, which has stunning rooms overlooking Lake Titicaca and a wide range of tailor made activities, ensure a truly luxury Peru experience.




One of our favourite of the ‘older’ hotels is the Casa Andina private collection in Arequipa.  This colonial building was converted into a hotel and still retains all the details of a bygone era.  There are a variety of rooms here, so you will want to talk to us to make sure you have the right one!




So if you thought Peru was a backwater hotel destination, think again, they are leading the way in luxury travel.

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Sir David Attenborough discovers biggest creature to have ever walked the earth in Patagonia, Argentina

Now we at Latin Odyssey love Sir David Attenborough as much as the next man but this time he has really outdone himself.


On the evening of Sunday 24th January he showed us how he helped uncover the biggest creature to have ever walked the earth.


At 6.30pm the Latin Odyssey team were all glued to the TV watching his latest programme – Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur. Set in Patagonia, Argentina it’s a truly awe inspiring story about a discovery of the largest animal to ever walk the Earth – a new species of the plant-eating titanosaur.


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This dinosaur discovery sprang from a chance observation by an Argentinian farm labourer.

He was working on the dry, barren plains of Patagonia and he spotted something very unusual. There was a large bone sticking out of the ground. The bone was 2.4m long – that’s very big, even by dinosaur standards. As you can imagine the paleontologists all around the world became very excited – as did everyone else, including us!


The more the investigation team dug, the more bones they found, dozens of them, belonging to a titanosaurus that lived 100m years ago.


Some geeky stats for you. The 130ft-long dinosaur was 65ft tall and weighed 77 tons. And the big thing is that until its discovery, it was thought that the world’s largest dinosaur was the Argentinosaurus, which was discovered about 25 years ago. So this one was bigger and that’s why its discovery has stunned the science community and sent dozens of experts racing to this remote part of the Patagonian desert.


If this programme inspires you to find out more about Patagonia as a holiday destination take a look here at what you can expect and suggestions for where to stay


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Two BIG reasons why you should go to Brazil right now

It’s indisputably the ‘in’ country on earth right now, and somewhere that we at Latin Odyssey have fallen in love with several times over.


You’ve probably talked about going there. You no doubt know someone who’s been and came back enthralled.


Let’s face it. On paper. As a holiday destination. Brazil has it all.

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There are more beaches than you can shake a bikini at.


There is the largest rainforest in the world – the Amazon – home of the Amerindian tribes and wildlife of all shapes and sizes.


There is the rowdy beauty of the Rio carnival and the pulsing afro Brazilian beat of Salvador.


I could go on all day…


And oh yes ..there is the rather large sporting event it’s hosting in 2016 – the Olympic Games.


Whilst it may seem like a dream destination, there are two things have been holding other people back from visiting this, one of the most the most spectacular countries in South America.


The first is cost. Over the last five years Brazil has become heart-stoppingly expensive. Hotels in São Paulo, the business capital, or beachside Rio de Janeiro, cost more than in London or Zurich. However now things have changed. Brazil is in the grip of recession and prices have plummeted. It’s now suddenly a lot more affordable for travellers.



The second is infrastructure. The strength of the economy in past years as well as the arrival of big events such as the World Cup and the Olympic games have resulted in significant investment in local infrastructure meaning that the country is easier and safer to travel around than ever before.


Lower costs and improved infrastructure mean that it is an exciting time for travellers to look into Brazil as a holiday destination.

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If you’re looking for some inspiration as to where to go – read our Brazil highlights here


Latin Odyssey has been crafting holidays to Brazil for over 13 years. Our specialist Brazil  team have travelled extensively throughout the country and we make regular trips to ensure that our knowledge is up to date, and that we remain wholly opinionated!


Give our Brazil team a call today on 01491 410 492 (UK) or +1866 724 1590 (US)


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Top Five: Adventure Activities in Latin America

It’s easy to get excited about the idea of travelling to far-away places and having an adventure of a lifetime. The tricky part is deciding where to go!

Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina


The team here love nothing more than getting out in the great outdoors, searching for a breath-taking experience that combines excitement, adventure, culture and discovery. So if you are wondering about where to head to then we’ve just the thing – the Latin Odyssey Top 5 Adventures.


1. Mountain biking in the Atacama Desert


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The varied, starkly beautiful landscape of the Atacama Desert in Chile features several areas that are perfect for biking across. Career down the sides of a volcano or across the vast salt flats, whatever takes your fancy – trips can be an easy-going couple of hours or an entire day.


Where to..? Nothing compares to cycling through the Valley of the Moon at sundown – the ethereal scenery will be even more arresting with the play of light and shadows.


2. White water rafting in Costa Rica




Head to white water for an adrenalin fuelled ride down rapids and alongside waterfalls. It’s wild, thrilling and exhilarating – but don’t worry, waters are graded to suit your experience and confidence levels.


Where to? Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica is in lush jungle and is one of the most gorgeous places you can stay, where they offer various water excursions on the Pacuare River. It’s so remote that white water rafting is actually one of the few ways to get to it!


3. Horse Riding in Argentina


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Famous for its gauchos, many lodges in Argentina will have superior stables as a matter of course and will cater to all levels of rider. It’s an excellent way to explore the local area and get a feel for the gaucho culture.


Where to..? The Estancia Huechahue is a traditional working cattle ranch in Patagonia offering some of the best rides in the region. It’s comprehensive, luxurious and attentive to guests’ riding experience, whilst the horses themselves roam freely over their 15,000 acres of land.


4. Trekking in Peru




Peru has several of the best walking sites in South America. There is more than just the well-known Inca Trail – other trails will be relatively quieter and each has its own stunning scenery, from clouded peaks to dramatic canyons.


Where to..? The Salkantay Trek winds its way through valleys and mountains to Machu Picchu via Mollepata and Cuzco, while the Choquequirao complex is one of the final settlements of the Incas (and currently rarely visited).


5. Diving/snorkelling in Belize


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The Caribbean coast of Belize is where you’ll find some of the best diving in the world within the globe’s second-largest reef system. Atolls (rings of coral) encircle clear, tropical waters with an extensive array of wildlife and exquisite underwater scenes.


Where to..? Turneffe Island Resort is entirely surrounded by coral reef with amazing marine biodiversity, meaning there are prime opportunities for shallow snorkelling and deeper dives.


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Top Five: Total Luxury Lodges in South America  

A holiday in Latin America is the sort of thing many of us don’t get to do often – it’s why so many countries are popular honeymoon destinations.  Top-end all-inclusive hotels are a fantastic way to make the most of every moment, ensuring you’re in utter bliss throughout your stay.


You might be looking to live like royalty throughout your vacation, or  looking to mix-and-match to include one or two luxury highlights.  Here, we’ve chosen our five most outstanding places to stay across South America based on the exemplary quality in every inch of what’s on offer.


Each of the lodges below is a paragon of perfection – including even one in your itinerary is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.  For that once-in-a-lifetime trip, look no further than these…

1. Cavas Wine Lodge, Argentina

The outside of a large lodge with whitewashed walls and vineyards outside, in the evening sun

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Set deep in Argentina’s Mendoza region, famed the world over for its wine, the Cavas Wine Lodge sits against a stunning backdrop of the Andes mountains.  It’s impeccably stylish without being snooty; every guest room and individual bungalow has its own terrace, plunge pool and open fire.


Its all-inclusive stays cover both the lodge restaurant and four others within the area, giving you exceptional freedom and variety.  The spa includes some specially crafted ‘Wine Therapy’ as well as more traditional treatments.

2. Awasi Atacama, Chile

Small pool area surrounded by sunbeds, terracotta-coloured walls and a thatched lodge at the end.

Lounge area at Awasi (click for more images)


In the heart of the Atacama desert is one of the most gorgeous boutique hotels you’ll ever come across. Awasi, meaning ‘home’ in Quechua, is intimate and indulgent with 8 wood-built, thatched cabanas that feature private patios on top of the hotel’s comfortable social areas.


To offer excellent access to the stark beauty of the Atacama guests have a private 4×4 car and personal guide entirely at their disposal.

3. Lapostolle Residence, Chile

Two deck chairs at the edge of a deep blue infinity pool looking out across vineyards and mountains

Lounge area at Lapostolle (click for more images)


Exclusive and serene, the Lapostolle Residence is owned by the family who produce Grand-Marnier liquor and is at the heart of Chile’s wine industry – it’s a renowned winery itself.  You’ll stay in one of just four casitas (separate villas) looking out into the Apalta vineyards, decorated with contemporary taste with Chilean wood features, smooth leather and airy silks.


The menu is inspired by the wines and makes the most of local produce and seasonality – it’s an exquisite, memorable experience.

4. Titilaka, Peru

Two wooden chairs on a balcony looking out to a wide, serene lake

Balcony at Titilaka (click for more images)


If you’re heading to Lake Titicaca then this is where you’ll want to stay. Titilaka offers spectacular, uninterrupted views across the lake both from each of its 18 bedrooms and from the balconies that run around the exterior of the lodge.


It’s attuned to the region and prides itself on the experiences it offers for guests to explore the terrain – seasoned guides can take you hiking, boating, biking and riding through the Andean hills, including visiting local traditional communities.


5. Explora Patagonia, Chile

Looking across a rich turquoise lake, against the backdrop of high mountains, a hotel sits at the foothills on the shore.

Explora Patagonia from Lake Pehoe (click for more images)


This is undoubtedly the best place to stay in the Torres del Paine National Park and is perfectly situated for excursions into it.  The views across Lake Pehoe and the surrounding peaks are sublime, while the lodge itself is built using beautiful graduated woods and has every luxury amenity you’d expect – gourmet cuisine, a bathhouse and spa, sumptuous rooms.


Explora Patagonia is also the only lodge in the region with its own stables with specially-trained horses and expert handlers.


Contact Latin Odyssey to find out about staying in any of the above lodges.

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