With the rest of the world wide open to us without any hotel quarantine upon return to the UK, we finally have a chance to highlight five incredible destinations across South America!
The glorious Spring and Summer months, this is the prime season to venture across these unique countries. Devoid of large crowds, you’ll find yourself at home when visiting authentic villages and an undisturbed way of life, whose pristine and isolated locations proudly boast the most spectacular wildlife on the planet. Regain newfound perspectives through discovering exotic places, where the power of travel will surely open your mind for the better.
Landing in Peru, take your pick of contrasting landscapes from the microclimatic coast, to the Andes Mountains, or the precious Amazonian jungle. A memorable journey is travelling by Belmond’s Hiram Bingham or Andean Explorer train – a grand & historical adventure that stretches from Sacred Valley to Arequipa, where you’ll witness Machu Picchu citadel in all her splendour, the Andean condor gliding on air currents through the Colca Canyon, and arrive at sacred Lake Titicaca’s floating reed islands.
The incredible music, textiles, innovative food and artisanship of these ancient people is reason alone to visit.
Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley prizes itself on its foundation, its renowned restaurants and neigbouring pre-Colombian sites. Don’t miss the elegant Peruvian Paso horse show.
In the land of the eternal Spring and salsa rhythms, the diversity and artistry of Colombia will delight the most well-heeled traveller. Whether searching for natural plunge pools or waterfalls by foot, birdwatching, visiting coffee plantations or colourful street art, the tumultuous history of Medellin and vibrant Palenquera ladies of Cartagena will easily ignite your imagination.
The strong sense of community and faith arising from their way of life is a valuable lesson on the road which will follow you long after you’ve departed; on top of this, the country is a model for sustainable tourism with eco-conscious properties and immersive, educational experiences. Besides Medellin’s well known chefs of El Cielo, be sure to stop in to Leo and El Chato, who recently made it onto the World’s 50 Best restaurant list.
Casa Letty is a gorgeous private villa and beach, found less than an hour from Cartagena’s Old City.
As the fifth largest nation in the world, Brazil is vibrant, vast, and truly sensational. The Amazon basin comprises 60% of the country, where jaguars, caiman and anacondas roam and await discovery.
Whether absorbing the unique art of São Paolo, taking in wildlife in the Pantanal wetlands, hiking remote mountains of Chapada Diamantina, lounging on the best beaches alongside Bossa Nova or Bahia tunes, conquering Sugar Loaf Mountain by helicopter, or seeing UNESCO sights or learning Capoeira moves in Salvador, the sensation of being here will definitely rejuvenate your lust for life.
Belmond Copacabana Palace is a truly landmark hotel boasting nearly 200 years of dynamic history in Rio de Janeiro. A perfect base for Carnival or New Year festivities.
Arriving in the energetic and historical capital of Buenos Aires, the charming porteño lifestyle will encourage you to eat and drink to your heart’s delight! Argentina has a plethora of experience to choose from, whether horse-riding with gauchos in the Pampas and enjoying asado, wine-tasting at the best wineries in Mendoza, witnessing the grandeur of Iguazu falls or taking in the beauty of the Lake District in Bariloche.
In the South alone, take your pick from the epic Glacier region of El Calafate, hiking iconic mountain trails around El Chaltén, exploring the Patagonian Steppe, or meeting Magellanic penguins at the end of the world in Ushuaia.
Awasi Iguazu is a stone’s throw away from the most impressive waterfalls, where your private plunge pool awaits after a full day of crafted excursions.
Ecuador and the Galapagos
This tiny country and accompanying archipelago is a fascinating must-see for all nature lovers, while fairly unassuming upon first glance. Here you can layer your travels, starting from Quito’s UNESCO city and Middle of the World zero latitude, exploring magnificent biodiversity at cloud forests and volcanoes, taking the thrilling Devil’s Nose Train, or meeting Otavalo indigenous people and crafts in the Highlands. Then it’s onwards to the magical Galápagos islands, whose endemic flora and fauna have fascinated naturalists since Charles Darwin. The distinctive rugged volcanic islands, huge albatross and blue-footed boobies will add to your wealth of knowledge out at sea.
Ecoventura is a Relais & Chateaux experience of a lifetime, sailing on one of two sophisticated expedition yachts alongside bottlenose dolphins and sea lions and encountering giant tortoises.
Dream of these destinations which have been inaccessible for some time, and be inspired by their rich ecosystems, exceptional cultural charms, and delicious cuisine. Without a doubt, you’ll feel a sense of serenity and exclusivity upon arrival, with a grand reward for making the spectacular journey down South… trust that we will create an unforgettable itinerary with you.
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