Sunvil Traveller this week launches its new 2010 Latin America brochure for the more free-spirited and adventurous seeking tailored experiences.
Eleven countries, well and lesser-known travel opportunities and responsibly managed accommodation options are described in detail, accompanied by photography which (as every year) was shot by Sunvil Traveller’s own product team and adding a 'personal touch' to the brochure.
New components for 2010 include the Tayka Lodges on the route from Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) in Bolivia to the San Pedro de Atacama desert in Chile, the child friendly eco lodge, Tranquilo Bay, Panama, Peruvian Amazon cruise options offering intimate luxury or more rustic experiences, Casa Calma, a spa hotel wrapped in a vertical garden in the heart of Buenos Aires, the ten-room authentic Estancia Cerro Guido, which provides an insight into real gaucho life in Patagonia, plus other unique places to stay.
Also new for the 2010 programme are, amongst others, the Copper Canyon in Mexico, Loja Province in Ecuador, great for self-drive, a Uruguay add-on to Argentina itineraries, and a new 18 night ‘Coast to Coast’ itinerary from Lima, Peru to Parati, Brazil.
Lloyd Boutcher, director, Sunvil Traveller – real Latin America, said: “We have refreshed components in most of the countries we specialise in, adding luxurious hotels, rustic lodges, expedition riverboats, train travel options and new recommended regions, which all offer the individual traveller the chance to experience more of the real Latin America. We have also emphasised our Responsible Tourism policies, describing the charities and foundations we support. To further assist agents and their clients in travel decision-making, there is a new Special Places to Stay section, introducing accommodation that offers a unique location, ambience or unusual activity. All of our itineraries are designed for individual travellers (based on two sharing), not groups. It’s a civilised and flexible way to travel with a private driver and/or guide and represents excellent value for money. Whatever agents’ clients’ needs, we can tailor-make an itinerary to suit.”
Here is a comprehensive list of what’s new for 2010:
The ultimate rail trip: The Copper Canyon is a region of deep canyons, dusty deserts and colonial villages in northwest Mexico. The Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) consists of 20 canyons that surpass the Grand Canyon in depth and has a railway that runs through the heart of it passing through mountains, past sheer walls, lakes, abandoned mines, caves and fields of flowers – it has 36 bridges and 87 tunnels.
The Evergreen Lodge, Costa Rica, is located in the Tortuguero National Park, 5 minutes by boat from the main Park Entrance, in dense jungle. 24 new rooms have recently been built to complement the original 31 rustic cabanas.
Tranquilo Bay, Bocas del Toro archipelago, Panama offers six cabanas located on the peaceful Bastimentos Island in the centre of the archipelago, allowing easy exploration of the surrounding islands, beaches and reefs. Kayaking, jungle hikes and bird watching excursions, amongst others, are experiences not to be missed.
Akwadup Lodge, San Blas archipelago, Panama is located on its own small island consisting of just seven rustic overwater cabanas. Tours of indigenous Kuna community villages, snorkelling and fishing can be booked locally.
Loja Province, Ecuador: founded in 1548, Loja, the capital city of the Province, is one of the oldest cities in Ecuador, rich in colonial architecture. At 2100m, Loja Province is a recommended area for a self-drive holiday with scenery varying from waterfalls, green fields and mountains to sub-tropical valleys, rivers and dense forest.
There are two new high standard vessels for cruising around the Galapagos Islands – Yacht La Pinta, designed for a luxurious expedition adventure with 24 cabins including some suitable for families with its ‘Young Pirates’ child-friendly activity programme, and the spacious and luxurious yacht, Isabela II, accommodating 40 passengers complete with boutique, Jacuzzi on the sun terrace and library.
Expedition cruise options have been expanded in northern Peru with the addition of high-end Amazon river cruiser Delphin II offering ‘casual yet refined’ travel onboard the 14 suite vessel, with its 180 degree panoramic windows and many activities.
The Ritz Carlton, Santiago has been added to the selection of accommodation in Chile. In Patagonia, the rustic Estancia Cerro Guido, located on the edge of the Torres del Paine, National Park provides unforgettable views of the park as well as the Paine Massif and Sierra Baguales. Five of the ten rooms have their own fireplace and there is a library, restaurant and quincho (outdoor barbecue area). Watch gauchos sheep shearing and mustering, go horseback riding, hiking and experience boat trips. Also in Patagonia is the newly opened Remota hotel, with unique architecture, open fires and floor-to-ceiling windows. As its name suggests, the hotel is completely isolated.
From now on, tours and transfers to Easter Island will be arranged on a private basis not on a group basis, meaning the dedicated attention of a guide and the full benefit of their expertise. meaning the dedicated attention of a guide and the full benefit of their expertise. Travel to Easter Island for spectacular eclipse viewing in July 2010.
On the Brazilian Amazon River, the motor yacht Tucano navigates upstream for eight days and seven nights taking passengers to the heart of the Amazon. Excursions on foot during the day and night are led by experienced guides, ensuring some memorable sightings.
The Tayka Lodges are located en route from the Bolivian salt flats to the San Pedro de Atacama desert. See how your guide navigates across this vast area using the sun and shadows of the mountains and stay at two lodges on the way – Tayka Piedra, made from volcanic rock, and Tayka del Desierto, located in the middle of the desert. The Tayka Lodge project is community led and ongoing activities include building an all-weather road so that communities are not cut off during the wet season, and the provision of 24 hour electricity.
In Argentina, the Casa Calma Hotel, Buenos Aires is a spa hotel wrapped in a vertical garden offering a calming respite in the heart of the city. Each of the 18 guestrooms is a mini spa in itself with a large open bathroom, mini plunge pool, sauna, Scottish shower and all treatments are carried out in-room. In El Calafate, the luxurious Eolo Hotel is located en route to the Perito Moreno Glacier, facilities include an indoor swimming pool.
Also new is a Uruguay four night add-on option, perfect for a relaxing beach stay after a packed itinerary in Argentina. Ferry transfers from Buenos Aires to Montevideo take about three hours and accommodation is arranged at the authentic Posada Aldila, located about 200 metres from the Punta Ballena beach. The lead-in price is £2447 pp (two sharing) for a trip to Costa Rica including flights from Heathrow, 14 nights’ bed and breakfast, private excursions and transfers.
Brochure supplies will be distributed shortly and those with top agent status will have the facility to order additional packs on BP Tradegate at www.trade-gate.co.uk.
Alternatively, visit www.sunvil.co.uk for a pdf copy downloadable by country/section. There is also an agents’ area on the website that contains product news and updates (passwords on request).