Trafalgar has launched its 2018 South America programme, featuring 16 trips designed to connect travellers with the destination’s sights, sounds and flavours.

The operator has reported a 15% growth in its South America product sales over the past year and as a result has responded with enhanced itineraries, new Be My Guest experiences and new accommodation options for next year.

As an example, the 11-day ‘Wonders of Patagonia’ has been enhanced with an extended stay in Buenos Aires. Guests now have ample opportunity to explore the boulevards and barrios of Argentina's capital city on the first two days of the trip. An Authentic Accommodation experience at Remota Patagonia Lodge is also a new addition to the itinerary. This package is priced from £4,234 per person.

Ruth Hilton, the company’s sales and business development director, said: “Central and South America has been a huge success story for Trafalgar and continues to be a big sales driver for agents. We have enhanced our 2018 programme in South America to ensure that agents can continue driving this fantastic growth and confidentially convert sales.

“Throughout this collection of holidays, we took special care to select experiences that would enable guests to be part of the energy and vibrancy of South America, rather than just spectators. The result is a programme packed with local experiences helmed by individuals who personify each destination’s essence, such as passionate chef Ignacio, who shares his love for Peruvian cooking on a gastronomic excursion in Lima.”

The operator is also highlighting its signature Be My Guest experiences as a good selling point for agents. A visit to Hacienda Sarapampa in Cusco is new in the programme and offers authentic local experiences such as the chance to see a working farm in action, learn about Cusco’s Giant White Corn, savour a Peruvian style farm-to-table lunch and watch a Marinera performance that showcases traditional dance alongside Peruvian Paso horse showmanship.

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