In its new Latin America portfolio, luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is keenly focused on the experiential previewing of a number of different and unique options for the discerning traveller.In Peru’s Sacred Valley guests are introduced to indigenous farmers, their produce and culinary traditions. In Chile, visit one of the world’s most spectacular natural desert landscapes, the Atacama, and experience luxury ‘glamping’ under a brilliant starlit sky. A hands-on polo experience in Buenos Aires is a thrilling insight to the spirited game while meeting an artist and collector in Quito gives privileged access to his collection and studio.
What’s new in Latin America for 2016?
One of the continent’s latest destinations, Colombia has a wealth of largely undiscovered natural and cultural treasures. Boutique boltholes are popping up across the major centres, there’s an exciting emerging food scene and reputedly the best coffee in the world. Its landscapes are dramatic and range from high mountains and valleys to desert, jungle, sandy beaches and volcanic coastlines while its people are warm and welcoming. A&K’s 10-day ‘Colombia Revealed’ journey explores the capital Bogota, the coffee growing region, Cartagena and its beautiful old town and includes a reef trip to the Rosario Archipelago. 10 days priced from $9,450 per person.
Also new to A&K is Costa Rica. Known for its ecological diversity, this tiny country boasts a wide range of habitats from rainforest and beaches to volcanoes and mangrove swamps each supporting a fascinating variety of wildlife. The 8-day private journey visits Tortuguero National Park, a major nesting beach for the green sea turtle, and the Arenal Volcano region. Prices from $8,595 per person.
A series of extensions also features to Santa Teresa beach on the Nicoya Peninsula where accommodation is at boutique beachfront hotel Latitude 10; the mountains of Pérez Zeledón for outdoor adventure and coffee plantation visits; plus a 4 day stay at Hotel Punta Islita with a stunning tropical location above a secluded beach. 4 days priced from $1,350 per person.
A&K’s portfolio in the Galapagos Islands has been expanded with new vessels now available. These include the 16-guest mega catamaran, Ocean Spray, which offers cruises from 4 to 15 days in duration; the 50-cabin Santa Cruz II which boasts hot tubs, a gym, glass-bottom boat and itineraries from 5 to 10 days; La Pinta is a sophisticated 24-cabin small ship with kayaks, gym, glass-bottom boat and 4, 5 or 8 day cruise options. A new land-based adventure has also been included with the stunning Pikaia Lodge on Santa Cruz Island where guests enjoy guided land and marine programmes by day and a luxurious resort by night. Packages available for 4, 5 and 8 days with all-inclusive prices from $7,900 per person.
A new 5-day private journey to San Miguel de Allende introduces guests to this beautiful colonial city in Mexico’s central highlands. Known for its baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene, eclectic boutiques and festivals, it also has a vibrant culinary heritage which guests discover on a market tour, cooking class and wine tasting experience. 5 days priced from $5,720 per person.
An exclusive new hosted journey has been introduced to Peru and Argentina which visits Lima, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires. Highlights include a Peruvian culinary immersion, visiting an indigenous Andean community, two iconic rail journeys and an authentic gaucho experience. This guaranteed group departure takes no more than 18 guests. Tour dates: 4 – 19 November 2016. Priced from $14,295 per person including internal flights. To extend the experience, a longer a group itinerary is offered including Santiago and the Atacama Desert.
Luxury Small Group Journeys
Within A&K’s luxury small group journey portfolio is an 11-day itinerary through Chile and Argentina. Highlights include Chile’s wine and cuisine, Iguazu Falls, a private tango performance in Buenos Aires, the picturesque Andean lakes, a private brewery experience in Bariloche and luxury hotels throughout. Tours commence January 2016 with prices from US$10,890 per person including internal flights.
A 9-day Amazon Adventure in Peru also features with a cruise on board Amazon Discovery. Priced from US$6,695 including internal flights.
The new 11-day Patagonia journey joins the portfolio and combines both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia. Priced from US$9,395 including internal flights.
A brief sojourn into Ecuador’s Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve reveals a magical wildlife experience in a biodiverse cloud forest. Accommodation is at the sophisticated and strikingly contemporary Mashpi Lodge where activities include Sky Bike adventures, guided nature trails, waterfall visits and night safaris. 5 days priced from $4,450 per person.
Ecuador’s colourful market town Otavalo is also included on a new 5-day extension, staying at a working hacienda and visiting the town’s bustling indigenous market. A trip on the Liberty Train from Ibarra to Salinas is also a highlight before a night at Quito’s charming boutique hotel, Casa Gangotena. 5 days priced from $3,095 per person.
A new wildlife experience has been added to Napo Wildlife Centre Eco Lodge in the remote Ecuadorian Amazon. Jungle excursions are a highlight with experienced naturalist guides and accommodation in simple lodge surrounds. Activities include visits to parrot licks, a canopy tower for views over the rainforest, dugout canoe trips, walks, visits to indigenous villages and night time excursions in search of caiman. 4 days priced from $2,650 per person.
Brazil’s exclusive hideaway, Ponta dos Ganchos is a new addition for 2016. This stunning sleekly designed resort accessed from Florianopolis boasts 25 hillside bungalows each with private Jacuzzi or infinity pool, decks and hammocks overlooking the turquoise sea and a host of activities including whale watching from June to November. 4 days priced from $2,130 per person.