Following the recent expansion of its South American touring operations into Peru and Ecuador in addition to existing itineraries in Chile and Argentina, luxury travel company &Beyond shares its thoughts on the hottest destinations and trends for 2017.
With multi-generational travel growing at an astounding rate on the continent, &Beyond has focused on a range of family-friendly offerings. Tours such as its seven-day Peru Family Adventure include opportunities for families travelling with children to meet local villagers, interact with unusual animals such as llamas and alpacas and indulge in a variety of optional outdoor adventures, from biking to horse riding and river rafting.
True to its safari roots, andBeyond’s The Wild Side of Chile tour sets out in search of pumas in Torres del Paine National Park, situated in the south of the country. The eight-day tour heads deep into the park, offering the opportunity to spot exceptional wildlife, including condors, southern deer, guanacos, foxes, rheas and ñandues, as well as the elusive puma. Expert guides include a veterinarian and biologist and take guests far off the beaten track, even including a visit to the wild horses of Bagulaes.
Argentina is renowned for its wonderful cuisine, delicious wines and breath-taking landscape. andBeyond’s Best of Argentina tour offers a one-of-a-kind culinary experience at Iguazu Falls. The Iguazu is composed of 275 separate cascades, which make it the largest broken waterfall in the world. Made up of a chain of waterfalls that are fed by the Iguazu River, this magnificent sight is situated on the border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Set amongst lush forests, this is a truly breath-taking spectacle as thousands of litres of water tumbles down the steps of the Parana Plateau.
Adding ever more imaginative experiences to the vast array of outdoor activities available in Patagonia, the Huilo Huilo Biological is scheduled to open the first cable car ride in the Lake Region by the end of November. The experience will form part of the magical ways of exploring the rain forest and mountains of this magnificent area. Other notable new additions in the area include the AWA Boutique Hotel in Puerto Varas. Combining contemporary architecture with local materials, the hotel showcases both modern art and traditional local craft. The local trend continues throughout, with a menu celebrating Chilean flavours in the restaurant and a spa experience designed around the five elements.
Peru is growing an increasing reputation for its delectable, word-class cuisine, with its restaurants repeatedly topping lists of Latin America’s favourite restaurants. Lima and Cusco, in particular, are renowned for the exceptional variety and quality of their restaurants. &Beyond is keeping a close eye on new openings, with some old favourite chefs branching out and creating new showcases for their talents. Chef Virgilio Martinez, who runs Central, often deemed Lima’s top restaurant, is scheduled to open an additional eatery in Cusco, while his wife and head chef, Pia León will be opening her own establishment, set to focus on seafood and coastal produce. Built up from a humble’s butcher’s shop, Osso Carniceria y Salumeria in Lima is famous for its decadent, meaty dishes.
An underwater photo of curious sea lion getting closer and closer to the camera. In Galapagos you can see plenty of sea lions both on the beach and while scuba diving.
Following on to its success, Chef Garibaldi is not only planning a second branch in upmarket San Isidro but is collaborating with fellow chef Ciro Watanabe to open Japanese-inspired Dondo, which will serve grilled wagyu beef dishes. andBeyond’s Flavours of Peru itinerary offers the opportunity to visit the top restaurants of Lima and Cusco, as well as to experience more regional menus and flavours.