Many people are eager to travel to South America again and are looking for information about when that will be possible. We will try to keep this post updated with the latest information we get from our local operators in each country.
While things have slowed down, we have been busy updating our website with new travel options and with information about what local operators and properties are doing to try to keep you safe when traveling. Among the things we have added are:
This is a question that I'm sure is on the minds of a lot of people, including me, so I did some investigating.
Most people probably don't think of Argentina as a good wildlife viewing destination, other than as a start point for a cruise to Antarctica, but it actually has two world-class wildlife viewing areas - the Ibera wetlands and the Valdes Peninsula, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site of site of global significance for the conservation of marine mammals. The concentration of sea lions, elephant seals, penguins, cormorants, gulls and, each year, the visit of Southern right whales, has aroused the interest of visitors from all over the world.
The idea of luxury travel has been evolving through the years. Sure it can involve upscale accommodations and/or exclusive experiences, but there are various combinations that are available.
There's no question that there are more plant and animal species in the Amazon. It is said that there are more than 1500 bird species, over 40,000 different plant species, 3,000 freshwater fish species, more than 370 types of reptiles and approximately 2.5 million insect species in the Amazon rain forest, which covers over 2 million square miles.
When the worst of this pandemic is over and people start traveling internationally again, they will want to make sure that they can do it safely. Besides thinking about airports and airplanes, they should probably also consider some things about the destinations that they are traveling to. So here are some things that they might consider:
Galapagos cruises on catamarans were introduced a number of years ago as a way to offer a more stable ride on the small yachts that average about 16 passengers, since one of the common fears was that some people would get seasick otherwise.
Recently, some new catamarans were introduced with next generation technology to make sailings even smoother and they also offer some other enhanced amenities to improve the visitor experience.
Mamirauá was the first Brazilian Sustainable Development Reserve created by Amazonas state by governmental decree. These type of Reserves aim to reconcile biodiversity conservation with sustainable development in areas inhabited by traditional peoples.
Mamirauá is a unique place: a complex ecosystem of lakes, lagoons, islands, levees, channels and many other formations, which forms when river waters rise from 7 to 15 meters for up to six months in the year. The reserve itself becomes almost an island, bounded by the Solimoes and the Japura Rivers. This causes many animals to be "trapped" in the reserve and to create unusual characteristics - like the tree-climbing jaguars.
Many people never consider buying any form of travel insurance and many just figure it is an unjustified expense. Young people subconsciously feel they are invulnerable, but a lot of older people realize that they or their close relatives are living a more fragile existence and that the chances of some health crisis popping up are greatly increased, so they do consider getting insurance, in case they need to cancel their trip.
But there is one type of travel insurance that is increasingly becoming more important in this day and age....
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time