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LATIN AMERICA GETTING AROUND DESTINATIONS Planes, trains


Getting around South and Central America can be half the fun, finds Sarah Gordon


T


here has never been a better time to explore Latin


America. With more direct flights from the UK, ever-expanding regional routes and tour operators offering hugely varied trips, now is the time to help clients plan their dream trip. Stretching from Mexico down


to Chile and Argentina, these are lands stitched together by the soaring Andes, crowned by the mighty Amazon rainforest and home to the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. They’re where Incas, Aztecs and Mayans built awe-inspiring temples and


Spanish conquistadors created beautiful colonial cities. According to Cox & Kings, British Airways’ growing network of direct flights to Peru, Chile and Costa Rica, combined with the launch of South America’s first luxury sleeper train in Peru, helped spark a 30% growth in bookings in the months after the train went on sale. Trips are easy to plan as


Britons don’t need to apply for visas in advance of travel for any Latin American country except Cuba. And in Central America, British tourists may travel between Honduras, Nicaragua,


El Salvador and Nicaragua for up to 90 days without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints. So, what should you look out


for when planning a trip for customers? Colin Stewart, chairman of the Latin American Travel Association, suggests avoiding the pitfall of trying to squeeze the entire region into one trip. He says: “One way to approach an itinerary in Latin America is to choose one country or one bucket-list experience and build an itinerary around it. So, for example, the Rio Carnival


could be part of a bigger Brazil itinerary, or it could be combined with Buenos Aires in Argentina or Montevideo in Uruguay.” Here, we highlight some of


the best twin and multi-centre combinations that make the most of the region’s varied transport links, so clients can squeeze every drop of excitement out of their journey around South or Central America.


w PLANES A flurry of new routes is opening up Latin America and making it easier to plan multi-centre itineraries. Just be


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PICTURE: BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER/RICHARD JAMES TAYLOR


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