Luxury South American tours in 2018 by Wendy Wu
Wendy Wu Tours have recently branched out from their core Asian territories towards South America. This year they’re offering you the opportunity to enjoy an all inclusive, luxury tour around a number of South American countries, taking in some of the wonders of the world. You’ll also have a local experience in several colourful, colonial, modern and ancient cities. This week, we’re going to look at the rest.
If you fancy taking a trip to an Incan citadel, eating empanadas while you survey wildlife from the rainforest’s cloud canopy bridges, or finding yourself in the shadow of Rio’s infamous Christ the Redeemer statue, then please give Lowcostdeals team a call. We can make your South American travel dreams a reality!
Costa Rica and Panama
During your 16 days of travelling around the beautiful coastline and central areas of Costa Rica and Panama, you’ll see the creatures that live within the cloud forest canopy, meet a local tribe and sail through one the world’s busiest and most famous shipping lanes. This is a tour for those with an adventurous spirit and a moderate level of fitness as there will be plenty of excursions included in the package that have to be seen on foot. They may involve uneven terrains, particularly when you venture into the rainforest.
You’ll arrive into San Jose, the Costa Rican capital. There you can marvel at the European influenced architecture, as well as the vibrant shops and cafes, where you can try traditional dishes consisting of rice and beans. From here, you’ll drive to Arenal; a huge volcano located in the centre of the country, taking in a chocolate plantation along the way. If you’re a chocolate fan, you’ll love the sweet stuff from here. It’s in its purest and most delicious form.
Arenal is not expected to erupt soon, but you may well see smoke rising from it, or ash being thrown from the top. The hot springs around the base of this active volcano are also well worth experiencing.
Close by, the Mistico Hanging Bridges Park will give you a bird’s eye view of the rainforest below, from the easy to navigate bridges hanging from between the trees. As most of the wildlife lives up in the canopy, the bridges will bring you closer to the fauna. There are also easy to walk trails below, with a great view of the volcano.
Another plantation stop will follow, where you can try a perfect cup of coffee from the Don Juan coffee estate in Monteverde. There’s a large cloud forest here you’ll want to explore as well. Your guide, with his or her trained eyes, will point out any wildlife you might have missed, such as birds, frogs, pumas and jaguars.
Panama City will be your next destination. It has plenty of museums to explore, cathedrals and convents. The big attraction here though, is without doubt the Panama Canal Locks, which lift ships 25 metres high. Colon will give you a different view of the famous canal and then it’s time to visit some picturesque features of the countryside such as the Chorro del Macho waterfall an La India Dormida Mountain.
Next up are two rainforest experiences that you’ll never forget; lunch with the villagers of the Embera tribe and an exploration of the forest floor of The Gambia rainforest. Your journey will end after a trip to the sandy Caribbean shores of Bocas del Toro. Find out more about this tour here.
As the home of salsa, you can expect to enjoy dancing and live music in Colombia. There will be trips to white sand beaches, a coffee tasting and a visit to the Salt Cathedral. Again, a moderate level of fitness is ideal because, as some high altitude walking is required, you’ll need to be healthy enough to withstand the pressure on your lungs.
The trip begins in the vibrant capital, Bogotá. Here you’ll discover colonial churches, fascinating museums and exciting galleries. In a small village on the outskirts of the city is where you’ll find the infamous Salt Cathedral, located 200 metres below ground level in an old salt mine.
In the next place on your schedule; the city of Cali, you’ll learn all the basics of Latin American dance, so if you come across any impromptu, open air dancing sessions, you can fit right in and at least look like you know what you’re doing.
It’s deep into Colombia’s coffee region next, you’ll head over to Armenia, where you’ll learn the art of smelling and tasting coffee. After these heady smells and flavours , you’ll be pleased of the fresh air of the Corcoran Valley nature reserve. Not only will you see the national tree there, the palma de cera, but also get to check out local arts and crafts.
You’ll have a few days in Medellin next; Colombia’s boho, arty, second city, with its botanical gardens and parks, before embarking on your way to your final destinations. Your journey will end in the coastal city of Santa Marta, with its stretches of golden sand, rainforest and natural pools, Cartagena, a UNESCO world heritage city with plenty to see and do and the Rosario islands, whose tropical beaches are perfect for snorkelling and exploring the coral reef below the waves. You can learn more about this exciting itenary by clicking this link
Colours of Costa Rica
This Wendy Wu 2018 South America tours involves some of the same destinations as the Costa Rica and Panama tour. You’ll still arrive into San Jose and the visit the volcano, Arenal, Mistico Park next to it with its handling bridges and Monteverde, but there will be plenty more besides. You’ll get to explore the La Paz waterfall gardens, the waterways, rainforest and fruit plantations of Tortuguero, where you’ll be advised to keep your eyes peeled for the very rare and endangered green macaw. If monkeys and raccoons are more your thing, you might enjoy your trip to the the Manuel Antonio Park better. Check out the tour in full
This is your chance to really get to know Peru. Some of the destinations are the same as the combined package in Wendy Wu Tours other Peru itenary
You’ll arrive into Lima and travel to Lake Titicaca, before moving onto Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Macchu Picchu, but also get to explore the sights of seabirds in the Palomino islands, the volcano-surrounded city of Arequipa, the deepest canyons on the planet in Colca and have a local experience in a Huilloc village. See the full details of the tour here.
Best of South America
This is the ultimate in Wendy Wu 2018 South America tours offering. It will allow you to cover the highlights of a larger area, giving you a more general feel for this part of the world, but at the same time give you an insight into the individual cultures, cuisine and way of life of each country.
Peru will be the first country on your itinerary. You’ll land in Lima and get a city tour before taking off for Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Macchu Picchu; the old Incan citadel. You’ll then head to the lake beneath the Andes; Lake Titicaca and explore the lakeside town of Puno and the floating Uros islands.
La Paz in Bolivia will give you a great mountain view and the chance to shop for local crafts, while Buenos Aires in Argentina is where you’ll go after this to give you a chance to learn the Tango and eat incredible steak. It’s then off to the Iguacu Falls in Brazil, with a trip up Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. You’ll also visit the base of the infamous Christ the Redeemer statue, which sits overlooking the city and if you go at carnival time, you’ll experience the colourful energy that bustles through the city streets. Find out more
If you’d like to travel through South America as part of an all inclusive tour with an experienced tour guide, on a luxury package deal, please get in touch with the LCD team. We work closely with Wendy Wu tours to book holidays on their behalf and we can answer any questions you might have about the new breaks. Please get in touch