Abercrombie & Kent has released its largest Latin America portfolio to date, with the program full of new ways to travel in the New World, journeys filled with ancient sites and modern sounds, extraordinary landscapes, unique wildlife, mesmerising cultures, histories, myth and magic unmatched anywhere else in the world. With designer hotels and eco-lodges, sprawling estancias, glamorous high-altitude lodgings, luxury trains and small ships – the possibilities are endless.
A&K’s Latin America product manager, Brett Lemish, travelled extensively in the vast continent-and-a-half to create the new portfolio, working alongside A&K’s local experts in the company’s six Latin American offices, and with the team of Latin America travel specialists in its own Australian office.
Lemish says, “Latin America is truly another world. There are dramatic landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see: mountains, rainforests, glaciers, high deserts, salt plains and endless pampas. Some of the most biodiverse regions and ecosystems on Earth. So many sophisticated, intriguing, captivating cities. Incredible food, and cultural diversity too, with the common thread through it all the warmth of the people. It’s a marvellous place to travel at any time, and when you add the calibre of accommodation and experiences that A&K can access, it goes to the next level entirely.”
With A&K’s local networks, expert guides and support on the ground, A&K can arrange special access to events, experiences and encounters, putting its travellers in the front seat or taking them behind the scenes.
Because A&K recognises that many of its guests like to hand-craft their own journeys and direct their own experiences, the new portfolio provides a wealth of ideas and suggestions of ways to travel and places to combine that may be the roads less travelled or the less obvious cultural attractions. For example, a 25-day odyssey through Chile, Peru, Brazil and Uruguay may involve meeting local winemakers, exploring Inca ruins and discovering Rio’s Carnival culture and Brazilian beaches and maybe exploring colonial architecture in Peru and savouring typical cuisine in Uruguay. There are no fixed days, dates or prices; all quotes are managed on a bespoke basis.
The core feature in this portfolio is the private journey offering of which there are 18 presented in detail. New among these is the 15-day Chile & Argentina: Patagonian Wilderness which takes travellers to a ranch at the end of the world, on an unforgettable glacier hike and five days cruising through the Patagonian fjords aboard Ventus Australis. Prices start from $16,385 per person.
Also new is the 12-day Chile & Ecuador: Nature’s Wonderland which introduces Santiago, its colonial neighbourhoods and museums, the breathtaking landscapes and outdoor adventures of the Atacama Desert and the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands aboard luxury mega-catamaran Endemic. Prices start from $19,235 per person.
Wonders of Peru & Brazil is an extraordinary 19-day journey that captures the must-see attractions in both countries from Lima, Machu Picchu and Cusco to Iguazú Falls, Rio and more. Important monuments, mesmerising scenery and two of the continent’s most iconic rail journeys are highlights and accommodation and rail travel comes from the connoisseurs at Belmond with a two-night journey on Belmond Andean Explorer from Cusco to Arequipa a core feature. Prices from $18,995 per person.
Uruguay is a new destination for 2019 and it’s delightfully unspoiled. With a rugged coastline and idyllic rural scenery, a rich colonial heritage and abundant fresh produce, travellers can experience it all in five days on A&K’s ‘Undiscovered Uruguay’ tasting the best wines, savouring local delicacies in neighbourhood eateries and encountering artisans and musicians in workshops and studios. Prices from $2,895 per person.
Also new for 2019 are bite-size enhancements attached to each journey, which are little add-ons to enrich the experience in a destination. For example, it’s an invitation for travellers in the Argentinian capital to see the city through the eyes of a street artist; or at Iguazú, to take to the air in a helicopter for a bird’s-eye view of the thundering waterfalls; in Bolivia’s remote Uyuni salt flats, to bed down in a super luxe Air Stream camper complete with gourmet chef; or to meet a famous Colombian sommelier for a rum tasting like no other.
There is also a multitude of suggested extensions, which are shorter itineraries that can be tacked on to another to add another dimension or round off a stay. They are generally designed for less than a week to one destination and with one main focus, for example, a beach hideaway, a jungle adventure or a vineyard experience. The four-day ‘Wineries of Mendoza’ combines well with journeys in Argentina, Chile and Brazil and is priced from $1,545 per person.
The portfolio also lists an extensive collection of A&K’s Latin America accommodation partners from Belmond, Relais & Châteaux, Tierra and Inkaterra to The Singular and Four Seasons, plus a multitude of boutique affiliates like Hotel Sazagua, Legado Mitico, Alto Atacama, Eolo and more.