On Location in South America
June 2017 | By Susan Milne | 5 minute read |
Award-winning On Location Partner, andBeyond is here with all the information you need to turn your South American holiday in to the trip of a lifetime. Well-established in the African Safari and sustainable travel scene, andBeyond is a number one choice for assisting with arrangements for Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. Joss Kent (CEO, andBeyond) and Pedro Barraza (andBeyond Managing Director, South America) share exclusive need-to-know insight in to this incredible destination.
Q: Which countries do you represent in South America and what services do you offer?
andBeyond designs personalized, high-end tours in four South American countries: Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. Recognized for our specialist destination knowledge and itinerary designing skills, we offer on-the-ground support from our team in Santiago, and can create travel experiences tailored exclusively for Ensemble guests.
andBeyond is all about making dreams come true, even the seemingly-impossible ones. Our experts take your travel wishes and use their destination knowledge, network of contacts, and first-hand experiences to turn them into real-life adventures that explore the heart and soul of South America.
Q: What special aspects of your services should travelers be aware of?
- Insider Access: andBeyond provides access to local homes and private clubs for fine dining, such as traditional estancias and ranches, and hidden retreats created just for andBeyond guests with unique settings and views.
- On-call 24/7: Contact us any time to throughout your journey and we’ll help you with whatever you need.
- Guides: We offer a range of guides to suit your purposes – from game rangers and trackers, to private and specialist guides, or one of our handpicked partner guides.
- Conscious Travel: When you travel with andBeyond, you’re making a real contribution to the preservation of Africa, Asia, and South America's people and wildlife areas. We have many community initiatives, and donate a percentage of the profits from our full-day Land Rover tours in-and-around Santiago programs to local causes, such as a rural school located in the Maipo Cany.
Q: Do you offer small group tours as well as bespoke services for individuals?
You name it, we’ve got it covered. Our team of group travel consultants are experienced in providing tailor-made South American explorations for groups of all sizes and types. We also recognized that some guests may have special interests that range beyond the usual tour, so our guides are able to offer adventures that are tailored around a group's specific pursuits.
Q: Tell us more about the Fine Wines and Great Cities of Chile and Argentina tour.
This eight-day tour combines the cities of Santiago, Mendoza, and Buenos Aires, with in-depth visits to both countries' main wine-producing areas, and a day of adventure exploring the Andes, with a range of boutique hotels along the way.
Q: What tours do you recommend for Machu Picchu?
Start by acclimatizing to the Sacred Valley and unwinding in rural farmlands, then embark on one of the many outdoor adventures, including mountain biking, trekking, horse-riding, river rafting, and rock climbing, before climbing aboard the Vistadome train and exploring the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.
A shroud of mystery envelopes these ruins – some speculate that it was established as a university, while others claim that it was built as a retreat for royalty – let your private guide offer his own interpretation and you decide.
Visit the town of Maras, browse through the Pisac market, and discover the Ollaytaytambo and Moray ruins of the Sacred Valley. Journey to the Incan capital of Cusco and marvel at the attractions of Sacsayhuamán, as well as the Spanish architecture of the Cusco Cathedral, Mercado central de San Pedro and Plaza de Armas.
Q: Tell us about Amazon River cruises.
The emerald jungles of the Amazon can be seen on explorations in Peru. Boat cruises float along secluded stretches of the Amazon River to introduce visitors to the incredible diversity of animals and birdlife that live within this breathtaking life-force.
Best time to travel:
High water season from December to April allows Amazon River cruises to venture further into the jungle.
Traveling with children:
This is a fantastic family destination, offering a wide range of outdoor adventure activities and authentic cultural experiences to entertain and engage all ages.
Q: For the Galapagos and Ecuador, what do you suggest?
Ecuador: Explore the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, navigate your way around one of the country's many volcanoes, put one foot on each side of the equator, unwind on a pristine beach, and capture the region's old-world charm with an array of colonial architecture at UNESCO World Heritage Sites Quito and Cuenca.
For Galapagos: The most prominent of Ecuador's attractions is the pristine chain of volcanic islands that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Galapagos. Made famous by Charles Darwin who studied the island's fantastic array of species, which ultimately contributed to his theory of evolution, the island's endemic fauna and flora are as fascinating today as they were in 1835.
Magical Ecuador and The Galapagos (7 days / 6 nights)
Q: What are some of the best things to see and do in South America?
With such diversity, it is difficult to answer this…
- Introduction to Polo in Argentina: Perfect for equine or cultural enthusiasts, this is a great introduction to one of Argentina's most loved sports. Learn about the rules of the game and how polo horses are selected and trained, before attending a professional match.
- A Private tour of Iguazu Falls: You can discover the wonders of the Iguazu Falls on a privately guided tour including a 4x4 jungle experience, where you'll learn about the ecosystem surrounding the Falls, and a boat trip allowing you to get up-close to this natural phenomenon.
- Pachamama ceremony in Peru: The Pachamama Ceremony is one of the most traditional and ancient indigenous customs in the Andean culture. Led by a shaman, the ceremony begins with an offering of small amounts of Andean food items, and ends with the ritual burning of the offering and burial of its ashes to complete the cycle.
- Culinary tour of Lima: Considered as the Gastronomic Capital of South America, Lima provides the perfect setting for culinary and cultural enthusiasts. The tour is guided by a local chef, who will take you to one of the city's local markets, offering insight into regional produce, and you’ll get a visit to the Peruvian Gastronomy Museum.
Wine-tasting in the Barossa Valley, swimming with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, and heli-hiking over glaciers in New Zealand? Yes please!