SAT FAM TO BOLIVIA: VERONIKA, GRETELL, KARIN & SUSANA ON THE ROAD!
We at SAT are all bitten by the travel bug. The idea of getting away for a while is thrilling, especially when it is for a familiarization trip in order to become a real specialist on a product, a destination or an experience. Well, this time four ladies from our SAT Peru office were the lucky ones, sent on a mission to explore Bolivia in deep, visiting amazing places and many hotels on the way. Veronika, Gretell, Karin and Susana crossed the Sacred Titicaca Lake, walked the streets of La Paz, ventured into the mines of Potosí, passed some time in the colonial city of Sucre, and finally reached one of the major highlights of the country: Uyuni. Karin and Susana also explored Rurrenabaque, deep in the Bolivian Amazon. The trip offered a great chance to learn about Bolivia – and we are happy to share our expertise :).
NEW OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN ECUADOR: MONTA RUNA HORSEBACK RIDING
SAT proudly presents: The charming horse farm ”Totorillas” is located about 22 km from Cuenca, and the base for various beautiful riding excursions! SAT offers full day excursions, unforgettable moonlight rides or 1-2 night adventures in the mountains. For more advanced riders with a good physical stayer special rides of several day’s duration are available, leading e.g. to the ancient ruins of Ingapirca or all the way down to the Peruvian border. No ridig skills are required for shorter trips, the farms’ professionally-trained horses will take good care of each rider so that they can fully enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Ecuadorian highlands. Transfer from / to Cuenca is included in our packages. Can’t wait to get up on the horse?
QUITO NOMINATED FOR MULTIPLE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS CATEGORIES
Thanks to its natural beauty, rich culture and prime location, Quito hopes to be recognized as South America’s Leading Destination for the fifth consecutive year. Quito is also nominated for the following accolades: South America’s Leading Business Travel Destination and South America’s Leading City Break Destination. Among 15 other nominations throughout the city, Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport is competing in South America’s Leading Airport category, Hotel Plaza Grande is nominated for South America’s Leading Boutique Hotel, and Swissotel Quito is nominated for South America’s Leading Hotel category.
CHILE, ARGENTINA & DAP ANTARCTICA: NEW PATAGONIA ROUTES
The new 2017/2018 Antarctic season will soon begin, and SAT would love to welcome you to the amazing white continent, offering full-day and overnight programs in cooperation with DAP Antártica. This new season, travellers will be able to stay up to two nights at the Antarctic Ice-Camp. Fancy a combined tour of Patagonia and Antarctica? The following flight routes are available across Patagonia: direct flights between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, as well as flights between Punta Arenas, Balmaceda and Comodoro Rivadavia. There will also be a new flight between Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate! We’ll be happy to work on your personal ”End of the World” package,
TRADITIONAL VILLAGE LIFE IN OLLANTAYTAMBO, PERU
The rural community of Ollantaytambo in the heart of the Sacred Valley is still living as it has been for hundreds of years. When exploring the nearby ancient ruins, SAT includes a visit to a traditional family home in Ollantaytambo, providing an insight into the culture and people who live in the shadow of Machu Picchu. This place is one of the most authentic houses in Ollantaytambo and has been in the hands of the same family for many generations. Travellers are very welcome here, and made part of the family during the exclusively SAT-featured visit. Ready to discover Peru in a most authentic way?
NEW ENTRANCE RULES FOR MACHU PICCHU
- Peru’s Ministry of Culture announced the new entrance rules for visiting Machu Picchu. These new laws will affect all visitors to Machu Picchu that are visiting the Inca citadel. From July 1st, and for a period of 2 years, the following laws apply:
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu will be split into 2 entrance times: AM Entrance, from 6 am – 12 pm / PM Entrance, from 12 pm – 5.30 pm. Visitors have 4 hours time to visit the ruin site of Machu Picchu. Currently most visitors enter the citadel in the morning. The afternoon tickets will be sold at a reduced rate of USD 35.00 per person. With this measure the government strives for a constant number of visitors instead of peaks.
- All visitors entering Machu Picchu must be accompanied by a guide. Guides must be official Machu Picchu guides or licensed tourist guides. Guides are only permitted to take maximum group sizes of 16 people. A second visit on the next day is permitted without a guide, showing both entrance tickets of Day 1 and Day 2 when entering.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain is permitted in two distinct entrance windows. First entrance: 7 am – 8 am. Second entrance: 10 am – 11 am. The visitor must sign in and out of the trek at the control post, at the start of the trail head.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain is permitted in two distinct entrance windows. First entrance: 7 am – 8 am. Second entrance: 9 am – 10 am. All visitors must have left the trek by 3pm. The Machu Picchu Mountain trek is suitable for experienced hikers only.
- Note: The ticket for Huayna Picchu and / or for Machu Picchu Mountain is a combination ticket with the general Machu Picchu entrance ticket. Combination tickets allow for additional time to visit.
- From July 1st on, there will be a 4-month trial window in which the authorities will be quite flexible when applying the new law. There might be more changes – we will keep you posted!
A LOST CITY AND DEEP JUNGLE: AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE IN COLOMBIA
Think waterfalls. Steamy jungle. Native villages. Ancient ruins. La Ciudad Perdida has a history that stretches back 650 years before Machu Picchu. The Tayrona people built the city they called ‘Teyuna’. The Spanish invasion pushed the natives high into the Sierra Nevada until they were so dispersed that their numbers dwindled and their cities were abandoned. The jungle reclaimed the Lost City… until tombraiders found gold. Few tourists have ventured into this area of South America. The journey is still one of challenge and discovery. There are 1,200 mossy steps leading up to the entrance of the Lost City. The 5-6 walking days consist of 4 hour hikes. Most of the time you’ll be sleeping in a hammock. Ready to venture an ancient South American world?
BRAZIL’s BAIA DO SANCHO: VOTED WORLD’S BEST BEACH AGAIN!
Baía do Sancho has been voted the best beach in the world by Tripadvisor for the third year in a row! It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, around 525 km from Recife and 350 km from Natal. The bay with crystal clear water on Fernando de Noronha’s main island can be visited by boat or through a narrow staircase down the cliffs. Sancho is also described as one of the best diving spots in Brazil and visitors can enjoy a great marine fauna (including the highest known concentration of resident dolphins). During the turtle spawning season from January to July, visitors are banned from the beach between 6PM and 6AM. Otherwise, it is a destination that can be visited year-round. The perfect place for diving, surfing, snorkeling, hiking or just relax. Rates upon request.
AUTHENTIC ARGENTINA: FILETEADO DRAWING CLASS AT BAROLO PALACE, BUENOS AIRES
Declared a national historic monument in 1997, the Palacio Barolo was once South America’s tallest building. The building constitutes one of the largest monuments to the work of Dante Alighieri, the major Italian poet of the Middle Ages, and is a unique example of an attempt to marry literature and architecture. SAT now invites you to visit the majestic palace, discover its history, and enjoy breathtaking views from the tower’s lighthouse. The visit concludes with a ”Fileteado Porteño” class, allowing a glimpse into the hidden drawing art of Buenos Aires. The class includes all materials, and guests will take home their own designed fileteado drawing.
FOR THE SWEET TOOTH: THE ALFAJORES OF ARGENTINA AND URUGUAY
There’s a reason this simple cookie defines the cafe scene in Buenos Aires and Montevideo and has entire cafes devoted to it all across Latin America. It’s maybe the best cookie that ever was. Dulce de leche, and condensed milk in all its forms, is practically a religion in South America, leanding an extra layer of sweetness to its sweets. In Uruguay and Argentina, it’s layered between biscuits. Sometimes covered in chocolate, sometimes dusted with coconut, it comes in infinite varieties. Pair with a cup of coffee for a brain-buzzing midday pick-me-up!