RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARD FOR TREN ECUADOR!
Tren Ecuador has received the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Award during the World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM in London. Tren Ecuador also took the Gold in the ‘Best for Poverty Reduction & Inclusion’ category, for reversing the traditional approach of luxury train travel and creating shared value with local enterprises and people along the tracks. The company gives a great example of how responsible tourism can be adopted as a core part of business, while still being commercially successful and delivering benefits for local communities at the same time. SAT offers different itineraries throughout South America including responsible train journeys. Be part of this concept and explore Ecuador in-depth, all along the old railroads of the country.
HEART & SOUL OF BRAZIL – SALVADOR DA BAHIA EXPLORATIONS!
Music and rhythm are well at home in Salvador: the sound of drums and percussion fills the air, and people are dancing in the streets. Salvador da Bahia is often said to be the heart of Brazil, gateway to some of the most impressive landscapes of the whole continent, and craddle of the Afro-Brazilian culture in the country. SAT offers distinct and colorful journeys to the region. A new 3-day program for private groups involves the exploration of the Reconcavo region and its traces of colonization, a boat tour to the lovely beaches of Ilha dos Frades, as well as a visit to Cachoeira and the ruins of its San Francisco Convent. Furthermore guests explore the local tobacco culture!
ARGENTINA: BIKING & KAYAKING AROUND BUENOS AIRES & THE TIGRE DELTA
SAT offers a new biking and kayaking adventure at the Tigre Delta, located close to Buenos Aires in the middle of the Paraná river! The tour starts at Plaza San Martín. By bike it is just a short drive to the Retiro station, where you take a train to the town of Tigre. With its lively rivers and green islands, the Tigre Delta is one of the most popular attractions around Buenos Aires, both for tourists and for Buenos Aires residents. It is a charming place with summer houses, rowing clubs and water taxis. During our tour we first bike the delta and pass the lovely Mercado de los Frutos, where mainly handcrafts and furniture are sold. Then we continue our exploration by kayak. We return to Buenos Aires by train and bike.
PERU’s MANU NATIONAL PARK DECLARED WORLD’s TOP BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT!
Peru’s Manu National Park hosts the highest biodiversity of terrestrial vertebrates on earth! Research was based on photographs of an array of camera traps installed in emblematic areas around the globe. According to the results of the image analysis, Manu National Park ranked first in terrestrial species (mammals and birds). One of the few lodges inside the park is the Manu Wildlife Center, which provides a perfectly comfortable base for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, birders and those who simply want a true relaxing rainforest experience. The lodge is strategically located in an area of forest that counts on the highest diversity of micro-habitats in the Manu area. SAT offers various options to explore the National Park, including shorter 4-5 day packages or more comprehensive 6-9 day explorations. The best time to travel is from May to October.
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT COLOMBIA NOW!
Well, where to start? Be sure to bring some time when exploring Colombia, your bucket list might get very long: from the cultural hotspots of Bogota and Medellin, to the ever-green highlands and Carribean heritage towns on the coast, to pristine nature and wildlife reserves, on to dense jungle, truly red and pink rivers, rough and wild beaches plus fine sandy ones, on to sipping some coconut water while watching whales, indulging in the coffee and cocoa culture of the country, listening to authentic Salsa music and dancing with locals… there is just plenty to do!! Besides that, right now Colombia is the place to be. It is still off-the-beaten-track while getting popular at the same time! Imagine experiencing all these natural Colombian wonders with no one or very few people around! Small boutique and luxury hotels are popping up, and yes, travelling the country is totally safe. We at SAT would love to show you around!
URUGUAY: FRAY BENTOS DECLARED UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Uruguay is a country well-known for the many faces it presents to its visitors. One of those is the impressive industrial monument of Fray Bentos, which recently was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its leading role in the global industrial revolution. The city of Fray Bentos was once home to one of the largest food processing plants in the world, attracting immigrants from over 55 countries to work with unparalleled technology. More than 200 products were exported worldwide. The company’s imprint can still be felt in the city, making it an impressive sight, an important piece of world history. SAT offers packages combining Montevideo, Colonia del Sacramento, Carmelo and Fray Bentos!