Six Latin American Getaways to Book in Advance

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As lovers of luxury travel, there is nothing more disheartening than falling head-over-heels in love with a remote eco-lodge, a high-end cruise ship, or the idea of an exclusive festive itinerary, only to find out that the accommodation you have been dreaming about for your trip has been fully booked up for months already. Humboldt specialist Clara sheds some light on those special, in-demand destinations that we recommend booking as early as you can!

Penguins on South Georgia in the Antarctic Sea.The island of South Georgia, included in many of the more comprehensive Antarctica itineraries, is a haven for wildlife lovers. Availability is limited and we recommend you book in advance.

The island of South Georgia, included in many of the more comprehensive Antarctica itineraries, is a haven for wildlife lovers.

Cruising the Antarctic

A trip to the White Continent aboard a luxury expedition cruise is unquestionably a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. Given that Antarctica’s season is relatively short, running from November to March, spaces aboard the top-class vessels can get booked up quickly. Fly-cruises that omit the sometimes-tempestuous two-day crossing of the Drake Passage and comprehensive itineraries that include the Falkland Islands and South Georgia are in even higher-demand than a regular Antarctica tour. To have your pick of itineraries and ships, we recommend booking around one year in advance, and even earlier for those exclusive festive dates running over Christmas.

 

The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes.

The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes.

The Classic Inca Trail, Peru

Walking the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of Latin America’s true ‘bucket-list’ must-dos. Permits issued by the Peruvian tourism authorities are surprisingly limited in order to preserve the integrity of the ancient pathways and ruins that lead up to Machu Picchu itself. These permits book up months in advance and especially quickly during busy periods that coincide with European school holidays. A variety of excellent alternative treks to Machu Picchu are available alongside the classic route, but to secure a place on the Inca Trail ‘proper’, we recommend booking up to 8 months in advance.

 

A stunning sunset on Ipanema beach

New Year’s Eve in the stunning city of Rio is a very in-demand period. High-end hotels in the city and in nearby towns will often book up more quickly than normal.

New Year in Rio de Janeiro & Cartagena

Often as passionately celebrated as Christmas itself, the New Year in Latin America can be very busy. Two cities that enjoy some of the most raucous New Year’s celebrations in the world are Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and the sultry Cartagena on Colombia’s exquisite Caribbean Coast. Fixed hotel packages, minimum night stays and extremely high-demand can make the festive period in these cities complicated, so we recommend booking well in advance to secure a space in the top properties such as the Emiliano Rio and Casa San Agustín, Cartagena.

 

Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia.

Torres del Paine is the crowning glory of Chilean Patagonia. Availability in premium accommodation near the park fills up months in advance.

Torres del Paine, Chile

Accommodation in Torres del Paine and elsewhere in Chilean Patagonia is of an exceptionally high quality. These indulgent hotels offer a supremely personalised experience of the Patagonian wilderness, as well as gourmet cuisine, excellent spas and stylish rooms. Spaces are limited in the best hotels and availability during the short Patagonia season (November-March) can be hard to find at short notice. The same applies to Argentine Patagonia across the border where in the most remote and idyllic spots, luxury accommodation options are similarly in-demand. For a top-level experience in the southern cone of Chile and Argentina, you should look to book at least 9 months in advance. Festive dates in Chile and Argentina, even more so in the far south, are always very popular and these dates can be difficult to secure anything less than a year in advance.

 

Jaguar in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands. Availability at lodges is limited and we recommend you book in advance.

The elusive jaguar in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands. Jaguar season runs between June and October.

Jaguar Spotting in the Pantanal, Brazil

Seeing the elusive jaguar in the wild is one of Latin America’s most exciting wildlife experiences. Notoriously difficult to find elsewhere, the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands is one of the only places on the planet that you can almost guarantee a sighting of this majestic cat. In the dry season, between June and October, spaces at premium wildlife lodges are in extremely high-demand. To stay at the best lodges in the region for spotting the big cats: Caiman, Baiazinha and Araras; we recommend booking up to 9 months in advance.

 

The iconic slopes of the Arenal Volcano are a highlight of any tour in Costa Rica.

The iconic slopes of the Arenal Volcano are a highlight of any tour in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica in Peak Season

Perfect for families, couples, honeymooners and just about anyone who loves adventure and wildlife, Costa Rica’s astounding natural beauty and mass appeal means that availability at premium properties disappears quite quickly during the peak season (from late November-March). To capitalise on the excellent standard of hotels in this pint-sized Central American paradise, we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance. If you are planning on spending Christmas in Costa Rica, booking between 9 months to a year in advance is advisable.

 

Are you planning a trip to Latin America? Contact us today to speak with our travel specialists and begin planning your bespoke trip. Need some inspiration? Find more information on Antarctica, Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, Cartagena, Torres del Paine, the Pantanal and Costa Rica.