Latin America & Antarctica

Latin America is a destination on the up thanks to an enticing blend of attractions and a new found place in the public consciousness. Whatever you are hoping for we will have a spot-on suggestion. Want breathtaking landscapes? We can advise on some that may render your jaw duly dropped, such as the pampas of Argentina or glaciers in Chile.

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Teotihuacan Pyramids

Teotihuacan Pyramids

Mexico City

Less than an hour's drive out of Mexico City lies the unmissable - and enormous - pre-Aztec site of San Juan Teotihuacán.

What to do

Teotihuacan Pyramids
Los Almendros de San Lorenzo

Los Almendros de San Lorenzo

El Salvador

Just under an hour’s drive from San Salvador, Los Almendros de San Lorenzo is a boutique hotel housed in an old colonial hacienda in the heart of Suchitoto. The building has been lovingly restored by a Salvadorean architect, and the mix of local modern and antique colonial art lend an air of true authenticity to this property.

Where to stay

Los Almendros de San Lorenzo
Samba

Samba

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

Characterized by its great diversity, the origins of Brazil’s music lie in its AmerIndian, Portuguese and African roots, and today it is firmly embedded into the Brazilian way of life.

What to do

Samba
Casa Ana

Casa Ana

Uruguay

Perfect for honeymooners or chill-time seekers, British art gallery owner Martin Summers, rents his summer haven out to guest looking for that home away from home feel.

Where to stay

Casa Ana
Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching at La Paz

Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching at La Paz

Baja California

Paddle your way around the vivid waters of the Baja Peninsula, camping on pristine beaches by night and spotting wildlife by day.

What to do

Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching at La Paz
Narbona Wine Lodge

Narbona Wine Lodge

Uruguay

Narbona Wine Lodge is a beautiful boutique hotel with rustic charm and ideal for those who enjoy superb unknown wines.

Where to stay

Narbona Wine Lodge
Guardia del Monte

Guardia del Monte

Uruguay

Located on the edge of Castillos Lagoon, Guardia del Monte is one of the few remaining working cattle ranches that still cater to guests, and with beautiful surrounding it’s a personal favourite of ours.

Where to stay

Guardia del Monte
Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

The most outrageous and spectacular festivities take place in Rio, whose world-famous Carnival and its associated musicians, dancers, floats and parades have become so large that they all take place in the purpose-built sambodrome building, with entries and seating tightly controlled and pre-allocated.

What to do

Rio Carnival
Antarctica

Antarctica

Latin America & Antarctica

Stat alert. Antarctica’s massive ice-cap covers an area 1.7 times the size of Australia and contains some 29 million cubic kilometres of ice, or roughly 70% of the world's fresh water.

Where to go

Antarctica
Antarctica XXI

Antarctica XXI

Antarctica

The M/V Ocean Nova is the ideal expedition vessel for a discovery journey to Antarctica, allowing guests to enjoy a combination of adventure and elegance.

Where to stay

Antarctica XXI
Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá

Yucatán Peninsula

The ruins of Chichén Itzá are on the UNESCO World Heritage list and the site was crowned one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

What to do

Chichén Itzá
Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge

Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge

Uruguay

Located in a rugged oceanfront landscape hidden within forest and dunes, Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge is just a few short footsteps from the beach.

Where to stay

Pueblo Barrancas Eco Lodge
Bolivia

Bolivia

Latin America & Antarctica

Landlocked Andean Bolivia is rich in ancient culture, music and folklore and perhaps because of the country’s relative lack of sophistication and infrastructure, is far less visited than its neighbours.

Where to go

Bolivia
Yaxchilan & Bonampak

Yaxchilan & Bonampak

Oaxaca & Chiapas

Gaining access to the Yaxchilan site is notoriously difficult, meaning very few visitors make the trip. However we have had a word with our Mexican friends, and have managed to pull a few strings…

What to do

Yaxchilan & Bonampak
Hotel Fasano Las Piedras

Hotel Fasano Las Piedras

Uruguay

The 480 hectares Fasano Las Piedras estate is a special setting, combining spectacular views of almost Tuscan countryside with British country house elegance, all conveniently located within minutes of the most beautiful beaches of Uruguay.

Where to stay

Hotel Fasano Las Piedras
Ecuador & the Galapagos

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Latin America & Antarctica

Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos, but don't neglect the rest of this fascinating country

Where to go

Ecuador & the Galapagos
Panama

Panama

Latin America & Antarctica

The crumbling colonial Casco Viejo is a delight to wander around on foot, and of course, seeing the canal in action is something not to be missed.

Where to go

Panama
El Balcon del Abra

El Balcon del Abra

Uruguay

The posada El Balcón del Abra is located in a manicured park surrounded by beautiful trees and towering palms, and with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and hills.

Where to stay

El Balcon del Abra
Brazil

Brazil

Latin America & Antarctica

Indisputably the ‘in’ country on earth right now, and somewhere that we at Original Travel can’t get enough of.

Where to go

Brazil
Chile

Chile

Latin America & Antarctica

Imagine a country where all the world’s climatic and topographical variations are represented in a thin ribbon of land and you have Chile.

Where to go

Chile
Playa Vik

Playa Vik

Uruguay

Sister property to Estancia Vik, Playa Vik is very much a work of art in itself, with wacky architectural design and fantastic sea views.

Where to stay

Playa Vik
San Juan de Chamula

San Juan de Chamula

Oaxaca & Chiapas

The fairly banal (in comparison) exterior does not prepare you for the surreal goings-on inside, and to see it really is to believe it.

What to do

San Juan de Chamula
Colombia

Colombia

Latin America & Antarctica

Fast recovering from a severe image problem, Colombia is once more one of South America’s most vibrant countries.

Where to go

Colombia
El Salvador

El Salvador

Latin America & Antarctica

Sitting between Guatemala and Honduras on Central America’s western coast, El Salvador is the regions smallest and least visited country. Ravaged by civil war throughout the 1980’s, El Salvador fared little better during the 90’s, when a spate of gang violence gripped the country. However despite its unfortunate recent history, El Salvador is slowly gaining tourists’ trust, and rightly so.

Where to go

El Salvador
Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains

Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains

Rio, Buzios & the Costa Verde

The iconic mountains that appear in any self-respecting shot of Rio both offer superb panoramic views of the city, its bays and beaches.

What to do

Sugarloaf & Corcovado mountains
Mexico

Mexico

Latin America & Antarctica

Forget Cancun, Mexico is a truly diverse country, with a vast array of attractions for travellers of all tastes.

Where to go

Mexico
Tulum

Tulum

Yucatán Peninsula

Tulum was a site of huge importance between 1000 and 1600 AD, and something of a haven for the elite of the Mayan world.

What to do

Tulum
La Cocotera

La Cocotera

El Salvador

Bordered by the warm Pacific Ocean on one side and a peaceful estuary on the other, La Cocotera is one of the best properties in El Salvador and a great place to head to if you’re looking to escape the crowds so often found lining many Central American beaches.

Where to stay

La Cocotera
Ski Portillo

Ski Portillo

Chile

Just two hour's drive from the capital Santiago, Portillo is the finest ski resort in Latin America, with a majestic Andean setting and superb powder conditions.

What to do

Ski Portillo
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Latin America & Antarctica

Costa Rica is a picture perfect and pocket-sized country with two beautiful coastlines separated by a spine of extremely active volcanoes.

Where to go

Costa Rica

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