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Meet Global Basecamps

September 24, 2013

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Global Basecamps: Exploration Made Easy This week, for our Meet the Tour Operator, we got a special look into the company, from the company themself. They went into great detail to tell you why they are unique, and the perfect choice for your trip, and we have to agree that they are pretty great. We […]

Spacious room with sofa, coffee table, small dining table, and comfortable chairs. Room opens onto a large patio surrounded by plants. Ceiling is two stories tall, showing a bit of the upstairs.

Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards 2011 have been announced, and a full tenth of the hotels that made the list are in Latin American countries. The categories are Fodor’s. Luxurious Retreat; top choices for a complete escape Four Seasons CarmeloCarmelo, Uruguay Whether you want to relax at the spa or at the pool, cozy up in […]

Boeing passenger plane from the Aerolineas Argentinas fleet.

Whether you plan on sipping wine in Mendoza and Salta, snapping photos of glaciers and granite spires as you backpack across the Fitz Roy Range, or dancing the tango in Buenos Aeries, you can get to Argentina on one of the world’s safest airlines. Aerolineas Argentinas just announced that SKYTRAX named them one of the […]

Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano continues to disrupt travel in South America, although activity has lessened  in recent days.

Travel in Argentina and Uruguay has been the most severely impacted, with airport closures yesterday in Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

While many towns in Chile have been doused with ash, air travel has been less affected.  But as the ash cloud spreads over the Pacific, travel between Australia and South American is the latest casualty.  Qantas in particular has chosen not to operate under the current conditions.

If you are scheduled to fly to Buenos Aires or Montevideo within the next week, please keep in close contact with your Exito agent or the airline.  While the situation seems to be improving, there may still be flight cancellations or delays.

Every seasoned traveler has their list of special stuff that they always take along, stuff that over the years has proved its use again and again.  Here’s my personal list of things that go in my bag whenever I start packing for a trip (besides the obvious ones of passport, clothes, money, and a copy of my e-ticket – but those are all subjects for another blog!)

1) A pen.  Don’t laugh – you will need it before you even get off the airplane, to fill out all those forms for customs and immigration.  It’s nice to not start off a trip trying to figure out how to say “May I borrow your pen?” in another language.