Winter trips to South America are your new travel challenge! Enjoy a 20 % discount when traveling between March and September. Winter trips are also great for those wanting to enjoy non-crowded destinations and special offers on packages and tours. Keep reading and learn about your next winter travel experience.
If you’re itching for an exciting getaway to a far-away land, consider venturing down to South America! No matter what you’re interested in, you’re sure to find a region that caters to exactly what you’re looking for. Now the only hard part is figuring out where to book your flight! Take our quiz below to find out which South American destination is the perfect fit for you!
In Say Hueque, we believe that traveling should be a transformational experience, as a matter of fact, we strongly believe it. That’s why we choose Explora as one of our partners because they understand the meaning of this, they share with our enthusiasm for unconventional trips with an inclination for the adventurous.
The concept behind Explora is to provide trips to remote destinations in South America, unique due to their close interaction with nature and local culture. Since 1993, they have opened several properties, offering unique experiences. Currently, Explora is present in Torres del Paine National Park, Easter Island and the Atacama Desert in Chile, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, in Salta and El Chaltén in Argentina, and in Uyuni, Bolivia.
But what gives Explora such a different taste? Its care for details, taking pleasure in simplicity which defines the luxury of essentials, and commitment to sustainable development. These characteristics make Explora as a top-notch choice for travelers passionate about explorations and first-class quality service.
Explora takes care of every little detail of the experience you are going to have. For instance, guides are -and have to be!- enthusiastic about nature in order to be able to share and transmit their love for the surroundings. Being with a guide that is in love with the place where he is a completely different experience because one feels more inclined to appreciate the whole experience as other already values it. Their carefully chose guides are also bilingual (Spanish and English) and stand out for their warmth and kindness.
Another key element of Explora’s uniqueness is their explorations: they choose exclusive routes developed by their outdoor team, that allows travelers to get to know destinations in-depth, including popular sites and less explored areas. Other complements that make this experience complete is their detailed choice of food and beverages, adapted to every need.
Explora Patagonia was designed as the perfect base to explore Torres del Paine National Park, as it offers an exclusive location -anchored like a ship by Lake Pehoé- with unparalleled views.
Travelers can choose among 40 explorations –either hiking or horseback riding– to some of the circuits of the renowned W and other less explored routes to get to know the typical geography and wildlife of Patagonia. Their rooms have a perfect combination of simplicity and comfort, in order to ensure a deep rest after exploring. For a 30% discount, make a reservation for October 2019.
2. Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley
Explora Valle Sagrado was designed as a headquarter from where to explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. All their programs include accommodations, transfers, meals and beverages, and a selection of more than 30 explorations developed by our outdoor team, either walking, by van or riding a bike.
Explora’s explorations take travelers through the colonial history of Cusco and the architectural magnificence of the Incas in Machu Picchu, isolated villages, archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo, Moray, Chinchero and Pisac, to Andean pampas and mountains or Apus, considered by locals as guardians of people and nature. Have you made up your mind? Make the most of their promotions by taking your kids for free, or getting one night and the guided exploration to Machu Picchu for free too.
3. Explora in Atacama, Chile
Located in the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, Explora Atacama was built in a 17-hectare plot as a base from where to explore the desert, the Andes highlands, and its surroundings.
Huge sand dunes, salt pans, impressive volcanoes, and cloudless skies inspired the design of each of their explorations. These can be completed hiking, cycling, horseback riding or through a combination of hiking and by van.
What should you expect to do in Explora Atacama? Horseback riding through red soil esplanades, walking on landscapes that seem like taken from another world, cycling through the Andes highlands, reaching summits of more than 5,000 m.a.s.l. (16,404 f.a.s.l.) or taking it easy in the Puritama hot springs are some of the experiences you can enjoy. Interested? Get up to a 1000 USD discount and kids free traveling before January 31st, 2020.
“Zero waste” is a major lifestyle trend of the 21st century, and the shift can’t come soon enough. This is a movement with the goal of producing the least amount of waste possible in all walks of life, whether that be at home or on the go. If you are looking to respect the environment during your travels, here are five different ways to become an eco-friendly traveler, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Visiting destinations committed to reducing waste definitely ensures that consumers will follow suit. When planning your next trip, research locations that offer modern environmental services, and are moving towards responsible practices. Your choice of airline can also impact your zero-waste goals, like certain airlines which are plastic-free, and by promoting them, you can embrace zero-waste travel.
Packing your own headphones, blanket,
and eye-mask for flights can help to minimize in-flight waste. Avoid carrying single-use
toiletries and stick to eco-friendly ones. Bring reusable travel straws, cups, silverware
and water bottles to avoid unnecessary waste. Waste management is a major issue
in many developing countries, and travelers often unknowingly add to this
problem. Say no to plastic bags from shops and carry your items in a backpack
In the past few years, it has become much easier to find eco-friendly accommodations that are dedicated to supporting the local environment with environmentally friendly practices. When traveling, look for an eco-conscious hotel or a property that gives you details on how it prioritizes environmentally friendly practices such as avoiding plastics, using natural cleaning products, practicing recycling and composting, etc. The staff in these locations are usually into sustainable living and are well-informed about the sustainability and environmental issues associated with the area. They will be able to guide you on how you can best spend your time while also serving the host community.
When moving around, reduce your carbon footprint by staying away from taxis and rental cars, and using public transport instead. Most large cities have well-connected buses and metro systems that you can put to good use during your travels. Another means of transport that is environmentally friendly is traveling on a bicycle, with many cities now supporting cheap bike-rental apps that make renting a bike as easy as a few clicks on your cellphone. Or, why not explore using the cheapest and healthiest option for transportation; walking!
Use your travel time to explore foods that you may not have access to back home. Eating locally and supporting local food production is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while traveling. Furthermore, you end up encouraging more local foods to remain in the area.
Now that you are equipt with some tips to help you minimize your environmental footprint while traveling, why not try to embrace zero-waste travel the next time you head out for a holiday?
Peru, the land of the legendary Incas, has quite a mythical feel to it. Peruvian culture is a complex mixture of native and Hispanic traditions, which means that there plenty of things to do and learn if you are there to explore. Besides offering delicious and diverse food, Peru also has some unique Peruvian drinks that you absolutely must try if you visit the area. Peru is a multicultural city and its festivals, such as the Feast of San Juan in June, give you a great chance to try out some of the drinks listed below.
This is considered Peru’s national cocktail. Pisco Sour is made with a srong base of Peruvian Pisco, a brandy-like liquor made from fermented grapes. It also consists of a mixture of lime juice, syrup, egg white, ice, and Angostura bitters. The sour and sweet tastes mix effortlessly and balance eachother well. This drink actually has an entire day dedicated to it – the first Saturday of every February is National Pisco Sour Day. A lighter alternative to this drink is Chilcano, which simply adds ginger ale to the mix.
Beer is easily the most consumed
alcoholic beverage. You have 3 major beer brands to choose from – Pilsen
Callao, Cristal and Cusqueña. Cusquena is the premium beer as it’s the most
expensive and has the best taste. Pilsen Callao is the main beer served in
restaurants. Cristal is the one you have in a group of people. Another lesser
known brand of beer is the Brahma, which is consumed by younger people due to
its low price.
There are two variations of this beverage. Chicha Morada is a unique drink made from purple corn. An addition of cinnamon, sugar, limejuice, and one other fruit— typically pineapple— completes this drink. It’s one of the finer drinks of Peru and is very well-known.
Chicha de Jora is a drink made from classic yellow corn, but this time, is fermented. Peruvian people have been enjoying this drink for centuries. It can be found in small Andean villages in the Sacred Valley. This drink starts with a sweet taste, but ends on a sour note. It’s good for those with a sweet tooth.
This is the most popular soft drink in Peru. It is a yellow-colored soda that is extremely sweet and tastes a bit like bubble gum. The origins of Inca Kola go back to 1910. It’s known as the “Pride of Peru” and it can be served with alcohol or non-alcoholic depending on your preference. This is the drink offered with most food, and we absolutely guarantee you will see it if you are visiting Peru.
Emoliente is an earthy drink which provides health benefits for your liver, digestive system, throat, and more. It’s normally sold by street vendors in colder weather since it is typically consumed while hot, though it can be put on ice for a refreshing summer cool-down. It is created using a base of herbs including flax seeds, dried horsetail and barley.
This wine pairs well with Peruvian food, particularly with some iconic dishes like ceviche (fresh fish marinated in citrus juice with fresh onion, chilli and corn, and coriander). Quebrada de Ihaunco’s distinct fruity flavour of sour cherry and a hint of pecan goes well with many regional cuisines, and is a must-try for all wine aficionados who are exploring Peru.
If you’re looking for a sweet and
creamy drink, then this is the one for you! The dark syrup made from the Black
Carob tree, which is the main ingredient of this drink, makes for a cold,
sweet, and delicious cocktail.
Are you looking for a hot alcoholic beverage? Caspiroleta is the answer. It’s a hot Pisco recipe that is popular in many regions of Peru, but particularly in Ica, a colonial town.
This Peruvian cocktail is prepared from physalis juice, pisco (Peruvian grape hard liquor), syrup and egg white. It has a sweet and slightly bitter taste.
You are now armed with a solid list of Peru’s best beverages. So, if you are planning on visiting Peru any time soon, make sure to try one of these famous drinks. They are a refreshing way to make your trip even more culturally rich!
Looking for things to do in Peru? Trying to find off the beaten track destinations? Huacachina is nestled in an oasis in the desert. This small town is located west of the city of Ica, located in southwestern Peru. In the center of town is the Huacachina lagoon, surrounded by palm trees and green waters that are believed to have therapeutic properties. The shore of the lagoon is full of bars and nightclubs
Huacachina is comprised of two words – wakay “to cry” and china meaning “young woman.” It is named after the legend of its creation. There are many variations of this legend, but most are centered on the same idea. Legend has it that a young princess named Huacay China fell in love with a warrior who passed away suddenly. Upon hearing of his death, she started to weep and cried so much that it created the lagoon. Another variation of how the lagoon came to be says that the young princess visited her and her lover’s place of meeting after his demise and while looking in the mirror, saw a figure which appeared to be her lover. She was terrified and ran, but dropped the mirror. The mirror then took the form of this lagoon, and Huacay dove in and became a mermaid or a siren that tempts swimmers to this day.
Riding the dune buggy is a great adventure
and a good way to explore this region. The dune buggy ride is perhaps the most popular
tour in town. You hop on the tubulars and start
“spinning” through the dunes of the desert, as if it were a roller
coaster. We guarantee some laughs during this activity!
Cruising in a boat around the oasis is a unique
and relaxing way to discover the area and admire the sand dunes.
The steeps and bumps in the dunes provide a
great field to go sandboarding. This is a difficult but rewarding activity. The trick is to put the tips of your
feet in the sand to reduce speed, although it is best to keep your feet high to
catch the maximum speed.
Peru’s national drink is Pisco. Discover how this is made along with other brandies and drinks at the artisanal and industrial wineries nearby. Watch the Sunset over Huacachina
Clustering over the dunes and watching the
stunning view seems to be a popular way to spend time in Huacachina.
These lines have been a subject of mystery
for over 80 years. The lines are known as geo-glyphs – drawings made on the
ground discovered by removing land and rocks. Pondering over whether this was a
man-made or an alien creation is a great way to spend time in Huacachina. Take
a scenic flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines – you can find depictions of
plants, animals, and various other shapes embedded in the land.
To start planning your Peruvian Adventure don´t hesitate to contact Say Hueque. Check our webpage for this or other destinations.
When the kids are out of school, it is the perfect time for your family to reconnect and discover an incredible part of the world during your annual family vacation. Instead of road tripping or heading to the beach, consider voyaging to South America for the adventure of a lifetime.
There are so many things to see and do in this region of the world that we couldn’t help but write about a few of our absolute favorite family trips.
Buenos Aires is often referred to as the Paris of South America because of its incredible cultural diversity, and also due to some of the European-influenced architecture found in its more prestigious neighborhoods.
Discover the different facets of this eclectic city with your family as you retrace history wandering around town. When the rush of the city seems to become too overpowering, hop on board a ferry and discover Argentina’s laid back neighbor, Uruguay.
The whole family will enjoy getting a taste of two countries in the continent, and you will have peace of mind during this easy border crossing that every family can handle. In Uruguay, you can discover this eastern country’s colonial roots by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is just a 40-minute ferry away from Buenos Aires.
Is your family a fan of the movie Rio? Recreate the animated movie on your next family vacation. The main attractions of the city offer incredible opportunities that are fun for a family with kids of any age. Just picture you and your family riding a cable car up the massive Sugar Loaf mountain or stopping to take in the breathtaking Christ the Redeemer statue.
Rio de Janeiro s so much more than just a year-round tropical beach town, but when you need to slow down, take the family to discover some of the world-class beaches that make Rio famous. When you want to trade in the city and beaches, head to the lush forest that exists in harmony with Rio’s urban environment, and makes this city one of the most unique in the world, due to its unusually close proximity to nature.
If your family isn’t quite the city-slicker type, discover a more natural environment in South America by visiting the Ibera Wetlands in Argentina, which can easily be combined with a visit to our very own wonder of the world, Iguazu Falls.
The Ibera Wetlands is fun for the whole family, filled with so many different animals that you will never know what you can expect to see next. This natural reserve has been preserved by the late owner of The North Face brand and is now a National Park. Why will all of you love Esteros de Iberá? This is still an off-the-beaten-path destination in Argentina and a delight for any family seeking to have a uniquely immersive experience.
To really make the most of your trip, take your family to both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguazu Falls. The power and force of the Parana River falling on the border of two giants of South America is truly an amazing experience to witness. We have plenty of ideas for family vacations in Iguazu, if this destination interests you.
Children are known for their ceaselessly inquisitive minds, and Peruvian lands are the perfect place to awaken their curiosity towards historical, cultural and natural interests. The world-renowned Machu Picchu is just the tip of the iceberg: this country is chock-full of activities suitable and enjoyable for families. Peru’s iconic animal, the llama, is sure to catch a toddler’s attention, and why not let them engage in this immersive process of witnessing and then becoming part of another’s culture? The astonishing salt flats, the delicious Chocolate Museum, ziplining over dramatic sceneries in Sacred Valley, and hugging some alpacas will make a strong case for a journey to Peru during their next summer vacation. Also, Peru can be a perfect match for other destinations such as Salta and Jujuy in Argentina, or maybe the above-mentioned Iguazu Falls. Lima has accessible connectivity with many other countries.
Still on the fence? Get in touch with us so we can help you make this family adventure an unforgettable one. We know family travels can sometimes become a little tricky, but our experienced travel experts will focus on delivering your South American family vacation just the way you want it.
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