SAT NEWS - February 2019
Dear Travel Partner,
ITB Berlin is only a few days away. We still have a few appointments available and would be happy to meet you if you will be travelling to Berlin next week! Feel free to contact our Sales Team to coordinate a meeting!
On another note, we joined the B2B platform TravelExchange last year to give you an additional, easy access to our unique selection of Seat-in-Coach Tours. TravelExchange is an online marketplace that allows you to look up the departures, rates and availabilities of our entire SAT SIC portfolio for 2019 and book them right away, both in English and German.
To get started, simply visit TravelExchange and sign up. Afterwards, you will be able to connect with us via the platform. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
Of course we are always happy to assist in case you have any questions or doubts, just contact us here!
Also check out our Website, Facebook & Instagram for latest updates!
All the best,
Your SAT Team
*** The following SAT offices will be closed for the upcoming national holidays ***
March 04: Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay
March 05: Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay
March 06: Brazil (until 13:00hrs)
March 25: Colombia
SAT SIC TOURS - HOW TO SELL|
Now that you know where to book our Seat-in-Coach tours
, we want to share a few tips on how to get the best out of them. First off, our SAT SIC programs are guaranteed with a minimum
of only 2 or 4
participants and have a maximum
capacity of 12 or 16
two product lines
to choose from. The "Best of" line
builds the base for our SAT SIC portfolio. These compact itineraries cover the
most iconic highlights of a destination
and are perfect for those who have little time on their hands or individual travelers on a budget. Why not explore the must-sees in a group and top off your travel experience with a tailor-made extension created exclusively for you? For example, explore Lima, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca with our 9-day Best of Peru tour and then venture into Peru's exciting northern regions with a bespoke 10-day extension including Trujillo, Chiclayo and Kuelap - the best of both worlds!
If you plan to join a longer group tour, our
is just what you are looking for. Using the "Best of" programs as a base, the itineraries are extended by popular destinations to build compelling travel adventures. For example, by adding Santiago de Chile and Mendoza to our 8-day Best of Argentina & Brazil tour (Buenos Aires, Iguazu, Rio de Janeiro), we created the 12-day Scenic South America
tour. Add to that a detour to the Atacama Desert and you have our 16-day Atacama to Sugar Loaf
program. Want to know more? Then contact our SAT SIC team
ARGENTINA - ECLIPSE DAY EXPERIENCE PATAGONIA|
December 14th 2020
, you will be able to observe a spectacular astronomical experience in
a total solar eclipse
! Why not combine this breathtaking experience with an equally
fantastic journey to Argentina
? Enjoy the metropolitan flair of
and the views of the majestic
before making your way to
, the city at the end of the world. From there, you venture to
for an unforgettable ice-trekking on the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Your adventure culminates in
, a picturesque city in Argentina's lake region, which is conveniently located along the
central axis of the eclipse
. Here, you will join an
astronomical event at an exclusive observatory camp
. You can lounge in the
or relax at the outdoor fireplace
. Indulge your taste-buds with a
gourmet picnic lunch
premium Argentine wines
, surrounded by the beautiful nature of Patagonia. Cuddle up in your
personal polar fleece blanket
while marveling at the solar eclipse.
SAT Argentina Team for more information and create your own Solar Eclipse Experience!
Picture credit: ESO/P. Horálek/Solar Wind Sherpas project
ATENEO GRAND SPLENDID NAMED MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKSTORE
Earlier this year,
published an article naming
Ateneo Grand Splendid
in Buenos Aires
"the world's most beautiful bookstore"
. It is located in a former 1920s theater and features a stunning fresco at the domed ceiling as well as beautiful stucco works. The balconies have been converted into sitting areas and the stage which is framed by a crimson curtain now holds the tables and chairs of the store's café.
IGUAÇU NATIONAL PARK BRAZIL - HAPPY 80TH ANNIVERSARY
„Parque Nacional do Iguaçu“
Since its foundation in 1939, visitors from all over the world have marveled at the sight of the impressive waterfalls surrounded by lush forest. Located on the
border between Argentina and Brazil
, both sides offer different viewpoints on the waterfalls. The Brazilian side is one of the most iconic pictures taken of South America: a
walkway over the river that is surrounded by the Devil's Throat
, a giant waterfall with a length of 150m and a height of 80m. The entire system is nearly 3km long and, depending on the river's water level, consists of 150 to 300 individual waterfalls. One of the park's
many rare animals and plants
can be found here, including jaguars, giant otters and giant anteaters. Since its foundation, the park has been expanded twice and today covers an area of 169,695.88ha. In
, the park has been named a
UNESCO World Heritage Site
and was also voted one of the
New 7 Wonders of Nature
. Together with its Argentinean sister park, the Iguaçu National Park is truly one of the most spectacular sights South America has to offer. Please contact us
for more information and travel ideas!
RIO DE JANEIRO PREPARES FOR CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS
is just around the corner and Rio de Janeiro is busy prepping for its biggest celebration of the year. The city's
are ready to hit the streets and get people excited to join the festivities. During the
parades at the Sambadrome
, every school has eighty minutes to demonstrate their skills and convince the judges of their talents. Points are granted for several categories such as costumes, samba song and theme. Ash Wednesday is the day when the results are announced, and the best six schools make their ultimate performance the next Saturday (
). Do you want to enjoy the spirit of the Brazilian Carnival? Then contact us
for more information and start planning your adventure for 2020!
SANTIAGO DE CHILE - THE ASTROTOURISTIC ROUTE|
In the light of the upcoming solar eclipse on July 2nd, the tourist board of Santiago de Chile launched the official
"Astrotouristic Route of Santiago"
last month. It includes
10 sites dedicated to Astronomy
that will leave nothing to be desired for those interested in the night sky. The
Universal Tunnel at the Interactive Museum Mirador
(MIM) for example, features more than 40 modules and games about the solar system, galaxies, the Big Bang and black holes, which are suitable for all ages. The
offers its visitors fantastic 360° audiovisual projections
in one of the world's largest full domes as well as regular exhibitions, talks and other events. Additionally, there are eight observatories in the region which have something to offer for everyone. The Pailalén Observatory
completes its astronomic offer by serving excellent
Chilean wines and food at its Observatory Restaurant
as well as
trekkings in the beautiful landscape of the Maipo Canyon
outside of Santiago. If you want to see a different side of Santiago and are interested to incorporate the city's Astrotouristic Route in your programs, please
Picture credit: Sernatur
NEW CYCLIST ROUTES LAUNCHED - COLOMBIA
Colombia has lots to offer for
: diverse landscapes, hiking, trekking, horseback riding and a lot more. It is also a
paradise for cyclists and mountain bikers
! Did you know that Bogotá is actually known as one of the most cyclist friendly cities in the world? In the 1970s, the city introduced the
where every Sunday around 120km of roads are closed for cars between 7:00hs and 14:00hs so cyclists can explore the city undisturbed. The project
seven new cycling routes
in the Central Region (Bogotá and surroundings). The routes have different lengths, the
shortest being 31km and the longest 70km
. Some can be done in
while others include an
stay along the way. The difficulty levels range from
easy to intermediate-high
, offering options for both
beginners and advanced cyclists
. All routes comply with the standards set by the "International Mountain Bicycling Association"; additionally they are supervised by the Public Forces and carefully demarcated. If you want to bring some activity and nature into your Colombia programs, contact us
now for suggestions!
PUNO, PERU - THE VIRGEN OF CANDELARIA|
Every year on the first fortnight of February, the city of
, located at the shore of the Peruvian side of
, celebrates one of its biggest events: the
Festival of the Virgen of Candelaria
(Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria). The Virgen of Candelaria is the
patron saint of Puno
and the celebrations in her honor are some of the biggest Peru has to offer. They
merge Catholic and Andean traditions
and have even been inscribed on
UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
in 2014. The participants are mainly members of the regions Quechua and Aymara communities who organize more than 150 dance sets in different parts of the city. In total, around
are shown, including
thousands of dancers and musicians, elaborate costumes and processions
. The main dance is called
(Dance of the Devils) which is said to have its origins in a legend of miners who were trapped underground after a collapse. When demons showed up to take the miners to hell, the Virgen of Candelaria protected them until they were rescued. For more information and programs visiting next year's festival, please
PROMOTIONS FOR AMAZON CRUISES
The Amazon cruise M/V Zafiro
launched a special deal for bookings until May 31st
. For selected departures of 3, 4 or 7 nights you will receive a USD 400 discount, a free night at El Pardo Double Tree by Hilton in Lima
before or after the cruise as well as free domestic flights
launched a special promotion for solo travelers
. The single supplement
(25% of standard rates) is waived
for all departures of their Amazon cruises until June 2019
to request rates and availability for both promotions!
EXPERIENCING ANDEAN CULTURE - ECUADOR
Our team in Ecuador joined our friends from
for an entire day of
in a community at the
San Pablo Lake
, located 20min from Otavalo. While visiting a
local family of weavers
in their workshop, they learned a lot about
. After watching the professionals do their work while explaining every step involved in the weaving, everybody was excited to give it a go. The wool had to be spooled unto a roll and the different threads everybody selected for their work had to be prepared for the loom before it was time to
weave their very own bracelets
. Though not as effortless as it had looked before, it was a lovely and fun experience nonetheless! Equator Face specializes on tourism activities that
promote and support sustainability as well as social responsibility
. Besides meeting local families and getting a glimpse into their daily lives, you will also be able to
appreciate the beautiful nature
that can be found in the Andean mountains. A walk to the
, a hike through the ecological reserve Cotacachi Cayapas
or a detour to the stunning
, this breathtaking region has lots to offer! Go ahead and contact us
for itinerary ideas!
Picture credit: www.equatorface.com
GIANT TORTOISE SPECIES REDISCOVERED IN GALAPAGOS
After being presumed extinct for more than 100 years, a female Fernandina Giant Tortoise, known under its scientific name as Chelonoidis phantasticus, was rediscovered earlier this month on the island Fernandina in Galapagos. The female was relocated to a breeding center on the island of Santa Cruz. The last sighting of the species was in 1906 but due to other tracks found in remote parts of the small island after that, specialists believe that there might be more members of the species still alive.
NEW GALAPAGOS LUXURY CRUISES IN 2019
This year, two new luxury cruise ships will start operation in the Galapagos Archipelago.
In March 2019
, Ecoventura will launch the MV Theory
, a sister ship of their MV Origin. The luxury expedition yacht
has been designed to minimize environmental impact and has a capacity for 20 passengers in 10 cabins
. Departures will be every Sunday
for a comprehensive 7-day program
In July 2019
, Golden Galapagos Cruises will launch the motor catamaran Galapagos Elite
. The vessel features 10 cabins
for a maximum of 16 passengers
. Guests can choose between itineraries of 3, 4 and 7 nights
For more information and rates, please contact us
URUGUAY - THE LONGEST CARNIVAL IN THE WORLD
When you think of Uruguay, Carnival might not be the first thing on your mind. But did you know that South America's smallest country actually celebrates
one of the longest Carnival festivities in the world
between late January and early March there are parades, concerts, events and parties combining European and Afro-Uruguayan traditions. One of the most beloved parts of the Uruguayan Carnival is the
contest of the "murgas".
Murgas are bands of musicians, usually in costume, who satirize current political and social situations as well everyday-life situations of common people. Another highlight of Uruguayan Carnival is the
"Desfile de Llamadas"
in Montevideo, a colorful parade of around 40 carnival groups performing the Afro-Uruguayan music and dance
. There are also
performances of Samba schools
that originated from the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro and became a fixture of the festivities in Uruguay. Montevideo even has a
dedicated to the history of the festival which can be visited all year round for a small dose of Carnival spirit. Contact us
now for program ideas to visit next year's celebrations!
BODEGA GARZON AT WINE STAR AWARDS 2019
, the 19th annual
Wine Star Awards
were held in Miami Beach to celebrate traditions and innovations in the wine industry. We are proud to announce that the acclaimed Uruguayan vineyard
won the award for New World Winery of the Year
- congratulations! Bodega Garzón is also working to be the first sustainable winery outside North America, complying with the requirements set by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). How about a trip to Garzón to taste the award winning wine right at its origins?
for travel ideas and more information.
MEET THE TEAM: CECILIA NICHE, SAT URUGUAY
Cecilia joined the team of SAT Uruguay in June 2010 and has been with us since we opened our office in Montevideo. As an Account Executive, she has been in charge of our Seat-in-Coach tours ever since.
Cecilia is an Uruguay native and was born in Colonia Suiza, a small town 60km from Colonia del Sacramento. The town was founded by Swiss immigrants so Cecilia grew up speaking German and Spanish.
She has a knack for learning new languages and is currently studying Modern Greek and Japanese. She also loves photography and relaxes by getting her hands dirty in the garden.
Her passion for travel is what made Cecilia choose a career in tourism and she is always planning her next tour. Some of her favorite experiences in South America include visiting Ouro Preto in Brazil, the lake crossing between Puerto Varas (Chile) and Bariloche (Argentina) and the Peruvian cuisine.
If you would like any assistance for your next trip or have any enquiries about our Seat-in-Coach programs, feel free to contact Cecilia
The Hotel Tequendama in Bogotá announced that it will become part of Sheraton as of 2021 and will be rebranded as Four Points By Sheraton Tequendama Bogotá.
The hotel Palacio de Sal in Uyuni has officially opened its new Concept Spa and now offers relaxing and revitalizing treatments with a view of the Uyuni Salt Lake.
Meliá Hotels International announced that the hotel Tryp Lima Miraflores is now part of INNSIDE by Meliá and has been rebranded as INNSIDE Lima Miraflores.
Marriott will open the AC Hotel Lima Miraflores next month. Located next to the famous shopping center Larcomar, it features 150 rooms, 2 restaurants, a bar and fitness center.
LATAM announced a new direct connection between Cusco and La Paz starting July 01st with 5 departures per week. Sales started on February 25th.
LATAM also announced a new connection between Sao Paulo and Munich starting June 25th with 4 weekly departures.
On December 12th, LATAM launched their new route Tel Aviv - Sao Paulo - Santiago de Chile with 3 weekly departures.
Starting March 06th, Tame will cancel their daily direct flights between Quito and Lima as well as Quito and Bogotá.
Iberia announced the launch of a daily direct flight between Madrid and Rio de Janeiro, starting on July 01st.
Air Europa will launch new connections from Madrid to Foz do Iguaçu (twice per week) and Medellín (three times per week) on June 01st.
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