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SAT NEWS - No-Fly Adventures

Dear Travel Partner,

before we get into the newsletter, we are proud to announce that we have been nominated for the World Travel Awards 2022 in the following segments:

Argentina's Leading Destination Management Company 2022
Peru's Leading Destination Management Company 2022
Uruguay's Leading Destination Management Company 2022
Uruguay's Leading Tour Operator 2022

Voting is open now until July 29 and we would appreciate your support! To register and cast your votes, please click here.

Now, let's talk no-fly programs in South America! While you probably have to take a flight to arrive in your destination and get back home, there is a lot to be said about limiting or forgoing planes while traveling with us. Just to name a few: you avoid airport stress, you get to see a lot more of your destination, you have a chance to connect with locals and it is a lot more sustainable - a topic which is on many travelers' minds nowadays.

We have selected a few itineraries that show how much of South America you can explore even without stepping on a plane.

Enjoy reading and all the best,

your SAT Team

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In the last weeks, all of our countries have considerably reduced their COVID-related entry and travel restrictions so it's high time for an update!
Travelers who are fully vaccinated can travel to all of our destinations without showing a negative PCR test.
While unvaccinated travelers can travel to Argentina without taking a PCR test, a negative result is still necessary to enter Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Uruguay. Unvaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Chile, but a "Mobility Pass" is required to travel within the country without restriction (domestic flights, restaurants, museums etc) and to register for that, a full vaccination scheme is needed. In case the vaccination is not approved or the traveler is not vaccinated, a negative PCR-test is required for each flight, restaurant visit etc. Colombia currently does not allow unvaccinated travelers into the country.
Most countries require a COVID-19 travel health insurance and a filled out declaration of health to enter.
All land borders and ports are open again, making it easy to travel between countries.
Even without domestic flights, you don't have to limit your travel plans to just one country. South America has an extensive public transport system that we are putting to good use for this 3-country wine tour
You start off with 2 nights in Santiago de Chile, where you relax after your journey and explore the modern city. On day 3, you tour the coastal towns Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, finishing at Viña Matetic for a guided visit, wine tasting and overnight at the on-site hotel. After breakfast on the winery, you return to Santiago to board a bus to Argentina's wine capital, Mendoza. Upon arrival, you are taken to the boutique wine resort Entre Cielos, located in the wine region Lujan de Cuyo, just outside the city. During your 2-night stay, you not only tour several wineries but also try your hand at creating your very own wine blend! On day 6, you enjoy the hotel's facilities and tranquility before boarding a night bus to Buenos Aires. You stay here for 2 nights, exploring the many sights of this fascinating metropolis, visiting a typical estancia in the Argentinean pampa and enjoying a delicious steak dinner accompanied by a wine tasting. On day 9, you drive to the lush Tigre river delta and board a ferry across the Rio de la Plata to Carmelo, one of Uruguay's leading wine regions, to spend the next 2 nights at the picturesque Posada Campotinto, nestled between vineyards and fruit plantations. You tour two of the wineries in the region to taste the delicious Uruguayan wine varieties. On day 11, you take a bus to Colonia del Sacramento, where you embark on a city tour and spend the night in one of the charming hotels the oldest city in the country has to offer. A public bus takes you to Montevideo on day 12, to spend the last 3 nights of your wine tour. You explore the multi-faceted capital, visit a local winery including tasting and spend a day in Punta del Este, a seaside resort also known as the "Pearl of the Atlantic". On day 15, you are taken to the airport for your homebound flight. 
To learn more about this or other country combinations in South America, please contact us!
Brazilian metropolises, beach towns and coffee - discover the highlights between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro!
You arrive in São Paulo and are taken to your hotel to relax the rest of the afternoon. After breakfast the next day, you embark on a city tour and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. On day 3, you are taken to Paraty (4h), a coastal town with a beautifully preserved historical center, for 3 nights. During your stay, you delight in the delicious local cuisine, explore Paraty's cultural highlights and head out on a schooner tour along the coast. On day 6, you leave the city behind to drive eastwards along the coast and then head to the countryside to Vassouras (4h), once the biggest coffee producer in the world. You spend 2 nights on a colonial coffee farm to learn about the history of coffee in Brazil as well as the process of coffee production, and explore the beautiful landscape. On day 08, you head to the royal city of Petrópolis (2h 30min), once the home of Brazil’s last emperor, Pedro II. During your 2-night stay, you tour the museum which is located in the former imperial palace and the picturesque city center. After breakfast on day 10, you are transferred to Rio de Janeiro (2h) where you stay for 3 nights. You visit Corcovado and the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, take the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain for iconic views over the city and enjoy dinner at a typical churrascaria, a Brazilian BBQ restaurant. For your last 2 nights in Brazil, you head to Búzios (3h 30min), a coastal town that started as a small fishing village and developed into a popular resort with cobblestone streets and a beautiful waterfront. You go on a trolley tour through the city and relax at the city's tropical beaches. On day 15, you finish your tour at the airport of Rio de Janeiro.
Click here to inquire about additional no-fly itineraries in Brazil!
Its size makes Uruguay the perfect destination for everybody who is looking to forgo domestic flight during their vacation while still traveling in comfort and style.
After arriving in Montevideo, you explore the beauty of Uruguay's capital and spend two nights at the charming Alma Histórica Boutique Hotel in the historic center. Then, you head to Colonia del Sacramento (2h 10min), a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobblestone streets, fort ruins and gorgeous flowering jasmine trees. You spend two nights at Hotel Charco, located in an original 1680 Portuguese house in the city center. On day 5, you are transferred to Carmelo (1h 10min), stopping by the Cordano Winery for a delicious wine tasting with local cheese and other snacks. You spend two nights at Narbona Wine Lodge, where you can relax at the pool or the private beach in Puerto Camacho, and go on bike rides through the vineyards. Your next destination is the marvelous Posada Campo Balcón del Abra, located close to Minas (5h 30min). Along the way, you pass by Ombue woods, endless fields and bubbly streams. During your 2-night stay, you can embark on hiking and horseback riding tours or observe the local wildlife. On day 10, your driver takes you to the lovely province of Rocha (2h 10min), with stunning golden beaches and amazing natural reserves. The small Hotel Boutique Brisas de la Pedrera is the ideal gateway for a full-day excursion to Cabo Polonio, home to pristine beaches and a large variety of wildlife, including a sea lion colony. After 2 nights in the peaceful atmosphere, you head to elegant Jose Ignacio (1h 10min), an exclusive luxury vacation spot on the Uruguayan coast, for another 2 nights. On the way, you visit Bodega Garzón for a tasting of their excellent wines and extra virgin olive oils as well as lunch. Enjoy your stay at Playa Vik, one of South America's most exclusive small design boutique hotel, with a spectacular pool overlooking the landscape. You can take walks on the beach or go on hikes through the countryside with a naturalist guide. Your last destination is Punta del Este (40min), where you stay at the luxurious Fasano Punta del Este, hidden in the beautiful countryside of La Barra. Enjoy the pool and spa, go for a round of tennis or golf, embark on a guided riding tour or relax on the private river beach on the banks of the Maldonado River. On your way back to Montevideo on day 15 (2h 15min), you visit Casapueblo, a monumental creation designed by Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. On day 16, your discovery of Uruguay's hidden treasures ends at Montevideo airport.
Please contact us for more travel ideas in Uruguay!
Ecuador is another gem in South America that is predestined for no-fly adventures, crossing different ecosystems and dramatically different landscapes, from the Andes to cloud- and rainforest and finally, the coast. 
After 2 nights in Quito, visiting the historic center with its opulent churches, you make your way east to Papallacta (1h 30min) for 1 night, home of wonderfully relaxing hot springs in the middle of the rough paramo landscape. On day 4, you head further east and down into the Amazon basin for a 2-night stay at a jungle lodge in Misahualli (3h). You expore the primary rainforest, visit a local community, marvel at tropical plants and observe local wildlife. Leaving the jungle behind, you drive to the foot of the Tungurahua volcano and the town of Baños (3h), embedded in lush cloud forest, for 2 nights. Besides visiting the famous waterfall Pailón del Diablo, you have the opportunity to get active: hiking, rafting, mountainbiking or horseback riding are on the agenda! On day 8, you embark on a hike on Ecuador’s highest volcano, Chimborazo, before continuing to Riobamba (1h 40min), a center of indigenous cultures. You start the next day with a visit to the nearby Intisisi community, including a cooking workshop. You also visit the ancient ruin site Ingapirca, before heading to Cuenca (4h 40min) for the night. After touring the picturesque city, you head to a nature resort in the coastal countryside close to Machala (3h 30min). During a 2-night stay, you can enjoy the hotel's facilities or explore the surroundings, such as the Arenillas Ecological Reserve. On day 12, you visit the extraordinary petrified forest of Puyango, before driving to the charming town of Loja (4h 15min), located at an altitude of 2.100m. The next day, continue your journey to Vilcabamba (1h) and head out on a walk through the primeval forest and the rainforest with amazing views of the region's valleys and mountains. After a free day of exploring Vilcabamba, the longest transfer of the trip takes you to Guayaquil (7h), first passing typical paramo grassland and then lowland plantations of rice, cacao and bananas. Your exploration of Ecuador ends on day 16, with the transfer to the airport of Guayaquil.
If you are interested in putting together your own no-fly program in Ecuador, click here to contact our team!
This luxurious roundtrip through Peru starts with your arrival in Cusco. You are taken to the spectacular Belmond Rio Sagrado, set in the lush hills of the Sacred Valley, the ideal place to relax after your journey. The next day, you explore the salt mines of Maras and the agricultural terraces of Moray, followed by a serene afternoon enjoying the hotel facilities. On day 3, you board the Vistadome train to travel to Machu Picchu. After visiting the famous Inca citadel, you spend the night at the elegant Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. The next morning, you further explore Machu Picchu before indulging in tea time at the Sanctuary Lodge. You return to Cusco in the luxurious Hiram Bingham Train, with gourmet dinner and live music on board. In Cusco, you spend 2 nights at the beautiful Belmond Palacio Nazarenas and discover the former Inca capital during a walking tour the next day. After breakfast on day 6, you board the Belmond Andean Explorer Train and unwind in your luxurious cabin as the train begins its journey south-east towards Puno. You wake up to the sight of Lake Titicaca and head out on a boat tour to explore the Uros Islands. In the afternoon, the train journey continues to Arequipa. Before arriving in the city on day 8, you set off on an early-morning excursion to the Sumbay Caves. Upon arrival in Arequipa, you are taken to the unique boutique hotel Cirqa for 2 nights and have a full day to explore the "White City". On day 10, a private vehicle takes you to Nazca for an overnight stopover. A flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines is on the program the next day, followed by the transfer to Paracas. You spend two nights at the Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, visiting the Ballestas Islands and enjoying the hotel's facilities. On day 13, you head to Lima, the culinary center of the country. During your 2-night stay at the Belmond Miraflores Park, you explore the colonial center and indulge in local cuisine. Your luxury journey ends on day 15 with the transfer to the airport. 
Would you like to learn more about no-fly programs in Peru? Just contact our team!
Discover Colombia's diversity on a no-fly tour that leads through various landscapes, uncovers cultural riches and dazzles with tropical beaches.
You start with a 2-night stay in Bogotá, visiting the city's most famous food market Paloquemao, its beautiful colonial center and the renowned Botero Museum. After starting day 3 off with a bike tour, you leave the city and head to Guatavita for a lunch with a local farmer's family. Afterwards, you continue to the colonial gem Villa de Leyva for 2 nights. You explore the picturesque town in the morning and in the afternoon, you go on a horseback riding tour in the lovely Escondido Valley. You get an early start on day 5 and head towards the San Gil River for a 2-hour rafting adventure, after which you continue your drive to Barichara. During your 2-night stay, you go on a hike to Guane, a typical village in the Andean mountains, and visit the local paleontological museum. On day 7, you visit the impressive Chicamocha Canyon on your way to Bucaramanga where you spend the night. After breakfast, you drive to El Banco for a 2-hour boat ride on the Magdalena River to Mompox, a town that played an important role in the liberation from the Spanish. During your 2-night stay, you explore the town and go on a boat ride in the Pijiño Swamp to observe exotic birds. On day 10, you head to the Caribbean coast, starting with a 2-night stay in Santa Marta, during which you visit one of the most stunning national parks in the country, Tayrona. The last 3 nights of your Colombia adventure are spent in Cartagena. You explore the historic center on a walking tour, visit a local market followed by a cooking class and embark on a boat tour to the spectacular Rosario Islands. On day 15, you are taken to the airport of Cartagena to travel home. 
Colombia has many more options for no-fly programs, just contact us for additional ideas!
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