Central + South America

A VIBRANT AND VARIED LAND

Central + South America

Central and South America is a complex region full of noteworthy discoveries yet full of traps for the uninitiated.

From a riding holiday in Argentina to a fast paced luxury beach holiday in Rio, it’s impossible to plan a luxury holiday in South America without inside knowledge: every country and every part of that country have little secrets, which only an insider can know or anticipate.

As in other parts of the world, this region continues to change and with new countries opening up, we can now explore countries that have been previously inaccessible. For 2013 we added both Colombia and Cuba to the mix, which have a colourful heritage and fascinating history.

We are specialists at designing private luxury travel in Central and South America. Our Destination Experts spend their working lives talking to guides and people on the ground and travelling throughout this region. They are always learning and keep discovering new secrets which they can pass on to you.

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
“That holiday was the most satisfying and rewarding I can remember. You somehow ‘penetrated’ the places we visited”

destination spotlight

peru

Best time to visit: Apr-Oct

Most visitors miss out on the incredible variety of Peru due to the inevitable draw of Machu Picchu. So fixed are other travel companies on the 'well-trodden' path that they do not include the lesser known parts. Peru was the first South American country which we developed in a unique c+l way.  Experience treks which others do not know, private access to museums, leisurely lunches in quirky locations, Amazon expeditions with world-class naturalist guides and the real inside track. Our network of contacts makes pretty much anything possible.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £4000 per person excluding flights

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Mexico

best time to visit: dec-jun

It is difficult to beat the wild stretches of Mexico's Pacific Coast for sheer beauty and the hotels along the Caribbean Mayan Riviera are world class. However these are far from the real Mexico. We can organise a beach holiday in Mexico as well as anyone (better actually as we only work with a small number of the very best boutique hotels and private houses), but what really gets us excited is planning trips to the colonial cities surrounding Mexico City or to the Mayan ruins and unspoilt towns of Southern Mexico or the interior of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £4000 per person excluding flights

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argentina

best time to visit: all year

One of South America's most exciting destinations. This is home of the largest waterfall by volume, the only advancing glacier on earth, and the highest peak outside of the Himalayas. We've spent many wonderful years digging out hidden treasures in this beautiful country and discovering ways to find a real adventure without sacrificing on comfort. This is a land of rainforests, wetlands, lakes, volcanoes, mountains, vibrant cities, polo, tango...and that is only the beginning. Argentina is a holiday destination which is full of adventure and surprises.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £4000 per person excluding flights

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Family Holiday Costa Rica

costa rica

best time to visit: nov-aug

One of the safest and most family-friendly destinations in the world, it has largely avoided mass tourism and offers small lodges with access to unspoilt beaches and pristine natural parks. And for bird watchers and nature lovers it is up there in the top ten. With repeated rave feedback, particularly from families, we have realised how special Costa Rica is. For those who want to fly between places there is a great network of charter flights but, a great way to see the country, is to drive and have a totally bespoke adventure holiday.

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Luxury Hotel Uruguay

URuguay

BEst time to visit:nov-mar

Without a doubt the most popular area of Uruguay to visit is the trendy, shabby chic area of Jose Ignacio, Barra and Garzon near the costal city of Putna del Este. This region comes alive with the great and the good from all over the world to bask on the beaches, attend glamorous parties and stay in some of Uruguay's most incredible hotels. The rest of the country must certainly not be forgotten. You can enjoy incredible wine, delectable steaks (some say better than Argentina), beautiful golden rugged beaches, lush wetlands and stunning traditional estancias.  

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £3500 per person excluding flights

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Brazil

best time to visit: all year

For us Brazil is one of the most exciting and frustrating destinations in South America. We know from personal experience how every area of Brazil offers something truly unique but no one client can do everything in one trip and we advise to not to try and cover too much. Doing a few things well is the key to a great experience. Part of Brazil's charm is the spontaneity and exuberance of Brazilians - they do things their way and we 'gringos' need to go with the rhythm to get the most of the country. And trust us, where Brazil is concerned it's sometimes the less obvious places which are the most special.

Tailor-made 7 day holidays from £4000 per person excluding flights

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Belize

Best time to visit: Dec-Mar

Famous for its diving and the natural beauty of its Caribbean beaches and the cays just off the coast, c+l have been working with a small number of hotels for almost 15 years. For those who want to combine a bit of culture with pristine National Parks, Belize can combine well with either Guatemala or Mexico. One of the great road trips takes you from the remote, jungle-clad Mayan ruins of the Yucatan then across the border to the small jungle and mountain top lodges and laid-back beach retreats which allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of one of the smallest countries in Central America.

Tailor-made 10 holidays from £3000 per person excluding flights

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The Galapagos

Best time to visit: All year

For guaranteed wildlife up close, there is no match for the innocent, trusting animals which make up the ecosystem of the Galapagos. c+l has always taken a strong stand on only working with those smaller yachts which operate at the highest level in this sensitive area. Their guides know how best to engage with you for the long term benefit of the archipelago. We have good relationships which end up making your experience all the fuller and more memorable. There are now a couple of lodges/camps for those of you who do not want to sleep aboard a boat.

Tailor-made 7 day holidays from £4500 per person excluding flights

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Cuba

best time to visit: Nov-May

Cuba's real draw is that it is so unique, with history and culture untouched by the outside world for decades, making it quite a rare find. There may not be real high-end luxury here, but the charm of a country so completely tied in time with an enigmatic social and political regime makes up for this. Vibrant vintage cars zoom down the highways of Havana and passion filled salsa and son music lulls from cafes on street corners; the atmosphere that resonates throughout the country, in the city and in the outback, speaks for itself. As our newest destination, we have fallen in love with its cultural quirkiness and the local's cool attitude.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £4000 per person excluding flights

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ecuador

best time to visit: ALL YEAR

Most visitors to the country barely touch mainland Ecuador as they rush for the wildlife Mecca which is the Galapagos. And those yearning for the Andes, tend to overlook the Ecuadorean Sierra in search of the Incas in the Peruvian Andes. The Northern and Southern Sierras are pristine for walking and riding with charming haciendas out of which you can explore farms, markets and mountains. It leaves colonial Quito and Cuenca as charming and unspoilt as they have ever been.

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bolivia

best time to visit: May-sep

As with everything we do at c+l, the management of expectations is everything in delivering the right solution for each client. Bolivia is a remarkable country - an adventure in itself or combined with a trip to neighbouring Peru or Chile. The big proviso is the word 'adventure': the high altiplano and harsh climate which make for such spectacular light and extraordinary scenery also means that the infrastructure and lodges are not in the same league as more 'developed' parts of South America.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2500 per person excluding flights

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antarctica

best time to visit: Nov-Mar

There are few more extraordinary 'deserts' on Earth than the big white one which is Antarctica. Safety is always at the front of our mind in every destination and more and more luxury cruise ships are looking at Antarctica. At c+l, we tend to avoid these in favour of our three best expedition ships; they cover all levels of service from comfortable to luxurious and their small size and specially adapted hulls as well as the expert guides means that the experience is both involving and safe.

Tailor-made 7 day holidays from £8000 per person excluding flights

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colombia

best time to visit: Nov-May

This country has some of the best colonial architecture in the Americas and Cartagena is the ultimate. With a pace of life all of its own, we usually plan a few days at the end of the trip to enjoy this coastal gem. Cartagena is undoubtedly the star of the show but the unspoilt countryside, particularly in the coffee region, and the converted farmhouses which are gradually being converted into lodges means you can enjoy the most of the countryside without seeing any mainstream tourism en route. Colombia has some fantastic guides and they all want to show off the natural beauty of their country.

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panama

best time to visit: Dec-Apr

Navigating through the Panama Canal in a cargo vessel, having lunch atop this feat of engineering, is certainly a must do when visiting Panama, but it is far from the only reason to go. The Miami of the South, contrasting sleek and modern high rise buildings with a UNESCO World Heritage site of colonial architecture, diverse indigenous cultures, mesmeric highlands, clusters of Caribbean islands and wild rainforests, this is the real Panama. Let us help you discover this unspoilt and predominantly undiscovered country.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £3000 per person excluding flights

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chile

best time to visit: Nov-mar

The extreme North and the extreme South of the country is landscape on steroids. Moreover, in the few years Chile has developed some ground-breaking small lodges in its most remote areas. So, for the c+l client who wants to experience the raw outdoors but with the reassurance of a pampered and stylish indoors, Chile delivers for all of the senses. The country also has a very efficient infrastructure which means you can cover long distances in a relatively short time.

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turks + caicos islands

best time to visit: Nov-may

It’s easy to see why the Turks & Caicos Islands are the main Caribbean destination that we cover. With about 128 square miles of beautiful flat white beaches this is a truly relaxing getaway. And because they are flat, weather patterns tend to pass straight over leaving them generally dry and sunny all year round. The extensive mangroves add another dimension if you want to be more active with some stand up paddle boarding or biking and of course, there is an endless list of water sports we can arrange. Some of the most luxurious and exclusive hotels in our portfolio are here.

Tailor-made 7 day holidays from £2500 per person excluding flights

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guatemala

best time to visit: nov-may

At c+l, we have long supported Mexico as one of the most diverse and interesting countries in the Americas. Guatemala is the Mexico of 50 years ago. Less sophisticated that its bigger and more celebrated neighbour, but, for those who want a more simple lodge and hotel some of its Mayan ruins are even more enigmatic and dramatic than those in Mexico. For those who want the coast, we tend to combine Guatemala with Belize, but for pure and unspoilt Central American culture, there is nowhere which comes close.

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