Latin America News Q1 2019

32 LATIN AMERICA NEWS / Q1 2019 , Explore the ancient Mayan ruins around Mérida and stay in stunning luxury accommodations fashioned as traditional haciendas and private casitas. Apart from hiking through ancient archaeological sites, biking days range from a paved 25 km route from Uxmal to Kabah, as well as city riding in Mérida on a Sunday (when auto traffic is restricted). Sample authentic street food and take in amazing murals throughout the city before heading to Telchaquillo for mountain biking in the jungle and exploring ancient cenotes, or underground swimming holes. Before a relaxing final day in Tulum, take part in a private tour of the UNESCO-designated site and one of the seven wonders of the world, Chichén Itzá. The massive step pyramid commands big crowds, but a private viewing will allow for a deep appreciation of the perfectly designed complex and its relationship to the sun. Baja Family Adventure USD $5,895 (7 days / 6 nights) based on 4 people double occupancy A family trip with equal parts activity, stunning ocean views and ecological education, this trip will keep the entire family engaged. Start by pedalling the most spectacular coastline in the Baja Peninsula along panoramic views of Espíritu Island before snorkelling with whale sharks off the coast. Later, board a boat alongside guides and navigate the waters around the island, go for a swim with sea lions, and picnic on a secluded beach before exploring the island on foot or by kayak. Families can learn how to surf together at Baja Sur before heading to Cabo for a relaxing day on the beach. Get up close and personal with more wildlife, as kids can take part in a turtle release in to the ocean, helping with the area’s wildlife conservation efforts. Finally, stop in at a working ranch to see its animals and learn about the area’s vegetation and venture into remote parts of the Baja desert, encompassed by wildlife, cactus and rare trees. Mexico Culinary Experience USD $5,495 (7 days / 6 nights) based on 4 people double occupancy This trip is a food lover and cultural enthusiast’s dream. Start off with a guided walking tour in Mexico City to take in the art, food and city sights and learn about the Aztecs’ beginnings. Sample traditional Mexican tortillas and select fresh ingredients from the Medellin market for their 3-course lunch menu prepared in a restored mansion and accompanied by a chef. Later, catch a Mexican sunrise at a breathtaking vantage point, from a private hot air balloon above the Valley of Teotihuacán. Later, hop on your bike for a street food tour nearby through one of the best locations for tamales and tacos. After a quick flight to Oaxaca, get away from the tourists for locally-made mezcal, Oaxaca’s prize libation, and learn about the different varieties. Visit the Sanchez Pascua market and shop for ingredients to create custom salsas, tortillas and chileajo. Finally, work off some mole with a bike ride through the picturesque villages and forests that surround Oaxaca City. Cap off the week with an experience above the rest – a tour of Monte Alban, a sacred ancient village nestled upon a mountaintop over Oaxacan. For all new and updated trips for 2019, visit new-trips