JAX FAX recently had the pleasure of traveling to El Salvador to participate in the El Salvador Travel Market, the country’s annual event to connect North American buyers with El Salvador’s tourism vendors.
Comprised of two towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos provides an active adventure or low-key escape based on traveler’s interests. Sandwiched between an expansive desert and the coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortes, this destination has seen a record number of visitor arrivals for the last three years in a row. And, with a growing number of hotels and one of the highest national occupancy rates, at around 80%, Mexico’s resort destination of Los Cabos is set for another growth spurt.
In the adventure sector, Central and South American destinations continue to rise. The bio-diversity and ever-changing landscapes lend themselves to all, from nature watching to intrepid adventures, and everything in between. These three adventure destinations each have the well-tread, iconic hotspots, as well as the hidden gems.
Seven countries make up Central America. Mexico is not one of them. They are Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama. With the exception of Belize where the official language is English, natives speak Spanish. Though many countries have fabulous Mayan ruins, jungles and beautiful beaches, each is unique.
A trip to the Galapagos Islands might well be one of the most exotic journeys you’ll ever plan, so knowing what you want to see and how can help create the right itinerary. If you’re a nature-lover, the Galapagos Islands await your arrival.
Oonce you get to Chile, there are several directions you can take. There is easy access throughout the country for both soft or extreme adventure, with most travelers visiting at least two or three regions while there. The country is long and skinny with varying landscapes and terrain. So, tourists and locals alike hop on and off quick flights to get to neighboring regions.
Except for some monkeys, crabs, pelicans and a few sun worshippers, the beach at Manuel Antonio Park is somewhat deserted. Refreshment stands are wooden orange crates where friendly vendors sell fresh pineapple on a stick. That was over 20 years ago. These days, the beach is much more crowded and the orange crates are gone. But, it still has many charms.
Peru burst onto the worldwide culinary scene a few years back and has not stopped growing in popularity ever since. Along with its contemporary art scene and thousands of years of interesting history, not to mention the Amazon and Machu Picchu, it’s time to rediscover this beautiful country!
While the greatest number of visitors in the first half of 2015 came from Chile, Colombia and Mexico, representing 37 percent of the total number of arrivals, the United States’ progress during this time period is currently retaking the lead as Peru’s largest market for inbound tourists. With considerable growth over the previous year, the USA now contributes to 16 percent of the total number of visitors.
If you have clients who are looking for a destination that can provide sun, surf, nature, culture and great hotels; yet without the crowds of American tourists that despoil much of the Caribbean and Latin America - you can look no further than the lovely country of El Salvador. Your first reaction is probably along the lines of, “El Salvador? Isn’t that the place with the nasty civil war and gang problems?” The simple truth is that the civil war ended 24 years ago in 1992, and much like in U.S. tourist destinations, the gang situation affects the locals and not the tourists. After recently concluding an extensive journey through El Salvador, I can honestly say that I felt just as safe
The white tips of our kayaks slice through the three foot waves and we brace ourselves for the flop and the splash which come in quick succession. It’s like an amusement park ride here in the shimmering Sea of Cortez as we paddle up the island of Espiritu Santos in Baja California Sur. To my left and my right are my comrades, parallel, like a pod of dolphins. Our guide from Baja Outdoor Activities (BOA)
(www.kayakinbaja.com), Mario Del Angel Alfaro, taps his head with his fist and we respond in kind. All is well on day 2 of our sea kayaking adventure.