Approximately nine months ago JetBlue, the leading airline connection between Latin America and the United States for the past 14 years, launched a new route between Fort Lauderdale and Cartagena, the picturesque colonial city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Giselle Cortés, director of Blue Cities for JetBlue stated, “JetBlue is pleased to offer our U.S. customers even more travel options by adding the Fort Lauderdale-Cartagena route. Cartagena is less than three hours away from Florida, making it a convenient option for vacationers or travelers who do business in Latin America.” Cortés continued to state, “JetBlue will continue to promote Colombia as a viable destination from the U.S. and strives to offer the best U.S. air service to the country.” This new route, offered daily, will serve as an addition to the pre-existing flight connection between Rafael Nunez Airport in Colombia and John F. Kennedy airport in New York (this flight became active in 2012).
As the whole country of Brazil gears up for next year’s summer games, Olympic game tickets went on sale at the end of March with an estimated 7.5 million tickets being offered to visitors who want to take part in Olympic history. Already, ticket sales are off to a good start, with Brazilian fans having applied for 1.2 million tickets for the Games. So far, the top 10 most sought-after events are artistic gymnastics, swimming, athletics, tennis, beach volleyball, judo and handball.
There is no getting past the fact that visitors to the island of Roatan will overlook some negative news reports in exchange for a trip to what is known as a diver and snorkelers dream. Roatan, the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands, has an abundance of natural beauty. There is just enough “new” here to make it a safe destination hotspot, and has not yet been overrun with too many tourists.
In the land around the Sacred Valley of Peru, life is happening everywhere you look. Kids lead piggies on lengths of twine. Women walk the roads working yarn spindles with their hands. Men carry bundles of grass down from the mountains to add strength to their bricks, for it is brick-making season in the Sacred Valley. Warm sun, and a lack of rain are perfect brick making conditions.
A rising star on destination wish lists, Belize seems to have it all, inviting visitors to enjoy its sun-drenched shores and crystal-blue waters, tropical rainforests, and ancient ruins. Belize is a small country of about 341,000 people, located in Central America, between Mexico and Guatemala. With most direct flights lasting 4.5 hours or less, Belize is just a hop, skip, and a jump from the United States. Additionally, the country’s official language is English, making it ideal for tourists who want to experience the Latin American and Caribbean cultures, but who are not fluent in Spanish.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, the Riviera Maya extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Once home to small fishing villages, the Riviera Maya coastline has since been developed into a modern tourist attraction, with everything from all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels to fine dining. An ideal vacation destination, the Riviera Maya is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in all of Mexico with expansive stretches of powdery white sand and the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Riviera Maya is home to the world’s second largest coral reef just a short distance offshore. With the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba nearby, the region is truly a perfect destination for sightseeing, water sports and all around sun worshipping.
While an economic downturn may be bad news for Argentina, it’s very good news for travelers, so there’s no better time to suggest Argentina to your clients. The highly favorable exchange rate isn’t the only reason to urge them to choose this South
Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney took to the stage set some 9,350 feet high at Ecuador’s Estadio De Liga stage, belting out a special version of “All You Need is Love,” which is currently being used as the background for a global advertising campaign with the market line, All You Need is Ecuador.
Targeting TV ads to 460 million people worldwide and selling tools to more than 20,000 wholesalers and travel agents on three continents, the small country of Ecuador, no larger than Colorado, is hoping to make a big impact on both visitor arrivals and investments from big businesses. The Eucadorian Minister of Tourism reported visitors to Ecuador grew by five percent in 2013; by June of this year, arrivals increased by 16 percent, fueling the expectation the country will have hosted some 1.6 million visitors by the end of 2014.
Ecuador’s dramatic landscapes range from the cloud forests of the Andes to the tangled mangroves and arid landscapes of the Galapagos Islands and counts five UNESCO World Heritage sites: the city of Quito, the Galapagos Islands, Sangay National Park, the Historic Center of Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca, and the Qhapaq Ñan - an Andean Road System. Ecuador’s cultural diversity is as compelling as its natural beauty as no fewer than 13 languages are spoken here.
No other region on Earth bridges two oceans as does Central America. Thanks to modern travel, divers are able to experience marine life in both. Following are the Atlantic and Pacific “hot” spots these countries offer.
In the middle of Medellin’s bustling business district exists a Zen-like park dedicated to feet. Barefoot Park is just one of the unique destinations to discover while in Colombia. Hidden between folds of lush Andes landscape, cities throb with visions of yesterday and the future, Botero art and bad traffic. The sprawling countryside really hasn’t changed over the years. It rains often, so flowers are everywhere. You experience a high here, not from its altitude or the drugs that the country is trying hard to eradicate. But because there is so much to learn, see and do.