Out of Africa & Into South America

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Guests have the option to bike ride through Chile's wine country on andBeyond's the best of Chile tour.
Guests have the option to bike ride through Chile’s wine country on andBeyond’s the Best of Chile tour.

Once upon a time—eons ago, actually—the South American continent was physically joined to Africa. This year we have a couple of tour companies, specialists in luxury African safaris and lodgings, who are expanding their horizons and heading West to add Latin America to their luxury travel portfolios.

After nearly 20 years of designing luxury and adventure safaris in Africa, African Safari Company is launching a collection of high-end Latin America tours. According to Lindsay Harshman, director of marketing, the “Expeditions by ASC” roster focuses on privately-guided, insider-access experiences, including food and wine, natural history, culture, wildlife viewing and family-friendly tours. “We utilize boutique four-star and luxurious five-star hotels and lodges, as well as exclusive-use villas, at all our present destinations—Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Belize—and Costa Rica is coming soon.” For more information, call (800) 414-3090 or visit africansafarico.com.

Well-known as a pioneer in luxury safaris, luxury wilderness lodges and bespoke tours in Africa, andBeyond debuted in June, 2015 in South America, with tours that focus on the Best of Argentina (Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Iguazu, Mendoza) and the Best of Chile (Atacama Desert, Santiago, Patagonia), adding other itineraries highlighting wine country in both destinations. The countries are combined in a 7-night Fine Wines & Great Cities of Argentina & Chile adventure, which features top hotels and lodges including Vina Vik in Chile’s Colchagua Valley and The Algodon Mansion in Buenos Aires, special winery visits, curated tastings, and gourmet restaurant dining. Coming this year, the luxury travel company is adding a program in Peru in July, plus touring in Bolivia, Ecuador in September, to its Latin repertory. For more information, visit andBeyond.com.