What’s New in Latin America

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Peru with Culture Xplorers and Viventura.

Exclusive tours to Peru. Pop-up hotels in Rio de Janeiro. Cooking classes in Costa Rica. There are plenty of new things in store for your clients visiting Latin America this year.

From April through September, Culture Xplorers, in collaboration with Viventura, will be embarking on six new 9-day tours in Peru.

The Active Adventures into the Cultural Heart of Peru highlight the culture and living traditions of the country and take place the same time as a local festival.

“These unique tours are a fantastic chance to experience the real Peru, with its rich cultural heritage, traditions and history,” says Viventura’s CEO, Andre Kiwitz.

On these trips, travelers will have the chance to meet organic farmers, master weavers and school headmasters, to see how they live in Peru; explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley; visit Machu Picchu; and witness a religious display, such as the El Señor de los Temblores procession.

Rates start at $2,599 pp dbl and include an 8-night stay in boutique properties; meals noted on the itinerary; private ground transportation; entry fees and permits for museums, trails, national parks and monuments; local, English-speaking guides; purified water and private airport transfers. For more information, visit culturexplorers.com.

Joining the culinary travel trend, Avanti Destinations has launched a 5-day trip, Costa Rica Cooks, with a 5-hour private cooking class on a Guanacaste farm that can be added to any of Avanti’s itineraries. On the trip, your clients will pick herbs from an organic farm and learn to cook a four-course meal typical of Nuevo Costa Rican cuisine. Guests will also take an Artola canopy tour and go ziplining.

Rates start at $655 and include arrival and departure transfers and a 4-night stay at the 3-bedroom private residence Reserva Conchal. For more information, visit avantidestinations.com.

Maria Santa Teresa
Maria Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Design Hotels is getting a head start on the festivities with the opening of pop-up hotel, Maria Santa Teresa, a Design Hotels Project.

Set in the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, the 6-room hotel will be opening from now through December and play host to weekly parties, BBQs and events.

“My vision for Maria Santa Teresa is to create a microcosm of the city’s best, while being a rare and intimate sanctuary in setting, spirit and service,” says Hans Georg Nader, who collaborated with the brand to create the hotel.

The 4-tiered property, featuring three top rooms with terraces and a cigar lounge on the lower level, is tucked into the tropical landscape of the area with views of the city and sea below, and while it oozes bohemian charm, your guests still have access to luxe amenities, such as a private helicopter on call and 15-meter yacht.

Rates start at $477. For more information, visit designhotels.com/hotels/americas/brazil/rio_de_janeiro/maria_santa_teresa.