For just 9 days leave you can head to Latin America for an epic 18 day Last Frontiers adventure, maximising on time out of the office and making the most of the rare opportunity to spend 18 days away over the Easter break. Departing Good Friday (14 April) you won’t need to be back at your desk until 2 May.
We have put together a collection of some of our favourite destinations that lend themselves perfectly to an 18 day trip and are a great fit for April travel… from trekking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, soaking up the best of Colombia, exploring the wilds of Patagonia, experiencing the magnificent wildlife of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands or mixing colonial with wildlife and beach in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Colombia - Highlights including the coffee region
Our ‘Classic Colombia’ itinerary takes in the best of the country and with 18 days means that the coffee region can also be included. The trip includes two nights in buzzing Bogotá, three nights staying at an hacienda in the coffee region, five nights travelling overland from Bogota to Bucaramanga, stopping in the colonial towns of Villa de Leyva and Barichara before flying up to the Caribbean coast for three nights in the historic port city of Cartagena, followed by three nights on the beach in stunningTayrona National Park.
Last Frontiers offer a 14 day ‘Classic Colombia’ plus 4 days in the coffee region from £3,995pp based on two sharing including B&B accommodation and private tours and transfers. All flights are included and international flights are direct and non-stop with Avianca from London Heathrow to Bogotá. www.lastfrontiers.com/itineraries/classic-colombia
Chile and Argentina - Southern Grand Tour
This itinerary includes three nights in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires (including a city tour and tango show), two nights in Calafate with a trip to the impressive Perito Moreno glacier, before crossing the border into Chile for four nights in Torres del Paine National Park with its spectacular granite peaks. The final six nights are spent exploring both sides of the Lake District, with stays in Puerto Varas, Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes and including the famous ‘Lakes Crossing’.
Last Frontiers offer an 18 day ‘Southern Grand Tour’ itinerary including 2 nights in Calafate in place of the night in Ushuaia and Australis Cruise (which operates from late September to early April) from £5,425pp based on two sharing including B&B accommodation, all meals and activities (on a shared basis) are included whilst in Torres del Paine National Park. All other tours and transfers are on a private basis and car hire is included on the Argentine side of the Lakes. All flights are included and international flights are direct and non-stop with British Airways from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires. www.lastfrontiers.com/itineraries/southern-grand-tour
Peru - Highlights including the five day classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Enjoy our ‘Classic Peru’ itinerary plus five day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The itinerary includes two nights in Arequipa followed by an overland journey to Cusco, spending two nights in the impressive Colca Canyon, two nights on the shores of Lake Titicaca and then enjoying the full day spectacular train journey to Cusco (in fact this will be one of the last dates that this Andean Explorer train route will run as a day trip – it stops the following Saturday). After two nights in Cusco (with a briefing for the Inca Trail scheduled for the second day), embark on the stunning five-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, with three nights camping under the stars surrounded by mountain peaks and ancient Inca ruins and a final night in a comfortable hotel before exploring the magnificent site of Machu Picchu. A final three nights are spent enjoying the sites and markets in the Sacred Valley.
Last Frontiers offers this 18 day ‘Classic Peru’ itinerary including a 4 night Inca Trail from £4,255pp based on two sharing including B&B accommodation, full board on the Inca Trail, entrance fees to all sites and transfers. All flights are included and international flights are non-stop with British Airways from London Gatwick to Lima. www.lastfrontiers.com/itineraries/classic-peru and for Inca Trail details https://www.lastfrontiers.com/itineraries/walking-in-peru
Galapagos and Ecuador - wildlife and the northern sierra
This special itinerary includes three nights in the Ecuadorian Amazon, four nights in Quito’s colonial heart (with a city tour included) and two nights at a comfortable hacienda near Otavalo in the rolling countryside of the sierra north of Quito. The highlight of the trip is undoubtedly the seven nights spent cruising around the Galapagos Islands on board Beluga, a truly ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience.
This Last Frontiers 18 day itinerary is from £7,355pp based on two sharing with B&B accommodation in Quito and full board elsewhere. Transfers in Quito and Otavalo on a private basis and all others on a shared basis. Excursions in the Amazon and Galapagos are on a shared basis accompanied by a naturalist guide. The Galapagos park tax of USD100 per person is payable locally. All flights are included and international flights are via Madrid with Iberia from London Heathrow to Quito. Please note that spaces on the cruise are limited and are subject to availability. https://www.lastfrontiers.com/hotels/galapagos/cruises/beluga
Costa Rica and Nicaragua - wildlife, colonial and beach
This unique itinerary combines a wildlife-focussed trip in Costa Rica with a colonial Granada and beach in Nicaragua. Following a night spent on the outskirts of San Jose on arrival, fly to the Osa Peninsula, a unique haven for wildlife and much of which is covered by primary rainforest. Spend three nights here before travelling overland to Manuel Antonio for two nights. Then head to San Gerardo de Dota in the cloudforest for two nights and where you may be lucky enough to spot a quetzal. A final two nights in Costa Rica are spent near Poas Volcano before flying to Managua and then spending two nights in the colonial city of Granada. End the trip relaxing in your bungalow at a lovely beachfront property on Little Corn Island.
This Last Frontiers 18 day itinerary is from £5,010pp based on two sharing with B&B accommodation throughout and full board on the Osa Peninsula, mostly private transfers (shared in Osa and at the Corn Islands). All flights are included and international are via Houston with United Airlines from London Heathrow to San Jose and back from Managua.
We hope you are inspired by our suggestions and feel free to contact us for further information or for help creating your very own (be it for Easter or any other period).
“The holiday was all that we hoped it would be. Throughout the whole time in Ecuador and the Galapagos we felt pampered and well looked after, by staff and guides. You were recommended to us so we had confidence that we were booking with experts/specialists, but this was completely borne out by your attention to detail in advising on how we should divide up the time available and we would not hesitate to recommend your services.” - IM
“Colombia was wonderful, thank you - another fantastic Latin America trip!! What did we like best? Very difficult. Tayrona was lovely and I think for us both, Barichara and the walk to Guane too. The variety on the holiday and the Colombian people were amazing too. So thank you once again for yet another fantastic holiday.” - SH
"The Inca trail was hard work but fun and we had a great sense of achievement. There was plenty to do around Cusco and we made arrangements with a taxi for a day and it allowed a lot more freedom." - JC
“It was incredible and once again you came up trumps with our trip to Argentina and Chile. Thanks again, we’ll be back in South America in 3 years I think, maybe a 4 week road trip in Chile!” - ST
"Thanks for your excellent travel organisation. A wonderful holiday to Costa Rica which exceeded our expectations. Friendly people, excellent food and standard of hotels very good. We hope to return one day." - B & MH