April 2016: Ola South America

Ola South America - April 2016

Latin America is flavour of the month for award-winning  travel writer and photographer, Roderick Eime. Commissions are invited.

Story angles:

Luxury wilderness lodges * UNESCO World Heritage * expedition cruising * airline review * Urban luxury * Panama Canal * Colombia * Panama * Chile

Launched in 2010, the 210-passenger Stella Australis 
The month begins with a cruise with the acclaimed Cruceros Australis navigating through the southernmost Chilean-Argentinean Patagonian channels, exploring the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel.

Actual itinerary: Discover Patagonia

Rod will fly to and from Santiago with Qantas (QF27/28 B744) on a paid ticket in Premium Economy with a request for space available upgrade made.

explora Patagonia lodge
Upon disembarking in Punta Arenas, Rod will visit firstly the famous explora Patagonia lodge in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park

The Singular Patagonia
From there, he travels to The Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories Hotel and back to Santiago to stay at The Singular Santiago.

Rod then moves on to Guayaquil in Ecuador to join G Adventures for the 12-day expedition to Cartagena in Colombia via the Panama Canal and the fabled San Blas Islands. Aboard MS Expedition

MS Expedition

Heritage-listed Alfiz Hotel Boutique, Cartagena
Before flying home, Rod will stay at the boutique hotel, Alfiz Cartagena and tour the city, founded by the Spanish in 1533.

With thanks to:
  • Robyn Smith, movidas, South American specialist travel agency
  • Michelle Mohaupt, MOH Collection (Singular, Australis)
  • Andrew Mevissen, Peak Media Relations
  • Sarah Park, Mulberry Marketing Communications (G Adventures)
  • Lynsey Trembath, GTI Tourism (LAN Airlines)



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