Award-winning Trip Choreography
Our connections and local expertise unlock special access experiences in all our destination countries
If the best travel experiences are about something deeper than just seeing the sights, are about connecting us more meaningfully to a place, it is so often special relationships with locals that unlock a place’s secrets. This is the beating heart of the Latin Excursions experience: our network of trusted relationships with locals, curated over decades, makes it possible to craft highly curated itineraries for our clients. In fact we’ve been recognized for our innovative itinerary design by both Condé Nast and Travel + Leisure. If you’re thinking about visiting any of our destination countries, don’t hesitate to start a conversation. We love discussing the array of special access, transformative experiences that await.
What is Sustainable Travel and How is it Part of our Journeys?
Since the onset of COVID-19, the phrase ‘new normal’ is getting a lot of use and for good reason. Much has changed across the globe, and the travel industry has been hugely affected. This includes all the people on-the-ground in destination countries that normally have relied on making an income from travellers. The language of ‘new normal’ highlights our need to adapt. This is, after all, what humans have done for millennia: adapting. The meaningful difference now is that adapting is more than just “going with the flow”: it carries the potential to choose with intention. If we choose to be aware and informed, we can decide what direction we wish to go in the coming years.
Since our start in 2004, Latin Excursions has been a proponent of sustainable travel – that is: travel that has minimal impact on the environment and supports destination communities in a positive way. Now, with tourism going on hiatus due to the pandemic, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves: Are we doing enough? How can we more deeply foster a re-think on what travel should be? (continued below)
With the sudden switch from days of over tourism to months of no tourism, we are clearer than ever that responsible travel is less about making the least impact and more about ensuring the greatest benefit for travellers and destinations. This is an intentional distinction and it fosters an entire approach to crafting travel itineraries.
It leads to the idea that providing rare and transformative experiences to our travellers (what we have always done) becomes more profound when we support partners and organizations who are stewards of ecological conservation and economic justice. Local communities feel respected and are rewarded for adopting best practices. And Travellers return home with a greater understanding of the natural world and the communities who nurture it.
We will continue to work with inspiring partners such as Petit Maribel, owner of Sol y Luna, whose authentic casita-style accommodations in the Sacred Valley of Peru continue to promote values of social and environmental sustainability; and eco-entrepreneurs like Reyna Oleas and Roberto Plaza who, with their completely sustainable projects in the Galapagos, have proven that luxury travel can be rooted in conservation of wildlife and natural resources; as well as many other eco-visionaries, expert guides and local projects throughout Latin America.
While the definition of travel is evolving with the times, Latin Excursions’ continues to be committed to the planet and people. And we hope our model of eco-tourism will be increasingly put into action by other travel companies so that it becomes the ‘new normal’ for our industry.
Are you ready to experience something extraordinary?
A MESSAGE FROM ERIC SHEETS, FOUNDER
In Spring 2004, then a corporate-world warrior, I decided to bring some colleagues to the Galapagos Islands for an adventure in Darwin’s archipelago. My Ecuadorian mother instilled in me a deep love and appreciation for the islands, so this adventure to the Galapagos was a chance to share my insider knowledge with fellow travellers. The success of that first trip left me yearning for more … and I set out on a path combining insider knowledge of places with the transformative power of travel. Latin Excursions was born. 15+ years later, we continue to have fun sharing our connections and insider knowledge of Latin America.
Travel ought to be transformative.
The stuff of great stories.
CRAFTING YOUR CUSTOM JOURNEY
If a Custom Journey is beyond your financial reach, don’t fret. Our Pre-Designed Journeys are packed with Latin Excursions signature luxury touches: authentic characters, transformative moments and exceptional service.
We're Your Travel Concierge
Whether you choose a Custom Journey or a Pre-designed Journey, we seek to exceed client expectations. No detail is too small. From upscale accommodations and food, to the guides chosen for you, all our partners exemplify a high-end approach to customer service. So, what are you after? Local rhythms and culture? Trekking in remote places? Catching glimpses of rare birds? Truly, it can be all of the above.
Authenticity & Privacy
Choreographing authentic experiences means knowing places exceedingly well. But it’s our relationships with trusted local partners that make our journeys so extraordinary. Wonderful characters in their own right, our local guides bring alive their world through their stories. This is why we believe in private travel experiences: they offer the flexibility to take you to areas not visited by most tourists.
Our local partners in South America share so much with us. We feel it's important to give back. Latin Excursions supports the following organizations: