South America Travel Planner

The Difference Between a Custom and a Pre-Designed Tour

As a traveler, you have a myriad of options to help you plan your next vacation or getaway. If you are like most people, you use a variety of tools to put together your plan. If you are a solo traveler you may do it one way. If you plan for a family or group you may do it another. In all cases you essentially have three options: 1) Do all the research, planning and booking yourself either through one or more online portals 2) Find and book a pre-designed tour from a travel company 3) Work with a professional travel specialist to create a one-of-a kind, customized and personalized journey.

Latin Excursions is a boutique travel specialist concentrating on Latin and South America travel experiences. We say “boutique” because we don’t send tens of thousands of people through ordinary cookie-cutter style tours each year. Instead, we serve a smaller slice of travelers who are seeking special, private travel experiences. Our clients don’t want to be on a bus tour with dozens of other travelers. They want to experience intimate moments that can only occur on a private tour.If this is you, we invite you to consider having Latin Excursions plan your own private travel adventure!

Our pre-designed and custom tours share a few similarities you will appreciate.

  • Meet, greet and transportation from the airport to your hotel
  • Personally selected hotels, inns, villas for lodging that we intimately know
  • Experienced and reputable activity, culture and entertainment providers
  • Local guides personally selected by us

Pre-Designed Tours

As you browse through our website, you will find dozens of tours categorized as Pre-Designed Tours. These itineraries evolved from many years of designing and planning custom tours. We noticed a growing request for certain tour lengths, accommodations and activities to the point where we integrated these preferences into our signature tours, or “Pre-Designed Journeys.” We have found a balance of local culture, guided activities and free time which works well for our travelers. Accommodations can be selected according to comfort level preference (which affects the tour rate); so keep this in mind with any pricing you see. We will provide you with a final quote once your lodging has been selected.

Custom Tours

As you peruse the destinations and tours on our website, you will find our Custom Journeys. With each custom tour, we’ve outlined a variety of recommended options to choose from each day. Essentially, our Custom Journeys pages are to be used as a starting point and to outline the possibilities in different regions.

For instance, maybe you have a particular interest in wine tasting, kitesurfing or bird watching. Or, perhaps you want to learn about the history and art of a specific destination, or you wish to learn to how to cook special dishes.

These are the ingredients of our custom tours. You tell us what you want to do and we design an itinerary to reflect your interests. From photography to fishing, and from trekking to local markets and more. And, keep in mind, our Custom Journeys are to be used as guides only. If you’re not quite finding what you have in mind, we will start from scratch–with a blank canvas and your imagination!

Someone once said, “your journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” We encourage you to take the first step by reviewing our collection here at Latin Excursions. Then, give us a call for your free, no obligation, trip assessment and to learn why travel experts like Wendy Perrin, Travel+Leisure and others recommend our services for private Latin America travel.

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