What's new in the market

QUITO, Ecuador -- Among dozens of products and services showcased at TravelMart Latin America, consider this sampling:

• Brazil continues to expand its offerings in nature lodges. Hilton International is venturing way off its usual city-hotel path to open a deluxe property in the Amazon rain forest.

Due to debut in late 2005, the 196-room, single-story Hilton Amazon Eco-Lodge sits riverfront on the Rio Negro, accessible by boat transfers from Manaus.

• In Chile, Skorpios Cruises, whose ships ply the waters

between Puerto Montt and Laguna San Raphael, has developed an itinerary through the channels and fjords of the southern ice field of Patagonia.

Launched this month, the five-day cruise aboard the 25-passenger Skorpios III departs from Puerto Natales on Sundays; among the icy attractions is the Pio XI glacier, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere For more info, go to www.skorpios.cl.

• In September, Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises introduced its deluxe Hiram Bingham train on the popular Cusco-Machu Picchu narrow-gauge line.

It joins the Andean Explorer, which debuted earlier this year on the sky-high rail line between Cusco and Lake Titicaca.

Coming from Orient-Express in 2005: a 38-bungalow ecolodge at the entrance to the Colca Canyon as well as two- and three-night cruises on Lake Titicaca aboard a 1920s steamer converted to accommodate 80 passengers. For more information, go to www.perurail.com and www.orient-express.com.

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