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
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
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