Although none of us could have predicted how 2020 would pan out, one of the silver linings for Llama Travel has been the time we've been able to dedicate to improving our holidays. We’ve just added a fantastic range of active excursions. So, for those who want to try something more adventurous when on holiday, this is possible. But for those who prefer taking things at a more relaxed pace, you can still do that. It’s your choice.
Scroll down for some of the new activities we now offer, from kayaking on Lake Titicaca, to horse riding in Patagonia and white-water rafting in Costa Rica. And if you fancy delving deeper into the local culture, we’ve added options so you can now make an authentic Pisco Sour cocktail in Lima’s oldest hotel, experience Rio de Janeiro like a local or cook up a three-course feast in Mexico.
1. Kayak through the reeds of Lake Titicaca
Kayaking is a more adventurous yet peaceful way to explore Lake Titicaca, accompanied only by your qualified guide and the sounds of nature as you paddle through the reeds, bathed in early morning light.
The highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca sits on the border between Peru and Bolivia.
Find out more here.
2. Experience Rio's most colourful neighbourhood
Climb aboard the tram with the locals then explore the cobbled streets, bohemian galleries and cafes of Santa Teresa on foot, perhaps stumbling upon a group of musicians filling the air with the romance of old Rio as they play Bossa Nova. Finish with a refreshing caipirinha in a local bar.
Santa Teresa is one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's vibrant coastal city.
Browse all our Rio holidays here.
3. Cook up a feast in Mexico
A trip to Mexico, and in particular Yucatán, isn’t complete without learning to cook a dish or two. After picking up fresh ingredients and spices from the local market, cook up a mouthwatering three-course meal, washed down with a seasonal fruit beverage.
Located in the Yucatán peninsula, just a few hours from the iconic Riviera Maya, Mérida is one of Mexico's oldest cities.
View all our Merida itineraries, including a brand new Yucatán holiday.
4. Go white-water rafting in Costa Rica
Tucked away on the riverbank within 25,000 acres of pristine rainforest, Pacuare is away from civilisation. Accessible only by 4x4 or white-water raft, and with just 20 rooms in total, the lodge promises a secluded experience with a variety of activities included.
Located in central Costa Rica, Pacuare Lodge is in a protected area of parkland on the banks of Pacuare River.
Check out our brand new Pacuare Lodge holidays here.
5. Ride through lakes and forests in Patagonia
Torres del Paine is home to some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, characterised by its turquoise lake, forests and rivers. Taking in the granite towers that dominate the skyline from horseback is an incredible way to discover this part of Chile.
At the southern tip of Chile, Torres del Paine National Park is full of soaring peaks, glacial valleys and wild grasslands.
All our Patagonia holidays include a few days in Torres del Paine.
6. Try a Pisco Sour in Lima
Visit the catacombs and walk around Lima's historic centre, learning about the city's famous UNESCO cultural heritage balconies, then enjoy a Pisco Sour cocktail demonstration in the bar of the Gran Hotel Bolivar, an iconic hotel which opened in 1924.
Lima is Peru's colonial capital, full of beautiful plazas, museums and restaurants.
Browse our Peru holidays here.
7. Hike up Table Mountain
For those feeling a bit more active, you can choose to hike up Table Mountain, Cape Town’s most iconic landmark. Be rewarded with spectacular panoramas across the harbour, with time to enjoy the viewpoint at the top before riding the cable car back down.
Table Mountain is just one of the defining features of South Africa's legislative capital.
All our South Africa tours include a few days in Cape Town.
8. Climb the rock of Guatapé
Just outside Medellín, Guatapé is known for its colourful buildings and the ‘Piedra del Peñol’. If you feel up to it, this 200-metre-high rock is best experienced by climbing 654 steps to the top. Spend time wandering the town’s colourful streets, then take a boat trip to explore the reservoir.
Guatapé is one of Colombia's most colourful towns, situated an hour from the city of Medellín.
Check out our brand new Colombia itineraries here, all including some time in Medellín plus the Coffee Region and the cities of Cartagena and Bogotá.
9. Hike around the volcanic crater lake of Quilotoa
Spend two days getting to know Ecuador’s volcanoes, lakes and Andean communities. Have lunch in San Agustin Hacienda, built on the site of an Inca fortress with well-preserved original Inca walls, continue to Quilotoa to hike all the way around the crater, then visit an indigenous village.
Many people skip past mainland on a trip to the Galapagos Islands, but it is well worth exploring the volcanoes, jungles, cloud forests and colonial towns of Ecuador. Quilotoa Crater Lake is located in the Cotopaxi province of Ecuador, around 180 kilometres southwest of Quito.
You can take a two-day excursion to visit Quilotoa Lake on all our Galapagos & Ecuador holidays.
10. Zipline through the cloud forest
Costa Rica is renowned for its ziplining and other canopy activities, and there’s no better place to do this than in the depths of the lush rainforest near Arenal Volcano. Make your way across 11 cables, a suspension bridge and a tarzan swing for the more daring.
We’ve just updated our website with new holidays and prices for all of 2022, and you can save up to £1,000 per couple on our holidays to Chile, Galapagos Islands and Botswana, and up to £600 per couple on other destinations if you book before the end of February.
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