Contiki has launched five brand-new trips to Patagonia and Colombia, as well as 13 improved trips across Latin America.
The five new trip itineraries offer experiences including a boat safari through Patagonia’s Perito Moreno Glacier fields, a hike through the wilderness of Torres del Paine, and optional ice climbing at Los Glaciares National Park. In Colombia, travelers can try paragliding or white water rafting in San Gil, trek to the ‘Lost City’ of Ciudad Perdida and camp overnight on the coastline of Tayrona National Park.
In addition, the 13 improved itineraries across Contiki’s existing Latin America product offer more local experiences, according to the company, including a day trip to Argentina’s gaucho country for lunch at a traditional estancia; a tequila tasting in Mexico’s town of Tequila; and sunset sailing in the Belize island of Caye Caulker.
Contiki says its Latin America product is for travelers ages 18-35 looking to meet like-minded people on small group travel adventures of a maximum of 30 people. Young people traveling with Contiki can expect a trained team of multi-lingual trip managers and local guides, as well as transport in private mini-coaches, along with internal flights and trains.
Prices for the 10-day Patagonia Trail itinerary start from $3,695, including activities like horse-riding and hiking. For the 18-day Colombia trip, comprising a coffee plantation tour and cultural experiences in colonial-era towns, prices start from $2,999. In Colombia Quest, a 12-day journey starting from $2,025, travelers can experience hot air ballooning over the "coffee zone" and exploring Colombia's capital, Bogota. Colombian Coasts & Culture is a nine-day trip with prices starting from $1,565, where travelers can experience hikes through national parks, an Afro-Caribbean cooking class and a tour through the "City of Eternal Spring," Medellin. Additionally, the Lost City Trek offers a visit to the ancient archaeological site of Ciudad Perdida, trekking across rivers and alongside waterfalls in a five-day itinerary, starting from $639.