Tour operator Plan South America has debuted a series of singles travel experiences aimed at connecting people through small group adventures. New group experiences include exploring the Andean foothills on horseback with gauchos, learning to surf in Costa Rica, wine tasting in Chile, cooking over a fire on Francis Mallmann’s private island, and learning to salsa in Havana.
The tailored small group trips are curated by Plan South America to bring together kindred spirits of a similar age and lifestyle, weaving elements of wellness, skill-building, gastronomy and adventure. Here are some of the experiences curated for single travelers seeking a team player, a sous chef, an adrenaline junkie or wine-lover, to name a few”
Seeking Riding Partner – Andes on Horseback in Argentina
This is an African safari camp transposed to Patagonia.The week-long riding adventure includes morning rides to lookout points for picnics, shady siestas and river swims, before heading back to camp for sundowners and dinner. On the third day, you’ll embark on a two-day expedition to Fly Camp, fording rivers and threading through lowland pastures and petrified forests. There is a traverse along the spine of the Andes, banked on either side by sheer shale cliffs. You will then descend into lush prairies, where the horses take water and cool in the river before dropping further into a forest glade. Tents will be set up, with a campfire and beers waiting.
Seeking Dinner Date – Gastronomy & Artisans in Mexico
The journey begins in Oaxaca in southern Mexico. The region is known for mezcal, embroidery and textiles, pre-Hispanic and Spanish colonial architecture, contemporary design, and some of the best food in the country. The first five nights of the trip will include mezcal tasting, a weaving workshop, cooking classes and treks into the Sierra Madre mountains. You can choose from the activities that appeal to you, and there will be plenty of time to explore the markets and relax by the pool.
Travelers then head to Puerto Escondido, where they will stay in a design hotel for five nights on the beach, with options for surf and dive classes, yoga, and meditation, as well as a visit to Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s artist retreat, Casa Wabi.
Seeking Wave Chaser – Surf & Ride in Costa Rica
This 10-day adventure is for those who want to connect with nature. Your first stop will be an ecolodge in northern Guanacaste. The lodge overlooks a river and is surrounded by tropical forest. Each day, you’ll be able to choose between canopy, river swims, horseback riding, birding, trekking and rafting. After four days of adventures around Arenal and the Tenorio National Park, it will be time to head for the coast, where travelers will stay for four nights at a boutique hotel in Malpais, Santa Teresa, with views over the Pacific. There will be quad bikes, restaurants, the odd party and, for those who want them, surf lessons and yoga instruction.
Seeking Dance Partner – Salsa & Cohiba in Cuba
Arriving at Holguin, in the east of the island, travelers will explore Cuba’s first capital, Santiago de Cuba, for two nights, before being driven along the vertiginous Farola mountain pass to Baracoa. The region contains one of the most biologically diverse tropical island sites on Earth—the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park—as well as pretty colonial towns, stunning beaches, and some of the best food on the island. On Day 5, you will fly to Havana; there will be rum tasting and cigar rolling, as well as a chance to catch the Cuban National Ballet, some salsa classes, an afternoon with a local musicologist, and visits to art galleries and studio.