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Welcome to the Senderos Autumn Newsletter (Part 1)
 
Including our Exciting New Partners in Brazil


A lot has happened in our world of Latin America travel since our last newsletter in August. The region has at last come off the red list, consumer confidence is slowly returning and here at Senderos we've expanded our portfolio with some wonderful new partners. We've also upgraded and refreshed our website with detailed product and sustainability information, adding our personal musings on what makes our partners so special. 

Our newsletter is split into two editions so that we do justice to our new partners. This first one introduces the beautiful, sea-front private houses Villa Bom Jardim and Loft Bom Jardim, as well as their sister hotel, the renovated Pousada do Sandi, all on Brazil's Costa Verde. In early December we'll send you news of Finca Rosa Blanca in Costa Rica and Anakonda Amazon Cruises in Ecuador, who we're also proud to now represent.


Last month we sent out Senderos Partners' availability over Christmas and New Year. Many still have space available, so please let us know if you'd like an update for any properties or boats.

If you have any questions or would like more information about any news we feature below, please get in touch (info@senderos.co.uk) or ask your DMC. 

Warm wishes from Nicola, Naomi, Simon & Gareth.

LOFT BOM JARDIM, PARATY BAY 

The converted boat house Loft Bom Jardim sits on the edge of the calm, protected waters of Paraty Bay, its high ceilings and use of glass accentuating the wonderful sea views and mountains beyond. With three bedrooms and spacious communal areas, it's perfect for friends or a family. Paraty is 10 minutes away by boat and the rental price includes the boat transfers, daily return trips to Paraty and a housekeeper and chef to prepare delicious meals (ingredients charged extra). See the Loft Bom Jardim brochure with images here.

VILLA BOM JARDIM, PARATY BAY

Villa Bom Jardim sits nestled in the trees that line the main beach, a short walk from Loft Bom Jardim. The Villa has a more traditional style and was also recently renovated, in this case by the renowned Brazilian architect Marcos Tomanik. Seven bedrooms range from cosy twins to larger primary bedrooms, while spacious communal areas are complemented by a large living room and kitchen. See the brochure for Villa Bom Jardim here.

POUSADA DO SANDI, PARATY

A long-standing favourite for visitors to Paraty, Pousada do Sandi has a privileged central location in the historical town centre. Recent renovations to the 300-year-old mansion include upgrades to the 28 characterful rooms. Spacious suites are arranged around the outside, with double glazed windows and original shutters opening up to the street below. The remaining rooms are situated around a lush tropical courtyard and pool. Facilities include an excellent restaurant, bar, ice cream parlour, steam bath, spa and gym.

Other Senderos Partner News
Integrity Galápagos
Integrity has recently come out of dry dock, where the Sun Deck was remodelled with more seating areas and new wooden panelling. Details available on request and photos coming soon!

Integrity still has good availability on these two departures next month:
18-25 Dec 2021 & 31 Dec-08 Jan 2022.

 
EXCLUSIVE USE OPTION FOR SMALL GROUPS OF 4 - 10 PAX
Integrity is available for "Exclusive Use' departures up until the end of November 2022. These 7-night itineraries are similar to charters but with more flexible booking terms, attractive rates and a simpler payment structure. Available dates and rates can be found here. More details on request.
Kasiiya Papagayo, Costa Rica
The folk at Kasiiya have been hard at work opening their 2 new beachfront suites (one of which, The Floating Bird, can accommodate a family of 5), as well as a new yoga platform and water sports facility on the beach. 
Polar Latitudes, Antarctica
It is with excitement and anticipation that MS Seaventure is making its way from Montevideo to Ushuaia with all staff on board. See here for available departures this season, and more in PL's agents' portal (login required). PL Newsletter here.
Caiman, Pantanal, Brazil
A very rare sighting of a white tapir has been recorded at Caiman on one of their safaris. The guides and guests were very excited to see the animal, which stood out from the rest of the candle*. (*see below!)
Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador
Hacienda Zuleta is developing a new Relaxation Centre, which will include a sauna, Turkish bath, 3 massage rooms and an Andean soaking tub (Fernando's favourite!), 4x1.80m in size with heated Andean spring water and planned to be ready by March 2022. They are also looking at sites for camping experiences in the wilderness of Ecuador's beautiful rolling hills.
News in Brief from our Partners
Hotel Puerto Valle, Argentina
Hotel Puerto Valle, located on the northern edge of the Iberá National Park, has been certified as one of the Hoteles Más Verdes by the AHT (La Asociación de Hoteles de Turismo). Hoteles Más Verdes is a programme within the Argentinean hotel sector, which develops effective tools for hotels to reach their sustainability goals. The programme is recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) according to its criteria.

Tierra Patagonia, Chile
Fiona from Tierra Hotels tells us a pair of rheas have hatched their eggs right in front of Tierra Patagonia! The team there was concerned about the chicks' vulnerability from the likes of foxes, pumas and condors, but luckily all seem to have survived.

Tierra Hotels Opening Dates
Tierra Atacama - Open until 02 May, then reopening 01st July after renovations         
Tierra Patagonia and Tierra Chiloé - Open until 30th April, reopen 1st Oct 2022.


Estancia Cristina, Argentina
Estancia Cristina has been working on developing its kitchen garden with a new greenhouse and a professional agricultural engineer to help with the cultivation. Pictures to come soon. The Lodge will open its doors to guests on 24th Dec 2021.
 
Click here to see all current promotions from our partners
Conservation Stories
 
Bahia Bustamante, Argentina
Bahia Bustamante, the inspiring Eco-Lodge located on the shores of the wild Argentinean coastline are inviting guests to participate in the scientific programmes which they host throughout the season. They  are looking to include these experiences as part of the regular activities the lodge offers. You can find out more by following this link to their latest newsletter.

Galápagos National Park Extension from COP26
As many of you will have seen, one amazing achievement to have come out of the the COP26 conference is the expansion of the Galápagos Park borders to include vital migratory areas for endangered species. With over 23,000 square miles added onto the National Park (45% of original area) there is now a protected marine corridor connecting the Galápagos Marine Reserve with the Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica - which was previously highly vulnerable to industrial fishing fleets. This is a major moment for the Galápagos Islands as well as for global marine conservation.
*Did you know that the collective noun for Tapirs is a candle!?
Neither did we until we looked it up for this newsletter!

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