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COMING UP – New York Film Festival to Premiere New Awasi Puma Film

A film about the Awasi Puma Foundation, “The View South: Pumas in Patagonia”, will be shown for the first time at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York on 18th October 2019. The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival is to inform, engage and inspire wildlife conservation through the power of film. 2019 marks the 9th year anniversary of the festival which will span ten days and showcase over 100 documentary films, along with panel discussions, networking, receptions, field trips and more. You can watch a preview and read the interview with the filmmaker here.

August – Easier than ever to combine Peru’s Relais & Chateaux Hotels

In the past flights around Peru required a connection in Lima, but now direct flights run between Cuzco and Iquitos from July to November on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. This allows guests to travel direct between Peru’s Sacred Valley and the Upper Amazon cutting several hours, and a connection, from the journey. Iquitos is the closest domestic airport to Nauta, the port from where Delfin Amazon Cruises depart, whilst from Cusco it is a 90 minute transfer to Sol y Luna. We highly recommend stopping in Lima at the beginning or end of your trip; Hotel B in Barranco is the city’s Relais & Chateaux hotel and has just launched a new Art Tour (plus has a couple of yachts so you can see Lima from the coast).

JULY – Hotel B launches new Art Tours

Learn about the work of the most important Peruvian contemporary artists through a tour of the art collection of the Hotel B, our Relais & Chateaux hotel with an impressive collection of over 300 works of contemporary art. The tour is held by an art specialist, who will show you the most iconic works of their collection. The tour’s duration is 30 minutes and it includes glass of cava or pisco sour on the rooftop. More info here.

JUNE – PURO VIK, A NEW RETREAT SET IN THE HILLS AT VIK IN CHILE

Working in tandem with Vik Chile, a remarkable collection of glass houses offers a new way to experience Chile’s breathtaking cultural landscape. Seven new glass houses form the highest category of accommodation on site. They hang from the steep hills just below Vik Chile, in the stunning nature and vineyard of Chile’s Millahue Valley. Carefully positioned to offer the best vantage points for living in exquisite, cool and romantic luxury while capturing the magnificent dramatic natural surroundings. See pics here.

MAY – Delfin’s Community Engagement

Explore the Upper Peruvian Amazon and meet local communities. The pioneer of the luxury Amazon cruise, Delfin is owned and run by a Peruvian family and operates three different Relais & Châteaux boats (one with only four cabins). The owners sail on board with passengers once a month, and are deeply involved in the local community, from building covered market places and helping locals develop their skills in creating artisan crafts, to offering medical care and providing school supplies to local communities. For more information, CLICK HERE.

APRIL – Sol y Luna Foundation adds a Foster Home

The Sol y Luna Home opened its doors in December 2018. Thanks to funds raised via GoFundMe and further donations from Hotel Sol y Luna. Ten years on, as well as educating over 200 children, including 13 disabled students, the Sol y Luna Shelter now provides a safe and loving home for the children of the Sol y Luna School who have been abandoned or were victims of violence or abuse. For more information, see here.

MARCH – INAUGRAL VOYAGE OF THEORY, GALAPAGOS

Gabriel and Tom travelled to Ecuador to board the inaugral voyage of Theory, the new 20-passenger yacht to join the Ecoventura fleet. Among the passengers were members of the press, travel trade and owner and CEO, Santiago Dunn (pictured here). Ecoventura, a sustainably-focussed Ecuadorian company, is the only Relais & Chateaux member in the Galapagos, and the latest partner to join South America Rep – please see the dedicated property page. To read more about the maiden voyage, here is the Ecoventura blog:
‘MV Theory has Successfully Completed Her Maiden Voyage in Galapagos!’

JANUARY – BRITISH DESIGNERS INSPIRED TRIP TO BY CASA PALOPO

Wicklewood, a British-design company, was inspired to produce a line of fabric called Palopo inspired by the founder’s stay at Casa Palopo. They have blankets and lampshades with the Palopo design reflecting the iconic colours and geometric lines typical of Guatemalan textiles.

DECEMBER – B-ART by Hotel B

For a hotel that is home to an art collection of more than 400 works of art (daily by Peruvian artists, and some from other parts of Latin America), it only seemed natural that Hotel B would open a boutique shop. B-ART has a curated collection of Peruvian art and design goods especially selected for hotel guests. The collection includes accessories and jewellery hand-made from local materials such as alpaca wool, silk, ceramic, silver and gold.

www.hotelb.pe

NOVEMBER – AWASI IGUAZU HAS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO IGUAZU FALLS

Awasi guests enjoy a “head start” into the Iguazu Falls. Setting out from Awasi Iguazu (the region’s only Relais & Chateaux lodge) at 7am, guests enjoy breakfast with a view of the Devil’s Throat before entering the park from a location closer to the falls themselves than the standard entrance. This buys close to 30 minutes before the crowds flood in.