World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 and, within the framework of such an important date for our industry, Marriott has published an interesting report inviting you to visit the most inspiring destinations in the region.
It is a world famous destination for its biodiversity, adventure activities and well-being. This country also stands out for its flora and fauna conservation practices, which generates the ideal conditions for entering nature and stimulating the senses, as well as learning and participating in sustainable actions. From the beautiful beaches to its mountain ranges and volcanoes, Costa Rica will take your breath away, with its exotic landscapes, its pura vida people and its local flavors, which vary from the Pacific to the Caribbean.
In San José, the capital, a few minutes from the international airport is located the Costa Rica Marriott Hacienda Belén, a property with colonial architecture installed in the middle of a coffee plantation that will give you an excellent first contact with the local culture.
In Guanacaste, in the south of the country, the W Costa Rica and The Westin Reserva Conchal hotels, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa, are located in Reserva Conchal, an area of more than 900 hectares that allows you to live an ecotourism experience, luxury and relaxation. With its own zipline park, access to the crystal clear waters and white sand of Playa Conchal, a haven for wildlife and unrivaled landscapes, these properties have a privileged location to enjoy the natural beauties of the country. Both hotels have the Stay Longer package in force with which travelers can save up to 20% by booking more than 4 nights at The Westin Reserva Conchal and more than 3 nights at W Costa Rica.
Also in Guanacaste, Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection is a boutique property located in a geography that offers mountains and beaches, the latter of volcanic sand. Here families can opt for a hotel room or a 2-, 3- or 4-bedroom villa, equipped with a kitchen. In addition, the hotel has a menu of cultural and wellness activities, a new and original Spa concept called “Nanku Wellbeing Center” and two restaurants that offer unique experiences through humanitarian cuisine with identity.
Cusco is the perfect destination to visit at any time of the year, it is one of the most desired destinations in South America for its impressive history, its wonder of the world, its colors, culture and flavors.
It is a province with much to explore, in the Historic Center, the Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection hotel invites us to visit its emblematic Plaza de Armas, which was formerly a swamp, which during the time of the Incas was dried up and became the administrative, religious and cultural center of the capital of the empire. After the conquest it was occupied by the Spanish, who surrounded it with temples and mansions built on the surrounding Inca palaces; Tupac Amaru II was executed there in 1781. Today it is the central nucleus of modern Cusco, surrounded by tourist restaurants, jewelry stores, travel agencies and the same temples from the conquest period. It is a must for every traveler.
Another option in the Historic Center is to lose ourselves between workshops and art in the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, which is reached by walking from the Plaza de Armas, its steep and cobbled streets, the incredible works of art of its famous artisans and a viewpoint from where you can see the entire city of Cusco are just some of the great attractions that attract hundreds of tourists to this neighborhood every day.
Left: Plaza de Armas. Right: Barrio San Blas
Leaving the city is the town of Ollanta and Tambo, where the award-winning Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection, is also located. This is an Inca archaeological destination in Cusco where you can appreciate the monumental architecture of pre-Hispanic times. This town was the royal land of the Inca Emperor Pachacútec and to this day it is the only city of this culture that has inhabitants. For history lovers, a visit not to be missed is to the remains of the Inca Fortress complex, the temples and the baths. Also, the valley is surrounded by mountains suitable for various walks during the tour. This fortress is famous for being one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish conquerors in an important battle.
And of course, a visit to the province of Cusco would not be complete without knowing Machu Picchu, the experience boarding the train to Aguas Calientes, directly at the station that is located at the Tambo del Inka hotel. Once there, a 20-minute bus ride takes you to the entrance of the citadel. During your visit to this incredible archaeological complex, considered one of the 7 wonders of the world, you will be able to admire the fantastic landscape, the temples, houses of prayer, platforms and its fascinating architecture. The guided tour lasts around two hours, after which you will have the opportunity to visit the citadel on your own. Among the highlights is Intihuatana, a uniquely structured rock that was used by the Incas to predict the solstices. You can also see the Temple of the Sun, a structure that shows the finest stone of the place. Do not miss the temple of the princess or the Sacred Tomb, whose outer wall has been described by Hiram Bingham as the best in America.
Left: Ollanta and Tambo. Right: Machu Picchu
Santiago de Chile is characterized by being a vibrant capital full of cultural experiences and wonderful landscapes of the Andes mountain range. For those travelers or locals looking to find new experiences, the W Santiago, a contemporary luxury hotel, located in one of the most prestigious areas of the city in Las Condes, offers different packages of stays to live an extraordinary experience and animated.
Never Boring is a package for Fridays and Saturdays designed for groups of friends looking for a getaway to celebrate or simply explore the nightlife of the capital. Among the tourist attractions is to visit the bohemian area in the Bellavista neighborhood, famous for its colonial architecture full of old houses, and small bistros. The hotel also offers a couples package called Do Not Disturb, which includes everything you need to relive love and have a romantic getaway. Just 30 minutes from there, lovers will be able to learn about Pablo Neruda’s secret love in La Chascona, the house where Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, lived his last days.
Very close to the W Santiago hotel there is also one of the best spaces for locals, as the Cerro de Santa Lucía stands out for its beautiful gardens and natural surroundings, which is perfect for a picnic or simply finding a place to cool off.
Very close to celebrating the month of Chilenidad and in which World Tourism Day is also celebrated, at AC Hotel Santiago Costanera Center they have wanted to continue with their campaign of creating ideas and special promotions that the “Local Tourist” can enjoy without leaving Chile in the month of September. On this occasion, the property has launched great promotions and romantic packages aimed at the Chilean public, who seek to break the routine by having moments of relaxation and entertainment after several months of quarantine. In addition, the Staycation package will be promoted, which has revived in local guests the feeling and desire to travel.
And in the field of beverages, a curious anecdote is that when Rande Gerber brought his trendy Whiskey Blue to the Chilean capital, he naturally thought of Hotel W Santiago, the epitome of the city’s posh scene. Top of the world is at the Red2one rooftop bar, where the city glows as a backdrop through sparkling glass windows as diners sip cocktails. To complete the Chilean experience, the hotel offers a wine tasting room, where expert sommeliers are the guide through the spectacular selection of 1,600 bottles displayed on a high shelf on the wall.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
In the heart of the Argentine capital, Park Tower a Luxury Collection Hotel epitomizes the charm and elegance of Buenos Aires, as it welcomes its guests with an opulence that reigns everywhere. Each of its 181 rooms show a refined European style, as the furniture includes some antiques from Argentina and Europe. In addition, the hotel features a stately St. Regis suite that has hosted the most prominent figures from the political sector, royalty and renowned artists. With a distinguished Park Tower service, a Luxury Collection Hotel stands out for offering different experiences and services to enrich the stay of its guests. Their Butler service ensures that each guest’s unique preferences are met.
This luxury hotel belongs to the Luxury Collection brand of Marriott International, which is characterized as one of the most famous portfolios of luxury hotels with around 120 hotels dating from the 19th century. Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel offers foodies a high-end gastronomic proposal at the St. Regis restaurant. With dishes such as pork loin, Patagonian trout, or native recipes such as arepa viscacha, or blue cheese ravioli, they make it a benchmark for international gourmet cuisine. In its Lobby Lounge, guests can enjoy an evening with live piano and harp music, as well as the famous afternoon tea ritual.
Just a few steps away, guests will be able to carry out endless activities such as admiring the Monumental Tower or Torre de los Ingleses or even discovering the historical secrets of this cosmopolitan city, including the birth of tango, admiring the most emblematic architectural works of the neighborhood. Puerto Madero and taste gastronomic proposals.
This city that offers so much to discover, founded in 1537 is known as the Mother of Cities and to have reference to how vibrant this destination can be, it is important to visit Market 4, the great river and the eclectic center, where they multiply gastronomic trends among other interesting and curious offers. With a very characteristic subtropical nature, Paraguay has a great cultural richness – fruit of the mixture of its native inhabitants with Africans and Europeans, very fascinating and also still unknown, pleasure travelers, are discovering more and more, its beauty and potential as the reveal of a new tourist destination.
To enjoy this city during the weekend, Sheraton Asunción offers one night’s accommodation for two with a welcome drink at Terraza by Sheraton, internet access, pool, gym and parking.
And for special dates, it also offers alternatives for 7 days a week that includes one night’s accommodation for 2 people, breakfast included, internet access, gym, swimming pool and parking from USD 130.00 plus taxes.
Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is a large Brazilian coastal city, famous for the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the 38-meter-high Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Mount Corcovado, and the Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its top . The city is also known for the exciting New Year’s Eve party and the lively Carnival, with floats, extravagant costumes and samba dancers, considered the largest in the world.
If your idea is to stay in front of Copacabana beach, the ideal place is the JW Marriott Hotel Rio, which offers comfort to couples who want to explore the city. But if you are traveling as a family, in Leblon there is the Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort, with direct access to the beach, four restaurants and the largest leisure area in the city.