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Tourism this week in Latin America

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New boutique hotel in Barrio Norte

New boutique hotel in Barrio Norte
Invest Property Group will invest US$10 million in the construction of a boutique hotel in Barrio Norte. The New York based firm announced the beginning of construction of Algodon Mansion, a ten room boutique hotel, which will be inaugurated in 2009. It will have a restaurant, a bar and a spa.

British Airways has daily flights to London
British Airways recently began daily flights from Buenos Aires to London with a layover in Sao Pablo, thus increasing its frequency from 4 to 7 weekly flights as part of its Latin American expansion strategy.

Pluna begins Asuncion-Montevideo connection
Starting tomorrow, Pluna will operate four weekly frequencies between Montevideo and Asuncion. Flights will last 45 minutes and will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Asuncion, Capital of Culture
The International Bureau of Cultural Capitals named Asuncion the American Capital of Culture 2009. This designation will have a direct result on the inflow of foreign tourists to the main Paraguayan metropolis.

Cruise Ship with Pele in the Mediterranean
Costa Cruseros will operate the first international cruise ship to carry a Brasilian soccer celebrity, Pele, onboard. Called “Crusero Pelo – Sabor de Brasil” (Pele Cruise Ship – The Flavor of Brazil) and organized in alliance with the Olimpya group, it will travel along the Mediterranean coast from June 28 to July 5, 2009.

Viña del Mar to be the venue for the First Bird Festival
The Heritage Unit of the Municipality of Viña del Mar and the Ecotourism Major at the Universidad Andres Bello are preparing for the First Bird Festival in Chile. The event, which will be held from October 30 to November 2, will have venues at Wulff Castle, the head office of the Universidad Andres Bello of Viña del Mar, and the Botanical Garden, and will include talks by well known ornithologists and other professionals in the field, a Bird Watching fair, bird watching routes and guided excursions led by specialists, among other activities.

Chiloe among the most interesting places in the world
The tour guide Lonely Planet named the city of Chiloe as one of the most interesting places in the world for 2009, following the Bay of Fires in Tasmania and Basque Country. Next year Chile will carry out an internationalization campaign in which it will seek to consolidate the province’s image.

Tourist hostel inaugurated in Pampalarama
The municipality of Pampalarama inaugurated the city’s ecotourism hostel, located one hour from La Paz. The hostel has ten fully furnished rooms for 20 people, a restaurant, and a lounge.

Three of the 15 best hotels in South America are Peruvian
In the 21st annual edition of the “Reader’s Choice Awards,” the Hotel Monasterio of Cusco was honored with the number 1 position among the 15 best hotels in South America, and is # 47 in the ranking of the top 100 in the world. The JW Marriot Lima (#9) and the Libertador Palacio del Inca Cusco (#12) are also on the list.

Cusco among the most recommended destinations
Readers of the North American publication Condé Nast Traveler placed the city of Cusco in 6th place among the most recommended destinations to visit in the Americas. First place is held by Buenos Aires, followed by the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Quebec.

Tourist transportation via luxury bus from Puerto Maldonado to Rio Branco
Before the end of the year, thanks to an agreement signed between the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, PromPeru and Ormeño, a two story luxury bus will begin joining Puerto Maldonado with Rio Branco, thus enabling the transfer of tourists between both locations.

Shelters may be opened at the foot of Cordillera Blanca
The provincial municipality of Huaraz is planning to set up shelters at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca in order to promote tourism development as well as facilitate high mountain climbers’ access to the snow-capped mountains. The shelters will have bedrooms, heating systems, restrooms and restaurants; all of them will have the necessary conditions for climbers to stay the night before climbing to the top of the mountain, and they will also facilitate their reunion with their families.

3,000 year-old temple discovered in Lambayeque
Recently, a team of archaeologists discovered an approximately 3,000 year-old ceremonial temple in the town of Pomalca, in Lambayeque. It is a temple of Collud, an archaeological compound made up of a platform around 150 meters wide by 400 meters long, as well as a series of buildings used for religious purposes. The monument has an impressive structure and building technique, as there are no cracks despite its age.

Probable monolith found on pre-Incan trail in Chachapoyas
A monolith, approximately 1.7 meters tall and presumed to have been constructed by the Chachapoyas due to its features, was found by the Peruvian explorer and hiker Felipe Valera Travesi, known as “El Chaski.” The monolith has engraved images similar to drawings on the mummy wrappings of the Chachapoyas culture. The finding was made in the province of Rodriquez de Mendoza (Amazonas), in the middle of the lush grove on the pre-Inca trail which goes from the city of Chachapoyas to the provinces of Rioja and Moyobamba.

TAM may evaluate beginning flights to Ecuador via Lima
In the short term, TAM Airlines may evaluate beginning flights from Sao Paulo (Brazil) via Lima to Ecuador using 5th freedom rights. If this project is confirmed, TAM would carry out flights with fifth freedom rights, which is the right to commercially transport people or things to and from third party states, but only those flights that begin in the airline’s country of origin.

Sol Melia to open Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real
Sol Melia Vacation Club (SMVC) will open a new project, The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana by the end of the year. It will have 190 two-story cabanas with one or two ultramodern rooms, with exotic Balinese beds, private jacuzzi and direct access to the pool. It will offer spa treatments, fitness programs, a golf course, a variety of gourmet restaurants, a casino and nightlife entertainment, among other facilities.

Airport to change clocks for the end of summer time
As of October 26, the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City will turn all its clocks and arrival and departure screens back one hour due to the conclusion of the summer time schedule. The air terminal urged all passengers to do the same with their watches and/or cell phones.