Author Archive for Alfonso Tandazo

Alfonso Tandazo is President and CEO at Surtrek Tour Operator. With 25 years of providing travelers authentic custom-designed trips across South America, Surtrek Tour Operator offers some of the best luxury tour services on the continent. Our travel team includes native speakers of five different languages, therefore we can guide you to the “center of the action” as well as “off the beaten track” – while never compromising on your comfort, style or well-being. And rest assured that whatever your destination, Surtrek will work to ensure that your visit makes only a positive impact on the environment, the local community and the area’s economy.

5 surprising South American wildlife experiences

5 surprising South American wildlife experiences

Continuing a look at South American adventure experiences, here we take a look at travel experiences involving the wildlife of our amazing continent – especially those natural experiences that you might find surprising. The vast array of creatures with fins, feathers or fur across this expansive continent makes for some interesting sights and activities, some […]

Top 10 South American adventure experiences

Top 10 South American adventure experiences

When travelers think of adventure, we usually imagine deserts, snowcapped mountains and spectacular landscapes. If there’s a continent where we can find all that — and so much more — it’s South America. There are so many outdoor adventures that can be experienced here, you could spend months traveling from one country to another. If […]

5 Andean cities for ‘living large’ in retirement

5 Andean cities for ‘living large’ in retirement

South America’s Andean region is capturing the attention of expatriates in search of a place to spend their retirement. Here, even moderate-income retirees can live in veritable luxury thanks to the region’s excellent medical care, temperate climate, improving safety indices, and, of course, the region’s low cost of living. At the same time, high-speed internet […]

6 luxury adventure camps in South America

6 luxury adventure camps in South America

The idea of luxury adventure camping is to get closer to the sheer beauty of nature in places with very little infrastructure, while at the same time enjoying world-class service in the most comfortable digs. The posh term “glamping” (short for glamorous camping) has turned off some adventurers who might otherwise appreciate the experience itself. Despite […]

The best times to visit the 4 amazing worlds of Ecuador

The best times to visit the 4 amazing worlds of Ecuador

So, just when is the best time to travel to Ecuador? Ask any tour operator in the country, and they’ll tell you that there’s NEVER a bad time to experience this South American nation. Still, for those looking to visit our country at “ideal” times — when there’s the least rain, the most days of […]

5 South American foodie destinations worth sampling

5 South American foodie destinations worth sampling

Though well known as an incredible cultural and adventure destination, South America’s reputation for fine cuisine is much less recognized. This is changing rapidly, though, as this southern continent emerges as one of the trendiest food regions on the planet. Today, Latin America serves up everything from velvet-soft Colombian sea bass to melt-in-your-mouth Argentine beef […]

10 surrealistic South American travel hotspots

10 surrealistic South American travel hotspots

Even after journeying to more than 110 countries, I continue to find that nothing has the potential to be as life-altering as a remarkable travel experience. Though we all learn and grow on every trip we take, occasionally there’s a truly unique moment, a special circumstance or a distinctive sight that changes a seemingly simple […]

5 Colombian pueblos to visit before you die

5 Colombian pueblos to visit before you die

When it comes to quaint colonial towns, Colombia is almost bursting at the seams. For the discerning traveler, this nation’s pueblos promise a window into the past through their timeless terracotta roofs, cobblestone lanes, ornate churches, and tree-lined squares. These refined architectural stylings were introduced during the colonial era, when European conquistadors from Spain and Portugal […]

Combining luxury and adventure with 5 South American tours

Combining luxury and adventure with 5 South American tours

Upmarket travelers are combining of epic adventure activities with unrivaled comfort. By now it’s become clear that luxury travelers are no longer satisfied with routine sightseeing, perhaps returning to their hotel for a massage. More and more it’s about “experiential travel”. Upscale vacationers seek to participate in unforgettable activities, getting out and about for a […]

5 charming colonial South America towns

5 charming colonial South America towns

South America is almost bursting at the seams when it comes to quaint colonial towns, promising a window into the past through their timeless cobblestone streets, ornate churches, and tree-lined plazas. This distinctive – and totally picturesque – architectural style is owed to the colonial era, when European conquistadors from Spain and Portugal constructed towns […]

6 of the finest luxury hotels in Cusco, Peru

6 of the finest luxury hotels in Cusco, Peru

The great Andean city of Cusco is an important stop on any trip to Peru, for the chance to marvel at ancient archaeological sites, beautifully kept colonial architecture, and vibrant markets piled high with colorful fruit and fabrics. There’s a wonderful range of places to stay here, so we decided to round up the best […]

5 adventurous activities to enjoy on the Ecuadorian mainland

5 adventurous activities to enjoy on the Ecuadorian mainland

Did you know that, aside from the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is a wonderland for adventure activities and wildlife safaris, on the mainland too? Instead of hopping straight from Quito to the Galapagos, why not stay longer on the mainland and explore all that this compact country has to offer for active types – read on […]

5 considerations for hiking the Inca Trail

5 considerations for hiking the Inca Trail

At the top of the bucket lists of thousands of travelers around the world is hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This is a historical route as it was part of the road system of the Inca Empire; it once linked the city of Cusco (the former capital of the Empire) to the mythical […]

5 South American beaches you’ll absolutely love

5 South American beaches you’ll absolutely love

Bathed by the waters of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and by the Caribbean Sea, South America can boast — arguably — the most beautiful beaches in the world. From remote fishing villages whose charm lies in simple and magnetic nature, to sophisticated and modern resorts with luxury hotels and all kinds of water sports, this […]

5 qualities of an Ecuadorian Amazon eco-lodge

5 qualities of an Ecuadorian Amazon eco-lodge

Some destinations are simply amazing, offering us unique and sublime moments. An eco-lodge in the Amazonian jungle is one of these. Situated in the Ecuadorian rainforest, you can discover a vastly different world, one that provides you the chance to truly experience the jungle but without sacrificing the comforts and security to which you’re accustomed. […]

5 of the greatest manta ray diving sites in the Americas

5 of the greatest manta ray diving sites in the Americas

Those people who have dived alongside a giant manta ray — witnessing its gentle, elegant and avian-like motions — describe this creature’s actions as the closest thing to flying. A few years ago, contacts with these mysterious creatures were practically unknown on the coasts of Asian countries. In fact, these fish were about to disappear […]