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 exceptional retirement spots in Ecuador

5 exceptional retirement spots in Ecuador

Situated in South America’s northwest, Ecuador is bounded by the world’s largest ocean on one side and the planet’s largest jungle on the other. At the same time, slicing straight through the tiny country is the earth’s longest mountain range. What this all means is that people who decide to retire in Ecuador can choose […]

9 great 'family-bubble vacations' in Ecuador

9 great ‘family-bubble vacations’ in Ecuador

As the world slowly recovers from COVID-19 and borders gradually start to open, families are increasingly anxious to again set out exploring the world. However, these intrepid souls are much more cognizant of the need for destinations that make it easy to maintain social distancing, avoid public transportation and evade crowded tourist areas. In this […]

9 breathtaking Ecuadorian trekking vacations

9 breathtaking Ecuadorian trekking vacations

As the world slowly recovers from a microscopic organism that has turned our world upside down, borders are gradually reopening. As this occurs, travelers are more eager than ever to head out — safely — on life-changing “once-in-a-lifetime” journeys. One such adventure is trekking along Ecuadorian highland trails back-dropped by magnificent snow-capped volcanoes, stunning river […]

7 top Ecuadorian haciendas for stays in 2021

7 top Ecuadorian haciendas for stays in 2021

Here, in the pint-sized South American nation of Ecuador, 2021 will see the continued opening to some of the most amazing — yet safe — nature vacations. Situated well away from the congested cities and crowds that you might prefer to avoid are several luxurious haciendas – jewels in South America’s crown with breathtaking landscapes […]

7 South American destinations for pursuing your wanderlust again

7 South American destinations for pursuing your wanderlust again

As 2021 approaches — with all of us anxious to break free of almost a year of confinement — the natural question arises: where will we head out to enjoy all that the world has to offer? One thing’s for sure; it’s no exaggeration that South America is simply stunning. Around the continent, you can […]

5 breathtaking adventure sports vacations on the Ecuadorian mainland

5 breathtaking adventure sports vacations on the Ecuadorian mainland

After months of being pent-up inside, adventurous travelers are feeling the urge to travel the world more than ever. At the same time, these intrepid explorers seek to venture out in a manner that ensures their health and safety. For this, outdoor adventure sports are ideally suited, as social distancing and plenty of fresh air […]

5 adventures awaiting you as the Ecuadorian mainland re-opens

5 adventures awaiting you as the Ecuadorian mainland re-opens

Ecuador and its legendary Galapagos Islands have been gradually — yet carefully — opening their doors to international travelers since this summer, when the first international flights began arriving in the country with passengers. Prudently applied protocols allow anyone who wants to travel to Ecuador to do so in an environment that’s quite safe, since […]

South American countries begin opening for travel

South American countries begin opening for travel

Though South American governments have been careful to keep the air industry grounded for almost six months, we are now seeing some countries on the continent opening up their borders. In Latin America, there are currently only a handful of countries that have fully opened up for tourists – though more are on the way. […]

6 amazing South American photography tours

6 amazing South American photography tours

As the realistic possibility of international travel slowly and carefully comes back to life, travelers can begin to ponder the adventures to come in the not so distant future. For those considering a dedicated photography tour, South America represents authentic experiential journeys for the beauty of its landscapes, its regions teeming with unsurpassed wildlife, and […]

6 South American adventures waiting in the wings

6 South American adventures waiting in the wings

With 2021 approaching — and the possibilities for safe travel promising to return — even now you can begin considering the possibilities for adventure travel in South America. Why not? Of course “adventure” means a little something different for each traveler. Those with untamed spirits can find adventure in everything from literally swimming with sharks […]

6 types of travel insurance: for greater certainty in uncertain times

6 types of travel insurance: for greater certainty in uncertain times

As the coronavirus has completely affected our lives, this pandemic has disrupted existing and future travel plans. Therefore, all of this has turned greater attention to travel insurance. Such protection provides a safety net so you can step out with confidence, covering big financial risks that you don’t want to bear alone. Travel insurance provides […]

Ecuador: an ideal destination for when the virus storm abates

Ecuador: an ideal destination for when the virus storm abates

We’re now forced to hide away, remaining in lockdown to fend off the COVID-19 coronavirus. Nonetheless, Ecuador wants to remind travelers that it’s a destination waiting to welcome them back with open arms once this pandemic is in the rearview. This open invitation is highlighted in a new video just released by this scenic country’s […]

5 virtual reality tours of South America… for keeping your wanderlust dreams alive

5 virtual reality tours of South America… for keeping your wanderlust dreams alive

Though travel may not be an option in these times of coronavirus, the situation doesn’t prevent us from knowing the world from isolation in our homes. Even if you’re bored of lockdown strolls in the local park, you can still explore several South American destinations with just a click. On several virtual mini-tours, you can […]

Top 10 "Middle of the World" travel sites to visit when life returns to normal

Top 10 “Middle of the World” travel sites to visit when life returns to normal

For travelers, the confines of being “sheltered in place” for some indeterminable period are particularly burdensome. Nonetheless, while all of us are coping with the uncertainty of when life will return to some semblance of normal, it remains important to keep in mind that this “moment” in time is just that – a moment, a […]

7 of Bogota’s best restaurants

7 of Bogota’s best restaurants

Surprisingly close in size to New York City, the massive Colombian city of Bogota has — culturally, artistically, and gastronomically — never felt more alive. Just as the country as a whole is shedding its past image, some exceptional Bogota dining venues are transforming the image of Colombian cuisine thanks to their superlative chefs – […]

Buenos Aires: home to 8 of South America’s top restaurants

Buenos Aires: home to 8 of South America’s top restaurants

Traditional European gourmet receives a special South American twist in Buenos Aires, where fining dining is far from limited to Argentina’s emblematic roasted meats. Blending Italian, French and other Old World influences, the city’s cuisine is a microcosm of its unique culture, reflected in a truly unique taste. Recognition of Buenos Aires’ exceptional culinary delights […]