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.

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 […]

15 top tips for the perfect Galapagos Islands getaway

15 top tips for the perfect Galapagos Islands getaway

Teeming with wildlife and landscapes found nowhere else on earth, the remote Galapagos Islands are located almost 600 hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador. For most travelers, it’s a destination we dream of experiencing in person, though we rarely imagine the reality of what a visit to this iconic location entails. So, before you […]

35 tips for experiencing Machu Picchu

35 tips for experiencing Machu Picchu

Perched high in the Peruvian Andes, the almost mystical “Lost City of the Incas” is a must for any traveler’s bucket list. Though the ruins of Machu Picchu remained concealed in a high-mountain cloud forest for centuries, today it’s by far the top tourist attraction in Peru. Every day, hundreds of foreign tourists venture to the […]

10 spectacular national reserves in South America

10 spectacular national reserves in South America

With no less than 300 national parks and reserves dotting the continent, it’s no easy task to choose the best of these South American wonders. Their jaw-dropping landscapes and robust biomes are as rich and diverse as the region’s many cultures. In any case, we took a shot at listing what we consider 10 of […]

7 South American vacations ideal for family bonding

7 South American vacations ideal for family bonding

Between long hours spent in the office, children’s school schedules and extracurricular activities, days fly by – leaving family conversations limited to the logistics of the day. And whenever we do get together, there’s a good chance we’re each focused on our own cellphone screen, too worn down to engage in verbal conversation. By now, […]

10 sacred sites and spiritual journeys in South America

10 sacred sites and spiritual journeys in South America

Many of us feel attracted to soul-stirring places that exert something spiritual within us. The original meanings these sites hide shrouded in secrecy and are often buried in time, yet each is a place of mystery and awe. Many of these destinations are known for their age-old legends, spiritual practices and long-standing ceremonies, while other […]

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 […]