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 Ecuadorian yoga retreats and wellness centers offering you inner peace and serenity

5 Ecuadorian yoga retreats and wellness centers offering you inner peace and serenity

It’s been a long year; hell, it’s been an agonizingly long two years! At this point, most of us are feeling stressed out as we try to adjust to the ever-changing “new normal.” To fully relax, make time for yourself, and let go of your everyday worries, a luxury yoga and/or wellness tour may well
6 stargazing destinations to complete your South American getaway

6 stargazing destinations to complete your South American getaway

Thanks to its astonishing array of remote landscapes untouched by humankind, South America serves up some seriously surreal stargazing. As dusk settles on this southern continent, prepare to be greeted by a breathtaking blanket of stars peeking through the inky night sky. Owing to minimal light pollution in many areas and the all-round natural beauty
8 must-try South American national dishes

8 must-try South American national dishes

Home to almost half-a-billion people, Latin America is a vast continent covering more or less the entire range of climates existent on Earth — from the deserts of Peru to the rainforests of Brazil, from the Andean paramo to the frosty peaks of Patagonia. Like its diverse geography, the peoples and cultures of the region
5 of South America’s headiest wine tours

5 of South America’s headiest wine tours

Soon, travel will resume at full pace to South America, where you can always discover a certain “magic in the wind, a stirring in the air, and an enthralling glass of wine in your hand.” For experiences such as those, you’ll find that South American wine tours are superb – whether you’re an experienced wine
7 South American countries now open to travel

7 South American countries now open to travel

Though underreported, the declining COVID case rates in Latin America are a small fraction of those currently experienced in Great Britain, the European Union and the US. What this means is that several of these southern nations have reopened for international tourism in a big way. Foreign travelers are now welcome to experience adventure in
10 exceptional birdwatching spots in Ecuador

10 exceptional birdwatching spots in Ecuador

As we slowly move away from discussions about Moderna and Pfizer, adventurous birdwatchers are again thinking more about Macaws and Finches. And one of the best areas for some serious birding is the pint-sized South American nation of Ecuador, which has the most bird species per acre of any country on the planet..!! Boasting 1,638
6 reasons to book your South American dream vacation now

6 reasons to book your South American dream vacation now

Clearly, the coronavirus pandemic has been a part of our world for well over a year. During that time, we’ve all had to adjust the ways we go about our daily lives — from dining out with friends and seeing family, and going on vacation. As destinations around the planet steadily begin to reopen, our
Golf in South America: 5 top courses and countries

Golf in South America: 5 top courses and countries

Dreaming of getting away from it all, fleeing south for the winter and taking your clubs with you? As we slowly return to something approaching normal, keep in mind that South America offers more than 700 golf courses and plenty of top-quality experiences for those who need a break from the isolation, cold and snow.
South American whale watching: 6 astounding sites

South American whale watching: 6 astounding sites

Hands down, there’s no better destination to enjoy whale-watching than South America. As we now begin planning our next vacations, dozens of tours are still available across the region, granting you the chance to see these majestic marine mammals flourishing in their natural habitat. No matter where or when you’re visiting the continent, be sure
5 captivating photo-adventure tours in South America

5 captivating photo-adventure tours in South America

Pent up for more than a year, traveling shutterbugs are more than ever wanting to spread their wings and again starting exploring the world. Many amateur and professional photographers alike are interested in avoiding the classic tourist mass and/or visiting places during the best-lit seasons for landscape photography, street scenes and underwater shots, as well
10 chartered vacation retreats in Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands

10 chartered vacation retreats in Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands

Here, in the pint-sized South American nation of Ecuador, the massive re-opening of some of the most amazing — yet safe — nature vacations has begun. Whether in the stunning Galapagos Islands, deep in the Amazon, along the dazzling Pacific coast, or high in the Andes, a whole range of accommodations can be chartered for
10 Galapagos islands awaiting adventurous travelers

10 Galapagos islands awaiting adventurous travelers

Many travelers are beginning to plan their post-pandemic getaways. Many also realize that a tailor-made adventure tour to the Galapagos Islands is an absolute must for satisfying their scientific curiosity or their nature-loving passion. Located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, 620 mi. (1000 km) off the west coast of mainland Ecuador (the country to which
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