It may have a Spanish word in its name, but up until this week, Viva Holidays had never entirely focused on selling South America holidays. Now it is, with Qantas Holidays.

The wholesaler duo released their first South America brochure this week featuring an adorable llama on the cover and 18 pages of itineraries, tips, accommodation and tailormade product.

Working with PromPeru (Peru’s national tourism board), LATAM, Intrepid Travel and Belmond, the pair have created an inaugural program focusing on the region’s three most popular travel destinations – Argentina, Chile and Peru.

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Image: Qantas Holidays

Peru content includes a 5-night Cusco & Sacred Valley Experience starting from $2,079 and featuring three nights in accommodation in Sacred Valley, two nights in Cusco, five breakfasts, one lunch, private guided tours, transfers from the Sacred Valley to Cusco and private transfers from Cusco Airport.

There’s a range of day excursions such as the two-day Nazca Lines trip during which guests will see the famous lines only visible by air, a Lima Home Cooking offer during which travellers will learn to cook a two-course Peruvian meal or there’s a Day Excursion to Machu Picchu ticking off the astounding citadel.

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In Chile, Qantas Holidays and Viva Holidays have a 5-night Patagonia itinerary starting from $2,845 with three nights accommodation at Hotel Lago Grey, two nights at Dreams del Estrecho, some meals, two half-day excursions from the hotel, a penguin tour, as well as transfers.

Travellers can also add on a day trip to Torres del Paine National Park or check out wildlife during the Magdalena Island Tour.

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Down in Argentina, there’s a two-day Argentinean Patagonia Escape priced from $999 and covering accommodation, two breakfasts, a guided 4WD tour of Los Glaciares National Park, a nautical safari boat cruise as well as private transfers from the airport.

Adds-ons include a nine-hour Perito Moreno Glacier excursion during which guests will see a field of ice towering 60m high, or they can secure the Mini Trekking Perito Moreno Glacier that includes a boat tour of Spegazzini.

Qantas Holidays’ Steve Brady with Jennifer Nethercote who won a spot on a Peru famil.

Qantas Holidays’ National Sales Manager said now was the right time for Qantas Holidays and Viva Holidays to launch a standalone South America program because the region is experiencing growth like never before.

Steve Brady explained that the brands have watched a “large amount of sales” come through, which he believes to be off the back of Antarctica cruises.

“We’ve seen South America growing and growing. So now is the time.”

Steve Brady, Qantas Holidays National Sales Manager

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Barry Warner won return flights to Lima + an Intrepid trip.

Travel Advisors helped Qantas Holidays launch the new program last night at a Peruvian-themed event, during which one lucky consultant won flights with LATAM to Lima and an Intrepid Travel trip to Machu Picchu.

Another consultant was lucky enough to score herself a spot on the Qantas Holidays/Viva Holidays Peru famil. Click here for more information.

 

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