Photo: McKay Savage
Between shuttling from the plane to your hotel suite to the boardroom, more often than not, business travel is anything but a vacation. No matter how exotic the location, for businessmen and women, trips abroad often consist of back-to-back meetings sandwiched in between long flights.
To break up the monotony and even get inspired, it’s important to stretch your legs, get a little fresh air and take in the culture of the places you are visiting.
If you are coming to Peru for a business trip, chances are you will be stationed in the capital, Lima. This sprawling metropolis of nine million inhabitants provides the perfect opportunity to experience the city a few hours at a time.
Peru Pro Tip: Check out our guide to the Peruvian Power Lunch for tips on how to have a successful and memorable business lunch.
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If you’re looking for somewhere to sprout wings, Colombia has the answer for you. Though not renowned as a center for extreme sports, the strong winds that spill over the country’s three Andean ranges make it an ideal location for paragliding pilots and enthusiasts alike. From Valle del Cauca in the southwest to Santander near the border with Venezuela, there are a number of quality takeoff points throughout the country – there’s even a great place to fly just outside of Bogotá!
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Come to Brazil for a little fun in the sun? Well, you’re in luck. There’s 4654 miles of sun-toasted coastline for that. But therein lies the problem: How to choose? There are plenty of great beaches where tourists routinely go – Rio de Janeiro, Búzios, Salvador, Recife/Olinda, Fortaleza, etc – but these are urban destinations with urban beaches, so finding that postcard-perfect patch of paradise and having it all for you and yours just isn’t going to be in the cards.
And while there probably aren’t too many places left at all in Brazil where you can have an entire beach to yourself (it’s not impossible mind you!), you can do a whole lot better than the crowded city beaches in Brazil’s most on-the-beaten-path destinations. Brazil’s best beaches are the ones that few people visit, either due to isolation or legislation.
If you want to escape the crowds, the beach vendors, the wayward frescoballs and the surfers, keeping the sun and sand to pretty much yourself, look no further than these five, of all which you must see before you die (you and everybody else – just not at the same time!).
A century ago, it was the place for Buenos Aires’ Italian immigrants to stock up on imported cheeses and replacement wheel spokes for their horse-drawn carriages. Today, you can still come to San Telmo’s old-fashioned market to pick up provolone—plus a vintage tango poster and a perfectly prepared cappuccino.
Photo: Ken Bosma
In order to really take in everything Machu Picchu and the surrounding Cusco region have to offer – their Andean peaks, Inca ruins and seemingly endless adventure – you’d have to spend weeks in the area. While experiencing the ins and outs of the region is worth it, the truth is, most vacationers don’t have that kind of time. The good news is, a trip to Machu Picchu doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you are just passing through Peru on a business trip or a long layover, you can make it to Machu Picchu and back to Lima for your flight home in less time than it’ll take you to binge watch the first two seasons of “Friends.”
Note: LAN has flexible flight times that can suit even the tightest of vacation plans. This is a mock itinerary meant to show you that Machu Picchu is a possible feat even on the shortest of time budgets. Feel free to copy it and change the times and activities to suit your needs.
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It may be frigid across most of the northern hemisphere, but it’s always ice cream weather in Colombia – which could explain why the locals are always hungry for ice cream. It’s possible to find delicious dairy treats on just about any street corner, though if you’re looking for something extra-special, you may want to check out one of Colombia’s several excellent chains. Rest assured, though, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with ice cream here.
Photo: Terra Hall
Walk down any street in Peru’s densely populated capital and you’re sure to become enveloped in this city of contrasts. Modern skyscrapers neighbour colonial mansions with Spanish tile roofs. Restaurants serving ancient Peruvian recipes like anticuchos also dish up new fusion-style cuisine. And museums abound, some with artifacts from another era, others with contemporary art from some of the 20th century’s most influential photographers.
Such examples of this can be found in Barranco’s two art museums where haute couture fashion photographers’ work is currently on display in both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Last Sunday, Argentina was well represented at the Oscars: Damián Szifrón’s Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) was up for best foreign language film. Argentina became the first Latin American country to take home the prize in 1985, and the last time an Argentinian film was nominated in the category — Juan José Campanella’s El Secreto de sus Ojos (The Secret in their Eyes), in 2009 — it took the statue. Below, an overview of Argentinian films nominated for Academy Awards since 1974.
Photo: Kevin Raub
You’ve arrived in São Paulo and it doesn’t take long for you to realize that the options for getting yourself out of the airport are as dizzying and overwhelming as the city itself! But rest assured, that’s only because you probably aren’t familiar with GRU Airport and you probably don’t speak Portuguese. But calma, as Brazilians would say. We’re here for you.
One notable pleasantry that differs significantly from the arrivals hall of other countries in South America is that in Brazil, you don’t have an army of unauthorized transport services screaming at you and tugging at your sleeves as you emerge from customs. You might have one or two folks ask you politely if you need a taxi, but it’s rare, less insistent and certainly less obnoxious than Spanish-speaking countries.
Here are your options (from the costliest to the cheapest)!