Skift.com couldn’t have said it better – our new VIP Lounge launched this April 2015 is a physical representation of the diverse cultures of our region, South America.
Located on the 4th and 5th floors of the western sector of Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Chile, this space is much more than just a VIP lounge. Here are some fun facts and main features of our sleek new space in SCL:
Well, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, anyway. Michelin‘s famed culinary Bibles, known simply as the Red Guide, have long been the end-all, be-all of gastronomy in Europe (gaining – or losing – a coveted star in the guide’s three-star system can cause tectonic shifts in a country’s culinary scene), will introduce their first Brazilian guide in April.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (which, surprisingly, Colombians enjoy celebrating as well), we’ll take an imaginary bar crawl through some of Bogotá’s best and most authentic – or as authentic as it gets – pubs.
Bringing your kids traveling is a great opportunity to spend some family time together. With schedules changed, the family in (usually) closer proximity, and favorite pastimes left at home, it’s the perfect time to explore the food and culture of a whole new place. And when that place is Santiago, Chile, there are many choices that are great for families. If you want to be nearly assured of a good day, make sure to pack in some kid-specific activities like those listed below.
Photogenic Cartagena is practically a mandatory stop for first-time visitors to Colombia, yet many people never venture beyond the walls that once marked the limits of the old city, except perhaps to explore the beaches on Isla Barú or the Rosario Islands. Though there’s enough to do in the walled section to fill a weekend, the city itself doesn’t end there, and it’s worth exploring other areas as well, or at least knowing what they’re called. Here’s a handy neighborhood guide to get oriented in Colombia’s biggest coastal tourist destination.
Photo: Bridget Gleeson
Wait – Uruguay? Yes, thanks for noticing: I usually write about Argentina for LAN. But if there’s one time of year when Argentinians like to consider Uruguay an unofficial extension of their own country – and with its gorgeous coastline, bucolic countryside, gaucho culture, burgeoning wine industry, and a widely beloved president who’s been called Latin America’s most original leader and the most revolutionary president in the world, who wouldn’t want to be associated year-round? – it’s summertime.
Photo: Natalie Southwick
As if Ciclovía weren’t already enough to make Sundays in Bogotá magical, the second half of the weekend is a shopper’s heaven in the capital. From north to south, there are tons of options for browsing antiques, handcrafts, jewelry, bags, leather, housewares and all those weird things that will probably never get sold.
It’s nearly impossible to go anywhere in Colombia without hearing music or seeing people dancing, but the second weekend of September kicks that rhythm into another gear, offering not one, but two world-class events for jazz lovers traveling to Colombia; from the Andean interior to the Caribbean coast.
Photo: Deidre Woollard
Lapis lazuli, a dark blue semi-precious stone, is a popular souvenir from Chile. Chile is one only a few countries in the world that mine the stone in quantity, with the other major source of lapis lazuli being Afghanistan. Lapis lazuli is naturally-occurring, and is considered more valuable the darker the stone, and the more golden (but fewer white) streaks and flecks it has. The golden flecks are pyrite, also called “fools’ gold,” and the white ones are calcite.