South America, Antarctica & Cuba

Travel to Latin America & Antarctica


Immerse yourself in the unforgettable beauty of Argentina’s two famous destinations – Buenos Aires & Iguazu Falls. At the moment Buenos Aires & Iguazu Falls are top places among people wishing to visit South America. Buenos Aires is a lively city with rich heritage and atmospheric old neighborhoods visited by many due to being easy accessible from anywhere in the world as the city is Argentina’s international gateway. Buenos Aires perfectly goes together with a short trip to Iguazu Falls.

Four new airport lounges opened at Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim International Airport. Plaza Premium Group offers new lounges for Domestic Departures, International Departures and Arrivals as well as soon to be opened Aerotel, an airport transit hotel. The fourth lounge has been opened by Star Alliance for International Departures. Plaza Premium Lounge for Domestic Departures is located on Level 1 in Terminal 2 and offers 220 seats for travellers to rest in spacious and comfortable environment with vast selection of food and beverage, recharging station, Wi-Fi and shower facilities.

Every country celebrates Christmas in a different way and South American countries also have their own customs and traditions that vary across the continent according to Spanish and Portuguese influences. Given their large Catholic population, Christmas is one of the most important events of the year and definitely a wonderful time to visit South America.

I had the great pleasure from the 11 to 27 October, 2016 to escort a Viva Expeditions small group experience to Buenos Aires and Patagonia. Folks came from all over the North and South Island and had an amazing attitude about travelling in South America. During the trip we were blessed with amazing weather which the locals kept reminding us as we had no rain at all in Patagonia which made the experience and the pictures even better.  Our trip started with an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires.

Mexico is a year round destination and there is actually no bad time to plan your visit, however, certain times might be more appealing to some people more than others. It all depends on the places you wish to see and activities to do. The weather in Mexico varies in different regions throughout the year, so before planning a visit, take a look at the places you wish to see.

Wonder which are the best places to visit in South America? Just keep reading and you will see the five top destinations to go to on your next trip! We introduce you to the Machu Picchu, Amazon, Galapagos, Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, that are also called the South America’s BIG Five.  1. Machu Picchu, Peru Number one destination in South America for most of the people is most likely the famous Machu Picchu. It is an ancient Inca citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru at an altitude of 2,430 meters.

On Thursday, November 3, Viva Expeditions organized a function to celebrate the famous Mexican tradition, Day of the Dead. The event was visited by approximately 150 travel agents from different travel agencies around New Zealand as well as the Director of the Mexican Tourism Board, the Mexican Ambassador, Air New Zealand, Aeromexico & many travel media.

With Day of the Dead festivities becoming popular around the world and with blending the American tradition of Halloween, let's take a look at this famous festival and its origins: Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead has its origins in pre-Colombian Mexican traditions originating 2000-3000 years ago, with rituals to honour the dead. When the Spanish arrived bringing Christianity, they tried to quash many of the local traditions, but were certainly unsuccessful in this regard and local traditions merged with events on the Christian calendar, All Saints Day and All Souls day.

Travel to well-known cities including Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil to experience specialised authentic farming tours for groups and leisure travellers. Farming is an important part of Latin American economy due to high export of food and agriculture. Choose one of our amazing tours and explore the warm hospitality of South American farmers.

Stunning scenery surrounded by beautiful warm waters, friendly locals, and the world’s best in cigars and rum are just some of the fantastic things awaiting you in Cuba. Travel restrictions have been lessened for Americans, so now is definitely the time to pay a visit to this colourful Carribean country, and that’s why we’ve compiled the top 10 reasons to visit Cuba. 1. MusicFilling almost every bar, home, small shop, street corner or beach in Cuba is a constant background noise of Cuban music.

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