Teds Travels – Unknown escapes in the city to relax
Some of the biggest cities in the world are in Latin America, Sao Paulo and Mexico City are amongst the top 5! And even though these cities have so many things to do and see sometimes we need a quiet day to take it all in. Let me share with you the most fascinating spots to lay back and enjoy the local culture within the busy locations.
In Rio de Janeiro, catch a trolly car from Lapa and explore Santa Teresa, known as the artistic heart of Rio. Its’ cobbled street are lined with mansions that were once home of the elite and have now been transformed into art studios, restaurant and guesthouses. Strolling around in Santa Teresa is delightful, and the food scene is one of the best in Rio to sample traditional dishes from all over the country. If your clients are looking for the artsy destinations make sure you suggest this neighbourhood to them.
In Argentina, Palermo is the young and innovative area of the city. The perfect place to relax while sipping a cortado at a chic café or explore the many independent fashion boutiques or low-key bars. If your clients need some place to work while they are on the road, Palermo is also to place to do so in one the co-working spaces available throughout the neighbourhood.
In Mexico City your clients will want to relax after visiting the impressive Museum of Anthropology and ruins, you can suggest Colonia Roma, Condesa or Alvaro Obregon, near to the city centre, but my personal preference is explore Coyoacan. Once a town of itself, the growing city has now absorbed Coyoacan and the neighbouring towns which makes them easy to visit on your client’s holiday. The neighbourhood was home to world known artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and their house hosts the museum which is a must-see. Suggest one of the most traditional coffee shops of Mexico City or a bar to sip a Mezcal or michelada. The zocalo of Coyoacan is always lively with colours and people, specially over the weekends when the market is on. More amazing places can be found in Santiago, Lima, Cuzco and Quito, worry not, I will tell you about them next week! We can advise the best according to your clients interests and needs, call us today.
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au