Travel Deals

Published on February 18th, 2016 | by Mark Chesnut


TRAVEL DEALS: $100 Galapagos, $2,400 for 2 in Ecuador’s Amazon, Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival

This week’s roundup of the top three Latin America travel deals takes us to the amazingly diverse South American nation called Ecuador, where a hotel on the Galapagos Island is offering a special discounted room rate, and — in Ecuador’s Amazon region — an ecolodge is offering special discounts on two-person getaways that include everything from accommodations to guided tours and even a donation to the local community. We’ve also found a fun-sounding guitar festival in the Mexico beach destination of Zihuatanejo — a perfect and sunny vacation for music lovers. Read on for more details.

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Viceroy Zihuatanejo & Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival 
Zihuatanejo, Mexico
The Deal: Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival deals
What Makes It Cool: Musicians from around the world will fill the streets and beaches of Zihuatanejo, Mexico with their distinctive sounds and styles from March 5-13, 2016 at the 13th annual Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival. The international music event will feature a series of concerts over nine days at several locations in Zihuatanejo, including the Viceroy Zihuatanejo resort on La Ropa beach. The festival will kick off with an Opening Concert on El Palmar beach with 11 artists and groups, and close with a Jam Concert and free to the public concert with multiple artists, while in between there will be a series of smaller events such as the dinner concert on March 6 at Viceroy Zihuatanejo with acoustic guitarist and composer Maneli Jamal of Iran and Andrea Perrone of Brazil, one of the world’s few women virtuoso guitarists. Tickets are $100-200 pesos (about $5.50 – $11 USD) per concert, while a platinum pass for all events is $1800 pesos (about $100 USD). During the 2016 Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, rates at the Viceroy Zihuatanejo start at $370 for newly renovated deluxe rooms.
Valid for Travel: March 5-13, 2016.
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Casa Natura
Galapagos, Ecuador
The Deal: Early Bird Special
What Makes It Cool: This lodge, in Ecuador’s bucket-list-worthy Galapagos Islands, is offering special discounts for packages that include welcome drink, American breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and roundtrip transportation between the lodge and Puerto Ayora.
Valid for Travel: Book by March 31, 2016, for stays until December 29, 2016. Prices start at $100.80 for a single room (discounted from the usual $112) and $153 for a double room (discounted from the usual $170; triple and quadruple rooms are also available).
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Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve
The Deal: Duo trip
What Makes It Cool: This ecolodge in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle region is offering special deals for two people traveling together, with four- and five-day packages that include accommodations, three meals a day, guided excursions, land transportation between Shell and Kapawi, a contribution to to the local Achuar community, kayak ride and filtered water. The price for two people is $2,479 for four days and $2,839 for five days.
Valid for Travel: Through March 31, 2016.
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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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