Chaski News

Chaski graphicWe named our quarterly newsletter after the renowned messengers of the Inca. Chaskis were each responsible for a section of trail estimated at 2 ½ miles, a route they knew so well they could run it barefoot on a starless night. Covering miles of Inca roadways daily, the swift Chaskis handled the intricate communications required to run the empire. Urgent messages, quipus knotted with vital information, or perhaps exotic foods from the jungle or the coast were passed from runner to runner, relayed from the far reaches of the kingdom to its hub in Cusco. This, then, is our way of relaying information to you.


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Most Recent Issue: Fall 2016

  • Guatemala: Southwind Expands Offerings in Central America
  • Peru: New! Foodie Tour
  • Costa Rica: Beaches for Rest, Relaxation and Fun
  • Patagonia: The Tierra Hotel and Spa
  • Welcome! New Director of Marketing and Sales


Spring 2016
  • Santiago, Chile: Culinary Experiences with Carolina Montellano
  • Argentina: Deluxe Patagonia
  • Lima, Peru: Culinary Capital of Latin America
  • Patagonia: The Singular Boutique Hotel
  • Chile: Easter Island

Fall 2015
  • Costa Rica – Fabulous for Families!
  • Discovering the Awe of Panama
  • Galapagos Named World’s Best Islands
  • Meet Marc Ahumada, Our New Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Peru: Be Among the First to Board the M/V Zafiro

Spring 2015
  • Our 25th Anniversary: Save $250 in April
  • Unveiling Uruguay: Southwind’s Chic New Destination
  • Tom Damon Named on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List!
  • Bolivia Encompassed
  • Machu Picchu’s Top 12 Treasures Revealed

Summer 2014
  • Ecuador’s Wildlife, Family-style
  • Glamping Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Insider Experience: Northern Peru with Top Archaeologists
  • Lodge Spotlight: Awasi Patagonia
  • New Website, New Look

Summer 2013
  • New! Southwind’s Family Andean Discovery in Peru
  • Soothing Spa Treatment in the Peruvian Andes
  • Lima’s Larco Herrera Museum with a Curator
  • Chile’s Paine Towers: Eighth Wonder of the World?
  • Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge: Eco Design in a Cloud Forest

Spring 2013
  • Insight from On Board the Deluxe M/V Aria
  • Hotels vs. Cruises in the Galápagos
  • Guide Spotlight: Francis Casapino
  • Closed Doors: A Buenos Aires Dining Guide
  • Tom Damon Named Top Travel Specialist by Conde Nast

Fall/Winter 2012
  • Celebrate Solstice with Inti Raymi
  • Galápagos by Deluxe Catamaran
  • Peru’s Amazing Amazon Lodges
  • Galápagos Safari Camp Charms All Generations

Summer 2012
  • Elegance in Peru’s Colca Canyon
  • Cusco’s Oxygen Enriched Hotels
  • New to the Team: Cynthia Ord
  • Beyond Galápagos: Mindo, Ecuador

Fall 2011
  • Family Adventures on the Rise
  • M/C Athala debuts in Galápagos
  • Southwind expanding to Central America in 2012
  • Chile’s Explora Patagonia Re-opens
  • Peruvian senior guide Romulo Lizarraga

Fall 2010
  • Eco Luxury in Patagonia
  • New Amazon Cruise Vessel
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Southwind President Named Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist
  • Join us on Facebook!

Summer 2010
  • Southwind Adventures Marks 20th Anniversary
  • Chile’s Atacama Region
  • Cusco’s Luxurious Casa Cartagena Hotel
  • Full Train Service Resumes to Machu Picchu
  • Brazil Prepares for the World Stage

Winter 2009-10
  • Galápagos Islands Eco-Hotel
  • New Libertador Hotel on Peruvian Coast
  • New Paine Towers Lodge Adventure
  • Southwind Travel Consultant Explores the Amazon
  • Recent Events at Machu Picchu

Fall 2009
  • Patagonia Hiking Season
  • Chile’s Colchagua Wine Region
  • Behind-The-Scenes Access To Peruvian Artist Carlos Chaquira
  • New Extension To Peru’s Caral Ruins
  • Condé Nast Traveler Recognizes Our Own Tom Damon

Spring 2009
  • Galápagos Islands News: New Species, Prince Charles, Darwin’s Birthday
  • Expanded Lodging Options in Chile
  • Bon Appetit Magazine Names Lima 2009 Destination of the Year
  • Gala Tango Mesmerizes Visitors to Buenos Aires
  • Quito’s Plaza Grande Hotel Gives Guests a Touch of History

Winter 2008-09
  • Elegant New Riverboat on the Peruvian Amazon
  • Peru’s Sacred Valley Welcomes New Luxury Resort & Spa
  • Short Itineraries Provide Travelers More Options
  • South America Is Ideal For Families!
  • Peruvian Guide, Percy Salizar, Relocates To Denver

Fall 2008
  • Northern Peru-Window to the Past
  • Cruising the Galapagos in Eco-Style
  • Patagonia-Stunning Vistas at the tip of South America!
  • Tom Damon Recognized as Top Travel Specialist
  • Spanish Lessons for Tourists