Come and discover the changing face of

Latin America



Featuring insightful presentations and exclusive offers from the region’s top travel professionals, live Latin music and displays of Latin dancing, don’t miss out on a chance to meet face to face with the experts that could build the dream trip you’ve been waiting for. Tourism Boards, airlines, hotels, cruises and the region’s most unique travel experiences will also be there to show you this exciting and surprising travel destination. You might even win a dream trip to Antarctica and Argentina!


20 August 2017 (Sunday)

10am to 4pm



Melbourne Town Hall

90-120 Swanston Street


Free Entry




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11:00 AM

The Best Way to Experience Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

Xavier Echevarria, Latin Trails

Many people know about Ecuador, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to cook one of the famous Andean desserts, or go sport fishing in Galapagos and end the day in the fisherman´s house eating the fish that you caught, or horseback riding under a full moon amidst the Andes. Well, these type of experiences and some more are the things that we are going to explain.

Exploring the Galapagos & Antarctica with National Geographic & Lindblad Expeditions.

Justin Southern, Adventure World

As pioneers in exploration, National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions share a passion for adventure, discovery, and conservation. Celebrating our 50th anniversary in the Galapagos and the Antarctic join us for an informational session where we will share with you our personal insights regarding wildlife, history and topographies of these amazing destinations.

11:25 AM

Latin lovers… Since 1975

Ted Dziadkiewicz , Contours Travel

Ted first travelled through Latin America in 1975 and fell in love with the region while operating overland camping holidays for adventure travellers. With over 4 decades of expertise focused only on Latin America , and with an enthusiastic team of Latin lovers on staff, Contours Travel is keen to share their experience and knowledge of this incredibly diverse continent.

Which Galapagos option is best for me? Land and Sea? Cruise? Island Hopping? Or Else?

Sonia Lopez, Metropolitan Touring – Ecuador

Did you know about the four dramatically different ways to explore Galapagos? Hotel, Island Hopping, Land And Sea or Cruise. Join Sonia Lopez, ecuadorian Galapagos Destination expert with 20 years of experience in the industry. Sonia will walk you trough the various alternatives to choose the right Galapagos option for you, depending on your interest, preferences, budget or abilities. If Galapagos is in your pocket list … this talk is for you!

11:50 AM

25 years of exploration with Aurora Expeditions

Dianna Schinella, Aurora Expeditions

In 2017, we celebrate 25 years of Aurora Expeditions! Whether you’re joining us for the first time or returning for another thrilling adventure, our original goals remain unchanged over the past 25 years. Explore wild places that stir the soul, offer personal attention on unforgettable expeditions and welcome new friends into the Aurora family. Join us to learn more about our Antarctica, Patagonia and Galapagos adventures.

Patagonian Delights

Jonathan Chapparo, South American Tourism Office

Discover the highlights of the Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia, a world rule by breathtaking scenery and stunning ice formation that stretch as far as the eye can see. Come along and listen to Jonathan speak about one of his favourite places on earth.

12:15 PM

The Hidden Treasures of Peru

Karina Oliva, PROMPERU

Discover the hidden treasures of Peru that lie beyond the famed Machu Picchu. From the archaeological remnants of the Chachapoyas people in Kuelap to the gastronomic pleasures of Lima, from the depths of the world’s largest rainforest to the heights of the Andes Mountains; Peru is bursting at the seams with adventure, culture and culinary delights.

Why Smaller is Better

Zoe Francis, Bunnik Tours

Zoe Francis has travelled to Latin America on numerous occasions and will share the benefits of travelling in a small group through some of South Americas most popular highlights.

12:40 PM

Luxury Experiences of Chile

Michelle Mohaupt, Moh Collection

Join Michelle on a luxury journey through Chile, a land of extremes. From the the driest desert in the world, through the lakes region and down to glacier-filled southern-most Patagonia, Michelle will showcase some of the most stunning lodges and cruises that Chile has to offer.

Argentina World Friendly

Silvana Vigatto, INPROTUR Argentina

Argentina combines colossal glaciers, powerful waterfalls, pleasant wine lands, allows dance the tango in buzzing Buenos Aires and gallop across silent plains with local Gauchos, offering unique experiences. During 20 minutes presentation Silvana would encourage the assistants to indulge and challenge themselves to get deep and try to know to a wide variety of the country personalities .

1:05 PM

Chile: A Country Open to the World

Claudia Ferrari, SERNATUR Chile

From the Far North and the Altiplano to the Far South of Chile, someone is always waiting to receive you with open arms. Chile has many different adventures to offer tourists: stargazing in the driest desert in the world, millennial glaciers in the southernmost part of the planet, enchanted forests, and lakes located at the foot of massive volcanoes. It has islands full of legends, winemaking traditions, great challenges to be overcome, and the modern and accessible city of Santiago. This will be a completely new experience in a place where you will feel at peace.

 The Ultimate Machu Picchu Adventure

Rebeca Espinoza, Unique Latin America

Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu in a very unique, authentic way. Engage meaningfully with the Peruvian culture and enjoy a truly enriching multi-activity soft adventure program along the Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu. Enchanting lodges welcomes you at the end of each day, enabling you to reflect and rejuvenate along your journey.

1:30 PM

Cruising the Galapagos

Alex Burridge, South America Travel Centre

Join Alex as he shares his passion for South America & Antarctica.  Alex has travelled on several vessels in Antarctica & the Galapagos Islands. He spends 4-6 weeks each year exploring South America.

Antarctica with South America

Chad Carey, Chimu Adventures

Chimu Adventures co-founder, Chad Carey has been on over a dozen Antarctica expedition ships and travels to South America. He will share his knowledge so that you can find the ship that best suits you.

1:55 PM

A Passion to Explore

Nicholas Aquilina, LATAM Airlines

Join Nicholas for this informative presentation on what you will experience flying LATAM Airlines and some tips and tricks to make the most of your experience on LATAM flights. Nicholas has explored many destinations within South America including Torres Del Paine, Easter Island, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Bogota and Cartagena. Come and learn all about South America and how to connect to and within.

Colombia Now!

Andres Diaz, ProColombia

Get the opportunity to know Colombia and explore a country of regions, its natural diversity and touristic offer, cultural richness and it’s people!

2:20 PM

Intrepid Urban Adventures; Best. Day. Ever

Daniel Matoso, Intrepid Group

Daniel started as a guide in Rio de Janeiro in 2011 and joined Intrepid Urban Adventures in 2014. He has designed the best selling tour we currently offer including: Rio Old Town Historical Tour, Sugarloaf Mountain & Urca Discovery Tour and new Total Rio Tour (part 2): Old Town & Sugarloaf Mountain.

Antarctica, the Falkland Islands & South Georgia

Richard Cunningham, One Ocean Expeditions

Richard Cunningham has worked on ships visiting Antarctica for fifteen years and is the Manager for One Ocean Expeditions. Join Richard as he showcases expedition cruises to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Weddell Sea and Antarctica. Learn about the different types of ships, onshore excursions and activities, wildlife and history. Options now exist to fly to Antarctica, saving days of travel crossing the Drake Passage.

2:45 PM

What Agents Don’t Tell You

Rod Vargas, Tempo Holidays

Born in Chile, Rod Vargas holds Latin America very dear to his heart. In this presentation Rod describes the unsurpassed experience of seeing Machu Picchu for the first time or being blown away by the absolute beauty of Patagonia. Uncover the hidden gems and iconic sites of this incredible destination.

Supporting local Peruvian communities through sustainable travel

Steph Beard, G Adventures

Learn about the benefits of sustainable travel and how G Adventures supports local Peruvian communities through G Adventures for Good Projects.

3:10 PM

Wildlife, Wilderness and Adventure in Brazil

Leticia Hennessy-Maia, Natural Focus Safaris

Born in Brazil, Leticia is an expert on her home country, having traveled the length and breadth of it. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of Brazil’s wonders, wildlife and wilderness.

 Ecuador and its 4 Worlds

Andres Cueva, Geo Reisen

Ecuador is a destination that has it all in one place, within a small territory in South America. The country will amaze you with drastic changes of landscape scenery from one region to the other with short travel distances. Feel the Andes’ breath, enjoy the magic of the Amazon rain forest, relax in extensive beaches full of taste in the Pacific Ocean, and get back into the origin of creation and the theory of Evolution, in the Galapagos Islands, the enchanted Islands. Ecuador has it all.

3:35 PM

An Authentic Amazon Experience

Diego Escobar, Napo Wildlife Center

Nestled in the remote Yasuni Biosphere Reserve at the shores of Anangu Lagoon, this place has everything you can imagine for the perfect adventure holiday. Diego has worked in the tourism field from a young age and is a passionate ambassador of his country and the amazon region