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COMPILED BY PAT HENDERSON Latin America Machu Picchu Peru’s preeminent archaeological sites While Machu Picchu remains Peru’s tourism calling card, the fabled site is just one of many that showcase the coun- try’s amazing landscapes, according to Jessica Bergerie of Domiruth Travel. “Archaeological sites in Peru are numerous and diverse, including temples and fortresses, and representing different aspects of the various cultures of ancient Peru, such as the Moche and Nazca,” says Bergerie, who is Domiruth’s head of sales. “They vary in importance and scale, from small loca- tions to UNESCO World Heritage sites of global importance.” The 34-year-old company offers the Moche Archaeological and Historical Chachapoyas tours, a pair of six-day programs that feature sacred sites dating back thousands of years. True to its name, the eight-day Trujillo and Cusco Tour covers both ancient cities and includes a visit to Machu Picchu. “In Cusco, the archaeological sites and beauty of the colonial architecture merge as you explore each old street and neigh- borhood, where stunning shades of green are mixed with a bright range of red bromeliads and wild orchids,” Bergerie adds. Beyond the cultural-archaeological programs, Domiruth offers gastronomic, 4x4 adventure, MICE, luxury, agriculture and other tailored tours. Reach out to Bergerie at jefedeventas-receptivo@domiruth. com or go to domiruth.com/perutravel to learn more. Seeking sustainable—and memorable—experiences in Brazil From its rugged mountain terrain and rainfor- ests to vibrant cities and sun-kissed beaches, Brazil beckons visitors to its shores. Courier spoke with Terra Nova Turismo’s Junior Ribeiro about the company’s offerings that hit the highlights of South America’s largest country. Courier: Why is your company a great one for North American groups to work with? Ribeiro: We have 49 years of experience organizing special interest tours in Brazil for clients from all over the world, which allows us to offer the memorable customer experiences. Ribeiro: Sustainable tourism is on the rise. It goes without saying that one of the memorable things about Brazil is the abundant outdoor beauty, and the Brazilian government is taking measures to protect its natural resources by collaborat- ing with tourism service providers to create more sustainable practices. A shining example of an eco-friendly project is the Uakari Floating Lodge in the Amazon rainforest. They employ biologists and local residents to serve as nature guides and to help preserve nature and culture. Courier: What are some things that make Brazil such a great destination? Ribeiro: Brazil’s stunning natural beauty, diverse landscape, warm people and endless golden beaches are top reasons to explore this enchanting country. Courier: How does your company highlight sustainable tourism? Ribeiro: We have a bunch of options within our itineraries. Our tours go from the north to south in Brazil, and the most popular ones feature the Amazon and ecolodges. Another one I like is our Cocoa Farm Experience in the northeast region where travelers can “work” at a farm. That is a one-of-a-kind thing, as it puts people right there helping the locals and experiencing the real Brazil. Courier: Are there any recent trends that are impacting your company’s tours? To learn more, contact Ribeiro at junior@tnt.tur.br or visit tnt.tur.br. NTAonline.com 41