Movidas Journeys specialises in travel to Latin America - from Mexico, across to Cuba, through Central America and South America. We also cross the waters to Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, Easter Island and Tahiti. Keep watching for a few other little surprises. Movidas in colloquial Spanish means ‘moves’ or ‘movements’ as in dance or sport. It can also mean ‘in vogue’ or ‘chic’ or ‘a good connection’ - as in ‘I know someone who can get tickets to the sold out performance...’ It implies life and enjoyment, which is what we hope you will experience on one of our journeys - to vibrant cities, tropical jungles, wildlife havens or amazing landscapes. We have an extensive knowledge of Latin America and then some! It is our second home! We have also travelled beyond Latin America to the other destinations offered. We speak the language, having lived there. We tailor make journeys to fit your needs. Tours on the website are here for guidance - not set in stone. We handle special interests so tell us what you need. Our local contacts are the best and have worked with us for many years. They look after our clients as if they were family. Latin America is a fantastic destination, but not a simple one to navigate, as there is so much to see. It does not have a major rail network like Europe so train travel is not the usual means of travel, more of a feature. Distances are vast, considering that Brazil itself is bigger than Australia, so it is not a place one would travel all around by bus. Flights are necessary within the continent. Often travellers book a special airfare online not realising that they could have included some of the internal flights for just a little more, or used an airpass. It is not really a \'book online\' destination as one needs to know how to put things together in a way takes advantage of airfares and land/sea transportation to save on backtracking and costs in general. We are up to date with airfares, ship schedules, train schedules, market days, festivals and special events. So why waste hours of research when we can do it for you? We are available 24/7 for changes and assistance. We want to show you our world.
‘The local travel companies were all excellent. When we first met, they had local itineraries, tickets, bag tags, etc ready to give us. The hotels were all excellent with the Andaluz in Quito being out of this world, closely followed by the Casa Andina in Cusco. The guides and bus drivers were all very cheerful and were always waiting for us when we arrived. Overall we all had a great trip which I would rate at 11/10. The trip has really wet my appetite for South America and I reckon we’ll be going back on a regular basis’. T.K.
28 October 2015
Hurricane Patricia made headline around the world on Thursday October 22nd as the “most powerful hurricane in the Western Hemisphere” with sustained winds over 200 mph. The hurricane, which especially surprised everyone withers rapid intensification from Category 1 to Category 5 in less than 24 hours, was projected to make landfall along Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Friday evening. Hurricane warnings were issued for the coast of Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit.
Hurricane Patricia thankfully avoided the highly populated areas of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo and passed between two cities through a sparsely populated area – making landfall between Costa Carves and Barra de Navidad around 6-7pm. Upon making landfall, the Category 5 hurricane quickly dissipated into a tropical storm with the Sierra Madre Mountain range helping break up the winds. Despite rapid demise from a Category 5 Hurricane to a tropical storm, the storm still impacted communities along Jalisco’s remote and beautiful coastline with strong winds, torrential rains, and flooding causing significant damage.
Mexican authorities have so far reported at least 3,000 damaged homes, 8,650 acres of farmland with unusable crops, and more than 250, 000 people without power. For residents in the affected areas, they are expecting a long journey back to the basics and years to rebuild their home.
For travellers planning to the Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit (Punta Mita) area, activity has resumed to normal and the area was not damaged at all. For those with visits planned to the south including Costalegre and Costa Carries, down through the Barra de Navidad area, please check in with your hotel, tour operator or other travel service providers for real time conditions, while there has been some damage to the region, hotels, private homes and other series are being rapidly restored and most damage was superficial and not structural.
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10 October 2015
As we have been reporting, the increase of volcanic activity of the Cotopaxi Volcano (5,897 metres – 19,350 feet) has led to a new eruptive process. The activity of the volcano has been relatively low during the past week with gas emissions mixed with low ash. According to the Geophysical Institute at the National Polytechnical University, today the volcano ejected a plume of ash approximately 1.5 kilometres in height. No lahars or flooding have been witnessed in the area. The alert level of the volcano remains at yellow level.
Quito’s international airport has continued to operate normally. Our contingency plans are in place in case any measures need to be applied to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests, which is always our top priority. We have gauze masks available for our guests, should the need to use them arise.