Magellanic penguins on Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula // © 2015 Thinkstock
Feature image (above): PDT Tours can bring travelers to Bariloche. // © 2015 Thinkstock
Pacific Delight Tours has long been synonymous with luxury travel in Asia. To highlight the company’s global expansion — especially that in South America — Pacific Delight has unveiled the new PDT Tours brand.
Below are insights from brand president Eric Oborski.
What South American destination is the best gateway for travelers new to the continent?
There’s no shortage of South American travel experiences that should be on a travel agent’s radar, but Peru is the ideal entry point. It offers nearly 98 percent of the world’s climates, from rainforests in the north and coastal cities such as Lima in the west, to sprawling mountain ranges in the east and deserts in the south.
It’s also South America’s unofficial capital for culinary fusion due to its unique merging of cultures, which has resulted in chifa, a fusion of Peruvian and Chinese food, as well as ceviche, Peru’s citrus-flavor-enhanced take on sushi.
How many South America itineraries have you launched?
We have 20 programs to date, and they are subdivided into Gold (five-star luxury accommodations) and Silver (affordable luxury) itineraries. Thus far, our primary focus has been on Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Ecuador, but we incorporate the Galapagos Islands into our Ecuador programs and offer two itineraries that combine Argentina with Chile.
What excursions exemplify the PDT Tours brand?
Our Argentina options may be at the top of my list. While many operators only offer Buenos Aires and Iguassu Falls, we bring vacationers to Bariloche, which is essentially the Switzerland of South America; Peninsula Valdes, one of the most unique natural nature reserves in the world; and Punta Tombo, home to more than 1 million Magellanic penguins during breeding season.
What else should travel agents know about PDT Tours?
We are not only experts on the destinations we sell; we are experts on the affluent U.S. traveler. It is our attention to detail, luxury amenities and truly experiential tour components that give us an advantage over companies that have been selling the destination far longer.