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Those who are under the impression that South America is one of the cheapest holidays available worldwide should think twice now. At many of the high-end hotels in different Latin countries, tariffs are almost the same as anywhere in US and Europe. The surprising middle level option between bargain hotels and boutique hotels is provided by the comfortable “Posadas” (“Inns” in Spanish) which you must know the locations of because they are not everywhere. So pack your bags and get going for an incredible 2011 holiday to the South America!

Peru: Ollantaytambo – Apu Lodge
The neighbouring Machu Picchu is the tourists’ delight but the small ancient Inca town of Ollantaytambo is also worth exploring. You could find alternative treks to pass through the Sacred Valley from here or simply spend some time amidst sixteenth-century ruins along the hillsides. Apu Lodge is run by a Scottish lady and her Peruvian husband. The comforts of this inn have been put in place keeping in mind that you would be really tired with the trekking in the countryside – piping-hot power showers, cosy duvets and orthopaedic beds. If you will be here on your Peru holidays 2011, remember doubles are priced from 34GBP.

Bolivia: Copacabana – Las Olas
Lake Titicaca in Bolivia is the place one can find the other Copacabana in South America. Las Olas offers panoramic views of the lake from its four well-furnished suites. The decor of the posada has been designed with attention to detail, be it the eucalyptus wood stairs or stained glass windows. The best of the suites has been designed like a terracotta-coloured beehive and features a circular bed. Doubles at Las Olas start from 25GBP. A good choice for holidays to Bolivia in 2011.

Uruguay: Cabo Polonio – La Posada del Faro
 A quiet village with its own peninsula, Cabo Polonio is perfect for travellers wanting an absolute break from everything – there are no paved roads, no internet and no electricity here. The two guest rooms open into a porch that lends beautiful views of the village, the lighthouse and the beach. This posada can be booked for holidays 2010-2011, coming December onwards. Doubles are priced at 90GBP here.

Ecuador: Vilacabamba – Madre Tierra
The real beauty of Madre Tierra comes to life as the sun goes down. The canopy of ferns becomes the site of twinkling candles and you are greeted by the gurgling waterfalls, shrill sound of crickets and low voices from the far end of the open-front restaurant. The rooms here come right from the pages of a Grimm storybook – showing resemblance with gingerbread cottages. The spa is an add-on. Rooms at Madre are priced from 24GBP, 34GBP for doubles.

Colombia: Santa Marta – La Casa
The three vibrant guest rooms at La Casa are complemented by the inn’s outdoor plunge pool and the internal patio. This posada is ideal for having a trip to the Tayrona National Park which is undoubtedly a tourist hotspot of the country. Another feature of La Casa is that guests have the option to pick fresh seafood and other items from the local market and cook for themselves in the spacious open kitchen. If La Case is your pick for Columbia holidays 2011, get ready to pay something like 83GBP for a double room.

Brazil: Paraty – Eliconial
A monkey could be your breakfast mate at Eliconial! Just 20 minutes on foot from the centre of Paraty, Eliconial is a short distance from the beach. The wood-panelled bungalows surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens could be your place for Brazil holidays 2011. Rooms start from 90GBP.

Argentina: Buenos Aires – Querido
The 1920s townhouse has been transformed into Querido – a modern makeover with reminiscent of the past in things such as heavy wooden window frames and antique show pieces. The four guest rooms provide relaxed staying experience in a peaceful residential area. Doubles at this posada start from 55GBP. Do consider this as an accommodation option for Argentina holidays 2011.

Venezuela: Los Roques – Posada Movida
A home away from home – Posada Movida truly symbolizes the experience. The villa built and designed in line with Mediterranean homes, Movida is situated on one of the numerous islands in the Los Roques archipelago. The six air-conditioned suites are comfortable and the owner Mario can lend expert help in arranging for sea fishing, kite surfing or scuba diving day trips. The all inclusive one-day, one-night tariff at Posada Movida is 77GBP per person – includes breakfast, a beach picnic, a boat ride to the neighbouring islands along with a fresh-fish dinner.

Chile: Valparaiso – Harrington B&B
The bright sunny yellow exteriors exude a holiday charm of its kind. Owned by a Franco-Chilean couple, Harrington houses clean and bright rooms, minimalist interiors and solar-powered showers. The hearty breakfast includes plenty of freshly baked breads and cakes. Rooms at Harrington start from 36GBP, doubles from 56GBP. 

So get set and plan your 2011 holidays in one of the most diverse and beautiful parts of the world – South America.

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