New Mexican airline

We’re taking a break from new postings and our jaunts to share some travel news from around Latin America.

First, there’s a new Galapagos movie out now and it’s probably not what you think. It’s a documentary, but not about animals or the Humbolt Current. Instead it’s a story about intrigue, sex, and murder. See the trailer here and if you follow this link you can enter a contest from Metropolitan Touring for a free Galapagos Tour. (End May 31, 2014.)

When Mexicana Airlines went out of business years ago, that enabled a few smaller players to pick up the slack, domestically at least, and the skies are a lot more competitive in Mexico than they used to be. (Interjet and Volaris have U.S. routes as well.) Now a new scrappy airline has launched, based in Queretaro of all places. See the TAR Aerolineas destinations.

You might want to strike Frontier Airlines off your list though as an option to fly  to Mexico. An equity firm headed up by a former chairman at Spirit Air purchased the company and is setting up the same hated policies there. You will now have to pay for everything, including a seat assignment, anything to drink, and your carry-on bag. We advise, whenever possible, go with Aeromexico or one of the others mentioned in the above paragraph. You’ll have a much better experience and will probably pay the same in the end.

Meanwhile, Azul Airlines of Brazil announced that it will start flying to the USA in 2015, which will add some much-needed competition and hopefully bring down international flight costs, which are frequently the highest in the Americas.

Heads up that Orient-Express hotels and train journeys are all being rebranded to a new name: Belmond. We’ll be updating our Peru and Brazil hotel reviews to reflect this.