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When you refer new travelers to O.A.T. through our Vacation Ambassador Referral Program, you’ll earn $100 per person in your choice of CASH or credit—and the more travelers you refer, the greater the rewards: up to a FREE TRIP. Watch our video to learn how.
Learn about how you can guarantee your trip price—and save up to 10%—with OAT’s exclusive Good Buy Plan. The earlier you reserve and pay in full by check or electronic funds transfer, the more you'll save.
Many OAT travelers don’t stop at one annual adventure. For those who reserve two or more trips within one calendar year—either with OAT, Grand Circle Cruise Line, Grand Circle Travel, or a combination of the three—we’ve introduced a new Sir Edmund Hillary Club benefit to reward your exceptional passion for discovery.
Every time you travel with O.A.T., you'll receive a Frequent Traveler Credit worth 5% of the advertised cost of your trip, applicable toward the next O.A.T. adventure you take within one year.
At O.A.T., we strongly believe that word of mouth is our best advertisement. And it works. Just ask the more than 500 Group Leaders who have chosen an O.A.T. adventure for their travelers this year—and traveled FREE! Watch our video to learn how.
Watch our video to learn about the benefits of our Travel Protection Plan. You can cancel your O.A.T. adventure at any time—up to the day of your departure, and for any reason—and retain the FULL value of your trip, including your deposit.
See what differentiates us from other travel companies and how these differences have made O.A.T. the undisputed leader in small group travel along the road less traveled.
See why O.A.T. travelers are different from typical tourists—and especially how they love stepping out of their comfort zones and going off the beaten path to discover local culture. Plus, meet a few of the O.A.T. travelers who know the benefits of small group travel.
With itineraries designed exclusively for experienced American travelers, we’ve been providing indelible travel memories for more than 40 years. Find out what makes OAT the undisputed leader in small group travel along the road less traveled.
Create the adventure that's right for you. Learn how to personalize your trip, or view standard air routing and travel times.
Many OAT travelers return to discover the world with us time and time again, and to show our appreciation, we've created the Sir Edmund Hillary Club, a membership rewards program for travelers who've joined us on three or more adventures.
Over the past 10 years, our travelers and industry experts have given us high marks in independent surveys from Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and more. When you embark on an O.A.T. adventure, you can expect an award-winning experience.
Alan and Harriet Lewis created the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation with the mission of changing people’s lives through travel—which includes both the travelers who journey with O.A.T., and the local people who welcome us so warmly into their homelands.
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The ocean-swept Andes … the unspoiled Amazon Rainforest … the white sands of Havana’s beaches. An expansive, intricate pattern of intertwined histories and magnificent nature, Latin America is a land of complex beauty.
Latin America comprises most of Central and South America and the islands of the Caribbean, constituting a rich collage of cultures and languages. First inhabited at least 14,000 years ago, ancient civilizations—the Toltecs, Aztecs, Maya, Inca, and others—reigned supreme for centuries. Evidence of their scientific achievements such as the Mayan Calendar, and architectural artistry in the Aztec’s Temple of the Sun, indicate the development of sophisticated civilizations isolated from Europe and Asia until the 15th century.
The arrival of the Spanish and Portuguese empires in the 15th century marked the beginning of a long decline for ancient Latin American civilizations. Conquistadors—“conquerors” in Spanish—such as Hernán Cortés decimated the once expansive Aztec Empire, leaving in their wake a path of destruction and imprints on culture and society. Today, Portuguese and Spanish are the predominant languages spoken, and Catholicism is the most influential religion throughout the area.
Yet the legacy of Latin America’s ancient civilizations and tribes live on to this day. In the villages of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, boat-building techniques used by the Maya are still in practice today. The Awá-Guajá tribe in Brazil, threatened from illegal logging practices, still lives deep in the Amazon. In rural villages throughout the region, brilliantly-colored patterns of clothing such as the Mayan huipiles— embroidered skirts—are still worn. In certain parts of Bolivia the ancient Quechua language is still spoken: all of this is testament to the perseverance of Latin America’s indigenous cultures.
Today, polls place Latin American countries such as El Salvador and Panama as the world’s happiest countries. In many cases the people of Latin America don't live to work—they work to live—making family and community top priorities over wealth and image. An adventure to Latin America will not only afford experiences with breathtaking views and fascinating history: it would be an opportunity to look within.
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