In 2019, who would have thought the next big travel trend in 2020 would be the “workcation?”
Now more than ever people are working from home. At the same time, more and more parents are opting for virtual learning. Why not take advantage of the temporary flexibility you currently enjoy and change up the scenery. Make 2020 the year your family remembers as the best one of their lives.
You can zoom from anywhere with a reliable internet connection. We’ve narrowed the list down to a few properties in Latin America that not only provide reliable Wi-Fi connections but also offer incredible ways to stretch your legs and explore when you’re ready to turn on your out of office message.
Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador
There is plenty of room to stretch your legs and roam at Hacienda Zuleta. With only 20 guest rooms and over 150,000 square feet of space, social distancing isn’t a problem. Take your morning meetings or review Spanish with the children in the morning, then spend the afternoon exploring over 4,000 private acres. From mountain biking and hiking to horseback riding, there’s plenty of ways to stretch your legs and take in the farm.
When you aren’t working, you have the freedom to explore mainland Ecuador. Pair your workcation with a few days at Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest for something completely different than Hacienda Zuleta.
There is no quarantine upon arrival to Ecuador, provided you can show a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken up to 10 days prior to arrival. If you wish to travel to the Galapagos during your workcation, please note, you must arrive in the Galapagos no later than 4 days after negative test results.
Playa Vik or Bahia Vik, Uruguay
The sleepy fishing village of José Ignacio is one of the most sought-after luxury vacation destinations in the world. The town sits on a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by beaches, just half an hour north of Punta del Este. You won’t find any high rises here. Instead, the town is made up of about one to two hundred single-family summer homes made from local materials. So even in high season, you won’t find huge crowds.
Stay at either Playa Vik, located right in town, or Bahia Vik, which is located on a private stretch of beach. Both are family-friendly and offer options for buying out a house or bungalow for extended stays.
American Airlines is resuming flights from Miami to Montevideo starting November 5th. At the time of publishing, travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before entry and are required to quarantine for 7 days. If after 7 days, a second COVID-19 test is negative, travelers may go out and sightsee. Otherwise, travelers must quarantine an additional 7 days.
Private Villas for a Workcation in Mexico
Take an extended stay in paradise at a private villa on the beaches of Mexico. We have access to various private homes scattered across Tulum, the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, and more. Imagine waking up and going for a morning swim in the ocean, just steps from your doorstep before sitting down to take calls. Or spend the afternoon in the swimming pool, cocktail in hand. It’s your own private resort.
Private villas include on-site support during the duration of your stay and upgraded technology for remote working and learning. Additionally, tutors can be sourced to assist your children with school and to provide Spanish lessons.
While the US-Mexico land border restrictions are still in place, Mexico hasn’t closed their land borders. Ker & Downey can arrange for your air travel, as well as private cars and drivers during the duration of your stay in Mexico. Currently, a negative COVID-19 test is not required upon entry. However, travelers may be subject to a health screen upon arrival.
Please refer to our COVID-19 travel updates for current information regarding where Americans can travel.
Don’t use one of Zoom’s backgrounds as your backdrop on your next call. Use the real mountains behind you. To start planning your workcation, contact your Ker & Downey designer. For more travel inspiration, follow us on Instagram.