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Santa Maria Hotel

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Santa Maria Hotel is a rustic but charming little Paraguayan guesthouse.

Santa Maria is a delightful, unspoilt small town with a peaceful, almost spiritual atmosphere:  It’s one of Paraguay’s more photogenic villages, with cobbled streets and low-slung white-washed houses around a big shady plaza. It used to be the largest of the Jesuit Mission Reductions. The excellent museum has a treasure trove of exquisite carvings and religious statues from the Jesuit era.

On the corner of Santa Maria's shady plaza and close to the church, Santa Maria Hotel is a rustic but charming little guesthouse, with just four rooms and a typically Paraguayan feel. With whitewashed walls and terracotta roof, the hotel blends in perfectly with the other houses on the square, and the sunny lawn and terrace to the front is a nice place to sit and watch village life. The hotel's owner is a British resident of Santa Maria and it is managed by staff from the village. Rooms are compact and very simply presented and feature local crafts, wall-hangings and blankets. Meals are available with advance notice and there's a small library and shady back garden with chairs and a hammock. Wifi is available.

What our clients say

97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

Very efficient with the booking process and very helpful with his service throughout. Adam was always prompt and helpful in answering all our questions prior to departure.

IR, London

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Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

Lina Fuller
Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

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    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

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    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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