In the Media

2014 Articles

New York Post, August 2014

"For a science adventure on Brazil’s eco-paradise isle of Fernando de Noronha, Blue Parallel can build a trip around insider experiences with researchers dedicated to preserving the ecosystems and species of the 21-island Fernando de Noronha archipelago. It’s possible to spend a full day with a biologist from the Brazilian Sea Turtle Institution and another helping with dolphin counts while plana-subing, a propelled form of snorkeling." more info

Indulge DFW Magazine, July 2014

"Morocco’s hardly an off-the-grid travel destination, but recently its popularity has soared among families looking for a new and different vacation destination, says Emmanuel Burgio. He’s CEO and founder of Blue Parallel (www.blueparallel.com), a bespoke travel boutique with a diverse portfolio of destinations, including several spectacular Moroccan family excursions that include helicopter rides across the Sahara. What’s hooking families, he says, is the total sensory immersion they experience there. “Unlike big European cities with must-see museums, and art galleries, Morocco’s cultural attractions are more organic and visible in the everyday life of Moroccans." more info

Cadillac Magazine, Summer 2014

"When I created Blue Parallel, I made sure our journeys included insider-access experiences, not available to the public, that I had personally tried,” Burgio says. “Whether it’s meeting a renowned artist in his private atelier or kayaking the Beagle Channel with an Olympic athlete, each of our journeys is tailor-made." more info

Prime-Living Magazine, May/June 2014

"Since 2002, Blue Parallel has guided discerning travelers on private, tailor-made journeys to Latin America. Now adding trips to the Mediterranean Basin, the bespoke travel service is offering new and exciting experiences in Andalucía, Corsica, Greece, Morocco and Turkey." more info

The Houston Chronicle, April 2014

"The clever folks at luxury travel company Blue Parallel recently introduced several fabulous-sounding new insider trips around the Mediterranean Basin. Our favorite: The Andalucia trip, which includes a private tour of the Alhambra in Granada, a visit to a working olive orchard in Cordoba, family-friendly bike riding and exclusive access to a bull farm estate in Seville, plus a finale involving a luxury sports car being delivered to your hotel in Ronda so that you can cruise around the nearby villages and hilly countryside. The seven-day trip starts at $2,000 per day per person (based on double occupancy), and includes tip-top accommodations, specialized guides, tours, spa treatments, most meals, entrance fees, excursions and more." more info

Vanidades Magazine, April 2014

"Una agencia-boutique de viajes a la carta, que “abre puertas” en América Latina y ofrece solo lo mejor es Blue Parallel, cuyos contactos te permiten visitar lujosas casas y haciendas que no están abiertas al público, conocer artesanos en sus talleres, tener acceso a colecciones de arte en grandes mansiones privadas, jugar polo en un famoso club, etc., en sitios como las Galápagos, Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires, Lima, los bellos lagos argentinos, las ruinas en Guatemala, etc." more info

Celebrated Living, Spring 2014

"Consider using bespoke travel company Blue Parallel (blueparallel.com) to arrange a stay in a villa with a personal chef at your service" more info

Living Magazine, March 2014

"Have you ever imagined mountain biking through Mount Toubkal National Park in the Atlas Mountains, dining under ancient olive trees, exploring of lush valleys of Berber farmlands or flying in a private helicopter over golden dunes to your own private, luxury tented camp in the Sahara Desert? The bespoke travel company, Blue Parallel, is now offering those experiences and more to those looking to discover the exotic Kingdom of Morocco" more info

Virtuoso Life Magazine, February 2014

"Blue Parallel's itinerary in the Mediterranean Basin and Latin America are designed around World Heritage destinations and outdoor adventures.
The Trip: Rio and Fernando de Noronha
The Details: During eight days in the World Cup year, fly into Rio, stay at the sleek Fasano hotel in Ipanema, and explore this soccer-mad city. Next, head north to Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site..." more info

Little Book of Wonders, January 2014

"Whether it's swimming with dolphins in Fernando de Noronha, a volcanic archipelago off the northeast coast boasting amazing beaches, or exploring the Amazon on a luxurious cruise ship or private charter, Blue Parallel can tailor-make the experience according to your individual requirements." more info

Jezebel Magazine Modern Luxury, January 2014

"Better yet, take a private tango class from a local instructor to feel the magical force of the dance. I met Villamil, who introduced me to the tango moves, through experts at Blue Parallel" more info

2013 Articles

Travel Weekly Magazine, October 2013

"Travel agents should take advantage of Peru's diverse offerings to sell oft en and sell up, according to Emmanuel Burgio, CEO of Blue Parallel, a Virtuoso Preferred Tour Operator. "Blue Parallel's advice would be not to sell just the standard one-week package in Peru," he says. "Peru is a destination that allows a lot exciting customization options, with cultural exposure, outdoor activities and historical explorations in many of its fine destinations" more info

Travel Age West Magazine, September 2013

"Emmanuel Burgio, founder of Blue Parallel, a company that provides customized tour itineraries and experiences in Latin America, agreed. "As a new niche, we are seeing a rise in interest in Buenos Aires in Jewish heritage sights," he said. "We have been able to offer private access to the main temple in Buenos Aires and the holocaust museum on a national holiday" more info

Bridal Guide Magazine, August 2013

"The breathtaking Los Glaciares National Park is home to the Perito Moreno glacier, one of the only still-growing ice formations in the world. And Ushuaia (the closest city to Antarctica) is a great base for tours along the Beagle Canal or Cape Horn. Hotels in Patagonia include everything from rustic eco-resorts and remote hideaways to luxury, art-themed spots; tour companies like Blue Parallel can arrange everything" more info

Ultratravel Magazine, Fall 2013

"Want a private tour of the Alhambra palace? How about a visit to Spain's most revered Ibérico ham arm, or heli-hopping through the Greek islands? Those are just a few of the bespoke experiences created by Blue Parallel through their new reach into the Medierranean Basin, the latest addition to its destination offerings." more info

Celebrated Living, Summer 2013

"Latin America-based Blue Parallel specializes in bespoke itineraries to the region, including Machu Picchu, and will tailor activities based on how much or how little your family would like to trek at the site." more info

Travel + Leisure, March 2013

"This Buenos Aires-based outfit has 20 villas and penthouses in Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, and the Galapagos. Prior to guests' arrival, properties are stocked with food, champagne, and fresh flowers. In José Ignacio, Uruguay, the El Bosque estate has handcrafted wood furnishings and a pool that faces seven manicured acres (...)" more info

2012 Articles

Travel + Leisure, October 2012

"Emmanuel Burgio. Years as agent: 10. Other Specialty: Serviced villas. Fee: Varies" more info

TTG Mena Luxury, Summer 2012

"While previously the exclusivity associated with luxury focused solely on expensive hotels and dinners, this has evolved towards experiences that are unattainable. "In today's world of information, anyone with the means can get a room at the fanciest hotel and best restaurant. "Yet the opportunity to privately enjoy dinner alongside a famous winemaker at his country home or meet the curator of an exclusive museum behind closed doors is something that's beyond simply paying. You must know the right person." more info

My Little Swans, Spring 2012

"Blue Parallel is a nature lover's paradise, with vast areas of protected forest and coast offering a wide range of activities. Look for monkeys and sloths on a highland rainforest hike, visit the famous Arenal Volcano, or see river dolphins and whales in the Osa Peninsula. Blue Parallel will make sure your experience is one of a kind, with special options like whitewater rafting through the Pacuare Forest, (...)"more info

Forbes Life, Spring 2012

"For the client who wanted a four-day party in Argentina, Emmanuel Burgio transformed the only hotel on a remote island, flying in an interior designer, a chef, a patissier, and a sommelier, who poured wines from the cave that Burgio had restocked with requested favorites. When another client suddenly wanted to go river kayaking in Uruguay, Burgio had the kayaks delivered across the gulf-like Rio de la Plata—on Christmas Day." more info

Elite Traveler, March 2012

"Your Blue Parallel guide will meet you at the hotel to escort you to Atamisque Winery in the Uco Valley area, where you'll enjoy a horseback ride followed by a private tour and tasting. The Property's chef will prepare a gourmet picnic lunch before you set out for the Piattelli Vineyards for yes another tasting." more info

Home By Design, January 2012

"In this ninth-floor penthouse apartment, towering above the world-famous Copacabana Beach, an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows showcases a breathtaking view of the SouthAtlantic and all the excitement of this desirable destination. "This apartment perfectly complements the bustle and fast pace of Rio," says Emmanuel Burgio, founder and CEO of exclusive travel boutique Blue Parallel. "The natural light, open spaces, and tranquility of the apartment are the perfect counterbalance to the vitality and intensity of the streets and beaches of Rio." more info

Hemispheres, January 2012

"On Saturdays, I like to visit MALBA and have a bite on the terrace of Café des Arts, the tour art galleries like Galería Zurbarán or auction houses such as Arroyo Remates—both in the same neighborhood in Centro" –Emmanuel Burgio."
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Travel + Leisure, January 2012

The Pataxó people got it right when they named their Bahian village Corumbay—"far from everything". It's only about 30 miles from Porto Seguro airport, but the dirt roads make for a bumpy, four-hour drive. Yet the same venturesome Brazilians who turned nearby Trancoso from sleepy to chic are calling Corumbau and neighboring Caraiva the country's next hot spots. And the helicopter takes just 20 minutes. (...) Book with Blue parallel (blueparallel.com). more info

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