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A-List: World's Top Travel Agents 2011

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South America

Emmanuel Burgio
Excited About: The new Pousada Club Del Mar, in José Ignacio, Uruguay. The property is a private club turned hotel with six light-filled suites facing the beach.
Years as Agent: 8.
Other Specialty: Adventure.

Carlos Fida *
Top Tip: One of Fida’s latest discoveries is the Corn Islands, off Nicaragua’s northeastern coast. “They have everything—pristine beaches, excellent seafood, and affordable hotels.”
Years as Agent: 33.
Other Specialty: Brazil.
Fee: From $350.

Jerry Greenberg **
Top Tip: Book a boat trip along the Tigre River with Sturla Viajes, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. “It’s a great way to see the area’s traditional stilt houses.”
Years as Agent: 38.
Other Specialty: Italian lakes.
Fee: $200.

Eric Sheets *
New Favorite: Isla Suasi, on Puno, in Peru—a solar-powered eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca’s only private island. Sheets books his clients into the Andean Cottage, a two-bedroom suite with its own dock.
Years as Agent: 17.
Other Specialty: Ecuador.
Fee: From $250.

The Caribbean

Margie Hand
New Favorite: In the Dutch West Indies, Curaçao is celebrating a year of independence from Holland and has a new 36-year-old president, Gerrit Schotte, who’s intent on turning the island into an eco-conscious and high-end destination. Hand loves the Asian-inspired Baoase Luxury Resort—a sleek, mostly villa property, where guests can picnic on the beach by torchlight with their own waiter.
Years as Agent: 16.
Other Specialty: Weddings.
Fee: Varies.

Janet McLaughlin
Excited About: Set at the foot of El Yunque rain forest in Puerto Rico, the new St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is perfect for both nature lovers and culture aficionados. The property sits on a powdery stretch of sand bordered by lush jungle, and is just 30 minutes from Old San Juan.
Years as Agent: 25.
Other Specialty: Italy.
Fee: From $150.

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