Congratulations to Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last week. Here’s the sad part though: “He is the first Latin American writer to win the prize since Octavio Paz in 1990.” (No Spanish readers in Sweden perhaps?)

Big news for real estate investors looking at Ecuador: International Living reports that a new road and bridge has cut the drive time from Quito to the coast in half.

Here’s how I’ve been dealing with the health care crisis in the United States: moving to Mexico. A short jaunt will do it though for everything from root canals to operations. That’s why Mexico is expecting more than 50,000 medical tourists this year.

There’s a new 4th edition out of the indispensable guidebook to Nicaragua for travelers in any budget range: Moon Handbook Nicaragua. Joshua Berman, who has reviewed some of our luxury hotels in Nicaragua and Belize, is the co-author and he knows his stuff.

There’s not a lot of luxury travel in El Salvador, but our own Paige Penland has a new guide out for the country – El Salvador: a Great Destination.

Since I’m on a roll with contributor shout-outs here, check out Nicholas Gill’s rundown of Favorite Food Finds from Lima’s Mistura Food Festival.