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An Empanada Cooking Class at House of Jasmines in Salta

As I sat down to eat my empanadas that came straight out of the oven, I thought they just might be the best ones I’ve ever had. Part of that was probably an emotional feeling about the process though: I put them together with my own hands in a cooking class at House of Jasmines [&hellip

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What Kind of Experience Does the Adventure Traveler Want?

Do you consider yourself an adventure traveler? What does “adventure travel” mean to you? I’ve been on adventure tours that felt like they were going to kill me, then others where I barely broke a sweat. Two organizations that care deeply about how you reconcile the differences recently ran a survey of 8,000 active travelers [&hellip

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Olo Cachaca Rum From Brazil

We’ve reviewed a lot of fine rum on this blog, but haven’t said much about Brazil’s best-known spirit: cachaça. So let’s check out one of the easiest brands to find where I live in Florida: Olo Brazilian Rum. Since Brazilian rum is normally called cachaça, we’ve got a hint about the marketing challenge right there. [&hellip

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A New Luxury Boutique Hotel in Quito: Illa Experience

We’ve talked before about the good reasons to hang around for a while in Quito, Ecuador. For the first time in a few years, there’s a new luxury property opening up this month to talk about too: Illa Experience Hotel. There’s a connection to the well-respected tour company Latin Trails, so we know it’s going [&hellip

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Escape to the Costa Rica Countryside at Finca Rosa Blanca

You can see the lights of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, sparkling in the distance from the restaurant at Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel. That’s the reminder that the urban noise and bustle is not far away. In this serene getaway, however, you’re surrounded by forests and coffee plants. The prime inhabitants are birds and butterflies. [&hellip

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Luxury Real Estate in the Gateway to Latin America

What’s the top city for doing business in Latin America? It’s not Mexico City, or Panama City, or Sao Paulo. The largest Latin American office for many multinationals and marketing companies is often not on foreign soil—it’s in Miami, Florida. The Gateway to Latin America offers flights to every country in the region and is [&hellip

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