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Alta Gracia Hotel in Costa Rica is at a Whole New Level

Last summer when we ran down some new and notable luxury hotels that were opening soon, at the top of the list was an ambitious project in southern Costa Rica that aimed to leapfrog over everything else in the country. Alta Gracia Boutique Hacienda hotel looked impressive on paper and there was a serious amount […]

More Americans on Vacation, but They’re Looking for Value

Here’s the good news: Americans are more confident about taking a vacation this summer. The bad news? An improved economy does not mean a more open wallet. The annual Vacation Confidence Index commissioned by Allianz Travel Insurance found that U.S. travelers are feeling better about taking time off for traveling, but the rise in millennial […]

Hiking the Lares Trails in Peru in Style

When Mountain Lodges of Peru launched its Lodge to Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay route earlier this decade, it was an almost instant success. Prior to that, no matter how “glamping”-like the experience was for a high-end Inca Trail tour, you were still camping, using rudimentary bathroom facilities. With MLP’s lodges, you […]

A Rock Star Hotel Suite at Machu Picchu

I had to do a little digging to extract some info from the discreet staff at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Peru, but it turns out the lead singers of two of the biggest rock bands in history slept here. This would be suite #40 of Villa Inkaterra, a secluded house on a hillside […]

A Virtual Tour of JW Marriott’s Convent Hotel in Cusco

The Marriott corporation’s hotels don’t exactly have a reputation for stylishness or a strong sense of place. With properties like the JW Marriott El Convento in Cusco, Peru, they’ve been trying to shake the reputation of being about as exciting as a blue banker’s suit. Their Cusco hotel, which opened in late 2012, is an […]

Why Copa Airlines is the Top Choice for Latin America

As you would imagine, I and our various correspondents spend a lot of time on planes getting to where we’re going in Latin America. It’s becoming clearer each year that the airline of choice for this region is Copa Airlines. They are based in Panama City, which happens to be right smack in the middle […]