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The Four Key Questions for Planning a Galapagos Islands Cruise

There are many ways to experience the Galapagos Islands, including a land-based trip that just makes short jaunts up to a two-week cruise with scuba diving way up north. The archipelago is made up of 19 islands and scores of islets, most of which are home to unique species and habitats. It takes a while [&hellip

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San Miguel’s Latest Luxury Boutique Hotel – Casablanca 7

In the past decade, San Miguel de Allende has gone from a sleepy expat center to a thriving tourist draw for both foreigners and urban Mexicans. New hotels are continually popping up to meet the demand of a city named “the best in the world” a couple years back in a major travel magazine readers’ [&hellip

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Drinking Sotol in Chihuahua

If you’re drinking a spirit that tasted like tequila but it’s not tequila, what is it? If it comes from Chihuahua, you’re probably drinking sotol. There are strict regulations on what can and can’t be called tequila and part of that relates to where the agave is grown. (It’s like Champagne or Scotch whiskey.) Once [&hellip

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Summer Resort Deals in the Riviera Maya of Mexico

High season is in full swing in the Riviera Maya beach region of Mexico right now, in March as I write this. The weather is nasty in much of the USA and Canada and many vacationers are rushing to trade in snow shovels for flip-flops. This generally continues through Spring Break season, then as sure [&hellip

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The Last of 4 Mayakoba Resorts – Andaz Riviera Maya

The Mayakoba complex north of Playa del Carmen is one of those ambitious master plans that required a lot of guts and long-term vision. Spanish investors started buying the land in the 1980s, applied for permits in the 1990s, and finally opened the first hotel there (Fairmont Mayakoba) in 2006. Now the project has finally [&hellip

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Oh, the Animals You Will See in the Galapagos!

When you read articles about the Galapagos Islands and see the stunning wildlife shots, your natural reaction is to think the person who took the photos is a really good photographer. It’s also natural to think that baby sea lion or that puffed-up, red-chested frigate bird was the only one they spotted that day. An [&hellip

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