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The Latest Picks for the Top Hotels in South America

Want to know which are the most highly regarded luxury hotels and resorts in South America? We’ve got some rare convergence with the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards—if we just stick with the least influenced region. Their picks match up well with our South America luxury reviews. I’m no fan of the supposed “readers’ [&hellip

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The Beautiful Quebrada de Las Conchas in Argentina

The first time I went through the Quebrada de las Conchas on Route 68 in Argentina, I was on my way from Salta to spend a few nights in Cafayate. I was traveling independently back then and saw it all from the window of a public express bus. I was entranced with the views, but [&hellip

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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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