Colombia Archive

Will Luxury Come to Venezuela Someday?

As you’ve surely heard by now, Hugo Chavez went to join his comrades in the afterlife this week. The downtrodden and those who worked for him are mourning, while the opposition and the business community are quietly cheering. Time will tell how long it will take to undo the damage he did, the economy tanking [...]

A Cathedral in a Salt Mine in Colombia

As a veteran travel writer and editor, I don’t get surprised and awed very easily anymore. I wasn’t expecting much when on a tour through Colombia, the guide said we would be visiting a “salt cathedral” outside of Bogota. I’d been to the giant Salar de Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia a few months earlier, [...]

Gold and Flesh in Bogota

I made my first visit to Bogota earlier this week on a tour through Colombia. Some aspects of the city are definitely holding it back (it may have the trashiest Plaza Principal in South America), but it is home to two great museums worth visiting. Bogota Gold Museum The Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) is [...]

Tourism News From Latin America – January 2013

On this luxury travel blog we’re usually pointing to new hotel reviews, tour stories, or high-end real estate round-ups. Sometimes we’ll sip some tequila or rum. There’s always a lot going on under the radar in the tourism world though, so here’s an update on some travel news. We’ve reviewed Mexico’s Interjet airline in the [...]

Taca + Lacsa + Aerogal = Avianca

The news came out yesterday that the various brands owned by the merged Avianca/Taca company are going to be combined under one brand. Avianca won out, so the others will go away in 2013. Aerogal will be the last to switch. I picture a bunch of execs in a board room screaming at each other [...]

What’s New In Latin American Travel – 2012/2013

Last week I attended a conference called TravelMart Latin America, which was held in the beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia. This is an annual meet-up of travel suppliers, tour companies, airlines, hotel companies, and destination tourism offices. It’s most for the buying and selling of travel services, the making of business alliances, but I attended [...]