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How to Choose the Right Ship for the Galapagos Islands

Here’s one truth of Galapagos Islands travel that you’re not going to hear many tour operators admit: your experience on the islands themselves isn’t going to be much different whether you pay $3,000 per person or $12,000 per person. They’ll tout their great guides and educational sessions, their well-planned itinerary, and their service in getting […]

Eolo in Patagonia: 17 Rooms and 7,400 Acres

If you want to get away from it all, for real, here’s what you do. Head down to the Southern Cone, flying to the town of Calafate. Proceed out of there into the countryside and head to the property of Eolo. This luxury boutique hotel sits on 3,000 hectares of its own property, which is […]

Vira Vira Hacienda With a View in Chile

Quite a few gorgeous Patagonian retreats have been opening recently and Chile has see quite a few notable new intimate luxury hotels coming onto the scene. The latest to debut (opened in October 2014) is Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira, located in a beautiful area near Pucon. The scenery is the star here, with stunning views […]

From the Jungle to the Galapagos With Columbus Travel

We’ve reported on quite a few different experiences in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, but this time we went on a wildlife overload. As many travelers start to discover reasons to stick around longer in Ecuador, we tried out a popular itinerary of exploring the Amazon jungle before heading out to the islands. With Columbus […]

There’s a Lot of Mexico You’ve Never Heard About

I’m used to getting a puzzled expression when I tell people I live in Guanajuato, Mexico. Half the time, mentioning that I’m an hour and a half from San Miguel de Allende doesn’t help either. So I’d venture a guess that maybe 2 out of 100 people I would run across outside of Mexico know […]

La Selva Luxury Amazon Jungle Lodge

There are three legs to Ecuador’s tourism stool: the Galapagos, the central valley, and the Amazon Jungle region. For the jungle part there has long been a lot of wildlife to see, but slim pickings for a lodge you could reasonably call “luxury” to bed down at each night. That changed when a lodge with […]