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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 […]

Getting to La Selva Jungle Lodge in Ecuador

By design, a jungle lodge is going to be remote. If you’re really going to be out where the wildlife is, you’re not going to be able to just hop in a taxi and be there ten minutes later. The ones in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador require less of an arduous trek than many […]

Yemaya Upscale Yoga Retreat on Little Corn Island

When we arrived at Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa on Nicaragua’s Little Corn Island, it reminded me of my younger backpacker days roaming around the islands of Thailand and Indonesia. An unspoiled coast with natural beaches, little cottages tucked away behind the coconut palms. No big resort complex with sprawling concrete structures, just some unobtrusive […]