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A Design Hotel in the Cloudforest – Mashpi Reserve of Ecuador

What do you picture when you hear the phrase “jungle lodge?” What you conjure up in your head probably looks nothing like Mashpi Reserve Lodge in Ecuador. And the jungle you imagine around it probably looks nothing like what surrounds this lodge. Mashpi, in a huge private reserve of the same name, is literally in [...]

A Secluded Resort near Loreto – Villa del Palmar

The scene above is what you’ll see if you walk down to the beach from Villa del Palmar in Baja California, Mexico. Sitting on a secluded bay and with dramatic mountains behind it, this resort—opened in 2011—has brought a new level of glamour to sleepy Loreto. This area is best known for its abundant wildlife [...]

In South America, Luxury = Exclusivity

When you travel to South America, you’re generally not going for the same reasons you would go to Europe or the Caribbean. Often the highlights are nature, adventure, landscapes, and unique experiences. So you sign up with a top tour company like explora in Chile because you know they can provide what others can’t: a [...]

Another Land Option in Galapagos – Tented Safari Camp

Up to now, we’ve only had one property review in the Galapagos. After all, most people tour the islands on a ship and then head out. If you have the time though, or are terribly seasick, it can make sense to see the giant tortoises and other wildlife on Santa Cruz Island at your leisure. [...]

Green Galapagos Touring with Ecoventura

We’ve already run two Galapagos tour stories in the past, but though the animals and itineraries may be similar, all Galapagos cruises are not created equal. This time one of our writers went out with the most eco-friendly company plying these waters: Ecoventura. As a company that’s maintained Smart Voyager certification since 2000, you know [...]