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On the Quetzal Trail in Panama

In the Chiriqui Highlands of Panama, near Boquete, is the country’s highest mountain: Volcan Baru. Yes, it’s a volcano and was once a much higher one. When it blew its top last time, it really blew its top. Much of it went flying through the air, basalt rock landing in far-flung places. Hopefully it’s done [...]

Touring Torres del Paine by Horseback

We’ve long had a review of Chilean tour company Explora’s Salto Chico Lodge in the Torres del Paine national park, also listed sometimes as Explora Patagonia. It’s got one of the most fantastic mountain views in the world and is on the doorstep of one of the planet’s greatest hiking destinations. You can cover a [...]

Overland Glamping from Uyuni to Atacama

There’s a lot of exotic mystery packed into the title of this post, but it refers to a luxury adventure tour story we just posted on an Explora Travesia tour from Bolivia to Chile. It goes across the Uyuni Salt Flat, through the desert visiting lagoons, and ends up in San Pedro de Atacama in [...]

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 [...]