environment Archive

Video Tour of Mashpi Reserve Lodge in Ecuador

Last post I put up a slideshow of photos from Mashpi, a special cloudforest reserve I had the pleasure of exploring last week. But what does the resort itself look like? It’s not some bamboo bungalow place in rustic jungle style, that’s for sure. Magazine photographers have gone gaga over Mashpi because it’s a hip, [...]

Scenes From the Cloudforest in Mashpi, Ecuador

I just spent two blissful days at the new Mashpi Reserve Lodge in Ecuador, on a huge private nature reserve about three hours northwest of Quito. Part of the area still has original first-growth forest, while other parts are a mad jungle of plants that have sprung up since logging ended a few decades ago. [...]

Staying in the Amazon Jungle in Style

We’ve run a couple luxury travel in Peru tour stories about upscale, small-ship cruises in the Peruvian Amazon, but we haven’t been able to get anyone out to Inkaterra’s Reserva Amazonica lodge there, the best jungle lodge in Peru, if not the whole Amazon region. I’m happy to say we’ve rectified that. Contributor Ellen Barone, [...]

Aqua Wellness Resort on a Secluded Beach in Nicaragua

In the middle of the night at Aqua Wellness Resort, nestled in my comfortable bed, I had a dream that I was looking out of a second-floor window in a house and below me was a pack of hounds wailing and howling, foam around their mouths. I awoke and was immediately disoriented because the sound [...]

New Ambergris Caye Review – Las Terazzas

One of the most popular sections of our site is the luxury hotels in Belize section and it’s easy to see why. English-speaking Belize is a short hop by plane and offers better deals and diving than most of the Caribbean – but with the same warm and beautiful waters. Most of the resorts there [...]