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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 [...]

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 [...]