Guatemala Archive

Ron Botran Reserva Rum From Guatemala

I’ve sung the praises—to whomever would listen—about another fine rum from Guatemala that’s better known than Botran, but apparently they’re doing something right in that country as this one is excellent too. Is Guatemala big enough to support two rum distilleries? Actually no: both this brand and Ron Zacapa are part of the generic sounding [...]

What’s New In Latin American Travel – 2012/2013

Last week I attended a conference called TravelMart Latin America, which was held in the beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia. This is an annual meet-up of travel suppliers, tour companies, airlines, hotel companies, and destination tourism offices. It’s most for the buying and selling of travel services, the making of business alliances, but I attended [...]

Interesting Travel News From Latin America – June 2012

As an editor of a luxury travel blog and webzine, I get inundated with “news” releases that none of you would care about in the slightest, so most go in the virtual trash bin. This week, however, a few items have come down the line that could either impact your future travels or enhance them [...]

Their List, Our Reviews: Best Hotels in Central & South America

The January issue of Condé Nast Traveler has their Gold List, which contains the top hotels in each region based on reader surveys. I don’t tend to trust reader surveys very much since ball0t-stuffing is so rampant. As one experienced hotel PR agency person once said to me, “Most people who are going to take an [...]

Get an Intercontinental Room for 5,000 points

In my opinion, the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Priority Club program offers the best return out there for your loyalty. For one thing, they make it very easy to redeem points for rewards—with no annoying expiration dates. Then there’s the “Point Breaks” program, where a few times a year they let you book from a list [...]

Getting Quality Handicrafts the Easy Way

You want to support local artisans when you buy souvenirs, but getting all that stuff home can be a pain. Baggage restrictions and the risk of breakage in transit are serious detriments to bringing back that special piece of pottery, the hand-blown glass, or that intricate wood carving. If you order things online though, it [...]