Guatemala Archive

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 [...]

Which Luxury Hotels are Readers Checking Out the Most?

It’s always fascinating when I pull up the statistics for Luxury Latin America, partly because they change a fair bit from month to month, partly because I’m regularly surprised by which pages bubble to the top. Lots of factors influence who’s clicking on what: other media coverage, what’s coming up in searches, and where it’s [...]

Tourism Climbing in Central America

First it was Mexico reporting a big increase in tourism. They said the number of foreign visitors arriving at its airports the first eight months of the year were up 19.2 percent over the terrible 2009. Central American countries are starting to celebrate as well, with reports that there’s a full recovery going on across [...]

Wrath of Nature in Guatemala

If you haven’t seen this picture yet of the giant sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City and swallowed a whole building, yes, it’s real. No Jerry Bruckheimer movie effect necessary. There’s another one at the bottom of this post. That’s just the most visible manifestation though of a hellish one-two punch from Mother Nature [...]