Travel industry Archive

Finally Some Luxe Hotel News From Rio de Janeiro

  Many of those coming to see the World Cup or the Olympics in Brazil are going to have a tough time finding a hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana Palace has been sold out “for years” for those two events and cruise ships are going to be docking to add a few thousand beds [...]

Mexico Tourism: Good Times Are Back

I spent last week at the Tianguis Turistico Mexican tourism fair in Cancun/Riviera Maya and I mingled with quite the upbeat crowd. The last time I attended this thing was two years ago, when most of the talk was about drug violence perceptions and the struggle to convince Americans to return in big numbers to [...]

Rio Sagrado Belmond Hotel in Peru’s Sacred Valley

If you remember hearing about a hotel in Peru called Rio Sagrado but that “Belmond” part is a mystery, that’s because this Sacred Valley resort just got a slight name change. The famous Orient-Express company has rebranded itself and is going with Belmond. It’s really just a new logo on the letterhead. In Peru the [...]

Galapagos Movie, New Mexican Airline, and More

We’re taking a break from new postings and our jaunts to share some travel news from around Latin America. First, there’s a new Galapagos movie out now and it’s probably not what you think. It’s a documentary, but not about animals or the Humbolt Current. Instead it’s a story about intrigue, sex, and murder. See [...]

Renting a Car in Mexico

Renting a vehicle and driving yourself is a bad idea in many Mexican cities, but it’s a great idea if you want to go exploring a region on your own schedule, away from the congestion on the open road. I’ve been traveling to Mexico for about a decade, regularly renting a car to go to [...]

Does Your Latin American Tour Include Interesting Hotels?

Because I write about tours and hotels a lot, friends or relatives will occasionally send a brochure or link and ask what I think of a tour they’re about to book. A lot of times the itinerary sounds fine, but the nights’ lodging spots seem like an afterthought. Instead of interesting hotels with a sense [...]