Travel life Archive

An Un-Cruise up the Baja Sur Coast of Mexico

We’ll go on the record saying we’re not big fans of the giant floating convention-center sized cruise ships that have become so popular with the big corporate cruise lines. We know they make a lot of sense from a business standpoint, but we’d rather not see our destination from the balcony of a ship that’s […]

Panama City Airport in Style at the Copa Club Lounge

What’s the definition of “luxury” when you’ve been traveling for 8, 12, 16 hours already and you’re facing a long layover at an airport? Your hierarchy of needs probably has a whole different list of items than it will when you’ve finally gotten to where you’re going. For me, I’d been on the move since […]

Best of Both Worlds: Mantamar Beach Club in Downtown Puerto Vallarta

There are many hotel zones in Puerto Vallarta itself, then when you head north into Nayarit there are even more. Most function like secluded resort areas though, without a lot of life outside the walls. If you want to enjoy the more Mexican vibe of downtown Puerto Vallarta and stroll real streets with real bars […]

The Best Chocolate Festivals Across Latin America

There’s a chocolate belt across the Americas and perhaps appropriately, it’s a wide belt. It stretches from Tabasco state on the Gulf Coast of Mexico—the birthplace of the bean in the B.C. era—down to Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Just as introduced crops like bananas and coffee spread quickly across countries where the conditions were right, […]

Seeing Guatemala’s Highlights and Communing With a Shaman

When I set up my tour of Guatemala, I was expecting beauty and adventure. I wasn’t expecting to pray to the wind god and have my birth date nahual revealed. It all seemed perfectly natural though in a country where the Mayan presence is so strong and rituals are shaped by traditions that go back […]

Going Deeper Into the Mountains of Peru

Sure, you could fly into Lima, change planes, fly to Cusco, then do the whole Sacred Valley in a blur of trains, taxis, and buses in five days or less. But is that really the way to treat one of the greatest destinations on Earth? Or your body? Peru is not a quick in and […]