Travel life Archive

A Couple’s Spa Experience at Mukul in Nicaragua

I like a good pampering as much as the next guy, but give me 10 activities to choose from at a resort and a massage will be far down the list. My wife feels differently, so thankfully she was along when we had a chance to experience what is now the best spa in Central [...]

Mexican Food Cooking Class at Sazon in San Miguel de Allende

Sure, you probably know how to whip up a few Mexican food dishes, but do you know how to do them right? Want to serve something that tastes like it came from a real chef in a high-end Mexican restaurant instead of a bad street stall? The long-running Sazon cooking school in San Miguel de [...]

Two Good Hacienda Hotels Near Cuenca, Ecuador

There are a lot of good reasons to choose a hotel in central historic Cuenca. But I mentioned two hacienda hotels outside of town in this recent Cuenca tour story that are worth a look for a more serene experience: Caballo Campana and Uzhupud. Hacienda Caballo Campana is only 10 minutes from the city, near [...]

Exploring Culture and Chocolate in Guatemala

It’s been quite a while since we had something new to talk about in Guatemala, so I’m happy to announce the posting of a new tour story from there. One of our writers was experiencing the country with Culture Xplorers, and excellent tour company that deftly balances attentive service with close-to-the-ground experiences. This three-day Guatemala [...]

Touring Cuenca and the Countryside of Southern Ecuador

Late last year I finally made it to a city I’ve had on my list for a while: Cuenca, Ecuador. This #3 city in the country by population is best known as a retirement hotspot for gringos, but that’s just the narrative that the media latches onto most. The foreign retirees are only a tiny [...]