Two Contemporary Boutique Hotels in Granada, Nicaragua

For a long time there hasn’t been a whole lot to pick from for luxury hotel options in Granada, Nicaragua. The top ones there are good, but there just aren’t many of them. They’re also lovely colonial buildings, full of history, which may not be to everyone’s taste. Now there are two very small, but […]

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 […]

A Lodge to Support Chilean Patagonia’s Ecosystem

We recently posted a new review on a remote Chilean lodge near Aysen, but our latest one in the same area is a different kind of place altogether. The Lodge at Valle Chacabuco “is part of a movement, a belief system, and an effort to change the way we live.” There’s a serious pedigree behind […]

A Real Estate Update for Antigua, Guatemala

The very first Latin America real estate round-up we ever published here was on Guatemala. Since Luxury Latin America launched before the U.S. financial crisis hit and took many expat markets down with it, however, a lot has changed in the Americas. So we’ve updated our story with a focus on the hottest market in […]