How to Choose the Right Ship for the Galapagos Islands

Here’s one truth of Galapagos Islands travel that you’re not going to hear many tour operators admit: your experience on the islands themselves isn’t going to be much different whether you pay $3,000 per person or $12,000 per person. They’ll tout their great guides and educational sessions, their well-planned itinerary, and their service in getting […]

A Four Seasons in an Unlikely Spot: Carmelo, Uruguay

You usually find a Four Seasons hotel or resort in a well-known area you’ve seen splashed across travel magazine covers. They’re in cities like Paris, Dubai, Bangkok, and Mexico City. Or on perfect beaches in Nevis, Seychelles, Mauritius, or Punta Mita. For now there are only three Four Seasons hotels in South America though and […]

A New Upscale Lares Trek Option in Peru

The Sacred Valley of Peru too often gets the short shrift from travelers in a big hurry trying to check things off their list. They breeze through on a train on the way to Machu Picchu or they do a quickie one-day tour of the highlights and return to Cusco the same night. This is […]

To Tequila in Style on the Jose Cuervo Express

There are two train companies running round trips out to the countryside where tequila is made. The Jose Cuervo Express one is more luxurious and goes to the namesake town itself, where you tour the famous distillery. This past holiday season I spent a week driving a rental car from Alamo around the state of […]

A Crash Course in Fine Guatemalan Rum

Ask a dozen  rum connoisseurs what the “best rum in the world” is and you’ll probably get at least half a dozen different answers. You might just find one name edging out the others though and it’s not from anywhere in the Caribbean. Ron Zacapa from Guatemala gets tagged with the title a lot. I’ll […]

The Best Restaurants in Guanajuato, Take 2

Our original rundown of the best restaurants in Guanajuato is from 2011, so while they’re all still open, others have come along that are better or more memorable. So it’s time for an update. Also, though Guanajuato City probably receives 98 Mexican tourists for every 2 foreign ones, the local population is getting steadily wealthier […]