Sumaq Luxury Hotel near Machu Picchu

While it’s true there is only one hotel right next to the ruins in Machu Picchu, you may decide that its small rooms and high prices are just too much to ask. Which leads you to the town of Aguas Calientes at the bottom of the mountain. We’ve long had our eye on adding a [...]

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 [...]

A New Luxury Hotel in Cafayate, Argentina

Grace Hotels is known for outstanding luxury hotel properties in such diverse places as Morocco, Connecticut, and Greece, so we’re happy to see them land in Argentina in a town that really needed them: Cafayate, Argentina. You see, Cafayate once had a hotel that was quite swanky and was part of the Starwood Luxury Collection, [...]