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Hiking the Lares Trails in Peru in Style

When Mountain Lodges of Peru launched its Lodge to Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay route earlier this decade, it was an almost instant success. Prior to that, no matter how “glamping”-like the experience was for a high-end Inca Trail tour, you were still camping, using rudimentary bathroom facilities. With MLP’s lodges, you […]

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 […]

Playing with Baby Gray Whales in Baja Sur, Mexico

There are plenty of places to go whale watching in the Baja Sur section of the peninsula off the west coast of Mexico. This is, after all, the Mexican state with the most coastline and there are multiple bays and migration channels loved by whales of all kinds. If you travel to San Ignacio Lagoon, […]

Why Placencia, Belize Should Be on Your Tropical Getaway Short List

When I think back on the time I traveled through Belize with my family, the most vivid memory is a simple one: sitting on the beach under a palm tree drinking a Belikin beer. This does not sound like a very unusual memory, but in Belize it’s not as common as you’d think. There are […]

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 […]