Brazil Archive

Finally Some Luxe Hotel News From Rio de Janeiro

  Many of those coming to see the World Cup or the Olympics in Brazil are going to have a tough time finding a hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana Palace has been sold out “for years” for those two events and cruise ships are going to be docking to add a few thousand beds [...]

Yes, Americans are Getting Fatter – Including Latin Americans

It’s not just the residents of the USA that have gone beyond pleasingly plump to downright fat. Partly because of the junk food and sodas we produce in the fattest country spreading to the rest of the hemisphere and the countries of Latin America buying more automobiles, obesity is spreading fast. This chart of projections [...]

Design Hotels That Serve the Young, Rich, and Artsy

I just attended a luxury travel conference attended by expensive hotels and tour companies catering to the wealthy. This is nothing new, but the focus of this one was new: the “creative class” travelers who want their fine linens and concierges to come with a ladle full of cool. Boutique hotels have gone from occasional [...]

The Shifting Crime Scene in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is getting safer. Is that the whole story though? NPR has been running some excellent Morning Edition reports this week specifically focused on violence in Latin America. Travel publications and news outlets both tend to either ignore or over-hype the crime situation in various places, but we try to keep it real [...]

News of the Month From Latin America – May, 2013

The news out of Latin America is seldom boring. There’s always something going on in this vast region worth talking about. Here are some of the more unusual or noteworthy tidbits from the recent news. Toilet paper shortage in Venezuela It’s one thing to hear about the effects of socialism on a country’s economy, quite [...]

Tourism News From Latin America – January 2013

On this luxury travel blog we’re usually pointing to new hotel reviews, tour stories, or high-end real estate round-ups. Sometimes we’ll sip some tequila or rum. There’s always a lot going on under the radar in the tourism world though, so here’s an update on some travel news. We’ve reviewed Mexico’s Interjet airline in the [...]