Brazil Archive

In Rio, Hotel Alternatives Can Be the Best Option

We’ve written several times before about how Brazil is so inexplicably short on luxury hotel options. Despite a fairly robust tourism business, loads of business travelers, and a relatively wealthy population these days, finding a nice place to stay can be really tough. If you haven’t booked your hotel room yet for the Olympics, you’re […]

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, […]

Adventure & Travel Trends in Latin America

Your editor for this publication has been on the conference circuit lately, listening to a lot of presentations on what’s new and trending in the worlds of luxury travel and adventure travel. One big trend is, those two are converging like never before. More luxury travelers are mixing in adventure activities and wanting to stay […]

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 […]