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Hacienda Bambusa in the Coffee Triangle of Colombia

Our latest Colombia luxury hotel review is a boutique property we've been meaning to get to for a while: Hacienda Bambusa outside of the city of Armenia. We have fond memories of the Coffee Triangle of Colombia after visiting the area twice, once on its own and once in conjunction with a visit to Cartagena as well. It's kind of a pilgrimage area if you're a serious coffee lover and the countryside is gorgeous. Hacienda Bambusa Hotel is seriously in the countryside, to the point where there's n...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, Armenia, Awesome View, Coffee Triangle, Colombia Travel, Luxury Colombia Travel, Luxury Hotels Colombia, Cartagena, Juan Pablo Montoya, luxury travel Colombia, Hacienda Bambusa, Bambusa, Cacao Waking Tour, Hacienda Bambusa Hotel


Touring the Best Luxury Resorts in Cabo

Here at Luxury Latin America, we've been covering the best of the best hotels and resorts in Cabo since our inception in 2007. Back when we started it wasn't hard to keep track of the top Los Cabos luxury hotels because there weren't all that many of them. The Los Cabos Tourism Board, until very recently, made their luxury advertising decisions based on how the general managers at just four resorts decided how to distribute funds. Cabo is a different place now, and it's going to continue evolv...
Tags: Travel, New York, London, Mexico, Golf, Resorts, Beaches, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Travel Life, New Hotels, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Le Blanc, Luxury Beach Resorts


Revisiting The Springs Resort Near Arenal Volcano

If your idea of paradise is soaking in hot springs with a cool drink in hand, looking at a volcano cone smoking in the distance, then check out our updated review of The Springs Resort in Costa Rica. When you've been publishing hotel reviews since 2007 like we have, inevitably you have to return to luxury resorts that have survived and thrived for more than a decade to see how time has treated them. In some cases they have not aged well and we have to drop them from our listings. Others have r...
Tags: Travel, Costa Rica, Awesome View, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Costa Rica Travel, Spas, Arenal, Hot Springs, Arenal Volcano, Tico, Fortuna, The Springs Resort, Sanctuary Spa, Costa Rica luxury, Costa Rica Hotels


A Luxury Train Journey Experience to Machu Picchu

One of the main reasons the citadel of Machu Picchu was never found by the Spanish conquistadors is its isolation. On a mountaintop above a raging river, the way there from Cusco becomes a narrow valley not wide enough for a road. It was hard enough just laying down train tracks to reach this spot, so it's still true that the only way to get there is by walking in (as on the Inca Trail like they did 500 years ago) or by rail. This truly makes getting there half the fun, especially if you use t...
Tags: Travel, Peru, Train Travel, Travel Industry, Machu Picchu, Peru Tours, Inca Trail, Cusco, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Peru, Peru Travel, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Extravagance, Ollaytantambo


Viceroy Los Cabos Stylish Luxury Resort in Baja

My welcome drink in the lobby of Viceroy Los Cabos was a colorful refreshment in what looked like a plastic bag, with a straw sticking out of the top. This spin on Mexican street stall practices seemed an odd choice in this day and age when plastic bags and straws are getting banned all over the world. "The bag is made of corn starch and will decompose," a staffer said when she saw me frowning. "The straws are made from avocado pits." Things are not always what they seem at the new Viceroy Los...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, San Jose, Baja, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Baja California, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Los Cabos, San José del Cabo, Viceroy, Baja Sur, Los Cabos Resorts


Off the Grid in Belize With Island Expeditions

What does the word "luxury" really mean when you're heading to Belize? This is, after all, a country where nature is the main draw and there are exactly zero international luxury hotel chains. (Just a lot of really nice independent ones.) There are places where you will get turndown service, a driver in a nice SUV, or a villa with a view, but you can get those things almost anywhere around the world. We think the best reasons to come to Belize are the experiences, especially the ones that brin...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Central America, Caribbean, Adventure Travel, Belize, Kayaking, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Travel Features, Adventure Tours, Off The Grid, Glover, Snorkeling, Belize adventure, Belize With Island


Finding Your Vacation or Retirement Home Investment in Huatulco

We try to cover the whole gamut of luxury travel experiences in Latin America, which includes real estate. This time we've got a rundown on Huatulco, oceanfront in Oaxaca State. See, for more than a few upscale travelers with the means to invest, there's always a voice inside their head going, "Hmmm, I wonder what it would be like to live here or have a vacation home here?" Often that's as far as it goes, but sometimes we love a place enough that we end up buying a house, a condo, or some land...
Tags: Travel, Real Estate, Mexico, Canada, Latin America, Oaxaca, Beaches, Awesome View, Travel Life, Latin America Real Estate, Luxury Real Estate, Mexico Real Estate, Cancun, Oaxaca City, Los Cabos, Acapulco


Lares: Adventure Travel for Everyone in Peru

Are you looking for a Peru itinerary that enables adventure travel for everyone in South America? A trip that a divergent group or family can enjoy together? Skip the set itineraries and choose a more flexible Lares adventure instead. One woman in my group was clearly worn out after a hard day of hiking the day before and our extensive walk around the ruins this day. A bit winded by the altitude perhaps, not quite in shape for consecutive days of trekking. She didn't look like she was going to...
Tags: Travel, Peru, South America, Adventure Travel, Peru Tours, Inca Trail, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Travel Features, Peru Travel, Adventure Tours, Andes Mountains, Andes, Sacred Valley, Incas, Cusco Sacred Valley


Touring the New Solaz Los Cabos Luxury Collection Resort

It's been a busy year for new luxury resort openings in Los Cabos and we've just posted a detailed review of the newest one--for now--Solaz Luxury Collection Resort. Luxury Collection is one of the Starwood Brands, which means it's now one of the 30-odd Marriott logos. It's hard to keep up with all these hotel brands, with new ones still being announced each year. It's also kind of confusing since the other Luxury Collection hotels in Mexico are haciendas in the Yucatan Peninsula, a far cry fr...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Mexico City, Marriott, Mexico Hotels, Yucatan Peninsula, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Mexico Resorts, Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos, Solaz, best Mexico hotels, Los Cabos Resorts


Exploring the Beaches and the Coffee Farms of Huatulco, Mexico

Have you ever been to Huatulco? Can you pronounce it or find it on a map? If so, you're probably one of the few people outside of Mexico who can say that. It's a very popular destination with upper crust Mexicans who fly there, plus visitors who drive from the capital city of Oaxaca, but limited international air connections have kept it from really taking off. The whole area is a big Fonatur project, the government program launched in the 1970s that develops big swaths of beachfront land to m...
Tags: Travel, Coffee, Mexico, Oaxaca, Beaches, Mexico Travel, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Travel Features, Nature Tours, Adventure Tours, Cancun, Lydia, Los Cabos, HUATULCO, Oaxaca state


Sustainable Travel in the Jungles of Ecuador

Most of the jungle lodges in Central America and South America claim to be running a sustainable travel operation, but how you define that word can make a huge difference in how valid those claims are. Have they eliminated plastic? Are they powered in a way that doesn't use any fossil fuels? Do they compost waste? Do they grow some of their own food? Are the employees locals who are getting training? Although each of these elements is admirable on its own, there are a lot of individual parts t...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Sustainability, Ecology, South America, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Central America, Green travel, Travel Industry, Yasuni National Park, Awesome View, Travel Life, Jungle Lodge, Ecuador Travel, Don


Why You Should Stay for Days in Peru’s Sacred Valley

If you look through major tour company itineraries for Peru, you'll see that most of them don't spend much time in the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. They rush through the Valle Sagrado to tick off a few sites like Pisac and Ollaytantambo on a bus tour. Or they skip the valley altogether and just ride through on the Hiram Bingham luxury train. This is a big shame and it pains us to see so many travelers rushing through Peru. When you only hit the well-known highlights, you spend...
Tags: Travel, Peru, Adventure Travel, Peru Tours, Cusco, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Peru, Peru Travel, Adventure Tours, Top Hotels, Experiential Travel, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Urubamba River, Incas


A Sacred Valley Spa in a 17th Century Building From Explora

We first posted about the latest Explora hotel in Peru when it opened two years ago and we got a correspondent in early to check it out. As these things usually go though, work was still going on during the opening months and additions rolled out over the next two years. We just got someone back in the property again to see how it has matured in that time so we could get a more complete picture. You can see the fully updated review here. The biggest change has been the addition of a Sacred Val...
Tags: Travel, Peru, Adventure Travel, Peru Tours, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Peru, Peru Travel, Adventure Tours, Top Hotels, Spas, Andes Mountains, Sacred Valley, Explora, Peru hotels, Sacred Valley Spa


For Smoother Sailing in the Galapagos, Get on a Good Ship

There's been a dramatic rise the past few years of travelers doing a land-based trip of a few Galapagos Islands instead of the traditional trip on a ship that spends 4 to 8 nights on the water. These are often marketed as alternatives for the seasick or for those "who don't want to be stuck on a cramped ship for a week." As our latest small ship cruise feature points out, however, there's a lot they're not telling you in those sales pitches. A decade ago, the only travelers who took land-based...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, G Adventures, Galapagos, Awesome View, Luxury Cruises, Travel Life, Small Ship Cruises, Luxury Travel Features, Ecuador Travel, Eric, Baltra, Fernandina, Isabela Island


Would a Galapagos Yacht Charter Make Sense for Your Group?

If you're taking a trip for two to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, it makes sense to book a cabin on a ship you'll share with former strangers. But what if you are planning a multi-generational family trip, a business incentive trip, or a small company outing to celebrate your success? Then it could make sense to charter a luxury yacht so you can take over the whole vessel. Many companies that run regularly scheduled small ship cruises in the region also do some kind of Galapagos yacht chart...
Tags: Travel, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos, Awesome View, Luxury Cruises, Travel Life, Small Ship Cruises, Ecuador Travel, Extravagance, Luxury Yacht, Yacht Travel, Yacht charter, Andando Tours, Luxury Family Travel, Federico Angermeyer


The Resort That Put Manzanillo on the Map: Las Hadas

While Mexico's tourism numbers have set new records the past few years, soaring to close to 40 million annual visitors, the country has long attracted wealthy travelers from the north. Sometimes they came for the fishing or to just get away from it all, and one of the early hotspots was Las Hadas in Manzanillo. In an early "build it and they will come" project, billionaire Antenor Patiño built a sprawling palace as a private residence for himself and friends, eventually turning it into a hotel...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Top Hotels, Mexico Resorts, Tecate, MANZANILLO, Las Brisas, Costalegre, luxury Costalegre, Las Hadas, Antenor Patiño, Hotel Las Hadas, Manznillo The post The Resort That Put Manzanillo


Another New Luxury Property in Puebla: Hotel Cartesiano

While Mexico's capital is jammed with luxury hotels to choose from these days, upscale places to stay have been scarce in the next largest cities, including Puebla. We're happy to see signs of change, including the opening of modern Hotel Cartesiano near the historic center of Puebla. Habita jumped into this city first around a decade ago with La Purificadora and there were a couple other small contenders, but it wasn't until the Rosewood Puebla rolled into town last year that we got a true lu...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Mexico City, Puebla, Mexico Hotels, Yucatan Peninsula, Awesome View, New Hotels, Top Hotels, Spas, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Puebla Mexico, best Mexico hotels, Mexico City hotels, La Purificadora, best Puebla hotel


Wildlife Activities Around Yasuni National Park in Ecuador

If you go to the Yasuni National Park region of Ecuador, it's a full-on jungle experience. While it's the Amazon Basin rather than being on the big river itself, this expanse of 2.5 million protected acres is packed with even more wildlife than you'll find in Peru or Brazil. In the Yasuni area UNESCO biosphere, one hectare in this area contains more living organisms than the entire European continent. A third of all Amazonian mammals are found here in this part of Ecuador, including 60% of all...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Environment, Unesco, Wildlife, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Yasuni National Park, Bird Watching, Awesome View, Travel Life, Jungle Lodge, Luxury Latin America, Ecuador Travel, United States of America


The Luxury Real Estate Market of Los Cabos, Mexico

If you've got plenty of money to invest in luxury real estate and are looking for your dream property on a beach where it's always warm, you can will probably find what you want in Los Cabos. That's my conclusion after checking out listings and new developments from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo and beyond in Baja Sur, Mexico. Los Cabos is now the indisputable champ when it comes to luxury beach resorts. Not just in Mexico, but in all of the Americas. More than a few of those wealthy vac...
Tags: Travel, Real Estate, California, Mexico, Wealth, Golf, Mls, Baja, Prices, Latin America, Awesome View, Travel Life, Latin America Real Estate, Luxury Real Estate, Mexico Real Estate, Cabo San Lucas


Our Revamped Review of Marquis Los Cabos in Mexico

The Marquis Los Cabos luxury beach resort has been through some changes over the years, keeping what made it special but upgrading facilities and dropping the a la carte payment system. We've just updated our review to give you the scoop. I stayed at the Marquis Los Cabos Resort in Mexico two incarnations ago, back when most of the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo was empty sand dunes and beach. Since then this luxury pioneer came under the management of the company runnin...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Michelin, Esperanza, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Cuisine, Awesome View, Top Hotels, Spas, Luxury All-inclusive, Cabo San Lucas, Marquis, Los Cabos, Las Ventanas, San José del Cabo


Glamping in Style on Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja Mexico

The Baja Peninsula of Mexico is best known for the resort filled dot at the end of it, but this long stretch of desert has the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Ocean around it, both teeming with wildlife. One of the most interesting places to explore is the Espiritu Santo Island, the heart of a protected marine reserve area. This is easier said than done, however, since there are no permanent structures for tourists on the large island. Most adventure travelers come over for the day on a boat and...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Environment, Baja, Glamping, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Adventure Travel, Mexico Travel, Kayaking, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Travel Features, Baja California, Adventure Tours, Ivan


A Private Island Luxury Lodge on Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is a special place, the highest big lake you can navigate in the world, shared by Bolivia and Peru, with an interesting native culture on floating island made from reeds. The best way to experience it in all its majesty is at the one private island resort: Isla Suasi Hotel. This upscale property on a Lake Titicaca island has grown steadily over the years after the owner started out with just one room for rent 20 years ago. Isla Suasi now has 23 rooms and a two-bedroom cottage rig...
Tags: Travel, Peru, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Peru, Peru Travel, Top Hotels, Puno, Private Island, Peru hotels, Titilaka, Island Resorts, Private Island Luxury Lodge, Isla Suasi


Checking Out Chileno Bay Resort and Residences, Los Cabos

We've been trying hard to keep up with all the new openings in Los Cabos, with the latest addition being our in-depth review of Chileno Bay Resort and Residences. This Auberge Collection resort isn't the newest in town since that title rarely lasts more than a few months these days, but it has already soared up the rankings to join the elite luxury resorts that have been established for more than a decade, like sister Auberge property Esperanza. Chileno Bay Resort, as you would probably imagin...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Villa Rentals, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Mexico Resorts, Los Cabos, Comal, Baja Sur, Los Cabos Resorts, Extravagance, Auberge Resorts


Panama and Costa Rica the UnCruise Way on a Small Ship

What is your vacation like on a small ship cruise? Well if it's an UnCruise, the better question might be about what the vacation is like off the small ship cruise. Because if you are on an adventure cruise with that company, you'll spend as much time off the boat as on it. You will eat very well, but you'll have plenty of chances to work off some calories as well. On our UnCruise Unveiled Wonders of Panama and Costa Rica 8-day trip, we started off in the Panama Canal and ended up at the Nicoy...
Tags: Travel, Venezuela, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Central America, Panama, Adventure Travel, Awesome View, Luxury Cruises, Travel Life, Luxury Travel Features, Panama Travel, Adventure Tours, Osa peninsula, Santa Teresa, Ron Zacapa


The Evolving Luxury Real Estate Scene in Panama City, Panama

When we first published a luxury real estate article on Panama City a decade ago, what was then called Trump Ocean Club was the slick new game in town and the market was getting flooded with buyers from Argentina, Brazil, and especially Venezuela who were looking for a stable place to put their money. Meanwhile, a full-blown financial crisis was raging in the USA, which kept the market from overheating too much in this dollar denominated market. The capital of Panama is a dynamic place though,...
Tags: Travel, Real Estate, Usa, Wealth, Venezuela, Panama, Panama City, Awesome View, Travel Life, Panama Luxury, Trump, Latin America Real Estate, Luxury Real Estate, Panama Real Estate, Trump Ocean Club, Argentina Brazil


Grand Solmar Land’s End at the Tip of the Baja Peninsula

The luxury resort scene in Los Cabos keeps getting more heated all the time. This has clearly become the go-to spot for high-end hotel chains to make their mark in Mexico. The home-grown Mexican companies are no slackers, however, and Grand Solmar Land's End is worth considering for its fine facilities, large rooms, and near-perfect location. That location is at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortes and creates some dramatic ocean waves. You can watch t...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Baja, Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos Hotels, Awesome View, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Luxury Beach Resorts, Cabo San Lucas, Murphy, Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos, Cortes, Baja Sur, Los Cabos Resorts


Auberge Resort Esperanza in Los Cabos Keeps Getting Better

It's no secret that competition is heating up for luxury resorts in Los Cabos, but the original top oceanfront beauties are not sitting still, including Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection. Esperanza was one of the originals here, perched on a cliff with stunning views of the bay to the right and powerful waves crashing below. One of our correspondents recently stayed to update our review and found the views still impress, but regular renovations and refreshes are keeping this upscale resort...
Tags: Travel, Esperanza, Los Cabos Hotels, Mexico Hotels, Awesome View, Villa Rentals, Top Hotels, Mexico Luxury Hotels, Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos, Los Cabos Mexico, Los Cabos Resorts, Auberge Resorts, Auberge Resort Esperanza, Esperanza Auberge Resorts Collection Esperanza, Esperanza Auberge Resorts Collection


Jungle Animals and Culture at the Napo Wildlife Center

The Amazon Basin jungle region of Ecuador is not as well-known by tourists as the river cruise spots in Peru, but it's actually better set up in terms of upscale jungle lodges, such as Napo Wildlife Reserve. You're near a tributary of the Amazon River instead of the great river itself, but the wildlife is abundant---with fewer insects that want to bite you. When I was staying at Mashpi Cloudforest Reserve in another part of Ecuador, my guide was a guy who had worked at two lodges in the jungle...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Peru, South America, Ecuador, Adventure Travel, Yasuni National Park, Awesome View, Travel Life, Jungle Lodge, Nature Tours, Adventure Tours, Quito, Top Hotels, Ecuador Travel, Amazon River


Spread out in a Condo at The Phoenix Resort Belize

If that shot above doesn't look like a typical hotel room, that's because it's not. When you stay at Phoenix Resort Belize on Ambergris Caye, you won't have to leave your unit to have a little space to yourself. The large bedrooms open onto a spacious furnished terrace running the length of the unit and you get a fully equipped kitchen and open dining/living room. One of the main reasons travelers choose a vacation home rental or villa over a hotel is they don't want to be crammed into one roo...
Tags: Travel, Belize, San Pedro, Awesome View, Villa Rentals, Phoenix, Top Hotels, Ambergris Caye, Luxury Belize, best Belize hotels, Condo Hotels, Phoenix Resort Belize, Phoenix Resort, San Pedro Ambergris Caye


A Private Island Far Removed: Hatchet Caye in Belize

Imagine taking a boat from the mainland of Belize out to the barrier reef and walking along a pier to your private island resort cabana. While you're there, you can snorkel, kayak, or paddleboard right off the shore. That's the experience at the latest Belize resort we've reviewed: Hatchet Caye. Hatchet Caye already sounds familiar to a lot of long-time Luxury Latin America readers. We ran a contest a couple years ago where a lucky couple won a vacation with domestic flights, a stay at Chabil ...
Tags: Travel, Environment, America, Fishing, Belize, Scuba Diving, Awesome View, Travel Life, Top Hotels, Ambergris Caye, Private Island, Placencia, Snorkeling, Chabil Mar, Hatchet Caye, Luxury Belize