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The Best Atacama Desert Adventures in Chile

The long and skinny country of Chile has two major playgrounds for adventure travelers: the far south and the far north. The latter would be the Atacama Desert, where all kinds of adventures and excursions are available that could easily fill up a week's vacation on their own. Let's get one thing out of the way first though: Don't believe the guides and hack travel writers who tell you this Chilean desert is the "driest place on Earth" or the "driest desert in the world." Neither is true. The ...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Earth, Chile, South America, Iceland, ALMA Observatory, Atacama, Adventure Travel, Yellowstone, Death Valley, San Pedro, Atacama Desert, Travel Life, Adventure Tours, Don


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


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


The 7 Best Swimmable Beaches of Cabo in Baja – 2019

Which resorts have swimmable beaches in Cabo San Lucas and the tourist corridor? Where can you walk out of your hotel room in Los Cabos and go for a swim in the ocean? At most beach resort areas around the world, the answer for where you can go swimming from the beach would be "most of them," but for Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, and the corridor in between, there's a very short list of swimmable beaches. If you just pull out a map of the region, you'll start to see why. The Sea of Cortez...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Hilton, San Jose, Baja, Pacific Ocean, Beach, Beaches, Mexico Hotels, Mexico Travel, Cortez, Travel Life, Baja California, Cabo San Lucas, Marina, Baja Peninsula


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


Latin American Destinations Where Business Class Flights Are a Deal

Most frequent fliers try to rack up points in a loyalty program so they can upgrade to the front of the plane instead of enduring a cramped economy seat. What if you could actually just buy that business class flight instead though, and rack up more miles in the process? Maybe even get into the lounge before your flight takes off or on the layover? While it can easily cost you thousands of dollars to fly business class to Europe, the Middle East or Asia, getting to the front of the plane for L...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, New York, Mexico, New York City, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Canada, Chile, Alaska, Middle East, Delta, Antarctica


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


5 Top Hikes in Patagonia, South America

Patagonia is a vast area between the oceans at the bottom of South America, spanning Argentina and Chile. Parts of it are flat and agricultural, but this is also where the Andes Mountains end, offering some dramatic scenery for hikers. There are great opportunities for hiking on both sides of the border. Here are five of the highlights for trekking in Patagonia, suggestions from Andrew Gilchrist of Lost World Adventures. Los Glaciares National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier One of the most ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Hiking, Chile, Antarctica, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Adventure Travel, Trekking, Argentina Travel, Travel Life, Adventure Tours, Andes Mountains, Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park


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


Your American Dollars Are Worth Plenty in Latin America

The worldwide currency markets are volatile and this can have a major impact on your travels. Some years the U.S. dollar is up overall, sometimes it is down. The ups and downs usually aren't so dramatic in Latin America since some of the currencies are tied to the greenback. Ecuador and Panama even use it as their own currency. In many countries, however, this is a great time to be visiting because you get more for your money. Here are a few spots that should offer you easy upgrades for your v...
Tags: Travel, Real Estate, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, South America, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Prices, Panama, Latin America, Rio, Mexico Travel, Argentina Travel


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


Flying to Belize This Winter Season

Belize is just below the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and shares the same long Caribbean coral reef. Once you get down to this point though, the water temperature doesn't change much throughout the year and the "winter" here is quite pleasant: sunny and dry, without as much humidity as you get in the rainy season. You'll have a few more options for getting to Belize from the USA this year. International Flights Into Belize Flying to Belize gets a little easier this winter season. First up, Su...
Tags: Travel, Usa, London, Minneapolis, Toronto, Festivals, Miami, Airlines, North America, Flights, Caribbean, Travel Industry, Belize, Beaches, Cuisine, Hopkins


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


Altos Tequila Doesn’t Quite Fly High

Altos Tequila would inspire tequila lovers in the know to naturally think of "Los Altos," the higher-elevation area of Jalisco state where much of the the most interesting agave is grown and some of the most complex tequila is made. The spirit from this clay soil area tends to have more tastes flitting around the palate than the lowland volcanic soil versions, with floral notes, different spices, and a more delicate nose. If you pour your first glass from a bottle of this Altos Reposada Tequil...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Tequila, Travel Life, Latin American Spirits, Spirits Reviews, Tequila Reviews, Los Altos, Jalisco, ALTOS, Don Julio, Milagro, Mexican spirits, Altos Reposada Tequila, Avion Cazadores Clase Azul Corzo, Pernod Ricard They


Make Sure Your Ship is a Green One in the Galapagos

No, you won't find a ship painted green plying the Galapagos (that we know of), but in this fragile environment, you want a Galapagos Islands cruise that employs green environmental practices. Everything we humans do can have an impact on the flora and fauna of the area, so you want to choose a company that lessens that impact as much as possible during your vacation. Luxury Cruising That Is Eco-Friendly In this part of the world, you don't have to choose between luxury and going green. In f...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Wildlife, Ecology, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Green travel, Galapagos, Unesco World Heritage, Luxury Cruises, Travel Life, Ecuador Travel, Eco-Tourism, Klein Tours, Go Galapagos, Go Galapagos Kleintours


6 Ways to Lessen Flight Day Stress

There was probably a time in the "good ole days" when flying was a pleasant and comfortable experience, even in the economy seats, but with airlines trying to squeeze out every penny, flight days often feel more like a day of heading into battle. If you have platinum elite status and enough cash to always fly business class every time, you probably have a more pleasant flight day move through the process than others. Even at that level though there are still plenty of great levelers: the secur...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Usa, Airports, Mexico, Mexico City, Tsa, Airlines, Houston, Delays, Flights, Travel Industry, Panama City, Travel Life, Latin American Airlines, Avianca


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


Take a Video Tour of Your Belize Vacation in Placencia

Many people who have gone on a Belize vacation never made it further than the airport and Ambergris Caye. If you hop a prop plane for the short flight to Placencia, however, you can have a true beach vacation at Chabil Mar Resort. Want to get an idea of what that experience would be like? Check out this great footage for a video tour from flight to adventures to dining by the sea with your toes in the sand. We've been to Placencia a few times now and always have a great experience. This pen...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Canada, Belize, Travel Life, Top Hotels, Placencia, Hotel promotions, Chabil Mar, Luxury Belize, best Belize hotels, Placencia Village, Chabil Mar Resort Want


Guayaquil Gets Its First Luxury Boutique Hotel

We've long had plenty of great luxury hotel choices in the capital of Ecuador, where a new boutique hotel is opening every year or two, but it's been a different story in Guayaquil. Long regarded as the one-night stopover on the way to the Galapagos Islands, it has never managed to get tourists to stick around. So the hotel options reflected that fact, serving as places to process the tour groups who checked in late and left early. The Oro Verde Group took things into its own hands, taking a s...
Tags: Travel, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Travel Life, Quito, Top Hotels, Ecuador Travel, Guayaquil, Ecuador hotels, Guayaquil Long, Oro Verde Group, Parque Historico Guayaquil


Traditional Hospitality Services Still Have an Edge Over the Sharing Economy

Based on all the chatter in the news, you'd think everyone under 40 was rushing to use services such as Uber and AirBnB every time they went on vacation. Based on a recent survey, however, interest may be leveling off. According to the fourth annual Allianz Travel Insurance Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance, 53 percent of Americans declared they are either “not very likely” or “not at all likely” to use sharing economy services during their 2018 summer travels. For the...
Tags: Travel, Uber, Ford, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Prices, Travel Industry, Homeaway, Travel Life, Villa Rentals, Allianz, Ipsos Public Affairs, Allianz Global Assistance, Vacation Homes, Allianz Global Assistance AGA Service Company, Daniel Durazo


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


Explore More of Costa Rica on a Small Group Tour

Have you ever booked a small group tour in order to discover more of a travel destination? It might be the best option for an attraction-packed country like Costa Rica. We're big fans of independent travel here at Luxury Latin America, loving the freedom and the opportunities to get off the beaten path. We also understand, however, that people who are still working for a living don't necessarily have untold hours of time at their disposal to work out all the traveling logistics. Sometimes the ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Environment, Panama Canal, North America, Costa Rica, Central America, Panama, Latin America, Adventure Travel, Travel Industry, Travel Life, Nature Tours, Adventure Tours, Luxury Latin America, Costa Rica Travel


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


Cruising the Islands in Style With Go Galapagos of Ecuador

[caption id="attachment_7250" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Galapagos Giant Tortoise (c) Sonia Kraemer D'Annunzio [/caption] When you start looking into your big bucket list trip to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, the choices can be overwhelming. When to go? Which islands? How long? What kind of ship? This is a case where if you go in blind and try to figure it all out yourself, you had better have a lot of time on your hands. With close to 200 ships licensed to ply these waters in some fo...
Tags: Ecuador, Environment, Luxury cruises, Travel life, Cruise Lines, Cruising, Ecuador tour, Ecuador travel, Galapagos, Galapagos Islands, Small Ship Cruises


Like an Onward Ticket, Some Countries Require Travel Insurance

"Passport please. Return ticket please. Travel insurance card please. Thanks and enjoy your flight." You've always been asked for the first thing and probably sometimes been asked for the second. Now add travel insurance to your list of to-dos before you head to Ecuador. That country recently passed a law that all visitors to the country must have travel insurance that includes health coverage. As I write this, the law is supposed to go into effect July 22, 2018. It has already been delayed on...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, France, Thailand, Czech Republic, Chile, Antarctica, Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba, Travel Insurance, Latin America, Travel Industry, Galapagos, Luxury Cruises