Latin America – Other

The Cloud Forest’s New Luxury Accommodations

Deep within a 3,200-acre private reserve in Ecuador, Mashpi Lodge opened in April with 22 rooms and suites providing visitors a private sanctuary for nature hikes or for simply observing the flora and fauna of a vast ecosystem. About two and a half hours northwest of Quito, the lodge is surrounded by the Tumbes-Chocó-Darién bioregion, […]

Seabourn’s Newest Ship Hits the Seas

A few tickets are still left for the maiden world cruise of Seabourn Quest, the newest addition to the Seabourn Cruise Line fleet. This 225-suite cruise ship—which features four dining venues, six bars and lounges, a spa, two swimming pools, six whirlpools, and a marina with water sports—departs on January 5 for a 109-day world […]

Beyond Rio

A light mist was blowing over the harbor about 100 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro as a speedboat approached the dock. After I climbed in and the boat had pulled away from the dock, the burbling of the twin Volvos rose in pitch, the vessel’s nose lifted, and we went racing out over the […]

Copacabana Palace

Most of the daytime action at the sun-soaked Copacabana Palace, located across the street from Rio de Janeiro’s popular Copacabana Beach, takes place around the hotel’s majestic swimming pool. Reclining in chaise longues, guests sunbathe and sip caipirinhas on the expansive pool terrace. When night falls, they trade swimwear for evening attire, but they often […]

La Casa Que Canta

La Casa Que Canta (“the house that sings”), a 25-suite inn on a cliff above Zihuatanejo Bay, captures the town’s simple charms in an unconventionally refined setting. Cantilevered, terra-cotta-color buildings with enormous palapa-style roofs house suites that are free of televisions and clocks. Several of the suites include open-walled living areas and enormous decks, where […]

Miraflores Park Hotel

The 82-room Miraflores Park Hotel, located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, often serves as a stopover for travelers on their way to Peru’s exotic locales. But the hotel’s fashionable Miraflores neighborhood is home to several treasures of its own, including a cliff-top park and an assortment of Spanish Colonial manors with multicolored tiles […]

Uxua Casa Hotel

Wilbert Das, creative director of the Diesel clothing company, made sure that no trees were felled during the construction of his Uxua Casa Hotel in the picturesque fishing village of Trancoso, Brazil. Originally intended as Das’ vacation home, the nine-room Bahian retreat—which is located about a 10-minute walk from the beach, on Trancoso’s scenic quadrado […]

Travel: Colca and a Smile

Though unsure of my exact altitude, I am certain—based on my surroundings and shortness of breath—that I am nowhere near sea level. Of course, my gasping also might owe to the precipitous drop directly in front of me, a sheer cliff that plunges into one of Earth’s deepest valleys. Snowcapped volcanic mountains rise above me, […]

Journeys: Cruise Control

The turquoise flashes of a blue morpho’s wings appear like a beacon as the butterfly darts and weaves in front of our skiff on the narrow, black-water Yanallpa River in northeastern Peru. Microscopic scales on the top of the insect’s wings, which can span as much as 8 inches, reflect an iridescent blue light, while […]

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