Author Archive for Zach Smith

9 of the best boat tours in Latin America

9 of the best boat tours in Latin America

Spend a day on the water, and feel the sea breeze in your hair and the sun on your face. With experienced captains, you can visit spots along the coast where dolphins frolic and fish are eager to bite. Boating tours also allow you to explore as many beaches as possible — cruise up and […]

Top 5 hidden gems of the Amazon rainforest

Top 5 hidden gems of the Amazon rainforest

You can have a surprisingly upscale experience in the rainforest, even when you’re deep in the Amazon. The following is a list of some of the loveliest places to stay while you’re on a trek through one of the most biologically diverse environments in the world. These types of lodges have meals included as part […]

The best of the Caribbean coast

The best of the Caribbean coast

Countries in Central America have their own slices of Caribbean paradise. Towns along the Caribbean Coast have strong connections with African culture that have lasted over many generations. On trips here you’ll hear in the reggae and traditional drum music. Plan snorkeling and surfing trips while you’re near the bright blue water. Bring an appetite, […]

8 unusual birds to look for in Central America

8 unusual birds to look for in Central America

Read this list to get your birdwatching must-see list started. We’ve included the national parks and regions where you can find them. And wherever you go, make sure you bring a naturalist guide with you. They can take you to the spots you’re most likely to get a good look and can identify bird calls. […]

7 must-see churches in Ecuador

7 must-see churches in Ecuador

Spanish colonists built Ecuador’s oldest churches during the 16th century. Their religious influence persists to this day, and some of Ecuador’s grandest cathedrals were built as late as the 20th century. Ecuador’s population is around 80 percent Catholic, and on Catholic holidays, the streets fill with parades. Easter, Holy Thursday, Carnival, and Christmas are all […]

10 unusual islands you need to see

10 unusual islands you need to see

We all want to find a private island paradise. But it’s hard to keep a white sand beach secret for too long, and after a while all those pristine beaches start to look the same. And besides, there’s so much more to island living than finding your own Eden. This is a list of islands […]

Top 10 luxury beach hotels in Costa Rica

Top 10 luxury beach hotels in Costa Rica

Costa Rica invites you to spend a luxury vacation next to the beach. All of these accommodations are walking distance from on of Costa Rica’s most popular playas. This list has something for a variety of travel styles. Pick a place that allows you to have total independence in your own villa, or book a […]

Top 10 adventure vacations

Top 10 adventure vacations

Feeling a little daring? On your next vacation, try something new. You haven’t really travelled until you’ve left your comfort zone. Even in remote corners of the world you can find expert guides ready to supply you with everything you need for an adventure. Make your trip as easy or intense as you want — […]

Top 10 places to see history in Cuba

Top 10 places to see history in Cuba

Don’t spend all your time in Cuba lounging on the beach. Sign up to tour the locations where Cuba’s history changed forever. Monuments of revolutions past still cast a long shadow on this island. You can see evidence of Spanish colonial rule in almost every major city, as well as fading propaganda posters promoting Castro’s […]

10 must-see beaches you've probably never heard of

10 must-see beaches you’ve probably never heard of

This Summer, don’t settle for a quick cannonball into the chlorinated waters of your local pool. Step out of your Summer routine and visit a beach that’s far from your usual Summertime destinations.  This guide will help you find your coastal oasis with blue water, untouched sand and lush palm trees swaying in the breeze. Uvita, […]

Top 10 tours... only in Peru!

Top 10 tours… only in Peru!

No matter what you want from your travels, you can create an incredible itinerary in Peru. Use this list to inspire a luxurious trip that includes adventure, interesting culture, and unforgettable food and drink. 1. Flying over Nazca Lines – Nazca Desert Depart in a small plane from the town of Pisco and take a […]

Top 10 hikes in Peru

Top 10 hikes in Peru

Each region of Peru has incredible terrain that’s worth a good hike. In the highlands of the Andes you can see elaborate fortresses and agricultural terraces left behind by the Inca. Go to southern Peru to see ruins left behind by ancient cultures, and see the very beginnings of civilization in South America. Peru also […]

Top 4 historic Cusco hotels and their dramatic pasts

Top 4 historic Cusco hotels and their dramatic pasts

In Cusco, Peru you can choose from a luxurious selections of hotels that incorporate the dramatic history of the area. All of these hotels have retained the patina of a bygone era, but come with modern appliances and amenities. Original stonework, period furniture, and antique paintings belie these hotels’ old souls. In the 16th century […]

5 stunningly romantic destination hotels

5 stunningly romantic destination hotels

Traveling with your kids and introducing them to new cultures is an enriching experience for the whole family. But it also presents an obstacle course of logistical challenges. So at some point this year, leave behind the juice boxes and baggies of cheerios. Go somewhere adventurous with just you and your partner– somewhere it would […]

4 hard-to-reach destinations that are worth the trek

4 hard-to-reach destinations that are worth the trek

Some corners of the world defy human interference. These remote locations aren’t easy to reach, but they are well worth the extra effort. To get to the spots on this list you have to take a plane, a boat, or a ride in an all-terrain vehicle down a rough road. These are sights that will […]

5 must-see birds in the Galapagos

5 must-see birds in the Galapagos

Bird watchers who want a luxury vacation should set their sights on the Galápagos Islands. To fully appreciate these islands’ remote beauty, arrive on a luxurious cruiser. You can find beautifully appointed tour boats that provide ample space on deck for bird watching (as well as sunbathing, swimming in the built-in swimming pool, and sampling […]

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