Category: Ecuador

10 must-see natural wonders of Latin America

10 must-see natural wonders of Latin America

Latin America has achieved a reputation for being rich in natural beauty and grandiose wonders. While the continent boasts multitudes of natural wonders, here are my top picks to get a healthy dose of nature on your next adventure in Latin America. 1. Amazon rainforest Of course, the Amazon rainforest is my number one pick, [...]

Top 5 South American places to explore in Spring

Top 5 South American places to explore in Spring

South America is best to be explored in between the months of October and April, which makes it the best destination in the winter and spring months. With such a varied continent and many sights to discover, it’s hard to pin point where you should explore within this 7-month period. Lets take a look at [...]

6 of the best luxury hotels at the world’s most iconic locations

6 of the best luxury hotels at the world’s most iconic locations

There are certain sites in the world which many of us would count as ‘must see’ travel highlights. For some of these iconic spots there are nearby places to stay which really do have the best positions imaginable. Staying in such top luxury properties very much adds to the experience of these very special places. [...]

Top 10 places in South America to visit this Easter

Top 10 places in South America to visit this Easter

South America is very proud of its Roman Catholic heritage and traditions, and none more so than the present with the recent appointment of the first South American Pope, Pope Francis. If you are deliberating on where to go in South America this Easter, then here are 10 ideas that will help you make up [...]

5 wild mating rituals from the Galapagos Islands

5 wild mating rituals from the Galapagos Islands

In evolutionary theory, “survival of the fittest” doesn’t capture the whole picture. As Charles Darwin pointed out, it is not brute strength alone that wins out in evolution but the ability of a species to adapt to change. Courtship matters. Attractiveness to mates is quite important for the passing along of well-adapted genes. The Galapagos [...]

Galapagos cruises versus hotel-based island hopping

Galapagos cruises versus hotel-based island hopping

Sea legs. Of all the new sensations during my visit to the Galapagos Islands, that was perhaps the strangest. On about day five of my seven-day catamaran cruise aboard Treasures of Galapagos, I began to notice it. When we made it ashore to a visitor site, I was still swaying, still compensating for the gentle [...]

Combine two World Wonders with a Machu Picchu Galapagos vacation

Combine two World Wonders with a Machu Picchu Galapagos vacation

With frequent and reliable flights throughout South America, luxury travellers are now taking full advantage of everything that South America has to offer, and combining multiple destinations in one comprehensive vacation. One of the most in demand trips combines the highlights of Ecuador and Peru, to create a once-in-a-life-time Machu Picchu Galapagos vacation. There are [...]

Interview with Chef Tommes, Chef and Owner of That Little Wine Bar

Interview with Chef Tommes, Chef and Owner of That Little Wine Bar

What do you do if you’ve hunted high and low for a decent wine bar but there’s none to be found in your home town? For Chef Tommes and his wife Louise, the answer was simple – they opened their own! That Little Wine Bar in Georgetown, Penang, has attracted rave reviews (including on this [...]

Cruising the Galapagos Islands on M/Y Grace

Cruising the Galapagos Islands on M/Y Grace

After spending five weeks in the Galapagos Islands, young Charles Darwin’s outlook on life was radically changed forever. Phewwwwt… it only took me a week of cruising these remote “Enchanted Islands – located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador – to realize that this truly was a trip of a lifetime. After spending [...]

Interview with Mery Calderon, President of Kuoda Travel

Interview with Mery Calderon, President of Kuoda Travel

Mery Calderon is the founder and President of Kuoda Travel, a tour operator that pioneered private luxury travel in Peru. Born and educated in Cusco, she is an expert in the Andean region and has shown countless guests the majesty of Machu Picchu and the warmth of Peruvian culture. After growing up in her mother’s [...]

Interview with Jack Sarvary, CEO of Itinerie

Interview with Jack Sarvary, CEO of Itinerie

Jack Sarvary is the co-founder and CEO of Itinerie, a flash-sale startup. Itinerie expands on flash-sale sites like Jetsetter and Vacationist by offering full luxury vacation packages, rather than just hotels. All of these luxury one-week packages are fully private and include all accommodations and transportation to 2-4 destinations in a single Latin American country. [...]

Big Five Tours & Expeditions offers a new approach to luxury Galapagos travel

For years, countless luxury cruise ships have carried curious travelers to and through the Galapagos Islands. With the arrival of a few select  luxury properties, demanding travellers now have the opportunity to enjoy a land-based luxury Galapagos travel experience. Big Five Tours and Expeditions now offers Galapagos travel opportunities that include the Galapagos Safari Camp, [...]

Sail the Galapagos with Darwin’s great great grandson

Sail the Galapagos with Darwin’s great great grandson

To  mark a number of special Galapagos themed anniversaries, Reef & Rainforest Tours is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Charles Darwin’s great, great grandson Randal Keynes on a special, exclusive fundraising cruise (in aid of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos Conservation Trust)  around the Galapagos. The trip  sets sail on 24th October [...]

See the Galapagos in style

See the Galapagos in style

Arguably the best way to see the Galapagos is with Celebrity Cruises. Their Celebrity Xpedition carries just 98 passengers – fairly small by cruising standards.  Spoil yourself with a suite and you’ll be treated to floor-to-ceiling windows, not to mention  a variety of little extras  such as cold towels after each expedition.

Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in South America, according to Tripadvisor

Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires, Argentina Miraflores Park Hotel – Lima, Peru Sofitel Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires, Argentina Caesar Park Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires, Argentina JW Marriott Hotel Quito – Quito, Ecuador Claridge Hotel – Buenos Aires, Argentina Alvear Palace Hotel – Buenos Aires, Argentina Emiliano Hotel – Sao Paolo, [...]

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

iExplore, named the Best Adventure Travel Website by Forbes Magazine and Travel + Leisure, has announced a list of top 10 world travel destinations as determined by purchases made by adventure and experiential travellers.   Egypt retains its number one spot, but South Africa jumps to the number 2 spot (from 19th position the year [...]

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