“You’re going all the way to Peru for only six days?” asked my less travel-mad friends. Well, yeah, Peru’s a fascinating country, and I’d have loved to go for a couple of weeks, but I wasn’t passing up the trip at a price I couldn’t refuse, even if it was a whirlwind itinerary.
South America has been on my travel to-do list for years, but there was something in particular that drew me to select Buenos Aires for my first jaunt to the Southern Hemisphere. Maybe it was the nickname the city is often given, “The Paris of South America,” that enticed me. Or maybe it was the promise […]
Setting out on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my family to the Galapagos Islands from our home in Los Angeles meant we had a super long trip ahead of us, so a relaxing stop-over was key. We flew from LA to Miami and then on to Ecuador, which is the nearest country to this stunning archipelago in […]
There’s no better way to see the Galapagos Islands and its magnificent wildlife than sailing around this spectacular archipelago on an intimate and luxurious yacht. Beyoncé and Jay-Z couldn’t do any better. Looking for a truly memorable adventure that would engage not just my husband and me but also our 7-year-old son, we set off on […]
Located in the Andes Mountains, the city of Cuenca, Ecuador, holds an old-world charm where the confluence of the Spanish Inquisition and native traditions transformed this high-altitude pueblo into the pulse of the country. Its narrow cobblestone streets are lined with panaderias, lavaderias, and heladerias (bakeries, laundromats, and ice cream parlors), where everyone from indigenous […]
By Ian Coughlan “What you just did, don’t do that.” I looked up, frozen, maté gourd in my left hand, straw in my right as Ruso’s gaze pierced through me. I had unknowingly committed a serious faux pas, altering his unique blend of maté serving, a time-endured gaucho tradition, as ingrained here as the landscape itself.
Lima? Yes, Lima. Why not Lima? Truth is, I had to do a mileage run to maintain my executive platinum status on American Airlines and had a meeting in Miami, so I thought heading south to the ceviche capital of the world was a good bet. I was right. Lima is only five hours from […]
Panicked. I screamed and felt my heart begin to race. Frantically I flipped my fins and looked up out of the water. “Hey! Help! Hey, Hey…” I saw my partner, Dan, and eight of our new friends far away with their heads in the water, snorkels straight up. No one was coming to my rescue, […]
Rio is everything. Ok, that’s a bold statement. But it really is. Take all your pre-conceived thoughts about Rio – the sex, the glamour, the gorgeous people, the beaches, the sheer expanse of it all – multiply it by about 1,000, and you have today’s Rio de Janeiro. This city is exploding. If you don’t […]