ARGENTINA: Go Take a Hike!

Cynthia Blair Kane goes off the beaten track to explore some of Argentina’s most inspirational trails. We all know that what makes us put on our hiking boots and tie up our laces isn’t the act of putting one foot in front of the other, rather the experience of being surrounded by the phenomena that is the natural world. So imagine walking pristine dirt paths, then rounding a rugged ridge to … [Read more...]

Todos Santos Music Festival To Rock BAJA CALIFORNIA

R.E.M.’s Peter Buck hosts second-annual fest where everyone has a great time for a good cause. So what do you do if you spent the past three decades in one of the world’s biggest rock bands, and it suddenly (but amicably) dissolves?  If you’re Peter Buck – and a rocker who just wants to jam – you gather a bunch of your like-minded alt-rock buddies and head south for three weeks of … [Read more...]

Dreaming of PERU

Striking visuals and musings on Peru's rich and diverse attractions by adventure traveler and trip leader John Montgomery, founder of Mosaico Travel.   Peru occupies my daydreams with unique regularity. As a fifth-grader I was amazed by a photo of Machu Picchu, and vowed to see the legendary ruins first-hand. As soon as I was able, I left for Peru. The reality exceeded my … [Read more...]

CAFAYATE: Argentina’s Other Wine Country

David Jenison sips some vino and navigates a less traveled region producing some of Argentina's finest white wines. Most wine drinkers know about Mendoza, but the Salta region in central-north Argentina is the country’s fastest rising star. Cafayate, about four hours south of Salta city, leads the way with such international bodegas as Vasija Secreta, Quara, La Rosa, Nanni and … [Read more...]

The Top Five SWIMMING POOLS In The World

World-class competitive swimmer Alex Kostich goes in search of the world's splashiest swimming pools and comes up with five gold medalists. It’s the middle of the summer and the dog days are upon us; beach parking is virtually non-existent, and your hotel pool is full of cannonball-ing kids and ominous patches of cloudy … [Read more...]

BELIZE: Exploring Caves, Ruins & Cuisine at Ka’ana Resort

Travel writer and “Top Chef Masters” judge Krista Simmons explores the wild side of Belize through the luxe lens of Ka'ana Resort. I'll come right out with it: I'm not a resort-type traveler. Don't get me wrong, I love a hot stone massage as much as the next girl, but it's always been my contention that there's an element of authenticity that's lost when you wall yourself off in five star … [Read more...]

RELAIS & CHATEAUX: A Legacy of Extraordinary Hospitality

Stéphane Junca, R&C's Director of Member Services, Asia Pacific, tells us what makes this association of hotels and restaurants so unique and why the next time you plan a trip, you should look them up. Long before Zagat’s, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Frommer’s or Luxe, there was the much coveted Relais & Chateaux Guide, which any sophisticated world traveler worth their salt wouldn’t … [Read more...]

COLOMBIA: Booze, Beer and Bodegas in Bogotá

Writer David Jenison revs up for sampling fine wine at Expovinos and tracks Bogota's best B's. With the country reaching its safest levels in modern times, Colombia has become the hot new South American destination. In fact, Paul McCartney just made his live debut in the country's capital, Bogotá, last April, and major events and festivals are popping up every month. Speaking of which, the … [Read more...]

Tasteful Travel: LATIN AMERICAN Cooking Classes (Part 2)

Foodie David Jenison explores cooking classes in Latin America and finds a few savory surprises like iguana stew. SE Asia might be the leader in tourist cooking classes, but Latin America is spicing up the competition. From Mexico to Argentina, classes are popping up everywhere to help travelers pair that Don Julio bottle with something other than tacos and nachos. Wine-store junkies … [Read more...]

Exploring CHILE: Santiago and Beyond

Michael Webb navigates Chile's heartland, from the bustling capital of Santiago to provincial villages on the fringes of the Atacama Desert. Chile is 4300 km long and the best-known attractions are at opposite ends: the huge Atacama Desert in the north, and the even vaster expanse of Patagonia in the south. The mid-section is underrated but has plenty to offer. A third of the 17 million … [Read more...]