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For 14 years Condé Nast’s Wendy Perrin has been analyzing more than 10,000 travel agents and tour operators to compile her annual list of who she thinks is the best to turn to for every area of travel imaginable. This year, 146 hopefuls made the list, which statistically speaking was a tougher feat to accomplish […]

Shark Week, Exito Style

August 5, 2013


As I’m sure most of you know, it is the most anticipated week of the year… Shark Week! The whole world tunes their TV’s in to Discovery Channel in earnest to see what shark filled shows are in store for them on today’s line-up. Well, as the world learns about the prehistoric Megladon, or watches […]

Spacious room with sofa, coffee table, small dining table, and comfortable chairs. Room opens onto a large patio surrounded by plants. Ceiling is two stories tall, showing a bit of the upstairs.

Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards 2011 have been announced, and a full tenth of the hotels that made the list are in Latin American countries. The categories are Fodor’s. Luxurious Retreat; top choices for a complete escape Four Seasons CarmeloCarmelo, Uruguay Whether you want to relax at the spa or at the pool, cozy up in […]

Lounging in the pool, staring out into the darkening tropical jungle, I contemplated my difficult choices.  A drink before dinner, or stay in the pool?  Decisions, decisions.  On a small group tour, that was about the toughest one I had to make.

I consider myself an independent traveler.  From my first trip as an adult, backpacking across Asia and Australia, to current jaunts with my family, I like to do it myself.  But a recent trip to Costa Rica reminded me of the pleasures and advantages of small group tours.

I was in Costa Rica for business, so was traveling alone.  I had an open weekend, but only the weekend – I had to be back in San Jose on Monday morning. I decided to maximize my time by signing up for a tour to Tortuguero National Park.  And I, super independent traveler, had a fantastic time.

Anyone who travels regularly to Latin America has heard the questions.  Right after “But isn’t it awfully dangerous?” usually comes “Don’t people get sick down there a lot?”  The answers are no and no – most of Latin American is quite safe, and people who take sensible precautions usually stay perfectly healthy.  The key is […]