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 [...]
Whether you plan on sipping wine in Mendoza and Salta, snapping photos of glaciers and granite spires as you backpack across the Fitz Roy Range, or dancing the tango in Buenos Aeries, you can get to Argentina on one of the world’s safest airlines. Aerolineas Argentinas just announced that SKYTRAX named them one of the [...]
Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano continues to disrupt travel in South America, although activity has lessened in recent days.
Travel in Argentina and Uruguay has been the most severely impacted, with airport closures yesterday in Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
While many towns in Chile have been doused with ash, air travel has been less affected. But as the ash cloud spreads over the Pacific, travel between Australia and South American is the latest casualty. Qantas in particular has chosen not to operate under the current conditions.
If you are scheduled to fly to Buenos Aires or Montevideo within the next week, please keep in close contact with your Exito agent or the airline. While the situation seems to be improving, there may still be flight cancellations or delays.
Every seasoned traveler has their list of special stuff that they always take along, stuff that over the years has proved its use again and again. Here’s my personal list of things that go in my bag whenever I start packing for a trip (besides the obvious ones of passport, clothes, money, and a copy of my e-ticket – but those are all subjects for another blog!)
1) A pen. Don’t laugh – you will need it before you even get off the airplane, to fill out all those forms for customs and immigration. It’s nice to not start off a trip trying to figure out how to say “May I borrow your pen?” in another language.
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.