A 17th Century Style Oasis at Ecuador's Hacienda Cusin

May 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

After an exhilarating but exhausting afternoon power shopping my way through the famed Otavalo handicraft market, I couldn't wait to hop a cab for the 10 minute ride back to my “oasis of calm,” the Hacienda Cusin. This restored 400-year-old Ecuadorian estate lies in an enchanted hodge-podge garden setting filled with a riotous display of color from the bauble-bright bougainvillea, roses and orchids, and painted, story-telling murals.... Read More

Rio de Janeiro Named World's Most Expensive Hotel City

May 15, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

It might come as a surprise to some, but Rio de Janerio was just named the world’s most expensive major city for a hotel stay, according to a new study done by travel booking site Hotel Reservation Service (HRS). From January through March of 2012, the average cost for a night in the Brazilian capital was £192.88 (approx. $300) which is almost a 50% increase from the same three-month time period in 2011.... Read More

Sofitel Hotel in Colombia Offers Elegant, Old World Vacation Experience

Mar 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

What is more elegant than a convent that has been restored to contemporary beauty? The Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel's center courtyard was probably once a place for prostrating oneself on the stone floor in preparation for prayer or admission into the order, but it is now filled with palm trees, flowers, and... Read More

Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge Wins 2012 Design Award

Mar 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Having never visited a cloud forest, which sounded to me like some magical, fantasy place where Hobbits might reside, I was really looking forward to spending the night at Mashpi Lodge, which was nestled deep in a 2,600 acre private Andean reserve. I had been forewarned that the lodge was still a few months away from being finished so I would be dining in the staff quarters, (the grand opening is scheduled for April 2012.) But I didn’t mind one iota since the lodge had just been awarded the coveted Wallpaper* magazine Design Awards 2012 for Best Resort!... Read More

Campos do Jordao | The Swiss Alpine Village with a Brazilian Twist

Oct 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Carrie Coolidge  |  1 Comment

There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. Campos do Jordao, located in the state of Sao Paulo, is known as the Brazilian Switzerland for good reason. A recent visit there revealed a unique Swiss alpine-type experience albeit with a Latin twist.... Read More

OASIS Collections A Trusted Rental Resource for South American Travelers

Oct 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Holiday property rental agencies may be a familiar concept in the States, but in less Web-logged destinations, renting a short-term home or villa can be frau... Read More

Latin America Sees Boom in Luxury Lodging Market

Aug 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Latin American luxury lodging market may prove that certain destinations always thought to be "emerging" or even third world are on their way up in the world. From beach boutiques to big brands, these new developments are showing North Americans that it's time to go south.... Read More

Guyana, South America: Travel Through the Amazon Rainforest

Jun 9, 2011  |   Contributor: Black Tomato

Take on a truly epic adventure which takes you deep to a rarely visited corner of the earth. From Guyana’s deep, mist-shrouded uncharted jungle and mighty thundering waterfalls to its rolling savannahs; traverse this mysterious land by foot, dug-out canoe, 4×4 and horseback whilst learning vital survival skills and living with the Amerindians and Vaquero cowboys, which few have ever encountered.

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South America's Chilean Patagonia Adventure Travel Itinerary

Jun 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Black Tomato

This is an incredible expedition that will take you from mountain summit to the Pacific Ocean on one continuous journey. You will climb the imposing Tres Monjas, journey along remote Andean cowboy routes and negotiate some of the most challenging white water in the world in order to complete a unique journey through one of South America's last true frontiers.

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