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Future Destinations - Central & South America

 

South America

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Argentina - Buenos Aires

Hit 10 Tango scenes

April (Fall)

2004 list

Gaucho life 2 gaucho ranches (b&bs) within 80 miles of Buenos Aires
Patagonia San Huberto Lodge: fishing, horseback riding, hunting

Eolo, large estancia-style lodge near El Calafate.  Rustic-chic suites.  Base for Patagonia touring.

Combine with Chile Patagonia: inter-island ship tour from Ushuaia/Wulaia Bay.  Include passage through Nena Glacier, Tierra del Fuego NP, Cabo de Hornos NP.

Brazil Amazon

NYT: new jungle resorts near Manaus but much deeper into the jungle than earlier resorts.

 

Manaus: International Mazonas Opera Festival (April-May). Stay at Tropical Hotel on river bank, with outdoor pool, gardens. Food @ Marcado Municipal. Local speciality: fish wrapped in banna leaves. Follow with stay at Juma Lodge, 3 hours from Manaus.
Bolivia Shahaf's recommendation:  Sorata, small town in the Andes (near La Paz)

San Pedro, Chili - see below

Chili San Pedro: Northern desert etc, on Bolivia border

Hiking in the Torres del Paine National Park: stay at Explora Lodge on Lake Pehoe with view of nearby snowcapped Andes from the Cordillera Paine rooms. Indoor jacuzzies/sauna too. 

Dominican Rep Environmentally "green" resort in  Dominica (island) (see photo map)
Ecuador  

 

Cotopaxi Volcano, Cotopaxi National Park, Amazon

Markets: weavers, folk arts

Stay at Osteria Cusin (lovely local, great food), Hosteria La Cienega (stately, historic),

La Selva - remote, secluded, top rated rain forest lodge, with professional guides

Yachana Lodge: eco-lodge; medicinal jungle plants; educational; jungle;  Conde Nast eco-tourism award

Traditional farms "autentico" Haciendas: on the Avenue of the Volcanoes- Hacienda Zuleta Hacienda San Agustin De Callo Hosteria Hacienda Pinsaque (1790 period furniture, up close to Imbarbura volcano- activities: Mt biking town to town roads; 19kft volcanoes, Lake San Pablo

Quito (capital city): Mariachi band at the posh Vista Hermosa rest.; twisted Pan Am Highway around volcanoes to Hacienda Zuleta in Ibarra to the N of Quito - horseback riding; Drive S of Quito to San Agustin de Callo hacienda, in the shadow of the best volcano: Cotopaxi. & then the grand finalli: remote Sacha Lodge, reached by plane+motoboat+walk

Combine with trip to Galapagos

New York Times Recommendation 2014: 3 sides of Equador

Honduras     Eco lodge: Pico Bonito. 4-poster beds; biking, hiking, climbing, jaguars
Peru Amazon

 

Jewish community: Israeli's travelogue
Amazon Queen: 12 suite 4-day luxury boat cruise of Amazon headwaters

       
  Manchu Picchu  

National Geographic/Adventure recommends: fly to Cusco; day altitude acclimatize; drink a Pisco sour; 6:15 am train to site, shuttle to ruins, linger at site after most tourist have left; hike to Huayna Picchu;  hang out there into the night; return by moonlight; affordable luxury stay @ Pueblo Hotel (also this pdf file) also visit site very early, before tourists arrive.  Also: Hike to Hauscaran National Park, Cordillera Blanca peaks, 15kft pass;

Uruguay

Montevideo: Jog the Rambla

 

NYT: Serious running

 

 

Central America

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Mexico

The ultimate on the beach spot

 

S. of Puerto Vallarta: NYT: Hotelito Desconocido, 24 thateched cabans, also featured in Nat Geo Traveler 9/2008.

Hotelito photos; Hotelito web site

Verana coast resort (nr Puerto Vallarta)

Oaxaca
San Carlos - the off-the-grid resort town on E side of Sea of Cortez. Mellow. Setting for Catch-22.

Mexico City The cantinas (bars & Mariachis) hop tour: La Nueva Opera in downtown Centro Historico (with bullet hole in ceiling from Mex revolutionary); La Unica de Guerrero in a gritty neighborhood next to Centro (take taxi), local dishes (roasted goat); La Autentica (Roma district) - few tables, great band; La Guadalupana in the Coyoacan district - old mexican, intellectual/working crowd; La Jaliscience - further south of Coyoacan, roving musicians. & finally, La Polar, near Paseo de la Reforma: Sunday afternoon with spicy birreo, goat meat, and Mariachis.
On and off the Copper Canyon Railroad - NYT 2006
Road trips Jan-Feb

Trip 1. Mil Cumbres (a 1000 summits): Morelia - Toluca - 9000 ft forests - Angangueo (where monarch butterfly hangs out in winter)

 

Trip 2. Highway 120: Sierra Gorda, coffee plantations, mountains, desert, Guanajuato and Patzcuaro, Chichen Itza, Palenque.  Can rent motorbikes with Mexican insurance (expensive).

Baja

Jan-Feb

Playa Esmeralda, near town of San Ignacio: palm oasis, Jesuit mission, & the legendary Restaurant Chalita

 

San Pedro Martir National Park: is along Highway 1 and has best hiking in Baja; forested, 10,000 feet, and only a few hours from US border.  Picaho del Diablo hike (to the peak); Scout Peak hike (views).

 

Ensenada: wine country resort: Las Brisas del valle, recently renamed La Villa del Valle

 

Off-road motorcycling.

 

Sea of Cortez

Oct-May

Sea & Adventures 9-day sea-kayaking safaris ($1200) (can also hike, swim)

Barbuda & Antigua

 

 

Antigua's Cocos: beach front suites, nature, nearby hiking  Avoid May 1 Sailing week.

 

Resorts at Bahia Concepcion

Belize

Mayan history, beach, & jungle

 

Wash Post

Marine Reserve & jungle safari: Indian Creek Lodge, Belize Lodge & Escursions, Ballum Na Lodge (for jaguars concentration), Jungle Camp, Moho Cay Lodge (Marine Reserve, beaches, very remote, very secluded).  Adventure Island: $1000/4 days, has huts on the beach, coral reef nearby, UNESCO world heritage site.

Jungle lodge: Ballum Na (House of the Jaguar): jaguars outside your guest room

Cheap "resort" lodging at working cattle ranch near Cayo

 

Robert's Caye: a recluse "lodge" of four over water cabins. 10 miles, 1/2 hour by boat, from Placencia.  Message at Placencia Turtle Inn.

Costa Rica

 

 

Eco lodges: Hotel Punta Islita: forest hiking; open-air dining room over ocean; beach; nearby villages; kayaking; horseback; reasonable $; numerous awards incl Conde Nast.

Nicaragua

Active Volcanoes

 

NYT 12/17/2006 (1) (2)

 

Nov-Dec (too hot & humid other times)

 

Beach: San Juan Del Sur, a tranquil fishing village nestled at the head of a horseshoe-shaped bay.

Jungle hiking nearby: Isla Ometepe (recommend taking local guide)

 

Little Corn Island: Derek's Place (rustic straw cabins, power by solar panels and wind). Beach at Grace's Place.  Casa Iguana beach (white sand, palm trees, no people). Ensuenos resort

 

Eco friendly resort & jungle, rain forest: very up sacle Pacuare Jungle Lodge.