• Mezcal: the Hippest Export from Oaxaca, Mexico

    Mezcal: the Hippest Export from Oaxaca, Mexico

    Billed in the London Metro as “tequila’s smokier little brother” and in the New York Times as “tequila’s brash, more rustic cousin,” mezcal has become the cool drink of choice for those in the know. When just a few years ago it was almost impossible to find this potent agave-based liquor outside of Mexico, it is now on the trendiest …

  • Time to Revive Spirit of Kennedy Era “Alliance for Progress”?

    Time to Revive Spirit of Kennedy Era “Alliance for Progress”?

    Since 1944, Latin American countries have continually sought closer economic ties with the United States, only to be rebuffed time and again. Successive U.S. administrations, for their part, have signaled varying degrees of indifference to the region to their south. U.S. engagement, when it came, was piecemeal and narrowly restricted toward security ties in an attempt to inure the United …

  • Getting in the Groove in Montevideo’s Barrio Sur

    Getting in the Groove in Montevideo’s Barrio Sur

    Pat Antuña Yarza Visitor’s to Montevideo’s Barrio Sur neighborhood won’t want to miss Central Cemetery, the final resting place of many famous Uruguayans, or the chance to hear distinctive candombe music. I will tell you the dreams of my life  On this deepest of blue nights.  In your hands my soul will tremble,  On your shoulders my cross will rest. …

  • Surf’s Always Up in Nicaragua

    Surf’s Always Up in Nicaragua

    Having experienced a real boom in recent years, Nicaragua’s tourist sector is beginning to rival that of its more lauded neighbor Costa Rica. After agriculture, tourism is now Nicaragua’s second biggest industry, with visitors commonly drawn by everything from off-the-grid ecological yoga retreats to all-inclusive resort packages. Nicaragua stands to prosper greatly from a deal with China to fund a …

  • The Secret to True Jamaican Jerk

    The Secret to True Jamaican Jerk

    Jamaica. The name instantly evokes an image of pristine waters embraced by immaculate sandy shores, with a year-round welcoming sun and hospitable people. But there’s much more to this humble island of 2.8 million inhabitants. An innate creativity and abundance of natural resources allow for an extensive selection of exquisite and remarkably unique products such as Jamaican jerk. Bold and …

  • In Barranquilla, Get to Know the Authentic El Caribe

    In Barranquilla, Get to Know the Authentic El Caribe

    More than a museum, the Museo del Caribe in Barranquilla’s Parque del Cultural Caribe offers an exciting immersion into the region’s fascinating cultural and natural makeup.  Although guided tours are not mandatory, they are highly recommended as the guides will provide details of fascinating exhibits that you might never discover on your own. Opened in 2009, the Museo is the …

  • Cuba is Fast Becoming a More Accessible Destination for US Travelers

    Cuba is Fast Becoming a More Accessible Destination for US Travelers

    One of the world’s hottest travel destinations lies just 90 miles off the coast of Florida, yet it is one that few US citizens have ever had the opportunity to visit. This is gradually beginning to change, as more and more Americas are finding it is now possible to visit Cuba. Megastars Beyonce and Jay-Z became the most high-profile US …

  • Getting the Most From Your Night Out in Buenos Aires

    Getting the Most From Your Night Out in Buenos Aires

    By Emily Stewart New York the city that never sleeps? Try Buenos Aires. From restaurants and cafes to bars and dance clubs (or “boliches,” as the Argentines call them), the Buenos Aires nightlife is booming. But beware: things start late in the Argentine capital, so don’t be shocked if you’re up until sunrise … and try to fit in a …

  • How and Where to Buy a Home in San Jose, Costa Rica

    How and Where to Buy a Home in San Jose, Costa Rica

    By Patrick Haller Is Costa Rican living right for you? Buying a home is never an easy prospect, and when that purchase is in a foreign country it can be a much harder decision and process. San José, the country’s capital located in the Central Valley, is where most of Costa Rica’s excitement is. A relatively small city with a …

  • “Take Time to Lime” When Visiting Trinidad

    “Take Time to Lime” When Visiting Trinidad

    By Loren Moss Most Caribbean island nations have focused on their natural beauty and friendly inhabitants to create a tourism-based economy, but Trinidad, the largest island in the Lesser Antilles, has taken a different approach that has served it well. The twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago has many of the same assets as its Caribbean brethren, but while Tobago …