The Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is located within the walls of the Palacio Duhau, a Tudor Revival mansion built in 1890 for a railroad executive. The property was sold to the Duhau family in 1920, and after the passing of the Duhau family members, the mansion sat empty for many years. In 2002, a local developer purchased the property and sold it to Hyatt, and the hotel group restored the property and transformed it into the 5-Star hotel that it is today.
Patagonia is a sparsely populated region in the southern part of South America that is shared by Argentina and Chile. The region has a multitude of stunning climates, including the Andes mountains, deserts, grasslands and two coastlines; the western one towards the Pacific Ocean and an eastern one towards the Atlantic Ocean. The Colorado and Barrancas rivers are commonly considered the northern limit of Argentine Patagonia. There are several major tourist attractions in Patagonia, including the Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres de Paine National Park, the Valdés Peninsula, the Argentine Lake District and Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. Much of Patagonia looks like a postcard- soaring mountains, electric-blue icebergs, golden grasslands, quaint villages and crystal lakes. Click below for tips on the best way to enjoy your time in this wonderland from local, Trisha!
In Spring 2015, my husband and I ended an eight week backpacking trip through South America at Machu Picchu. We hiked up and down from the town of Aguas Calientes, and also did a separate hike inside the ruins, called Huayna Picchu. From the top of Huayna Picchu, you can look down on Machu Picchu, the rushing river, and the ruins of a village where it’s believed that the Incan priests lived. You can also see the winding road that the buses drive along to bring tourists to Machu Picchu. There are 2,500 people allowed into Machu Picchu each day, and that number of tourists really fills the ancient city….
Lima, Peru is the capital of the country and sits right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Though its colonial center is well preserved, today Lima is a bustling metropolis that’s one of South America’s largest cities. It’s known for its vibrant food scene, encompassing specialties from ceviche and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. We chatted with Lima local, Paul, about his favorite places in the city. Check it out here!
Yandup Island is a part of the San Blas archipelago on the northeast part of Panama, very close to Colombia. There is an island for each day of the year (365 in total!) and each is owned by a different Kuna Yala family. The Kuna Yala are an indigenous people who have been given a refreshing level of protection, recognition and autonomy from the Panamanian government following a revolution in the early 20th century. The islands on the San Blas archipelago all vary, but with one look through TripAdvisor, we understood how rustic each could be. The very best rated island/hotel is Yandup Lodge, which is a five minute boat ride from the Playon Chico airport. It sits atop a coral reef.
Isla Verde is located on Santa Cruz La Laguna, a community of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. This remote hotel is reachable only by boat, and is accessible from the main town and port of Panajachel. The hotel has blossomed with a recent change of ownership. Upon arrival at the dock, we noticed a charming lakefront restaurant (Slow Food Cafe) to our left, a sunbathing dock to our right, and in between, a series of huts winding up the mountain, blending naturally into the lush scenery. We were instantly giddy.