The night is black as coal. Gioconda Cabrera, dressed as a 19th century señorita, leads our horse and carriage tour - to a graveyard. She talks to the guard. He unlocks the gates. With only a penlight for illumination, we walk the main path. Massive marble tombs and a huge chapel stand like giant apparitions. Cabrera stops. At the grave of Fruta Chamorro Pérez, the first president of Nicaragua, Gioconda breaks into a haunting aria. I can’t imagine how much a passerby would be spooked by her
As Colombia opens itself up to tourism it is enticing visitors to take a look at all the jewels one can find there. It is actually quite easy to get to the destination and make these discoveries.
When you think of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands almost certainly come to mind. However, you would be wrong to count some of Ecuador’s mainland cities out as unique places to visit. There are plenty of cultural gold mines to be discovered inside this small country located between Peru and Columbia.
The New York Times recently named Mexico City (also referred to as CDMX) as the No. 1 place to visit in 2016, calling it a “destination that radiates energy and a metropolis that has it all.” And, whether you’re touring through museums, dining in world-renowned restaurants or indulging in some delicious street food, everyone is sure to fall in love with this historic destination.
If you think the only two large international Mexican airlines are Aeromexico and Mexicana, let me interject with Interjet Airlines - celebrating its 11th birthday.
While trekking around Machu Picchu’s magnificent ruins, I can’t get my head around the fact that the Incas schlepped all those rocks to nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. Wouldn’t it have been easier on their backs to build the city a couple of thousand feet lower?
Though Machu Picchu is Peru’s main tourist attraction, Peru has a lot more to discover. Don’t pass up an opportunity to spend some days in Lima. If time allows, visit the unique Amazon and the Plains of Nazca.
JAX FAX recently had the pleasure of traveling to El Salvador to participate in the El Salvador Travel Market, the country’s annual event to connect North American buyers with El Salvador’s tourism vendors.
Comprised of two towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos provides an active adventure or low-key escape based on traveler’s interests. Sandwiched between an expansive desert and the coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortes, this destination has seen a record number of visitor arrivals for the last three years in a row. And, with a growing number of hotels and one of the highest national occupancy rates, at around 80%, Mexico’s resort destination of Los Cabos is set for another growth spurt.
In the adventure sector, Central and South American destinations continue to rise. The bio-diversity and ever-changing landscapes lend themselves to all, from nature watching to intrepid adventures, and everything in between. These three adventure destinations each have the well-tread, iconic hotspots, as well as the hidden gems.
Seven countries make up Central America. Mexico is not one of them. They are Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama. With the exception of Belize where the official language is English, natives speak Spanish. Though many countries have fabulous Mayan ruins, jungles and beautiful beaches, each is unique.