Day Trip from Rio: Petrópolis

Only an hour’s drive north from Rio, the summer getaway of the Brazilian emperor and his family still provides a welcome refuge. Aside from imperial trappings. Petrópolis offers a cool respite, fine food, and mountain scenery.

Exploring Brazil’s Cocoa Coast: Ilhéus

Today, traces of the legacy of the “colonels” can be glimpsed by wandering among the handful of grandiose mansions and civic buildings of Ilhéus’s small historical center. Surrounded by native Atlantic forest and, to the north and south, boasting some attractive white-sand beaches—Ilhéus is well worth exploring.

The Best of Costa Rica in Two Weeks

Few visitors have time to explore Costa Rica from tip to toe, but this two-week itinerary takes in half a dozen of the best national parks, a potpourri of active adventures, and many of the best sights.

Following the Stars

ne of my earlier travel memories is of a family trip to France in which I discovered not only pain au chocolat and chestnut trees, but stars. I don’t mean stars as in celestial bodies, but stars as in the precise and pointed symbols, assembled in ones, twos, and threes, that conferred worthiness on every […]

Experiencing Guatemala’s Best on a Budget

Americans are not always aware that Guatemala is one of the best travel values in the world. For a very reasonable price, you can get a whole new perspective in Guatemala, with enough cash left over to treat yourself along the way to some fine restaurants and hotels that would probably cost two or three times as much in the U.S.

Jamaica’s Best with Oliver Hill

Oliver Hill, author of Moon Jamaica, talks about the best resort package deals, the best places to stay for budget conscious travelers, the best music festivals, and more.

Escape to Toque (Alagoas)

Perhaps the most beautiful and remote beaches of Alagoas are those that lie along its northern coast between the mostly modern capital of Maceió and the Pernambucano frontier, in or around the municipality of São Miguel dos Milagres.

Escape to Toque Toque (São Paulo)

One of the most interesting aspects of traveling around and researching a travel guide is the stories one comes across of people who unexpectedly, and sometimes radically, abandon “conventional” lives in search of alternative ones.