Mayan Calendar-End of the World-Mexico tourism increased

A Good Year for Latin America
There were certainly some ups and downs this year and we’re still not out of this worldwide recession. For most of Latin America though, 2012 was a good year. Assuming the world doesn’t end tomorrow, of course.The Mayan Calendar hype was a big tourism booster for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and a small corner of Honduras. The rapid ascension of Brazil’s economy (and currency value) has brought many American nations a burst of new tourists. While some countries struggled with high crime, conditions actually got better in Colombia, Nicaragua, and Mexico. For the latter, the presidential election came off without the usual drawn-out theatrics and that country’s economy continues to grow, despite the drag from the U.S. problems. It’s been nothing short of boomtime in Chile and Panama.There were problems of course, as there always will be. Argentina’s fiscal slide got worse and many luxury brands pulled out of the country due to import restrictions. Honduras and Guatemala are fighting drug crime battles. Even Brazil has more people than available jobs with a population growing too quickly. But overall, it was a very good year for the region and regional tourism.
What’s New in Luxury Latin America?
We’re still busy posting new material through the end of the year, so follow the links below or keep an eye on the blog as new reviews and stories get posted.This month we posted two new hotel reviews from Ecuador: unique Maspi Reserve Lodge in the cloudforest and Casa Gangotena in Quito—which in my opinion is the clear leader now in the capital. Check out our blog post on their walking gastronomy tour in the historic center.We were also happy to be able to add another upscale boutique hotel in Santiago, Chile – Lastarria.If you’re dreaming about a warm weather escape already, check out our new review of Villa del Palmar in Loreto, Baja – Mexico.
Coming SoonThe best way to keep up with new items as they go up is to subscribe to the RSS feed of our blog . There I also toss in notable travel news from Latin America, reviews of airlines active there, and the occasional relevant wine or spirits review. You can also follow us on Twitter at LuxLatinamerica or join us on Facebook .Before the end of the year we’ll have a story up on touring mainland Ecuador with Metropolitan Touring and will kick off the new year with my story on a Travesia tour with explora through southern Bolivia to the Atacama Desert of Chile.At the end of this week we’ll post a review of Alto Atacama in Chile and will be updating the Explora Atacama review as well as our “Excursions in the Atacama Desert” tour story.We’ve got lots of great things in the planning stages for the first half of 2013, with trips in the works to Chile, Panama, Mexico, Uruguay, and Peru. We’ll keep bringing you the “best of the best” in luxury hotels and tours in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Stay tuned.

Have a good holiday season!

Timothy Scott
Editor, Luxury Latin America 200212_510485772315214_1041424418_n


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