A Travellerspoint blog

January 2013

South America Hotel and Cruise List

!=definitely recommended !?= okay... ?=not recommended too much

BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro-Porto Bay Rio Internacional-4 stars-great views, rooftop pool, restaurant, bar with live music, Wi-Fi, right on the beach. !
Paraty-Pousada do Sandi-not rated-native and modern decor, spa. !
Iguaçu Falls-Hotel das Cataratas-5 stars-Wi-Fi, pool, tennis court. !

ARGENTINA

Salta-Legado Mitico-4 stars-Wi-Fi, air conditioning, TV. !?
Purmamarca-El Manantial del Silencio-4 stars-large garden, pool, Wi-Fi, spa, restaurant. !?
Buenos Aires-Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires-5 stars-spa-pool, sauna, bar. ?
The Pampas-La Bamba de Areco Estancia-not rated-pool, horseback riding, bike riding. !
Punta Ninfas-El Pedral Lodge-not rated-animal sightseeing. !?
Calafate-EOLO Patagonia's Spirit-not rated-pool, spa, great views, Wi-Fi. !
Ushuaia-Las Hayas-5 stars-spa-pool-whirlpool-Wi-Fi, great views, restaurant. !
Bariloche-Llao Llao Hotel-5 stars-spa-health club-golf course, pools, Wi-Fi, TV, minibar. !

CHILE

Torres del Paine National Park-Explora Patagonia Salto Chico-not rated-pool, hot tubs, swimming lake, horseback riding, hiking. !
Puerto Varas-Casa Molino-4 stars-great views, large rooms, Wi-Fi, garden. !?
Santiago-Grand Hyatt Santiago-5 stars-pool, waterfall, spa, parking. !?
San Pedro de Atacama-Explora Atacama Hotel de Larache-5 stars-hot tub, 4 pools, observatory, Wi-Fi, restaurant. ?

PERU

Lima-JW Marriott Lima-5 stars-great view, casino, spa, pool. !
The Amazon-Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica-not rated-jungle tours, spa. !?
Paracas-Hotel Paracas-5 stars-2 pools, yacht trips, restaurant, great views, fitness center, spa. !
Nasca-Hacienda Cantalloc-not rated-restaurant. !?
Arequipa-Hotel Libertador Arequipa-5 stars-great location. ?
Arequipa (continued)-Casa Andina Classic-3 stars-TV, Wi-Fi, great location. !
Colca Canyon-Las Casitas del Colca-5 stars-Wi-Fi, spa, pool. !?
Lake Titicaca-Hotel Titilaka-not rated-great views, many private excursions. !
Cusco-Hotel Monasterio-5 stars-courtyard, great location. !
Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)-Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo-5 stars-sauna, massages, pool, Wi-Fi, restaurant, yoga lessons, private walks, gift shop. !?

ECUADOR

Baños-Luna Runtun-4 stars-spa, pool, restaurant, garden, Wi-Fi. !
Riobamba-Abraspungo-4 stars-Wi-Fi, tennis court, garden. !
Cuenca-Mansion Alcazar-4 stars-great location, parking, Wi-Fi. !
Quito-Plaza Grande-not rated-great views, restaurant, Wi-Fi. !
Royal Palm Hotel (Galapagos Islands)-not rated-private tours, restaurant, business center, library. !?

CRUISES-
M/V Stella Australis (Cruceros Australis Cruise Line)-Around Cape Horn from Ushuaia, Argentina to Punta Arenas, Chile. Fantastic! Many great excursions! !
M/V Galapagos Explorer II-Around the Galapagos Islands from Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Paquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island. Wonderful! Hot tubs on board as well as night-time entertainment. Great naturalist guides! !

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USA to Auckland, New Zealand

Back on board...

semi-overcast 70 °F

Today we caught our twelve-hour flight to Auckland. New Zealand, HERE WE COME!!

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USA

How we spent the holidays!

all seasons in one day 20 °F

Went spent five days in Chicago seeing friends and re-stocking for our second leg of the trip. We also drove out to see my sisters, Kelly and Meredith, and their kids, Julia, Erin, Madelyn, Walker, Audrey, Ryan and Olivia. Then we drove out to Michigan to see my cousins Jonah, Elijah, Allison and Jessica. We went to Christmas Eve Mass at church and celebrated Christmas beforehand with my grandfather and my Aunt Nancy. On Christmas Day, we had a big dinner at my Aunt Marie's house with my moms family, and that night I drove out to Snowmass, Colorado with my cousins. We spent a week in Colorado skiing, and we had a lot of fun with everybody!

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Panama City to CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!!

Home at last!

overcast 45 °F

Today we caught our Copa AIrlines flight to Chicago! BACK IN THE USA!!!!!!!!!!!

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Panama City

Day 4

semi-overcast 90 °F

Today we drove out to a beach resort called the Bristol Buenaventura about 2 hours outside of Panama City. We spent the afternoon relaxing by the pool and walking along the beach.

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