Peter Wall doesn’t drink coffee. If he did, things might have been very different for the entrepreneurs, digital nomads and location-independent professionals who call Bali home. Wall is one of the co-founders of Hubud, the first co-working space in the central Balinese town of Ubud.
What you see and do when travelling to Patagonia depends entirely on how much time you want to spend there, how adventurous you're feeling and how much cash you have to spend. Here are a few of my top things to do in both Argentine and Chilean Patagonia.
Patagonia is a land of sublime landscapes, howling winds and towering mountains. Stay at Tierra Patagonia, in southern Chile, and its also one of the most extreme and luxurious travel experiences on the planet.
When I first visited Lima, there was just one standout local dish – ceviche: chunks of fresh fish or seafood bathed in the juice of lemons with liberal sprinklings of sea salt, cilantro and sliced red onion. The dish was ubiquitous throughout coastal South America, but in Peru it had found perfection. That was, however, the extent of the Peruvian culinary repertoire as I saw it.
‘Nicaragua’ and ‘luxury’ are words rarely uttered in the same sentence, but billionaire Carlos Pellas has resolved to change that with his newest business venture, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa.
Honduras may be a simmering pot of social injustice, political corruption and indiscriminate gang violence, but its still worth popping in for a couple of days, if only to visit the marvellous Mayan ruins at Copan, where you'll find some of the best-preserved stellae (statues) in the Mayan world.
Aldous Huxley described Lake Atitlan as "too much of a good thing," comparing it to Lake Como, in Italy, "with the additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes." I’ve never been to Lake Como, but Atitlan is definitely a lot of a good thing.
The sound of a ringing bell cuts through the still, early afternoon air in the countryside outside San Antonio de Areco, a traditional farming town 90 minutes from Buenos Aires. The noise summons the guests of La Bamba de Areco to a magnificent al fresco lunch in the shade of tall eucalyptus and acacia trees, where plates are piled high with fresh salad, grilled provoleta cheese and an endless supply of Argentine steak, which sizzles on the parilla (grill) nearby.
You could spend days walking the cobbled streets of Antigua Guatemala, one of the most colourful and picturesque cities in the Americas. So I did. While the Señorita spent a week learning Spanish at one of the city's many language schools, I spent many an indolent morning wandering around and taking photos of the colonial masterpiece.
The Guatemalan chicken bus is the quintessential symbol of travel in Central America. Images of gleaming, multicoloured 'camionetas' summon up romantic notions of carefree long-distance travel, fully immersed in the essence of a destination, invariably accompanied by colourful characters from rural Guatemala, who welcome the inquisitive traveller with a healthy mixture of hospitality and awe. At least that's the way it's portrayed in most travel literature.
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