All posts by Karen Catchpole

In April of 2006, SATW award-winning freelance travel journalist Karen Catchpole left her job and apartment in New York City and embarked on the ongoing Trans-Americas Journey, a 200,000 mile working road trip through North, Central, and South America. She freelances from the road for outlets including Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, American Cowboy Magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, the Sunday travel sections of the Dallas Morning News and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, BBC Travel, RoadsandKingdoms.com, Slate.com, CNN.com, and other outlets. Follow along on the Trans-Americas Journey travel blog (trans-americas.com/blog) as her little road trip continues through South America.
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Illa Hotel by Eric Mohl
Illa Hotel by Eric Mohl

Cusco, Peru — the gateway to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and epic Andean treks — is home to a long list of luxury hotels and an even longer list of hostels. Now, a growing number of boutique properties are filling that middle price gap, and offering guests intimate... Read More

 Panama City/Facebook/Visit Panama
Panama City/Facebook/Visit Panama

After nine years, billions of dollars, and dozens of delays, the massive expansion of the Panama Canal finally opened last month. While the most dramatic way to experience the NeoPanamax locks will happen in November 2017, when the Caribbean Princess launches its 10-day canal cruises ($1,000 USD to $3,600 USD), there are... Read More

Guestroom at Second Home Peru in Lima
Guestroom/Second Home Peru

Lima’s reputation as a food city is well established. There are three Lima restaurants on the 2016 The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and the city holds its own on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants as well. But where can you stay after you’ve eaten in this top gastronomic city? These three boutique hotels... Read More

Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel
Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel/Eric Mohl

Sacha Ji means “beloved mountain” in the Quechua language and the Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel and Retreat, which opened in 2013 just outside the town of Otavalo in Northern Ecuador, is surrounded by such beloved mountains, including four volcanoes. Lago San Pablo shimmers in the distance. Look long enough... Read More

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Villas B’Alam Ya in Guatemala
Villas B’Alam Ya/Eric Mohl

The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala) offer something for every traveler, from beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites. These countries are also offering a wider and wider range of hotels. To... Read More

Turtle Inn in Belize
Turtle Inn/Eric Mohl

The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala) offer something for every traveler, from beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites. These countries are also offering a wider and wider range of hotels. To... Read More

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Yandup Island Lodge in Panama
Yandup Island Lodge/Eric Mohl

The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala) offer something for every traveler, from beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites. These countries are also offering a wider and wider range of hotels. To... Read More

A suite at Casa ILB in El Salvador
Suite/Casa ILB

The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador) offer something for every traveler, from beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites. These countries are also offering a wider and wider range of hotels. To... Read More

The pool at Los Patios in Nicaragua
Pool at Los Patios/Eric Mohl

The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala) offer something for every traveler, from beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites. These countries are also offering a wider and wider range of hotels. To... Read More

Hacienda San Lucas
Eric Mohl/Hacienda San Lucas

The seven countries that make up Central America — Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala — offer something for every traveler. From beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites, there’s tons to explore. And when it comes to accommodations, these countries are also offering... Read More

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Bali Rica
Bali Rica/Eric Mohl

The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala) offer everything from beaches to volcanoes to archaeological sites — and there’s even more variety when it comes to lodging options. To help you plan your trip, we’re presenting hotels in... Read More

hacienda buenavista colombia rooms
Hacienda Buenavista

In Colombia, the Andes Mountains just north of Medellin rise to create the perfect conditions for growing some of the world’s best coffee. How good is that java, exactly? So good that UNESCO inscribed an enormous coffee growing area in the region as the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia in 2011. So... Read More