For travelers visiting Lima, the desert oasis of Huacachina is a must-visit location. While this quaint locale of southwestern Peru is almost a five-hour drive from the capital city, it is well worth the travel.
Here, travelers will find an enormous lagoon among a sea of endless desert. According to legend, the lagoon is home to a beautiful mermaid. While commercial groups have, to the displeasure of many locals, invaded the area, preservationist foundations made efforts to keep the habitat intact and pump water back into the lagoon.
Perhaps the most sought-after experience of Huacachina is surfing down the nearby monstrous desert dunes. For around $40, travelers can take guided dune buggies out into the waves of white sand. Once atop one of the dunes, travelers can take sunset photos and often listen to the echoing dance music of others in the area — including the Peruvian elite as well as backpackers from all over the world. Those brave enough then ride sand boards — similar to snowboards — down the mountain, either by standing or by lying down on the board.
Other notable attractions in the area include winery tours and trips to the nearby Ballestas Islands where creatures like sea lions, seals and Humbolt penguins can be spotted. Additionally, visitors can take a flight in a small plane and behold the more than 70 mysterious ancient desert formations known as the Nazca lines.
Montage Los Cabos partners with Chef Mauro Colagreco of the award-winning Mirazur restaurant in France on an exclusive Mirazur Beyond Borders experience. Chef Mauro will take up residency at the resort for the dinner series, Feb. 9–18. The unique dining experience highlights the rich culinary traditions of Mexico, ingredients from the Baja Peninsula and sustainable cooking techniques. The dinner experience starts at $550 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $160. Book reservations here.
Now that concerts, sports games and other live events are back, everyone is rushing to see their favorite artists, sports teams and more, with many traveling for an event. The AC Hotel Orlando Downtown has the perfect offer for those visiting Orlando, Florida.
Choose Chicago and United Airlines currently collaborate on an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Apprenticeship Program, also with support from Tourism Diversity Matters. United Airlines fully funds the program in 2022, and one lucky candidate will be selected to complete the competitive pilot program.
Santa Fe County, New Mexico, recently announced the launch of the Santa Fe County Experience app to exhibit the many sites and businesses found in the county through different itineraries. Visitors and locals using the app can easily plan trips in the county and explore both well-known and hidden features found in Santa Fe County.
Four new properties are set to debut in New York City and Los Angeles in 2022 from developer and real estate investor Lightstone and Moxy Hotels. Two new Moxy hotels will open in New York: Moxy Lower East Side and Moxy Williamsburg. One new Moxy hotel and one dual-branded Moxy and AC hotel will open in Los Angeles: Moxy Los Angeles Downtown and AC Hotel Los Angeles Downtown.
The nation’s oldest and largest celebration honoring the first president of our country, Washington’s Birthday Celebration, returns to Laredo, Texas, for the 124th year. A celebration lasting more than a month, Jan. 21–Feb. 27, this party includes more than 28 events, such as a jalapeno eating contest, a Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball and more. The month-long celebration draws a crowd of more than 400,000 people and offers some of the most well-known social events in South Texas.