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Kichic Boutique Hotel

KiCHIC is located in front of the beach in the northern Peruvian surf town of Mancora.

The “Ki” is a nod to the Japanese concept of vitality, and the “chic” is an indication of the owners’ signature style–a breezy blend of simplicity and comfort.

Each of the nine guest rooms incorporates local materials and has an individual personality.

In-room amenities include:

  • Hair dryer
  • Security box
  • Desk
  • AC
  • Bathrobes
  • Cotton Sheets
  • TV and DirecTV
  • Bath products
  • Towels
  • Minibar
  • Tea Set

Barro

The Barro room has access to the KiCHIC gardens and a shared terrace.


Elefante 

This room has an outdoor private terrace with views of the ocean and KiCHIC gardens.


Hualtaco

This room is 753 square feet and has access to a shared outdoor terrace and KiCHIC gardens.


Ki

This room features a private terrace with ocean views. There’s a bathroom with outdoor shower.


Piedra

This room features a private terrace and is surrounded by a large stone wall. It has garden views.


Suite Himalaya

This suite has a queen-sized bed, ocean views and private terrace.


Suite Chic

This suite has an outdoor terrace with a wooden deck, sunbeds, a beach views and private beach access. Inside, there’s a large bathroom with an outdoor shower and living room.


Suite Balance

Suite Balance has a small living room and a spacious bathroom with outdoor shower. Its outdoor terrace features a small private pool.


Suite Neem 

Suite Neem is Suite Balance’s twin sister. It also has a compact living room, and bathroom with outdoor shower. Outside it has a private terrace with a small pool, sun beds, and partial ocean-view.

Amenities 

Among the amenities available at KiChic are:

  • Vegetarian restaurant offering seasonal vegetables harvested from the organic garden
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Sun deck
  • Gardens
  • Wi-Fi

Activities 

KiCHIC offers deep-tissue massages at its spa.  Yoga and meditation sessions are also available.

LANDED also arranges kite-surfing and surfing classes, whale watching tours, cooking classes, desert tours, and private cinema screenings on the beach.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT KICHIC HOTEL? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Harmony Hotel Nosara

Harmony Hotel Nosara is a family-owned boutique hotel adjacent to Playa Guiones—one of Costa Rica’s best loved surf beaches.

The beach is accessed by a short trail through the “wall of nature” required as a buffer to development.

Once a simple motel, Harmony Hotel Nosara was purchased by its current owners as a way to protect the site from overdevelopment.

Accommodations

The 24 airy guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings, native wood, and crisp linens. The bungalow category rooms add private sun porches and hammocks.

Each guest room is furnished with air conditioning, ceiling fan, television, security box, mini-bar, and hairdryer. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

This stay includes a full a la carte breakfast and one yoga class per day for each guest.


Cocos

These 10 rooms are each 240 square feet and feature a private patio, outdoor shower, King-size bed, and can accommodate up to 2 adults and a crib.

An outdoor deck patio features a white hammock and rainforest trees.

Bungalows

The 13 bungalows are 350 square feet and feature a private deck, outdoor shower and King-size bed. The bungalows can accommodate up to 4 people.

This suite features a sofa, king bed, wood panels, and outdoor view.

Suite

The hotel’s two-bedroom suite can accommodate two families of 4 is 700 square feet. Each bedroom has a sofa that may be used as a twin bed.

The suite features a bathroom, shower, and tub, wooden deck and sitting area.

The interior of the harmony suite with a king-size bed, outdoor window, wood beamed ceiling.

Villa 1

This 2,875 square foot villa features 3 beds, 3 bathrooms and can sleep 6 adults. The villa is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, lounge area, outdoor shower, private pool, King-size bed and day bed.

The interior of this Harmony Villa has wood beamed ceilings, large kitchen with bar table, chairs, and low-hanging lamps.A blue outdoor pool with blue and white umbrellas sit on an outdoor patio.

Villa 2

This 1,560 square foot villa features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bath and sleeps six adults. The villa is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, lounge area, outdoor shower, King-size bed and day bed.

The interior of the villa features a kitchen, wood beamed ceiling, bar stools and couches.The villas feature a king-size bed, tiled floor and bathroom.

Amenities

Among the hotel amenities are a restaurant, juice bar, bookshop, yoga platform, healing center (offering spa services), and swimming pool.

The Harmony Hotel has an outdoor yoga studio with bamboo ceiling.An Avocado sandwich features green vegetables, salsa and garnishes.The outdoor Harmony pool is surrounded by rainforest leaves.

Exploring Playa Guiones

The Harmony Hotel is just a two-minute walk to Playa Guiones in Nosara, which was voted one of the world’s top twenty surf towns. Surfers of all levels can expect to catch consistent year-round waves.

Other activities include Sea Turtle excursions, horseback rides along the beach, explore nearby beaches, kayaking, coffee farm visits, and hiking in nature reserves.

A man wades into the water at sunset to surf.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT HARMONY HOTEL NOSARA? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

El Albergue

El Albergue is a hidden gem, tucked between an organic farm and the bustling Ollantaytambo’s train station.  Most guests enter the hotel through the station’s cafe, where a back door leads to a garden space enclosed by terraced walls, a fountain, and two-story guest houses.

Owned and managed by generations of the Randall family, El Albergue has the feel of a cozy country house.  Rabbits nibble at the grass, while hummingbirds and butterflies pollinate fuchsia, passionflower, peach, and avocado.  That atmosphere is surprising, given the hotel’s proximity to the Sacred Valley’s main train stop on the Machu Picchu railway line.

The gardens at El Albergue include fresh flowers and greenery framed around a casita hotel.

Accommodations 

The rooms are simple and airy, many with private balconies and fireplaces. Most rooms do not have televisions or air conditioning, both of which feel unnecessary here.


Albergue Casita

This casita is ideal for families or guests who want extra space. The casita features two bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom. One bedroom has a Queen bed and the other bedroom has two twin beds.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Fridge
  • Kitchen
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
This casita features a full kitchen with a silver fridge, stovetop, dining area and large windows.

Superior Balcony

The Superior Balcony rooms have one Queen bed and one twin bed and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The Superior Balcony room at Albergue includes wood floors, a king size bed, large windows and interior heating.

Superior Garden

The Superior Garden rooms have one Queen bed and one twin bed and a private bathroom.  An extra twin bed can be added to accommodate up to four guests.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The Superior Garden suite at Albergue includes a king-size bed, wood floors, artwork and windows facing the garden.

Double Plus

This room has a private balcony where guests can enjoy views of the surrounding gardens. The Double Plus has one double bed and one twin bed and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The double plus room at Albergue features a queen size bed, wood beams, artwork and large windows.

Standard King

The Standard King room has one King bed and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The Standard room at albergue includes a white king size bed, green artwork, a large window and wood floors.

Standard Double

The Standard Double rooms have one double bed and one twin bed and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
The double standard room at El Albergue features two twin beds, wood bed frames and garden views.

Standard Double Twin 

The Standard Triple rooms have three twin beds and a private bathroom.

In-room amenities:

  • Room Service
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Wifi
  • Security Box
  • Desk
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tea/Coffee making
  • Minibar
  • Balcony

Amenities

Among the amenities offered at El Albergue are:

  • Farm-to-table garden restaurant
  • Distillery
  • Bar
  • Natural eucalyptus sauna
  • Luggage storage
  • Wi-Fi
  • Horseback and farm tours
Albergue dining includes fresh meats, fruits and vegetables.The Albergue distillery features large tanks of beer and other alcohol.

The hotel is located at the northern end of the Sacred Valley in Ollantaytambo–roughly 90 minutes by road from Cusco and 1 hour 45 minutes by rail from Machu Picchu. Ollantaytambo’s massive hillside temple complex is a short walk away. The hotel can also serve as a base for day trips to the ancient Inca sites of Pisac, Chinchero, Moray, and the Maras salt terraces.

LANDED also arranges privately guided hiking tours to highland communities, weaving workshops, and picnics.  Among the adventure options are kayaking, biking, riding, rock climbing, and zip-lining excursions.  Most of our clients spend two to three nights, then travel to Machu Picchu for at least one night before continuing on to Cusco.

A woman stands in front of a green grass amphitheater of stone and ruins.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT EL ALBERGUE? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador rests on a ridge at 3,117 feet above sea level, within a 3,000-acre private reserve. Nearly all of the reserve’s land is forested, and roughly 70% is virgin primary forest.

This super-biodiverse habitat, known as Choco, is a transition between lower montane rainforest and Andean cloud forest.

The exterior of Mashpi lodge is surrounded by thick trees and lit in the middle.

Wildlife thrive here, including 400 species of birds – including some 36 endemics. Monkeys, peccaries, and make their homes inside the reserve.

Waterfalls and streams crisscross verdant hills. Expert guides (one university-trained and one from the local community) lead group-basis explorations of the surrounding trails and viewing platforms.

Two green hummingbirds sit on a thin wood branch.

The full board program at Mashpi Lodge includes transfers, guided touring; meals; non-alcoholic drinks; Wi-Fi; and use of rain boots, walking sticks, and ponchos. The Dragonfly cable car ride carries and additional charge.

Accommodations 

The Mashpi lodge itself is a contemporary cocoon, constructed on the site of a former lodging camp. Floor-to-ceiling glass (cleaned by hand each day) brings the sights of the forest into your room; its common to see hummingbirds, frogs, and butterflies from your bed.

In-room amenities include:

  • Security boxes
  • Bathrooms amenities
  • Hairdryers
  • Wi-Fi Connection
  • Telephone
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Fresh, filtered water

Yaku Suites

The lodge’s three Yaku Suites are located on the first floor and are each 495 square feet. They include a king-size bed, large bathroom with twin washbasins and bathubs with a view into the forest.

A white king size bed sits in a suite surrounded by large windows that look onto green rainforest.

Wayra Rooms 

The 20 Wayra rooms are 366 square feet. There are 13 Wayra Twin Rooms with two full-size beds and  7 Wayra King Rooms with king-size beds.

For families or groups of friends, three pairs of Wayra Rooms inter-connect, two pairs on the second floor and one pair on the ground floor, each one with a king-size bed connected to a room with two full-size beds.

A large white bed with wood furnishings looks out onto a terrace view of rainforest views.

Amenities

The lodge facilities include:

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Boutique
  • Lecture room / library
  • Massage rooms
  • Jacuzzi
  • Viewing platform
  • Panoramic terrace
  • Laboratory
  • Room service and massages are available for an additional fee. Rooms at Mashpi do not have television.
A table of colorful fruits sits on the deck of a hotel looking out onto green forest.A white spa bed looks out onto green rainforest in Ecuador.

Explorations

Mashpi Lodge has an extensive list of activities available to guests. Visitors can hike through rainforest trails where they can rope swing through the jungle, visit waterfalls, see monkeys and observe hummingbird gardens.

One of the highlights of a trip to Mashpi is the Dragonfly – an open-air cable car system that carries guests over, across and sometimes even directly through the forest canopy.

two people sit in a caged zip line adventure through the rainforest.

Another unique activity is the lodge’s sky bike that is designed for two people to use at once. One person pedals the bike along a cable stretched between two points in the forest, crossing a beautiful gorge above a river flowing between rocks and trees below.

This sky bike shows two people pedaling in a caged metal bike suspended from a wire through the rainforest.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT MASHPI LODGE? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Casa Higueras

Hidden behind a simple façade, the 17,222-square foot Casa Higueras boutique hotel overlooks the colorful hillsides of Valparaiso and the Pacific Ocean.

Situated in the historic neighborhood of Cerro Alegre in Valparaiso, the hotel is a reconstructed aristocrat mansion that was built by English and German immigrants in the 1920s. The neighborhood was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its spread of historic mansions and impressive gardens.

This picture showcases at outdoor view onto Valparaiso in Chile.

Accommodations 

The 20 guest rooms (5 Traditional, 4 Premium, 6 Premium Superior, 2 Superior, and 3 Deluxe) are tucked away on five floors and range from 236 to 602 square feet.

The comfortable interiors feature soft textiles, coved ceilings, and polished wood.

In-room amenities: bathrobes, slippers, security boxes, hair dryers, and Wi-Fi. Casa Higueras welcomes guests age twelve and older.

This bedroom features a king size bed, large outdoor windows, wood furnishings and rugs.This bedroom includes a king size bed, outdoor window and patio, TV and artwork at Casa Higueras.This bathroom is equipped with shiny tile, large bathtub, sink and mirror.

Amenities

An outdoor swimming pool, a spa tub, and a line of sun chairs are located in the terraced garden.

The hotel’s restaurant, Maralegre, is arguably the best in town.

This blue pool is set on a hotel deck with lounge chairs, umbrellas and trees.This Jacuzzi is set beneath a patio and dim lights under a purple night sky.

Experiences

The hotel offers a menu of experiences that include walks, guided tours through the neighborhood, and cultural programs including artist workshops, and art gallery tours.

They also offer visits to architectural interest sites, wine tours and special tours for Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day dates.

Casa Higueras features a white outdoor terrace.

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT A VACATION TO CASA HIGUERAS? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.