America and the Caribbean Islands
Sail Around North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean Islands There is an abundance of natural wonders in all regions of the Caribbean and the Americas, as well as incredibly diverse cultures and lifestyles throughout. The Caribbean is well-deserving of its reputation for a laid-back, mellow lifestyle, though each island from Aruba and Antigua to St. Martin and Puerto Rico is distinguished by its own language and culture bestowed on it from Spain, The Netherlands, Britain, France, or Africa. Central America, which connects North America to South America, possesses gorgeous natural wonders and a unique history. Costa Rica entices with its lush green forests and waterfalls, while several countries offer historic sights left from ancient peoples including the Aztecs, Mayas, and Olmecs. View first-hand the tremendous engineering of the Panama Canal. In North and South America you will see many extraordinary sights as well as spectacular beauty. A journey to Canada will allow you to see L’Anse aux Meadows, a Viking settlement that dates back to the 11th century or stroll the lovely streets of Quebec City with its French influences. Discover the natural beauty of Alaska’s glaciers when you travel along the west coast of the United States, or go to the east coast instead, if you like more cosmopolitan cities.
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Going Down South
Continuing southward, travelers will encounter incredible ruins, a broad variety of cultures and peoples, and music we all know and love. In Brazil, tour the jungles along the Amazon River or the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Valparaiso, Chile is worth a stop to see the quintessential colorful homes on the steep hillsides and the magnificent natural beauty of the country’s massifs and fjords. Head to Buenos Aires and sign up for a Tango lesson. Farther south, explore the icy natural splendor of Antarctica.
Take a Hike: The Planet's Recommended Hikes
The greatest journeys are more than the steps you take, they are about the knowledge and influence you receive from the destination - they are about stepping into a destination’s culture and history. Still, these journeys are not as easy they sound. They will challenge you on a physical level and mental level, leaving you with an indelible mark of the vastness of our world. Following are 8 of the world's greatest hikes.
Peru: Inca Trail - 26.7 miles and 4 days
Impressive moments are abundant on the Inca Trail, but incomparable to the moment you go through the Sun Gate and the moment you catch vision of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu.
Colombia's Lost City ~ 27 miles and 5 days
Voyage through the lush jungle across steams before reaching the ruins of Teyuna. Make this your principal stop and you will be alone in the Lost City. It is suggested to go from August to November.
Nepal's Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles in 13 days
This experience will make you more acquainted to the men and women of the Himalayas while offering you a peek from the top of the planet. After seeing Everest, you will not look at Earth in the exact same way anymore. Perfect time to go: August to November.
Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles & 8 days
Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's largest crest at 5,895m (19,340 ft). It is no painless task, but unlike other massive peaks, it gives those daring enough to make it to the top. Perfect time to go: September to March.
Europe's Mont Blanc - 8 days & 77.7 miles
With the Tour du Mont Blanc you make your way a hundred miles through 3 countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France. It is best to go from June to September
Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia -10 days and 82.6 miles
It is known for its natural splendor and here you will come across magnificent volcanic landscapes, enormous glaciers, and extensive steppe-like fields stretching out to the horizon. Perfect time to go: December to March
Venezuela's Mt Roirama - 21.1 miles in 6 days
The glorious mountain of Roraima is treasured to the region's local people and is said to have motivated Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, "The Lost World." When to go: November to April is the perfect time to walk the Roraima path but anytime of the year is good.
Spain: The Camino de Santiago - 466 miles in 30 days
The popular Camino de Santiago, also recognized as the St. James Trail, was a significant Christian retreat during the Middle Ages, and remains a prominent spiritual pilgrimage even today. Best time to go: It can be walked 12 months out of the year but it is ideal between the spring and autumn - though it will be very busy.
International Escapes Just Around the Corner
International Escapes Just Around the Corner Perhaps you think you cannot go international for a quick weekend trip. Think again. In fact, there many places close enough to visit for a long weekend. Following is a list of destinations awesome for an unforgettable long weekend.
Gorgeous Montreal, Canada boasts lovely French influence and old-world charm with all the features of a larger city (it’s second in size only to Toronto). In the Vieux Montreal neighborhood, travelers can walk through cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and eateries. When the weather is nice, head to the vast Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided hike, or easy bike ride. If you can brave the cold temperatures, you can also go snowshoeing, ice skate, or do a variety of other winter sports in the park area.
Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the short two-hour flight from numerous east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of distinctive pink sand, and its warm weather year-round. In addition to the incredible beaches, Bermuda is a great place to stroll around exploring its picturesque cobblestone streets, imposing forts, traditional colonial buildings, and interesting maritime history. Courageous adventurers might rent a jet ski and ride into the famous Bermuda Triangle.
Baja California Sur, Mexico
The magnificent beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico are an easy weekend trip for surfers and anyone who just wants to lie in the sun and the sand. Cabo San Lucas in the southernmost part of the Baja peninsula offers a great restaurant scene known for upscale local cuisine, exciting nightlife, and gorgeous world-class resorts right on the beach. Adventurers and water sports enthusiasts will also enjoy Lover’s Beach for its gorgeous blue waters, fascinating caves to explore, and impressive rock formations.
In Central America, Costa Rica is fairly easy to get to from many U.S. airports and is well-known for its lush tropical rain forest and jungles. Its 800 miles of coastline is filled with magnificent beaches and a lot more. The Arenal Volcano area is considered its adventure capital where you can rappel down a waterfall; hike in the jungle while watching out for colorful birds, monkeys and sloths; experience a thrilling zip-line ride; and soak in the volcano-fed hot springs.
Situated on the northern coastline of Columbia facing the Caribbean, in Cartagena you’ll find dazzling blue waters with coral reefs that edge white powdery beaches. The 500-year-old coral stone forts and much of the walled city are admirably intact and represent some of the finest examples of civil and military architecture of Spanish colonial times.
Toronto is as sophisticated a city as they come. It is an intriguing melting pot of diversity, with more than half of the current residents not originally from there. With Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown and Chinatown all in city limits, tourists might feel as if they've seen more than a couple of countries after a vacation to Toronto. Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, lounging on the beach with a cool drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway perfect for you. Everything you want – love, adventure, culinary wonders, history – can be yours.
So Many Things to See and Enjoy in Asia
So Many Things to See and Enjoy in Asia Recognized for its sophisticated cosmopolitan culture, Hong Kong is an international trade, style, and culinary hub for Asia. To enjoy some of Thailand’s most iconic scenery, beaches, and culture, be sure to pay a visit to Phuket, its largest island. Known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, Cochin (or Kochi) in India’s Kerala state, holds wonderful old cultural icons including a Jewish community with seven synagogues dating back to the 12th century and the Church of St. Francis, built by Portuguese settlers in 1503. Another must-see is Petra, the Jordanian city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is known as “Rose City” because it was crafted of rose-colored stone. The diversity of the planet is yours to experience – from lush jungles to vibrant cities, from historic landmarks to breathtaking panoramas – when you tour the globe on a luxury cruise
Cruise the Mediterranean
Cruise the Mediterranean From viticulture and art to science and democracy, historians credit the establishment of modern civilization to the people along the southern coast of Europe. The thousands of years of history of the "Old Country" are discernible along its many shores. You will not want to leave once you've witnessed the loveliness of the Greek Islands and Santorini, worshipped the sun on the sandy beaches of Italy and Spain, and seen up close the historical attractions of Jerusalem and Greece. There is no other city in the world like Rome, with its famous Colosseum and Pantheon, or Vatican City, home of the Pope and St. Peter’s Basilica. Anyone who loves unique architectural design must visit Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s most celebrated work. Wine lovers will want to take time in the world-class wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France. Anybody traveling along Croatia’s Adriatic coast will want to stop in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, with its ancient walls surrounding the city still largely unchanged.