Sep 12, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a small archipelago of islands belonging to Ecuador in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Galapagos archipelago is world-renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife - much of which was inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. The islands are therefore very popular amongst natural historians, both professional and amateur. Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and different bird species can all be seen and approached. Seeing the sites and wildlife of the Galapagos is best done by boat.

On each island, the number of visitors are limited and there are only a small number of official landing and visitor sites. You must follow the instructions of your guide to protect the wildlife and you are not allowed off the marked paths. This is not a problem as the animals are so tame they will sit right on the path or cross it without caring about mere tourists. Other than the wildlife there are a lot of other things for your amusement, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, hiking, biking, surfing, kayaking and horseback riding. Get in touch with the world by visiting this amazing archipelago, you won’t regret it.

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Sep 11, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Petra, Jordan

Petra, meaning stone is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourist attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah, the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as “a rose-red city half as old as time” in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”. It is definitely a place you must see before you die.

Entry Ticket to Petra costs 90 JD (127 USD) for Day-Visitors. Tourists (overnight and cruise visitors) pay 50 JD (70 USD) for 1 day, 55 JD for 2 days or 60 JD for 3 days. This is an awe-inspiring experience. A massive facade, 30m wide and 43m high, carved out of the sheer, dusky pink rock-face and dwarfing everything around it. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabataean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people. So have fun while learning.

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Sep 10, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Florence, Italy

Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany in Italy, with a population of about 366,500. The city is considered a cultural, artistic and architectural gem. When you get in Florence we recommend you get The Firenze Card, which is a 72 hour pass for Florence allowing access to about 30 museums and free use of the public transport system. In some museums you can queue jump the reservations procedure with the pass but it is best to check with individual museums. The cost of the card is €50 per person.

You shouldn’t miss out on the many museums Florence has to offer, including the world famous Galleria degli Uffizi - a fine art museum with collections of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity. Other notable museums are
Bargello - The museum houses one of the best examples of Renaissance and Mannerist sculpture. The works of many great Renaissance sculptors are on display here, including Michelangelo, Donatello, Ammannati, and Bandinelli.
Accademia Gallery, Pitti Palace and Institute and Museum of the History of Science. Other than museums you also have a lot to see, such as Santa Maria del Fiore (the city’s beautiful cathedral), Giotto’s Tower, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and Santa Croce.

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Sep 9, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Yonaguni Monument, Underwater Ruins in Japan

When someone mentions a pyramid, first thing we think about is a manmade triangle shaped structure with a historical significance. How about a little more challenging destination? Discover Japanese depths and underwater ruins while scuba diving! The Yonaguni Monument is a massive underwater rock formation off the coast of Yonaguni, the southernmost of the Ryukyu Islands, in Japan. There is a debate about whether the site is completely natural, is it a natural site that has been modified, or is it a manmade artifact.

This destination was discovered 1995. by a sport diver. There were whispers of the lost culture of Mu, preserved in legend as the Motherland of Civilization, which perished in the sea long before the beginning of recorded time. But Okinawa’s drowned enigma was hermetically locked within too thick an encrustation. The structure looked anciently manmade. Nature, however, sometimes made her own forms appear artificial. Popular and scientific debate concerning its origins argued back and forth. Then, in late summer of the following year, another diver in Okinawa waters was shocked to see a massive arch or gateway of huge stone blocks beautifully fitted together in the manner of prehistoric masonry found among the Inca cities on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, in the Andes Mountains of South America.

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Sep 8, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Oslo, Norway

Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway, and the third largest city of Scandinavia. Although well into the northern latitudes, Oslo’s climate is fairly temperate thanks to warm air being wafted across the Atlantic from the Gulf Stream. Summer weather in Oslo is mild and pleasant, with frequent hot spells, and plenty of long sunny days. In winter temperatures hover just above or below freezing. Snow is most often plentiful in the forested areas and also often in the city in winter, making it a great winter sports venue.

There are plenty of things to visit, like The Royal Palace, Opera House, Oslo Cathedral, Kirkeristen (the old bazaar surrounding the church is now used by artisans and craftsmen, and holds a couple of cafes and restaurants), Akershus Festning (a medieval castle and fortress built in 1299, located close to the city center) and many more. Oslo also has amazing museums. If you are planning on seeing several of the expensive attractions in a short period of time, then the most cost effective way to do this is to buy an Oslo Pass. It includes unlimited entry to most of the museums. Some of the most notable museums are Henrik Ibsen Museum, Munch Museum, National Gallery, Nobel Peace Centre and Emanuel Vigeland Museum. There are also some nice parks that you should definitely visit, like Frogner Park, Slottsparken and Sofienbergparken.

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Sep 7, 2012 - Experiences    Comments Off

Stratosphere Amusement Park Las Vegas

Ready for new experiences? Full of adrenalin, full of entertainment and, these awesome rides in Stratosphere will blow your mind. Stratosphere is a tower, hotel, and casino located on Las Vegas Boulevard. Its tower is also the tallest observation tower, and the 9th-tallest freestanding structure, in the United States. So this is an option where you could stay while facing the experiences. While talking about the rides, there are many of them for you to experience such as:
The Big Shot - feel this ride 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour as you overlook the majestic Las Vegas Valley. In a matter of seconds, the Big Shot thrill ride catapults 16 riders from the 921-foot high platform up the Tower’s mast to a height of 1,081 feet and down again.
Insanity Ride - 64 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower at a height of over 900 feet, in the open air at speeds of up to three ‘G’s and an angle of 70 degrees, this ride will enthuse you.
X-Scream - Its space age, yet simplistic design resembles a massive teeter-totter or a Vegas rollercoaster unlike any other ever seen. X-Scream propels you and several other riders headfirst, 27 feet over the edge and 866 feet above the ground. Scary yet? After being shot over the edge, you’ll dangle weightlessly above the Las Vegas Strip before being pulled back and propelled over again for more.

Tickets to ride the Big Shot, Insanity and X Scream are $31. Tickets for two rides are $26. An all-day ride pass is also available for $34. All of these packages include admission to the Stratosphere Tower. Front-of-the-line passes are also available for an additional $10. Don’t be a sissy, come and enjoy your life, scream your soul out while having the time of your life. This is a life changing destination for having fun so enjoy the images below along with a video and you will be convinced to come.
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Sep 6, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Cuba

Cuba is the largest Caribbean island, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It lies 145 km south of Key West, Florida, between the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas, to the west of Haiti, and northwest of Jamaica. There are a few cities that stand out like Havana Baracoa, Pinar del Rio, Santa Clara and Trinidad. There are also quite few national parks that you should definitely visit, the most notable are probably Viñales, La Güira National Park, Ciénaga de Zapata National Park and Topes de Collantes National Park.

Cubans are generally friendly and helpful people. Keep in mind that they make about US$15 a month; if they can help you, they probably will, but they may expect you to return the favor. If you are invited into a Cuban’s home for supper, take the invitation. You will really be treated like a guest of honor. It is a great way to get a feel for the culture. We suggest you walk along Havana’s Malécon during the early evening and take in some of Havana’s culture. Go see a neighborhood performance of Afro-Cuban dance, which exists in almost every neighborhood. Go to the clubs, all of which heavily play things like Cuban reggae and Cuban rap, as well as more traditional-sounding Cuban music with modern lyrics. We also recommend you drink lots of fresh fruit juice, which basically flows like water in Cuba due to the abundance of fresh fruit.

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Sep 5, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

If you thought that there are no more things we could introduce you to in Dubai, you were wrong. Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and also the tallest manmade structure in the world (829.84m). The total cost for the project was about US$1.5 billion, so you decide is it worth visiting… Burj Khalifa was designed to be the centerpiece of a large-scale, mixed-use development that would include 30,000 homes, nine hotels, 3 hectares of parkland, at least 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall, and the 12-hectare man-made Burj Khalifa Lake.

Inspired by Burj Khalifa’s unique triple-lobed shape, The Park’s 11 hectares of greenery and water features serve as both entry to Burj Khalifa and outdoor living space. The landscape design includes three distinct areas to serve each of tower’s three uses: hotel, residential and office space. These exquisite grounds include a promenade along the Dubai lake, outdoor spaces, outdoor dining, prow lookout, leisure forest grove, playing area, water features and much more. Many people also come just to feel the experience from the top of this building. While there, you can see the well organization of Burj Khalifa, which means you can find malls and other stuff on the top of the tower. So do not miss out on this destination and have fun.

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Sep 4, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Knysna

Knysna, pearl of the scenic Garden Route (one of South Africa’s main tourist attractions), is situated between George and Plettenberg Bay. Perennially green thanks to a Mediterranean Maritime climate with rain falling throughout the year, Knysna is mantled by indigenous forests extending into the Tsitsikamma National Park area. As far as getting around in Knysna, walking is the best option or rent a bicycle for longer distances. Except the minibuses there is no public transport so you have to take a taxi if you want. Traffic can become extremely busy during the tourist high season and long queues in and out of Knysna are common.

There are plenty of things to see like The Knysna lagoon which is about 18 sq. km and home to at least 200 species of fish is connected with the Indian Ocean through a turbulent channel between “The Heads”, two sandstone cliffs. Tour around on one of several boats or just take a coffee at “the Heads”. You should also visit Pledge Nature Reserve that offers 3.5 km of pathways through scrub forest and hillside fynbos with fine views over the lagoon and is just 500 meters of the town center. It is very nice for a walk in the afternoon. And of course you shouldn’t miss Millwood Gold Fields which is a site of one of the first gold rushes in South Africa. It is a place that you definitely need to check out.

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Sep 4, 2012 - Experiences    Comments Off

Parahawking in Nepal

Parahawking is an activity that combines paragliding with falconry. Birds of prey are trained to fly with paragliders, guiding them to thermals for in-flight rewards and performing aerobatic maneuvers. Imagine yourself flying with birds above mountains. Fresh air is carrying you through the nature that surrounds you, and you have the ability to invoke a bird, that is flying with you all the time, on your hand.

The place we are talking about is located in Sarankot, Pokhara in Nepal. The team started by training two black kites, but have since added 2 Egyptian vulture Kevin and Bob, to the team. The birds are not kidnapped or taken from the nature, they were being rescued and well trained so you can enjoy the feeling that is priceless. Parahawking supports vulture conservation, they donate approx $10 from every Parahawking Tandem Adventure Flight to Vulture conservation projects in Nepal. If you are interested you can book your flight, as well as see the prices and time when you can come here. There is no words to describe this adventure, if you have just a bit of the ‘live your life to the fullest’ spirit then this is something purely for your enjoyment.

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