The Heart of the Jungle: Yacutinga Lodge, Argentina

Located in the Misiones jungle in Argentina, only 50 miles from the world-renowned Iguassu Falls, Yacutinga is an eco-friendly lodge, designed to consider the guests’ needs and the conservation of the environment. Accommodation consists of 20 independent modules dispersed throughout the forest and surrounding the main building from a certain distance. Each module has 4 rooms with exclusive views over the forest which calls for relaxation and harmony in an intimate location. The Suite Yatei is located 150 meters away from the main building and is perfect for couples or for those with an adventurous spirit, each room featuring a woodstove which reminds guests of the early settlers. This room is quite spacious and comfortable, but the mornings can be quite cold during the winter season (June-August).

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In decorating the lodge, local materials were used which give a genuine rustic style to the rooms and restaurant. Yacutinga Lodge promotes ecotourism and is conducting different projects to create a general use of their Private Reserve without spoiling the nature. Need not to say that because of the location there are many activities you can do during the day. The Iguassu Falls are the most beautiful in the world and are protected by the Iguassu National Park, becoming a World Heritage Site. There is no excuse to miss the show ‘performed’ by the 275 powerful cascades, nestled in a lush vegetation of the subtropical forest.

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Posted on July 22, 2014 by in S. America | Tagged , , , .


South Carolina’s Charleston Most Popular Attractions

“Ranked annually among the nation’s most visited cities, Charleston, USA is brimming with historic charm.” Charleston is the oldest and the 2nd largest city in the state of South Carolina and it is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. The city was founded in 1670 as “Charles Towne” in the honor of King Charles II of England and it adopted the name of Charleston in 1783. The city is famous for preserving historical structures of hundreds years old which create the unique character of the southern Charleston, exuding a nostalgic air.

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The charming Charleston has been voted America’s Best City three times over and it surely lives up to its name with welcoming locals, distinguished restaurants and rich history. The dry weather makes of Charleston destination to visit even in November. Explore the long cobblestone streets of the downtown on foot or rent a carriage drawn by horses to experience the authentic taste of the significant past of Charleston. The number of historic sites in Charleston is astonishing: 18th century houses, plantations, the Battery, museums, churches and the city market.

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The Holy City houses a variety of churches scattered throughout the historic centre and it gives a sense of religious diversity. True architectural master pieces, the churches are a must see if you want to understand Charleston eclectic past. Make sure you stop by the iconic Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, or go to the historic Charleston City Market which is a locals’ favorite. The French Quarter is equally impressive, with cobblestone streets and gas lit alleys. The French Quarter is actually located within the original city walls which date back to the colonial era. The King Street is also a representative location and it is divided into three areas: the Design District, the Fashion District, and the Antique District.

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Most accommodation places are located downtown and in the commercial areas of Charleston, all with an authentic taste which blends beautifully into the unique picture of the centre of the city. Charleston is also known for its abundance of fresh seafood. Hyman’s Seafood, Bowens Island and The Wreck are just a few restaurants you could try out should you decide to visit this city.

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The unspoiled nature of the surroundings of Charleston is also a selling point to tourists. You can go on cruises along the rivers, watch the exotic birds or the playful dolphins. Folly Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Charleston Area and it is often referred as “the edge of America”, continuing to attract tourists across the globe.

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Needless to say, Charleston lives up to its name and it remains one of the most charming destinations of United States. The warm welcoming of the locals, as well as the world-class attractions makes it a visit-able location all year round.

Posted on July 19, 2014 by in N. America | Tagged , , .


Travel to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is located east of Hanoi in Northern Vietnam and is a famous world destination thanks to its unique topography which has made the place to be listed as one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and colors and it is the center of a larger zone which includes Bai Tu Long Bay to Northeast and Cat Ba Islands to the Southwest. The name of Ha Long Bay translates as “bay of descending dragons” and it comprises of almost 2,000 uninhabited islets which can be accessed from different ports. Cat Ba islands can be accessed by bus, bike or car via a boat or bus trip through Ha Long City.

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The bay has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam. A large part of the bay has been officially shielded from any kind of development with many of the island being home to a great number of animal species. The islands depict great variation in structure, shape and size which make of Ha Long Bay a place that offers many attractions that draws all type of tourists there. Ha Long Bay can be visited any time of the year, but thanks to the unpredictable weather you might want to be prepared for any type of situations. You might want to consider avoiding the crowd of tourists rushing there during the public holidays from March to July, or you could go on a smaller budget between June and September but make sure you watch the storm forecast before.

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Ha Long Bay is better explored on a cruise because it will give you the chance to enjoy and explore the area and reach the islands easier. You can start your cruise from Ban Sen, a thickly forested uninhabited island and go to Cat Ba Island which is home to Ba Languar, an endangered species. Here you will also come across a national park and numerous caves that are easily accessible. For a good tourism infrastructure you might want to make a stop at Quan Lan Island which has a great historical significance and beautiful beaches, as well as Dau Be Island which is one of the most popular places for diving and swimming. The most famous cave is The Virgin Cave which also has a shrine. Ha Long Bay is quite impressive and it will leave you breathless with its hidden lagoons, exotic grottoes and pristine beaches.

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Posted on July 18, 2014 by in Asia | Tagged , , , , .


Five Top Places to Visit in Bolivia

Bolivia is a landlocked country located in western-central South America, bordered by Brazil to the north-east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the southwest, and Peru to the west. A country with great beauty, stunning landscapes and unique attractions, Bolivia is not the easiest of places to travel to, but it stands out as a top notch destination for many reasons, one being the diversity of the landscapes. The highlights of Bolivia are many, but we have chosen five of those that stuck out because of the contrast of all this country has to offer.

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La Paz is the capital and the highest capital city in the world, sitting at about 13,400 ft. The city is a great introduction to Bolivia’s diversity, set in a valley by snow-capped peaks. Like any other respectable state capital, La Paz offers anything a traveler or tourists want: top notch cuisine, accommodation of all sizes and prices, lively night life, impressive architecture, crazy traffic and giant markets.

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Coroico is located just a few hours away from the capital, perched on a hill in the subtropical Yunga Valley and set amongst oranges and bananas groves. Coroico is the most visited town in the Yungas and it commands an impressive view across forested canyons, mountain peaks and coffee plantations. Because of its small size, the town is a perfect place for relaxation or a stop for the most adventurous before embarking on riding the world’s most dangerous road.

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The Pampas are fertile lowlands covering more than 750,000 km in more than one country in South America. Parts of the jungle can also be visited in Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and Bolivia so if seeing wild life while visiting this picturesque country, the Pampas tour is for you. Alligators, crocodiles, turtles, monkeys, pink dolphins and an abundant of bird species, this truly unique place permit travelers to get close and personal with a myriad of wild life.

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Copacabana is the main town located in the shore of Lake Titicaca and is one of the must-not-miss destinations when traveling to Bolivia. The blue-turquoise water is the main magnet that attracts tourists there but the hiking trails along the shore, the mountains in the background and the wide variety of activities make of this locations one of the top highlights of your trip.

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Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat located in southwest Bolivia near the crest of the Andes, was formed as a result of transformation between several prehistoric lakes. This destination is a world’s wonder. Red and green lagoons, pink flamingos, bizarre rock formations and bright white stretches as far as the eye can see, Salar de Uyuni seem like an out-of-this-world place.

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Posted on July 18, 2014 by in S. America | Tagged , , , , , .


Chic Retreat: The Sanctuary Villa, Bali

Villa The Sanctuary is a private and exclusive resort only minutes away from some of the most notorious surf breaks on the South West coast of Bali. Ideal for large groups of friends and served by a team of professionals, attentive staff like private chefs, butlers and chauffeurs, villa The Sanctuary offers an idyllic choice for those who want to explore the unspoiled part of the island. Tucked away in the pretty village of Cepaka, the lush, tropical surroundings with vibrant colors and mysterious scents of jasmine and fresh greenery will awaken your senses. The design of The Sanctuary villa invites the outside world into the resort with a mix of traditional and contemporary art pieces adorning the walls.

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This chic retreat offers stylish accommodation in 9 luxurious appointed bedrooms spread over 4 spacious pavilions. The master suite comes with its own private pool, kitchen and garden, ensuring total privacy and solitude. Equally charming, the other bedrooms are furnished in a traditional Balinese style with plush beds and over-sized windows facing the glorious grounds. Some units also feature outdoor showers and terraces equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as accommodation for 20 children in a spacious bunk bedroom with a bathroom, two toilets, and dressing with lockers. The villa also features a gym, game rooms and offers spa treatment all of which ensure a total relaxation for its guests.

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Posted on July 17, 2014 by in Asia | Tagged , , .