For many a traveller, a South American hit list is topped by the likes of Brazil, Argentina or Colombia. Some may opt for Bolivia; others Chile, or Peru. Few are even aware of a country called Guyana.
The 2016 Olympic games in Rio will be one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar. The city is blessed with great weather, long meandering beaches, and an infectious party atmosphere. If you are lucky enough to be attending, here are 20 things to do in Rio while at the Olympics.
Buenos Aires is one of my favourite cities in the world. I lived there for 7mths and even ended up buying an apartment there (not recommended unless you want to enter a world of stress!!).
Buenos Aires may not be the most obvious place to get off the beaten track, but there are actually plenty of opportunities if you want to escape the city and venture into the countryside or simply get away from the other tourists.
Whether you want to escape into a wild delta, walk through a vast nature reserve, or discover some of the less-visited parts of the city, there is plenty to keep you busy.
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‘Tulum’ in the ancient mayan language means ‘wall’ or ‘fence’ as the tulum ruins were orinally a walled city. Tulum is a 1.5hrs drive from Cancun, but soon a much quicker hop when the tulum airport is completed. Tulum is on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, on the caribbean side. The beaches are some of the best in the world and backed by virgin jungle. Local activities besides the beach include snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring cenotes (underground caves), adventure parks and exploring Mayan archaeological sites like the fantastic Chichen Itza.
Paraguay is a wonderful country full of beautiful sights and interesting culture. Below are 10 of the most amazing photos of Paraguay, found on Flickr, for you to enjoy!
1. The Paraguay River
This stunning image captures an array of reds, yellows and oranges as the sun sets over the Paraguay River. Like something from a dream, the river reflects the incredible cloud formation and enticing colour scheme. This beautiful river stretches through Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina as well as running through the centre of Paraguay.
- 2. Palacio de los Lopez
This wonderfully framed photograph is of the Palacio de los López, home to the President and also the seat of Paraguay’s government. Oozing with majesty and extravagance, the Palacio de los López is captured here in striking contrast to the black night sky.
3. Vintage Train
This vintage and slightly decrepit train looks worn and yet still homely with the white chair outside it. The train is framed wonderfully to the left allowing a shot right through to the outside down the right hand side.
4. Itaipu Dam
This incredible dam allows water through 5 or 6 times a year, so you have to make sure you visit just at the right time, because it is truly an impressive sight. This amazing image captures the water tumbling into the lake at great speed creating lots of spray on impact.
5. 200 year old tree!
This awesome tree was named a national natural monument of Paraguay in 1980 and is simply incredible. Over 200 years old, this tree has witnessed so much history it’s unimaginable. This simple image captures the tree in all its glory.
The talented photographer captures this idyllic sunset beautifully, from the silhouettes of the trees in the foreground to the golden lining of the clouds further back. With amazing sunsets like this frequenting Paraguay some describe it as a mini-paradise.
7. Children Playing
This great photo captures two little children enjoying playing with tires racing through the streets of Encarnacion, Paraguay. Obviously it’s not one of the tourist attractions, but the reality of this photograph speaks volumes about the poorer areas in Paraguay.
8. Salto de Monday
This wonderful waterfall is often deserted and an amazing place to visit in Paraguay. The relaxing water rushes over the rocks and entices you with its twists and turns down towards the river.
9. Yellow Bird Apache Dancers
This colourful photograph captures the Yellow Bird Dancers entertaining a small village in the heart of Paraguay. The rural feel emanates through the dry landscape and shell of a barn behind the people, who seem to be enthralled by the action.
10. Gentle Sunset
This stunning sunset is made up of gentle pinks and yellows reflecting off the river. The small silhouette of a boat far out on the water is a reminder of how large an expanse it is and you can just see a hint of green from the land behind it.
Above are just 10 amazing photographs of Paraguay found on Flickr, but there are many more of this wonderful country, so why not check them out for yourself?
Article by Natalie Moody.
Belo Horizonte is located in the south east region of Brazil. The city is the country’s third largest, though surprisingly; it is rarely mentioned in travel guides. Whilst many tourists flock to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, the lesser known charms of Belo Horizonte (literally ‘Beautiful Horizon’) attract a more in-the-know crowd who appreciate the unique offerings of this metropolitan city. If you are planning to visit, the following suggestions will point you in the right direction.
Enjoy the city’s bar culture
The New York Times has referred to Belo Horizonte as the bar capital of Brazil. There is rumoured to be over 12,000 bars in the city, which is more per person than anywhere else in the country. Most of these are in the form of informal spots where locals will drink beer, socialise and often enjoy a meal. The best time to take advantage of the bars is during April, when the annual Comida di Buteco competition takes place.
Fighting to win the accolades of best service, hygiene and culinary offerings, the bars pull out all the stops and it’s a great time to socialise with local Brazilians. Don’t worry though if you’re visiting outside of this period. You’d be hard pushed to pick a time when there isn’t a distinct party atmosphere in this city.
See the sights
If cultural excursions are top of your agenda, you’ll be well catered for in Belo Horizonte. Car rental facilities are available from the Belo Horizante Airport Pampulha and around the city.
Parque Municipal is a great place to kick back and spend some time relaxing. An enormous area of tropical greenery, featuring artificial lakes and winding footpaths, the Parque is especially interesting on a Sunday when it attracts locals and tourists alike.
Centro de Arte Contemporanea Inhotim is one of the city’s newest tourist attractions. Despite its short tenure, it’s a must see for visitors. This impressive and sprawling array of gardens house 16 modern art galleries and numerous outdoor sculptures. Lovers of the great outdoors will be enthralled by the 1600 species of plant which are on display, along with peacocks and swans. Visitors can explore the gardens alone if they wish, though there are daily scheduled walks guided by experts in natural arts and visual science.
Feira de Arte e Artesanato is a major community event in Belo Horizonte. This street market is a weekly event and attracts droves of shoppers looking for clothing, jewellery and much more. Stock up on souvenirs for friends and family back at home, or just enjoy soaking up the bustling atmosphere.
For something a bit out of the ordinary, pay a visit to Cafe com Letras. Attracting a hip crowd, this is the place to be if you’re interested in live music, DJ performances and books. Food and coffee are served throughout the day and evening, and it’s a great place to find out what other events are going on in the city.
Catch an event
Belo Horizonte plays host to a range of events throughout the year. If you’re planning to be in the city while these are running, try to include them in your itinerary.
The International Short Film Festival usually takes place during September or October and is a must see for film lovers.
If you enjoy running, why not take part in the Volta Da Pampulha? The annual race takes place around the lagoon and offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Football fans are well catered for too, and will enjoy a visit to the local stadium.
Belo Horizonte caters for travellers of all tastes, and you can be sure to find plenty of options for keeping you entertained on your travels.
Pictured all over the world for its giant stone head statues, most people will know the island’s indigenous name of Rapa Nui as ‘Easter Island’. Despite its fame, Rapa Nui is one of the most isolated inhabitations on Earth. It has over 3,000 residents today, even though it lies over 2,000km away from any other civilisation! The island is a national park, and its place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site is well deserved; Rapa Nui is home to the moai stone figures, and much more.
The Volcano of Rano Kau is now extinct, meaning that there are no more dangers of eruptions. Where lava and molten rock once filled its enormous crater, now there are fresh water lakes and luscious grassland. Standing at 324 metres tall, the volcano is being slowly eroded by the ocean on its coastal side, with the island’s international airport at the base of its northern slope.
This gigantic and truly magnificent natural landform is something that all tourists visit when travelling to the island, and unsurprisingly so.
Because of the shelter it gets from the wind and wet, the crater even has its own micro climate. It spans almost a mile across, and is home to vines, figs and other plants that flourish in its rich and fertile volcanic soil.
Anakena is one of only two of the island’s beaches; most of the coastline is rocky, and cliffs have been formed in some parts because of the Pacific Ocean’s eroding power. Legend passed down through word of mouth from the island’s people states that Anakena was the landing place of Rapa Nui’s first settlers. According to local folklore, Hotu Matu’a was a Polynesian chieftain, and let his tribesmen paddle to the island on two canoes!
Anakena also has two ‘Ahus’; a stone platform on which the famous Moai statues were mounted by their creators. The first Ahu has just one moai, while the other has six. Many of the Ahus were restored by archaeologists in 1910, and the 1950s, many had fallen from their platforms and tumbled onto the beach. Having been carefully restored, they now stand watch over the very first entrance to the Island.
The beach is not only rich with history, but is also a picturesque place to visit. With white coral sand, and the Pacific Ocean stretching far beyond the curve of the horizon, tourists can leave their vehicles in the car park, and enjoy its unparalleled beauty.
Ahu Tongariki is one of the largest on the Island, and over 15 Moai stand on its platform. The fascinating stone figures are the only ones on the island who all face out towards the ocean, and even today, they astound all who see them. The Polynesian settlers established the tradition of sculpture and architecture in their own style, and because of the island’s isolation, they had no influence from the outside world.
It is thought that these powerful monuments, along with shrines and ceremonial buildings, were erected from the 10th to the 16th century. Originality and imagination must have been flowing in abundance in the early inhabitants as there are no statues quite like them anywhere else on Earth!
Rapa Nui National Park has a history that is completely unique; the island holds many mysteries and natural wonders that archaeologists and scientists still marvel at today. Despite its extreme isolation, the island’s visitors are rewarded with incredible sights and sounds as well as being wooed by the traditions of the local people. Although you may not choose to reach Rapa Nui by canoe, the international airport welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Why not make this once in a lifetime journey, and have your own incredible experience of Easter Island?