Plaza del Carmen is very nice. Clean white beach with clear water. Very touristy, but not completely spoiled.
Cozumel is ok, but there is not much of a beach there and the island isn't that special either. Easy to visit as a day trip from Plaza del Carmen.
Tulum is just beautiful. The ruins are amazing and the beach is a proper one as well. Unfortunately there is not much to do besides that, so probably not the best place to hang around for long time..
I would like to vote for Palenque as well. It is large enough to be impressive and its location in the jungle is what sets it apart. I went there when it just opened in the morning. When visiting without many people already being there, it adds a lot of character to it.
Tulum was very nice as well and the beach which was nearby makes the day out perfect.
Chichen Itza was a bit of a turn off. Too many people and way too many vendors trying to sell everything.
To escape the crowds, visit Monte Alban near Oaxaca. It's not as impressive as some of the other ruins, but there was literally no one around..
You better make a contacts with the travel agent as they may arrange you the best ticket policy. Once you contact with them, they would keep this relationship as long as you need them. The money that you are going to take is sufficient fora month long tour. Hoping you enjoy your tour..
My first highway journey from the airport in Mexico:two bandits with a gun stopped the bus in the middle of the highway,take phones, money, jewelry...Mexicans were probably already used to it. Without fear in his eyes gave a few coins, and after all. Only we we were horrified.
Have been doing some research on the internet and it looks like to travel by frieghter/cargo ship is very expensive and complicated. But it sounds like fun/a different way to end our travels.
Dont suppose anyone has any tips or suggestions?
There are some really good intentional communities in Belize which showcase much of its beauty. Also, Belize is pretty small, I'd spend maybe 5 days there, 3 of which I recommend getting off the mainland and going out to one of the Cayes..
The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also an amazing cultural festival. Created 25 years ago by the University of Guadalajara, the Fair is aimed at professionals and the general public alike, a characteristic that sets it apart from other book fairs around the globe. With business as one of its main goals, it is also a cultural festival in which literature plays a major role including a program where authors from all continents and languages participate, and a forum for the academic discussion of the major issues of our time.
For nine days, people willingly stand in long lines to listen to their favorite authors, the book industry makes Guadalajara its beating heart and the whole city is filled with the music, arts, cinema and theatre from the featured Guest of Honor which this year is Germany.
find out more about the fair on their website http://www.
What's your budget? If you have a little extra cash, the Cozumel Palace is amazing, (we could only afford to stay there one night :)
other than that, there are a lot more budget choices if you expand the radius a little bit further from downtown. The water is gorgeous no matter where you end up, so if you are going for the snorkeling/scuba like we did, the room matters less.
Casa Mexicana Cozumel is in town and absolutely enough hotel for a modest traveler..though it doesn't have it's own beach access we had fun taking day trips to more remote beaches away from the resorts anyway, (chankanaab park has great snorkeling! If you'd like to read about my experience there, check this out, http://allaboutrivieramaya.com/blog/exploring-cozumels-chankanaab-park/ )
The weather should always be fair there, but it's much less crowded if you go during their off season, (summer)
Hope this helps!.
Cancun is a hotspot, but it's too crowded for my taste, too commercialized. If you head south on the yucatan towards Playa del Carmen, Costa Maya, you'll get the same scenery and great snorkeling without so much crowding..
I suggest Santa Teresa, South of Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific Coast.
If you like touristic places go in high season (Dic-May), on the contrary if you dont like it very crowded go during the low season (May-Oct).
Santa Teresa is chosen for many honeymooners, weddings, elopements, families and big groups of young people looking for fun.
Everybody has a wide variety of options, in matter of restaurants, outdoor activites (surf, boogie board, fishing, horsebackriding, hiking, atv tours, etc)and accommodation.
This sounds really fun.
[quote:e458149b5f="Paul79UF"]Another thing to add to your list is doing a jungle canopy zipline tour.
That was a highlight of our trip to the Jaco Beach area of CR.
Have fun! :)[/quote:e458149b5f]
I am also very interested in learning more about the nightlife here. :-).
This thread just makes me want to go on a holiday.
From what I've read on the internet Cuba, the Dominican republic, St. Lucia and the Bahama's are very attractive.
The difficulty I found with the whole Caribbean is that it is hard to travel from one place to the other as most of them are focused on staying a week in one resort..
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I never had that problem but I know people affected by it but all of 'em are farmers. These are adapted to saltwater. Sea lice cause physical and enzymatic damage at their sites of attachment but hardly causes problem to human. Human need to remain in contact for a very long time for getting damaged by it..
Nice out of you for the tips. I love animals and spent time with them. I enjoyed time with Elephants, parrots and big cats only sparing dolphins. When I'll be making a trip like so, I shall keep your suggestion in my mind..
I would say that a major attraction of Jamaica is the amazing Blue Mountains. Not only do they have some of the best coffee in the world, they are also great for nature lovers, cycling, hiking and bird watching..
Well, I am from South Asia and visited Caribbean already with friends, colleague or girl friend. Now I am alone and very keen to know that is there any chance of adult spa club for men in the Caribbeans as I am looking for making a tour to Caribbean instead of America or Canada..
I do pray and hope that things get better because for most of the countries in the world especially in the Caribbean tourism plays a major role for their economy and they still yet to be violent. But if everyone in these regions continue to turn a blind eye then yet to see what the future holds.
[quote]Any recommendations for a hotel in Niagara Falls Canada?[/quote]
Everyone has own opinion so it better to see the tripadvisor and read reviews you also find answer about the NIagara falls canada.. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g154998-Niagara_Falls_Ontario-Hotels.html.
I think it mostly depends on the type of passport you hold.
According to the Canada web site, if it's biometric then you don't need a VISA, else you'll need to apply for one. Pretty sure most EU countries have been using the biometric ones for quite some time.
See the "Basic requirements" link.
Will depend if you take out single trip or multi-trip insurance, on age and any medical conditions but from what I remember a few years ago it might be 20 now for a single trip single person travel insurance.
If you've got a family, there are policies for that too.
Would have a look around the various insurance providers, or even the insurance comparison sites which I think now do travel insurance.
Hello Sam, its to be great to hear this you going Canada.In according to me Canada is beautiful and blooming city. i don't want take your more time, to qualify for a Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa under the Federal Skilled Worker.I think they must a lot the Visa..
Canada truly has so many beautiful places to visit. Hotel de Glace tops the cake! Next time you are in Quebec City in the winter, check it out! My husband and I thought we would freeze, but were so surprised! Loved it!.
@nsldelaney -] Thanks!
I have heard it never gets easier! Went to Montreal just last month (September 2011) and the weather was beautiful, but talking to people... they really scare you on the winter.... a solid 6 months of cold they say! One thing they stressed was not trying to look cool and just buy the thermals :).
I decided the west coast was really for me; much milder climate (even though it is a lot wetter), but I tend to favor the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest over the east coast anyway. Maybe I'll just visit Montreal in the summer!.
Wow!!! You did an excellent job sharing your vacation. The photos were amazing, especially the dolphin looking at you through the water; awesome timing.
Thanks for the summary too, it was great to have your ending conclusion giving some bottom lines to Canadian travelers. I would definitely second the "prepare to get wet" and that you can travel Canada on a budget. One of my favorite things is to go up into Banff and Jasper and stay... even staying on the coast is very reasonable as far as cost go... and so much to see and do!.
Canada, no question. I lived in Florida for 2 years and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. That is unless you want Disney, but Disney to me seems like a place where parents go to yell at their kids.
Go to Canada.
If you do go to Florida, only go to Key West. It's the only place left with any "old florida" character. Everything else in the state is high rise condos, retirees, bad drivers, gang violence, plastic surgery and tourists. Also consider that people mainly go there for the beaches, but if you remove that aspect of the state, all you have left is a place with high crime and high unemployment. Might as well go to detroit.
I think Stephen Fry sums up florida exceptionally well in his brief encounter with it. [url=http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/stephen-fry-in-america-deep-south/]Stephen Fry in America: Deep South[/url].
AG... you need to ask yourself the question "Why should someone fill out your survey just because you ask them to?"
People here don't know you and you haven't even bothered to introduce yourself (as is requested). You need to become a part of - and give to - the community if you hope to gain anything from it.
Paul (who's been North of the Arctic Circle).
My route is still the subject of research. Last time I went West from Denver and you couldn't help but fall over great scenery, Indian ruins, canyons, NPs etc. Going East I'm having trouble finding targets, so I'll go whichever route might take me past something interesting!
I don't have a camping vehicle, I'll be staying at motels..
Around Boston there are a lot a beautiful spots to visit.
For example [url=http://www.capecodchamber.org/]Cape Cod,[/url] where there are a lot of beautiful places like Plymouth.
A fun thing I did there was Whale Watching.
A place I have always wanted to visit, but unfortunately never have, is Salem!
You could also go to the US site of the Niagara Falls for a day-trip! It's a must see sight so why not if you have the time?
I would suggest just to an Amtrack train-pass!
This is really easy too use and you can go to loads of city's with it..
Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele
Lanai City, Hawaii
Inn at Palmetto Bluff, An Auberge Resort
Bluffton, South Carolina
RiverPlace Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel
these places are best.....
my sister is a US resident. i intend to go over, buy a car, drive it about over there for 2 weeks then have it shipped to UK
is the best insurance option to insure it on a 6 or 12 month policy in my sister's name then cancel at the end of the 2 weeks
has anyone tried this successfully.
The rest of Lonely Planet's Top 10 destinations: Fairbanks, Alaska (2); San Juan Islands, Washington (3), Philadelphia (4); American Samoa (5); Eastern Sierra, California (6); northern Maine (7); Twin Cities, Minnesota (8); Verde Valley, Arizona (9); and Glacier National Park, Montana (10).
These are the best place to visit Alone in USA .
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If you have some flexibility, I would recommend flying to Seattle and taking Amtrak's Empire Builder back to Chicago, from there you could switch trains and take one to Buffalo (which is about as close as Amtrak will get you to Niagra). The Chicago to Buffalo train runs at night, so you likely won't see much of anything on that route.
Not sure how to put in a link, but if you google the Empire Builder, wikipedia has a decent page on it..
The USA is more than New York and LA. There are many places that are so very different than these two cities, but just as, if not more enjoyable depending on one's preferences.
Yellowstone National Park, a drive down the Blue Mountain Parkway, Hilton Head Beach. For cities, look at Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Look to National Parks for inspiration.
Avoid anything with 'disney' somewhere in a name's place..
You can easily visit MP on your own, it's very easy to do ! Can't help you with hostels (we never stay in those) but I would recommend staying the night befor the visit of MP in Ollantaytambo. It's al lot closer, you can take earlier trains and beat the crowd that rolls in with the Cusco-train, by the time they get there you almost have the place to your own (OK, a bit exagerated maybe but it's a huge difference !).
Best book your trainticket to MP ahead through Perurail - best do it in advance since they do get booked full in the busier seasons !
Once you're in MP you can either walk to the village (it's quite a walk !) or take a bus, that's up to you....
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Ecuador is a great place to visit. It has the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon rainforest, beautiful beaches and, of course, nearly 30 volcanoes.
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This thread is for exchanging info about the next Worldcup here in Brazil in 2014
could be used by travelers to meet and/organise their travel here in Brazil
According to Thierry Weil (marketing FIFA) today in Rio de Janeiro World Cup tickets will go on sale on August 20th.
All informations will be avaiable on July 1st
Participating cities and their respective stadiums are :
Belo Horizonte - Mineiro
Brasilia Estdio - Nacional de Braslia
Cuiab - Arena Pantanal
Curitiba - Arena da Baixada
Fortaleza - Castelo
Manaus - Arena Amazonia
Natal - Arena das Dunas
Porto Alegre - Estdio Beira-Rio
Recife - Arena Cidade da Copa
Rio de Janeiro - Maracan
Salvador - Bahia Arena - Fonte Nova
So Paulo - Novo Estdio do Corinthians
Here in Salvador da Bahia we also have the game-dates as well :
- 13th June : group B
- 16th June : group G
- 20th June : group E
- 25th June : group F
- 01st July : eight finals
- 05th July : quarter finals
People in need for specific information about the games here in Bahia, north-east of Brazil may always PM me
Greetz from the tropIX of Salvador da Bahia
Ivan Bahia Guide.
Montecristo Cloud Forest: , El Impossible National Park , Los Chorros , Barra de Santiago , El Jocotal Lagoon are near by places Salvador you can visit .
The major attractions of the country are:
Panchimalco Indian Village
Lago de llopango
The Devil's Doorway
La Laguna Botanical Garden
David J. Gusman National Museum
Parque Nacional Los Volcanes
La Ruta de las Flores
Juayua Gastronomic Festival
Restaurante El Bodegon
Alo Nuestro / Abajo Lounge
Tazamul Ruins, Chalchuapa
Joya De Ceren, Sucio River
Coatepeque Caldera, Juayua
El Sunzal Beach, La Libertad
Old Town, Suchitoto.
Mijn broer, Chris Danieu, Belg, 35 jaar en 1,94m, is naar Peru gaan trekken zonder iemand iets te laten weten. Maar, hij heeft medicatie nodig. Daarom is het belangrijk dat we hem zo snel mogelijk vinden. Als jij naar Peru vertrekt en hem opmerkt, laat ons dan zeker iets weten. Zijn gezondheid mag niet in gevaar komen.
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My brother Chris Danieu, Belgian, 35years old and 1.94 m tall, left for Peru with his back pack without telling anyone. But, he needs medication. So its important to find him as quickly as possible. If you are leaving for Peru and you happen to meet him, please let us know. He needs help.
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It is always better to learn some basic greeting speech, this is what i always do when visiting a country, I feel the locals will feel they are respected and will be more helpful especially when you are asking for help.
Just my opinion.
Love the banter. me and a friend are planning a possible trip starting in Buenos Aires and driving all the way up to Panama.
Questions: I like all the back and forth about bikes. However, im looking for a bike for around 400USD. Dont need fancy just badass. To put this in perspective. I recently bought a honda win in Saigon and drove to Hanoi. Was a little trooper and every local had one. Thats exactly the type bike i want again. Cheap and fun.
Also where to buy such bikes, any good classified in BA?
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You lied about where you're posting from. You're in Ecuador. That's a bannable offense (not that you're in Ecuador, but that you lied about it)..
Brazil is one the great destination in world.. Especially in RIO wherein the carnivals are there were great... Some of them are the Cartanal the biggest carnival in Brazil. It's a great [url=http://www.braziltouristdirectory.com/]vacation in Brazil[/url]...
I was able to finally shoot from atop the Hyatt Regency here in downtown San Antonio – a spot I’ve been trying to visit for a few years now. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but I decided to ditch my usual method of sneaking up to the top and instead book a night and make a family staycation out of it (although in full disclosure I did make my way all the way to the top of the hotel a year or so ago, only to be thwarted by the card access door at the rooftop).
Frances Louis Michel The Trial of John Lawson, Christoph von Graffenried, and an Enslaved Man by the Tuscarora France/North Carolina (1711) Pen and Ink wash on Parchment. The story behind this sketch is an interesting one. Lawson, a surveyor, and von Graffenreid were two founders of a colony in New Bern, North Carolina. The small group of European colonizers had offered many insults to the Tuscarora, including the destruction of religious objects, men who beat a diplomat during negotiations, the kidnapping and enslavement of Tuscarora children, and the final straw was Lawson’s threat, attempted theft of an unknown object, and physical scuffle with a community leader. The two white men were seized, and their wigs and coats thrown into a fire. The enslaved man was also seized, being associated with Graffenried, and the three put on trial. The enslaved man was released on principle, having no say in his actions and therefore bearing no responsibility for the incident. It is unknown whether he decided to stay on with the Tuscarora or returned to the colony. Von Graffereid offered not only goods in ransom for his release, but unspecified services, presumably to correct the harm done. He was also released. Lawson, however, offered nothing in terms of goods, nor in terms of offering to pay the debt with his service, in accordance with most Native American laws. He was thus condemned, and summarily executed. Although many historians and writers of articles claim he was tortured to death in the manner he himself has so luridly and sensationally described being done to other prisoners among the Native Americans, accounts from von Graffenried state that he was dispatched quickly with his throat cut. Many academic articles written about Lawson’s death, like this one which refers to him in the title as a “gentleman”, offer endless apologia for his behavior and his trespasses. The assumption that because his writing was “not as bad” as some writing of other colonists at the time, that he somehow should have been exempt from Native laws, and write as if his death was somehow “inexplicable”. They attempt to create a narrative of once-friendly Natives turning on a poor, hapless “settler”. I suppose a descendant of colonizers would have a stake in trying to represent Lawson as a sympathetic character, although any scholar of Native history recognizes Lawson’s accounts for sensationalized and bigoted hyperbole. He often refers to Natives as thieves (rather ironically, he claims they are “as ingenious at picking of Pockets, as any, I believe, the World affords; for they will steal with their Feet.” ), bestial savages, and sexual degenerates. Many European settlers made much of the unfamiliar sexual autonomy of Native women, and assumed that somehow the men must have been in control of it, or benefited from it financially. From Lawson’s writings: The Girls at 12 or 13 Years of Age, as soon as Nature prompts them, freely bestow their Maidenheads on some Youth about the same Age, continuing her Favours on whom she most affects, changing her Mate very often. [The Waxhaw] set apart the youngest and prettiest Faces for trading Girls; these are remarkable by their Hair, having a particular Tonsure by which they are known.… They are mercenary, and whoever makes Use of them, first hires them, the greatest Share of the Gain going to the King’s Purse, who is the chief Bawd…: his own Cabin (very often) being the chiefest Brothel-House. Sadly, accounts like these are taken at face value still, including this passage from the North Carolina History Project: In addition, Lawson described the marriage culture of the Waxhaw as relaxed and even communal at times. Young Indian girls who had the most sexual partners before marriage were usually the most sought after by the men of the tribe, and some men even lent their wives to interested neighbors. Notice that once again, the agency is assumed to be in the hands of men: the men LENT their wives to other men. This is a case of the retroactive erasure of the agency of native women; there is nothing to suggest that these women did anything except exactly as they pleased in regard to sexual matters, partners, childbearing and marriage. Because of settler accounts like that of Lawson who could not imagine a society in which men did not control women’s sexuality despite being witness to it happening before his very eyes, and perpetuated by articles like the one linked above, the assumption of sexual exploitation of Native women continues, and became the reality. In much the same way that patriarchy was assumed by settlers who often refused to meet or negotiate with powerful women in Native communities, over time, with subjugation, murder, war, and epidemics, a patriarchal social structure was imposed on many native communities in North America. The writings of Lawson, who was a bigot, a convicted criminal, and partially responsible for starting the Tuscarora War, are seen as more authoritative and “historically accurate” than the writings and oral histories of Native peoples today. After the war, many Tuscarora went north to join the five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, adding their strength and military prowess to the might of the alliance there. You can also read a letter George Washington himself wrote to the Tuscarora nation, begging aid in an upcoming military conflict with France. If you would like to gain a greater understanding of the possible fate of the enslaved man among the Tuscarora, this article gives a very solid general overview of relations between kidnapped and enslaved African people and Native American nations in United States/North American history. The history between these two people is an area of special academic and personal interest to me, because this “alliance”, so to speak, was continued in my own immediate family, with our distinctive and shared identities, with our own and shared Histories in America.
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