Adventures in Costa Rica


Pura vida! Welcome to Costa Rica, an incredible home of tropical forests, volcanoes, beaches, big cities and small neighborhoods. The people here are warm and friendly and there is enough adventure for everyone. The culture is inviting, nature is magnificent, and the weather is just right. This is the "green" side. The people, mainly a mix of Spanish and Indians, are called Tikans. The language is Spanish, although many people speak English. "Pura vida" is the coolest way to say "Enjoy life!"

Day 1

Although known in many ways, the culture of Costa Rica has enough unknown aspects to be intriguing. Driving from the airport to our hotel in San Jose, we saw a cow grazing from an overpass and a horse trot along the road.

We spent our first day at the Gran Hotel, a luxury 1930s style accommodation. This is the only hotel in the country considered historic. There was a piano concert during lunch and dinner. Very chic! Our breakfast was typical Tikan: beans, rice, chorizo ​​and cheese, with strong coffee. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The Major of the Rudolfo Palace was particularly kind. We visited the Zoo, the National Musee and the Butterfly Garden. While almost everyone we met was warm and friendly, hang on to your bag and camera. Theft can be a problem. An outdoor or market Mercado has clothes, books, souvenirs, purses and many, many more. Great Shopping! We chose Nuestre Thier for lunch. Lunch was small, a delicious mix of shrimp and fish. We were again greeted with warmth by the staff. After an afternoon of wandering, dinner at the hotel was Robespierre, a wonderful delicate steak dish flavored with rosemary, thyme and sage.

Cars were only allowed to drive on alternate days, depending on the last digit on the plate, odd or even. This reduces traffic and air pollution. We didn't need the car as we went everywhere! Stay in areas where people are present and do not wander into less populated areas to avoid trouble. The city of San Jose is lively but also crowded. Most of the shops are completely open from the street. Shopping is diverse, like one find in every major city. Throughout the city there are sculptures of cows: dancing cows, chess cows, pink cows. It's called the Cow Parade. This is very bizarre!

Day 2

We visited the small National Theater Museum to discover the history of Costa Rica. Early humans wore beautiful gold ornaments. We saw exhibits of local animals and many more. The plaza was great for people watching and feeding pigeons. Everywhere there are stands for fresh produce and small pavilions selling magazines, toys, snacks and the like. It makes a very colorful city scene! The parks provide green space and quiet oases. The mountains are always on view. We moved on to the zoo, where alligators, tropical birds, big cats, monkeys, snakes and flowering plants enveloped us in bright colors. Lakes and streams created a natural habitat.

The Spanish influence is evident in the ornate wrought iron and ornamental wood. At the National Museum of Costa Rica Museo, we discovered more about this beautiful nation. There are dioramas of early natives, 16th-century Spanish tools, funerary customs, pottery, exhibits of native animals, colonial furniture, displays highlighting the coffee and sugar industries, and painted Oscars that are part of the culture.

Day 3

After breakfast of fried yucca and sausage in tomato sauce, which was very tasty, we left town for the country, driving along a two-lane highway with hundreds of other cars. We stopped for lunch at one of the soda bars or snack bars. It was by a calm river and very pleasant. Most carbonated drinks are opened to the side to capture the breeze. We enjoyed the ride, seeing the mountains, forests and tiny villages. Each has a church, a school, a football field and soda. We stopped at Do Do Center, a pumpkin version of Lowe's or Home Depot. Checking in was fun! There were toys, cooking utensils and appliances. It is a non-governmental public organization. Our driving took us to the Pacific Beach, in Playa Hermosa to the hotel, El Valero. Our hotel had a swimming pool, private beach and outdoor dining. It was the opposite of San Jose, being very small and quiet. This is paradise! A little animal made some interesting designs for scratching in the sand! We swam in warm water and watched the glittering red sunset. Being close to the equator, it was dark by 7:00. The staff, again, was very nice. Dinner was delicious, Chateaubriand. It is made with beef, mustard, mushrooms and sherry. Our room was nice and the porch catches the ocean breeze.

Day 4

Another hearty breakfast of tortilla, cheese, beans and rice with strong coffee helped us to start our day. We spent the morning diving and swimming. We were practically alone on the beach! We saw some very nice fish and found some unusual shells. The water was very clear and warm. What a great way to start the day! We were curious about Play del Coco, a seaside resort nearby. A short trip took us to a colorful and sleepy little town. We shopped at Mercado (shoes, dresses, masks, CDs, etc.) and ate at the Secret Soda Garden. One of the establishments was called The Louisiana Restaurant and Bar. The Virgin Mary Carmel is the Catholic church in the city. It is open to the public, is a very nice church and is a good place for a quiet time. We enjoyed our long walk along the beach. On our way back, we shopped at a supermarket that was much smaller than the American supermarket, but had food from Costa Rica, so it was most interesting.

Our dinner was tapas in Ginger near the beach: summer rolls, salmon whipped cream, Aztec soup and Ahi tuna. Everything was delightful! We took samples of the native fluid, guaro. This is a sugar cane, very popular with the ticks. It was very sweet and we took care of the taste, although the mojito was better. A stroll on the beach in the moonlight and it was time to tune in for the night. I'm diving tomorrow!

Day 5

Today was exciting because I went diving! Marine wildlife was abundant! We say many varieties of fish and sea turtles. The water was clear; drivers knew their sites. I love to do more on another trip! It was my first dive in the Pacific. Greg sat on the deck and made landmarks. Then we went to Playa Panama along the winding road, which consisted of a small hotel and a beach. Great to really get out! We arrived back at our hotel to find electricity. Obviously, this happens often, and one guesses when it will return. We all made it and tonight was a BBQ hotel. The food was delicious, of course. There were many people in the community who came in and we met some Americans who now live in Playa Hermosa. We had some interesting conversations! We were joking with the bartender! It was a good day! We really like the coastal Rica!

Day 6

Now that we know the beach, we want to meet a volcano! Mt. Arenal is an active volcano in central Costa Rica. The roads were winding, narrow, hilly and gave us beautiful views! We took pictures, of course! We stopped at a Combined German Bakery / Cafe / Local Craft Shop! German food in the Central American country was a twist. While we were eating our fraternities, a man on horseback came jogging down the street and then again. We don't see this in Florida cities! We looked at the small market and then continued on our way. Arenal Lake is breathtaking! We noticed that wild flowers are a combination of tropical and home grown flowers, which makes it quite exotic. We stopped for coffee in a small cafe overlooking the lake. The secure gate at the entrance reminds us that there is a problem with crime if we are not careful. The journey to Arenal Park took us 6 hours because the roads were impassable and our stops. We watched a monkey cross the road. We stayed the night. Lodge Lodge Observatory, with a clear view of the volcano! We heard and felt the roar and after dark watched the red, lava lava flow down the mountain! It was a great experience! How often can you sit in bed and watch a volcano! The park has hiking, windsurfing, fishing, cycling and more. We hiked in the rainforest, an exciting experience! When we reached the waterfall, we plunged into the pool to cool off. We saw hummingbirds and butterflies everywhere! Two specialty drinks are offered at the bar, both of which flame in honor of the volcano! Tomorrow we are going white water rafting!

Day 7

The rafting adventure was great! We ran three rivers with capable guides. Our guide Tony catches an attractive, albeit venomous, tiny blue frog toad to show us. We brawled, bounced, and flew down the water. After a sophisticated raft trip, we had a delicious lunch with our group in Tikan steak. Lazy, hanging in the tree, caught our attention. A quick tour of the charming city of La Fortuna allowed us to appreciate the culture of Costa Rica, especially the quiet pace of life and the assessment of education in this country. We like the colors, the food, the music, the friendliness.

Santa Elena is a mountain town, reached on a very narrow, impassable, winding road. There are dents, no guard rails, and a creek was passing in one place. The road was dark. I didn't know if we would reach the top. However, Santa Elena is worth it! This is a great place to visit! We stayed at Finca Valverde Hotel. Following the concierge along the long and snake path, we were able to stay in our hotel room in the midst of tropical forests.

Day 8

We sat on the porch drinking coffee and watching kinkaiuses, toucans and other tropical birds. After breakfast, there was an orchid garden. It was heavenly! So many types! The colors, sizes and shapes are different. There were Chunches, coffee shop / bookstore / laundry. This is a great place with a great selection of books and lots of food choices! It was here that we met Cindy, a Texan who loves to live here and knows where to find something! There was the Serpentarium. It was full of snakes and lizards of all kinds. There was a tour of a coffee plantation / cane. We rode in the car and made candy at the end of the tour to go home. How often do we get to that! So much to do in a day! There were hotels, restaurants, shops, all with a small urban taste. The city is very small, so walking is the best way to get around. At the end of the day we were tired, but very happy to see and do so much. And tomorrow we shimmer in the shade!

Day 9

Today, breakfast was at the Treehouse Hotel and Restaurant, where there is a real tree grown across the roof! Tican coffee became our favorite. It is strong and completely flavored. We had a hearty meal because today was our canopy tour in the cloudy Santa Elena Forest in Selvatura Park. It was raining, but we were in the rain forest! There are paths and gardens that take time while waiting for a zipper. The sky walk was exciting and gave us an amazing view. The vegetation is huge! Feeling as we zip over the canopy is like flying! We looked down at the trees and flew through them from one platform to another. This was our first zip and we loved the experience! Great! I continued on Tarzan's swing while Greg watched! How much fun! We watched some monkeys play in the trees. It was still raining, so we suggest packing a poncho out and about.

For dinner, we walked the short and steep distance to Chimera, in Monteverde, where Cindy works in the evening. The views were wonderful. The food, tapas, was great! The mango sorbet was particularly tasty. Very average price too.

Day 10

Walk to the Tree House for breakfast, only to find the broken coffee machine! Oh no! Fortunately, Chunches and Cindye were available, so we had lunch there and talked to our new friend.

Monteverde cheeses have many varieties of handmade cheeses. We bought some delicious looking Gouda. Several shops along the road were open, so we searched inside. Back in Santa Elena we visited the Frog Lake, full of tropical frogs and toads. It was a good time as it was raining again. The butterfly garden was close by with dozens of delicate, gorgeous, colorful butterflies. Glasswing has transparent wings! Both attractions were fun! Unfortunately, it was time to head back down the mountain. We had to say goodbye to Santa Elena and Cindy! Return again along the narrow steep and serpentine road to San Jose. On the way, we stopped for baking soda. A man drove his small herd of cattle on the road past us. Very picturesque!

Day 11

Back in the heart of San Jose, we stayed again at the Gran Hotel. We felt like old friends the way our staff greeted us. From our room, we had a good spot for street corner entertainers. We were away from Teatro Nacional Plaza and all the people. We had dinner at Le Monastere, a former monastery perched high on a hill with fantastic views of the city lights at night! The food was excellent! It was highly recommended by the hotel staff and it's worth the drive to get there! A night stroll through the city was great for the people watching our last night here. There were several street performers and music was flowing from clubs.

After being at the airport, we found that most food courts only take money and ATMs are both out of order. By counting our change, we were able to buy a drink and a bag of chips each for lunch! Adios, Costa Rica! Prices for most places were moderate, amenities were modern, the weather was good, and the people were great! We look forward to another visit!



In and around Quito, Ecuador


Ecuador's capital is Quito, a beautiful place built high in the mountains. For those with a head for height, pick up the cabin telephone line from the base of Pinchincha volcano for fabulous views of the city. At 2800 m altitude, the altitude in the city itself takes a little getting used to! Quito is divided into two quite different parts – old and new. Quito's old town is very beautiful and quite European in feel – many if big plots, beautiful churches, narrow cobblestone streets surrounded by pastel colored buildings. The new city has more than amenities, tourist shops, banks, tour operators, luxury hotels, restaurants and bars, but its appearance is nothing in the old city. Most people choose to stay in the new city because it is safer after dark and closer to nightlife with backpacks.

Just 30k outside Quito is Mitad del Mundo – the center of the earth (you can catch a bus from the northern bus station, located between the old and the new neighborhoods of the city) – Ecuador's location along the equator is the beginning of its name. Mitad del Mundo is a monument erected on a spot where 0 degrees length corresponds to 0 degrees latitude. Unfortunately for the monument builders, it turns out that years later the actual point at which this is happening is actually c. 200m from the monument – but it is definitely still a fun place to visit and take the obligatory photos in the "center of the earth". Inside the monument is a pretty interesting museum for all the indigenous communities in Ecuador – there is much more than you might think!

Papalacta's beautiful hot springs are only 67 km east of Quito, along a route taken in 1542 by Spanish conquistador Francisco del Orelana as it crosses the Andes mountain range to find the Amazon River. At 3,300 meters above sea level, the views from the heart of the Andes Mountains are incredible – be prepared for a bus-filled arenaline bus ride, but those who are afraid of altitude should not take up space at the window! The hydrothermal value of Papalacta springs is due to their location between the two volcanoes of Cayambe & Antisana – the thermal temperature of the springs varies from 30 degrees to 70 degrees, and in the basins – from 36-40 degrees. The focus of any trip to Ecuador is to sit in a natural hot pool carved by a rock surrounded by fog that clings to the peaks of the Andes – it will really take your breath away. The Ecuadorian Medical Association certifies that the waters have healing benefits and with a beautiful spa complex and numerous massages and procedures to choose from at affordable prices, you are guaranteed to come out feeling like a new person. You will need to stay overnight as the complex is very far from everything else – there are budget options at the foot of the road to the spa center (about 2 miles up) the spa center itself has 32 rooms with heating, open fires, private baths and private swimming pools with hot springs. Find a few Quito backpack friends and join a group to save money.

From Quito you can fly to the Galapagos, assuming you have the money you should not miss !! The Galapagos is a stunning archipelago of more than 1000 km along the Ecuadorian coast. They live up to their expectations – usually based on beautifully filmed wildlife programs! The only downside is that a 1 week trip will set you back anything from £ 1k – £ 1.5k – but if you can find the money it's worth every penny. The wildlife here is so abundant and so at home with human beings coexisting that by the end of the week you are almost blazing with sitting eating your sea lion dinner at your feet! The excitement of the coming experiences evolves from the moment you get off the plane and pass through the runway to the "airport" (a wooden canopy covered with tarpaulin), stepping over the sleeping iguanas, enjoying the warmth of the path as you walk. The wildlife is incredible and you will get closer than you ever imagined – from blue-legged boobies to giant turtles, pelicans, penguins, flamingos, iguanas, sharks, dolphins and whales – it will blow your mind! The different eco systems on each island are fascinating and if you can embark on a land tour that allows you to stay on some of the larger islands rather than just do it with the masses of cruise travel, it's well worth it , Don't miss the many Isabella highlights like walking through lava fields and through lava tunnels (be sure to check for volcano warnings – this one is still very active!). The top tip – be sure to get your passport stamp – it should be one of them, if not on the best in the world …. we won't ruin the surprise!

From the Terminal Terrace in Quito's old town you can take a bus to the small mountain town of Latacunga – here you can arrange trips to Cotopaxi Volcano and Kilatoa Lake. The Cotopaxi volcano is stunning and the picture is perfect – ask your child to paint your volcano and their efforts would look like Cotopaxi! It is possible to climb the volcano – for less adventure you can take the path (vertical at 4800 m altitude) to the base camp and from there to the beginning of the glaciers. Plus, if you're up for the challenge – you can choose to stay in base camp at night and scale the peak at 4am with cramps – a great challenge and an experience! Kilatoa Lake is beautiful – a crater lake filled with very attractive, but completely toxic turquoise waters and surrounded by alpaca pastures. The journey from Latacunga to the lake is one of the best in South America, with beautiful scenery and a rare glimpse of the indigenous communities that have crossed the road.

The next destination is Riobamba, where you can get on the grand train – Diablo Nariz (devil's nose) the views from this train trip are stunning, but the departure times are chaotic and the city itself offers very little, so check this before you arrive. An expedition from Riobamba is a mountain bike trip to Chimborazo – the highest volcano in Ecuador at 6,300 meters to the summit. The walk to the top is not as steep as Cotopaxi, so despite the higher altitude it is easier to walk. The views as you go mountain biking on Chimborazo are stunning, but be prepared for an impassable ride!

The small spa town of Banos is a very well-deserved visit – don't expect much from the baths themselves, but the town is full of character and for those who enjoy horseback riding, there are some beautiful rides in the area.

Cuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador after Quito and Guayaquil – it has a very European feel to it with spacious green spaces and beautiful churches. Further bus travel south is the coastal town of Loya – a convenient place to stop on your way to the splendid Vilcabamba but offering little to see.

Near the border with Peru is the port of Wiccabamba – a fantastic place to rest for a few days (or weeks!) Before you travel to Peru. There are several great places to stay, such as Rumi Vilko eco hut on the river bank. Swimming in the river, walking on mountain trails, horseback riding and massage deals all make this place Ecuador.



Camping in national parks in a traveling trailer


A trip with a travel trailer is the perfect way for you and your family to visit great national parks. With many trailers, large and small, many families enjoy this camping mode. It's pretty comfortable anyway, because it's like attracting the house with your travels. With hundreds of diverse parks across the country, you will surely be tuned to your specific adventure taste. Some parks are well known around the world, while others, though less celebrated, are still worth the time to visit.

Budgeting your trips

Even if you are aboard the trailer, you still need to consider the distance from the park you plan to walk to prevent the high costs that result in long distance travel. If you are traveling with your family for the first time on a similar trip or if you are on a small budget, it is advisable to choose the nearest park to your home. You can even choose a two-way layout to enjoy two adjacent or nearby parks with one pass. It is clear that you do not need to prepare a very large budget just for your family to camp. With a travel trailer you will be able to save a lot of unnecessary costs, but still a more convenient way of camping.

Looking for a national park

For those who really like to camp, there are many options for choosing a National Park that you can go to. Whatever your personal taste may suggest, it may be close to the beach, in the highlands, somewhere rocky, historic park, a place endowed with the gifts of nature, or just a quiet camping spot that lets you escape from the vibrancy of city life, with there will certainly be a park to suit your needs.

So, how do you choose your destination? This is actually very simple. Finding parks is as easy as getting a free travel brochure or quickly browsing the internet for some of the most visited parks. There is even an online National Park Service that helps you find your ideal camping destination. You can do a quick search so that you can find the nearest camp within your city or country. If you are a member of travel clubs, this will also be a major plus, as you will certainly have many connections that will be able to provide suggestions for your next stop.

Many national parks either have campsites with or without connection. This assures you that you will get what you want based on your needs and budget. Just practice the habit of making reservations. While not all sites practice this arrangement as they may operate on a first come, first served basis, it is advisable to contact the park authorities on this matter. It is also a good opportunity to ask about the amenities available in the area and if there are any additional fees you must pay when using them.

Careful planning

As with all other types of camping trips or vacations, it is a remarkable practice to make your plans much earlier than the travel date. Last-minute planning will just spoil the fun, not to mention increase the potential to forget something very important. More importantly, you need to make sure that your trailers are in perfect condition. All facilities, appliances and energy sources must be ready, so you and your family will really enjoy the journey from start to finish.



A to Z tips for New Zealand


I was inspired by many A to Z publications online and decided to create an A to Z list for New Zealand. This is just my honest opinion of what I thought was the high point of any alphabet. It was quite difficult to choose just one thing for some of the alphabets.

And for Auckland
Everyone knows about Auckland's largest city, New Zealand, also known as the City of Sails. The part I like most about Auckland is that although it is very urban in terms of convenience, the suburbs still retain some of their rural qualities (eg a good community of people and gardens at home).

B for beaches
The ninety mile beach is so endless that it amazes me even though it is only 55 miles away. And the first time I saw the black sand was on Himatani Beach. It was not all that inviting for the first impression. But somehow it grows on you and I look forward to seeing more volcanic sand beaches in the future.

C for Christchurch
It is a beautiful English-speaking garden city and gateway to Antarctica. The city center was once a magnificent place with piles of old stone buildings. According to my friends who went there after the quake, he was still in pretty bad shape. May the city be restored soon.

D for driving
In my opinion, I think New Zealand is a fantastic place to drive. Roads are wide, easy to read, plenty of parking, spacious parking lots and loads of friendly drivers. Somehow I don't have the confidence to drive anywhere other than New Zealand.

E for earthquakes
The February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch was a terrible disaster. The entire country is located at the top of the Pacific and Australian plate boundary, with piles of fault lines everywhere. Minor earthquakes occur daily. Let us keep our fingers crossed so that the great earthquakes do not strike again.

F for the Franz Josef Glacier
It's amazing to learn how glaciers form and it's even more exciting to climb a true glacier. Personally, I thought it looked best from below; It looks like a glow in the blue light and something like a running light. to you. The glacier is constantly flowing and changing every few days.

G for Glowworm
Arachnocampa species are endemic to New Zealand and Australia. The glow worms are not worms but the luminescent larval stage of the beetle. It can be seen in many places, but is more popular around the Waitomo and Te Ana-au caves in the North and South islands respectively.

H for Hangui and Haka
Hangi is the traditional Maori way of cooking using heated rocks buried in a pit. The meat tastes like a combination of smoked and grilled. Haka is a traditional Maori war dance. The most famous is from the All Blacks. The Haka military dance looks really fierce and somehow scary in real life.

I for Intercity
What would we do without InterCity buses in New Zealand? Yes, there are bare buses, but I love InterCity buses. Just because they usually have a few good timings a day, decent prices, comfortable chairs and cool places to stop. Great for long and short distances from cities to cities.

J for Jobs
There are a bunch of jobs in NZ, especially those related to nature. In the summer there are even more such jobs – from picking fruits and gardeners. Paying may not be fantastic, but with some minimum wage policy, it's definitely enough to live and play in NZ with a summer job.

K for Kaikoura
Whale watching, not found everywhere, but located here. Plus, see dolphins and seals on the road. Everything is spectacular, but all we see was a floating dark patch, which suddenly turned and the tail stuck (photo opportunity) and disappeared into the water. This is the essence.

L for LOTR
There is no visit to NZ without checking at least 1 movie site of The Lord of the Rings. My personal favorite is the Kiteoke Regional Park, which is a kit for Rivendell. The place looks magical in a lighter shade of green, even without any computer effects. I need to see it in real life to feel it.

M for Cook Mountain
The highest mountain in NZ at 3 754 m. There are heaps of walks around to see the snow-capped peaks, valleys, rivers and glaciers of Mount Cook. Although all the mountains look similar, I suppose there is a difference when the highest peak is in the country.

N for New Zealand
That doesn't mean it's a "ghost" point. Each country has its own beautiful history, culture and legends that are true to history. After the initial physical attraction (landscape and landscape), I fell in love with NZ coz of history (Maori and European stories) and personality (people and culture).

Oh for organic food
I used to love vegetables, but now I love them. Organic cherry tomatoes taste like chocolate candy! Freshly picked apple is so sweet and crunchy! The organic flavors of kiwi are different from those of the supermarket. Homemade lettuce taste of health and wellness. I've been transformed ever since.

P for people
The country is beautiful because of its amazing people. I love that Kiwis smile and have small conversations with each other everywhere. People help one another without racial discrimination. Most people give and trust. And it's such a relaxed and relaxed culture. A great place to retire!

Q for Queenstown
The strategically located resort town is surrounded by magnificent nature, from the mountain range to the lake. Most major attractions are just a short bus ride from Milford Sound to the first commercialized bungee jump, AJ Hackett. Parachutes and paragliders are also part of nature.

R for Rotorua
It is best known for its pungent sulfuric odor, but you will stop to notice it after a while. With so many exciting things to see and do, from the face at Hell's Geothermal Baths to the Zorbing, from biking to a padlock to downhill. The last thing in your head is the smell.

S for sounds
Milford Sound and dubious sound are actually fjords. NZ's most photographed location is the famous Miter at Milford Sound. Yes, it's so great to see it on foot, bus, cruise and flight. They probably miss the fact that this place is also full of sand flies and repelling insects is a must.

T for Taupo
The city is famous for extreme sports in the North Island, while the lake is the largest in New Zealand. It is just a little smaller than Singapore in surface area, Lake Taupo is 616 sq. Km and Singapore is 700 sq. Km. Strategically located along State Highway 1, this is one of my favorite stopping points.

U for you
Travel is only about the passenger, not the destination. It is easy to distinguish between a traveler and a traveler. One is frank, accepting, humble, gracious, imaginative, spontaneous and funny. The other is neither one nor the other.

V for the vineyard
For people who love wine, New Zealand has heaps of wineries, and wine tasting is the norm everywhere. Not a fan of alcohol, but the wine culture grows on me. I now drink a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc several times a year. Prefer this over cocktails, beer and alcohol.

W for Wellington
Not only is it the capital of New Zealand, it is also the southernmost capital in the world. Buy from emblematic structures here – from the famous Hive (House of Parliament) to the Te Papa Museum (the best museum in my opinion). Less known are the Weta Museum and the cable car.

X for Xtreme sports
According to those who love adventure, they said New Zealand was the place. It offers most extreme sports without the extreme environment and meteorological conditions. One guide told me that of all the extreme sports in the world, NZ offers half of them right here.

Y for youth hostels
Cheap, comfortable and cozy. It may not be a 5 star hotel with room service, but the price for a twin room with a private bathroom is more than sufficient. After all, we're not in New Zealand to stay in the room. Having lived in some really good youth hostels, this is my preferred option in NZ.

Z for the zoo
I was at the zoo in Auckland and it was really not a bad thing, since I am more a plant lover than an animal lover. Some friends have told me that zoos in NZ are a must-visit destination. In my opinion, Kelly Tartleton and the National Aquarium of New Zealand are also worth checking out.

This list is based on my personal experience and honest opinions. I hope you are inspired to see some of the highlights in New Zealand. There is nothing better than experiencing them yourself. Stories and sharing can't justify how great they really are until you try them out.



Plan an unforgettable trip to Gatlinburg this August


Fourth of July is over and Labor Day is a week away, but there are still plenty of events in the Great Smoky Mountains to entertain your family, whether it's a weekend or a week. Enjoy the incredible scenery and miles of ancient forests, see the history of the area through music and crafts, or take in the marvel of modern film technology. Regardless of your entertainment preferences, you'll find it this summer in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas.

What do bubbles, meatballs and trout have in common?

The annual Hollywood Holiday, Kidfest, runs from mid-June to August 7, 2011, and presents some of the most exciting show programs south of Broadway. The Gazillion Bubble show answers its name by entertaining children and adults alike, as well as the incredible artistry of the balloons and special effects. Imagine Cinema plays Cloud with Chance of Meatballs, a cinematic experience unlike any you've ever seen. The movable seats and 4D action make you feel as if you have landed in a swallow where the meatballs are raining down from the sky at the most delicious meteorological phenomenon in the world.

Nature lovers will appreciate the vast deserts that surround Gatlinburg, and there are many opportunities to enjoy the fresh air and blue sky. A short drive away from Gatlinburg you'll find the annual Talking Trees Kids-only Fishing Trophy Tournament. Fishermen under the age of three compete for prizes at this fun event over the weekend. This year's race will be even more fun, as the famous Dock Dogs will be on hand for some high-flying fiction.

Fun and games for adults

For a real treat, be sure to check out Stringtime in the Smokies, a weekend of music and games hosted by the people at Old Mill Square, which takes place August 5-6, 2011. On Friday, you're invited to bring your own instrument and join a sweetie session or just hang out and listen. Try your luck at the cornhole tournament on Saturday for the grand prize of $ 1,000 and enjoy some nice old-fashioned music on blue grass tonight. In addition to Stringtime in the Smokies, The Old Mill Square offers plenty of food and shopping options, so plan to arrive early and make the most of your weekend.

The Gatlinburg area enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a leading shopping destination, and summer is the perfect time to grab some unique gifts for someone special. The Gatlinburg Heritage Festival begins in mid-August and includes many of the exquisite craftsmen who make the area truly unique. You will find traditional crafts such as quilts, woven baskets and ceramics, along with whimsical artwork and handmade toys that will please everyone in your family. Spend the day wandering the eight-meter circuit known as the Tennessee Arts and Crafts Heritage in Tennessee, and before you know it, you'll do your Christmas shopping.

Don't let dog summer days knock you down. Head to the Great Smoky Mountains and see a show, grab a big one, or have a little history. No matter what your idea of ​​a great vacation is, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN have something to offer you. Wrap the kids up and head to the mountains to enjoy a fantastic family vacation this August.

From Wendy Toney



Visit to Amarillo


Amarillo knows about his cattle and cowboys is a city in the Texas skyline, and is a city worth spending some time with. The city offers great restaurants, museums, and state parks are located nearby. The world-renowned Big Texan Steak Ranch Ranch, built in 1960 along Route 66, soon became famous nationwide, the sign of the long-legged cowboy has become a national landmark. Another landmark just west of Amarillo on the right along Route 66 to Interstate 40 is the Cadillac Ranch. Ten caddies were buried in the nose deep into the dirt lined from West to East. Cars have been in the ground as art for longer than they were on the highway. Seven days a week, rain or shine, people move along the cow pasture to make their mark on the cars.

What better place than Amarillo to have a Hall of Fame for a fourth horse. Here one can read the signs on the wall of the glory of the people and horses that shaped America. In addition, one can learn about the different types of horses in many other countries, as well as the proper breeding, feeding and care of the American Quarter Horse. Touring this facility is very rewarding and educational. The RV Museum shows the technological changes that have taken place over the years in the camping industry. You can also see displays of vintage motorcycles, bikes, gas station layouts and vending machines for 1950. Everything that the Jack Sisemores Traveland RV Museum has on display has been restored to its original state, quite incredible. While you're here, check out some of today's smallest five-wheeled travel trailers on the market today, as well as all classes of mobile campers

The Palo Duro Canyon canon, just thirty miles south of Amarillo, is the second largest canyon in the country. The canyon is about 120 miles long and 20 miles wide. The deepest point is about 800 feet. The road that leads down into the canyon is about eighteen miles back. Driving down the canyon allows one to see closely the colorful and rugged beauty of the canyon walls. RV campsites are located throughout the canyon as well as tent sites. What better way to experience life in a canyon than through camping? Inside the canyon, one can explore more than thirty miles of trails, such as hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. The canyon is home to wildlife such as turkeys, deer, coyotes, travelers and many species of snakes and lizards. In order to truly experience what the canyon has to offer, one has to spend a week in the canyon. To experience the heart of the canyon, take the scenic Texas 207 drive from Claude to Silverton. This quiet stretch of 48 miles runs past the site where Paul Newman's Classic Hood was filmed in 1963.

If weather permits, take a trip to Liberal Kansas. During the journey, the landscape will pass from flat land to large rolling hills and back to open plains. On a liberal tour Dorothy House and the Land of Oz. Oz Land is a 5,000-square-foot animated building that features the Dortheys & # 39; a yellow brick road trip back home to Kansas. The house is a replica of Dorothy's home from the movie "The Wizard of Oz." To experience some history, head to Liberal Airport and tour the Mid-America Air Museum. Be amazed at the World War, along with planes from the Korean and Vietnam wars.



A trip to Miami will be full of adventures


Miami is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire United States. The clear blue water and the bright sun are good enough to make you run straight to Miami's beautiful beaches. Many people from different parts of the world come to the beautiful city of Miami to spend some time with friends and family. There are many beautiful places to visit other than just beaches so you will really enjoy your stay in Miami. Some of the most popular places for visitors are:

1. Villa Wizkaya.
2. Jungle Island.
3. Miami Aquarium in Miami.
4. Miami Zoo Zoo and Gardens
5. Holocaust Memorial of the Jewish Federation of Greater Miami.
6. Coral Castle.
7. Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science.
8. Biscayne Key.
9. Tropical park.
10. A miracle of a mile.

These are some of the places that people usually visit when traveling to Miami. You can also go and have fun in all these places. If you love food then this place is paradise for you because you will find a lot of variety in the food section as the people of Miami love to eat hot and spicy food. If you are a big fan of alligator fins then this is the only place where you can eat the most delicious alligator fins of all time. This place is fun and exciting. Miami is also known for its exotic beach parties, where thousands of people gather and celebrate as if a festival is taking place in the city.

But most people come to this city because of their love of water sports. The main sights of this city are the beaches and water sports, so if you love water sports, then you can go to the south beach and play your favorite water sports there. There is a new addition to the field of water sports and this new sport is perhaps the most exciting of all water sports.

Fly boarding is the name of the sport and was invented by a Frenchman in 2011. This sport is about strength and flying, so people who love shaking and trembling in their life should try this sport. There are websites available from which you can get all the information related to flight flights, watch videos, and even book your flight in advance. This sport is fun, so you might want to add it to your Miami & # 39; Things to do. list so you don't forget about it.



Sao Paulo – A Guide to Exploring This South American Gem


Big cities have a quality or a series of qualities that simply attract people. Some love parties that never end, while others like just being around a lot of people and soaking in the atmosphere. It is these qualities that attract visitors each year to the busiest cities in the world. This refers to cities like New York or London, but there are some different cities that are not recognized as often though they should be. Cities like Sao Paulo are culturally colorful, very diverse in population and tradition and super modern. Sao Paulo is the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere and provides an incredible urban experience. Before embarking on your journey, you must first complete your passport application.

If you need to get a passport or renewal or anything else, consider using a passport service online. Online passport services make the process of acquiring a passport much easier. These sites specialize in something called expedited passport delivery, which means you can choose when your passport is delivered and you can be sure it will reach you by that date. There are many other services, such as how to replace a damaged passport.

There is no shortage of things to do and explore while you are in Sao Paulo. Choosing what to do can be difficult, but rely on your personal taste. One thing that is highly recommended in Sao Paulo is nightlife, so be sure to spend the night in the city. One of the reasons it is so recommended is that there is something for everyone: dance clubs of all types, jazz clubs, comedy clubs, and more.

One of the places that the locals absolutely love is the Ibirapuera Park. Although this park is definitely a beautiful place to stop and relax, it offers much more than your standard park. There are tons of bike trails, jogging and walking trails, beautiful shining lakes, wooded areas, all kinds of sports sections, and several art galleries. Definitely try some of what the sellers are selling and explore the area around the park.

If you want to experience some of the natural surroundings around Sao Paulo, head to Serra da Cantareira. This local mountain range is home to a very important State Park and Historic Center. Here, in true tropical rainforest, you will find the largest monkey warrior colony in all of Brazil. One of the main reasons why this place is so prized in Brazil is its natural geological formations: springs, streams and reservoirs provide water that is stored in stunning natural rock caves called cantharos.



Enjoy camping at the Great Wall of China


When you visit China, you cannot miss the Great Wall of China. It is at the top of the travel list. Much can be known about the Great Wall; it is a wall created by man who comes under the Seven Wonders of the World. The Great Wall is one of a kind places that ignites youth within you and you want to tour the best sections of the wall yourself.

Camping is one of the most incredible experiences that is most sought after by adventure seekers. Imagine waking up between logs, lush greenery and sunlight peeking through your camp. Living life on the road is not a piece of cake! You have to be strict with yourself and still enjoy being there. Camping is one such experience that makes you full of adventure and excitement. This Beijing tour is great as it offers incredible camping opportunities.

Jiankou is a stretch that is difficult to hike and is not accepted by most travelers. You have to be really brave when walking this section of the Wall. When you have heavy luggage on your back and want to go around that stretch of wall, it gets really difficult. The level of difficulty of the hike is difficult and you need to be really strong and ready to walk this stretch.

After hiking for miles, imagine that going to your camp and checking out the pictures you clicked with the turrets is a wonderful experience.

When you decide to camp on the Great Wall-
Ask a local resident for the best place to camp there. They will guide you best and you can be sure that your trip will be a memorable one.

It is recommended that you do not camp near the big city as the big city authorities may refuse your request.

Well, it's always better to plan your vacation in advance! Plan your camping experience according to the time available and make sure you enjoy seeing the best sections within your time and budget.

Take care of your own safety. Avoid camping near lake shores and open fields. You may not know the weather conditions, therefore it is your responsibility to choose the right place to enjoy your camping experience.

The Great Wall of Goubeiko is one of the best sections to enjoy the camping experience in China. You can get there on a budget, especially when you have a subway map. This section is not recovered and you should therefore keep a close eye on your leg as you walk this section. Although you will enjoy this tourism the most, you must first take care of your security.

Then there are other places like the Great Wall of Mutianyu, the Great Wall of Badaling and the Great Wall of Shimatay that do not allow camping.

Take care of the most important when you camp on the Great Wall and enjoy the journey to the fullest.



What is a party bus?


Party buses are more extravagant, fun vehicles than the world of limousines. These vehicles can carry from 15 to 80 passengers and turn what has started as a normal journey into an unforgettable experience.

Your medium-sized party bus comes equipped with comfortable lounges, bathrooms, a bar and an impressive sound system. Larger buses also come with flat-screen TVs, dance floors and pillars. Some even boast a private VIP room if you need the opportunity to get out of the party or make a select few party guests feel extra special. Housekeeping or housekeeping stations are available on larger buses to cater to guests' needs.

Limousine buses can spice up a variety of occasions, from proms and sports events to bachelor parties and vacations. Many companies will even take your group out of the country, especially if it is a popular destination. For example, party buses in New York often make trips to Atlantic City. Larger buses are ideal for large corporate events or fundraisers.

Whatever your reason for looking at party buses, be sure to do your research. As with everything, shopping around is the best way to get a good deal. Some companies will offer deals for drinks consumed while traveling, while others will offset anything non-alcoholic. Be sure to read the small print so there will be no surprises when the final bill comes.

Party buses are an interesting way to spend the night in the city, and it's worth considering your next big event.