Category Archives: Destinations

Uruguay

Well, somebody let the cat out of the bag. Uruguay used to be South America ‘s best-kept secret, With A Handful of Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean and non-South American in the know popping in to enjoy the pristine beach, the atmospheric cities, the huge steak and the happening nightlife. Then the peso crashed, the place Became a whole lot more affordable and people curious glass. They came, loved it and Went back home to tell Their friends. Who came, loved it and Went back home to tell Their friends.

Which is not to Suggest That the place is overrun Being. The main drawcards, like Colonia del Sacramento, Montevideo and Punta del Este, Have Been long set-up for tourist, and are Dealing With Their newfound popularity well. Other destinations s, such as Maldonado and Punta del Diablo, Reta Their charm But no longer are the Undiscovered Gems They Once Were. Elsewhere, in the interior (core gaucho Tacuarembó, for example) and the river towns, and particularly in the non-summer months, there ‘s still a pretty good chance you’ll be the only That gringo in town.

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Belgium

At the end of Belgium, apparently the majority. This small country has recently celebrated its 175 th anniversary of independence and, after several years of big and bold moves to get a picture shy, life is now in a very even keel. Sure, there are new companies (tennis great) and low (no mention of the Red Devils or the national debt), but most Belgians are more than happy with his place in the world, and not change it for quids.

For a heavy dose of medieval architecture and the atmosphere in time capsule condition, Bruges is a lovely place, despite the hordes of tourists agree. Brussels and Antwerp are the two dynamic cities, or slow down a touch of Ghent, once a medieval city to rival Paris and now one of the swingingest cities in Belgium

In the area of ​​moral freedom, Belgium is a world leader. Much has been done recently to grant gays and lesbians the same rights as heterosexuals. Euthanasia was legalized in 2002, despite recent proposals to extend the law to include adolescents and dementia patients are being fought by religious leaders.

A lot of other issues are hotly debated on a Duvel or two, not least the federal election of 2007, so you can see the prime minister, Guy Verhofstadt, returned for a third term. If the results of the 2006 municipal elections are any indication, however, Flemish Liberal Democrats Verhofstadt (VLD) party, full of infighting in recent years, should be worried. So, too, if the green parts, support has dropped recently due to the great games that incorporate environmental issues into their own platforms.
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Many are also discussing the future of the extreme right wing party Belang, Vlaams (VB). VB leader Filip Dewinter failed in his bid to become mayor of Antwerp, in municipal elections.

Brazil

Extending across half of South America, Brazil has captivated travelers at least 500 years. Powdery white sand beaches lined with palm trees and in front of deep blue Atlantic, spanning more than 7,000 kilometers. That dot the coastline are tropical islands, full of music metropolisesand lovely colonial towns. Inland, Brazil offers dazzling views of a different flavor: majestic waterfalls, canyons of red stone and crystal clear rivers – only a small part of the natural beauty. Its attractions largest and most famous are the Amazon and the Pantanal, the pair hold some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet. Observation of nature here is simply amazing, as is the opportunity for adventure – but you need not go into the jungle to find it. Kayaking, rafting, trekking, diving and surfing are just some ways to spend a sunny afternoon in almost any region of Brazil.

Some of the world’s most exciting cities are within the borders of Brazil, and travelers do not need to come to the Carnival to experience music, dance and revelry that night packages calendar for many. Considering many charms of the country, the only drawback to travel to Brazil is a logistical (and financial) one: you will simply leave.

Arraial do Cabo, 45 miles east of Saquarema, surrounded by bright white sand dunes and offers all the beauty of Búzios, with half of the complaint. The sign on the edge of town proclaims that it is “where the sun spends the winter”, and indeed, it is easy to feel that this small town at the tip of the peninsula is an enchanted world in itself. Arraial is home to a working fishing port, Porto do Forno, which gives it a welcoming attitude of the working class. Humor small statues of the lighthouse at intersections in the city add a touch of charm. Some of the best beaches, beautiful unspoilt sandy stripes and bright green waters – are within an easy walk of 15 minutes from the bus station in the center, while others are just a short boat trip.
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Arraial is a good place to see humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) and several other species of marine mammals. Since 1999, Project scientists and Golfinhos Baleias Arraial (Whale and Dolphin Project Arraial) have been studying local whales and their migratory routes, which pass directly to the coast.

Honduras

Like its neighbors, Honduras is undergoing major changes: a growing tourist economy (cruise in Roatan?), A scene of political growth, globalization and the whole thing, including maquilas, free trade agreements – heck, Sunlight day, including time-saving application for a second time. Honduras remains deeply rooted in a two-front war against gangs and HIV / AIDS. Illegal logging is becoming another concern (you know where this new mahogany chest of wine?) And a key issue between the growth of the environmental community in Honduras.

However, most Hondurans you’ll find are very relaxed, though not disinterested, certainly disinclined to do much more to be done in politics and world affairs. And apart from the people-pull, nature has its own drawcards here in Honduras. Kawai Jeannette National Park offers up white sand beaches, abundant howler monkeys and snorkel and Lake Yojoa in the lake region of Honduras has world class bird watching, waterfalls and national parks pending. Backpackers love Utila for its cheap food, accommodation and fantastic diving.

Honduras today is a place of change, too fast for those who want to remain the country ‘to discover’ too slow for those frustrated by the persistence of remnants of the days of the “Banana Republic”, whether undue influence foreign or lax enforcement of environmental laws. Hondurans take everything in stride, and travelers with an open mind and a little Spanish will find many fascinating conversations in the store.

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