Mexico

Marveling at a Mayan Palace 1300 years old, Palenque as parrots scream and howler monkeys growl in the emerald jungle, sweating around you. This is Mexico. Slip of a sandy beach surrounded by palm trees and turquoise waves of the Pacific warm in Puerto Vallarta. This, too, is Mexico. Dinner on salmon enchiladas and chrysanthemum salad at a fusion restaurant in Mexico City, dancing all night at a local high-energy Guadalajara, kayaking at dawn past a colony of sea lions in Baja California – all these are unique experiences in Mexico. Each visitor goes home with their own unforgettable images. Such a big country, halfway between temperate and tropical zones, reaching 5 kilometers into the sky and extends over 10,000 km from its coast, a city of 19 million people at its center and a myriad of small people around the world, can not fail to offer a variety of options for the human adventure.

Mexico is what we do. Its billions of dollars from the tourism industry is adept at satisfying those who like their travel easy. But the adventure is what undoubtedly will if you take a few steps out of the way pre-packaged. Activity based tourism, ecotourism, community tourism and real – the kind that actually helps preserve the local environment – are developing rapidly in rural areas. The opportunities to get to spectacular wild places in Mexico and interaction with local communities are bigger than ever – canyoning world class near Monterrey or cooking lessons in the Veracruz area of ​​hiking the cloud forests in Oaxaca and snorkeling in the coral reefs of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Planning your first trip to Mexico? Be prepared for more crowds, noise, bustle and the poverty of what we’re used to, especially if it’s your first trip outside the developed world. But do not worry – most Mexicans will be more than happy to help you feel at home in their country. Invest a little time before you go on learning, even just a couple of Spanish phrases – every word I know to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable.

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Before Cancun and Ixtapa, Acapulco was the original city of the parts of Mexico. With stunning yellow beaches and nightlife of 24 hours, which was called. “Pacific Pearl” During its heyday, Acapulco was the playground for the rich and famous as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, John F. . Jacqueline Kennedy and his wife honeymooned here. It was immortalized in films like Fun in Acapulco Elvis TV at sea.

Zambia

If you’re out to experience the “real” Africa, Zambia is that diamond in the rough. The country has some of the best parks on the continent of wild life, and shares (Zimbabwe) some of the highlights of the region: Victoria Falls in Southwestern Zambia, Lake Kariba and Lower Zambezi National Park in southern Zambia. It is also a fisherman’s dream in the form of stone fishermen from all over the world to try their luck on the mighty Zambezi River, hoping to get a fish-toothed tiger or the rare giant vundu. The Avid birders also flock to Zambia to glimpse its fabulous diversity of birds, especially Spaniels Chaplin.

For independent travelers, Zambia, can be a challenge: the distances between cities and major attractions are large, and how to move by car or public transport takes time and patience. But for many, this challenge is part of the attraction of Zambia. Save Lusaka and Livingstone, this is the “real” Africa, so rare among the parties increasingly developed and westernized of the region.

So if you like your trip easy and desert, well grouped in a Westernized version of the homogenate and “Africa”​​, much of Zambia can not appeal. However, if you enjoy a border and a few tourists to Africa, Zambia is the place you’re looking for.

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Chipata is the main city, near the Zambian side of the border with Malawi, and a base from which to venture into the South Luangwa National Park. It is cheerful and pleasant, and has a large market (500 m north of downtown), and various bars, cafes, gas stations and banks. There is an internet cafe in Pererenyatwa Rd to Bank Finance.

Anguilla

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – wedding bells immediately come to mind, but what about Anguilla? As fierce consumerism devours many hot places in the Caribbean, this time very little limestone in the sea has so far maintained its menagerie charming clapboard shacks (something old), while in weaving stunning vacation properties silence (something new) in the mixture. Visitors will discover a cultural melting pot (something borrowed), created along stunning beaches (very blue).

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One of the most interesting things about Anguilla is small it is difficult to decide whether the island is grossly underestimated or actually earns more noise than it deserves. Proponents cite the lack of restoration of development on neighboring islands (without casinos, nightclubs, etc.), and a serious local environment remains intact. But on the other hand, the extreme price hikes have made ​​the island twice the risk of St. Bartholomew for the jet in September

While the debate will undoubtedly rage in the coming years, most agree that the best feature of the island (besides the sea oh-so-blue) is its malleability – Anguilla is a blank canvas, allowing visitors to design any type of vacation they want. Those looking for opulence and privacy can rent one of the many villas trails, while those looking to immerse themselves headlong into the sandy island culture is satiated with cold beer, reggae rhythms and evening meetings about smoky barbecues . And what is more satisfying than the discovery of a hidden local shelter that serves fresh lobster and a big smile for half the price of big-name joints down the street?

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Zimbabwe

Despite the improved political situation, Zimbabwe is still news for all the wrong reasons. A power-sharing government led by Robert Mugabe and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader is committed to improving the lives of Zimbabweans. Although the economy is slowly improving, millions remain dependent on food aid and disease outbreaks only complicate the situation.

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But behind the grim data lies one of the most beautiful countries in southern Africa. And despite being forced to sacrifice so much, Zimbabweans have not lost their sense of humor or resolve. With so few visitors to the country, you can expect royal treatment. They need you. While the world media focuses on the collapse of Zimbabwe, visitors can see a very different picture of the country. From the absolute desert of Mana Pools National Park, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe and the mountain looking over Mozambique to the east of Zimbabwe, for fine dining in Harare, Victoria Falls bungee, Zimbabwe offers something for everyone.

Zimbabwe is not as cheap as it once was, but still its rich culture and color. Colonialism is still recorded in all shapes, but local traditions are visible. If you are willing to join a tour group, or pay and plan your own trip, then a land of enchantment, political intrigue and looks magnificent wilderness. Oh, and Zimbabwe has one of the best climates in the world … even the worst government that can not destroy.

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