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Everybody is looking for something different when they go travelling. Some people look for a relaxing break on some sunny sandy beach and luxury hotels. Adventure travelers look for an exciting world class adventure in a busy and lively city, enjoy food scenes and stay in a boutique hotel. While family friendly people look for an opportunity to get away from the noise of modern life in the weekends.

If you fall in the latter category then you might be searching for more nature-based and quaint destinations than the typical traveller. Here in this blog are some of the best places to visit in the world for a serene trip and be in your bucket lists.

1. Costa Rica

Costa Rica borders the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and is a paradise for divers from around the world. This exceptional terrestrial diversity is also true underwater, where there are hundreds of species of vertebrates and invertebrates. These elements make Costa Rica one of the most beautiful destinations for a diving vacation.

Costa Rica is one of the most recommended countries to travel. Costa Rica offers numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in wildlife, either by snorkeling to see fish in the small natural pools at low tide or observing monkeys and toucans from the hanging bridges of the cloud forest of Monteverde. Cruise the seas to watch whales on the coast of the Osa Peninsula, or chase butterflies in the La Paz waterfall.

In fact, you can choose between Manuel Antonio or the Guanacaste area. Manuel Antonio has beautiful sandy beaches to rest while the children are entertained watching the monkeys in freedom jumping from branch to branch. In contrast, Guanacaste predominates the largest and most complete resorts with all kinds of amenities and activities for the family.

Costa Rica has several volcanoes that can be visited in its mountainous interior. But the one you can not miss is the Arenal, which stands out majestically among a sea of ​​clouds. It is a zone very rich in thermal waters, has a huge lake, waterfalls and enough activities.

The Manuel Antonio National Park is a good choice for children, with well marked trails, abundant wildlife and a jungle that leads to a beautiful beach. You can see toucans, sloths, turtles, the green frog with red eyes or the fascinating quetzal. The Pacuare River is considered by the National Geographic magazine as one of the best rivers in the world for rafting.

Among the things to do in Costa Rica, you can visit a coffee plantation in the highlands of the Central Valley, near San José. You can see how it has grown and how coffee is somehow the story of Costa Rica. Do not buy the souvenir coffee at the airport. You have to go through a market if you want good quality.

There is not a typical way to stay in Costa Rica. There are endless. You can stay at all luxury in 5 star resorts or in small charming inns or on a ranch or farm or in a wooden hut in the treetop hotel in the middle of a forest.

Located 500 km from the coast of Costa Rica, it is only possible to access Cocos Island, the ancient island of pirates via diving boat. This territory includes some of the best diving sites in the world, with exceptional biodiversity and an impressive density of pelagic species, particularly sharks, rarely seen elsewhere. However, keep in mind that it is essential to plan your trip, so as not to miss the beauties of Cocos Island.

In fact, the climate is sometimes unpredictable and species vary seasonally. This paradise island is a protected nature reserve. It is possible to access it from Drake Bay, where there are numerous dive shops offering scuba trips for the day. Underwater, it is possible to find white-tip sharks, stingrays, turtles and hundreds of other fish species.

In Costa Rica, you will also find other beautiful places to discover the beauties of the Caribbean Sea, such as Playas del Coco, Playa Tambor, Hermosa or Cahuita. In the province of Limón and bathed by the Caribbean Sea is the small town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Not long ago this was a very quiet fishing village but when the surfers discovered their waves and the travelers their beaches there was no going back!

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small town that has grown to the rhythm of tourists and today is a spa with all the amenities and services where the protagonists are the beaches and, of course, its proximity to the Cahuita National Park. Its charm lies in the mix of indigenous, Latin and Afro-Caribbean Bribri cultures and the rhythm and relaxed atmosphere of its streets.

At the rhythm of reggae you can walk the few blocks of the town, stop to take a Pilsen in one of the many bars, taste the local cuisine or buy some of the crafts. On the Caribbean coast, Punta Uva near Puerto Viejo is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica or Tambor beach, in the Nicoya Peninsula. In the North Pacific zone it is advisable to go surfing to Tamrindo beach in the northern province of Guanacaste. It is also ideal for beginners.

2. Jamaica

if you are going to travel to Jamaica you may be interested in knowing these tips. Jamaica is a small territory that is located in the Caribbean Sea and very close to the Island of Cuba and Haiti. The land of the legendary Bob Marley, the reggae music or the sportsman Usain Bolt are some of the things that are known about this small Caribbean country.

Here, you will be lucky to meet some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and enjoy a tropical climate that you will surely love. The best beaches of the Caribbean Sea are waiting for you in Jamaica. After a short tour of the country you will need some time to relax, and the best place to do it is at one of the beaches in the region, such as Bloody Beach, the most famous, Hellshire Beach or Cornwall Beach.

In addition, in all of them you can carry out numerous activities, such as horseback riding in the water or swimming among dolphins. Enjoy a dream vacation surrounded by the most incredible coasts you've seen. White and fine sands and crystal clear waters are the main characteristics of the beaches of Jamaica. Jamaica is also art.

With the influence of European, American and African culture, the island located in the Caribbean Sea enjoys a multiculturalism unique in the world and yet to be discovered. In the city ​​of Montego Bay, known to locals as Mobay is the Doctor's Cave beach. The name, little reassuring all is said, is that of Dead End Beach.

About 30 minutes by road from Montego Bay, you will find one of the most exciting places to visit: the Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon. It is a lagoon whose microorganisms light up blue, when there is movement in the water. Negril is the modern Jamaican destination, with its varied and varied accommodations and reggae nightclubs. Spend the night to the music that Bob Marley made internationally famous.

A mandatory stop is the Bob Marley Mausoleum which is located in the small town of Nine Mile very close to the city of Ocho Rios. Drop by the waterfall of Puerto de Antonio or the magnificent Blanco River. You cannot miss the opportunity to walk the beautiful trails of the Blue Mountains, very close to the capital, through which you will discover a completely unique natural environment.

Do you love tasting exotic flavors? The restaurants in Jamaica is characterized by a unique cuisine in the world and that will surely surprise you. Cities such as Kingston, the capital, Ocho Rios or Montego Bay are some of the best places to stop to rest and relax with a drink. In any of the Jamaican restaurants you will have the pleasure of tasting traditional Jamaican dishes such as Patty or Ackee and Salfish.

3. Dominican Republic

Located north of the Dominican Republic, the Puerto Plata region is one of the most fascinating destinations in the Dominican Republic. Its numerous tourist and leisure centers (Ocean World, Cayo Arena, Ensenada Beach, Playa Dorada, Encuentro Beach) make this privileged corner of the Caribbean country, one of the most popular among tourists who choose the island to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

The region of Cabarete and its paradisiacal coasts are the best attraction for lovers of kite boarding, wind surfing and water sports. Its seabed can not only be enjoyed by experienced divers and divers. Cabarete is also famous for its sand castle competition and its jazz festival, which is usually held at the beginning of November.

Sosúa beach is one of the most paradisiacal of the Dominican Republic and is among the main tourist spots of the Caribbean. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and protected by a large barrier reef.

4. Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe offers first class hiking, superb beaches, the best diving in the Caribbean region and a series of remote, almost virgin islands. Each of the islands of this fascinating archipelago offers something different without sacrificing its rich Franco-Caribbean culture and identity. The two main islands look like the wings of a butterfly and are linked by a mangrove.

Grande-Terre, the eastern island, has a series of coastal cities with beautiful and quiet beaches, and a wide range of activities, while the western, mountainous Basse-Terre, hosts the fantastic National Park of Guadalupe, crowned by the spectacular Soufrière Hills Volcano. To the south of the main island territory, several small islands provide a vintage flavor.

From the pure relaxation of La Désirade to the suggestive village atmosphere of Les Saintes, they all have their own personality and complete the long list of attractions that make Guadalupe such a unique destination.

5. Dominica

With waterfalls, jungle, sulfurous springs, secret pools, rivers, reefs and coast, this untamed natural island promises unusual adventures. This volcanic island covered in virgin rainforest is a green backdrop for intense experiences, such as walking to a bubbling lake, relaxing in sulphurous hot springs, showering under a waterfall, diving or swimming in narrow gorges.

With its rugged coastline, dense jungle and hidden caves, Dominica was traditionally a haunt for pirates, so it is not surprising that it was chosen as the location for the Pirates of the Caribbean saga; the second and third films were filmed in Titou Gorge, Soufriere, the Indian River and Batibou Beach.

In many ways, Dominica is the anti-Caribbean island, having escaped mass tourism because it has very few sandy beaches, not a single ostentatious resort and no international direct flight. The Dominiqueses are so kind that they usually stop visitors to wish them a happy stay.

On the other side of the Trafalgar valley, linked by a road on the Blanc river, Wotten Waven is famous for its natural thermal springs. Dominica's trek par excellence, and one of the hardest, is the 6-hour round trip to the second largest boiling lake in the world (the first is in New Zealand). At the beginning of the path to Lake Boiling, an orifice gives access to the narrow Titou Gorge, which flows into a torrential waterfall.

Champagne reef is one of Dominica's most unique underwater landscapes with volcanic bubbles cross the seabed and emerge as drops of liquid crystal. The compact, noisy, chaotic but vibrant capital of Dominica is located between the coast and the Roseau River. Reggae music floods the alleyways that bustle with daytime animation.

6. Barbados

Barbados can boast of being one of the most emblematic and popular paradisiacal places in the world. Crane Beach is one of the most famous and, in fact, is included in the list of the 10 best coastal areas in the world. Of course, before diving into this bay should prepare to withstand the strong waves that whip. Moreover, it is advisable not to go with children.

For its part, Brownes Beach is a large bay that starts from the nation's capital , Bridgestown. It is ideal to relax, take a dip and have a drink in one of the bars. Harrison's cave has become one of the greatest attractions of the Caribbean country. Inside, the Great Hall stands out, a huge room full of gigantic stalactites and stalagmites.

Another of its most emblematic rooms has been called The Village because of its extraordinary resemblance to a town that could be inhabited by fairies. If that is true, these same nymphs could bathe in the sparkling waters of the stream that irrigates this geological prodigy.

Rum had its origin in this small island. The locals learned to obtain it from the fermentation of sugarcane. There you can still visit the oldest traditional alembic on the planet. The distillery Mount Gay Distillery opened its doors in 1703, when this tasty elixir still lacked a name and was often referred to under the pseudonym of devil-killer.

7. Trinidad and Tobago

You have to prepare for the calypso, the cricket and the carnival when you travel to these Caribbean islands better known for bird watching than for the beaches. Trinidad and Tobago are a beautiful contradiction. In Trinidad, virgin mangroves and rainforest-covered hillsides coexist with refineries and industrial estates.

Tobago has everything you would expect from a Caribbean island, like palm trees and white sand. Combined, the two islands that make up this republic offer unparalleled conditions for bird watching; diving; hiking in rain forests, swimming in waterfalls and cycling; and an electrifying nightlife, with a fabulous carnival that is the best and most colorful of the annual celebrations of the region.

The capital, Port of Spain, is an excellent place to socialize with Trinidadians, catch up with soca music and watch a cricket match, and only a short trip separates it from the beaches of Maracas Bay. The fishing village of Speyside, in Tobago, overlooks Tyrrel's Bay and attracts divers and birdwatchers, as well as being the starting point for excursions to uninhabited islands.

The village of Blanchisseuse, on the north coast of Trinidad, is a magnificent base for hiking, especially to Paria Bay.

8. Aruba

Ornajestad is located on the picturesque southern coast of the island of Aruba, and is the capital. It is a perfect place to walk, shop and enjoy its restaurants. With tall multi-colored houses, carved wooden doors, typical Dutch tiles with outdoor patios, and the fusion of Dutch and indigenous cultures, it has an unparalleled charm.

Enjoy its beautiful beaches, visit the Wilhelmina Park, the Arikok National Park, the Bird Sanctuary of Bubali or the Grotto of Lourdes. You cannot miss the excursion in Atlantis Submarine, from where you can see corals and multicolored fish at a depth of up to 50 meters. Transportation in Aruba include taxis, public buses and a new tram system that takes you free to the city center.

Discover the island by car, on an ATV tour or on a jeep safari to visit the emblematic places of Aruba as you pass the colorful cunucu horses. Enjoy the coast or the countryside on horseback. The Archaeological Museum in the heart of Oranjestad located inside a beautifully restored village house. This museum preserves the Amerindian heritage.

It is also worth visiting the Aloe Factory and Museum, located in Hato. It tells the story of how Aruba Aloe Balm became the world leader. There is a similar but smaller museum, located in the center of San Nicolas, the second largest city in Aruba. Aruba's traditional music is a mix of waltz, dance, mazurka and tomb, which is played during festivals and holidays including Día de Betico, Flag Day and the National Anthem, Dera Gai and the weekly Bon festival Bini.

The local community and visitors to the island mark their calendars on the hottest days of the annual music festival, the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, the Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival, and the Aruba Piano Festival. Both the hotel area and the city center offer trendy places and varied clubbing nightclubs where you can find from karaoke nights and martini bars to sophisticated bistros and pubs.

Typical Aruban dishes include bread bati (a cornmeal bread), carni stoba (stew meat), and keshi yena (stuffed cheese).

9. Peru

Peru is one of the cheapest travel places and most popular destinations in South America. It is a land that has history, ancient heritage which attracts visitors over the world. Peru is a destination that can be explored at the cheapest package price. You can visit Peru for a day trip for $ 349. There is much more things to do in Peru besides Machu Picchu.

You can visit Lima, the capital city while traveling Peru. Lima is also known as the city of kings. First-time visitors should visit the local museums to know Peru's depth of history. Santa Cruz trek is a popular 3 or 4 day trip with backpack on the shoulder through the heart of the impressive Cordillera Blanca of Peru and most travelers use Huaraz as a place to establish their base.

The best time to do the Santa Cruz trek is from May to September, but if you go out of season, you are likely to see fewer people. The classic Santa Cruz trek begins in Cashapampa and you walk towards Vaquería. The path to the beginning of the trail is spectacular when entering the Huascarán National Park, passing the Llanganuco lakes and ending the curves towards Portachuelo de Llanganuco.

Along this road is also the starting point of Laguna 69. The oasis of Huacachina, is very close to the city of Ica. The water of the lagoon of the Huacachina, is of a green difficult to define. The lagoon has all the tourist attractions like pedal boats, canoes. Huacachina has a boardwalk that makes the journey easy. During the walk you can see the dozens of restaurants, bars, hotels and tourist agencies, and also the lagoon of course.

If you have time then you can visit Rainbow Mountain for hiking. Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world drives most people to visit Peru. You can visit Machu Picchu via Inca Rail. You will have to buy your ticket in advance to visit Machu Picchu as limited tickets are available. You can also purchase it online.

The town of Urubamba is a stopover in the heart of the Sacred Valley, essential for lovers of Inca history. Its position is strategic, on the banks of the sinuous Urubamba River, facing the snowy summit of Chicón and submerged in the valley full of greenery of the Incas.

Choquequirao Vilcabamba Trek is one of the best routes that exist in Peru. The Vilcabamba region is located Northwest of Cusco, in the La Convencion province, in the eastern mountain range of the Andes. The first stop is the impressive ruin of Choquequirao, known as the sister city of Machu Picchu and recently ranked as one of the 20 best travel destinations by National Geographic. The site rises over the rivers Río Blanco and Apurimac, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Along the way you can observe the snow-covered peaks of Padriyoc and Wayna Cachora. In Capuliyoc, you will be able to see condors before starting to descend through the Apurímac Canyon. The Colca Canyon is a must if you go to southern Peru. It is the second deepest in the world. Arriving at the Colca Canyon on your own is a little more complicated, but not impossible.

First you have to get to the bus terminal in the city of Arequipa, from there trucks go to the town of Chivay. In Chivay you can find where to stay, eat or relax in the hot springs of the town, but the most important thing is that from here you can start the route of the viewpoints, reach the cross of the condor and other nearby towns.

Lake Titicaca is located in the Andean high plateau (Collao plateau), on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Located at 3,800 meters above sea level, it is the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest in South America. The surroundings of the lake were inhabited by pre-Inca populations, highlighting the Tiahuanaco kingdom.

The most interesting archaeological remains of these cultures are: the Inca cemetery of Sillustani with huge stone towers (12 meters high) built as the last home of the Inca nobles; the temple of Chucuito, where you can find a series of sculptures in stone with phallic forms dedicated to the cult of fertility.

10. Bolivia

Sucre has it all, stunning colonial buildings, picturesque neighbourhoods, museums, magnificent views, tasty food, pleasant weather. Bolivia is one of the cheapest countries to travel in the world.

At the entrance of the Bolivian Amazon, Rurrenabaque or Rurre for everyone, is the ideal starting point for a trip through the jungle or the pampas. Every year, on February 2, the town celebrates the festivities in honor of the Virgin of La Candelaria, the cultural activities that this festival includes is a representative of the region; Cock fights, bullfights, horse races, etc.

In recent years it has become popular with international tourism (ecotourism), as it is an easy gateway for visits to the Madidi National Park (Bolivian jungle), as well as the surrounding Pampas. Take time to go around the agencies and compare the prices and programs of the tours of the Pampas and the jungle where the Beni River converges, in the vicinity of the Madidi National Park, the foothills of the Andes and the endless plains of the tropical forest.

It is considered the third most visited tourist destination in the country, after Lake Titicaca (La Paz) and the Salar de Uyuni (Potosí). Rurrenabaque got known worldwide at the beginning of the 80's, when a traveler who lost in the Benyan jungle for 20 days managed to survive feeding on the fruits he saw the monkeys eat, with the snake meat and taking care of the threats of the jaguar. After being rescued by a hunter, he recounted his experience in a book.

Arrive in Rurrenabaque after traveling for 22 hours dirt roads, crossing 500 kilometers of bumpy roads, suffocated by the dust to end up smeared with mud. See everything during this trip from La Paz, mechanical breakdowns, punctures, hours and hours blocked behind trucks stuck in the mud. Get devoured by mosquitoes, a dangerous road that grazed ravines without bottom.

The flight from La Paz only lasts 40 minutes. Think about it well when you are preparing your trip to Bolivia. But Rurrenabaque deserves it, as this is a different Bolivia. Here it is humid and oppressive. You are far away from the freezing cold of the nights of the Salar de Uyuni. I recommend that you come here to see it.

Not necessarily for the city itself, but because this is the perfect place to go out to see the pampas or the jungle. Take a tour of the numerous agencies to find out which one best suits your expectations.

The Imperial Villa of Potosí rises to more than 3900 meters above sea level and extends under the shade of what was one of the richest mountains in the world. It is Cerro Rico or, in its Quechua voice, Sumaj Orcko in which you can participate in the customs and beliefs that have miners, for example the Challa (toast) with alcohol, coca and cigarettes in honor of the Tata Ckacchu.

It is precisely because of this abundance of silver that came from the bowels of the hill that the saying this is worth a potosí was made, popularized later by Don Quixote, meaning that something has great value.

In the outskirts you can make a trekking to the lagoons of Kari-Kari. An excursion that is worth it if you have extra time is to Torotoro National Park where you can see dinosaur footprints, fossils, visit the caves of Umajalanta all framed by an incredible natural environment that has a large canyon and waterfalls.

Also known as the Tarapaya Lagoon, it is a lagoon of volcanic origin in whose center the water reaches 30ºC. Tupiza is the southern gate of Bolivia and although it is located 90 km from Villazón (first city entering from Argentina), it is the obligatory point for those who want to visit the mythical Salar de Uyuni.

In my opinion, it is not in the border where one enters Bolivia but in this small city located in the Tupiza River Valley. Whether on foot, by bicycle or with excursions in 4×4 vehicles, one enters the gorges and the different rock formations of the Machos Valley; the Sillar; the Tower and the Quebrada del Inca (In Argentina there is another ravine: the Quebrada de las Conchas that you will like to see as well).

A few kilometers away is the town of San Vicente, where the bodies of the famous American bandits Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid rest. In the month of January, on the sixth day, the Kings' Day is celebrated.

11. Brazil

Are you thinking about going on vacation to Brazil? Here you can experience magical moments in a perfect combination of sun, beaches and excellent weather. The aromas of the Atlantic forest, warm waters and the white sand beaches of Brazil are flavored with the joy and hospitality of the Brazilian people.

Each region of Brazil is highlighted by tourist attractions such as beaches, forests, jungles, rivers, waterfalls and also cities. Paulista Museum, Altino Arantes, and many others, all of them become objects of the cultural heritage of the world and remain as emblematic monuments for Sao Paulo.

If you have enough time to take a trip out of São Paulo, it is worthwhile to rent a car and look for a lost village 160 kilometers from the city and 1,628 meters high in the Mantequeira mountain range. This is Campos do Jordão, the small Brazilian Switzerland that in the months of July and August - with its winter temperatures in this hemisphere - becomes a hive of skiers and tourists from the cold.

The structure and roofs of the houses as well as the brewery (which can be visited) recall the Central European towns, with the exception that it is less than two hours from São Paulo. Other essential plans of this region are the forests to lose yourself of walk, routes of senderismo and escalada, as well as rise in cable car to reach the top of the Morro Elefante.

Nothing like sitting outdoors to taste craft beers accompanied by typical German snacks. In addition, in Campos do Jordão is the Baden-Baden microbrewery.

Rio de Janeiro is called the wonderful city for its beauty. It offers an extensive list of attractions, including its white sand beaches, the Sugar Loaf, and the famous Christ the Redeemer, declared one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are the most important and exclusive in the city.

If you visit the city in the month of February you will have the chance to experience the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, a world-famous celebration, where the streets are flooded with samba and caipirinha, and the city becomes a party of colors and fun, two qualities deeply rooted in the Brazilian spirit.

The Pantanal is the largest marshland in the world with more than 180,000 square meters distributed by the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraguay and Bolivia. Pantanal can be accessed, mainly, from two towns of Corumbá to the north and Campo Grande to the south. Crossing all its extension there is only one road, the Transpantaneira, which in the rainy season can even get to be flooded by the waters.

Avoid visiting northern Pantanal during the rainy season from December to March as the presence of mosquitoes is so intense that the trip can become bitter. The wild life lovers could make a competition between Amazon and Pantanal. Simply evoking the Amazon has the ability to awaken our adventurous instinct, in search of unprecedented discoveries.

But the Pantanal, besides being the most beautiful animal reserve in Brazil (incredible, but true), is also a little known place and, therefore, the antithesis of the places where the concepts of ecotourism and the multitude go hand in hand.

12. Uruguay

Montevideo, the southernmost capital of South America, is a dynamic city, full of green areas. A succession of beaches of fine sand adorn the coastline of the capital of Uruguay. Through this article I want to guide the visitor to visit the most important places to visit in Uruguay. Port market is one of the best places to eat a barbecue. The best day to visit is Saturday at noon when the bustle and music create an authentic party.

The Rambla is the favorite ride of the people of Montevideo. It starts at the Rambla Sur and stretches 20 kilometers to Carrasco. Depending on the neighborhood you are in, it has very different characteristics. Salvo Palace is the most emblematic building in Montevideo. Solís Theatre is one of the most important in South America.

13. Argentina

When you travel Argentina you will discover thousands of wild landscapes. Beyond the lively Buenos Aires, this destination offers interesting places such as Tierra del Fuego, Argentine Patagonia itself or the wine region of Mendoza. If you are about to undertake an adventure, let us give you a few tips to live a unique experience while traveling in Argentina.

Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan, historical site and with a past as present as tango itself. You will be captivated by bohemian and artistic neighborhoods like La Boca, full of colored houses. The beautiful Iguazú River draws its curves through the border forest with Brazil and channels its entire torrent towards these impressive waterfalls, some of the most famous in the world.

Ushuaia is located between the peaks of the Andean mountains and the icy waters of the Beagle Channel. The capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego is considered the southernmost city on the planet. Perito Moreno Glacier is the largest mobile glacier in the world. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park, it is one of the most important attractions for those who travel Patagonia.

Bariloche is beautifully located on Lake Nahuel Huapi and protected by Cerro Catedral, and is immersed in nature and it will be a great pleasure to get lost in the landscape. Tierra del Fuego located at the southern tip of the American continent, offers impressive majestic landscapes and a curious marine fauna and different species of birds.

Try the wine from wineries in Mendoza, while you watch Aconcagua, the highest mountain in all of South America.

14. Chile

Chile is one of the best place to visit in South America. Route 7 of Chile, internationally known as the Carretera Austral, links Puerto Montt with Villa O'Higgins in a 1200 km route through Chilean Patagonia. Many travelers from all over the world want to travel the Carretera Austral, which starts in the Los Lagos Region and crosses the entire Aysén Region while hiking in Patagonia.

Embark on a ferry to the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco across the Pacific Ocean between fjords and canals and enjoy the Chiloé archipelago and the Andes from the sea. Reach Coyhaique, a strategic point of the Carretera Austral because it is at the midpoint. Cerro Mackay is only 2 km away from the city, so some call it the guardian of Coyhaique.

Another attraction of Coyhaique is the Simpson River that runs through it. On the bridge that crosses it you can see the particular Piedra del Indio. Another recommended place is the Coyhaique National Reserve, which is 10 minutes away from the city and from where you can climb Cerro Cinchao. From there to Villa Cerro Castillo, 168 km, the route is paved.

General Carrera Lake is one of the salient points of the Carretera Austral. Not only is it the largest lake in Chile, and the second in South America, but its colors - in the range of blue, turquoise and sky blue - are unique. The lake, shared with Argentina with the name of Buenos Aires, is bordered by Route 7 along 70 km.

In front of the General Carrera Lake is Puerto Río Tranquilo, a key place to stop and visit the Marble Chapels . These formations that are on the shores of the lake, but are not seen from the road. Puerto Río Tranquilo is also the point to connect with the road that leads to Exploradores Bay and San Rafael Lagoon. It is 52 kilometers to the west until you reach the viewpoint of the Exploradores glacier. To visit it, you can hire excursions from the town.

Continuing south on the Carretera is El Maitén crossing. There appears a bifurcation that allows to go to Puerto Guadal and Chile Chico, bordering the lake. Chile Chico is the border city with the Argentine locality Los Antiguos, an option for those who want to follow the mythical Route 40. From the El Maitén junction on the Carretera Austral, you arrive at Puerto Bertrand.

Lake Bertrand, later give rise to the Baker River, the largest river in Chile. On the side of the Carretera Austral, between Puerto Bertrand and Cochrane, the Baker River joins the River Nef forming a powerful jump for the power and color of the waters to Caleta Tortel. From Cochrane to the south, the landscape becomes much more dense due to the presence of the famous cypress of the Guaitecas. Chilean Navy transports them across the ocean to Punta Arenas.

Caleta Tortel, well known as the town without streets, is built on a small hill to the top of Cerro Bandera. Go on an excursion to a glacier such as the Jorge Montt or the Steffen or a boat ride to Isla de los Muertos. From now on, to Villa O'Higgins, the road is a gravel road. Villa O 'Higgins is the point where the Carretera Austral ends.

It calls itself the Capital of the Patagonian glaciers for being the access point to the southern ice fields. From there you can go by boat to the O'Higgins Glacier, one of the four largest in Patagonia and you can also cross to Argentina and after a boat trip to El Chaltén.

You can cross Argentina to see San Martin Lake (on the Chilean side it is Lake O'Higgins). For that you must go to Carabineros and request the exit. After an hour of walking and doing the necessary immigration procedures to enter Argentina, you can access a very wide beach to rest and enjoy an unparalleled peace. Climb the Cerro Mirador and for the more adventurous, there is the option of a 10 km trail to see the Mosco River Glacier.

There are several ways to travel the Carretera Austral and all have their charm. Go hitchhiking and it is something for those who travel without a return date and are encouraged to leave their destination in the hands of an unknown driver. For something it is considered one of the best scenic routes in the world. Having armed a Carretera Austral itinerary can be very helpful.

The Patagonians are very friendly although they may be a little distant. For hitchhiking, it gets harder after you get to Cochrane. From there to Caleta Tortel or Villa O'Higgins the frequency of cars is much lower. Regarding the lodging, try to do Couchsurfing. There are places like Tortel or Puerto Guadal where there is only one couch, so you should be lucky to be accepted.

In case of not finding accommodation in this way, camping can be a good option if you are traveling between December and February. Obviously there are also more luxurious lodging options. Do not forget that Patagonia is a very popular destination and visited by travelers from all over the world to do fishing, rafting, climbing and boat trips and even helicopter trips.

38 km from Pucón is what was part of the first National Park of Chile. Huerquehue National Park is characterized by the presence of thousand-year-old araucarias that are currently in danger of extinction. A 12,500-hectare foothill park characterized by its mountainous terrain, where hills and gorges enclose numerous lakes and lagoons with crystal clear waters, in addition to the legendary araucaria.

Easily accessible during the summer, this park offers visitors various recreational options, whether admiring nature or doing leisure and sports activities. From there you can see wonderful views from the Pucón river valley, to the Villarrica volcano. And if you are lucky, observe the majesty of the flying condor while you travel in Chile.

The park has impressive beauty spots, so you can not miss the Verde and Toro lakes, the Renahue river canyon, the Rio Nevados valley, the Quinchol and Araucano hills. In summer, the green of the fauna gives a beautiful and pleasant sight. In autumn, there is the beautiful view of the red of the lengas, the native tree of the park.

In winter, be amazed by the snowy park and the amazing and unique view of its frozen lakes while travelling to Patagonia in Chile. Then end the year with spring, where the park springs to life again, delivering a mix of beautiful colors and pleasant aromas.

The casserole is a vegetable soup with meat, which can be chicken, veal or lamb. It is a very typical winter meal and very common both north and south of the country. It is a dish that you will find in any Chilean restaurant.

The curanto en hoyo is not only a meal, it is also a celebration. It is not something you can ask for in a restaurant. A good option to try it would be traveling to Chiloé, an island in the south of Chile, where they cook this dish in traditional festivals that celebrate throughout the summer. In restaurants in Chile, a type of curanto en olla, also called pulmay, is prepared and served with the broth from the stew itself.

Valparaíso is a hidden gem in Latin America, surrounded by Concepción and Alegre hills. Fishing coves is the name given in Chile to places, especially beaches, dedicated to the activity of artisanal fishing.

15. South Korea

Asia is one of the most addictive continents that exist and South Korea is one of the best countries in Asia to visit. Do we not burn with desire to discover new places that leave us open-mouthed (as happened in the sixteenth century to Ferdinand Magellan)? Seoul is no exception in the land of morning calm.

A trip to Korea is increasingly fashionable among travelers who pose their gaze and interests towards the Far East. Undoubtedly, it has become a very interesting alternative to classics like China and Japan. At first it is usual to feel a little disoriented by the chaos and posters written in Hangul. Getting to South Korea is not exactly easy, or cheap. The most common is to enter the country through Seoul, a vibrant city.

The fastest way to get to this destination from the Far East is on board a cheap flight to Incheon. Once in Incheon, there are several ways to get to Seoul. The simplest is the Airport Express (AREX) train that runs between 5 am and midnight. The journey takes about 45 minutes to Seoul Central Station.

You can use the planner of the limousine bus to calculate fares and see the schedules, although depending on traffic it is considerably slower than the Airport Express. On the subject of prices there are things that surprised us very pleasantly, such as gastronomy or taxis that are much cheaper.

In terms of accommodation and leisure there is everything. Being the capital of the country, prices are higher in Seoul than in other cities. You usually order a main course that is accompanied by many small dishes, so in one go you can experience many flavors, including the typical kimchi.

There are Korean food restaurants in Seoul, street stalls in some neighborhoods and international cuisine for the less daring. Meet the octopus bibimbap, which is the most spicy dish in the world. Special mention deserves bulgogi of beef or raw fish that is of exceptional quality and can be found at a very good price. Dog meat restaurants? There are.

If you have very little time, an interesting option is a one-day tour of the main attractions of the city. Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung are close to each other. If you want a guide to tell you the ins and outs of these historic buildings, you can book a guided tour of the palaces. Close to the palaces is the Jongmyo Shrine, which is one of Korea's most important treasures and a place for walks surrounded by gardens and trees.

It is essential to get lost in the Insa-dong area and its narrow streets. It is full of cookie shops and leisure options, as well as very interesting street stalls and art galleries. The Jogyesa temple is the core of Zen Buddhism in Korea and its altar is one of the most sacred to Korean Buddhists.

The Cheonggyecheon stream is the parenthesis, an oasis in the middle of the asphalt jungle that Koreans try to visit the more times better. Nearby is the peculiar Jongno tower, the Tapgol Park and the Bosingak bell. If you want to know where the PSY hit originated, you can move to Gangnam.

In addition to huge shopping centers, it is a cocktail of avant-garde buildings, beautiful people who dress the latest, dressed with a little taekwondo, one of the most popular sports in Korea. However, if you want tranquility in Gangnam you also have the Bongeunsa temple, a haven of peace in the middle of the maelstrom of the metropolis.

If you are traveling with children, the traditional Korean village of Namsangol will enchant you. An outdoor space with traditional hanok style houses and many fun plans to have a great time. For those who like good views, its place is the N Seoul Tower, one of the great icons of the city to which you must add those of Mount Namsan.

For nostalgics and sports fans, I would recommend taking a look at the old Olympic Stadium in Seoul where Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis battled in an unequal doping duel. If you want to do some shopping you can go to the Dongdaemun market or the Myeong-dong area. Travel to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and the shared security area between the two Koreas or JSA.

Hanbok rental stores are located near the palaces because of the trend and demand, although each year the price is falling due to the competition between them. The most favorite experience for young people is the hire of Hanbok from stores for 1 hour to 4 hours to take pictures in the beautiful and old places. To show the photos by facebook or instagram to their friends, the Korean girls prefer the prettiest outfit although the price is high.

At the same time, the Korea Tourism Organization offer a free service to experience the traditional costume to tourists. In that case, you cannot take it outside to visit palace and other places. The free ones are to take pictures in an area that is always ready together with Hanbok.

One of the best ways to get to know a new culture is through its food. In addition to eating Korean barbeque, participating in a noraebang (karaoke) session, and getting naked in a public sauna, visiting the Noryangjin fish market is the highlight of any trip to Seoul. Leave your luxury clothes and luxury bags at home. Instead, choose to wear closed-toed shoes or boots that can cope with puddles of fishy (and often icy) water.

Noryangjin Fish Market offers the most authentic and interesting aspect of Seoul's local food culture. Visiting the market is as good as visiting an aquarium, but the best part is after you have made your purchases of clams, fish, octopus, squid, sea cucumber, shrimp or crabs, to name a few, you can take them to a restaurant in the market.

If you prefer your style of fish sashimi, the server will gut, skin and slice your purchase just before your eyes, serving it with pickled onion, raw wasabi, green chile, fermented bean paste to dip and lettuce leaves to wrap it all. If an item needs to be cooked, the internal chef will do it. Shrimp are usually broiled in their shells, while crabs are boiled.

If you eat crab, ask for bokkeumbap, tasty fried rice, which is served in the shell of the crab. Or, if you have bought fish, ask for maeuntang at the beginning of your meal. This deliciously spicy dish is cooked with fish bones to give it more flavor and traditionally spreads seafood.

Of course, no Noryangjin food would be complete without a little soju, order a bottle or two to drink alone, or mix with some maekju (beers) - a Korean cocktail appropriately called somaek. Do you feel bold? Do what the adventurous eaters do and ask for a plate of sannakji, live octopus. It is served minced (but still moving) and with a selection of dips to dip.

Just make sure you have your camera ready. This is a moment of Noryangjin that you do not want to forget! While you will have to pay the restaurant separately for fish sellers, there is no need to worry as the charge for the service is very reasonable.

Let your senses be awakened by the sights, sounds and smells as you wander from one vendor to another. Feel free to take pictures of the strange and wonderful sea creatures on display, many of which you will probably be seeing for the first time. Koreans generally visit Noryangjin to buy sliced ​​fresh fish hwe. While some seafood such as king crab and abalone can be quite expensive, many items are quite affordable.

Pusan ​​or Busan, is the second largest city in South Korea behind Seoul. The main attraction of the city are its six beaches, one of the most famous being Haeundae Beach, surrounded by a promenade and luxury hotels. You can not miss Gwangalli beach either if you visit Pusan, with a more youthful atmosphere.

The Beomeosa Temple is one of the most frequented by those who want to know Pusan ​​and all its charm. In addition to this, there are other religious temples, forts and vestiges of the Joseon dynasty in the city. You just have to plan your route well and travel to Pusan with your batteries fully charged.

Do not leave the city without trying dishes like the dongnae pajeon, the milmyeon which is a version of the fine noodles that are prepared with wheat flour, the Dwaeji gukbap or the Naengchae Jokbal, steamed pork hocks with vegetables in restaurants in Korea.

The city of Jinhae is at the end of the Korean peninsula, near Busan. In spring it becomes one of the most visited cities by Koreans! Gyeonghwa Station used to be one of the train stops until a couple of years ago, but the service was discontinued and nowadays it is one of the famous places in Jinhae to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

Yeojwacheon Stream is provided with lighting and different decoration, although always with a romantic theme. Along the creek there are several bridges, and the main one is known as Romance Bridge.

The Jeju island is, after Seoul, the most famous place in South Korea. Jeju has several areas declared World Heritage by Unesco and is included in the famous list of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The island is dominated by Mount Hallasan, a volcano located at its center and which, if frequent clouds do not cover it, can be seen from practically any point.

The locals say that Monte Hallasan is like a shy woman who frequently covers her face - a somewhat macho expression, but this is Asia and I am afraid that gender equality still sounds strange here. The mountain is, indeed, often covered with clouds and fog. Hamdeok Beach is an area with 3 beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters ideal for a swim during the warmer months.

Another interesting beach is the Jungmun Saekdal Beach, in the south of the island. It is a more virgin beach, surrounded by forest and in which it is common to see people surfing. Manjanggul lava tube is a volcanic cave in the form of a tube of many kilometers although only one is open to the public. They say there are more than 30,000 bats living in the cave.

Jeju has two small cities, Jeju City and Seogwipo. One is in the north and one in the south. In both you will find everything like shops, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, etc. The famous Seongsan Ilchulbong is a cone-shaped mountain species in the middle of the sea but connected to earth. The islet of Udo, is a small island near Seongsan Ilchulbong, to which you can go for a few hours.

The most famous waterfalls are the Cheonjeyeon Falls and the Jeongbang Waterfall. One of the areas where you will see volcanic stones is in Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff.

Visit Jeungdo Salt Farm in South Korea and take pictures with the Salt Mirror, mudfish and red plants of Taepyeong Halophyte Garden before finishing with a Sea Salt Ice Cream. You can find Jeungdo Island at about an hour and fifteen minutes' drive from Mokpo and Gwangju.

16. Russia

Moscow is a city of contrasts and of obligatory sight, where the buildings of the epoch of the czars coexist with the constructions of the Stalinist era and imposing and modern skyscrapers. St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Saint Petersburg is the second city of Russia and the most popular tourist.

Visitors are attracted to its beautiful canals, the so-called northern light and the views of the Baltic Sea. The prices are expensive, although perhaps less than in Moscow. Discover the wonders hidden in this city of Russia that Peter the Great conceived as a window to Europe and was built in record time for the time, despite the difficulties involved in the titanic task.

Its palaces and cathedrals, the golden domes that shine with the sun, its bridges over canals and even nature, with its white nights, envelop it in a magical and mysterious atmosphere. Do not miss some of the most spectacular, such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the St. Isaac's Cathedral or the Kazan Cathedral.

The Hermitage Museum houses one of the most extraordinary collections of art in the world. When you walk through the magical streets of the city you will find hundreds of bridges that connect the islands. Some with elegant decorations, such as the Bank Bridge or the Lions Bridge. Others simpler but no less picturesque, like the Coloured Bridges.

To walk along Nevsky Avenue is to stroll through the history of St. Petersburg. Do not miss Peterhof, who competes in splendor with the Palace of Versailles, in France. Some essential places near St. Petersburg are Tsarskoye Selo, which was the residence of the Russian imperial family, or the idyllic Oranienbaum, another impressive imperial palace.

Although Listvyanka is a small city that grew on the shores of the Baikal lake, it is still a hyper touristy place (especially in summer). The Olkhon island transmits an unique atmosphere. Khuzhir, the largest town, is the nerve center of the shamans of the north, in the middle of the steppe, the horses and the Buryats. Go in a marshrutka (a kind of minibus) from Irkutsk.

Something you should not miss is a visit to Cape Khoboy, at the north end of the island, overlooking Lake Baikal and Cape Burkhan. The rocks overlook the Maloe More, a small sea that separates the island from the west side of the Baikal. It is one of these mythical places around the world that travelers hope to reach someday. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and the oldest lake in the world in terms of geological formation.

If one is traveling through Russia with the Trans-Siberian Railway on the Irkutsk-Ulan Ude route, an intermediate stop can be made in Slyudyanka. The beauty of Angasolka is tranquility. You have to take the local train from Irkutsk to Sluydyanka and get off at Temnaya pad. It can also be reached by hitchhiking.

In the trip to the corners of Russia it is essential to visit the largest city in the world located north of the Arctic Circle, also called the capital of the Russian Arctic.

This name is due to the fact that the great expeditions to discover the Arctic continent started from this point just 300 kilometers from Nourgam, the northernmost town in Finland, a region that can see thermometers inside at -25ºC, although in coastal areas the temperature is softer due to the influence of the Gulf Stream.

The port of Murmansk is the only one in the world that has several atomic icebreakers capable of fragmenting the Arctic ice masses, in addition to its polar nights, a phenomenon that takes place between the month of December and the month of January where the Sun does not appear at any time of day.

All this is compensated with the unique beauty of the aurora borealis that can be observed in its fullness during the polar nights. Due to its geographical location, the north of the Kola Peninsula is one of the best places in the world for the northern lights.

The tour will take you from Murmansk to Teriberka through a snowy landscape that merges with the waves of the sea, and you will find it impossible to assure without mistake if what you see is sea foam or snow perched on the shore.

The trip can be covered by dog ​​sled or snowmobile to the city of Teriberka, where a controversial Russian independent film entitled Leviathan, directed by Andrei Zviáguintsev, was filmed. In the territory live the Saami, last indigenous population of Europe where they develop their day to day and will make you part of the reindeer herding that is still their main activity today.

Military enclave during the Second World War, the history of the city has always been linked to the army and armed conflicts. So much so that one of its main monuments is the Alyosha, a giant statue of 90 meters high in the shape of a Soviet soldier in tribute to the Russian resistance during the Nazi invasion in the area where it is located.

If you like shipowners, you can visit the world's first nuclear-powered icebreaker ship. With an autonomy for two years provided by the uranium, it was used by the Russians for the exploration of the Arctic for 30 years. Murmansk is located in the geographic area known as the Kola Peninsula and has the deepest artificial hole ever created by man.

This hole is called Kola Well, and was created in 1962 after drilling the Earth's crust for almost 13 kilometers into the interior of the planet. To make your trip a most complete experience, since you have known the bowels of the Earth, why not climb up to the Khibiny Mountains to see the world from above?

In this region is the city of Kirovks, where every year there is a concentration of ice sculptures that fight not to melt until approximately the month of April. The ice show is incredible with the size of the doors of some works allows a human being to enter without having to bend over.

A visit to the Geological Museum of Apatity will make you realize it, because even the name of the city where it is located - Apaty, just 20 kilometers from Kirovsks is dedicated to the greenish mineral of apatite.

The Elbrus is a sleeping stratovolcano located in the western part of the Caucasian mountain range, in Russia near the border of Georgia. It is the highest point in Europe with 5642 meters above sea level. It is the highest mountain in Russia and the Caucasus mountain range, which, together with the Ural mountains mark the traditionally accepted border between Europe and Asia.

The Elbrus is infamous for its brutal winter weather, and the attempts at the summit are few and far between. The climb is not technically difficult, but it is physically demanding due to the altitude and frequent high winds.

The ascent to Elbrús begins in the village of Terskol and continues up the Baksan Valley. From Azau, the last village in the valley, you can use two cable cars and a dangerous chair lift. Right at the end of the chairlift is the Barrels refuge, a group of strange metal shelters at an altitude of 3,800 m.

Terskol, inhabited by the Balkarians, is a quiet place that is moved more than anything by the tourism referring to activities that go from trekking to snowboarding, skiing and mountaineering.
Its main street is populated mostly by hotels, some abandoned and others that have a timid presence in the landscape. Unlike Chamonix in France, you feel a more natural, less commercial environment. It is really a town that was preserved in the authenticity of its people.
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  1. BRB. Packing my bags and jumping on a plane. Some of these are on my travel bucket list!

  2. Looking for honeymoon places! Will be adding Egypt and Sweden to the idea list! Thanks!


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