Travel Around North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean Islands

Travel Around North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean Islands The Americas and the Caribbean are comprised of many diverse countries, each with its own unique culture, lifestyle, and gorgeous vistas. The Caribbean is a hodgepodge of influences from Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Africa, although the famous Caribbean laid-back atmosphere is everywhere from Antigua and Aruba to St. Martin and San Juan. The countries that make up Central America, which links North and South America, have colorful histories and breathtaking landscapes. Costa Rica entices with its lush green forests and waterfalls, while several countries offer historic landmarks left from ancient peoples including the Aztecs, Mayas, and Olmecs. Observe first-hand the tremendous engineering of the Panama Canal. In North and South America you will find many fantastic sights as well as spectacular beauty. A trip to Canada will allow you to see L'Anse aux Meadows, a Viking settlement that dates back to the 11th century, or stroll the lovely streets of Quebec City with its French influences. A cruise along the west coast of the United States will take you to Alaska, where you can see for yourself the striking natural beauty of its glaciers, or sail along the east coast to visit the sophisticated cities.
Go Further South
Continuing southward, travelers will encounter incredible ruins, a wide variety of cultures and peoples, and music we all know and love. A trip south to Brazil will give city lovers the chance to visit Rio de Janeiro with its famous beaches and fun nightlife, or nature buffs the opportunity to see the rain forests along the Amazon. Visit South America's west coast with a stop in Chile, with its jagged massifs and dazzling fjords as well as the vibrant, colorful hillside community of Valparaiso. Learn to dance the Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Keep going south all the way to Antarctica to experience the gorgeous snow-filled landscape.

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8 of the The Planet's Recommended Walks

8 of the The Planet's Recommended Walks The most satisfying treks are not just about the walking, they are about stepping into the place's historical past and customs. Still, walks are no picnics. They will make you challenge yourself physically and test your will, creating an indelible impression of the magnificence of our earth. Below is a list of 8 of the greatest treks worldwide.
Peru's Inca Trail - 4 days and 26.7 miles
Special moments are abundant on the Inca Trail, but not like the minute you go through the Sun Gate and view the forgotten city of Machu Picchu.
Best time to go: May to September
Lost City of Colombia- 27 miles - 5 days
Trail blaze through the abundant jungle across rivers before coming to the ruins of Teyuna. Arrive here first and the Lost City will be yours to experience all by yourself. Ideal time to go: December to March.
Nepal: Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles and 13 days
The hike will connect you more to the inhabitants of the Himalayas while realizing an opening to the top of the planet. After observing Everest, you will never look at our planet in the exact same manner. Ideal time to go: August to November.
Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro, 8 days and 21.1 miles
Mt Kilimanjaro at 5,895m (19,340 ft.) is Africa's tallest point. It is demanding to say the least, but unlike other tall peaks, it provides those courageous enough to reach the pinnacle. Ideal time to go: September to March.
Europe: Mont Blanc - 77.7 miles - 8 days
The Tour du Mont Blanc is 100 miles and moves through Switzerland, Italy, and France. The ideal months to go are June to September.
Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia -10 days & 82.6 miles
It is known for its organic splendor and here you will come across stunning volcanic landscapes, massive glaciers, and extensive steppe-like plains stretching out to the horizon. The best time to go is from December to March.
Mt. Roirama in Venezuela - 6 days and 21.1 miles
The magnificent mountain of Roraima is precious to the region's local inhabitants and is said to have motivated Arthur Conan Doyle's fiction, "The Lost World." When to go: November to April is the perfect time to walk the Roraima path but anytime of the year is good.
The Camino de Santiago, Spain ~ 466 miles & 30 days
The widely known Camino de Santiago, also called the St. James Trail, was a relevant Christian journey during the Middle Ages, and continues to be a celebrated religious trek to this day. The optimal time to travel: You can go in any month of the year but the ideal time is somewhere between the spring and autumn (which is high season).

Cruise the Mediterranean

Cruise the Mediterranean What we refer to as modern civilization – from science and democracy to art and culinary traditions – are generally credited to the culture-rich shores of Southern Europe. By traveling its coast, you too can bask in its vibrant history. Once you have seen the remarkable landscapes of the Greek Islands and Santorini, sipped refreshing drinks while lying on the beaches of Italy and Spain, or felt the significance of the historical places in Jerusalem and Greece, you will be forever changed. Step back in time with a visit to Rome and its reknown Pantheon and Colosseum as well as Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica, one of Christianity's holiest destinations. Design enthusiasts will like Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi's awe-inspiring architecture. Wine lovers will want to enjoy time in the famous wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France. Those traveling along Croatia's Adriatic coast will want to stop in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, with its ancient walls surrounding the city still largely intact.

Africa: A Region of Amazing Diversity

Africa: A Region of Amazing Diversity A vacation to Africa will take you along the same route as early explorers from countries such as Portugal, The Netherlands, England, and Germany. By stopping in diverse nations from Madagascar to Mozambique and Senegal to Mauritius, you will observe the longstanding influence of colonialism as well as tribal traditions that are still around today. South Africa boasts magnificent mountainous terrain, while at the other end of the spectrum, the desert landscape of Namibia will leave you speechless. Foodies will want to visit "Spice Island", the tropical archipelago of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, for its much valued abundance of treasured spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

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