Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Iguazu Falls is one of the top destinations in South America.
Best seen from the Brazilian side is the spectacular Devil's Throat, garganta del diablo, where fourteen falls drop 350 feet with such force that there is always a 100 foot cloud of spray overhead. Watch for the rainbow!
The Argentinean side has the top view of The Devil’s Throat, and has several walks to view the rest of the waterfalls. The national park is enormous, and one can easily spend a couple of days taking in all the breathtaking walks and activities that are on offer. Getting from the entrance to The Devil’s Throat on its own would take nearly an hour, taking both the train and walking the 1 km of walkway towards the edge of the Devil’s Throat.
The park also offers a river cruise, where you can see the exotic wildlife native to the area, and a cruise is also available to get to San Martin Island, one of the islands at the basin of the falls where a few more walking trails can be explored. Taking a cruise back to the start instead of the train from the Devil’s Throat is a great idea. One can see the exotic and varied wildlife in along the Iguazu River and experience being on the big river that feeds the falls.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Much of the shooting of the new James Bond film "Quantum of Solace", was held in several countries in Latin America. Now, Chile, Panama and Mexico offer tourists some original route travels in the footsteps of the world's most famous superagent.
In Chile, travelers can stay at the Radisson hotel in the colonial port city of Antofagasta - this is where the film crew lived while shooting. It is offered to make excursions to Paranal observatory and town Bakedano (Baquedano), where there was a movie set. Adventures await guests of five-star luxury hotel Explora en Atacama, which is located in an oasis in the Atacama Desert. In addition, tourists are encouraged to visit the vineyards near the Chile' capital Santiago.
The modern capital of Panama is also used to shoot street scenes. Tourists can see the old district of Panama City - Casco Viejo, many buildings that served as props for the film, and sail through the Panama Canal. Art Hotel Coral Lodge on the Caribbean coast is ideal for relaxing in the style of James Bond. Also, travelers are invited to travel by train from the city of Colon in Panama City and spend a few days in the hotel Canopy Tower, which is a refurbished military observation base.
Mexico offers recreation on the coast of the Gulf of California. From January to March you can watch the feeding of young whales in shallow lagoons. In addition, tourists can stay in one of the luxury hotels in the resort of Loreto, where the best beaches in Mexico.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Whale watching has become one of the most popular attractions for tourists in Latin America: last year alone the number of travelers who come just for this, more than a million people.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Chile is preparing to take more and more tourists and promises its guests a multitude of different kinds of attractions. In this way, now it is developed the route "Chile Way", which will unite all the natural attractions of the country from north to south. The total length of the well-equipped route is 8500 kilometers. To overcome the selected areas will be possible on foot or by bicycle. In part, these roads have already been discovered in Patagonia and around Sanyago and fully route should be formed by 2015.
Still popular type of tourist attractions in Chile is whale watching. This is one of the best places in the world, here all year around you can see different kinds of whales. In the highlands tourists are offered a variety of winter classes - from alpine skiing to golf in the snow. There is a growing demand for wine, and on gastronomic tourism in the country. In addition, the coast of Chile is among the most popular cruises in South America.
It is worth noting that the race Paris - Dakar moved to South America until 2011. On the territory of Chile route will pass through the Atacama Desert and Patagonia. In addition to the direct participants in the race, the country expects to take a large number of spectators.
Global hotel chains are prepared to accommodate the growing number of tourists in Chile. A year ago there was opened Hotel & Spa Tierra Atacama - a small boutique hotel with the views of the volcano Licancabur. In March 2009, guests will take W Santiago - the first luxurious hotel chain W in South America.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Samba - Brazilian dance, implying the characteristic movement of her hips. Performed by women during the carnival procession, although it can dance in one place. Carnival samba - dance of the individual or group, so the partner does not imply. Costumes for the carnival samba include: bikini, a hat with ostrich feathers, and shoes or boots on a high platform of gold or silver with rhinestones. Since the 50-ies samba became popular outside of Brazil as a pair of dance, and now samba is included in the program of Latino-American sporting ballroom dances.
Sambadrom and Brazilian samba
Brazilians love to complain to the newcomers. They say people are poor, the 358-day struggle for existence , that'd why go on a carnival and then a week at full steam, with no sleep or rest, charged with energy and positive emotions in the year ahead. This is, of course, an exaggeration. In the interval between the carnivals local people work themselves, too, not too much bother, but 2 or 3 hours afternoon siesta for coffee with a cigar - is sacred. And the beach is close by - they day and night show off their naked charm. There are other joys besides the carnival - one of which is football. But, still, looking at the giant statue on the hill, stoically looking at the whole uproar in February, I would like to paraphrase Voltaire: if the carnival in Rio didn't exist, it should have been invented!
Carnival show «Samba's Queen»
The triumph of beauty and rhythm - is a whirlwind 15 flexible topless dancers with a royal bearing produce a hypnotic effect. Sparkling samba excites even the air.