To me summer vacations stand for long adventures and exploring foreign countries. When I was growing up, my family and I lived in Venezuela for over 4 years. I have some incredible memories and great friends from that period of my life. A couple of years ago my family and I went back to visit the country and decided to go explore the land that English author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dubbed as "The Lost World."
Venezuela is a beautiful country in the northern end of South America, right next to Colombia and just north of Brazil. It has some of the most varied and spectacular natural environments in the world. You have crystal waters in the Caribbean Sea, vast floodplains in the Llanos, one of the largest rivers in the world that slices the country in half, the Orinoco, and the Venezuelan Andes in the east. In the south of Venezuela you will find a vast wilderness area part of the Amazon Rainforest known as the Gran Sabana, one of the most important natural attractions in the country.
Established in 1962, Canaima National Park is located in the south east state of Bolivar close to the borders with Brazil and Guyana. It is a place of unique beauty in the world. It encompasses most of the Gran Sabana and with almost 7.5 million acres; it is considered one of the largest national parks in the world. The park was conceded World Heritage Status by UNESCO in 1994. Canaima holds some of Venezuela's most beautiful attractions.
So for our vacation, we flew from Mexico City on the direct overnight to the capital, Caracas, and immediately transferred on a regional flight towards our old home of Puerto La Cruz in the north coastal state of Anzoategui. After visiting old friends and enjoying the Caribbean beaches for a couple of days we set off on the two day drive south towards La Gran Sabana.
This is a guest post by Nico Crisafulli. Nico authors the AirTreks Travel Blog and mans the social stream for AirTreks.com. He’s a consummate travel lover and a 10-year veteran of the industry. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and forthcoming child.
The fabled round-the-world trip (RTW) is no secret. There’s been a growing interest in this particular style
of travel over the last decade with more and more people thinking beyond the simple there-and-back-
again style vacation. AirTreks is in the business of helping people make that
leap in consciousness. And the first step is to know how to do it best.
I’ve put together 4 ways to help you get more from your long-term round-the-world trip, both before
and after you leave.
Once people have decided to travel, put their money down and spent time figuring out what they want
to do, most already want to cram their laptop into the nearest meat grinder. Even thinking about more
hours hammering away at the Internet is enough to send them over the edge. The trick is not to plan
more, but to plan smarter, to make the most of the time you spend researching online.
The Banyan Tree Lijiang is located 2,000 meters above sea level 15 minutes away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town of Lijiang. The Old Town of Lijiang is sometimes regarded as the Venice of the Orient because of the bridges and canals that wind through the cities cobbled streets. The hotel design was inspired by local Naxi culture, and includes pink stone, grey bricks, traditional red clay roof tiles, and interconnected canals. The hotel offers 55 villas with breath-taking views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The spacious villas can include a private garden, heated outdoor jet pools or plunge pools. There are 40 Garden and Deluxe Garden Villas, 13 Pool and Deluxe Pool Villas, one 2 bedroom Pool Villa, and one Presidential Villa. The extensive spa includes spacious treatment rooms, a hair salon, a yoga pavilion and a gym. There is also a tea lounge connected to the spa. The resort has 2 all day dining options, Ming Yue cafe and Bai Yun, which offers banquet style dining. Additionally, there is a bar and lounge. If you're looking to explore the surroundings, Banyan Tree Lijiang offers guests exclusive treks with local guides.
India has everything from beautiful mountains, warm beaches, peaceful temples, unique festivals to metropolitan cities and vast deserts. The diverse culture and landscape attracts travelers looking for just about every adventure imaginable. For some the country can be overwhelming at times, though there is bound to be something suitable for everyone. Whether you’re looking for spiritual awakening, a unique off the beaten path adventure, or an exotic hideaway, India offers something for everyone and an immense amount of time can be spent exploring the vast, diverse country. Travel tips vary greatly depending on what region of the country you’ll be traveling to. Below you’ll find answers to some commonly asked questions to help you plan for unforgettable India eco tours.
When is the best time to visit India?
Seasonality is a big factor when traveling to India.
The weather varies greatly from North to South.
If you plan on visiting the South of India the best time to go is in the winter, typically from November to February.
If you plan on visiting the North it is best to visit during the summer because the winter is very cold.
Central India, including Mumbai, Dehli, and Rajasthan, is best to visit from November to February when it is not too hot and muggy.
A cruise around the Galapagos Islands is a great addition to any Ecuador travel itinerary. The Galapagos Islands offers travelers an unforgettable trip that can include snorkeling, diving, wildlife viewing, kayaking, land safaris and much more. The isolated Islands have many plant and animal species that you can’t see anywhere else in the world, making it a truly once in a lifetime experience. Global Basecamps works with the most ecologically friendly and sustainable small ships on the water. Our unique Galapagos tours feature a variety of cruising options, incredible multi-day walking safaris, and lodge-based island explorations.
First class yachts accommodate no more than 20 people and have multiple decks, spacious rooms, a dining room, bars, and a conference area with flat screen TVs. Tourist class ships accommodate no more than 16 guests. Currently both cruise options can be for 3, 5, or 8 days. You will arrive at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island to be escorted to the boat. As the sun sets, the cruise begins. The cruises include all meals, non-alcoholic beverages and daily excursions. The itineraries focus on spending time on the islands and interacting with local wildlife.
In an effort to contribute to the conservation efforts of the islands, we have hand-picked every ship we work with in the Galapagos Islands based on their commitment to ecotourism, both during the cruise and on the islands, the expertise of the naturalists and guides, and the level of comfort of the ships. All the ships we work with are certified SmartVoyager ships and include the only hybrid vessel on the water. Additionally, all of our Galapagos cruises help support the Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund, which advocates environmental education and marine conservation efforts by strengthening the local communities’ ability to manage natural resources.