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Trekking to the Lost City: everything you need to know

A mysterious archaeological complex is hidden in the depths of the Colombian jungle, and you can see it with your own eyes after spectacular trekking of 4 or 5 days. If trekking to the Lost City is your next adventurous temptation, here you will find all the information you need to know before starting.

How to trek to the Lost City?

The first thing you should know is that the trekking to the Lost City must be carried out together with official tour operators. Remember that we are the guests in this sacred land, protected and respected by the Wiwas, Koguis, and Arhuacos for thousands of years. In Denomades, we have a 4-day trek to the Lost City and a 5-day trek to the Lost City. Both include shared transportation, accommodation, food, entrance to the park, and bilingual guide (Spanish and English).

Description of the route to the Lost City

Day 1: The adventure begins in the city of Santa Marta. From here, a 4 × 4 vehicle will pick you up in the morning for a 3-hour trip to the town of Mamey. Once in Mamey, and after having lunch, a walk of approximately 3 hours (7.6 km) begins to the first camp of the journey. In the camp, you have the option (depending on how you hired the tour) to sleep in a tent or a hammock with mosquito nets.

Waterfall and person bathing in poses in the jungle

Day 2: One of the hardest days in terms of walking. On day two, 14.7 kilometers are covered, which are covered in approximately 8 hours. Throughout the trek, it is possible to cool off in the spectacular waters of the Buritaca River, in addition to visiting the occasional waterfall. During this day, the indigenous town of Mutanyi is also visited, an interesting break to learn more about the Wawi lifestyle, take pictures and interact with their people.

Lost city in the middle of palm trees and the Colombian jungle

Day 3: The third day is the key day. After having breakfast, a 1-hour walk begins to reach the Lost City. You will climb the famous 1200 steps until you reach the archaeological ruins, and once there, the host guide will explain the history of this mysterious place. You will have around 3 hours to take pictures. From the Lost City, we will return to the Make cabin in a 7.6-kilometer journey, during a time of approximately 4 hours.

Travelers walking along the path to the lost city of Colombia

Day 4: From the same camp on day 2, the long return to civilization is returned. The estimated walking time is around 6 hours, in a total route of 15.6 kilometers. During the journey, there will be stops to have lunch, rest and even bathe in the waters of the Buritaca River. From Mamey, you take the vehicle to Santa Marta.

Differences between the 4-day trek and the 5-day trek to the Lost City

The route and the distance are the same in both trekkings. The difference is the number of hours walking per day. If you do not have much time and your physical condition allows you to walk more than 7 hours with a demanding unevenness for two days, you will not have problems doing the 4-day trek. If you want to distribute the physical load with one more day of walking and go at a more leisurely pace, the 5-day trekking is the best option.

If you notice, the last two days of the 5-day trek divide the physical load from the last day of the 4-day trek.

What is the best time to trek to the Lost City?

Although the trekking to the Lost City is open all year round, the best time to do it is between December and March, when the dry season occurs and there is less rain.

What should I take on the trek to the Lost City?

For the trekking to the Lost City, you should bring small amounts of cash to buy snacks. Also, a headlamp for the night, toilet paper, repellent against mosquitoes, alcohol-gel soap, and finally a book or a game of cards for moments of rest during the trek. You should also bring the following:

  • 40-liter backpack to carry all the things you will use during the circuit.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex or similar).
  • Polar-type warm clothing.
  • Short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sufficient battery (not enough plugs to charge batteries).
  • Beach sandals (for showers and rest).
  • Hat for the sun.
  • Ziploc bags or similar (to store your garbage).
  • Trekking sticks.
  • Travel insurance that covers accidents and cancellations.

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Top tips for traveling to Thailand

Thailand is undoubtedly a special destination. This Southeast Asian country hides landscapes, culture, tradition, people, and colors full of contrasts. A country to which we invite anyone in search of new adventures to travel.

This was our first Asian destination and we are very fond of it. That is why we want to make you lose your fear and tell you the best tips for traveling to Thailand.

TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO THAILAND:

Before traveling to Thailand:

Like any destination, Thailand has its keys that you should know before visiting it. There is essential information that we must know before stepping on this country on the Asian continent. Therefore, we are going to give you the best tips to travel to Thailand without problems.

  1. Flights to Thailand:

Today you can find cheap flights to any destination. It’s all a matter of planning ahead and keeping an eye on flight deals to Thailand. We buy the flights for € 400, so don’t give up.

The most important airport is Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. It is just 30 minutes by taxi and is also connected by train and bus. This can be a great starting point for your travel itinerary in an Asian country.

  1. Thai currency:

The currency used in Thailand is the baht. For example, 1000 bahts equal about € 26. We recommend that you always check on websites like XE what the current currency exchange is. In the vast majority of places, you will have to pay in cash, so another of our tips for traveling to Thailand is that you carry enough in hand. If you fall short, you can withdraw money at ATMs of Thai banks or in convenience stores (supermarkets open 24 hours).

We always recommend that you change a little money in your own country, to have cash from the first moment. The currency exchange will benefit you more if you do it in Thailand itself. So leave most of the money to change it once in the country. You can do it at the airport itself or wait and do it somewhere in the city with a nicer change.

  1. Documentation to travel to Thailand:

If you are from Spain, you are in luck. There is no special procedure that you must do. When you arrive in Thailand, by plane, you will have to fill out a document with your information. The air access itself already gives you a 30-day permit to be in Thailand. If you accessed by land, the permit would be 15 days.

For Argentines, Chileans and Peruvians there is no need to obtain a visa either. Check the website of the Thai embassy if you need any special documents. Of course, you must take your passport with you since it will act as an identity document.

Once in the country, you can extend the visa. But above all, do not miss the expiration date, because otherwise, you will have to pay a fine.

  1. Budget to travel to Thailand:

Thailand is a cheap country. Our travel budget to Thailand was quite tight considering the number of activities we did and the places we visited. We have already told you that accommodation is cheap, but the same is true for other expenses.

A plate of pad-thai (Thai noodles) costs just ninety cents. If you want to hire tours, these will already fluctuate their prices more. They can range from ten to eighty euros.

We hire few things organized. The most expensive was the visit to the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, the Elephant Nature Park. This day of volunteering cost us almost seventy euros, including a donation, transportation, food, and a guide who accompanied us all day.

There are many street food and craft stalls with very affordable prices. So there are many temptations that you will find throughout the day where to spend. Natural fruit smoothies, meat skewers, or rice dishes. There is nothing you can resist.

Where else you can adjust your travel budget is in accommodation and extras. This will make sure that the price of the trip does not rise much.

  1. The language:

The official language of Thailand is obviously Thai. Anyway, as in the vast majority of places, you can understand yourself in English. In recent years Thailand has become a great tourist destination and they are used to having travelers on their land.

We always recommend that you learn the basic words of the language like hello or thank you. In big cities like Bangkok or Chiang Mai, as well as on the islands and the south, they understand English. If you leave the most touristy places, you always get to understand yourself with a basic vocabulary and signs.

  1. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand:

As we have said, there are many reasons to visit Thailand. But without a doubt, its capital Bangkok is one of the most significant. This city ​​is full of contrasts and there are many leisure options.

  1. What to see in Bangkok:

During your trip to Bangkok, we recommend that you spend four / five days in Bangkok. We only walked on it for three days and we had just enough time. Two days you can spend visiting the west of Bangkok. That is where the vast majority of its temples are located, the Chao Phraya River as well as the famous Khao San Road.

Khao San is the quintessential backpackers’ street. It has many food stalls, hostels, shops, and supermarkets at very affordable prices. Of course, with the passage of time, it has become a very tourist area.

The Temple of Dawn, with its curious architecture, the Grand Palace, or the Golden Mountain are some of the essential points to see in Bangkok. We recommend that you spend another day in the most central and modern area of ​​the city with huge shopping centers.

To the north of Bangkok is Ayutthaya. The ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam and a city full of historical remains that will not leave you indifferent. You can visit Ayutthaya from Bangkok by boat, train, bus, or on an organized tour. In one day you can visit the essentials, although you can also spend two days with peace of mind. If you want to hire a tour, I recommend the excursion to Ayutthaya with a cruise on the Civitatis river.

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Road Companions: it’s time to travel again

It seemed that it would never come, but we are already living it. With the end of the state of alarm, free movement between provinces begins and every day more countries are opening their doors (with their rules) so this week we look towards our Road Companions with renewed illusions because the time has come to travel again.

If we have spent more than a year carefully reviewing all the pages we know, now more than ever we do so full of desire to travel to Toledo, to do the Camino de Santiago, to travel the Perigord, or to be more adventurous and escape to Japan. Let’s do it, but always with all caution, because we want your trips to continue to reach us on our contact form because we do this section with your help.

  • Being in the Xacobeo Year, it is welcome to start with the experience of La Cosmopolilla traveling the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela. This year there will be many who take the backpack and make their way.
  • Likewise, some may decide to resume national tourism with a visit to the always exceptional Toledo and Where to travel, he details the places to visit in the city in detail.
  • To start making our mouths with trips to one of our bordering countries. This practical travel guide to Bordeaux and the Périgord that we find in El Rincón de Sele is great.
  • A little further on we have a beautiful trip to the Czech Republic, Prague. And Karlovy Vary and that in George’s World they have hair and signs.
  • I think the most unforgettable part of my trip to Egypt was the Nile cruise. The same thing seems to have happened to Map and Backpack.
  • And we end with the madness of a trip that almost cannot be further, where 365 Saturdays traveling that takes us from the nano and explains what to see in Kitakyushu, in Japan

And we end this Sunday without a state of alarm. In which we ask you to enjoy traveling but at the same time continue to be very cautious. And if you discover new places or meet new people who tell us about it. Go through our contact form, which we will be happy to echo.

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Sarajevo: Things to see in the capital of Bosnia

Sarajevo is a small city located in the heart of the Balkans but still unknown to the world of major international tourism. This young European capital has been nicknamed ” Jerusalem of Europe ” because different cultural ethnic groups have lived and still coexist today, making it a true cultural melting pot, like other large cities such as London and Istanbul.

What to see in Sarajevo?

Yes, we know that you are wondering and our task is precisely to give you all the information you need to better enjoy your experience in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Where is Sarajevo located?

Before leaving for our journey to discover Sarajevo, we want to give you some useful information about this city.

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, hidden in the Dinaric Alps,  divided into two parts by the Miljacka River, and with its 340,886 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the nation. This is located 511 meters above sea level and the historical part of the city instead of in a wide valley in the shape of an amphitheater.

The Bosnian city is sadly famous for being the scene of the killing of the Austrian archduke Francesco Ferdinando who triggered the First World War. The capital in its history has known the Winter Olympic Games in 1984 and the recent war with Serbia, which lasted three years (from 1992 to 1995), still in the memory of many today.

What’s the weather like in Sarajevo?

The climate that you will find in the city is continental, like all Balkan countries, with cold winters and temperatures that drop below zero, especially in January, but with mild and cool summers that allow them. a pleasant stay in the city. In fact, the best time to visit the Bosnian capital is undoubtedly spring, when the not too cold climate (with an average maximum temperature of around twenty degrees) allows a visit that is anything but cold. But be careful in the evening, because temperatures drop sharply as the sun goes down and therefore we recommend that you bring something warm and comfortable to wear with you.

Bosnia currency

The official currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Bosnian M bow, in the jargon BAM, whose exchange rate with the euro is quite favorable, settling at 0.51 euros per mark. So if you have to travel and move around the country, we always recommend that you make the change before departure or take a credit card for your purchases.

What to see in Sarajevo

The capital of Bosnia,  contrary to what you may think, is a city rich in history and gives visitors a number of ideas to make contact with its culture.

Bascarsija is one of the best places to start our trip to the Bosnian capital. In fact, this is the historic center of Sarajevo and one of the most fascinating and evocative points of the city.

What is particular about Sarajevo is its mixture of different cultures and religions: in fact, faithful Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Orthodox religions coexist in the city, giving Sarajevo a very strong cosmopolitan and heterogeneous imprint, which can also be seen from the buildings religious present in it.

Walking along its cobbled streets, you will find some of Sarajevo’s main religious buildings, such as:

  • Sarajevo Cathedral, the seat of the Catholic Diocese in Bosnia and completed in 1889;
  • Church of San Giuseppe, located in the Marijin Dvor district;
  • Church of Sant’Antonio di Padova, located in the old quarter of the city, built after the arrival of the Austrians and dedicated to the famous Italian saint;
  • The old Orthodox church, completed in 1539 and dedicated to the archangels, Gabriel and Michael.
  • The Orthodox church, more recent and dated 1868, which is the largest religious building of Orthodox worship in all the Balkans;
  • Gazi Husrev-Beg, that is the Islamic mosque, dated 1530-31 and considered an example of typical Ottoman architecture;
  • King Fahd Mosque, the largest in the city;
  • Tsars Mosque, even older than the previous ones and built between 1462 and 1566;
  • Sarajevo Synagogue, the only place of prayer of the Jewish community;
  • Old Synagogue of Sarajevo, built in 1581 and now a museum;

Continuing along the streets of Sarajevo’s old town, you will come across the Turkish quarter, one of the most fascinating places in the city. Here you can breathe a breath of oriental air, stumbling upon bazaars, local restaurants, and craft shops.

Sarajevo’s historic center can be reached via the Latin bridge, another of the city’s landmarks. In fact, it was on this bridge that the assassination of Archduke Francesco Ferdinando and his wife Sofia took place, thus starting what we all know as “The First World War”.

Visiting Sarajevo also means visiting its museums. Among the most important are:

Tunnel Museum, a real tunnel used during the siege of Sarajevo in the 90s to allow people to escape and to deliver humanitarian aid to the population;

National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, inaugurated in 1888 and inside which you will find many artifacts, some of which are very ancient, including the Haggadah of Sarajevo, the oldest Sephardic document in the world;

Paleta Gallery, which offers works by classical and contemporary artists as well as a permanent exhibition of Bosnian classics;

Sarajevo Historical Museum, where you can retrace the millennial history of the Bosnian city;

War Childhood Museum, dedicated to the harrowing experiences of children during the war in Bosnia, where you will specifically find childhood memories related to that tragic historical period

What to eat in Sarajevo

Once you arrive in Sarajevo, don’t preclude yourself from trying the typical Bosnian dishes. Local gastronomy is in fact a traditional cuisine strongly influenced by the different cultural ethnic groups present in the country.

The result? A cuisine is rich in variations, which really makes everyone agree! The dishes you absolutely must try are:

  • Cevapcici, that is our spiced sausages;
  • Burek, a tasty savory pie, which also offers different variations;
  • Moussaka, a dish of Greek origin and also available here in Sarajevo;
  • Sarma, a dish of Ottoman origin made from a grapevine, cabbage, rhubarb, orchard leaves, rolled around a filling of cereals, such as bulgur or rice and minced meat;
  • For sweets lovers, Sarajevo will not disappoint your expectations. Our suggestions, among the desserts to try, fall on:
  • Baklava, a typical Turkish and Ottoman dessert in general, which you will find throughout the Arab, Greek, Jewish world;
  • Kadaif, very similar to spaghetti and also of Ottoman origin;
  • Sutlija, a typical milk rice cake, with cinnamon and chocolate powder;
  • Tulumbe,  a Turkish native dessert made with yogurt;

What to do in the evening in Sarajevo

We are almost at the end of our journey to discover Sarajevo, but before saying goodbye, we cannot fail to tell you about Sarajevo by night.

The Bosnian capital is not only a city with a great historical heritage but also has a very active nightlife, so much so that it is nicknamed “City of parties”. In fact, Sarajevo offers all its tourists plenty of things to do to have fun. There is nothing left to do but go to the hotel and choose the right outfit for your evening!

Sarajevo has a good concentration of bars, restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs, so the choice is yours!

The best clubs in Sarajevo are:

  • The Trezor DV Club ;
  • The Cinemas Slogan ;
  • The Pussy Galore ;
  • The Bacchus Club.

What to do in central park?

When you visit New York for the first time, you have in mind a series of places in your head that you would not want to miss out on anything in the world. One of them is Central Park, the famous green lung of Manhattan so often seen in movies. Before getting to know it, it should be remembered that the Park is larger than two independent nations (Monaco and The Vatican). Pretending to go through it would be tiring and probably unnecessary. In this post, we give you some ideas about what to see and what to do there. And if you are going to travel to New York, be sure to read our post with the 10 essential visits.

Central Park Features

Let’s take, first of all, an overview. Central Park is a huge public park that opened in 1857 and is located in Manhattan’s heart. It is approximately 4km long and 800m wide, making it a very long rectangle of about 350 hectares. Getting there is pretty straightforward, as we will normally walk south or north between 59th (Central Park South) and 110th (Central Park North). The side streets are also easy to identify and remember: the East, the famous 5th Avenue and the West Central Park West. Once you have the New York grid assimilated, it will be very easy for you to move anywhere.

How to get around Central Park

There are many ways to approach a visit to Central Park. We did it in three different batches for “logistics” reasons. And we were always walking. Partly because we like it and partly, truth be told, because we couldn’t find rent bike services when we wanted. Maybe because it was March, in any case, in good weather, it is surely worth renting a bike and following the circular route that surrounds the entire Park. However, in most pedestrian paths, bicycles are prohibited, so when making certain visits, you should park your bikes to one side and walk. So make sure that they provide you with some method of anchoring.

Another interesting way to explore Central Park could be through a guided tour. And on the Park’s official website, they propose several self-guided routes with downloadable PDF itineraries. The Park even has a complete official app (Android | iOS) that includes a free audio guide (in English). One last way we can think of to explore the Park is the typical carriage, although it is not something that we like.

If you want to admire Central Park from above, there are at least two interesting options. We can recommend climbing the Top of The Rock, the viewpoint located on the 67th floor of Rockefeller Center, about 260 meters above the ground. New York views are even more impressive than those of the Empire State since you cannot see the Park from the latter. The experience that we did not have the pleasure of living is flying over New York by helicopter. In Viator, you can find offers, in case you are interested.

What to see and do in Central Park

Come on, finally, with the visit. As you can imagine, there are quite a few things to see in Central Park. Most are related to pop culture, so the more knowledge of American folklore, the more enjoyment. As almost all of us have consumed his movies, music or books in large doses, it is very likely that you already have enough cultural references.

South Central Park

Most of the Park’s attractions are in the southern half, between 59th and 86th. Some of the most important places from south to north are:

  • The Pond. One of the 4 great lakes in the Park. A haven of peace a few steps from 5th Avenue.
  • Wollman Rink. Mythical skating rink. It appears in a multitude of romantic films, such as Love Story. In summer, it becomes a small amusement park.
  • Another classic of the Park. Children will be familiar with the cartoon saga Madagascar. We never visit zoos so we can’t give our opinion on it.
  • Another classic of the Park. It is an old horse carousel. Nearby, to the south, you can see an area of ​​baseball fields and other outdoor sports.
  • Tavern on the Green. The most famous restaurant in Central Park. In operation between 1934 and 2009, it reopened in 2014.
  • The Mall. It is the main walk. To the west, you can see Sheep Meadow, a wide green area perfect for spending a Sunday morning.
  • Bethesda Terrace. It is one of the most famous areas of the Park. The beautiful ensemble is dominated by the Angel of the Waters statue at the Bethesda Fountain (1873).
  • Strawberry Fields. This is the name given to the John Lennon memorial, referring to one of The Beatles’ songs. He was assassinated very close to there, outside his home. It is little more than a mosaic on the floor, but it has become a pilgrimage center for its fans.
  • The Lake. It is another of the great lakes of the Park. Some of the highlights are the Bow Bridge and the Loeb Boathouse, where you can rent small boats or gondola rides.
  • Alice in Wonderland. The Alice In Wonderland statue is perhaps the most famous in all of Central Park. Lewis Caroll’s characters have been greeting tourists since 1959. Speaking of stories, Hans Christian Andersen’s statue is not far away, author of The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.
  • Belvedere Castle. This observatory is the most emblematic building in the Park and the most picturesque. Although it is small and does not have great artistic value, it is worth going in and enjoying the Turtle Pond’s views and the New York skyline (free). From there, in a short walk, you can reach the Shakespeare Garden, which must be especially beautiful in spring.
  • Tourists usually ignore the Obelisk or Cleopatra’s Needle. Still, the truth is that it is the oldest open-air monument in the city (and probably in the United States). It was built around 1450 BC alongside another twin (today in London) and was a gift from Egypt.
  • Great Lawn. It is the most famous lawn area, the typical one where people gather for picnics, frisbee or sunbathe… in good weather.

Your Dream Vacation: Nightmares Not Allowed

When you’re busy planning your dream vacation, you probably aren’t thinking about getting scammed. Sadly that’s what happens when people fall victim to one of the many scammers that prey on unwitting travelers. Here are a couple of real-life scams to watch for and learn how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Book with Care

Travel websites offer great packaged deals, money-saving coupons, and travel deals, taking much of the work out of finding the right flight, hotel, and rental car. It’s important, however, that the travel website you use is a legitimate site that not only offers the options you need for travel but safeguards your credit card and personal information. Here are some tips to look for when choosing a reputable travel website:

  • The travel website should have a verifiable contact phone number. For added insurance, call the number and speak with a customer service agent.
  • Verify that the website uses advanced encryption through GeoTrust or another security agent to protect sensitive personal data.
  • Make sure the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), a travel accreditation agency, certifies the travel company you use. Look for the ARC logo.

Avoiding Common Scams

Tourists are easy to pick out. They ask for directions, they don’t talk or dress like the locals, they stay in hotels and flock to tourist hot spots. Scammers and crooks are experts at taking advantage of travelers and becoming a victim can be the end of your idyllic trip. Read on for some of the latest scams to be aware of and how you can avoid disaster.

The hotel room phone call at midnight is truly inspired. Groggy hotel guests answer the telephone and hear a voice from someone claiming to be from the front desk. The caller explains there is a problem with the guest’s credit card and asks the guest to read the number back for verification. It’s not really the front desk, of course. The caller is a thief trying to trick the guest into handing over credit card information. If you get a midnight call from the front desk, hang up immediately and call the front desk yourself. It’s unlikely that anyone from the front desk would call you at midnight unless there is an emergency and, just like at home, you should never give your credit card number to someone who calls you.

Pizza lovers in Orlando recently fell victim to credit card theft fraud. Guests in hotels near Disney World found pizza menus placed under their doors with a phone number to call for delivery. People who paid with credit cards over the phone not only did not get their pizzas, but they also became victims of credit card theft. The problem is ongoing even though laws in Orlando are now in place to crack down on those who pass out the fake menus. If you want pizza, ask the hotel desk clerk for a recommendation or check the Yellow Pages.

African Travel Ideas – The Okavango Delta

There are many places to see in Africa, including safaris in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia. But one of the most fascinating and biologically diverse regions in the entire continent is located in Botswana, in a place known as the Okavango Delta.

The Okavango Delta Safari is a rare inland delta that empties onto a swampy plain rather than the ocean, in the case of most deltas, such as the Amazon or the Nile. This results in a unique ecosystem that supports an impressive array of wildlife from every family – insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The area is largely inhospitable to human habitation because of the fluctuating tendencies of water levels throughout the delta. For this reason, the Okavango Delta National Park is one of the most important conservation projects in the entire world.

Traveling to the Okavango Delta

If you have never been to this part of the world, then make sure you work with a professional tour organizer to set everything up for you. There are so many variables when it comes to African travel that it can be daunting and difficult (and sometimes even downright dangerous) for tourists to “go it alone.” Especially when it comes to some of the biggest animals – elephants, rhinoceros, lions, leopards – they can be terrifying and deadly. Going to Africa might also entail certain shots and injections that you will have to consult with your doctor about. Likewise, there may be visa requirements with the Botswana embassy which you will have to adhere to in order to gain access to the country and in many cases even the wildlife preserves.

Those who have been on an Okavango Delta will undoubtedly be able to appreciate the immense restrictions and conservation efforts that have been put in place to take care of the wildlife in the area.

Encompass Africa is a company that specialized in African safari trips. If you are planning a great family vacation or a romantic honeymoon, we are here to help you with the best offers for exploring the beauties and wonders of the African landscape. Our Africa tours are affordable and carefully planned.

Tips for doing an African safari: Things to Know Before Going on Safari

Are you planning to do your first African safari? Here are 10 tips to keep in mind. These are things anyone would like to know before embarking on an adventure of this kind.

Luckily, you also have a million guides to help you choose where you want to go on your first African safari. These are countless tips that remind us of the importance of choosing a place based on the time of year. Similarly, special immigration events and even the convenience of the airport are important aspects to know before starting the trip. If you want to get ideas, here are the 5 best safaris in Africa.

Take a Vacation and Change the World

One of the hottest travel trends in 2020 is volunteer vacation. If you are one of the thousands who want to make a positive difference and make your vacation more meaningful or a parent who wants to instill caring and empathy toward others in your children, you have many wonderful opportunities. From taking care of animals to helping special needs children, there is a volunteer vacation experience just right for you.

5 Fun Hanoi, Vietnam Travel Activities for Families

If you are looking for an exotic, exciting, and fun trip for you and your family, consider visiting Hanoi, Vietnam. A small nation with a rich history and a wealth of natural beauty, Vietnam can offer you an unforgettable trip that can appeal to everyone in your family.

Below are just five of the many engaging activities available to you in Vietnam’s capital.

The Old Quarter:

The Old Quarter of Hanoi is a historic commercial center in the beating heart of the city. The Old Quarter, which still holds to the original layout of the original city, is comprised of only 36 streets which are each identified by the types of wares which were originally sold exclusively in that area. Today, it’s a bustling commercial area filled with silk and jewelry shops, as well as traditional Vietnamese cuisine. For a touch of old Hanoi with modern shopping, visit the Old Quarter.

Lakes:

Hanoi is famously built between a set of rivers and has become known as the city of lakes. Surrounded and containing several beautiful lakes, there is no shortage of water-related activities in which you can participate. From boat tours to temple visits, each lake has its own history and mythology. And you can’t miss visiting West Lake or Hoan Kiem Lake, which both serve as two of the most important cultural landmarks in the city.

Water Puppet Theater:

One of the great traditions to grow out of Hanoi’s proximity to so many bodies of water is the art of Water Puppet Theater. While much of Southeast Asia has a strong tradition of puppet shows, Vietnam has a special history of puppet performances in water. Puppeteers perform their shows waist-deep in the lakes with specially designed, water-proof puppets. As the tradition is uniquely Vietnamese, it is not to be missed.

Museums:

Hanoi also has a large selection of important and well-regarded museums covering everything from fine art to their military history. One of the most popular is the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the broad ethnic diversity of the nation. This museum is generally regarded as the finest museum in Vietnam and is a popular tourist attraction for visitors.

Bát Tràng:

Slightly outside the heart of the city, about 8 miles (or 13 kilometers) lies the ancient village of Bát Trà ng, a nationally renowned ceramics-making village that to this day continues to put out high-quality, handmade ceramics. If you’re interested in seeing craftsmen create beautiful work or if you just want to do a little shopping, Bát Trà ng can be a fantastic Hanoi excursion.

Hanoi is a beautiful and ancient city that has learned to blend its history with modernity. With so many much to see and do in the city, your family will never be short on activities. When you’re planning your trip, be sure to keep these Vietnam travel tips in mind and visit Vietnam. It will help you to find out what your travel needs.

Galata Tower Lighting At Night With Its Heavenly Beauty

Which is more beautiful to you? Day or Night? Mine is night. What could be more beautiful than a moonlit night? And when you in a historical city like Istanbul night becomes more precious with the amazing lightings.

The interesting part is, when you start to explore the city you will find a different one in the nighttime. It’s like the city just changes its form in the night.

You know that Istanbul is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world because of its amazing monuments, historical structure, and the amazing history of the city itself.

This city in earlier times was not what it is now. once it was known as the Byzantine Empire. And later when conquered by the Ottomans named Istanbul.

This city has recorded a history of almost 15 centuries. And during these centuries several conquerors attacked the city and taken over the power.

Which resulted in more and more structures and monuments by different rulers. From all those monuments and structures the place that earned its position as a landmark is the Galata Tower.

This tower is not itself extraordinary but holds the witness of other extraordinary events. This tower appears almost in the heart of the city which makes it the center of tourist attraction.

Every day hundreds and thousands and people visit this tower. You can have a panoramic 360-degree view of the whole city from the roof of the tower.

This place is being used as the symbol of the city and also by many organizations of the country. This Tower faced many disasters and calamities but didn’t get destroyed.

For centuries this Galata Tower Has been standing as the witness of events. This tower has been used as a lighthouse, prison, and finally as a tourist spot.

Once it was known as a holy place also. So, as day by day, these places accommodation changed so the appearance.

In the phrase of time because of different calamities, it has been going through several renovations. Some are outer some are inner.

But of all renovation what gave this Tower a more extraordinary look is its amazing lighting at night. By the grace of amazing designers, the Galata tower has got amazing lighting.

The lights are HD and so well organized which makes the building look extraordinary among all the other buildings. The combination of different colored lights makes it more focused from far away.

The lights in the windows of the tower make it look like eyes that are keeping eyes on the whole city. Then comes the blue light on the outer side ground which only focuses on the building and almost looks like color on its body.

Those lights give this tower a beautiful glow through the night and make the view from far away more romantic and mentionable.

If you are staying at a nearby hotel to the Galata Tower with your partner then you can get a mesmerizing romantic view at night.

This was all about the lighting outside. Now the inside if also very beautifully decorated. This tower has a café on top of it and a classic museum on the ground floor.

In the café, you can enjoy some traditional dishes along with traditional style coffee and tea. And in the museum, you can enjoy the beauty of different artworks and come to know about different ancient musical instruments.

You can also enjoy traditional sema music and can also participate in it if you want to. All in all this Galata Tower is a perfect place to enjoy both night and day.

When you will be in that place can feel the essence of history and the beauty of culture. Sometimes some of the places look different from how it looks in the photos.

But this place is exactly what it is in the photos and in real. Visiting a place like that is money worthy and will not make you regret.

Exploring Bali’s Kratom and Other Interesting Forests

If you’re a kratom lover, you should definitely explore the lush green kratom forests of Bali which is an Island in Indonesia. Many of the products at kratom crazy white vein bali are also sourced from these forests.

But, so long you are planning a trip to this little tropical paradise, you might as well check out these other 8 incredible forests.

Other than its rich kratom forests, Bali is the home of Banyan and Tamarind trees which grow in the Northern region. In the south, you’ll find mangroves and acacias. Almost a dozen different varieties of coconut palms are found in Bali.

Other than its rich forests, Bali is also home t exotic animals. When here, you can go hiking or trekking through a dozen different routes leading up to its volcanic mountains.

Here are 7 of Bali’s richest forests to explore while her –

Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest

This nutmeg forest is home and a sanctuary to the grey macaques. Bali houses several of these forests; Alas Kedaton being one of them. When here, do pay a visit to Pura Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton Temple.

Those who are on a tour to Bali’s western region choose to visit this one over the Ubud Monkey Forest. This is mostly because Alas Kedaton is a bit far from the main focus attraction that houses most tourist destinations.

This is the reason that if you do choose to come here, you’ll find it mostly secluded and peaceful with far fewer tourists.

Mount Batur (Kintamani)

Mount Batur is a popular trek in Bali. It is also an active volcano. The trek surrounding the volcano is a 13-sq-km Bature caldera lane. If you have an adventurous streak, you might want to take a trip down to the lakeshore that should take you to several hot springs like Ulun Danu Batur Temple and Toya Bungkah.

There are 3 main villages in Kintamani – Batur, Kintamani, and Penelokan. You can also explore several other ancient villages around Batur Lake. The view of the sunrise from the ridges of Bali Volcano while trekking through here would make your trip worth it.

Mount Agung (Gunung Agung)

Mount Agung is the highest mountain in Bali. If you want to trek up to its summit, you will have to wake up well before dawn. Be sure to pack a strong flashlight, snacks, and waterproof clothing because you can never trust the weather.

The most popular and shortest route begins from Pasar Agung Temple and it takes about 4 hours to reach the top. During volcanic activities, all trekking and adventure activities are banned though. So do keep that in mind.

Once you’ve reached the top, you should be able to see the entire island. If the day is clear and the weather is nice, you might even see Mount Rinjani – which is a peak on Lombok – the neighboring island.

Bali Botanic Garden

This particular garden is famous for housing multiple scientific facilities and services that support plant research and conservation. It also has a seed bank, an herbarium, a library, plant databases, and a whole bunch of nurseries.

The largest flower which also happens to be the smelliest one – Rafflesia has bloomed in this forest multiple times through the years.

Get excited and enjoy a day of adrenaline rush at Bali Treetop Adventure Park housing a circuit of 6 main activities like jumps, bridges, Tarzan swings and so much more.

Sangeh Monkey Forest

This forest is a natural reserve that houses long-tailed macaques. Area wise, the forest is about 60,000 sq meters of fertile land encompassing giant primordial, nutmeg trees that grow up to 40 meters. The forest is home to some of the oldest trees; many of them are over three centuries old. Bukit Sari Temple, for example, is from the 17th century. The forest is located north of Denpasar, the island’s capital city.

West Bali National Park

Also known as Taman Nasional Bali Barat, this region covers most of central-west Bali. This is home to over 300 unique animal and bird species as well as the rare Bali Starling.

Many travelers here would make their way to Deer Island which is a small reserve off the northern coast. You will need to apply for a permit though if you want to enter the protected zones.

Ubud Monkey Forest

It is naturally adorned with pathways that lead you through this leafy nutmeg forest. When here, you should see primates in their natural, playful habit feeding on bananas and swinging through canopies. The whole thing should remind you of the movie Tarzan.

Under the forest, you should find several temples including Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal and Pura Prajapati – which are from the 14th century. Go ahead and take photos under the Banyan tree with its roots hanging over statues.

In Conclusion

Bali is a beautiful island. It’s full of so many things to explore that you should never run out of it. The island will particularly feed your hunger for adventure while taking you on a journey of a lifetime; something you will never want to forget.

5 Ways to Make International Travel Easier

If you are planning a big trip overseas, you want to make sure that you are properly prepared. If you are not prepared, it could make your trip miserable. Indeed, traveling internationally is not the same as getting in a car and hitting the road. Not only do you have a whole separate culture to assimilate into, but you also have a completely different time zone. When it comes down to it, the farther you travel, the more you have to prepare. However, once you are set, traveling internationally will offer the trip of a lifetime. When it comes down to it, there is nothing like crossing a boundary into a completely foreign landscape and learning about the culture along the way.

Here are five ways to make international travel easier.

  1. Set your clock – jet lag is one of the biggest things to contend with when you travel internationally. This can happen when you travel to a different time zone and your internal clock is off. You can reset this clock by training yourself to go to sleep at certain times and waking up at certain times throughout the week before your big trip. This will help offset some of the jet lag.
  1. Look for accommodations – it is important to research and book hotel accommodations well in advance of your trip. Indeed, you can make a hotel search and find something quite easily, but if you are going somewhere tropical and remote, it could be more difficult. These hotels may not even have a website or any other information in English. If this is the case, you really want to buckle down and get resourceful. Of course, if you are visiting a more metropolitan city, you want to look at reviews and other pertinent information to know if you have found the right hotel.
  1. Learn some of the languages – this can go a long way when you visit a foreign country, especially if you are visiting a country for business. What happens if you say the wrong thing, or what happens if you can’t understand an important client? You will need to make sure that you know a few introductory words so that you can at least have some kind of cordial, brief conversation. Plus, it’s very impressive when you can carry on with some small talk.
  1. Know the exchange rate – this is important because you want to know exactly what the dollar is worth. This will help you know if things are expensive or inexpensive. If you are on a budget, not knowing what the exchange rate is may set you back, which won’t be good for your pocketbook. If you are traveling for business, you will want to know for the sake of your expense reports.
  1. Learn some of the customs and traditions – this will help you get along with the locals. In some cases, getting along with the local people will help you assimilate a lot better. Plus, it will help you fit in. In the end, the last thing you want is to alienate yourself, because it could do more harm than good.

Exploring Nairobi

This bustling capital is at the heart of Kenya and is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. It is easy to get overwhelmed by its traffic and chaos but Nairobi offers everything from its own wildlife park, animal orphanages to remarkably well-kept museums and busy craft markets. Take the time to explore Nairobi for a day or two, you won’t be disappointed. The city features an all-in-one safari experience with its National Park being only a few kilometres away from the business district. Surprisingly, the park hosts ‘The Big 5’ as well as giraffes, antelopes, hippos etc…and it could be a great way to have an introduction to the African wildlife or as a ‘goodbye’ visit in case you have missed out on some fauna of your interest while visiting other parks. The backdrop of tall skyscrapers that form Nairobi’s downtown core promises striking contrasts between natural and urban Kenyan life. Within the city of Nairobi we offer cultural experiences at Bomas of Kenya (showcase of Kenya’s most iconic tribes), guided visits to the national museum (which displays some outstanding hominid fossils), animal sanctuaries (Giraffe centre & David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust), other historical landmarks, and craft markets.

Classic Safari Parks

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is by far the most iconic of Kenya’s parks and a must see. The reserve offers unlimited action year round and, with one of the highest concentration of big game in the world, guarantees stunning views of wildlife against a wonderfully African landscape. The yearly wildebeest migration (July to October) which involves over 1.5 million individuals following the northern rains and moving from Tanzania’s Serengeti, culminates with the famed Mara river crossing. By then, the landscape is studded with herbivores of all kinds and carnivores are plenty, feasting on the bounty of preys. The size of the event can be best appreciated from the sky by booking an early morning hot air balloon flight available at extra cost.

Amboseli

Against the stunning backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli is the go-to park to see the last wild big tusked elephants. Poaching has been a selecting force pushing towards small tusks virtually wiping out the symbolic large tusked individuals all across the continents.

The Tsavos

Tsavo West and Tsavo East together make up for the biggest wildlife reserve in Kenya. Also the oldest, the two encompass many kinds of ecosystems and habitats so expect to see big cats. Most famed are the ‘Red’ elephants. Why red? Simply, the iron rich soil of the park ends up being part of the elephant’s daily dust bath making their appearance iconically red.

Less Explored Southern Parks

These lesser known parks offer special opportunities not available at any other park. From rock-climbing and biking alongside zebras and giraffes to hiking to the rim of an extinct volcano to discovering one of the last remaining fragments of the great Congolese rain forest in search of rare birds, these parks are a must see if you’d like to experience an alternative side of Kenya.

Hell’s Gate

This is the must go to park if you have ever dreamed of a biking/walking safari. You might find yourself cycling besides giraffes, zebras and even buffalos on your way to stunning canyons where you will be guided along geothermal features. The stunning rocky formations are also a favourite for rock climbers of all levels.

Mount Longonot

This perfectly shaped volcano is an intermediate 4-hour long hike (ascent-rim-descent) which offers stunning views of Lake Naivasha and the Rift Valley. Seeing wildlife along the paths is not uncommon and definitely a thrill.

Kakamega forest

This park protects one of the last remaining patches of tropical rain forest that once extended continuously from Congo along the Equator, across the Continent. The forest harbours several species of primates (most notably Colobus, de Brazza’s and Red Tailed monkeys) and has excellent birding opportunities.

The Coast

With its beautiful beaches, history, tasty food and lush parks, Kenya’s coasts promises vacation bliss. The area has been greatly influenced through the centuries by the arrival of Indo-Arab traders and Portuguese colonialists unlike anywhere else in the country. Culturally rich and very distinct, this typically Swahili region offers a unique combination of traditions, flavours and sounds and hosts some impressive historical sites.

Lamu, Malindi and Watamu

Further north, the fishing towns of Watamu and Malindi have their own submarine national parks which offer visitors breathtaking underwater views of coral reefs by snorkeling or scuba diving. Both are heavily frequented by Italian tourist making its food and African spins on Italian classics simply delicious.

The most northern large settlement along Kenya’s coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Lamu offers tourists the best preserved Swahili settlement in the world. The city is car-free, and relies on donkeys for transport. The roads are tight to increase shaded areas, the flavours are spiced, rich and complex. Lamu is off-the-beaten-track and will certainly take your breath away!

Mombasa

The capital Mombasa naturally offers itself as a launching platform from which to explore the rich culture of the Coast and features the Portuguese made Fort Jesus, beautiful Mosques and the old town’s Arabesque architecture. Relax and soak in the vibrant culture of the old town, try some fresh halva and tea while enjoying the breeze, nothing will be fast paced here.

The South Coast

Soak in the beach, enjoy the sun and feast on delicious seafood! Then, you might want to do some kite surfing, sky-diving, sailing, snorkeling and even swimming with the whale sharks (February only). The south coast will have you relaxed and care free until you choose to do something thrilling and memorable.

Choose Cheap Hotels in Paddington for a homely English stay

UK is a tapestry of art, architecture, culture, cuisine and more. The jewel in the crown is London. Visiting this enchanting city is a once in a life time experience. Whether traveling alone, with friends or with family, London is one of the most welcoming cities in the world. The weather maybe a little unpredictable but English hospitality is certainly not.  You can experience a drizzle now and then but the lively vibe of the city and its friendly people make you feel at home. Cradled by the River Thames, London has awe-inspiring architecture in every nook and corner. If you are planning a few days stay then Cheap Hotels in Paddington are ideal. While being reasonable, a Hotel near West London is well connected to the Tube, thus perfect for travelers.

Charming wedding venues Milton Keynes for the new age bridal couple

The hottest wedding destination still needs a comfortable stay, space for privacy and the ultimate services to make it a roaring success. Milton Keynes, brings its charmed hospitality to the fore. This stunning borough is 45 mile from London and a trending venue as a new age nuptial venue. Motor sports aficionados; skiers, snowboarders and avid shoppers throng it. Holidaymakers love to soak in glimpses of the countryside English culture.

How to Pick the Perfect Hotel

The hotel you choose could make or break your vacation. It is therefore essential you pick wisely when it comes to your accommodation. So, ensure you have a holiday to remember for all the right reasons and read the following top hotel tips.

5 Surprisingly Romantic Places to Pop the Question

Asking someone to marry you is a fraught occasion. What if you drop the ring in the ocean? What if they say “no”? What if you fudge it completely and the moment is lost in a sea of Japanese tourists? All of these things (and a whole lot more) can potentially go wrong at the last minute, but first things first – once you have chosen a suitable ring you need to pick your venue.

The Magic Of A South African Safari

When evaluating what to do and what to see in South Africa, it must be taken into account that the diversity that characterizes the country is not only limited to the cultural aspect, but also to its wildlife. There are numerous safari options in South Africa to experience the most animalistic magic in the country and to be able to approach (always cautiously!) Those known as  Big Five: the lion, the buffalo, the elephant, the rhino and the leopard. The feeling of being able to enjoy the animals in the wild and observe them in their natural habitat is an unforgettable adventure, so pack your backpack with all your enthusiasm and join us to discover the magic of a South African Safari!

The Best Safari Destinations in the World

A safari is an experience that marks a before and after in whoever performs it. We review the best national parks and animal reserves in Africa.

The safaris (which means travel in Swahili) are more than just a fad for a long time. It is an opportunity to enter nature and contemplate its wildest side. And for this, nothing like traveling to Africa, a vast continent that keeps countless natural treasures, national parks and animal reserves, where you can enjoy lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos (these five species are called big five), giraffes, wildebeest, cheetahs or hippos, among many others.

The Best Destinations For A Wildlife Safari

From Africa to India, from South America to Australia, passing through South East Asia. Here are the top 10 best destinations for a wildlife Safari.

Few experiences manage to excite a traveler, such as the opportunity to contemplate the wealth of fauna and flora that Safari can offer. Do you also dream of leaving to admire lions, elephants, and breathtaking landscapes?

Having a Magnificent Travel in Dubai Liwa Safari

If you are searching for one of the best deserts in Dubai , Liwa Desert is definitely a place to visit in the UAE. Liwa Desert is the biggest sand desert in the whole world. Because of this, there are a lot of activities that you would definitely enjoy. One of these is the Dubai desert safari. Enjoy a 4×4 ride at some of the best vehicles such as the Toyota Land Cruiser and SUV. What is even more exciting are the wadi and dune bashing that will definitely make adventure enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the sand dunes. Do not be worried for the drivers are professionally expert in this kind of exhilarating activity.

Dubai Desert Safari | Morning Desert Safari, Evening Desert Safari and an Overnight Desert Safari

Dubai is a city and an emirate in the UAE. Located in the southern region of Persia, it is a desert which has evolved into a city which has largest population after Abu Dhabi. There are many desert safari options here for the people who can come and enjoy a great holiday with their friends and families. Desert safari is known as one most popular site in Dubai which attracts people all over the world. It is an interesting blend of the modern habits and culture and the ancient traditions. You can enjoy a walk in the desert munching on some of the best dishes of Arabia and view an enigmatic sunset and many more. It is one of the activities which you cannot afford to miss when you are in Dubai. A Dubai desert safari option includes morning desert safari, evening desert safari and an overnight desert safari. They have desert all over Dubai which would help you in experiencing a well organized trip to the deserts.

Dubai Desert Safari: A Grand Time for Tourists

It is no wonder that tourists from around the globe do not mind spending any cent for the Dubai Desert Safari. It has thrilled anyone who has tried the dune bashing, camel riding and even Arabian belly dancing. This is something that anyone should never forget to try. Otherwise, it will seem that you miss a lot. Dubai Desert Safari is more than just a leisure trip. It is an adventure that you will remember for the rest of your life.