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En Route in Argentina's Dramatic North

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by Felice Hardy


Even if you’ve been not just to Buenos Aires but also the pampas, Mendoza, Córdoba, Patagonia, and Iguazú Falls, that still leaves much more wonderful stuff to explore in Argentina. I recently took the sunny city of Salta in the far north of the country as the stepping-off point for a 900-kilometre (560-mile) round trip, with only the first 90 minutes’ drive outside the city on paved road. It’s an area that is so little known that in some parts they see almost no visitors all y

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Ever since the first commercial canopy zip line tour came into being in Costa Rica in 1999, the zip line industry has soared quickly into big business with dozens of zip lines all over the country and across the world. Zip lines are probably the all-time favorite adventure tour in Costa Rica for visiting tourists. There are dozens of zip line tours – more often called “canopy zip line tours” or simply “canopy tours” – all over the country.

I recently took a friend, who is a bit of an anomaly, on

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A Nifty Nicaragua Sampler

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Central America
’s largest country was, not so many years ago, a staple of world headlines pretty much weekly for war and geopolitical intrigue. Yet despite its very flawed ruling régime Nicaragua today is peaceful, stable, and welcomes tourists of all stripes from around the world, with a growing tourism industry and infrastructure – reminiscent of, say, Costa Rica a generation ago, yet already offering a wide range of options from basic backpacker level to five-star luxury.

Capital Managua u

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Arizona is home to desert valleys which makes it ideal for bicycling; however, it’s mountain range is also the perfect place to go mountain biking. Below you can find the best places to go mountain biking and bicycling in Arizona. Be sure to bike safely, always wear a helmet.


Arizona Trail


This trail is one of the most beloved in Arizona. It begins at the Coronado National Memorial, which is around the Mexican border, and expands up until the Rincon Mountain further north. The region contains s

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The laid-back pace of Chincoteague Island, Virginia is perfect for visitors who want to turn off their engines, hang loose, and soak up the stunning beauty of the surroundings.  But for vacationers who, after they’ve appropriately chilled out, begin itching for stuff to do, there’s plenty of memorable action to choose from.

Based on tips from the good folks at Fairfield Inn &  Suites by Marriott, Chincoteague Island, here’s a trio of excellent activities that I checked out and experienced with

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Iguazú Falls are located in Iguazú National Park, in the extreme north east of Argentina and bordering Brazil. Surrounding the beautiful waterfalls at Iguazú are tales of ambition and power, fruits of the imaginations of travelers who have ventured within them. Before the falls can be seen, their murmur can already be heard, with the violent battering of the waters growing louder and louder as you approach.

The falls lie on the border of Argentina and Brazil, just a few miles from the Triple Fron

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Mountain Biking in Costa Rica

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Looking for an exciting mountain biking vacation? One of the spots on the planet you cannot afford to miss on your mountain bike is Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Costa Rica. Far from cities, traffic and asphalt, how cool is it to ride around a live volcano?

Over the years, Costa Rica has become one of the top places to go mountain biking, attracting mountain bikers from around the world to ride the Central American country’s roads, tracks and trails, and to compete in annual races.


The amazing m

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Samaria Gorge
lies in the west of Crete, close to Chania, and runs along the River Omalos, between the region known as the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and Mount Volakias. It is Europe’s longest gorge, stretching out for 16 kilometres, and reaching altitudes of up to 1,200 metres. The widest section of the gorge measures 150 metres and the narrowest a mere 3 metres.

The National Park of Samaria or the White Mountains is the only one of the largest of the Greek islands. It is characterised by a ste

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The small fishing town of Tarifa in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia has about 17,000 inhabitants, is located in the farthest southern corner of Europe and acts a as a balcony overlooking Africa, situated only 14 kilometers away. Tarifa welcomes about 100,000 visitors in the summer, who are attracted by its magnificent beaches of fine white sand and its many possibilities for leisure and adventure. The township has 35 kilometers of coastline, an extension that makes it possible to enjoy the sun

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Family Whitewater Rafting Adventures in Costa Rica

Family-rafting-on-Pejibaye-River-300x200.jpg?width=266Looking for a Costa Rica family adventure out in nature? Spend a fun-filled day splashing in the mild rollercoaster rapids of the Pejibaye River.

The beautiful, tropical Pejibaye River is a tributary of the mighty Reventazon River in the Turrialba Valley, just two hours from San Jose. Its low-key Class 2-3 rapids (in the lower section) make it a great introductory whitewater rafting trip for beginners and children (ages 8 and up). The three-hour river trip gives you spectacular scenery of coffee

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Hiking Cape Verde's Fogo Island

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Fogo island
is the highest of all of the islands in the Cape Verde archipelago. The “island-volcano” is a gigantic volcanic cone that rises from the water, and is ideal for hiking. The landscape is spectacular due to its high altitude, and it has a lovely crater of 8km in diameter with steep walls. Half of the crater collapsed in favor of a younger volcano, which, with its perfectly proportioned black cone, is the highest point on the archipelago (its peak at 2,829m). You can climb it with a gui

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My tween daughter Diz loves outdoor action:  skiing, theme parks, water parks - anything that’s fast and furious.  I figured that a rapid-battling river adventure would also give her a thrill, so I aimed to track down a company that offered high quality whitewater excursions in the nearby Pocono mountains of eastern Pennsylvania.

There were lots of choices, but Pocono Whitewater in Jim Thorpe, PA - a 38 year-old, family-owned rafting outfitter - stood out for a number of reasons:

  • They’re a short,

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New Zealand's North Island has long been shadowed by the adventurous South, with its fjords, mountains and dramatic settings, boasting every watersport known to man. But the North is well worth visiting, too – so much so that the Traveling 
Reporter decided to dedicate a series to the forgotten island. This is the first part of New Zealand's Lost Island.

Paihia, Northland, New Zealand — The captain of our tour boat edges the ship up close to the huge cave that nature has carved out of a rock, ris

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Visit The Centre of Adventure Pokhara

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The Pokhara valley of Nepal is popular for its breathtaking beauty and picturesque settings. Surrounded by the snow-covered mountains of Himalayas, the town is packed with serene lakes, clear streams and lush green vegetation. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty with out a doubt but it is also an exciting adventure destination. With the majestic Annapurna range in the backdrop and three lake namely Rupa, Begnas and Phewa, the valley offers great options to its visitors. Pokhara touri

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9008756498?profile=originalDazzling white sandy beaches backed by tropical rainforest, shimmering tropical-warm blue-green water, fresh ocean breezes, and a diverse array of wildlife – Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most popular beach destinations. Conveniently located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, here you can experience nearly all of the country’s enchanting attractions in one place. There is little that the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area does not offer tourists, from top beaches to lush rainforest, abundant

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Beyond the Pagodas in Myanmar/Burma

In almost every nook and corner of Myanmar - not just in Yangon (Rangoon), Bagan, or Mandalay - at every turn you will encounter a Buddhist temple.  No wonder most visitors think of this country as the “Land of Temples”. But lovely as they are, when you find yourself are visiting temples again and again, it can get a little old. Fortunately, there are many other things to do here, as well, from beaches to local communities to thrilling adventure activities.

There are plenty of beaches, river tr

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map_of_monteverde-and-santa-elena.jpg?width=266The year was 1998. There was a very small flow of visitors coming to Costa Rica, about 100,000 according to the official numbers. A decade later, that number has increased up to 2 million tourists per year. This $1.9 billion industry is mainly based on Eco-tourism and has been driven by the green buzzword.

As congested beaches and theme parks continue to lose their novelty and decline into the inevitable "fad" categorization, the world's natural attractions are thrust into the spotlight, front an

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Top 5 Spots for an Australian 4WD Holiday

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When you plan on a holiday in Australia, chances are you won’t want to rent a car, but you will want to rent a 4WD utility vehicle, from Budget Trucks.  Even if you aren’t seeking out rugged terrain during your holiday travels, chances are you are going to come across roads that require a 4WD vehicle.  Then, there are those of you who will regularly se

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USA's Top 5 Adventure Destinations for 2015

9008920294?profile=original Whether you had a good year last year or not, it’s important to kick off any new year’s resolutions for 2015 on a positive note. A great challenge to set yourself for 2015 would be to travel and explore more, with the offerings that the USA have on hand there will be no shortages of adventures to experience!

1. The American Prairie Reserve

• Known as "America’s Serengeti," this reserve in northeastern Montana is a must for all adventure seekers. 

• The reserve is buying back private land as

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9296591897?profile=originalKnown as the adventure capital of Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna area definitely have a lot of adventures to offer thrill-seekers.

 

Alejandro Rodriguez Guerrero, Tourism Assistant at Central America Experience, recently spent a day in Costa Rica’s adventure tour capital checking out some of the newest tours being offered by Costa Rica Sky Adventures.

 

9008901495?profile=originalThe hottest new extreme adventure tour to premiere in Costa Rica is Flyboarding. Invented in 2011 by French jet-ski racing champion,

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