Beppu: Exploring the ‘Hells’

On the island of Kyushu, you will find the scenically beautiful city of Beppu. I had heard a lot about the onset of this city, in simple words, hot springs. People come here, pay a small fee and take bath. This is something that I really wanted to experience. Apart from this, there are several other attractions that you can check out. Here are some of the things you can do when you are in Beppu.

Take an Onsen

The Hells or the hot springs are the main attraction of the city. There are over 100s of them. Like many other hotels, my hotel had one too. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most important factors to look for when you search for a hotel in this city. You can identify an onsen by steam emerging from the towers that are placed at the front. In central Beppu, you will find steam pouring out from half the buildings. About 8 of these hot springs offer a stunning view. However, you cannot take bath as they are dangerously hot. The pond appears something like the Japanese afterlife.

Try out Sand Bathing

The city is popular for the quirky little attractions. Another queer thing that is discovered about this place was sunbathing. This is available all over the town. I found Shoningahama Beach to be the most ideal one. Here, the sand was heated by the spring water beneath the surface. You can bury yourself till your neck. The sand is thermal in nature that relaxes your body and soothes pains and aches.

Walk Around Beppu Park

At the center of the city, I found the Beppu Park. This is like the parks that you find in Kyoto or Tokyo. The greenery all around was a treat for the eyes. If you are lucky to be around in springtime, you will find the blooming cherry blossoms.

Balneario Camboriu: Explore the Scenic Beauty

Every city in Brazil offers great scenic beauty and Balneario Camboriu is no exception. It is the perfect destination if you are a nature lover.  The city is home to an exquisite beach placed against a lush green background. I found plenty of things that you can do here. Take a quick look at the things you can do when you visit Balneario Camboriu.

Green Valley

Do you want to go clubbing? Green Valley is a popular dance club in the country. The music is spun by popular DJs. Dance your heart out to the catchy music. Since I was visiting with my friends, this was the perfect place to be. DJs play the best songs. Spend the evening or the entire night.

Parque Unipraias

To enjoy the scenic view, you need to visit this place. It offers a panoramic view. This place connects Orange Tree Beach and Atlantic Forest Station. You have to take the cable cars to reach. When you reach the top, the view is just breathtaking. Youhoo is the best attraction. This is actually a roller coaster covering hills and forests.

Cristo Luz Statue

A popular spot in the city is the Cristo Luz Statue. It is a statue of Jesus Christ with the beacon of light in his hand. The statue is a symbol that the ray of God is shining across the city. On the way to the statue, I found a gallery showcasing religious artwork, historical facts, and some images.

Beto Carrero World

It is a theme park that is situated on the outskirts. If you are visiting with family, this is the ideal place to have some fun. There are various activities that you can take part in. You can spend the entire day here. The park is going you offer you with all the fun that you require.

Anapolis: Exploring the Best Attractions

Anapolis is not much popular amongst the tourist. However, this is a great destination for a weekend trip. It is a small town but has a lot of things to offer. As a matter of fact, my weekend trip was full of fun. In case you are planning to visit Anapolis anytime soon then here are few things that you can check out.

Visit the Parks

To unwind and spend some quiet time, you can visit the parks of this city. There are several parks that you visit in the city. This is the perfect place to relax with your family. The best park that I came across was Parque Ambiental Ipiranga. Here I had a picnic with my family. There are other parks like the City Park, Praca Bom Jesus, and Prace do Especialista.

Go Food Tasting

The local cuisine of the city is just delectable. Go food hopping by dropping in at the various restaurants around the city. Every item served by the local restaurants here is just mouthwatering.

Watch Theatrical Performances

Do you love dance performances? Then there are some theatres that you visit them. I dropped in a theater one evening to catch a musical performance. It was a great show and you should surely watch one of these. The Anapolis Municipal Theater is the best one that you will come across.

Shop till You Drop

While I was roaming around the streets of Anapolis, I came across many stalls selling handicrafts and other products. You can shop in here. I collected some souvenirs for my loved ones back home from these stalls. There are also some shopping malls where you will all the big brands. One of the best shopping malls in the city is Brasil Park Shopping. There is also a food court here where you can grab some food after shopping.

 

Hermosillo: Indulge In The Fun Activities

Trust me; exploring unknown destinations is the most fun part of traveling. Such an unknown destination is Hermosillo. Most of the people visiting this city do not have a clue about what they should see. The weekends here are filled with entertainment, music, and food. The climate is amazing and I found a lot of places to visit. Here is a mini guide that will help you to explore the best the city has to offer.

  • Stroll around Parque La Ruina

It is an Hermosillo landmark. I was planning to spend some time with my family so I visited this place. This is a great place to be when you want to spend some quiet time. Here, you will find food trucks which offer a wide range of mouth-watering food with places to experience some live music. If you are lucky enough, you can catch the cultural programs that are held here.

  • Get a view of the city landscape from Cerro De La Campana

Reaching the top of Cerro de la Campana and viewing the city landscape has been a great experience. The mountain is breathtaking. There are wonderful rock formations. Since there is extreme heat, it is better to avoid going here during the daytime. Visit in the evening and watch the sunset. Carry some snacks with you. Have the snacks while enjoying your time at the top.

  • Visit the Cathedral Metropolitana De Hermosillo

This is a beautiful cathedral having Mexican square all around it. You will find the square filled with families and vendors. If you love taking photos, this is a paradise for you. I went during the night and I have to say that it looks breathtaking during this time as you will find the bell towers lit. In front of the cathedral, you will find gazebo.

Exploring Salvador And Enjoy Local Food

One of the twelve host cities for Brazil’s FIFA World Cup held in 2014, the capital of Bahia and the place with core root relations with the African race, hustling and bustling with 2.9 million people and a place to find some yummy on the go Cocadas and satisfying Acarajé. Welcome to Salvador, Brazil.

Places to visit

The few places that I visited when travelling around the region of Salvador are:

  • Pelourinho
  • Elevator Lacerda
  • Solar Do Unhão
  • Forte De Santo Antônio Da Barra
  • Praça Da Sé

The other things that should not be missed around this charismatically picturesque place include things like surfing around the spots like La Libertad, El Sunzal, El Zonte and El Cuco or swimming under the waterfalls at Low Chorros and the most interesting thing that I could find while searching for the activities I could get my hands on when touring around was exploring Mayan ruins at Tazumal and San Andrés along with the Suchitoto which can definitely not be forgotten as it is often termed as the culture capital of the whole El Salvador and is a very famous travelling destination for backpackers.

 

Though the place has decent numbers of hotels and accommodations for tourist stays, it can be bit pinching on the basis of everyday stay when we compare it to other places surrounding it wherein the charges and taxes might go up to 30 dollars just for a single bed for a night at an appreciable stay.

We haven’t discussed the best part yet, the ever loved topic by a majority- Food and gourmet and drinks.

The food here includes items such as Pupusas and local beer at amazingly affordable prices, along with eatables from the food chains like Mickey J’s i.e. McDonalds.

The transport facilities include taxis and chicken buses!! Yes, believe me, that’s a name of a bus facility.

Top 5 Places To See In Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas is the capital of Venezuela. It is the commercial and the cultural hub in Venezuela. If you are on a visit to Caracas, then the following are some of the tourist locations that you should never miss.

  • Pantheon – resting place of Venezuelan national heroes

This was first built as a church and was then converted into a burial place for the heroes of Venezuela. The burial site is divided into zones that are dedicated to special heroes. It was created in the 1870s and has Bolivar paintings and statues of Francisco de Miranda and Antonio Jose de Sucre.

  • Teleferico – break free from the hustle and bustle of city life

If you are looking to spend some quality and peaceful time in Caracas, then the Telefericois the right option. This cable car ride will take you over the mountainous regions of Venezuela and you get to see the breathtaking sights under below during the ride. General Marcos Perez Jimenez inaugurated this cable car service in 1956.

  • Los Caobos Park – an old and attractive park in Caracas

This park is one of the oldest parks in Caracas and is located just close to the Museum of Fine arts. This is a green corridor that you will love to spend some valuable time in the evening free from the Parque Central concrete jungle.

  • El Ávila National Park – a mountainous park for hikers

This is a popular national park that is located in the coastal region of Venezuela. It started to function in 1958. This national park is mountainous and is known for its steep hikes, city views, and natural settings. 

  • Birthplace of the Liberator Simón Bolívar – know more about Bolivar

This is the house where the popular Venezuelan hero and a key figure in the Latin American independence, Simon Bolivar was born. The house will show you the environment in which Bolivar was born and how wealthy his family was. It has walls made of marble and natural light getting to all areas.

Panama City- The Shopping Paradise

Panama City is a major tourist attraction and the capital of Panama. It has some flavor for every single traveler, likewise if you are a shopping lover, this city is a must visit. Panama City has lots of things for a fun loving person too, from the vibrant nightlife to fascinating tours. This city also has some treat for nature and history lovers.  There is a lot to see and do in Panama. Some of the places to visit are

 

  • Panama Canal

 

If you visit Panama City, this is the place, surely not to be missed. When you visit this place you can see ships pass through the locks, if you wish to know the environment and the history of about the Canal visit the international museum.

 

  • Panama Viejo

 

Generally, tourists don’t prefer to visit this place; however, it should not be left out. You can still explore among the ruins and climb the bell tower. This is fascinating and gives you some eye catching moments.

 

  • Parque Natural Metropolitano

 

This is the place for Wildlife lovers. Parque Natural Metropolitano is situated on the edge of Panama City, being the only wildlife refuge. If you wish to see a great variety of plants, animals, insects, and birds visit this place. The park is the shelter for even the extinct animals worldwide.

 

  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Amador Causeway

 

This is often called as Amador. It used to be a recreational area for US military personnel and civilians. Along with port facilities, marinas, shopping, nightlife, hotels and restaurants, this place also has a huge Figali Convention Center and a Biodiversity Museum.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) can be said to be travelling favorite destination on the Causeway. It is the only bureau of the Smithsonian and is also dedicated to understanding biological diversity.

 

  • Cinta Costera

 

This place is for sports lovers. You can indulge yourself in running, biking, doing Yoga, playing Basketball and many sports. Also, if you are a fitness freak you may use free workout equipment here. Moreover, you can take some fitness tips from the experts here and enjoy good health.

Places To See In Guanajuato, Mexico

This is a famous city in Mexico that is visited by many. Known as the Guanajuato city, it is a principal city in the central part of Mexico. The state and the capital bear the same name. The city is located in a narrow valley and with alleys that are winding and narrow, many of which cannot accommodate cars. The usual way to cross across the alleys of this city are by the long stairs that are carved on the mountain sides. The city has thoroughfares that are located underground. The historic center of the city has several plazas as well as mansions that were built here from the colonial era. Many churches and civil buildings were built here with green or pink sandstone.

  • The city houses the Mummy museum, which has naturally mummified bodies that were found in the municipal cemetery in this region that was here in the 20th century. Known as Museo De Las Momias de Guanajuato, this museum has over hundred mummified bodies.
  • Alhóndiga De Granaditas is a history and art museum that was formerly a granary. It was also used as a fortress in the war of independence of Mexico.
  • Museo Casa Diego Rivera houses, art that was done by the artist in his own home. This is a compact museum where his paintings and exhibition sketches are housed.
  • Museo Iconográfico Del Quijote is a museum that houses, crafts and art of Don Quixote as made famous by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
  • Museo ex Hacienda Del Cochero is another place to visit here, which is a dark dungeon. This historic dungeon has torture chambers which one can explore with guided tours.

These are some of the several places that one can explore here besides other historic landmarks in the city.

Go on an Educational Trip to the American Museum of Natural History

If you’re planning a family trip that incorporates fun with education, New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is a wonderful choice. Located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the American Museum of Natural History is a complex of forty-five exhibition halls and over 33 million specimens.

The exhibits in the American Museum of Natural History are diverse. From dinosaur fossils to rare plant species and space shows, the museum has it all.

Tours in the American Museum of Natural History

A trip to the museum can be confusing alone and tours are a necessity to make the most out of the American Museum of Natural History. You can still grab the map of the museum to help you navigate around more easily but there really is no substitution for the educational guides and tours the museum offers.

The Highlights Tour is offered every day at an hour’s interval. The tour explores the area up to the Akeley Hall of African Mammals on the second floor. Separate volunteers or explainers are present throughout the museum to give you information on the more popular exhibits. You can find these tour guides in the Rose Center and the Gem and Minerals halls. They also guide and answer questions daily to the visitors. Many private tours also operate within the museum for individual groups of tourists.

Exhibitions to See

There is a plethora of specimens and exhibits on display in the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibitions are showcased in distinct halls of the museum. Some of these halls include the Hall of North American Forests, The Hall of Birds of the World, the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Stout Hall of Asian Peoples, the Hall of African Peoples, the Hall of Mexico and Central America and a lot more.

The museum also offers a look into the latest space technology and research in the Rose Center of Earth and Space. Space Shows are held in the museum for children and adults to enjoy during their trip to the museum.

 

 

Visiting Belize is a must-add to your Bucket List!

Belize is a beautiful and independent country on Central America’s eastern coast. Being the last colony of the British on the American mainland, it holds strong ties with Britain. Belize is not a very economically rich country, and even its infrastructure is very basic but this place is very rich culturally and has bounty of natural diversity as well. English and Spanish are the commonly spoken languages here.

Belize has something for everyone, from jungles to the Caribbean. One can explore thick lush jungles, the exotic plants and animals, scuba dive or snorkel in the Caribbean, witness the mesmerizing reefs or visit the Mayan ruins. For elders who wish to enjoy with kids can visit the zoo or soak in the majestic waterfalls or explore the beautiful cities.

Late November to mid April is the dry season and also the best time to visit Belize, with clear skies and warm temperatures; this is the best time to visit all the attractions. One can come to Belize by flight, (direct flights from number of places in the US), road (rough but adventurous), cruise (takes only a single day stop) or even water taxis (most popular option), depending on the type on experience one desires. Internal travelling is fairly easy with shuttles and water taxis readily available or one can even walk as it’s a small place.

Food is always an important part of travel, and there are plenty of options in Belize for the same. Though eating in tourist restaurant may be little expensive, locals places serve good food with a large variety and are very reasonably priced. One must not forget to try ‘Belikin’, the national beer of Belize and also their rum and cashew wine.

Belize has its own currency, the Belize dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted.

Belize being a small place and has limited hotel and accommodation facilities. It is highly recommended that one book accommodation in advance to avoid any last minute disappointment.

So, the next time you want a break from your busy and hectic lifestyle, and visit a slow paced relaxed destination, Belize is the place for you, come and live with the most relaxed and socially courteous people in the world, because you have to see it to believe, that such natural beauty and charm exists in the world.