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Top 5 Places to Visit in Ecuador

Ecuador is a unique cultural oasis host to a variety of beautiful landscapes. The country appeals to all types of travelers, offering luxury and backpacker accommodations, soft and hard adventure activities, indigenous cultures and unique species of animals you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Here are the top five places you should visit when travelling through the country.

1. Northern Andes
North of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, you’ll find the vibrant Northern Andes. This mountainous region is known for its majestic peaks, “lake region” and indigenous villages. Many people visit the Northern Andes to see the volcanic lakes, particularly Quiloltoa. When travelling through the region, a stop at Otavalo Market is a must! The market sells Ecuadorian handicrafts, including hand-woven ponchos, wool sweaters and woodcarvings. Enjoy a unique and authentic travel experience with a stay at Hacienda Zuleta, a country house built during colonial times on 4,000 acres of land. When visiting, guests can check out the Condor Huasi Project, which supports the rehabilitation of the majestic Andean Condor.

The Isle of Capri Italy. A treat on or off season?

The Isle of Capri Italy has tempted hedonistic visitors from Roman to modern times. Today’s visitors represent the glamorous jet set, fashionistas and nature lovers. Behind that glitter is an isle with breath taking natural beauty. The Isle of Capri is swarmed in July and August, but May and September still boast amazing weather with enough action to keep any traveler happy. By late September the streets and alleys are quiet and you can get to know the locals.

5 things to do in Capri Italy.

The Blue Grotto

You may ask yourself what’s so special about a cave, but the Isle of Capri’s Blue Grotto is one of nature’s finest attractions. The tricky thing about the Blue Grotto is that you can only enter with a calm sea and a low tide. So you may pay your trip, start the ride, stop at the entrance and discover that, unfortunately, you arrived exactly when it will be impossible to enter. Ask about sea and tide conditions before paying for the boat ride.

SICILY SHOW AND TELL

Sicily is an enchanting and most definitely Italian island. Once Greek, once Roman, once Norman, this jewel of the Ionian sea sits half on the European continent and half on the African continent. The culture, architecture and food reflect a bit of its historic past.

Here are 5 of my favorite photos from our Sicily travels.

1. THE TEMPLE OF CONCORDIA

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Built in 440 BCE, this is one of the most intact Greek temples in all the world. For those who like ancient architecture and history, this is a must see on Sicily’s southwestern coast. Even in ancient times, the Greeks understood how to construct a building with a solid and wide base, strong enough to withstand the movement and shifts of the tectonic plates. Visit the temple off season and you can walk between the ancient buildings in the valley of the gods. Without the crowds of tourists you’ll be taken back to another era.

Unforgettable Locations: the Perito Moreno Glacier

As one of the most accessible ice fields in the world, the Perito Moreno glacier attracts thousands of tourists to Argentina every year to take in its rigid, icy peaks and the boisterous roars of falling ice bergs. This spectacular feat of nature, a sprawling wall of vivid blue ice, runs through the southern region of Los Glaciares National Park. Perito Moreno is an active glacier, moving up to two metres a day, sending massive pieces of ice into neighbouring Argentino Lake. When visiting the region, Perito Moreno should be at the very top of your to-do list.

The glacier is located approximately 80km from the town of El Calafate, a favourite among tourists. The town is easily accessible from El Calafete International Airport with regular service from major cities in Argentina and Chile. Once in El Calafete, travellers can conveniently take buses to the glacier, other areas of Los Glaciares National Park and surrounding tourist destinations.

TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA

 TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA: 5 REASONS TO TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

  1. Tango is an essential part of any Buenos Aires experience.

It is commonly held that Tango was born in the brothels of Buenos Aires, Argentina It’s more likely tango started elsewhere but that the brothels of the port area of La Boca is were where people of the upper and middle classes first encountered it. Brothels were major places of entertainment for the working classes. Due to a shortage of women in the early days of the history of Buenos Aires, prostitution became a thriving industry, with long queues forming as men waited for the women to become available. Visit the ever colorful houses of La Boca for a glimpse back into history where tango dancers perform on the streets outside of colorful buildings, maintained as a memory to the this port cities past.

  1. Tango is passion.