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Top 10 activities in the Galapagos you can do by yourself after your cruise

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most beautiful and most sought-after places in the world, and one of the best ways to visit the Galapagos and get the most of your visit is a Galapagos cruise with a great itinerary.

As cruises have certain limitations like set departures and a limited number of passengers that can go on board, sometimes finding one is not an easy task.

So if you are either having trouble to find a cruise for you or looking forward to spending some extra days at leisure here are some recommendations:

Las Ninfas Lagoon, Santa Cruz Island

If you are looking for somewhere quiet and new during your stay in the Galapagos, then you can’t miss Las Ninfas Lagoon. This mangrove complex is a beautiful place where you can spot birds, fish and sea lions...

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5 reasons to join the Carnival revelry in Brazil

One of the most anticipated parties on Brazil’s calendar, Carnival has, over the centuries, become an integral part of national culture. However, it is neither a Brazilian invention nor is it celebrated in Brazil only. In fact, Carnival dates back to Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. In Brazil, the revelry began in the colonial period with Entrudo, a festival introduced by the Portuguese and celebrated by slaves in the colony. Then came the cordões (street blocks), dancehall parties, corsos (parades), and samba schools, which, especially in Rio de Janeiro, have taken on the look of a major production and have enchanted the whole world for decades. But there’s more to Carnival than just samba: it includes other traditional cultural and regional manifestations such as afoxés, frev...

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A visual guide for things to do in Quito, Ecuador

UNESCO declared Quito the first World Heritage city because of its city center. Quito preserves a large number of historical sites and artifacts that people can visit and view today.

Quito not only has its own unique artistic expression through a unique Baroque style, which means that indigenous people have adapted and reinterpreted the Baroque style brought by Spaniards during the colonial period. As a result, during the Royal Audience of Quito, the Quito School was developed as a significant and influential artistic movement.

Is a trip to Quito in your future plans and are you looking for things to do there?

If you’re a visual learner, you might like to check out this hand-painted infographic from Illa Experience Hotel, the experiential place to stay in Ecuador’s capital...

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Beautiful Brazil – adventures not to miss!

Brazil is one of the most diverse and fascinating countries in the world offering everything from the world famous Carnival, to tropical beaches to Amazonian adventures.  There are too many things to mention in one post so we’ve highlighted a few favourites below which are not to be missed!

Buzios

Escape the hustle and bustle of Rio and head out to Buzios, Brazil’s answer to St.Tropez.  A former fishing village turned stylish weekend hotspot.  It is where the Cariocas (a native or resident of Rio de Janeiro) head for the weekend.  A three hour drive east of Rio lies this beautiful, fashionable seaside resort made famous by Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend in the 1960’s followed by a visit by Mick Jagger in the 1970’s...

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5 beach experiences in the Brazilian summer

Bathing destinations appeared in mid-18th Century Europe. First, because of the therapeutic properties of sea bathing, prescribed by doctors for those suffering from some illness or living in the unhealthy urban environment. The sea, the salinity of the water, the sun, the breeze, and the marine landscape, though shyly at first, appeared in that period as a refuge for physical and mental restoration, but it was not until the 19th century that beaches became a leisure destination, especially in the 60s. Today, beach is synonymous with vacation worldwide.

To escape the paparazzi, in 1964 French actress Brigitte Bardot crossed the Atlantic to vacation in Búzios. Unintentionally, the diva placed Brazil on the world map of sun and sea tourism...

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Saving the planet: our top 5 eco-friendly hotels around the world

With environmental awareness an increasing concern across the globe, especially when it comes to hot topics such as global warming and plastic waste, luxury hotels are also increasingly doing their bit for the planet, with guests encouraged to play their part during their holiday. Ditching plastic water bottles for reusable non-plastic ones is just the tip of the (rapidly-melting) iceberg: these five hotels push the boat out when it comes to eco-friendliness – without stinting on luxury and style.

The Brando, Tahiti

Marlon Brando fell in love with Tahiti while filming Mutiny on the Bounty in the 1...

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: nature and ancestral culture

In the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve the inhabitants live in harmony with nature. Yasuni translates to ‘sacred land’ and the indigenous tribes that live in this part of Amazonia, treat it as sacred, because it sustains them, which is as true today as it was for their ancestors in the mists of the past. Ecuadorian Amazonia is the home to the Kichwa, part of the indigenous population that inhabits the whole of the Amazon Basin. They get their name from the dialect of the language which is the root of all the indigenous tongues in that part of Amazonia. Once, they were part of the Inca Empire, but the arrival of the Spanish changed all that.

Yasuni

Yasuni

Kichwa-Communication-Media

They believe in a ‘Mother Earth’ and see themselves as a part of nature, not outside of it or dominant over it, instead they live alongside it...

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The Best Destinations to Travel to in May

May

May

Forget about summer vacation! May is one of the best times to visit some of the best destinations around the world. You’ll get lovely weather without the crowds that come with June and July, and there are plenty of flight and accommodation deals!

Ready to spread your wings after a long winter? Here are some of the best places to visit in May.

Lipari, Sicily

Sicily

I absolutely adore Italy and would rank it amongst the most beautiful places in the world. May is the perfect time to visit when the weather is warm, but the rest of Europe isn’t quite ready for their summer sojourns.

I visited Sicily with Yacht Week Italy and fell head over heels in love. It is one of the most beautiful spots in the Mediterranean, and it’s at its prime in May.

The weather is already warm enough ...

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5 reasons to charter a private yacht for the best experience in the Galapagos

No two ways about it, the best way to experience the Galapagos is by chartering a private yacht. The Galapagos are an exciting and very unique location, unlike any other island archipelago in the world. One of the most exciting aspects of a private yacht charter experience, besides the fabulous natural life is that It is readily apparent, when fully immersed in the natural world of the Galapagos Islands, why Darwin developed his theory of evolution.

Galapagos

Galapagos

A private crewed yacht charter of the Galapagos means that you and only your group are the guests on board the chartered yacht. This is a private experience with no strangers on board...

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The Best Wildlife Destinations in the World

Wildlife Destinations

Wildlife Destinations

I have been an animal lover my entire life, and I love traveling to destinations that have unique wildlife experiences! Whether it’s going on safaris in South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Kenya or exploring some of the world’s top dive sites in Mozambique and Indonesia, there are tons of interesting animals to discover.

Here are some of the best wildlife destinations in the world!

Silhouette Island

Seychelles

The Seychelles are some of the most beautiful islands I’ve ever seen. Located off the East Coast of Africa, the islands are home to an abundance of wildlife and endemic species.

A lot of these animals require special protection, and the Seychelles government has responded by creating one of the largest protected areas in the world!

While you’re visiting, k...

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