10 famous cities to visit in South America

Surrounded by the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean, South America is among the continents holding a reputation for their biodiverse culture. If you skip a heartbeat at the thought of adventure, or you are dazed at the thought of vivid colourful cities and dazzling beauty of sky-reaching buildings, or just want a walk through a land of cram full tradition and culture; South America has starling places to visit for each one of you. The hospitality and the warm-hearted welcome offered by the indigenous people here is overwhelming and worth relishing.
So if you are planning to visit this land of superlatives, with greatness flooding in every aspect, these cities are worth adding to your trip-

 10. Lima, Peru

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The capital of Peru, Lima owns its reputation as World’s Heritage Site. This city traces back to the colonial period reflecting the copious history this city possesses. This city is no less than idyll for art lovers: museums, archaeological sites, Plaza de Armas and the 16th-century cathedral are enough to leave you jeopardized. The city is embellished with placid beaches, valleys, happening nightlife with a shot of adventure. The cuisine here is no behind when it comes to offering a good time to the visitors.

9. Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires is an exotic city for people having a taste for wine. This sophisticated and seductive city with rows of colourful houses hosts the most exuberant dance party, with feet matching the music doing the tango. You won’t miss out on astounding views and culture either. Head on to Cerro San Cristobal for exquisite views

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8. Santiago, Chile

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For the people in love with food, Santiago has plenty of restaurants that are ever experimenting with their cuisine. Cosmopolitan yet never missing out on culture, Santiago is a city of contrast. This beautiful and vivid city is an eye candy for the visitors. Enjoy shopping in the local art markets, pedestrian malls and the famous Central Market. The neighbourhoods of the city are perfect to wander with secluded hills and tranquil beauty.

7. Quito, Ecuador

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The capital of Ecuador, Quito, is a beautiful ancient city situated at an altitude of 2850m. This city was founded back in the 16th century from the ruins of Inca city. The indigenous culture and history of the city is well preserved and is reflected successively by the stunning churches in the city.

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6. Cusco, Peru

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Situated along the edge of the Urubamba valley, Cusco is a doorway that opens into one of the seven wonders of the world Machu Picchu. The old remains of once what have been huge plazas is astonishing. Other important sites include the Archbishop’s palace, built centuries ago. The narrow tortuous city lanes and perfect for paddle walking while enjoying the delicious food the city offers.

5. Cartagena, Colombia

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Along the coast of Colombia is this city embellished with tall palm trees and white sand beaches renowned for its coral reefs. As you walk through the city or hop in a horse-drawn carriage, you explore centuries-old stone walls giving you a glimpse of the colonial period. You can soak yourself in the art and theatre in evening after the daylong sightseeing.

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4. Rio de Janerio, Brazil 

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The magnificent 38-meter tall statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven wonders of the world, stands atop Mount Corcovado, in the exquisite city of Rio de Janerio. The city is also gifted with twin beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, whose tranquillity will leave you enchanted. The city is replete with colours as this city hosts the world’s greatest street party; the carnival where a city is flooded with dancers; the vibrant costumes and the sublime music leaves the onlookers spellbound. So this city has ample to offer you ranging from sightseeing to partying; and peace to shopping, making it a holiday paradise.

3. La Paz, Bolivia

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This vibrant city has breathtaking adventures in store for you, making it a perfect holiday stop for enthusiasts. Apart from architectural wonders and old churches, the colourful markets and the museums will keep you engaged. Enjoy the aerial cable car system to peer upon the city’s dramatic setting; the brightly colours houses packed neatly alongside one another. Here the bars and restaurants are a perfect place to land into after your day-long adventures.

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2. Asunción, Paraguay

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The way they experiment with your favourite food here adding their own touch to the traditional recipes is appreciable. Pizzas while originating from Italy mustn’t have thought they would land into Asuncion and meet the traditional Asado toppings. While the National Cathedral and Municipal Museum are 2 eye candies; the local markets are a good deal to explore. This city is also the centre of poetry, art and music that will set your feet in motion. The grassy Gran Chacho region sways your mind away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and has a fortunate stroke of serendipity.

1. Medellin, Colombia- “City of Eternal Spring”

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If spring is your season, Medellin is the right destination for you. The yearlong modest climate complimented by the jaded mountains make offers you your piece of quietness. As you walk along the plantations of the city, you’ll be mesmerised by the smell of fresh flowers and coffee reaching your nose. The downside of the city is adorned with sculptures by Fernando Botero. The Colombian artworks can be seen in the Museo de Antioquia.

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This article is written by Shivani Gothwal. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

Importance of Planning before you travel

Being a traveller you would definitely like to plan for your vacation and about your dream destination beforehand. Whether you are travelling alone or in a group, planning in advance is the best way to save time and make the experience unforgettable. Some say travel planning is time-consuming because it includes a lot of factors such as where to go, how to go, what to see and many more. From packing your bags to get visas, innumerable things are there. If you are wondering about all these, relax… we have prepared a list below, only for you.

1. Choose the destination

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You must consider all the factors, i.e., who are you travelling with, how much time do you have, what are your preferences, when to go and what season do you prefer. All the above factors will help you fix your destination for your next vacation. You must choose the destination that allows you to gather a sweet memory.

2. Choose the mode of transport and book the tickets

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After deciding on the destination, you have to choose the mode of transportation and book the tickets in advance. Flights or trains or car whatever you prefer, just do your research and book it according to your budget. If you have a narrow time span for your vacation, it’s better to book a flight paying a little bit extra.

3. Book cozy accommodation

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Accommodation is one of the major expenses to consider. The place where you spend your night is really important. You can find the cheapest accommodation by getting the best value for money. Several hotels, apartments, guesthouses and luxury resorts are easily available. Most of the accommodations provide free cancellation.

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4. Checking of Passport

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For an overseas trip, you’ll need a passport. If you don’t have it apply 2 months before the trip and if you already have it checked for the expiry date. Most of the countries require six months of validity.

5. Visa Requirements

 

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Knowing the visa entry requirements is another great step. Every country requires a different criterion. It may take some time for the visa, so it’s good to think of it in advance.

6. What to see

 

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You’ll never try to miss the must-visit attractions. The best way is to google or to read the blogs or you can ask someone who had been there. You can make a list of things to do or to see. A planned trip will help you to save time.

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7. What to eat and drink

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Food is another main attraction to travel. If you’re a foodie you’ll never dare to miss the research about local dishes. Exploring foods in Cafes, Restaurants, Bars, Pubs and especially the street foods will please you.

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8. Health and Fitness

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Health is really important while travelling. You may talk to your doctor for necessary vaccinations for a particular region. Visiting your doctor before 2 months of departure is fine.

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9. Internet access

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While travelling, access to the internet becomes really important. You’d like to share your updates with friends or family. So, you can carry a mobile data device. Otherwise, you’ll need to buy a local data plan or access the free wifi of Cafes or hotels.

10. Accessing money

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Money is an important factor. The more money you keep, the more you can spend. International transaction fees are comparatively high and it takes a lot to perform bank transfer. You can use a credit card, debit card and cash of course.

If you consider all the above points it will be easier to pack your bags. So, enjoy your vacation and stay fit.

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This article is written by Anwesha Karmakar. Please write comments to modify, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

7 Myths about Travelling

No matter which country you set foot in, you will be bombarded with a plethora of opinions, some good, some bad and some that sound so unreal that you want to pack your bags and flee home. But take from them what you can, and sometimes, when you least expect it, that tidbit of information will be your knight in shining armor. However, scattered among the useful advice are many long-suffering myths, which are still passing around today, just because they sound so believable.

1. Travel is expensive

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Everything in this world costs some money. Nothing is free, travel is also included there. Yet, the notion that travel is impossible for anyone without a trust fund is false. A little bit of planning and some time-tested hacks can ensure that everyone has a shot at adventure.

2. Couch surfing is unsafe

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There is a general fear of staying with strangers, but veteran travellers stand by the opinion that people on couch surfing are kind and helpful. While some incidents do occur, there are multiple options available. A website which connects with local travellers are well reviewed and trusted, can be chosen without thinking further.

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3. You’ll die while hitchhiking

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Not everyone ends up in a ditch on the side of a road. Being well equipped and well prepared will almost always guarantee that you will reach your destination safely and not end up being eaten by a bear. Although exceptions do exist!

4. Women shouldn’t travel alone

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Men and women both face risks while travelling, while women have to deal with additional obstacles. While some countries should be avoided by women, others are perfectly safe to explore. Everyday millions of women travel the world alone, and that’s enough to say to prove that it’s doable.

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5. Only the young can be travellers, old can be tourists

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Much too many people that I’ve come across believe that travel is only something that you can do in your twenties. This cannot be further away from the truth. Age doesn’t matter. Although older people may require more planning and less spontaneity, it is certainly possible.

6. Package deals are the best

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This is certainly not the case. Planning ahead and research goes a long way in your travel being more affordable, and tour companies are almost always more expensive. If you think you’re about to book a great deal, separate out the components and check the individual pricing. You will be amazed to see how you can cut the prices and can have an amazing travel experience without seeking any of those expensive package deals.

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7. English is spoken everywhere

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While it’s becoming increasingly common, it primarily depends on where you’re travelling. In some places where most of us assume that English would be widespread, like France and Japan, it really isn’t. Using gestures can often work wonders while trying to overcome the language barrier. Alternatively, pointing to a map and looking lost can also help! 😉

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10 Best Camping Sites in India

India is blessed with lots of geographical variations. From the snow-capped mountains to the spectacular beaches, from wild desert to tropical rainforest this country offers a rich variety of places to visit all the year around. Luxury hotels are fine, but the untouched beauty of nature is something else! Below are some camping places in India, you must visit,

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Spiti valley is one of the most desired camping sites with spectacular views and awesome weather. It is a cold desert mountain valley with a high altitude. This place is ideal for summer camping and to enjoy the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, crystal clear river. In winter, it is covered with snow. The name Spiti means ‘The Middle Land’ which is the land between India and Tibet.

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Pushkar, Rajasthan

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One of the best tourist places in Rajasthan is Pushkar, which means ‘Blue lotus’ in Sanskrit. It is home to many temples among which Brahma temple is considered as most sacred. Apteshwar temple, Man Mahal, Pushkar lake and Pushkar Palace are another attractions. Luxurious tents with air conditioning bedrooms, living rooms, dressing room and balcony can make a remarkable experience for trekkers. Camel cart safari is easily available to enjoy the views.

Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir

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Ladakh is located on a high plateau with a breathtaking clear view of mountains, lakes and vast sky. Due to its high altitude, this place is open for visitors for the period of summer only. It can be reached either by road or by air. The view of the gorgeous sunset and migratory birds is compulsory. Paragliding and rafting are some of the experience anyone would rather try to skip. Ladakh is a complete package of adventure.

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Sonmarg, Jammu, and Kashmir

Sonmarg, also known as ‘Meadows of Gold’ is situated on the lap of Himalayan glaciers, 87 km north-east from Srinagar. Snowy mountains along with azure sky make a deadly combination. Lying at an altitude of 2800 m above sea level it experiences heavy snowfall during winter, which makes the place inaccessible during that time. From the month of April, Sonmarg is open for visitors to enjoy the snow furnished like a carpet. Thajiwas glacier is the main attraction there. River rafting tournaments are organized yearly.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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Manali, being surrounded by beautiful green valleys and high peaks is a magnet for the adventurers. Adventures like skiing in the Solang valley, trekking in the Parvati valley, paragliding, rafting makes this place so popular. Rohtang pass offers most of the beautiful scenes. There is Kalath hot water spring which is a natural sulfurous water flow offering private facilities for couples and families.

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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Mussoorie is known as the Gateway to Yamunotri and Gangotri. It is one of the best places to set up a camp and enjoy the scenic beauty of nature. This place is well-connected by road from Delhi or other places. Every year thousands of adventurers visit this place to fulfill their wanderlust.

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Lonavala, Mumbai

Lonavala is something different despite being a part of the most crowded city of India, Mumbai. It is an ideal place for a short trip to just relax and enjoy the untouched beauty of nature. Besides its beauty, Lonavala also offers adventurous activities such as caving, rafting, rappelling, trekking etc. Pawna lake is the best place for camping. Several facilities like bonfire, barbeque or star gazing are provided, but mosquito repellent is a must.

Coorg, Karnataka

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The admirable and alarming views of Coorg have the potential to amaze anyone. Because of its spectacular beauty, it is the most popular hill station in Karnataka. It is also called ‘The Scottland of India’. Coorg is rich in wildlife and mountains covered with green carpet offers many medicinal usages.

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Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri biosphere, featuring subtropical climate with mild weather throughout the year. It is basically the most popular summer destination. Dodabetta peak, the most popular viewpoint offers a spectacular view except the monsoon. Other attractions such as the Botanical garden, Ooty Lake, Avalanche Lake, tea factory are awesome.

Goecha La, Sikkim

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Goecha La, a tiny place in Sikkim is the perfect place for adventure lovers. The trek to Goecha La starts from Yuksom via Sachen and Bhakim. Yuksom is the starting point for the trek. Kanchanjunga and other peaks of Himalayas are there to amaze you.

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Top 7 Beautiful Islands in the World

Whatever you wish to indulge in: culture, adventure, cuisine or simply kicking back on a beach under the sun, at least one of these tropical beauties are sure to tick all the checkpoints in your list.

It’s time to redo your summer bucket list with these ideal destinations. From the majestic shores of the eastern United States to teeming jungles in Asia, these places are miracles on earth. These breath-taking places have one thing common: vast stretches of landscapes to explore in the mornings and a place by the seas to view the stars at night. Suffice to say, whatever your pleasure, you will find it there.

7. Crete, Greece

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Quite simply put, Crete has on display all that attracts travellers to Greece. While some parts of this islands may be filled with sun-seeking crowds and boat hopping tourists, much of its charm still remains unexplored. From rustic trails dotted with wildflowers or visiting the mythical birthplace of Zeus, one has plenty to be kept occupied for days.

6. Hvar, Croatia

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Widely known as the most glamorous destination of Croatia, this island celebrated 150 years of becoming a tourist’s paradise this year. This pinprick of an island is littered with swanky hotels, top restaurants with a side of a lively nightlife. Trail and swim running contests are held here yearly giving the athletes a chance to experience rocky peaks and lavender vineyards.

5. Yaeyama Islands, Japan

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