I first discovered Cempoala (sometimes spelled Zempoala) in 1971, only 452 years after Cortés dropped in during 1519. Modern day villagers were delighted to see an outsider. I was virtually passed from family to family to share meals of shrimp soup under palm, mango and banana trees. I questioned: was I touring Mexico or being a unique object on display for the locals?
Located off Federal Highway 180, thirty miles north of Veracruz, the peaceful town is where the first Christian cross was raised on the mainland of the New World.
Wine Regions Around the World That Say, “Move Over France and California”!
Although there are more than a million wine producers who produce in excess 2.8 billion cases of wine each year, global wine production has decreased in the past decade due to recent worldwide economic instabilities. On the other hand, a global consumption trend never really had any major oscillations, people simply love this historic beverage. You probably think of France, Spain, Italy or California as the leaders in this business, and you are right to do so, however, underdogs are slowly, but surely emerging to challenge the world wine market.
Unlock The Mysteries of the Land of the Inca with Your Family – It’s a Journey You Will Always Remember.
The high plains of Peru and Ecuador are rich both culturally and ecologically, and travelling there with your children is probably easier than you may think. It’s important to make a solid plan for the journey, and arrange activities and transportation ahead of time, but the result will be an unforgettable adventure for your family.
Enjoying a Luxury Vacation in Rocky Point, Mexico
Ah Rocky Point, home of never-ending parties, otherworldly beaches, and a mixing of cultures you won’t find anywhere else in Mexico. Located just off the beautiful waters of the gulf of Mexico, and a couple of hours south of Yuma, Arizona—Rocky Point is a wonderful place for vacationers from all over the world.
Nicaragua is a gorgeous country with many worthy attractions. Perhaps what I found most charming is that it is not staged for tourists. Nicaragua is not polished up just to attract more visitors; its beauty is real for everyone to enjoy. I fell in love with Nicaragua, so much so, that I keep going back exploring new places and returning to ones I already know.
Located in The Pinehills development in Plymouth, MA, the Mirbeau Inn is secluded, surrounded by lush greenery, and well worth discovering. With only 50 deluxe rooms and suites, the Inn is reminiscent of a French country manor home plucked from a Monet canvas.
Treat yourself to a romantic getaway to the Mirbeau Inn (less than a one hour drive from Boston), and you’ll think you’ve skipped away to the Loire Valley of France!
Top Seven Ways to Travel Like a Jedi With Star Wars Inspired Vacation Rentals. In a nod to Star Wars Day which occurred this week, we bring you fantastic vacation rentals where you’ll feel just like your in a Star Wars film. Grab your light saber and here we go:
Great Cities For The World’s Best Surfing Experiences – Grab Your Board and Soar!
Waves not only produce beauty and excitement, they create magic for those who ride their power. If you are looking for a great surf town for your next vacation then the following list of the world’s best surf towns will guide your way. All are not necessarily picked because they have the best waves, but because they also have superb hotels, welcoming locals, amazing nightlife, soul-satisfying cuisines and lots of fun activities!
Peru is best known for the ruins at Machu Picchu, but the Pacific Coast beaches should not be missed!
Peru is best known for the ruins left behind by the Inca. But Peru’s earliest civilizations appeared on the coast, drawn by the plentiful fishing in the Pacific Ocean. In recent years, visitors have increasingly felt the ancient pull of Peru’s shores. Many of these beaches have pristine sand and outstanding surf waves.
Peruvian food has become the latest trend in cuisine, carving out its own niche in high-end restaurants across the world. But fancy eateries aren’t the only places dishing up Peruvian food—take-out restaurants serving Peruvian chicken are common in the U.S., and Peru’s ancient quinoa grain is soaring in popularity appearing in recipes on Pinterest and in grocery stores from Pittsburgh to Paris.
Here is a list of some of the tastiest foods you can only get in Peru (for now), and where you can find them.
Puerto Vallarta offers more than a day at the beach – Top Adventure Activities To Spice Up Your Next Vacation In Puerto Vallarta.
Enchanting Mexican architecture, lush green vistas, eco-adventures and uncrowded beaches will capture your heart in this seductive hideaway. Puerto Vallarta is more than just colourful markets, sumptuous cuisines, a dazzling nightlife but more about the secluded nature trails. If you have the adventure bone in you then make sure to visit Puerto Vallarta to enjoy different variety of activities. Some of them are here listed below to give you a sneak peak.
5 Places Where it’s Hot Hot Hot in February
Ever get the winter blues or just want to take advantage of the notorious airline discounts during the dreaded, coldest-month-of-the-year—February? Whether it’s for sunnier skies, the thrill of adventure, or a romantic getaway with your sweetie, here are five places that will definitely turn up the temperature in your life as they are sure to be hot in February.
This compelling question tickles our imagination and is the basis of a terrific new book published by Lonely Planet: The BEST Place To Be Today, 365 Things To Do & The Perfect Day To Do Them. The premise of this entertaining guide is to provide interesting and unique places you should consider traveling to – on the very best day to visit that particular spot. With something intriguing to do on every day of the year in 2015, this book makes it on our list of great Christmas presents for your favorite travel enthusiast.
So what’s the first day you would look up? Your birthday, anniversary, or perhaps that cold mid-winter week that you always hit the wall and want to escape to someplace exciting and warm.
Contrary to popular belief, river cruising is not exclusive to Europe. Most of the world’s great cities have emerged along the shores of mighty rivers and today river cruising has expanded to travel the world’s great rivers. There are opportunities to explore rivers all across the globe, from the Yangtze River in China to the Irrawaddy river in Burma. There are also river cruises in the USA and South America, with routes along the Mississippi and the Amazon rivers. River cruises offer the opportunity to explore territory which is often thought of as the remit of backpackers, in a luxurious relaxed, leisurely and safe way.
The high season for Peru’s top attraction – Machu Picchu – has begun. Yet, just because the destination is popular doesn’t mean the trip there is always a walk in the park. Use these insider Machu Picchu Travel Tips to plan the best trip possible.
Beautiful vistas are common at Machu Picchu. Often though, so are large crowds and fickle weather. That means now is a good time to brush up on the top tips for making the most out of one’s visit. There are plenty to consider.
Enjoying Bogotá’s Nightlife and Cuisine at 93 Park
Since the beginning of the millennium, Colombia has been transformed into one of the most cosmopolitan of tourism hubs in South America. The epicenter of this great shift is in Bogotá, which is one of the most culturally diverse and densely populated cities in the region. But for fans of the nightlife, you can narrow your search for the ideal tourist destination to one particular area in Bogotá – and that’s Parque de la 93, or 93 Park. Here are a few prime hotspots for those who want to experience the best nightlife that Bogotá has to offer.
The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!
Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.
The 7 Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pool Destinations
Who needs a commercial pool when stunning natural swimming holes are located around the world? Imagine floating on your back in beautiful Grecian lagoon that resembles a swimming pool carved into rocks or swimming past breathtaking waterfalls in an other-worldly cenote just outside of Chicen Itza Mexico. Amazingly, the world is filled with spectacular natural swimming holes, just ready to be discovered. Below are five of our favorites.
It’s not often that the American cruise scene welcomes a new luxury cruise line to their shores, but that’s exactly what will happen in November when the MCS Divina sails into Miami. It’s time to say “Ciao Bella” (hello beautiful) to this chic European-styled cruise ship.
MSC Cruise Line has one of the newest fleets in the cruise industry with 12 ships, but has been largely unknown to the American market. For over 20 years, MSC had been offering cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America with primarily European clientele. With the introduction of their newest ship, Divina, MSC will establish a dedicated American presence to bring the charms of European style cruising to the United States.
For many people, a chance to swim with sea turtles is a dream come true. There are seven species existing today that can be found swimming and diving to the depths below seas. Sea turtles have been around for over 110 million years – since the time of the dinosaurs. You can swim with turtles on any continent (except Antarctica). So get your swimming costume on, swap sandals for a pair of flippers and get ready to paddle around with one of Earth’s most ancient creatures.
Cook Island Marine Reserve is a small protected island located on the Gold Coast in the south east of Queensland. With plenty of soft and hard coral gardens it’s the perfect sanctuary for a rich marine life. Visitors can see a variety of tropical sea life the including clown fish, damsel fish, angel fish, the occasional manta rays and of course the resident green sea turtles. The turtles can be spotted all year round in these oceans so you’re guaranteed a chance to swim with some when you visit.