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Amazon Basin

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Elev 0-1800m

The best-protected tract of the world’s most biodiverse forest, the strange, sweltering, seductive country-within-a-country that is Peru’s Amazon Basin, is changing. Its sheer vastness and impenetrability has long protected its indigenous communities and diverse wildlife from external eyes. Tribes still exist here that have never had contact with outside civilization. More plant types flourish in one rainforest hectare than in any European country, and fauna is so fantastic it defies the most imaginative sci-fi comic.

But as the 21st century encroaches on this enticing expanse of arboreal wilderness, exploitation of the rainforest’s abundant natural resources threatens to irreversibly damage it. Sure: the Peruvian Amazon offers phenomenal wildlife-spotting, forays into untamed forest from the jungle’s best selection of lodges and raucous city life. But it also begs for protection. Remember that as, forging through it by rough road and raging river, you’ll feel like the explorers who first brought international attention to this region.

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Amsterdam's Top 10

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

1Housing the world's largest collection by artist Vincent van Gogh, the museum is as much a tour through the driven painter's troubled mind as it is a tour through his body of work. More than 200 canvases are on display, from his dark, potato-filled early career in the Netherlands through to his later years in sunny France, where he produced his best-known work with its characteristic giddy colour. Paintings by contemporaries Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet and Bernard round out the retrospective.

1Vondelpark & the Old South

2For the quintessential bite of Amsterdam, pull up a stool in one of the city's famed brown cafés (traditional Dutch pubs). The true specimen has been in business a while and gets its name from centuries' worth of smoke stains on the walls. Brown cafés have candle-topped tables, sandy wooden floors and sometimes a house cat that sidles up for a scratch. Most importantly, brown cafés induce a cosy vibe that prompts friends to linger and chat for hours over drinks – the same enchantment the cafés have cast for 300 years.

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El Fuerte

Vivien Lougheed Hunter Publishing ePub

This tiny town of about 30,000 people is 45 miles/80 km northeast of Los Mochis and is far more popular with tourists, perhaps because of its size and its location on El Fuerte River, where the Septentrion Gorge, shown below, begins.

The town was first a military post, founded in 1564 by Conquistador Don Francisco de Ibarra. Missionaries came shortly after and the village then became an important religious center that eventually grew, under the watchful eye of the Franciscan Fathers, into a commercial center. However, the town was destroyed by local Indians who didn't want the Spaniards poking around their sacred mountains. Under the guidance of the Viceroy of Monte Carlos, the town was rebuilt in the form of a fort. Because of the precious metals the Spanish hoped to pull out of the canyons, the Camino Real trade route was designed to run past the village. The fort was completed in 1610 to securely hold the valuables en route to the Pacific.

The town, in 1824, became the capital of the area now known as Sonora and Sinaloa states and remained so for many years. Then the region was divided into separate states, each with its own capital. Now the town is a tourist center at the gates to the greatest canyon area in Mexico.

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City West & Charlottenburg

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

1Schloss Charlottenburg Marvelling at the Prussian royal lifestyle, then relaxing with a picnic by the carp pond in the palace park.

2Story of Berlin Finishing up an engaging survey of city history with a tour of a creepy Cold War–era atomic bunker.

3Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche Meditating upon the futility of war at this majestically ruined 19th-century church.

4Berlin Zoo Communing with creatures from apes to zebras at the world's most species-rich animal park.

5Bikini Berlin Shopping for idiosyncratic Berlin fashions and accessories at this architecturally stunning concept mall.

West Berlin's commercial hub during the city's division, Charlottenburg still counts its famous shopping boulevard, the Kurfürstendamm, among its biggest drawcards. Fashionable boutiques mix it up with high-street chains and department stores along this strip and its leafy side streets. It continues east as Tauentzienstrasse, which culminates at the humongous KaDeWe department store.

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Halfway Rock Light

Caldwell, Bill Down East Books ePub

Halfway Rock gets its name from its position halfway between the light at Seguin and Portland Head Light. In clear weather, the distance seems short; but in fog or gale, it seems to take forever to make passage from Seguin to Halfway Rock.

Coming from the east in Steer Clear during recent years, I have made that passage once in thick fog and once in a southwest gale, with fourteen-foot seas, and worried if I’d ever live to see Halfway Rock again. The memory of those passages spoils my feelings toward Halfway Rock, which in most people’s eyes is one of the handsomest sea lights along the Maine coast, rising seventy-six feet up from a barren acre of lonely rock, just out from the islands of Casco Bay.

Local demand for a light here started thirty-six years before a light shone from Halfway Rock. That demand in 1835 was ignored for thirty years. Then during Abraham Lincoln’s time in the White House, new wrecks revived it; plans for a light were approved by his successor, President Andrew Johnson, and the light first flashed when Ulysses S. Grant headed our nation.

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Jordan

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Ahlan wa sahlan! – ‘Welcome!’ From the Bedouin of Wadi Rum to the taxi drivers of Amman, you’ll be on the receiving end of this open-armed welcome every day. It’s this, and a sense of stability amid a problematic neighbourhood, that makes travel in Jordan such a delight.

With heavyweight neighbours pulling big historical punches, Jordan easily holds its own. Amman, Jerash and Umm Qais were cities of the Roman Decapolis, while biblical sites include Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan, where Jesus was baptised, and Mt Nebo, where Moses reputedly surveyed the Promised Land. Grandest of all is the impressive Nabataean capital of Petra, carved from vertical cliffs.

But Jordan is not just about antiquities – it also offers the great outdoors. Whether diving in Aqaba, trekking in the camel-prints of Lawrence of Arabia or hiking through stunning canyons, Jordan’s eco-savvy nature reserves offer the best of adventures in the Middle East.

AMar–May The weather is perfect, with warm days, cool nights and spectacular wildflowers.

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Northern Highlands

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

You’ve officially escaped Central America’s backpacker superhighway and arrived in a place where colorful quetzals nest in misty cloud forests, and where Nicaragua’s best coffee and tobacco are cultivated with both capitalist zeal and collective spirit. With a little time and commitment you’ll duck into ancient, crumbling cathedrals; get pounded by countless waterfalls; explore recently discovered canyons; and pay tribute to the pirates, colonists, revolutionaries, artists and poets who were inspired by these fertile mountains and mingled with the humble, open-hearted people who’ve lived here for generations.

On either end of the region are two up-and-coming cities: hardworking Estelí buzzes with students, farmers and cigar moguls, while Matagalpa is slightly hipper – and better funded, thanks to nearly a century of successful coffee cultivation. All around and in between are granite peaks and lush valleys dotted with dozens of small towns and infinite caffeine-fueled adventures.

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Yaxuna

Vivien Lougheed Hunter Publishing ePub

 

 

Yaxuna is 12 miles (20 km) south of Chichn Itz within the village of the same name. There is an entry fee of $3 per person and it shouldn't take more than two hours to explore. There are no facilities, so bring something to drink. Birders may want to spend a bit more time here because of the few visitors and the lush jungle.

In the village next to the ruins is a small hotel with Maya-styled rooms where working archaeologists often congregate, tel.858-1482, $45 per night. This, plus employment for excavation assistance, has helped improve the standard of living for the locals.

The name Yaxuna means first house" in Mayan. First mapped by George Brainerd in the late 1940s, the 650 structures identified included four plazas, each with major pyramids. The temples on the pyramids contained ceramics from both the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico but only one mound, the VictoryMonument on the North Acropolis, had ceramics from neighboring Chichn Itz. These were dated from the Late Classic Period. When Chichn Itz conquered Yaxuna, they built the VictoryMonument and also left their own ceramics. A tomb on the North Acropolis contained the decapitated body of an emperor. With these remains was the body of a child, presumably the heir to the throne, and 13 members of the royal family. The tomb dates to the Early Classic Period and the belief is that Chichn Itz attacked and killed the emperor and his son.

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Germany

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Prepare for a roller coaster of feasts, treats and temptations as you take in Germany's soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, old and bold architecture, big-city beauties, romantic castles and towns with half-timbered buildings.

Few countries have had as much impact on the world as Germany, which has given us the printing press, the automobile, aspirin and MP3 technology. This is the birthplace of Martin Luther, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx, of Bach, Beethoven, the Brothers Grimm and other heavyweights who have left their mark on human history.

Germany's story-book landscapes will also likely leave an even bigger imprint on your memories. There's something undeniably artistic in the way the scenery unfolds from the windswept maritime north to the off-the-charts splendour of the Alps. As much fun as it may be to rev up the engines on the autobahn, do slow down to better appreciate this complex and fascinating country.

AJun–Aug Warm summers cause Germans to shed their clothes; night never seems to come.

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Riviera Maya

Vivien Lougheed Hunter Publishing ePub

 

Vivien Lougheed

 

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This guide focuses on recreational activities. As all such activities contain elements of risk, the publisher, author, affiliated individuals and companies disclaim any responsibility for any injury, harm, or illness that may occur to anyone through, or by use of, the information in this book. Every effort was made to insure the accuracy of information in this book, but the publisher and author do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any liability or any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential travel problems caused by this guide, even if such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause.

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Taneytown

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub

An Enchanting Inn May Put Love on Track

This local inn is one of the most enchanting and romantic places we've seen. Without doubt, it is worthy of a visit; even if your only outside activity is a stroll around town.

Antrim 1844 - An Antebellum Country Inn is at 30 Trevanion Road, just off Route 140 (East Baltimore Street) and a few hundred yards east of Taneytown. It is easy to miss, but if you can locate the Taneytown Bank & Trust, at the junction of Route 140 and Trevanion, you'll be warm. (The entrance to Antrim is just to the rear.) At first glance, the environment seems rather ordinary, but don't be fooled. As soon as you pull into the drive, you'll realize it's far from that. This magnificent three-story square mansion is distinguished by majestic porticoed entrances, as well as a smaller two-level addition on one side.

Antrim 1844

Once inside, you're transported back - in the twinkling of an eye - to a time of genteel grace and elegance. This inn has an authentic mid-19th century ambience that tends toward the formal. Yet it is not at all pretentious. The hosts' southern hospitality will put you right at ease, setting the tone for what will prove a relaxing weekend. Your key will be waiting for you by the door, accompanied by a hand-written card bearing your name.

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RETIRO

Greenberg, Peter Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

DISCOVERING

RETIRO

The barrio of Retiro may be small, but it’s well worth a visit. Within this neighborhood is Buenos Aires’ main plaza, and two very different sub-neighborhoods.

As you’ll read, Retiro is known for the Plaza San Martín, which is the most famous pedestrian walkway in all of Buenos Aires. Along with many of the parks in the city, landscaper Charles Thays was involved in the design. If you’re looking for a green space within the city, consider that Thays filled the Plaza San Martín with more than 350 trees, using regional species like ceibos, gomeros, ombues, tipas, jacarandas, palos borrachos and tilos.

Tourists may be seen in the southwest corner of the plaza taking photos in front of the giant bronze equestrian statue of the plaza’s namesake—Argentinean Independence hero Don José de San Martín. But the plaza is also a real local experience. The plaza’s central location makes it a popular local hangout. Throughout the week, you can find porteños using the plaza to sunbathe, have a picnic, play soccer or simply relax on the grass.

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Central, Oro & Milne Bay Provinces

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Pop 732,577 / Area 67,940 sq km

In these eastern provinces, the legendary Kokoda Track zigzags relentlessly through the jungle-clad mountains, throwing down the gauntlet to those who wish to walk in the footsteps of WWII's fallen. Further east, amid the fjords of the rugged coastline, some of the world’s most biologically diverse reefs have divers gasping at their mouthpieces. Coastal villagers welcome visitors with old-fashioned hospitality and can show them the sacred skull caves of their ancestors.

North across the Solomon Sea, the Trobriand Islands are a world apart, where yams rule supreme, 'free love' is occasionally practised, magicians bring rain, and cricket is played aggressively.

Head south and the land dissolves into thousands of islands, islets and atolls, where the truly adventurous can spend weeks island-hopping. This watery world celebrates its seafaring heritage during the Milne Bay Canoe & Kundu Festival, during which island warriors race their splendidly decorated ocean-going canoes.

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Florence & Tuscany Top Sights

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Chock-full of Renaissance masterpieces, this Medici-built palazzo (palace) beside the Arno is home to major works by Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio.

Florence & Tuscany Top Sights

The polychrome marble facade and tapering campanile (bell tower) of the duomo (cathedral) are wonderful, but what makes this building so extraordinary is Filippo Brunelleschi’s massive red-brick dome, one of the greatest architectural achievements of all time.

Florence & Tuscany Top Sights

Behind the magnificent green-and-white marble facade of this church lie extraordinary paintings, romantic cloisters and four stunning frescoed chapels.

Florence & Tuscany Top Sights

Parish church and mausoleum of the famous Florentine family dynasty, the Medicis, this Renaissance-era masterpiece was designed by Brunelleschi. Michelan-gelo contributed to its adjoining library and sculpture-filled Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapel).

Florence & Tuscany Top Sights

Surprisingly ignored by the tourist masses, this museum housed in the city’s oldest public building safeguards Italy’s most comprehensive collection of Tuscan Renaissance sculpture, including major works by Donatello and Michelangelo.

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Carpet-Rolling

Simon Winchester Lonely Planet ePub

During five years based in London, Brooke Neill moved in and out of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, loving every second of it. She has recently completed a degree in sociology and journalism in Tasmania and is now busily planning her next trip.

We were pulling ourselves up a small hill in Selcuk, Turkey, in sweaty forty-degree August heat, when my travelling companions Rachel and Anna and I stopped to catch our breath. After spending most of our nights drinking raki with other backpackers staying at our hostel and being woken up by a huge loudspeaker perched directly outside our bedroom window at every prayer call, we were seriously lacking the athletic ability to climb a small hill. But we had inadvertently chosen the worst possible place to catch our breath – directly outside a carpet shop.

Anyone who has travelled in Turkey knows that the carpet salesmen are very persuasive. Even if you merely glance at the exterior of a carpet shop, you’re likely to receive an invitation to a carpet performance. It begins with the carpet-seller saying, ‘Lovely jubbly, you from England?’ or ‘G’day, mate, are you from Australia?’ As soon as you reveal where you’re from, the carpet-seller marvels that he has a cousin, uncle or random long-lost relative who lives there.

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