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5 Isla Mujeres & Cozumel

Christine Delsol FrommerMedia ePub


Isla Mujeres & Cozumel

by Maribeth Mellin

These two Caribbean islands are among the most peaceful beach destinations in Mexico, both easy jaunts from Cancún and the Riviera Maya. Although day-trippers and cruise-ship visitors come ashore, the islands rarely feel overrun, and come evening the uncrowded streets and relaxed energy of the residents epitomize their enduring tranquility. Neither Isla Mujeres nor Cozumel is particularly large, and they each still have that small island feel—pristine beaches, bumpy roads that don’t go far, and a seemingly timeless setting.

Fish-shaped Isla Mujeres lies 13km (8 miles) northeast of Cancún, a quick boat ride away. Despite this proximity, Isla Mujeres remains a little-known gem filled with regional and rustic charm, a world removed from its glittery neighbor. During pre-Hispanic times, Maya women would cross over to the island to make offerings to the goddess of fertility, Ixchel. Today’s pilgrims arrive on passenger ferries from Cancún’s Puerto Juárez and the Hotel Zone’s Embarcadero at Playa Linda; car ferries arrive from Punta Sam. Hotels range from rustic to boutique, and the value of accommodations and dining are among the best one can find in this part of Mexico.

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14 Favorite Moments

Marie Morris FrommerMedia ePub

Once in a while, just for a moment, I get a new perspective on my adopted hometown. The sun emerges from behind a cloud and makes the harbor seem to glow. I can’t take my eyes off the lush green of the Fenway Park outfield or the sapphire blue of the Charles River. In the Public Garden, a delighted child’s laughter rings out. The familiar feels new, and I realize yet again what an endlessly fascinating city Boston is. I’d love to help you find some serendipitous moments of your own. Let’s look around.


Treading in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers. Only a handful of American cities have histories as rich and varied as Boston’s. A walk along the Freedom Trail covers the highlights. Map.

Feeling like a kid again at Fenway Park. Whether you’re a lifelong baseball fan or you’ve never been to a game, the oldest park in the major leagues (it opened in 1912) will capture your heart and stay in your memory. Take in a game, or save some time and money and take a tour. Go to page.

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6 Religious Risk Perceptions for Medical Travellers

Korstanje, M.E.; Raj, R.; Griffin, K. CABI PDF


Religious Risk Perceptions for Medical


Yasin Bilim* and Aynur Gülenç Birsen

Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey


The general view of tourism sees travel as an

­activity for pleasure and hedonic consumption.

Recent definitions have expanded the scope of tourism to other areas – health, work, religion among other orientations beyond mere pleasure.

Namin (2013) emphasizes that tourism has many faces – social, behavioural, cultural, economic and environmental. These have recently begun to come to the fore. Although mainly focused around pleasure, tourism is becoming more and more inclusive of other needs – ­physical, sociocultural and psychological. It means that the nature of tourism consumption is changing and becoming more complex, embracing both hedonic and compulsory aspects. Touristic consumption is shifting from traditional mass tourism towards more specific types based around special or compulsory needs (Battour and Ismail, 2016;

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Laine, Barbara FrommerMedia ePub


Planning Your Trip to Northern New Mexico

A trip to northern New Mexico may affect your attitude. You may return home and find that your responses to the world are different than they used to be. (That is, if you return at all—you wouldn’t be the first person to vacation in northern New Mexico, fall in love with it, and move here!) In fact, in many ways northern New Mexico is not simply a destination, but a state of mind, and it can be very addictive. The pace here is slow and the objectives are less obvious than in most places. As some transplants to the area report, once they’ve lived here for five years or so, they’re not fit to go back to the real world.

Travelers often think that because this is the desert, it should have saguaro cactus and always be warm. Think again. Much of northern New Mexico lies upward of 5,000 feet in elevation, which means that four full seasons act upon the land. So, when you’re planning your trip, be sure to take a look at the “When to Go” section below so you will be prepared.

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Elise Hartman Ford FrommerMedia ePub


Self-Guided Walking Tours

One of the greatest pleasures to be had in the nation’s capital is walking. You round a corner and spy the Capitol standing proudly at the end of the avenue. You stroll a downtown street and chance to look up and bam, there it is: the tip of the Washington Monument. People brush past you on the sidewalk speaking a pastiche of languages. You decide to walk rather than take the Metro or a taxi back to your hotel and discover a gem of a museum. A limousine pulls up to the curb and discharges—who? A foreign ambassador? The president himself? A famous author or athlete or human rights activist?

Beautiful sights, historic landmarks, unpredictable encounters, and multicultural experiences await you everywhere in Washington. Follow any of these three self-guided walking tours and see for yourself.

Walking Tour 1: Strolling Around the White House


White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Federal Triangle or Metro Center).

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Willamette Valley

Michelin Michelin ePub

The Willamette’s loamy soil gives rise to a feast of foods that enrich the plates of the finest restaurants in Portland. The climate and soil are ideal for vineyards, and more than 500 wineries, mostly west of Interstate 5, draw visitors from around the world to wine-country tasting rooms. Charming small towns, bucolic countryside and farm stands provide additional reasons to stop and savor Oregon’s wine country.

A string of cities, including the state capital of Salem and the free-spirited town of Eugene, are situated along I-5, which runs north to south through the center of the valley. To the west, the forested Coast Range cradles the valley, and 30mi to the east, waterfalls plummet down mossy Cascade Range hillsides alongside wooded hiking trails whose vine maple trees turn crimson and orange in the fall.


The capital of Oregon is the state’s third-largest city (pop. 156,000). Salem traces its founding to 1840, when Jason Lee moved the headquarters of his Methodist mission to this mid-Willamette Valley location. Lee’s house and other early buildings still stand at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Millaa (1313 Mill St.; t 503-585-7012; www.willametteheritage.org; open year-round Mon–Sat 10am–5pm ;$6), a five-acre historical park that includes the 1889 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. A millstream courses beneath the main mill building, and inside, massive looms operate with water-powered turbines. Four buildings, filled with period furnishings, were moved to this site, and are considered the oldest in the Northwest, dating to the 1840s.

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Pauline Frommer FrommerMedia ePub


Exploring New York City

Ask New Yorkers about their feelings for their city, and they will often respond, “There’s just one New York.” By that they mean: one city so full—of museums (more than 40 major ones); historical sites; world-famous institutions; parks; zoos; universities; lectures; concerts and recitals; theaters for opera, musicals, drama, and dance; architectural highlights; presidents’ homes; and kooky galleries—that its diversions are limitless, and you will never be bored. If you had the speed and stamina of a Usain Bolt, you would still be hard-pressed to cover all of the attractions in several months of touring.

Because your own time is more limited than that, I’m confining my coverage to two categories of sights in this chapter: First, the city’s “iconic” attractions, by which I mean the places universally associated with Gotham—the headliners that make the city so massively popular. These include the major museums (the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney, just to name two); the great historical and architectural sites (including Grand Central Station and the Brooklyn Bridge); and, in a category all its own, New York’s most sobering site: the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

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2. The Best Full-Day, Three-Day, One Week & Ten-Day Tours

Jeanette Foster FrommerMedia ePub
You could spend weeks on Oahu without running out of things to do, but it’s possible to see the highlights of this romantic isle in just 3 days. Following this tour will let you see the best of Oahu, from Waikiki to the North Shore. You’ll definitely need to rent a car, so remember to plan for that cost. Each day begins and ends in Waikiki, which, like most urban cities, has traffic congestion, so allow plenty of travel time, especially during rush hour. START: Waikiki. Trip Length: 109-mile (175km) loop. Day 1 Waikiki Beach. You’ll never forget your first steps onto the powdery sands of this world-famous beach. If you’re just off the plane, plan to spread your towel on the beach, take in the smell of the salt air, feel the warm breeze on your skin, and relax; you’re in Hawaii. Go to page. Walk down Waikiki Beach toward Diamond Head. Bus: 20. See All Chapters
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Nicholas Gill FrommerMedia ePub


Around Panama City

This chapter’s focus is on a sizeable region around Panama City, including the Panama Canal, the Canal Zone, the Central Caribbean Coast (including Colón and its surroundings), and the Gulf of Panama. At first glance, it seems like a lot of ground to cover, but these destinations can be reached by a short drive, a puddle-jump flight, or a boat ride from the city, and some attractions are even close enough to visit by taxi. With its high level of services and amenities, Panama City is an ideal base from which to explore this region, and many travelers, especially those with limited time, plan their entire trips around this area, owing to its surprisingly diverse range of attractions.

Exploring the Region    A trip to Panama wouldn’t be the same without visiting one of the engineering marvels of the world, the Panama Canal. There are several ways to do this: at the viewing platform in Miraflores, on a jungle cruise or partial canal transit, or at the Gatún Locks near Colón.

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Eric Peterson FrommerMedia ePub



Magnificent scenic beauty, a favorable climate, and dreams of gold have lured visitors to Colorado Springs and neighboring Pikes Peak Country for well over 100 years. And, while the gold mining has nearly disappeared, the beauty and weather remain prime lures to this day.

In 1806, army Lt. Zebulon Pike led a company of soldiers on a trek around the base of an enormous mountain. He called it “Grand Peak,” declared it unconquerable, and moved on. Today, the 14,110-foot mountain we know as Pikes Peak has been conquered so often that an auto highway and a cog railway take visitors to the top.

Unlike many Colorado towns, neither mineral wealth nor ranching was the cornerstone of Colorado Springs’ economy during the 19th century—tourism was. In fact, Colorado Springs, founded in 1871, was the first genuine resort community west of Chicago. Gen. William J. Palmer, builder of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, established the resort on his rail line, at an elevation of 6,035 feet. The state’s growing reputation as a health center, with its high mountains and mineral springs, convinced him to build at the foot of Pikes Peak. In an attempt to lure affluent easterners, he named the resort Colorado Springs, because most fashionable eastern resorts were called “springs.”

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3 Suggested Itineraries

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub


Suggested Itineraries

Tuscany and Umbria are densely populated with things to see, perhaps more so than any other region in Europe. It could take months to experience all of the area’s art, architecture, food, and wine. Lovers of Renaissance art could spend a month in Florence and still discover new gems to admire. Wine buffs could sip and sniff their way through weeks in Chianti and Montalcino. Romantics could dream away days in Lucca alone. But most of us don’t have that kind of time, so we’ve designed the 1-week and 2-week itineraries for first-time visitors to discover the best of Tuscany, with a little bit of Umbria, too. Then there is a tour for families, and one for food-and-wine enthusiasts, as well as an art tour that takes enthusiasts well beyond Florence’s city limits.

A car will be indispensable in almost every case, because public transport connects the main towns efficiently—but no more. And the soul of central Italy is found in its countryside, through its sunflower fields and gently sloping vineyards, and its landscapes spotted with storied castles or lonely abbeys.

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Michelin Michelin ePub


Melrose Abbey and Eildon Hills

Grouped round its beautiful abbey ruins, in the middle reaches of the Tweed, Melrose is overshadowed by the triple peaks of the Eildons. This attractive town bustles with visitors in the summer and makes an ideal touring centre for exploring the surrounding countryside. The town’s Summer Festival and the day of the Melrose Sevens (7-a-side rugby football tournament) are lively occasions.

= Population: 2,143.

T Michelin Map: Local map, see Tweed Valley

i Info: Abbey House; t08706 080 404; www.scot-borders.co.uk.

Ñ Location: Melrose is in the heart of the Scottish Borders, 43mi/69km south of Edinburgh via the A68.

w Don’t Miss: Melrose Abbey decorative sculptures; the panoramas from Eildon Hill North.

> Timing: One hour for the abbey, an hour for the town.


Scottish Borders. >Open daily year-round 9.30am–5.30pm. Oct–Mar 4.30pm. Last admission 30min before closing. >Closed 25–26 Dec, 1–2 Jan. |£5.20. t01896 822 562. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk.

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Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

King’s Cross railway station, London.

Getting There

By Plane

London, England, receives most of Britain’s incoming air traffic, and Britain’s principal airport is London Heathrow (LHR; www.heathrowairport.com), 17 miles west of the city and boasting five hectic, bustling terminals (Terminals 1 to 5). This is the U.K. hub of most major airlines, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and the North American carriers. London Gatwick (LGW; www.gatwickairport.com) is the city’s second major airport, 31 miles south of central London in the Sussex countryside. As with Heathrow, you can fly direct or with a connection to or from pretty much anywhere. For information on getting into London from its various airports, see p. 55.

England also has a number of smaller and regional airports. The only two with a significant number of intercontinental connections are ­Manchester (MAN; www.manchesterairport.co.uk) and Birmingham (BHX; www.bhx.co.uk). Scotland’s principal airports, Edinburgh (EDI; www.edinburghairport.com) and Glasgow (GLA; www.glasgowairport.com), also have a few direct connections with North America. For information on getting into city centers from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, see p. 472 and 539, respectively.

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Patricia Harris FrommerMedia ePub

Ronda's medieval Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) is the centerpiece of the town.

R onda is an incredible sight. The city is literally split in two by the 150m-deep (492-ft.) Río Guadalevin gorge known as El Tajo, and houses hang off both sides of the gorge. In 2,000 years, no one has been able to improve on Pliny the Elder’s epithet for the city: “the glorious.” But, if you are prone to vertigo, Ronda’s high eyrie might feel as if the city were built on a spinning plate on a circus clown’s pole. Located at the eastern edge of the mountain ridges that separate the Costa del Sol from the Cádiz plain, Ronda is the gateway to the Serranía de Ronda—the serrated ridges that harbored mountain bandits and political rebels from the age of Caesar through the days of Franco. The city is divided into an older part, which is the Moorish and aristocratic quarter, and the newer section on the south bank of the gorge, built principally after the Reconquest. The old quarter is by far the more fascinating; it contains narrow, rough streets and buildings with a marked Moorish influence. (Look for the minarets.) Walking in the park in the new section, however, provides some truly extraordinary panoramic views as the pathway follows the edge of the cliff.

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Karl Kahler FrommerMedia ePub

A tourist ziplining.

Active and adventure travelers will have their hands full and hearts pumping in Costa Rica. From scuba diving with whitetip sharks and manta rays off Isla de Caño to kiteboarding over the whitecaps of Lake Arenal, opportunities abound. And Costa Rica is not just for thrill seekers. You can spot a rare green macaw in a Caribbean rainforest, or spend some time with a local family learning the language.

This chapter lays out your options, from tour operators who run multi-activity package tours that often include stays at ecolodges, to the best places in Costa Rica to pursue active endeavors. Educational and volunteer travel options are also listed for those who desire to actively contribute to the country’s social welfare, or assist Costa Rica in the maintenance and preservation of its natural wonders. For information on Costa Rica’s top national parks and private reserves, see p. 80.

Organized Adventure Trips

Because many travelers have limited time and resources, organized ecotourism or adventure-travel packages, arranged by tour operators in either Costa Rica or the United States, are a popular way of combining several activities. Bird-watching, horseback riding, rafting, and hiking can be teamed with, say, visits to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park.

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