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Caracas Etc.

Susan Brushaber Hunter Publishing ePub

Caracas Venezuela Alive


Susan Brushaber & Arnold Greenberg

Hunter Publishing, Inc.

Alive Travel Books Ltd.


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We first visited Caracas in 1966 to research the city for inclusion in an upcoming edition of our best selling guidebook South America on $45 A Day ($10 then). Although we spent some time visiting other parts of the country, space considerations did not allow us to include them in that guide. But we were so impressed with the variety of the experiences we had that a few years later we wrote Caracas Alive, followed by Venezuela Alive. Most travelers picked up a copy of Caracas Alive, visited that cosmopolitan city and its nearby beaches, then headed home, failing to appreciate that the interior (as Caraqueos call the rest of the country) can be a fascinating travel experience albeit, at that time, an expensive one, since prices in Venezuela were among the highest in the world.

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SAN TELMO AND PUERTO MADERO

Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

DISCOVERING

SAN TELMOaa AND PUERTO MADEROa

It always surprises me how much Puerto Madero and San Telmo have in common. Despite the fact Puerto Madero is one of the newest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and San Telmo is one of the oldest, they share a similar sort of glamour.

Puerto Madero was originally the main port of Buenos Aires. Many of the luxury hotels, offices and bistros found in this district are housed in refurbished brick warehouses along former dockyards. Trendy and expensive, Puerto Madero’s waterfront real estate is the priciest in all of Buenos Aires if not all of South America. It’s also considered the safest part of the city. Though this high-end barrio may lack some of the color of older neighborhoods, it is pedestrian-friendly and is a local favorite for an afternoon stroll. You can take a walk or a bike ride along the docks, or wander through the open boulevards of the neighborhood. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants from simple fast food to exotic international dishes. During the day, the area attracts businessmen from nearby San Nicolás, while at night Puerto Madero hosts the city’s elite. A barrio almost completely on the water, it makes sense that some of its best places are not on land. Puerto Madero has two floating museums, both based in old Navy training vessels.

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2 SUGGESTED LIMA, CUSCO & MACHU PICCHU ITINERARIES

Nicholas Gill FrommerMedia ePub

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Suggested Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Itineraries

You want to get the most out of your trip to Peru in the time that you have available. Here are some ideas for structuring your travels. Unless you have a solid month to spend, you probably won’t get to see as much of Peru as you’d wish, at least on a first trip. Peru is deceptively large, and at least as important are the considerable geographic and transportation barriers that complicate zipping around the country. Some regions require difficult travel by land, with no air access. It’s ill-advised to try to do too much in too short a period; in addition to travel distances and transportation routes, you’ve got to take into account other factors—such as jet lag and acclimatization to high altitude—that require most visitors to slow down. Of course, slowing down is never a bad thing, so feel free to trim the itinerary, too—particularly since several of the itineraries are go, go, go—and add days in a particularly relaxing place, such as the Sacred Valley or the beaches south of Lima.

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9 THE PACIFIC COAST

Nicholas Gill FrommerMedia ePub

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The Pacific Coast

by Nicholas Gill

O ff limits to most travelers for decades until just a few years ago, Colombia’s Pacific Coast is a natural para dise just waiting to be discovered. This is some of Colombia’s most spectacular landscape. It’s here that jagged hills covered in dense, tropical foliage meet the Pacific in dra matic fashion. El Chocó, as the northern half of the region is called, is one of the wettest places on earth, though that doesn’t stop adventurous tourists from camping out in a growing number of small eco-lodges perched on rocky bluffs or pristine black- or white-sand beaches. They take surf lessons, fish for big game, or go whale-watching. To the south, Colombia’s largest port, Buenaventura, once a dreadful place to spend the night, is even coming around with some good places to stay and eat. The vibe up and down the coast is less mestizo and gravitates more toward the Afro-Colombian and indige nous groups that call this region their home. Visiting isolated communities that still cling on to their traditions is just a hop on a canoe or makeshift motorcycle-powered rail cart away.

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Nature

Michelin Michelin ePub

Nature

Colombia sits atop the South American continent, benefiting from both Pacific and Caribbean coasts and covering a total of 1,138,914sq km/707,691sq mi. Marking the beginning of the Andes, its high cordilleras run the length of the country, drawing together the tectonic plates and making way for vast savannas, depressions, topographical anomalies, and coursing rivers that include the mighty Amazon. Given Colombia‘s great variety of landscapes and shared borders with Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Brazil, it takes no stretch of the imagination to realize that just about every microclimate on earth is represented within its boundaries—which is why Colombia belongs to that restricted circle of the world’s “megadiverse” countries.

With such natural riches comes a great responsibility: that of protecting the wealth of fragile ecosystems. A large network of national parks and natural reserves exists in Colombia, allowing humanity to observe rare birdlife, unique flora and fauna and amazing landscapes. Drawn by the opportunity for high-altitude adventures, visitors will be just as pleased as those seeking the country‘s coralline islands, white sand Caribbean beaches or verdant settings of the Coffee Zone.

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