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This country has emerged from the shadows of a dark recent history.It's home to the Ruwenzori Mountain Range and the source that feeds the world's largest river.Also the gorillas are residing here as well as the Big Five,hence wildlife watching is recommended.
Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated;in French it is sometimes called"le pays des milles collines".Coffee and tea are the main cash crops for export.It's one of the only two countries in which mountain gorillas can be visited safely.Music and dance are an integral part of Rwandan Culture.
Kenya is a country rich in wildlife,culture,history and friendly,welcoming people.Kenya is geographically divers,from snow-capped mountain peaks to extensive forests to wide-open plains.It's attractions include the Great Rift Valley,which features extinct volcanoes and hot springs and the coastline,complete with reefs and magnificent beaches.
Costa Rica and Panama
Pristine rainforests, rugged natural beauty,trails leading to jungle-fringed deserted beaches. It offers magnificent wildlife and patches of untouched nature:an introduction into tropical biodiversity in miniature.
Brazil is the largest country in both South America & Latin America.It's the world's fifth-largest country by both area & population.It's Amazon River Basin includes vast tropical forest,home to diverse wildlife,ecological systems & protected habitats.Hence it's a megadiverse country and subject of significant global interest and debate regarding deforestation and environmental protection.
Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity.Here you will find epic mountain ranges,ancient cities,sweeping deserts and warm hospitality.
The Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) with capital city Constantinople(Istanbul) became the Ottoman Empire. In the 15th and 16th centuries,the Empire entered a long period of conquest and expansion.Ataturk became the first president of modern Turkey in 1923.
Jordan is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia,bordered by SA,Iraq,Syria,Israel,Palestine and the Red Sea.It's a small semi-arid country with a population of 9.5 million with Sunny Islam as dominant religion.
The country is a major tourist destination and also attracts medical tourism(cosmetic surgery,dental tourism).
Nonetheless lack of natural resources,large flow of refugees,regional turmoil have crippled economic growth.
La Republica Dominicana
It's a sovereign state occupying 2/3 of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Carribean regio.It is the most visited destination in the Carribean,due to it's tropical climate,white sand beaches,mountainous landscape and colonial history.
Cape Town and Western Cape
Kaapstad is a coastal city in S.A. and the capital of the Western Cape province.The city is famous for its harbour,its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region as well as Table Mountain.Located on the shore of Table Bay,Cape Town was first developed by the Dutch East India Company(V.O.C.) as a supply station for their ships.
Crete is the largest island in Grece.Here,you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations,explore glorious beaches,impressive mountainscapes,fertile valleys,steep gorges and a rich gastronomic culture.
Once known as Thebes;Luxor's importance in ancient Egyptian history cannot be denied.It was the religious capital for almost of the Pharaonic period which is why the town is dominated by the two temples:Luxor and Karnak and the burrial sites of the Valley of the Kings/Queens.
Peru is a distillation of the wildest landscapes-from frozen Andean peaks to the deep Amazon-the oldest traditions of weaving and art made by sophisticated cultures on the continent.The ruins of Machu Picchu,the Andes Mountains and the source of the Amazon River are all found in Peru.
Mountain ranges,hills,ravines,rivers,lakes,ponds,fields and sea scenes will dazzle travelers here and there.Large and small cities are hidden throughout the map,waiting for visitors to discover them.Every province has an history to learn:you just need to find yours.
Mpumalanga province is home to the world's famous game reserve,the Kruger National Park, it's third-deepest canyon,the Blyde River Canyon, ancient caves,the Sudwala Caves and a fascinating gold-rush history.
Chile is nature on a colossal scale.The geography of Chile is extremely diverse:the country extends 4270 km from North to South and the Andes-range covers almost of its eastern border.This land of incredible and unusual contrasts is home to numerous beaches,fjords,sea channels,glaciers and icebergs.
While from afar Zimbabwe's plight doesn't paint a rosy picture,the reality is different on the ground for tourists:it's one of the safest,friedliest and most spectacular countries in Africa.
A landscape full of incredible colors will captivate you,everywhere you look around.Four worlds in one place:Galapagos Islands,Pacific Coast,Andes and Amazon.
Hong Kong:Asia's World City
Futuristic skyscrapers set against a shimmering harbor...Hong Kong makes a first impression like no other place on earth.The former British Crown Colony is prime for an urban adventure;from the neon-lit streets of Mongkok to the humble fishing villages in Tai O,you will never run out of sights to discover.
Extreme landscapes,cosmopolitan cities and rich heritage,Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces,its beaches,deserts,"the bush" and "the Outback".It's well known for the attractions of its large cities such as Sydney,Melbourne,Brisbane and Perth.
Cadiz and Sevilla
Cadiz is generally considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe,founded as Gadir by the Phoenicians in about 1100 BC.The ancient centre is surrounded almost entirely by water.
Malaysia has a lot to offer:from the tropical beaches of Penang and Malacca to the futuristic city of Kuala Lumpur,passing the rainforests of Sarawac and Sabah states(Borneo).
Cartagena de Indias/Colombia
Cartagena de Indias is one of the most popular destinations on the rise.The sea breeze and the sunset that transform the colors of 400-year-old houses enchant visitors.A World Heritage Site,this city was founded by Pedro de Heredia in 1533.The colonial architecture of its buildings is protected by the most complete set of fortifications in South America.
Lamu is immediately standing out as you approach it from the sea channel.The shopfronts and mosques creep out from behind a forest of dhow masts.Then you take to the streets or,more accurately,the labyrinth-donkey-wide alleys from which children grin...
One of the most populous places in all of Asia.Java is also characterized by a great natural beauty.Its central spine is dominated by hundreds of volcanoes,many of which are still very evidently active,their fertile slopes supporting a landscape of glimmering rice fields spotted with countless small villages.To the south is the homeland of the ethnic Javanese and the epicentre of their arts,culture and language,epitomized by the royal courts of Yogyakarta and Solo.
The prehistoric breakup of supercontinent Gondwana separated the Madagascar-Antarctica-India landmass from the Africa-South America landmass.Madagascar later split from India allowing plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation.The majority of all plant and animal species are endemic including the lemurs.
The Gambia is one of Africa's smallest countries and,unlike many of its west African neighbours,has enjoyed long spells of stability since independence.Stability has not translated into prosperity:only one-sixth of the land is arable and poor soil has led to the predominance of one crop:peanuts.Tourism is an important source of foreign exchange.
Senegal is the country of "Teranga" or hospitality in Wolof and indeed this is one of the friendliest spots in West-Africa.Golden beaches are a stone's throw away, while to the north are the mighty Baobab trees of the Sahel.
India,it is often said,is not a country,but a continent.Stretching from the frozen summits of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala,its expansive borders encompass an incomparable range of landscapes,cultures and people.
Spectacular Venezuela,home to some of South America's most incredible landscapes,rightly has a terrible image problem at the moment.Hyperinflation with a drop in living standards and supply of basic goods while safety,particularly in Caracas is worse than anywhere else on the continent.
Tunesia is prime territory for a straightforward sun-sand-and-sea holiday.But beyond the beaches it's an underrated destination with distinct cultures and extreme landscapes.
La Palma,the greenest of the Canarian Islands,offers the chance to experience real,unspoiled nature-from the verdant forests in the north,with lush vegetation and rainforest canopy-to the desertscapes of the south,where volcanic craters and twisted rock formations define the views-to the serene pine forests of the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente.
Huelva y Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche
In the north of the province of Huelva(Spain) is a group of medium-height mountain ranges which make up the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche.The vegetation and fauna are rich and plentiful in this area:large forests of oaks,chestnut trees...birds of prey(hawks&vultures),lynx,genet,fox,marten...It was in the city of Huelva that Christopher Columbus recruited local sailers for his voyage,so it's a mecca for those interested in Columbus.
Lloret y Tossa de Mar
Lloret de Mar is a Mediterranean coastal town in Catalonia,Spain.It's one of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Brava and offers an appealing climate,great scenery,excellent walking routes and a wealth of competitive accomodations.
Wherever you are in Barcelona,there's always something to see:jewels of Catalan Art Nouveau,Modernisme and Contempory Architecture,museums and art galleries,the Montjuic mountain and gardens...Fill up on tapas,pintxos and vermouth of the house in classical bodegas.
Island of the Gods:The rich and divers culture of Bali plays out at all levels of life,from exquisite flower-petal offerings placed everywhere,to the processions of joyfully garbed locals,shutting down major roads as they march to one of the myriad temple ceremonies.Almost everything has a spiritual meaning.
Tanzania is the plains of Serengeti,the snow of Kilimanjaro, the Usambara Mountains,the mythic isles of Zanzibar & Pemba...