Archive for April, 2009

The Grand Canyon: A Staggering Creation of Nature

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

More than a National Park the Grand Canyon is an experience. This marvel of nature is one of those places that can truly leave you breathless. Once there, you realize that you are just a minimal creature of this world, and that there is got to be a supreme force that is able to create such an awe-inspiring beauty. Taking a look at this staggering creation of nature is simply a privilege that not a lot of people in this world have; so if you do have the opportunity of visiting this place, don’t even doubt it for a second.

The Grand Canyon National Park is located in Northern Arizona and it is one of the United State’s oldest National Parks. The park contains the beautiful Grand Canyon which is a chasm of the Colorado River and one of the wonders of the world, also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its immense size of 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep can overwhelm anybody’s senses and its geologic record preserved is what attracts the attention of the world. Although its rocks are not unique and many similar rocks can be found in other places of the world, its wide variety and clarity with which they are exposed is what makes them exclusive.

Hiking at the Grand Canyon

There are many ways to experience the splendor of the Grand Canyon and one of them is hiking. If you like adventure and are a professional hiker, this is an opportunity you will never forget. When hiking at the Grand Canyon you will be hiking at a high elevation of 7,000 to 8,000 feet in a desert climate. Water and element protection as well as appropriate skills will make the difference between life and death; however the rewards are simply indescribable.

Air Tours

If you are not so adventurous yet would like a panoramic view of the Canyon you can try an air tour. Outside the Grand Canyon National Park there are numerous scenic air tour operators that offer helicopter and fixed wing tours. Many companies also operate tours out of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

Mule Trips

If you prefer earth activities like me, then a mule trip should be your option. There are two different mule trips, the ones that go from South Rim and the ones that go from North Rim. South Rim trips can last two days and go to the Colorado River and back up to the South Rim. There is also a one day option. North Rim trips do not go to the river and can be from one hour to half a day. It is recommended that you book in advance because this tours get booked really fast.

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The Worry-Free Lodging Guarantee

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Have you ever feared booking a vacation rental because you don’t know what to expect on the other side? This is a totally understandable fear and a very common concern from travelers that are about to book a vacation rental. Although most travelers are honest people sometimes booking a vacation can be a surprising experience if you don’t take the necessary precautions.

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Festival Traveling: A different Way of Exploring the World

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

There are many ways to travel the world; through luxurious resorts, in a pre-arranged tour and backpacking among others, but one way that I find particularly interesting is through festivals. Around the world there are many strange traditions and happy festivals being held, that give travelers the opportunity to explore the world through a more artistic way. From the UK to Africa and South America, there are millions of possibilities with countries holding a festival every day of the week. In our travel blog we have decided to review some of these festivals, whether popular or not to give our audience an idea of what could be exploring the world through the eyes of a festival.

It is all About Food

Some places have a strong fixation on food and they demonstrate it through their festivals. The Cheung Chau Bun Festival in Hong Kong is an excellent example. This one hundred-year old festival is set on the island of Cheung Chau and is held every year in May. In the past, after a three day vegetarian diet, thousands of men descended to the island’s lone village where a 60 ft ‘bun tower’ awaited for them. The idea was to climb the tower and pull off more buns than your competitors. Unfortunately due to an accident where the tower collapsed injuring more than 30 climbers this festival was cancelled in 1978. The new festival was re-established in 2005 with new safety rules like allowing only 12 people to climb the tower, all properly harnessed for security. At the end of the festival there is a parade with dragon dances that fill the streets.

Other popular festival is the “Noche de Rabanos” or Radish Night in Oxaca, Mexico. This festival is held every year during December and it is the focal point of Christmas celebrations. During this festival the idea is that visitors carve radish sculptures that range from small animals to human figures and events representations and the grand prize is around the 1,300 USD. It lasts only a few hours due to the vegetables limited lifespan, There are other two categories in which the participants compete: using dried flowers (flor inmortal) and corn husks.

Music Colors and Tradition

If you want some music, colors and tradition I highly recommend Colombia’s “Carnaval de Barranquilla.” Although not as big as Rio’s carnival, the Barranquilla Carnival has gained international recognition in the latest years for being one of the most traditional festivals in the world. Celebrated four days before Ash Wednesday at the end of February, this carnival offers visitors traditions that date back to the 19th century featuring street dancers, music performances and masquerade parades that practically paralyze the city. During the carnival you will see typical Colombian dances that include Cumbia, Porros, Mapalé and Fandango among others. The carnival was proclaimed by the UNESCO in November of 2003 as one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral Intangible Heritage of Humnanity.”

So next time you think about traveling check out some travel blogs and get informed about the festivals going around. This way of traveling will definitely give you another perspective of the place you are visiting.