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Mexico City: A Place that Never Sleeps

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

One of Latin America’s most prominent cities, Mexico city is a big metropolis full of attractions, things to do and Mexico City vacation rental options. It is the country’s capital and its economic, cultural and industrial center. It is also one of the largest and most populated cities in the world with more than eight million inhabitants. Visitors to Mexico City will see that it is officially divided into 16 districts or “delegaciones” which are further divided into “colonias” or neighborhoods. It is important to have a grasp of these colonias as almost all locals will know where a given colonia is, but keep in mind that some colonias have similar or duplicate names.

Things to do in Mexico City

Boredom is something you will never experience at Mexico city. There are numerous things to do and see while visiting a Mexico City vacation rental. Regardless if you are visiting with your friends, family or kids, there will always be an appropriate thing to do in this never-stopping city.

Things to See

Angel de La Independencia: One of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Angel de la Independencia is known by locals as simply “El Angel,” is an iconic monument located in Reforma Avenue and Florencia Street.

Plaza Garibaldi – Mariachi: A popular square surrounded by restaurants and cafes where groups of musicians known as mariachis play folk music. Beware though, that payment is expected every time they play a song.

Torre Latinoamericana: If looking for a great view of the city, the Torre Latinoamericana is the place to go. With a height of 597 ft and 45 stories, this building is another major landmark of the city.

Things to Do

National Museum of Anthropology: Recognized worldwide as one of the best museums of its kind, the National Museum of Anthropology was built in the late 1960’s and it gathers an impressive collection of jewels, sculptures and handcrafts of ancient Mexican cultures.

Palacio de Bellas Artes: Very popular among tourists, the Fine Arts Palace is a concert hall and arts center that features some of Mexico’s finest murals worth seeing.

Other things to do in Mexico include:
Zocalo
Guadalupe Basilica
Six Flags Mexico
La Feria de Chapultepec
Chapultepec Park and Zoo

Canary Islands: Seven Different Worlds

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Canary Islands vacation rentalsLocated on the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are a Spanish territory unique in the world. Surrounded by blue waters this magical archipelago is a popular vacation destination among tourists that love great weather and diversity. It is composed by seven different islands; Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera and offers visitors a great variety of vacation rentals and accommodation alternatives. If you are visiting the Canary Islands expect an entertaining vacation that can be as active or as relaxing as you would like it to be.

Tenerife: One of the most diverse islands of this archipelago, Tenerife offers visitors everything from beautiful coasts to giant cliffs and volcanic landscapes. It is the largest of the Canaries and among its numerous attractions visitors of a Canary Islands vacation rental will find great weather, climbing, paragliding, fishing, skin diving, surfing, windsurfing and many more.

El Hierro:
Perfect for nature lovers, staying at a Canary Islands vacation rental in El Hierro offers a peaceful vacation full of natural beauty and a contrast of very different landscapes. This is the smallest of all the islands and features breathtaking underwater scenery, mountain bike pathways for active souls, charming rural accommodations and natural swimming pools among many other attractions.

La Palma:
Colorful villages and colonial cities make up this enchanting island known by locals as “Isla Bonita” which canary island vacation rentalsmeans Pretty Island. Those staying at a vacation rental in La Palma will be treated with spectacular natural landscapes, volcanic cones and charming bays. Famous attractions include the woodland of “El Canal y los Tiles,” and the “Caldera de Taburiente” sight.

Gran Canaria: Golden beaches and endless dunes of white sand make Gran Canaria a favorite among tourists. Staying at a Gran Canaria vacation rental will provide you with a vacation full of historical quarters, extensive commercial areas, delicious restaurants and a unique nightlife. The island is perfect for those in search of real adventures!

La Gomera: Those who love tradition will love staying at a La Gomera vacation home. This island of the Canaries has conserved its ancient traditions and offers nature in its purest form. The Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must visit to this astonishing place.

Lanzarote: Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993, Lanzarote is an exotic island located in the easternmost side of the Canaries.  When visiting Lanzarote expect crystal-clear waters, dark volcanic sand and powerful waves ideal for such sports as surfing and windsurfing.

Vancouver: Ski Lovers’ Paradise

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Vancouver vacation rentalsA coastal city located in the Canadian province of British Columbia, Vancouver is the ideal vacation destination for ski lovers. It is the third largest city of the country and offers visitors majestic natural beauty. Finding Vancouver accommodations and Vancouver vacation rentals will not be a hard task as the city is tourist oriented and counts with a variety of alternatives. It is nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean offering visitors innumerable outdoor opportunities. The city is divided by locals into three, the Westside, Eastside and Downtown. Although this division is simply geographic, each of these areas offers unique attractions.

Vancouver Downtown:
Those staying in a downtown Vancouver vacation rental will find that this part of the city is home to many attractions and restaurants. Shopping addicts will have a blast as shopping here is simply world-class and those who like architecture will be delighted with the city’s downtown structures. Fine dining is also found at every corner while those looking for beaches can enjoy at the Sunset Beach, and the English Bay, Second and Third Beaches. Nightlife here is also amazing including nightclubs, comedy clubs, pubs, sport bars and much more.

Vancouver Westside: Covering the neighborhoods of Kitsilano (often referred as simply Kits), South Granville, UBC and South Vancouver Vacation RentalsVancouver, this part of Vancouver offers Vancouver vacation rental guests a relaxed break with beautiful beaches, charming markets a thriving arts scene, numerous museums and delightful gardens among many other things. If visiting Kits, make sure to visit the Spanish Banks, a set of three beaches popular among skimboarders and kite boarders. If staying at South Granville a good entertainment alternative is the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre Company while those visiting UBC and South Vancouver should not miss the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

East Vancouver: Although this part of Vancouver is largely residential those visiting this area can have fun at the Playland a the PNE, a medium sized amusement park with activities like a wooden rollercoaster, games, shows for kids and many other rides. The park is open daily from late June to August and weekends only on May and September. Other area’s popular attractions include the Parade of Lost Souls which takes place around Halloween and features fire dancers, live music and many other fun things. If you like sports and horse racing the Hastings Racecourse and a Vancouver Giants Hockey game may be the option for you.

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.

Buenos Aires: A City to Love

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Buenos Aires is one of those cities that you either love or hate; but if you are a culture devotee and like cities where there is always something to do, you will most likely fall in love with this eclectic metropolis. Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina and it is located in the southern shore of the Rio de la Plata. It is also one of South America’s most tourist friendly destinations and a place that posses an incredibly rich cultural identity.

The moment you step on Buenos Aires you notice its European heritage mainly evident on its architecture. Places like the “Teatro Colon”, one of the world’s finest opera houses, not only depict this legacy but also represent the intellectual personality of the city. In Buenos Aires arts, history and traditions combine effortlessly with modernity and a nightlife that never stops.

The Birthplace of Tango

Visiting Buenos Aires and not attending a Tango show, whether it is a street show or a sophisticated Tango venue, is like going to Paris and not stopping by the Eiffel Tower. The Tango dance and music embody so much of the Argentinean traditions that if you want to truly understand this city and its people you have to start by understanding Tango.

Although the dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires derived from various forms of European music, it soon became popular throughout the society and today tourists can appreciate its different styles by the numerous tango shows that exist throughout the city.

Some of the most popular Tango shows include Señor Tango, Esquina Carlos Gardel and La Ventana; all of which feature different tango styles and offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a classic and delightful Argentinean night.

The Best Meat of the World… Or Pizza?

Although it is hard to judge whether or not Argentineans have the best meat of the world, you can rest assured that it is one of the best quality. Regardless if you buy it at the market or at an elegant restaurant odds are you will get a piece of steak that will certainly be worth your money. Argentineans’ love for meat is reflected on the city’s numerous restaurants and diners. Of course you can find a Mc Donalds if that is what your are looking for, but Buenos Aires’ version of fast food restaurants; small diners that offer delicious and juicy steaks at a very affordable price and a great selection of pizzas (other of the numerous Argentinean passions) seem like a better option for those who can appreciate a good piece of meat… or pizza!

Some of the most renowned meat restaurants of Buenos Aires include La Brigada and La Cabaña de las Lilas. La Brigada is located in the funky San Telmo district and it is the ideal place to enjoy a Sunday lunch with locals and appreciate the over-the-top soccer décor. After pleasing your tummy with a delicious set of ribs, one of the restaurant specials, you can head to the famous “Feria de San Telmo;” a popular antique street fair that takes place in the San Telmo neighborhood every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The fair features more than 270 stands where you can find all kinds of antiques, paintings and accessories among many other things and numerous street performers that give the fair an ambiance unlike any other.

La Cabaña de las Lilas, other of the most famous steak houses of the city offers tourists meat with a texture and taste that are simply a knock-out. The restaurant is located in the trendy Puerto Madero and it is a wonderful place for a night out with friends. Once you are done with your meal you can enjoy a walk around Puerto Madero’s marina, the modern hotspot of today’s Buenos Aires.

If you are looking for a cheaper option without sacrificing quality a good alternative is “Siga la Vaca”. This all you can eat restaurant known by locals as “Tenedor libre” or free fork, offers incredible barbecue options that you can order directly from the grill. For no more than $20 USD you will get all the meat you can eat, dessert and one drink. Although sometimes you may have to wait in line as they don’t take reservations, this restaurant is definitely worth your time and money.

Caminito and La Boca: Symbols of Buenos Aires

Possibly one of the biggest tourist hotspots of Buenos Aires, Caminito Street holds a charm almost impossible to explain. Its colorful homes that have its origins from Italian immigrants in 1880 and its numerous street entertainers that dress up in typical Argentinean outfits have lured visitors for years and years, making it one of the most symbolic streets in Buenos Aires.

Another symbol of the city is the district of La Boca home to the soccer stadium La Bombonera. Evenif you are not a soccer fan, visiting this stadium can be an exciting experience. Its name, which in English means “Chocolate Box,” is due mainly to its shape with a flat stand on one side of the pitch and three steep stands around the rest of the stadium that looked from up seems like a chocolate box. The stadium is owned by one of Argentina’s most famous soccer clubs, Boca Juniors so you will find a museum featuring exhibits of the club’s players and a large mural of Diego Maradona, one of Argentina’s internationally acclaimed soccer players.

La Recoleta Cemetery and Eva Peron’s Grave

Listing a cemetery as a tourist attraction may seem a little weird to some people, but Buenos Aires’ Recoleta Cemetery is definitely a must in your list of things to do. This cemetery is located in the exclusive Recoleta neighborhood and it has graves of some of the most famous and influential people of Argentina. You will find graves of presidents, scientists and also Eva Peron, the best known person buried here. If you have the chance, wait for the tour guide. Guides are free and they offer a great insight of the personalities buried here.

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A Non-expensive Caribbean Vacation is Possible!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

What a better place to spend the summer than relaxing at one of the many Caribbean islands. Sunny days, warm waters and sandy beaches await those who decide to make the Caribbean their next vacation destination. Places such as Montego Bay and its duty free shopping, Ocho Rios and its famous scuba diving and the less touristic town of Treasure Beach guarantee visitors a summer vacation of a lifetime.

Unlike popular belief a Caribbean vacation does not have to be extremely expensive. An excellent way of saving on such vacation is by looking for accommodation alternatives to a hotel room; as it can result quite expensive especially if traveling with a large group or the whole family. Vacation rentals for example, provide the comfort and space from home most of the times at lower rates than those of a hotel room. Websites like Rentalo.com offer a great variety of alternatives.

Those traveling with a large group will find a beautiful Falmouth home for fourteen people. This classic home is located within a short walk to the Heights Beach and it features a yard with incredible views of Martha’s Vineyard. The house has a brand new kitchen, dining area, full bathroom, two bedrooms, and an over sized living room with a fireplace and multiple sitting areas. More information about this property can be found at: http://rentalo.com/199596/capecodhome5.html. Rentalo.com offers a complete list of Falmouth accommodations.

A waterfront studio condo suitable for two people is listed at Rentalo for $185 USD a night. This beautifully decorated condo is located just a ten-minute walk from the center of town, and it is set three hundred feet back in the woods. It is equipped with a full kitchen, a queen-size bed, cable television, DSL internet, a furnished living area, and wrap around decks overlooking the foliage. Read more about this condo at: http://rentalo.com/24082/eastendsecluded.html. Visit Rentalo.com for a list of Provincetown vacation rentals.