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Rincon And La Ruta Panoramica

Puerto Rico Puerto Rico’s wild and wonderful west coast is one of the world’s top surfing destinations, and its town of Rincon was put on the map when the World Surfing Championship were hold here on Domes Beach i n 1968. Rin ... [Read more]
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South Georgia Island

South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands (British Overseas Territory) Windswept and largely unknown, the utterly isolated isle of South Georgia stands days away from any civilized shore, a white crest of carved ice rising from the ... [Read more]
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The White Continent

Antarctica Antarctica – terra Australis Incognita, “the unknown land of the south” – is the surreal seventh continent at the bottom of the world, a place of ethereal beauty and unequivocal grandeur that inspired the great ... [Read more]
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Peruvian Amazon

Amazonas, Peru The confluence of the Ucayali and Maranon rivers in Loreto, Peru, forms the legendary head of the mighty Amazon, 2,400 miles from where it flows into the Atlantic. Though Brazil garners most of the fame as the home ... [Read more]
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Galapagos Island

Ecuador A modern-day traveler’s rules of thumb: Visit the most fragile places first; stay on the trails; disturb nothing. Nowhere does this apply more than to the 58 islands and cays of the Galapagos archipelago, which straddle ... [Read more]
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The Atacama Desert

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile Stretching over nearly one-third of Chile’s surface, the Atacama Desert is so otherworldly that NASA has conducted experiments here. But word of its austere yet striking natural has travelled far, an ... [Read more]
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Torres Del Paine National Park

Patagonia, Chile This remote outpost in the heart of Chilean Patagonia is one of nature’s last virtually untrammelled wildernesses. Unmapped before the 1930s, the Torres del Paine park is a 600,000-acre network of aquamarine la ... [Read more]
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Easter Island

Chile The tiny, windswept speck of land called Raja Nui, aka Easter Island, continues to captivate a curious world long after its “discovery” by the Dutch West Indian Company on Easter Sunday 1722. It’s the world’s most re ... [Read more]
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Pantanal

Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil The largest freshwater wetland in the world, a place where more than 100 rivers meet, the Pantanal is an oasis for wildlife of staggering variety. It supports the greatest concentration of fauna in the w ... [Read more]
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Brazilian Amazon

Amazonas, Brazil The vast kingdom of the Amazon, known as Amazonia, stretches across nine South American nations. At 1.4 billion acres it is the largest and densest rain forest on earth, roughly the size of the contiguous United ... [Read more]
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Uyuni Salt Flat

Bolivia The world’s highest and largest salt flat, and the only remnant of a prehistoric salt lake that once covered much of Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni feels like another planet. The white expanse, lying 11,927 feet above sea l ... [Read more]
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Witchcraft Market

La Paz, Bolivia La Paz’s daily Witchcraft Market, known locally as either the Mercado de Hechiceria (“sorcery”) or Mercado de Brujas (“witches”), is a fascinating place, brimming with everything from herbal tea infusion ... [Read more]
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Glaciers National Park

Patagonia, Argentina Characterized by a barren but beautiful landscape that is pocked by 50 major glaciers and more than 200 lesser ones, Parque National Los Glaciares (Glaciers National Park) seems like another planet. While mos ... [Read more]
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Corcovado National Park

Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Costa Rica boasts one of the world’s best systems of reserves and national parks; its 35 wildlife refuges protect more than 25 percent of the country’s territory, so deciding where to hea ... [Read more]
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Placencia

Belize With long, sleepy stretches of white sand shoreline and turquoise water, the 11-mile-long skinny peninsula of Placencia parallels the coast of southern Belize near the Guatemala border. These are the country’s best beach ... [Read more]
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Belize’s Barrier Reef

Ambergris Caye, Belize Belize is part of the longest barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere. The coral mountains and canyons of the Great Mesoamerican Reef stretch unbroken for 750 miles, from Isla Contoy, on the tip of Me ... [Read more]
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Sea Of Cortez And San Ignacio Lagoon

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Separating the 775-mile-long Baja Peninsula and the Mexican mainland, the Sea of Cortez brims with pristine, plankton-rich waters that create an amazing ecosystem like no other on earth. Jacques Coust ... [Read more]

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Polar Bear Safari

Since long before Churchill had a human history (with stints as an Inuit settlement and armed forces base), it was the polar bear capital of the world. Today, every October and November, up to 1,000 of these generally solitary creatures gather jus ... [Read more]

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Heli-Skiing And Heli-Hiking

British Columbia, Canada

Just well of the Canadian Rockies lie waves of mountains: The Cariboo, Bugaboo, Monashee, Selkirk, Galina, and Purcell ranges are unknown to many but famous to fans of high-mountain hiking and powder ski ... [Read more]

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Banff, Jasper, And Yoho National Parks

Alberta and British Columbia

Spanning the crown of the majestic Canadian Rockies are Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks, collectively known as the Rocky Mountain Parks. Banff was Canada’s very first national Park and is no ... [Read more]

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Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming, U.S.A.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s oldest national park, known worldwide for the geysers and geothermal pools that Hark back to its volcanic past yellowstone’s 3,500 square miles enco ... [Read more]

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Route 66

New Mexico and beyond, U.S.A.

There’s no road embedded in the psyche of America than Route 66. Commissioned in 1926, the 2,448-mile “Mother Road” epitomized the American dream and led Dust Bowl refugees and beatniks alike t ... [Read more]

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Swimming With The Manatees

Crystal River. Florida, U.S.A.

Their bodies look like zeppelins and they’ve got faces like sad-sack hound dogs, so it must have been the manatees’ plaintive, squealing murmurs that made old-time sailors think they were mermai ... [Read more]

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Yosemite National Park

California, U.S.A.

“No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote naturalist John Muir, who contributed to the 1890 founding of Yosemite National Park. The park’s dramatic beauty has been famously captured in ... [Read more]

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Death Valley National Park

California, U.S.A.

Located in the northern reaches of the Mojave Desert. Death Valley National Park is the lowest, driest, and hottest spot in America, with scorching summers that reach 125 degree F and higher – in July 1913 i ... [Read more]

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The Kenai Peninsula And Prince William Sound

Alaska, U.S.A.

Lying across a narrow channel from metropolitan Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula is like a movie trailer of Alaska highlight: incredible fishing, hiking, and kayaking opportunities; prolific wildlife; and to its eas ... [Read more]

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Inside Passage And Glacier Bay

Alaska, U.S.A

Alaska has over 40,000 miles of coastline, and you can take in some of the most beautiful from your ship’s deck while sailing the Inside Passage. It stretches through 500 scenic miles in the southeast of the state ... [Read more]

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The Iditarod

Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.

Starting from Anchorage ever March and ending 8 to 15 days later in Nome, the Iditarod is one of the great endurance tests in sport, with competitors mushing sled dogs across 1,150 miles of snow and ice ... [Read more]

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Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resorts

Savusava, Vanua Leva, Fiji

It’s difficult for a small, intimate resort to successfully host bath couples seeking a romantic escape and families with small children. But Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, set within a 17 ... [Read more]

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The Home Of Bungee Jumping And Jet Boating

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

If you want to learn something fundamental about the Kiwi character, you need only know that New Zealand is the recognized home of both bungee jumping and jet boating. The former act of madn ... [Read more]

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Lake Taupo And Tongariro National Park

North Island, New Zealand

Local bumper stickers call Lake Taupo “The Rainbow Trout Capital of the Universe,” and they’re not exaggerating: Even by New Zealand standards, these fish are monsters, with the average catch weigh ... [Read more]

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Snorkeling With Whale Sharks

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, Australia One of the new places you can swim with the world’s largest fish is Ningaloo Reef, on Australia’s west coast. Whale sharks are capable of growing up to 60 feet long, though here they ... [Read more]
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Freycinet National Park

Tasmania, Australia

Freycinet National Park is a dramatic combination of pink granite mountains (called the Hazards), white sand beaches, and lapis-blue ocean, all easily explored. A self-guided 2 ½-hour nature walk through fiel ... [Read more]

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Sailing The Whitsundays

Queensland, Australia

It would be hard to conjure a more splendid destination for setting sail than these idyllic islands in the Coral Sea, discovered by Captain Cook in 1770 on Whitsunday (49 days after Easter). Cradled by the ... [Read more]

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Lord Howe Island

New South Wales, Australia

Hailed as one of the most beautiful subtropical islands in the Pacific, the tiny crescent of Lord Howe Island boasts 90 species of fish, and more than 130 recorded bird species, including the endemic w ... [Read more]

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Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle,Thailand In the rugged north where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet and the Ruak and Mekong Rivers converge, travelers encounter a lush, mountainous region with an abundance of opportunities for adventure. Treks to ... [Read more]
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Amanpulo

Pamalican Island, Cuyo Island, Palawan Province, Philippines

Of the 7,000-odd island in the Philippines, the most exclusive is Pamalican, a minuscule speck in the Sulu Sea. It is occupied by a solitary luxury enclave, Amanpulo, a ... [Read more]

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Borneo

Sarawak and Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia Ginger-haired orang-utans swinging through tropical rain forest and communal longhouses once home to legendary headhunters are the images commonly associated with Borneo. The world’s third la ... [Read more]
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Sipadan

Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia “I have seen other places like Sipadan – forty-five years ago – but now, no more,” said Jacques Cousteau. “Now we have found again an untouched piece of art.” Part of the Semporna Archipelago, o ... [Read more]
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Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park,Komodo, Indonesia Komodo Island, a mere 150 square miles and with a population of just 2,000, is the nearest thing to a 21st-century Jurassic Park. It was established as a national park in 1980 to protect Vara ... [Read more]
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Kamchatka Peninsula

Kamchatka Krai, Russia Often dubbed “the land of fire and ice,” the dramatic Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the most beautiful regions in Russia. Jutting between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, the 770-mile-long peninsu ... [Read more]
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Zakopane

Poland Poland’s very own St. Moritz, Zakopane is the nation’s top center for winters sports and its highest town. It transforms in warmer months to a verdant base for hiking and trekking in the Tatra Mountains, the highest ran ... [Read more]
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Crete

Greece Nationlike in its size and diversity, Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and also one of the most fascinating and beautiful. History buffs know it as the birthplace of the Minoans, Europe's first advanced civilizatio ... [Read more]
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Baden-Baden And The Black Forest

Baden Wurttemberg , Germany I fully believe I left my rheumatism in Baden-Baden," wrote Mark Twain. "Baden-Baden is welcome to it." This town at the northern edge of the dense Black Forest has been the "summer capital of Europe" ... [Read more]
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Arlberg Region And Kitzbuhel

Austria Some of the choicest downhill skiing in the world can be found in the western reaches of the Austrian Alps. Wonderfully picturesque Arlberg ensures ample amounts of powder even other encompasses Lech, its most charming vi ... [Read more]
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The Dead Sea

Israel and Jordan, Middle East The Dead Sea is actually a landlocked lake in the middle of the desert, lying 1,305 feet below sea level. It is the lowest spot on earth, a high point of any Middle Eastern itinerary, and the sooner ... [Read more]