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The Exotic City of San Juan in Puerto Rico

The Exotic City of San Juan in Puerto Rico

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico. It is one of the oldest cities in the Americas and is considered as the most important seaport within Puerto Rico. In addition, it is also the manufacturing, financial, and cultural capital of the country. HistorySan Juan is the second oldest city in the Americas discovered by the Europeans. In 1521, the Spanish colonizers discovered San Juan and called it the Ciudad de Puerto Rico or “Rich Port City”. In the same year, it was given the name San Juan Bauti…

Experience the Beauty of Brazil

Experience the Beauty of Brazil

Brazil is a country blessed with remarkable natural beauty. World-class beaches, wildlife-rich rainforests, mesmerizing heritage sites, and bustling cities are only few of the many attractions that enchant visitors from all over the world. Brazil also takes pride of its great cultural and ethnic diversity, with people expressing their tradition in spirited art and colorful celebrations. If you’re planning a holiday vacation, Brazil is definitely the place to be. Here are the top reasons to visit…

Senhor Bom Jesus dos Navegantes Maritime Procession

Senhor Bom Jesus dos Navegantes Maritime Procession

Salvador, the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia, invites many people around the world to find out for themselves why it is known as the Land of Happiness. Shining with an enchanting glow, Salvador provides countless of reasons for a good celebration. One of the most popular festivals is the maritime procession of Senhor Bom Jesus dos Navegantes or Good Jesus of Boatmen.The traditionOn the first day of the year, a maritime procession honors Bom Jesus dos Navegantes. The tradition was starte…

Getting Wild in the Rio Carnival

Getting Wild in the Rio Carnival

It’s wild, wacky, frivolous, loud, and definitely bombastic. The Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) is celebrated in almost every Brazilian city and town, but in Rio de Janeiro, it becomes a monumental event during the summer months. The Carnival Capital of the World explodes to life when the fantastic spectacle begins. It’s so grand that it attracts half a million foreign visitors every year.OverviewRio Carnival is a four-day celebration, held 40 days before the Easter. It starts on Saturday and…

Take In The Aroma of Grenada

Take In The Aroma of Grenada

The Caribbean island of Grenada has its share of bad press: being invaded by the United States in 1983, getting swept by countless hurricanes. Despite these unfortunate events, Grenada remains one of the Caribbean’s flourishing tourist destinations. This rolling, mountainous nation is covered with the enticing scent of fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers. Grenada is bordered with stunning beaches while situated with picturesque towns. But what makes Grenada a hit among tourists is its…

A Tour Around Teotihuacan Pyramids

A Tour Around Teotihuacan Pyramids

Teotihuacan is one of the most popular archaeological sites in the world. Located about 40 kilometers north of Mexico City, this enormous site is famous for its large pyramidal structures built during the pre-Columbian period. The site also houses a number of museums through which tourists can explore Teotihuacan’s fascinating history. So what is there to see in this ancient city?The Citadel and the Temple of QuetzalcoatlThe Citadel used to be the center of Teotihuacan. It is a large open space …

The Unspoiled Virgin Gorda

The Unspoiled Virgin Gorda

When Christopher Columbus saw this island for the first time, he said to have named it “The Fat Virgin” because the silhouette looked like that of a rotund woman lying on her back.  However, it was only during the 1970s when Virgin Gorda was discovered as a must-travel tourist destination.  Today, Virgin Gorda is the British Virgin Islands’ second most populous island.  Despite its population, Virgin Gorda remains unspoiled with its beautiful beaches and breathtaking ruins.Virgin Gorda is locate…

Speaking Portuguese in Brazil

Speaking Portuguese in Brazil

Many people have a misconception that all countries in South America speak Spanish.  In reality, Brazil is the only exception.  The country’s national language is Portuguese, being a former colony of Portugal.  It is spoken by almost all Brazilians, except for a few very remotely located Indian tribes and some recent immigrants.The difference, however, between Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese-which the locals refer to as “Luso”-lies on a number of pronunciation and contextual differe…

Caribbean Hurricane Guide

Caribbean Hurricane Guide

The Caribbean islands have just as much as hurricanes as there is in the United States, and the hurricane season is usually avoided by travelers wanting to go to the tropical isles. However, that does not mean you should prevent yourself from taking a Caribbean trip even during the peak of hurricane season.Hurricane season in the Caribbean can be livable The biggest myth about hurricanes in the Caribbean is the notion that every hurricane season is unlivable, but in reality the chances of gettin…

Getting Around Buenos Aires

Getting Around Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires’ public transport system is very commendable except for the usual surge of crowds come rush hour. Although its metro railway system is not large, it does cover most tourist attractions of this charming city. It also has a multitude of bus routes and suburban railways that commuters often use.If you are planning to spend a day traveling around Buenos Aires, here are some things you need to know.The zoning is easy to navigate – Most of the city streets intersect into equal squares, wi…