South America – Tourist Destinations https://www.tourist-destinations.com World Travel Guides Fri, 12 Jun 2020 09:21:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Bogota, Colombia – Things to know https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2020/06/bogota-colombia-things-to-know.html Fri, 12 Jun 2020 09:16:09 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=30225 As the capital city of Colombia, Bogota is one of the most touristically developed cities in the region. How so, you may ask? Well, let's put it like this- there is not much left to improve on an already beautiful city.

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How much do you appreciate your free time and what do you like spending it on the most? Those couple of weeks of vacation seem so precious that we always spend it traveling abroad. Despite all that’s being said about this city, Bogota stole our hearts away and promised to return it when we come back again!

As the capital city of Colombia, Bogota is one of the most touristically developed cities in the region. How so, you may ask? Well, let’s put it like this- there is not much left to improve on an already beautiful city. It is not only a vacation for the soul but the eyes as well which we truly appreciated! In the next few paragraphs, we hope you will fall in love with it as much as we did so we can later share memories and experiences.

Always the first thing for the us-the region. Vibrant colors, exciting streets, and loud but happy music are what used to surround us daily in Bogota. Whether it is the main Carrera street or just some side ally hidden from the curious looks of the tourists, you will get what you were looking for beauty! Sure, we also heard that it is all but safe in Bogota, but if you follow the main rules they give you upon arrival you won’t have any trouble! Yes, it is that easy!

The next step is the accommodation. Bogota vacation rentals are to die for! Not only the price but the whole package is out of this world. When you look at the photos of some of the rentals what you expect to hear is a three-digit number or even more. Not a lot of time passes until you realize that for that price you can be living like a king there!

There is also one warning we need to issue! If you are currently on a diet do not, we repeat do not visit Bogota! It is one of the worst places in the world to watch out on your calorie intake because those colors and tastes are heavenly! There are also some types of fruit we weren’t able to name! Imagine that! Ajiaco black folks fish or bandeja paisa is one of the most famous dishes but if you manage to explore the cuisine more than we did, we expect you to reveal your secrets!

If you want to know (and we wanted to know) what your daily budget should be, it depends on what you expect out of it! For example, for 20$ you can easily get by and just for a little bit more, you can enjoy restaurants, museums, attractions and the rest. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

If there is anything that we missed or you want to know about Bogota, please let us know! We are looking forward to hearing your opinion and experience as soon as you return from your well-deserved trip!

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Belo Horizonte – the most beautiful horizon of Brazil https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2020/04/belo-horizonte-the-most-beautiful-horizon-of-brazil.html Tue, 21 Apr 2020 10:52:26 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=19017 The city of Belo Horizonte is for most of the ultimate experience in Brazil. A place, which connects not only the culture of the county and the infamous art but as well the unique way of life, which characterises the Brazilians.

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Thinking of Backpacking in Brazil, you immediately connect the colorful time of carnival, the infinite rain forest, and the pleasant Brazilian sun, as well as the vibrant cities of the country. Apart from the giant capital Rio de Janeiro, a name, which turns up more and more often is Belo Horizonte. The city is one of the most important centers in Brazil, not only for the economy of the country but as well for the numerous travelers visiting each year. The translation of „beautiful horizon“, promises a lot. During the first visit, the megacity holds this promise and surprises with a vast variety of attractions. The giant sea of houses forms not only a unique view but promises as well one of the best times one can have during backpacking the country of Brazil.

Brazil in one single city

The city of Belo Horizonte is for most of the ultimate experience in Brazil. A place, which connects not only the culture of the county and the infamous art but as well the unique way of life, which characterizes the Brazilians. The importance of Belo Horizonte lies in the economy. It is not only the capital of Minas Gerais, but as well a place where culture comes together. Travelers can explore some of the most important buildings, ranging from churches over architecture to whole stadiums of Brazilian soccer. Therefore, Belo Horizonte unites the whole country of Brazil in one single city giving each visitor an extraordinary stay with numerous highlights.

Belo Horizonte: what every Backpacker should see

Unique Brazilian architecture

One of the most famous parts of the city is the architecture. Starting with the Sao Francisco de Assis, a famous church of Belo Horizonte. From the outside, it does not look like a church, which is exactly the aspect that makes it so special. It unites both the architecture, the art, and the sanctuary, making it one of the most visits to the city.
At the Freedom Square in the city center, Backpacker can witness the famous Art Deco style and wander around the park. Many well-known artists and architects have shaped the city of Belo Horizonte. Especially the art of Oscar Niemeyer seems to attract millions of visitors into the city.

Museums full of history and art

Backpackers who love to know more about the background and the history of a country or a city will get the most out of their visit to Belo Horizonte. With the Art Museum, the Mineralogy Museum and the Art and Crafts Museum, a few days can be spent simply visiting museums. Backpackers can get detailed information about the art in Brazil and learn more about the history of a vibrant country.

Brazilian nature in the parks and surroundings

If the hectic life of the megacity is too overwhelming after a few days of exploring, Belo Horizonte offers some places of calmness. Multiple parks around the city, like the Parque Municipal, offer a green getaway. Some can even be compared to a whole botanical garden and offer a good insight into the flora and fauna of Brazil. Just outside the city, some hiking trails lead up into the mountains to fantastic viewpoints. Seeing Belo Horizonte from above and overlooking the whole city is a perspective any Backpacker should see.

Brazilian culture in the streets

One of the best impressions a Backpacker can get from Belo Horizonte is simply wandering through the streets. The markets and the vibrant life of the locals transfer the true Brazilian feeling and give a good insight into the culture. Sunday markets, local restaurants, and street artists can be found anywhere in Belo Horizonte and offer a ticket into the world of the locals.

Belo Horizonte – the real Brazilian adventure

Due to the attractions and the uniqueness of the city, Belo Horizonte turns into one of the most popular places for tourists in Brazil. Any Backpacker who wants to experience life in a megacity will get the ultimate experience, exceeding any expectations.

The platform Backpackertrail provides even more information about Backpacking in Brazil. From useful hacks to know-hows for traveling through Brazil, Backpackertrail is the number one address for Backpackers.

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El Yunque, Puerto Rico – What to do when you are there https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2019/12/el-yunque-puerto-rico-what-to-do-when-you-are-there.html Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:17:22 +0000 https://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=18849 Puerto Rico is a central island in the Caribbean, a USA territory with the same currency and about 3 hrs from NY or FL and fares are low – less than $300. El Yunque is a major attraction – most people do not know what to do – but since beaches are near a good ...

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Puerto Rico is a central island in the Caribbean, a USA territory with the same currency and about 3 hrs from NY or FL and fares are low – less than $300. El Yunque is a major attraction – most people do not know what to do – but since beaches are near a good combo is the best. El Yunque was hit by Hurricane Maria and many key trails are still closed (La Mina is closed).

0-Study the roads – PR 66, PR-191, El Yunque trails, be prepared. Bring water and food and a backpack with some 1st aid and raincoat, bath suit, good shoes.

If you want a slower way to get to EYNF you can go via Rio Grande, see this nice video on this approach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxRVX6-TzKI. This is precisely the way back I recommend + Loiza road up to Old San Juan. It does cover the entire PR 191 road to El Yunque – a GREAT video – thanks!

1-Have your own car, arrive EARLY – EYNF Park Opens 7:30, closes 6 pm. Entrance is free.

2-From SJ use Route 66 (toll – prepaid) – it’s much faster. But can return via Luquillo beach and then Loiza to Condado direct,  Make stops – food, beaches & can see awesome sunsets, coastline and palm trees on Loiza road PR-187 on the way back. PR-187 starts in PR-3 Rio Grande town – after EYNF entrance and gets to Condado and Old San Juan in the end – with little traffic compared to PR-3.

3-Take a plunge and explore Quebrada Juan Diego – not may chances now for bathing,  La Mina Trail is closed after Maria.There is a great waterfall at the end of the trail too, but like all trails walk with FULL focus on the trail – to be SAFE. This has very few parking spots – if not possible keep going, or have someone drop you and pick you up later, or can walk up to road – but there is a lot of traffic.

4-Jump quickly to La coca falls, take photos and then Yokahu tower to get soon to Mt Britton trail. Maybe find a place to get wet in la Coca if step#3 failed.

Next when you go up notice how the forest changes – you are arriving at the true cloud forest – the pristine forest that has never been cut down.

5-Drive to the end of the park,  road PR-191, it makes a LOOP then there are about 20 parking spots (that’s why it is best to be early), else wait. Go up the Mt Britton  trail – a very good trail  – BEAUTIFUL and varied. Paradise! Great for photo and videos. The trail is up for about 1 hr. Go to Mt Britton tower, then explore if you have time – this is another story…go down via the main (asphalt) road  – not the trail – more views and it’s easy and longer. Note: the image is of the view of East peak from Mt Britton tower. What is the East Peak? – Sorry it is an open SECRET…

6-You will then end up just after the PR-191 close gate (half of PR-191 is closed due to a huge landslide) – go RIGHT. This closed road section is far more PRIVATE – and there are no cars! Not many reach here!

7-Soon will see the Tradewinds trail (14km – very long). If have good shoes go for about 30 minutes slowly, appreciate the true forest. This is AFTER Maria, there is damage, but it is recovering fast. Explore a bit but do not leave the trail. It looks bad at the beginning – due to erosion – but it improves very quickly.

8-Walk down the closed PR 191 as much as you want – it’s 2 hrs down and get back. I like to have picnics on this road. Kill the day there and relax

9-Get back to the car, drive down to Luquillo beach (balneario La Monserrate) , have food, swim. There is food there too. Quiet during the week.

10-Return via Loiza (entrance in Rio Grande). Do not use PR 66 – unless you are in a hurry. Enjoy the many food places there, make stops, see the sunset.

11-You end now in a triumphant entrance to Condado via Isla Verde, another great beach on the way. Hang out in El Morro lawn or Old san Juan …

It’s great feeling to have the 4-elements in a day:

a) A Good bath in a Yunque river b) Hike a trail c) Relax and explore El Yunque a bit and have a picnic in a private setting d) Swim in the beach – it’s a magical feeling!

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World’s 5 Best Urban Beaches https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/11/worlds-5-best-urban-beaches.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/11/worlds-5-best-urban-beaches.html#respond Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:50:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=44 By now, every beach-lover and party-goer across the globe knows Ipanema. Famous for its white sands, crystal-clear waters and wide shorelines, Ipanema becomes a perfect venue for urban parties in a scenic beach setting. It is a fact that Ipanema is one of the attractions that made Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s sought-after destination.

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IPANEMA (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
By now, every beach-lover and party-goer across the globe knows Ipanema. Famous for its white sands, crystal-clear waters and wide shorelines, Ipanema becomes a perfect venue for urban parties in a scenic beach setting. It is a fact that Ipanema is one of the attractions that made Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s sought-after destination. Being an all-out urban beach, it is very typical to see sexy Brazilians wearing barely-dare bikinis and trunks, among the reasons why Ipanema has become a famous tourist spot.
BARCELONETA BEACH (Barcelona, Spain)
If not for the 1992 Olympics, Barceloneta Beach will remain to be a district of fishermen and metal laborers. Now, a wide beach that stretches up to three-quarter-mile from Port Vell to the Olympic Marina is one of the world’s most-favorite urban beaches. Completing the scene is the line-up of quirky restaurants and tapas bars along the beachfront. The beach represents the reasons why tourists long to be on this side of Barcelona: warm and friendly people, a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, freshly-done seafood and paella, and picturesque beach scenery.
SOUTH BEACH (Miami, Florida)
The strip of South Beach has become a venue for showing-off glitz, glamor, and style; no doubt it is one of the world’s most-favorite urban beaches. South Beach has the perfect mix of scenery that ranges from turquoise water, golden sands, and modern-styled hotels that make the beach even more stunning. It cannot be denied that South Beach is causing Miami’s tourism to soar as the beach gladly welcomes millions of tourists from all walks of life year in, year out. And because South Beach also boasts of chic restaurants and flashy bars, people come here not just to have a dip or to get a tan but to party and have fun all day long.
BONDI BEACH (Sydney, Australia)
Apart from the world-acclaimed The Opera House, Sydney’s majestic beaches are regarded as primary attractions as well. Bondi Beach, for instance, has never stopped in welcoming beach-goers from near and far. Bondi has a stunning view of clear waters and fine sands, and its wide shoreline is very ideal for beach lounging to get the much-coveted just-been-to-the-beach complexion. The mild to wild waves of Bondi Beach also caused it to be one of the world’s top surfing destinations. Because the beach has numerous ways to make the holiday memorable, Bondi has become one of the famous urban beaches around the world.
ENGLISH BAY BEACH (Vancouver, Canada)
The views of the mountains envelope the English Bay which gives accent to the equally stunning turquoise waters and fine golden sand. It is in this part of Vancouver where witnessing the incredible sunset is a delightful activity. Packed with small stalls that offer locally made ice cream, hot dogs, fresh seafood, and other treats, beach-goers are guaranteed an incredible dining experience when in English Bay. Adding to the attraction is the yearly happening of Celebration of Light Fireworks, which attracts thousands upon thousands of spectators from near and far.

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5 Urban Wonders Of The World https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/5-urban-wonders-of-world.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/5-urban-wonders-of-world.html#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:58:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=50 Lombard Street being one of the top urban wonders in the world, owns the record as the street with the most switchbacks in a single block. With eight steep and sharp turns, Lombard Street literally looks like a giant dizzy snake lying on the road.

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LOMBARD STREET (San Francisco, USA)
This famous street in San Francisco, California is known to be the most-challenging street of all. Lombard Street owns the record as the street with the most switchbacks in a single block. With eight steep and sharp turns, Lombard Street literally looks like a giant dizzy snake lying on the road. Known also as “the world’s most-crooked street,” Lombard Street was constructed that way to lessen the natural grade of the hill which was too steep for vehicles.
KING FAHD’S FOUNTAIN (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Being the world’s tallest fountain is enough to merit King Fahd’s Fountain as an urban wonder. This fountain shoots water in an incredible 1023-ft (312m) height which is greater than the height of the Eifel Tower. King Fahd’s Fountain shoots an amount of 625 liters of water in one second at the speed of 233 miles per hour. Because of its seemingly unreachable height, the waters of the King Fahd’s Fountain can be sighted even if the spectator is miles and miles apart.
PARLIAMENT STREET (Exeter, England)
This street in England is over a hundred years old today, but what makes it as an urban wonder is not its age but its unbelievable narrow size. Usually, a street is where a vehicle can conveniently pass, but that will never happen in the Parliament Street, as the street measures just 25 inches inches wide which is just enough for a relatively medium-built person to pass.
DWARF EMPIRE (Kumning, China)
This is a village-cum-amusement park manned with little people who are dressed in fairy tale-like costumes and live in small castles. It is actually a village dedicated to the little people who cannot find a decent job, and instead of wandering in the streets, they are placed in the Dwarf Empire. Little people from all over China can come to the Dwarf Empire to live and actually get paid in return of the entertainment they give the visitors. The private owner of Dwarf Empire aims to help more little people and aspires to build an empire of over a thousand members in the future.
DAMANHUR TEMPLE OR TEMPLE OF HUMANKIND (Northern Alps of Italy)
The underground of the modest homes of Italy’s northern Alps is where a massive, intricately-decorated temple is found. Dedicated to Damanhur devotees, the temple is described as a place for eco-society, art and faith. The Damanhur Temple, whose official name is The Temples of Humankind, was secretly constructed in the 1970s. Adorned with impressive murals and vividly-colored stain glass, the temple was once seized by the Italian government due to illegalities. After sometime, it was returned to Oberto Airaudi, the builder and founder of Damanhur and the temple has been serving as the congregation’s place of worship.

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Top 10 Grand Boulevard in the World https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/top-10-grand-boulevard-in-world.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/10/top-10-grand-boulevard-in-world.html#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:48:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=54 Accentuated with glorified buildings, quaint shops, delightful cafes and perfectly-landscaped horse-chestnut trees, Champs-Elysees stretches its irresistible beauty from a public square called Place de la Concorde to a famous landmark, the Arc de Triomphe. In France, Champs - Elysees is regarded as the most upscale and high-end boulevard where prestigious and luxurious shops are seen in every turn.

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Champs-Elysées (Paris, France): Accentuated with glorified buildings, quaint shops, delightful cafes and perfectly-landscaped horse-chestnut trees, Champs-Elysees stretches its irresistible beauty from a public square called Place de la Concorde to a famous landmark, the Arc de Triomphe. In France, Champs – Elysees is regarded as the most upscale and high-end boulevard where prestigious and luxurious shops are seen in every turn.
 
Lombard Street (San Francisco, USA): Lombard Street, found between the streets of Hyde and Leavenworth, may be just an ordinary street to some, but what makes this boulevard famous to tourists and all over the world is its crookedness, and there is no other boulevard in the world can have such character. With eight sharp switchbacks and a design that adapts to the steepness of Russian Hill where Lombard Street sits, it is named as “the world’s most crooked street.”
Michigan (Chicago, USA): This- outstanding north-south street in Chicago is home to the famous Magnificent Mile, the area north of Chicago River, which is always upbeat and busy courtesy of high-end shopping destinations, delightful dining scene, colorful entertainment centers and luxurious hotels that unceasingly attract people. The boulevard is also a home to The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Water Tower and the Millennium Park. Further, most of Michigan’s parts are well-maintained historic districts.
The Strip (Las Vegas, USA): Las Vegas Boulevard, popular to the name The Strip, is hailed as the world’s Sin City for all the right reasons. It is the world’s mecca for gambling, entertainment and bright lights and this boulevard never sleeps as it has varied features to enjoy any time of the day. In the morning, upscale hotels are all geared-up to provide its luxurious amenities from relaxing massage down to pleasant dining. As the sun takes a break, bright and flashy lights become alive and The Strip becomes crowded and tolerably noisy.
Broadway (New York, USA): Apart from the musicals and theater industry, this famous Time Square area is popular in the world because of its flashy billboards which never fails to captivate one’s attention. Because no other boulevard in the world can have such unique and interesting scenery, no tourist leaves New York without experiencing the Broadway.
Passeig de Gracia (Barcelona, Spain): Spain’s most famous boulevard is also popular to the world, thanks to its remarkable architecture that adds spice and delight to the scene. Because Passeig de Gracia comprises of top of the line shopping destinations and business centers, it becomes Spain’s most celebrated avenue and is regarded as Barcelona’s most expensive street.
Gran Via (Madrid, Spain): Gran Via, or the Great Way, is a majestic boulevard in Madrid. It is known as the Broadway of Spain because of the nightlife that happens in its premises. Gran Via is also a famous destination when it comes to shopping places, theaters, dining areas and accommodations. But perhaps, the most captivating feature of the boulevard is its line-up of well-preserved 20th-century architecture.
Andrassy Ut (Budapest): Mansions that best define Neo-Renaissance architecture, used as delightful cafes, luxury shops and high-end restaurants, are only one of the many remarkable elements of Andrassy Ut. Because this boulevard plays hosts to many of the nation’s well-preserved historic places, most of the avenue’s spots are listed in the prestigious World Heritage Site.
Paulista Avenue (Sao Paolo, Brazil): Not only Paulista Avenue is known to be the country’s center for finance and commerce, this boulevard also boasts of a wide shopping scene and interesting hub for art. This boulevard is one of the most important landmarks of Brazil as it is where Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo is found and it is also where the world-famous Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade is annually staged.
 
Orchard Road (Singapore): Among the boulevards in Asia, the Orchard Road in Singapore must be the most famous in the world. Not only it is a well-known tourist magnet because of designer names flashed in every corner and luxurious brands found in every turn, it is also in Orchard Road where the official home of the country’s president erects. Because of numerous establishments that operate in Orchard Road, this famous boulevard is busy day in and day out.

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On top of the world: Roofs that offer amazing scenery https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/04/on-top-of-world-roofs-that-offer.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/04/on-top-of-world-roofs-that-offer.html#respond Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:02:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=115 Imagine you are sitting high on the roof of a high building with a coctail in your hand, and in front of you lies a whole city. The images in this article are showing places like that, that look stunning.

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Imagine you are sitting high on the roof of a high building with a coctail in your hand, and in front of you lies a whole city. The images in this article are showing places like that, that look stunning.

1. The bar on the roof of Bayan Tree Hotel, Bangkok

2. Garden on the roof of City Hall in Chicago

 3. The roof of the Hotel Four Seasons, Mumbai

 4. La Pedrera House, the work of the architect Gaudi, Barcelona

5. The roof of the Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

6. Roof with a swimming pool at the Joule Hotel, Dallas

7. The roof of the Lebua Hotel, Bangkok

8. Swimming pool on the roof of the Hotel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

9. A view of a building in Singapore

10. Football Field roof of a building in Tokyo

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Cristo Redentor (Statue of Christ the Redeemer), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/04/cristo-redentor-statue-of-christ.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2014/04/cristo-redentor-statue-of-christ.html#respond Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:49:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=116 Christ the Redeemer or Cristo Redentor is a statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil of Jesus Christ. Between 1931 and 2010, it was considered as the world’s largest and most popular Art Deco statue until the statue of Christ the King in Poland topped the list.

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Christ the Redeemer or Cristo Redentor is a statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil of Jesus Christ. Between 1931 and 2010, it was considered as the world’s largest and most popular Art Deco statue until the statue of Christ the King in Poland topped the list. Christ the Redeemer statue is 30 meters tall when the 8 meters pedestal are not included with its arms stretching at 28 meters wide. The statue has a weight of 635 tones and it is located on the Peak of Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca Forest National Park and overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer symbolizes Brazilian Christianity and since its erection, it has become one of the most revered icons in Brazil and the most prominent one in Rio de Janeiro. Historical accounts record that the construction of the Christ the Redeemer started in 1922 and was finished in 1931. The monument was first opened to the public on 12 October 1931. According to the original design, the engineers intended for the statue to be lit by a battery of floodlights that would be triggered remotely by a shortwave radio pioneer in Rome. However, the signal was greatly affected by poor signal, and workers in Rio had to lit it.
The 75th anniversary of the statue was held in October 2006 and a chapel was consecrated by Cardinal Eusebio Oscar Scheid, the archbishop of Rio. The chapel was named after Patron saint of Brazil and this meant that Catholics could now hold weddings and baptisms under the statue. On 10 February 2008, a flash of major lightning struck the statue during a period of a violent electrical storm. As a result, the statue suffered some damages on its fingers, eyebrows, and head. The state government of Rio de Janeiro put in place plans to restore the Christ the Redeemer statue. The restoration aimed at replacing outer soapstone layers of the stature and repair work on lightning rods that were installed on it. Unfortunately, the statue was again damaged in January 2014 which resulted in one of its fingers getting dislodged.
During the consequent restoration efforts on the statue of Christ the Redeemer, graffiti was sprayed on its right arm and head. This act was regarded as a crime against Brazil which led to the arrest of the artist who vandalized it. Since its construction, further work of restoration has been carried out on the statute and the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro has overseen all the restorations. More work continues to be done on the statue of Christ the Redeemer and its surrounding environs. For instance, a set of walkways, elevators, and escalators were installed in 2003 on the statue to facilitate ease accessibility of the visitors to the platform that surrounds it. The internal structure of the Christ the Redeemer statue has also undergone a series of renovations which mostly involved the removal of microorganisms and fungi and repair work on small cracks.

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Montevideo, Uruguay https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/09/montevideo-uruguay.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/09/montevideo-uruguay.html#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:19:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=218 The pleasant city of Montevideo serves as the capital city of the southern America country of Uruguay. The city traces its history back in 1724 and largely remained as an old town before being modernized in the 19th century.

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The pleasant city of Montevideo serves as the capital city of the southern American country of Uruguay. The city traces its history back in 1724 and largely remained as an old town before being modernized in the 19th century. This shows the old fort demolished and replaced with Plaza Independencia. Today, Montevideo has grown into a large city and is surrounded by several suburbs. Most visitors come into the city through Carrasco International Airport. The public transportation system in Montevideo is very efficient and buses are the best way to get around the city. Tourism in Montevideo is not largely developed as such but you can expect to take home memorable experiences out of your visit.

Most of the skyline in Montevideo is dominated by Palacio Salvo and you can get excellent views of the city by taking an elevator up to the top free of cost. The Mausoleo de Artigas is one of the largest monuments in the city that was built to pay tribute to one of the Independence heroes in Uruguay known as Jose Gervasio Artigas. A mausoleum is built under the monument where his ashes are kept in an urn.

The National History Museum in Montevideo preserves important historical aspects of the country. Sexual diversity monument was built in 2005 that honors the diversity of sexual orientations and identities in Montevideo. Additionally, the city is of great interest to gay people and there are several places dedicated to them. In September, last Saturday, all the historical places and museums in Montevideo are free to the public. The MAPI is a cultural museum where Uruguayan technology and indigenous art is displayed. Museo Torres Garcia is a prominent artist whose work is largely displayed in the museums.
The Palacio Legislativo is the national parliament of Uruguay and an iconic symbol for the long-lasting democracy in the country. The Montevideo Museum of Natural History appears more or less like a mosque. Other attractions include Museo del Carnaval, Fortaleza General Artigas, Museum of Decorative Arts, Mercado del Puerto, Cathedral, Teatro Solis, Old Sepharadi Synagogue, Tiles Museum that exhibits more than 3000 tiles, National Museum of Anthropology and National History and a central cemetery in the city.
Parque Rodo is the main park in Montevideo that features many amusement facilities. The Rambla is a waterside roadway where you will encounter tourists and locals fishing, biking, and drinking. Colonia is a little pleasant World Heritage town and a good place to get away from the noisy and hectic city life in Montevideo.

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Hanga Roa, Easter Island https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/09/hanga-roa-easter-island.html https://www.tourist-destinations.com/2013/09/hanga-roa-easter-island.html#respond Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:50:00 +0000 http://www.tourist-destinations.com/?p=229 Located in Chile in the province of Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as the capital, harbor and main town of the province. With a population of about 5000 people, it is the most populous town on the Island.

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Located in Chile in the province of Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as the capital, harbor and main town of the province. With a population of about 5000 people, it is the most populous town on the Island. Avenida Abu is the major avenue in Hanga Roa and the heart and soul of this town. Most of the restaurants, hotels, stores, and the only pharmacy and supermarket are located along this avenue. At the town center, you will find the Roman Catholic Church and the museum. With increasing technological advancement and development of communication services majorly funded by the Chilean government, the city has recently seen the cropping up of numerous automated teller machines and internet cafes.
There is also a huge stadium in Hanga Roa which is a multi-purpose known as the Estadio de Hanga Roa and it is the ground for the local football team. There are several guesthouses and hotels distributed all over the town which and mostly used by the large number of tourists to Hanga Roa who mostly visit the town to see the famed World Heritage Sites especially the moai statues. Traveling to Hanga Roa and the rest of the island is facilitated by the International Airport of Mataveri and there are direct flights from Lima, Papeete, and Santiago.
Hanga Roa is a hub of culture and traditions which are well represented by art galleries and museums alongside other fun and interesting attractions that will impress any visitor. The two museums found in the city are worthy of a visit especially for visitors with little children or young families. Also, remember to visit the Maritime Museum which stores many other cultural artifacts.
Rano Kau and Taura Island are attributed as the two main features that have shaped the tourism landscape of Hanga Roa city. Orongo is another unique and fun tourist attraction worth a visit which has continued to pull many visitors into the region from far and near locations. If you are not sure about the exceptional attractions the city offers, you can ask for directions from local tour guides who are always friendly and always willing to help.
The main city attractions in Hanga Roa comprise the Te Ra’ai Restaurant which has made eating a tourist activity on the Island. The local typical food selections are worth a taste and restaurants such as Makona and Caldillo de Congrio know exactly what it is required to prepare the most delicious meals.
Hanga Roa is also famed for its amazing night attractions that will give you all the reasons you want not to be in your bed at night. A typical night in the city especially during weekends is characterized by group excursions, entertainment, and food. Some of the notable weekend attractions such as Topatangi and Toroko bring an inevitably great and a memorable celebration. Hanga Roa is also an exciting place for kids as there are exhilarating and exciting spots for adventures such as attractions along Moai Road that are a wonder of excitement for children and adults alike.

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