Things to do in Guatemala City

Guatemala offers a diverse range of activities. From the must-see, world-famous archaeological wonders of the Maya, to its unspoiled jungle reserves, never-ending hiking opportunities, and a mix of colonial towns, modern cities, and tiny villages, Guatemala is a tourist’s paradise. And the best part is it’s satisfyingly inexpensive, too.Guatemala

Here are few things you must certainly do if you get a chance to visit Guatemala.

Enjoy colonial Antigua

Antigua doesn’t have splendid architectural wonders, but its colonial charm with cobblestoned streets provides a perfect laid-back atmosphere for its visitors. There are many busy street markets, cheap restaurants, bars, welcoming plazas, and fancy dessert places. And the views are breathtaking. For the shopaholics there are charming souvenir shops to indulge in some retail therapy.

Owing to its colonial heritage Antigua Streets in Guatemala are very pretty. That is one of the reasons why tourists visit Antigua instead of the capital. For the adventurous, there are Volcano hikes, which are arranged by most hotels.

Visit Lake Atitlan

It may look tranquil, but it’s a party town. To go to any lakeside villages you can take boat trips. Each village has its own different native cultural heritage. To experience the non-colonial culture of the Maya, who still populate the region, a visit to these villages are a must. The more athletic visitors to Atitlán can explore the mountains. You can take all sorts of hikes, or lighter walks, and trekking up the mountains to catch the sunrise.

Explore the ancient Mayan ruins

A visit to the lost Mayan city is an out of the world experience. Discovering the lost civilizations of the ancient Maya is something you should not miss. Here you will find millennia-old abandoned pyramids adorned by intricate carvings. Tikal is one of the most widespread Mayan cities ever discovered in the world. You can spend all day here, discovering ancient monuments.

Admire the natural wonders of Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey set deep in the jungle in what seems to be the middle of nowhere is a huge natural limestone formation. You can go for hiking trails. You will find guided tours and easy transportation, to take you through the park. If you really want to get away from civilization you can even stay inside the park itself in one of the lodges. If you like swimming, you can take a tour to the Kan’Ba caves, a vast maze where you’ll swim along an underground river.

Immerse yourself in traditional culture

This is yet another highlight of visiting Guatemala. You’ll see people dressed up in traditional outfits selling souvenirs in many countries. But in the highland towns in the west of Guatemala, even teenagers are dressed in the traditional outfit known as a huipil.  It existed before the arrival of the Europeans and is common throughout parts of Mexico and Central America.

Lake Izabal

Lake Izabal is a massive lake where you can in fact swim. Here you will find a river cutting right through a perpendicular rock canyon, a Spanish castle, riverside eco-lodges, warm spring waterfalls… Isn’t that enough reason to visit?

Visit the mountaineer’s paradise of Xela

People can have all sorts of outdoorsy fun here. You can also visit the Municipal Theater, and even see a play. Xela, also known as Quetzaltenango, is a perfect base for mountain trips or volcano hikes. The city is the second largest in Guatemala, and is modern and lively.

Enter the jungle

Guatemala is covered by unspoiled wilderness. Massive jungle reserves remain intact although deforestation is a continual problem. For instance, Tikal is surrounded by jungle, and filled with wildlife. Many other Mayan sites are likewise concealed away, enclosed in forest.

Wonderful Places to Spend New Year’s Eve 2017

It’s worth to make the festivities memorable on New Year’s Eve because it comes only once a year. But which is the best place to ring in the New Year?

Many cities offer a wide variety of New Year’s Day activities so you can have fun even after the New Year’s Eve.

Here is a low-down on some of the best cities in the world to spend New Year’s Eve 2017.

NEW YORK CITY

Few other cities can rival New York City’s buzzing atmosphere. For the very reason millions of people gather in Times Square to see famous musicians and the ball drop, in which a crystal ball that is 12-foot-wide and weighing nearly 12,000 pounds descends atop on Times Square. If you want to avoid the crowd, book a reservation at one of the bars or restaurants, from where you can see the Times Square. To enjoy the best views of the midnight fireworks take a boat ride on New York Harbour.

RIO DE JANEIRO

The world’s wildest New Year’s Eve party happens on the Iconic Copacabana Beach. This unique Brazilian celebration known as Réveillon is a mix of traditional, superstitious and religious beliefs. Large stages will be erected on the ocean front where live music performances will be held. You can shake a leg with samba dancers and also enjoy the colourful fireworks.

SYDNEY

The largest fireworks display in the world is put up at Sydney.  The fireworks against Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House backdrop are indeed breathtaking. The waterfront show is attended by more than a million people, which also includes a water and air show featuring aerial acrobatics.

LONDON

Londoners ring in the New Year to the chiming of Big Ben at midnight. To see the stunning fireworks display and lightshow thousands of people gather on the banks of the Thames and its many bridges. The streets of central London will see a parade on New Year’s Day. There will be marching bands, a march of the Queen’s horses, colourful floats, and costumed dancers.

LAS VEGAS

The party capital is visited by more than 250,000 revellers on New Year’s Eve. With pyrotechnic displays, laser shows and live bands, the Las Vegas Strip transforms into a giant street party. The city also hosts an incredible number of parties in hotels, clubs, and casinos, concerts, and shows.

WALT DISNEY WORLD

For the family crowd the best place to ring in the New Year is the Disney’s Magic Kingdom — Walt Disney World. It’s packed with fun activities all day long and is open until 1 am. There are dance parties, Cirque du Soleil performances, live entertainers, and more culminating in midnight fireworks show. There will be laser shows, Jingle Jungle Parade, just before midnight.

BANGKOK

The Central World Square is where all the action happens on New Year’s Eve. Thousands of people gather here to witness live concerts, video screens projecting celebrations from around the world as well as stunning light shows. The riverside gets illuminated at midnight with a series of fireworks displays.

Visit World’s Craziest Party Towns

If you are a party animal, you will be longing to party while on a vacation. There are some fantastic party destinations around the world to party like crazy.

Party TownHere is a list of some of Craziest Party Towns around the gold. So put on your dancing shoes and go wild!

New Orleans, USA

New Orleans, the largest city in the United States, is a party hotspot. It has a multilingual heritage and is famous for its music, cuisine and annual festivals. While in New Orleans, don’t miss The Bourbon Street and try the city’s signature rum drink Hurricane. Another interesting fact is that it is legal to drink on the street, as long as it is in a plastic cup!

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is known as the World’s Party Capital. Privilege, the largest club in the world, is in Ibiza. On this hopping island the night parties go on till 6 am. In case you are in it for the long haul most clubs stay open as late as 8 am. To prepare for the long night ahead seasoned clubbers in Ibiza usually take naps early evening.

Las Vegas, USA

The list is not complete without Las Vegas, the Sin City. You’ve all heard the famous term, “what happens in Vegas…” and the legends are true. Its vibrant nightlife and uncompromising party atmosphere is unparalleled. Whether it is clubbing on the strip or throwing dice at a casino, the possibilities are endless.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

You can party on the beach, day and night. Beautiful women, sprawling beaches, and parties 24/7 are what this Brazilian city is all about. No wonder it is called The Marvellous City! In this city the party aura is overwhelming and you will feel it in all of your senses. The waterfront comes alive after midnight, with disco clubs and samba beats.

New York, USA

The city that never sleeps, New York, has endless energy all day and night. Here you will get the best of the best in nightlife, restaurants, music, and more. Its streets are continuously humming with activity. Not only that. Its cultural extremes and romantic grandeur are unmatchable.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

At Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam’s famed party district, most of the dance clubs open only at midnight! You will find an eclectic mix of people here from high-society socialites to flamboyant drag queens, and tourists who are looking to have a crazy night out.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin has the most liberal and diverse nightlife in Europe. You will find techo, rock, and alternative clubs, which are open all night. To indulge a more open-minded crowd, Germany’s capital city is also home to all kinds of fetish clubs. The hotspots are endless in this party city.

Manchester, UK

The city sees more than 1 lakh weekend visitors on a typical weekend evening. The city is known for its dedication to live music and bands. If you love dancing, check out the tons of techno and hip-hop based venues in the city.

If your next trip is to any of these party hotspots, your travel agency will be able to arrange visa and passport services.

 

10 Must See Places in Barcelona

Millions of tourists visit Barcelona every year. It is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations with a lot of fascinating places to visit. A buzzing nightlife, favourable weather conditions, beautiful mountains, attractive beaches and exotic local cuisine make Barcelona a favourite tourist haunt. If a travel agency is planning your tour package ask them to include these must-see places in the itinerary.

BarcelonaSagrada Familia

One of the most popular attractions in Barcelona is La Sagrada Familia. Designed by Antoni Gaudi in the late 1800s it is a large and complex basilica. The religious symbolism built into all the spaces of the church and the exquisite design elements are mind-blowing. La Sagrada Familia is a study in architecture and it’s worth a visit.

La Rambla

The busiest street in Barcelona is La Rambla, located just off Plaza Catalunya. It is popularly known as Las Ramblas, because it is not just one street but several different streets with a distinct feel. It is indeed a feast to the senses with the fabulous Boquería Market, restaurants serving delicious local cuisine, bars, and street performers.

Casa Mila

Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, Casa Mila’s construction started in 1906 and was completed in 1910.  The alluring architectural creation doesn’t have one straight edge on the exterior The colourful building is considered Gaudi’s most eccentric creation. Not only its interior and exterior but even its roof has an incredible structure.

Barceloneta

Barceloneta is probably the most popular among Barcelona’s seven different beaches, and is closest to the city centre. It has a coastline stretching over 4.5 km. It has a beautiful walkway, which is quite popular with cyclists and joggers. During the summer months when the beach bars open up this beach is very crowded.

Parc Guell

Home to the famous Salamander sculpture, Parc Guëll is one of the most celebrated works of architect Antoni Gaudí and is certainly one of the most symbolic of Barcelona. Gaudi did much of the planning and landscape design in the area, which was originally meant to be a residential property. The land was later sold to the city of Barcelona and turned into a park. Gaudi has designed many buildings and structures in this park. And a walk through the park is indeed a magical experience.

Casa Batllo

Casa Batlló, a remodelled nineteenth century building, is Gaudi’s yet another masterpiece. Its exterior and interior is unique and look straight out of a fairytale. Like La Pedrera, and La Casa Batllo, Casa Batllo is equally stunning with its unique architecture and infamous ornamental pillars in the entrance to the terrace.

Font Magica

Located below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc hill, Font Màgica is a fountain, which was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. Its display of water, light and music is spectacular, and attracts hundreds of visitors. The illuminated Palau National provides a beautiful backdrop for the mesmerising fountain.

Montjuic

Montjuic is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top and gives a commanding view over the city’s harbour below.  Another interesting sight is the Palau Nacional (National Palace). The majestic building is home to the Museu Nacional d’Art. A number of sports facilities were build in Montjuïc for the 1992 Olympics.

Museu Picasso

The Museu Picasso in Barcelona’s La Ribera houses over 4,000 works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. You get a glimpse of Picasso’s relationship with the city of Barcelona if you visit this museum. The museum is housed in five adjacent medieval palaces, which itself is a sight to behold.

Camp Nou

This is one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions and Europe’s largest sporting arena. Home to formidable European football champions F.C. Barcelona, it can accommodate almost 100,000 people. A tour of the ground is must for all sports fans.

A trip to Barcelona can be easily arranged by a travel agency. And most of these places will be included in their tour packages. They might even help you with passport services. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the trip!

Top-Rated Tourist Places in Nebraska

Nebraska’s inviting cities and interesting natural attractions are often overlooked. Lincoln, the state capitol, and Omaha are indeed worth a visit. There are vibrant cultural scenes and many old historic areas that would delight tourists. For those who love to explore, Nebraska’s landscape holds some enthralling attractions. If a travel agency is managing your trip to Nebraska, ask them to include these attractions in the tour package.

NebraskaOmaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Zoos may not be the most exciting thing to see while visiting a foreign country. But the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha is not your average zoo. It is home to the world’s largest indoor jungle, the largest indoor desert, and the largest aquarium and nocturnal exhibit! There is more. It also has an IMAX 3D theatre. The exhibits are mostly engaging and interactive. For instance, you can take a camel ride or touch stingrays! Can it get any more attractive!!

Old Market in Omaha

To shop and dine, the best place is the Old Market in Omaha. It has a quaint and historical feel with renovated old buildings and cobblestone streets from the early part of the 19th century. The restaurants, coffee shops and retail establishments are located in these attractive buildings. The Durham Museum and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is just walking distance from the Old Market.

Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland

This museum in Ashland is a must-visit for those who love aircraft and aviation technology. It is situated mid way between Omaha and Lincoln. It is spread over 300,000 square feet and showcases all kinds of spacecraft, airplanes, and special exhibits that change on a regular basis. You can watch seasonal astronomy shows at the planetarium located here, and even go for motion rides.

Chimney Rock National Historic Site

The Chimney Rock formation dates back to around 24 million years ago. In the early to mid-19th century this vivid rock spire was a renowned landmark. The region looks more or less the same even now. For fans of history it will be interesting to learn about the geology of the formation and the history of the Overland Trail.

Haymarket District in Lincoln

The Haymarket area is a fun place to visit at any time of year. It has restored historical buildings, brick streets, great restaurants, and a lively atmosphere. The sightseeing attractions are the town clock and the restored water tower.

Scotts Bluff National Monument

This is a magnificent natural structure, which was used as a landmark by travellers making their way west on the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails. Over the years many improvements have been made to the area. There are three tunnels and to reach them you have to travel through a winding road. There are great viewpoints and beautiful countryside to see if you are game for a hike.

Carhenge

Carhenge is constructed with automobiles. On the grasslands you will find 39 cars arranged in different positions. It is indeed a fascinating view. There are a number of other unique works on site. And the entry is free.

Ask your travel agency to include all these attractions in the tour package. They will also be able to offer you visa services. What are you waiting for?