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Best Travel Destinations for Singles

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One of the most rewarding ways to explore the world is by travelling solo. You don’t have to make any adjustments or put up a brave face for others. It can be thrilling and challenging too. From deserts to city, we list out some of the best places for singles.

Best Travel Destinations for Singles

Cuba

Cuba is known for its cigars, salsa and colonial architecture. However, Cuba now has a lot more to offer. There are many artisans’ shops as well as tiny restaurants that serve excellent food. Cuba is also famous for exceptional home stays that are ideal for singles. It is also a safe travel destination for people travelling alone as it has a low crime rate.

Lombok and the Gili Islands, Indonesia

Lombok is gaining an excellent reputation with independent travellers who want to learn to snorkel, surf or dive in clear, beautiful waters. It is not as crowded like its more famous neighbour, Bali. It offers a lot of sightseeing opportunities, from the verdant paddy fields to gigantic Gunung Rinjani volcano with its hot springs and waterfalls. From Lombok it is easy to access Gili Islands, which is the favourite haunt of all party animals.

Guatemala

If you are looking forward to explore Central and South America Guatemala and its ancient Maya ruins are the right place for singles. You can stay for a while and learn more about their culture and heritage as it is not an expensive travel destination. There are a lot of adventure activities like hiking, white-water rafting and kayaking. Apart from getting a closer look at the most active volcano in Central America, you can explore the jungle.

South Island, New Zealand

One of the most beautiful places in the world, New Zealand has glaciers, mountains, craggy coastline and lakes. New Zealand’s beautiful South Island offers many solo activities like zorbing, skiing, horse riding, hiking, bungee jumping, kayaking, skydiving, white-water rafting, jet boating, etc. The small country has jaw-dropping scenery around every nook and cranny.

Kenya

Kenya is the place for safaris. To take you out into the wilderness alone you can easily arrange for a guide or join a big group. Accommodation is also easy to find. The city has a great nightlife. You can go club hopping in taxis, but take care of your belongings, especially while in Nairobi.

Barcelona, Spain

One of the best places to travel alone is the busy Barcelona. For people watching its café-lined boulevards are just perfect. You can also have a great time on one of the city beaches. To commute also it is easy as you can use the public transport. There are many cool bars and restaurants to hangout.

New York City, USA

New York has a lot to offer for singles. There are world famous museums, iconic landmarks, some of the best shopping destinations or simply explore the streets of Manhattan. Apart from its classy restaurants there are many food markets too. You could also people watch in Times Square, visit a Brooklyn flea market, or go rollerblading in Central Park.

Ireland

Ireland welcomes strangers like no other country. The people are very friendly and helpful. It offers a lot of sightseeing possibilities and if you are lucky enough you might even get to watch a music concert. Here you’ll find some of the country’s most consecrated sites like the Rock of Cashel, Skellig Michael, and Croagh Patrick.

 

Places in India for Summer Vacations

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When the mercury rises, these beautiful destinations stay refreshingly cool. We list out some of the best places to visit in India for summer vacations.

Munnar: Kerala

Munnar is a tourist’s paradise with its picturesque valleys, unending expanse of tea plantations, mountains and exotic species of flora and fauna. March marks the beginning of summer in Munnar and the temperature will be pleasant. Summer showers are common so don’t forget to pack an umbrella.

Ooty: Tamil Nadu

One of the very famous hill stations in India is Ooty, in the Nilgiris. It is full of tea and coffee plantations, and botanical gardens. A visit to the Ooty Lake offers wonderful views of the mountains. It is gifted with a salubrious climate similar to the English summer and offers extraordinary scenic beauty.

Shillong, Mawlynnong: Meghalaya

It is a joy to watch the beautiful mountains of this region. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a beautiful town, and has lots of places for sightseeing. The most popular tourist spot is the Elephant Falls. India’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong, is also yet another tourist attraction. Umiam Lake, the Don Bosco Museum, Lady Hydari Park, etc are some other places for sightseeing. For trekkers, David Scott Trail is a must visit.

Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

Horsley Hills is one of the most scenic places in the state, and provide a good break from the town and its heat. Apart from the panoramic view, the place also offers lot of activities and is best for those who love to indulge in a little bit of adventure sports, like rappelling, zorbing, trekking and rock climbing.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

ManaliManali is forever charming, and is a popular summer holiday destination for people from all over the country. The hill station is filled with verdant forests. Manali has different charms in all seasons. During summer you can indulge in outdoor activities such as rafting, paragliding, and trekking in the Solang Valley. The region’s flora will be in full bloom during summer and it will look out of the world. Some of the major attractions include Vashisth, Hadimba Temple, monasteries, Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley.

Dras, Nubra Valley: Jammu and Kashmir

The second coldest inhabited region in the world is Dras. The valley starts from Zoji-la Pass base. If you are visiting the place during the summer you can trek to visit the War Memorial, Mushko Valley, and Draupadi Kund.

Nubra Valley with its mystical Shyok River, wide landscapes, and the gorgeous mountain offers breathtaking views.

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang situated at a height of 10,000 ft is yet another beautiful place. With Sela range of West Kameng to the east, Tibet to its northern side, and Bhutan to the southwest, Tawang’s location itself deserves special mention. Adding to its charm are the splendid valleys, misty rivers and amazing waterfalls. Tawang Monastery, Shonga-tser Lake, Sela Pass, Bumla Pass and Nuranang waterfalls are must-see places in Tawang.

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

For all those who love nature, Tirthan Valley is a paradise. It is situated almost 3 kms from the Great Himalayan National Park entrance. For adventure seekers there is plenty to do here. From fishing to trekking, summer is the best time to visit the valley.

Conclusion:

Have an idea to visit these places for your vaccation? Choose the best travel agency for your summer vacation and make your trip memorable.

 

 

 

 

World’s Most Incredible Deserts

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On every corner of the world wide web the planet’s most striking forests, mountains, tourist attractions, and lakes, are showcased. However, the desert is neglected to a great extent.

A barren, arid land with little vegetation is known as a desert. In comparison to most other biomes, deserts are essentially uninhabited because of the unfriendly environment. One-third of the planet’s land area is covered by deserts. When we think of deserts what usually comes to mind is a sweltering and sandy barren land. But some of Earth’s deserts extend to the planet’s freezing zones.

Compared to the past, deserts are not so unwelcoming today. The modern means of transportation has made it easy to visit these unbelievable places on the earth.  Here is a peak into some of the world’s most incredible deserts.

Namib Desert- Southern Africa

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and was formed 43 million years ago. It is home to a wide variety of animals, which you will find nowhere else. The Namib Desert extends into Angola and South Africa.

Namib Desert-Black Rock Desert – Nevada

The Black Rock Desert, where you will find alkali flats and lava beds, is most famous for an annual weeklong event – Burning Man, which sees the construction of Black Rock City. During the festival Burners reside here and all traces of it are removed after they leave.

Atacama Desert

The driest non-polar desert in the world is the Atacama. A plateau that measures 600 miles in length, it is spread over Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

Sahara Desert

The Sahara is the third-largest desert in the world and covers a large part of Northern Africa. The Sahara has been shaped by sporadic rainfalls and winds into a landscape of valleys, dunes, sand seas and flats. Water from the desert’s underground aquifers nourishes the oasis infringe on the dry area.

Gobi Desert

The Gobi spans parts of China and Mongolia. The Mongolian death worm is alleged to exist in this desert. Locals claim that it can kill its victim by discharging acid, and is two to five feet in length.

Negev Desert

The desert constitutes over 55% of Israel’s land area. This region has been settled by the Byzantine Empire, the nomads, Romans, and many others throughout the ages.

Mojave Desert

The Mojave is the lowest point in North America and contains Death Valley. It sits at an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. The boundaries of the region are marked by Joshua trees. The Mojave’s largest city is Las Vegas, Nevada.

Antarctic Desert

The least hospitable desert is Antarctica mainly because of its annual rain of around eight inches. There are no permanent residents in this continent.

Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert sprawls across California, Arizona, and Mexico. The natives to this rocky desert are the organ pipe cactus and the saguaro cactus, which have federal preserves named after them.

Thar Desert

The Thar Desert forms a geomorphic border between India and Pakistan and covers 77,000 square miles. There are 25 species of snakes and 23 species of lizards in this desert.

Rubʿ al Khali

The centrepiece of the Arabian Desert, the Rubʿ al Khali, is also known as the Empty Quarter. It’s the largest sand desert on the planet. Due to the feldspar within the sand it has orange-red sand dunes.

 

Interesting Facts about Whitehaven Beach

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 is situated on Australia’s Whitsunday Island. It’s Queensland’s cleanest beach, and is washed by turquoise, green and blue water. It has been voted the world’s top eco-friendly beach. Here are some more interesting facts about Whitehaven Beach.

whitehaven-beach-day-cruise2The impossibly white sand: It is seven kilometres of unbelievable white sand, which gives it a brilliant, near luminescent colour. It is the whitest sand you will find anywhere on earth.

The sand that never retains heat: The sand on Whitehaven is composed of 98 per cent silica, hence it has a powder-like consistency and doesn’t retain heat. Tourists can walk along its seven kilometres of sand comfortably even in the hottest part of the day. The immaculate beach is the perfect place to relax and sunbathe even at the height of summer.

A beach made of pure silica: Whitehaven is made of 98% pure silica unlike most beaches in the world. The silica gives the sand its snowy complexion and other unique traits. When compared to regular beach sand that consists of uneven bits of minerals, the silica sand is of a finer grain. Hence it is softer, and has a velvety feel.

Its unusual origin: The nearby rocks do not have silica, despite the fact that the sand on the beach is made of pure silica. This means that tides carrying the silica grains must have deposited the sand on the island millions of years ago.

Strict regulations:  Regulations have been put in place to keep the beach in its heavenly state. In order not to mar the posh surroundings dogs and cigarettes are not allowed on the beach.

The most photographed beach: The Whitehaven is the most photographed beach of Australia.

Beautiful fusion of colours: To create beautiful fusion of colours a tuning cove shifts the tide from sand and water of Whitehaven beach.

A trip to Whitehaven is unforgettable: International holiday packages include many exotic luxury cruises to Whitehaven Beach, which makes it a memorable trip for visitors.

The right destination for those who love adventure: If you love adventure, you can include activities like sea kayaking, rafting, etc in your international holiday package to Whitehaven beach. The beach also offers a lot of fun activities for tourists.

Value for money holiday: A trip to Whitehaven Beach matches perfectly with the budget of any person as it is highly affordable. To make their stay comfortable there are hotel accommodations and dining facilities that are extra ordinary and offer full comfort to tourists.

What you’ll love about Whitehaven Beach:

The pure, pristine environment

Whitehaven Beach is in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park.

It’s an easy trip from Hamilton Island

On a high-speed catamaran Whitehaven Beach is just a 30-minute trip. And international holiday packages include many day trips and tours to Whitehaven Beach. You can sail to the beach on one of the island’s yachts or explore the beach via a seaplane or helicopter from the island.

 

Sightseeing in Red Deer Alberta

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An exotic holiday location that is fun and safe is what honeymooners look forward to when they plan an international holiday.

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, is full of beautiful places, picnic spots, eateries, and museums. It will be an ideal holiday haunt for honeymooners. Here are some of the places you should add to your honeymoon tour package.

Red-Deer-Camping-FeatureAlberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Its easy access makes it a favourite spot for young couples. It offers a lot of fun activities which you can enjoy as a couple. Their Hall of Fame is another attraction. The museum features cool sports related artefacts.

Heritage Ranch

The Heritage Ranch is located next to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. If you are travelling along the highway it is a good stop. There are horse stables, playgrounds and walking paths. At the Heritage Ranch you will also find Westlake Grill. Featuring locally sourced food the restaurant is rustic posh.

Kerry Wood Nature Centre

The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is situated in Waskasoo Park. It has a lot of attractions. There is a natural playground. It is a great place to take a walk as the scenery is breathtaking. You can walk through the nature preserve, which is the perfect spot for bird watching.

Bower Ponds

Bower Ponds, located on a former sawmill, is for couples who would love to engage in some sporty thrills. You can rent helmets, skates, and skating aids and skate on the ponds in the winter. You can rent kayaks, paddleboats, waterballs and canoes in the summer. Take a romantic ride on one of the paddleboats. There is an excellent playground, suitable for all ages. To reach the playground you have to walk a bit, but it is definitely worth it. There are also plenty of walking paths and picnic spots.

Downtown Red Deer

If you are a foodie Downtown Red Deer should be your haunt. It has some great places to eat out. There is also a picnic park, where you will find plenty of picnic tables, large trees, and a great playground. To the South of the Red Deer Rec Centre there is the Red Deer Market, which is open on Saturday mornings in summer.

Sunnybrook Farm Museum

A visit to this farm museum, which is located right inside Red Deer, will give you a taste of the good old farm life. The farm is located on part of the unique farmstead of pioneer farmer James Bower. Thousands of artefacts that have been gifted to the museum are housed here. You will also find many original buildings. If you are visiting the museum during the summer months you can take wagon rides, and visit farm animals.

The Donut Mill

The Donut Mill with its cream filled donuts is certainly a must visit. They stock some creative options, including Rolo, orange creamscicle, and apple pie. They also have a cafe that serves sandwiches, soups, etc.

You will find some of the best honeymoon tour packages in India. If you are fascinated by Red Deer, Alberta, ask your travel agent to include it in your travel itinerary.

 

10 Places to Visit in Igatpuri

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Igatpuri is a favourite weekend holiday destination, especially for those from Pune and Mumbai. Its evergreen mountains, fascinating trekking trails, ancient architectural wonders and breathtaking landscape welcomes hordes of travellers from all over India, too. If you are fascinated by Igatpuri and would love to visit the place, ask your travel agency to include these spots and activities in the tour package.

IgatpuriRatangad Fort Trek

The Ratangad Fort is situated in the jungles of Western Ghat. The fort has one of the most beautiful architectures you have ever seen. Trekking through the jungle trails is the best way to reach the fort.

Trek to Harihar Fort

You can enjoy this trek through picturesque landscape with your friends and family. Harihar Fort has a peculiar shape. While the rectangular fort is built on a triangular prism of rock, its edges are vertical. To reach the fort you have to pass through rock carved staircases.

Villa Stay in Saavani Cottages in Alibaug

Your stay at Saavani Cottages will be memorable if you love the charm of countryside. You can relish authentic Konkani veg and non-veg delights here.

Trek to Kalsubai Peak

This is a nature lover’s haven. To photograph the clear starry sky this is an incredible spot.

Ghatan Devi Mandir

Located near Igatpuri, the Ghatandevi Temple is an architectural wonder. This is a must visit if you are visiting Igatpuri. Goddess Ghanta Devi is worshipped at the shrine by the locals. From here one can see the sight of the majestic peaks of Durvar Utvad, Harihar, and Trimak.

The Bhatsa River Valley

The Bhatsa River Valley is a beautiful spot. What makes it one of the best places to visit in Igatpuri is its stunning hills and sparkling flora.

It has a celestial charm and woos tourists towards its powerful wilderness. If you are a nature lover who are also adventurous at heart, the Bhatsa River valley is a must visit.

Camel Valley

A visit to the Camel Valley can be a rejuvenating experience. The Camel valley lies close to the Bhatsa River Valley. The amazing waterfall, which falls from a height of 1000 feet, formed due to rain is the charm of this place. The captivating view of the waterfall is a mesmeric experience. You can also go for rafting here.

Tringalwadi Lake

The Tringalwadi Lake is the perfect spot for camping. If you want a little more comfort, you can book rooms at the lake houses here, which provide a splendid view of the magnificent mountains. The ambience is out of the world. It will clam your body and mind.

Tringalwadi Fort

The Tringalwadi Fort stands at an elevation of 3000 ft and is famous for its enthralling architecture. It covers the mesmerizing view of the whole of Igatpuri and the Sahyadris. To visit the Tringalwadi Fort monsoon is the best time. The rains make it a treat for the eye. Try trekking in these rocky terrains if you love to be in the lap of nature.

Vaitarna Dam

The Vaitarna Dam built in the mid 50s, provides water and power to Mumbai. It lies amidst a picturesque landscape. The dense woods and the black waters attract nature lovers to this spot.

 

Things to do in Zakynthos

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Zakynthos or Zante, home to a wealth of natural wonders, is an ideal holiday spot. There are a lot of things to do in this “Green Island”. Here are some of the activities you can indulge in while holidaying in Zakynthos.

zakynthos-036Book a Boat trip

The island is famous for its Blue Caves. They were discovered in 1897 by Antonio Komouto. Inside the caves you will find the stunning turquoise water, hence the name. You can take a boat ride to the caves, situated just under the lighthouse. To give you a great view of the marine life below, the boats are glass-bottomed.

Visit Navagio Bay

Navagio Bay is also known as the Smugglers’ Cove and Shipwreck Bay. In the whole of Greece this is one of the most beautiful beaches situated near the charming Volimes, a mountain village.

Head to Zante Town

In the 1953 earthquake many of the buildings in Zante Town were destroyed. They were later rebuilt in traditional Venetian style. The quaint town has lovely squares and pretty paved streets. The church of Aghios Dionysios, where Zakynthos’ patron saint is buried, is a must visit. The town has a flourishing art scene as well.

Bask in the sunset

At the tiny village of Kampi watch the stunning view of the sun disappearing into the sea from the peak of the cliff. You’ll come across the Shiva cross on the cliff, which is around 300m above sea level. It is the Greek civil war memorial.

Visit the beautiful islet of Marathonisi

The islet of Marathonisi, the nesting homes of the famed Greek loggerhead turtles, is situated in the middle of the Laganas Bay. You can take a boat to reach this beautiful islet, which is shaped like a turtle.

Sunbathe at Gerakas beach

The beautiful beach of Gerakas is home to the Sea Turtle and Wildlife Information Centre. The wildlife of Zante and its rich heritage are looked after by this centre. It also works to protect the turtles from extinction.

Indulge in some water-sports

At St Nicholas Bay on the south of the island you can enjoy water-sports. From ringo rides to banana boats and paragliding and canoeing, you’ll find everything here. There are also plenty of bars next to the beach to quench your thirst.

Go scuba diving

One of the best locations for scuba diving is Zante. ‘Lobster claw’ peninsula, which lies in the east of the island, offers great conditions for diving. At the beautiful Keri Caves you can also take diving lessons.

Sightseeing

A visit to the small village of Anafonitria is a must visit for those who love history and architecture. The Byzantine monastery built in the 15th century is a study in architecture. It is built in honour of the Virgin Mary. Zante’s patron saint Agios Dionysios spent his last years here.

Take an adventurous safari

To uncover the island’s hidden gems a safari will be just right. It will take you from the coast into the heart of Zante. The drivers usually double up as guides showing you places you would miss otherwise.

 

Things to do in Budapest

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Budapest is a favourite tourists’ haunt. There is a lot to see and do in this historic city. Savour the local cuisine, take a dip in one of the city’s famous baths, check out some of the cool shops featuring local designs, or just sit and people-watch at one of the great downtown cafés. Your travel agency will be able to guide you on your Budapest tour. Here are some of the things you must do while visiting Budapest.

BudapestVisit Széchenyi Baths

A visit to the thermal baths, one of the last leftovers of the Turkish control in Hungary, is an ideal Budapest experience. Don’t miss the grandiose Széchenyi Baths. The best time to visit these thermal baths is early morning or just before sunset.

Take a Danube River Cruise

Budapest is simply breathtaking at night as the buildings lining the banks of the Danube sparkle and reflect on the dark waters. Take a Danube River sightseeing cruise at night. It will be a memorable experience. You also get to learn interesting facts about the history of Budapest. You can take buffet-style romantic dinner cruises or one-hour cruises.

Walk Across the Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge completed in 1849 was considered as one of the wonders of the world at that time. It is a magnificent sight when the bridge is lit up in the evening. Take a stroll across the bridge in the evening to soak in its beauty.

Go Hungarian Wine Tasting

Wine tasting in Budapest is yet another activity you should not miss. The wine cellars here have a relaxed and romantic setting. You can learn a lot about the Hungarian wine, too.

Sneak Around the Labyrinth of Buda Castle

The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is one of the 7 wonders of the underground world and adding to its mystery and allure it was closed down in 2011 after a police raid. It has reopened, and you can visit 1 mile of the 6 mile long labyrinth.

Take a Segway Tour of Budapest

There is no need for you to have any former experience operating a segway. You can see all the major attractions and get to know the city better on a segway. There will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way, too.

Shop at the Central Market Hall

The Central Market Hall built in the 19th century is a large indoor market. You can buy all the typical Hungarian products here. The food hall is on the first floor where you get to buy anything from Hungarian sausages to vegetables and Hungarian wines. You will find vendors selling wares like traditional Hungarian embroidery and souvenirs on the second floor.

Indulge on Pastries

Budapest is full of cafes, where you get to eat truffles, fresh pastries, and coffee concoctions. With antique furniture and tools of the old confectionery trade in the glass curio cabinets the decor is charming, too.

Ask your travel agency to incorporate all these places in your travel itinerary.

Travelling Tips to Menorca

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When you are talking about the beaches in Menorca just about every tourist brochure line is actually true. They are idyllic and unspoilt with turquoise water and glistening sand. Truly a paradise on earth!

Travelling Tips to MenorcaFor years the island has been silently encouraging tourism. For activities such as walking, cycling or riding its gentle landscapes are ideal.

Scattered across the countryside are stone monuments dating back thousands of years. They are just perfect for a hiking holiday.

For the perfectionists a visit to the tiny Cala Binidali is a must. Its natural beauty is breathtaking. Families will enjoy Cala Binibequer in the south coast.

The best time to visit Menorca

Though the tourist season starts in May and ends in October, the islands are beautiful in early spring. You can also see the beautiful almond blossoms if you visit the place in spring. The place receives a lot of sunlight. But if you visit in late autumn be prepared for some rains.

Activities you should not miss

Menorca’s beaches are famous. You can go for swimming, kayaking, diving, sailing, or paddleboarding. On the land you can go for cycling on the countryside or hiking. Also, you can just stroll around the well-designed towns of Mahón and Ciutadella at opposite ends of the island, and then relax at a harbourside table to devour a seafood platter.

Know before you go

During the winter months — from November to March — a lot of places are closed. Mid-July to mid-September is the peak season, but it will be expensive. The prices will drop either before or after these dates.

For exploring the island cycling is a good option as Menorca is largely flat.

A drink you should not miss

The Menorcan gin with lots of ice and lemonade called pomade is truly refreshing. Do try it out.

When making phone calls…

Local prefixes must be used when making phone calls throughout Spain. Wherever you are in the islands you have to dial the Balearics prefix 971.

Tourist offices

Airport: Arrivals hall; 00 34 971 157115

Ciutadella Harbour: 00 34 971 380927

Mahón: Plaça Constitució 22; 00 34 971 363790

Tourism websites: illesbalears.es; menorca.es; balearsculturaltour.es

Ciutadella: Plaça des Born (town hall); 00 34 971 484155

Currency: Euro

Emergency services: 112

Phone code: 0034

Local laws and etiquette

  • Carry your passport, and show your passport when paying by credit or debit card
  • You must have two reflective bibs, two warning triangles, spare headlamp bulbs, and a spare tyre if you are driving. Children below the age of 12 are allowed only in the front seat and must wear safety belts.
  • People don’t share tables in eateries, including fast-food joints.
  • When you are introduced to someone by friends they will greet you by kissing on both cheeks.
  • Lunch and dinners usually start a little late. While lunch hours are from 2 pm, dinner starts from 9 pm (which is quite early). Dinner usually starts by 10 pm. However, you can eat any time in resorts.

 

 

Things to do in Guatemala City

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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.