n January 1502, when Portuguese sailed into Guanabara Bay, thinking it was the mouth of a river, they named the humid region Rio de Janeiro (River of January). Today's Rio de Janeiro builds on its strengths as an amazing place to host corporate events of different sectors from entertainment to business, sports and medical events...
- rio de janeiro
- Christ the Redeemer
- Cristo Redentor
- City of God
- Cidade de Deus
- bom dia
- Sugarloaf mountain
- Pao de Acucar
- Escadaria Selaron
- Selaron steps
- Santa Teresa
- Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
- Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
- Tijuca National Park
- Jardim Botanico
- Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage
araty is known as the rare jewel of Costa Verde (The Green Coast), which became the most important export port for gold to Rio de Janeiro and from there on to Portugal, quickly after the world's richest gold mines in the mountains of Minas Gerais were discovered in 1696.
he municipality of Angra dos Reis (Portuguese: Creek of the Kings) lies in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro state and includes 365 islands in its humid territory. You can see the jungle of Costa Verde (The Green Coast) on one side of the road and some amazing beaches with many small islands, looking like donuts, on the other side.
s usual, I visited Sicily with Greg, my adventure companion and soon my husband-to-be (counting the final days, you guys!!!). His strong desire to travel is just one of many things I love about him. So, we booked a flight and hit the road to Trieste Airport.
Despite our visible enthusiasm that day, a planned prolonged weekend began as an unfortunate coincidence, when our flight to Catania/Sicily was cancelled an hour before take-off.
e and my husband-to-be started our journey to Colombia from Ljubljana to Venice, from where we had a flight to Paris. When we arrived to Paris, our flight to Bogotá was postponed at least three times, so we left Charles de Gaulle Airport with a two-hour delay. As expected we arrived to El Dorado International Airport in Colombia's beating heart - Bogotá with a huge delay. We ran like crazy through Immigration Checkpoint and then further on to the correct gate, but in the end we missed our connected flight to Cartagena for 10 mins. Luckily they immediately arranged the next flight, so after 27 hours on the way, we finally reached our destination. We landed in Cartagena and forgot about every small detail on the way the moment we stepped out of the airport and felt the outside high temperature. People looked at us strangely, because we were dressed like Eskimos, while they were wearing flip-flops. May I add, we came to Colombia in December, when Slovenia and most of the other Central European countries usually have minus something degrees Celsius.
artagena, the capital of the Bolívar Department, is one of the most historical cities in the Caribbean. The Caribbean region with today's Cartagena was once known as Puerto Hormiga Culture as the first documented human community. Cartagena (in Spanish: Cartagena de Indias) was named after the Spanish city of Cartagena, which has got its name after Cartagena in Tunisia, where I visited the remains of the old city some years ago, so that fact was very interesting to me. Cartagena was founded in 1533, later on the city was attracted by pirates and today it is known also as The Magic City. Its first inhabitants were Spanish immigrants, who came there mostly because of the gold found in the tombs of the culture, known as the Sinú.
ayrona National Park is a true tropical paradise, set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This humid tropic zone got its name after the Tairona people (Tairona meaning: Sons of the Tiger), who lived in this region around 200 BCE. The park is beyond beautiful - it is spectacular.
Tayrona has two main entrances: Zaino entrance in the east side (Cabo San Juan) and Neguanje (Playa Crystal) in the west side. There are nearly fifty beaches and at first we visited Bahia La Concha in the western side of the park ...
he difference between Cartagena and Santa Marta in my opinion is, that in Cartagena you have more to see in the city itself and on the nearby islands, but not so much in the neighboring area, but in Santa Marta it seems the other way around. Once you conquer the city’s main attractions, you have extremely wide specter of places to see and things to do around the city.
ancun served us more like a starting point from where we traveled across the Yucatan Peninsula. I will never forget the colour of the sea and white sand between my toes. The beach is simply gorgeous. We stayed in Cancun just for three nights and honestly most of the days we were on the road. We rented a car right at the airport at our arrival, because we planned to visit the surrounding areas. One day we went scuba diving near Isla Mujeres (this one was totally unplanned), the second day we headed toward Holbox island and we stayed there for one night. The third day we visited Valladolid and Chichen Itza, but unfortunatelly we didn't make it to Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan and the largest city of the Yucatan Peninsula. The one thing I regret not seeing: Las Coloradas on the northern part of Yucatan. If possible, make sure you go there, because on photos it looks exceptional.
olbox was a blast from the moment we stepped out off the boat at our arrival. We found it on Google before we left home and thought it looked different and special. Holbox island turned out to be the very best thing we have experienced in Yucatan. I still have sweet 'nightmares' of all those colourful hammocks, knitted umbrellas, golf carts and stray dogs.
ulum has many great accommodation facilities to offer in order to spend your vacation. Because we generally prefer smaller boutique hotels, we anchored at Live Tulum Hotel and we were more than satisfied. This condo hotel is situated in the center of Tulum, which means it is about 3 km from the beach. There are nine suites, altogether eighteen rooms, all of them very tastefully designed. We got the last suite by the pool and it has proven to be the best option, because it offered total privacy. Every other suite also had its own exit to the pool, but this one was the last one in line, so there were practically no 'neighbours'. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, too. There was also access to free WiFi in all the rooms and in the lobby. The buffet breakfast was simply delicious.
he Mayan ruins were the main reason, why we wanted to visit Yucatan in the first place ... Our plan was to visit Tikal ruins in Guatemala as well, but we ran out of time.
I remember the road to Chitzen Itza was brand new, so the driving itself was a pleasure and good weather was a bonus.
There is a big parking area at the entrance, so everything is well organized. I must say, I was a little dissapointed, not that I didn't expect the crowds and the stands, but anyway it seemed too much commercially oriented. Although, the place itself looks stunning and it is definitely worth visiting. Be prepaired to wait a while at the entrance.
an Juan Province at the westernmost edge of Argentina, near the border of Chile, is like a giant sandbox at the tip of an endless desert's tongue. The colour palette of this landscape receives the least amount of rainfall and highest sunshine duration in the country. It is a perfect place for those, who have grown tired of their worn-out urban beds, littered with bad habits of modern cities and are keen to crawl through the wilderness on all fours. That is why we decided to arrange a trip and take a flight from Buenos Aires to San Juan, which lasted for about two hours.
decided to come to Buenos Aires as a respond to my friend's invitation, who - unlike me - came here with a mission: to run the Bs. As. marathon. So, I said 'why not', not knowing that this city will totally impress me with its charm and completely unaware that one day I will be writing a blog about it.
hen Earth gave birth to her most beautiful children, her amniotic fluid must have broken on this very spot. How else could these South American cascades, one of the biggest in the world, so vociferously draw attention to themselves even at the distance of 25 kilometres?
a Rioja Province unfolded before us like a brick-coloured landscape with snow-capped Famatino Mountain, which seemed like a castoff bride.
We came here also to try the typical 'mate' tea. Our guide Marcelo, a charismatic middle-aged man, with long grey strands tied up in a pony tail, told us that “yerba” – its ingredient – can only be purchased in Argentina. The gauchos from Patagonia and Pampas would surely agree that this bitter beverage is quite a treat when taking a break in the shade cast by cacti. Marcelo took a package of herb powder out of his pouch.