Ever been to Iguazu Falls Before?

Posted on 09 April 2018 (0)

If you’re thinking of waterfalls it’s probably Niagara and Victoria Falls that come to mind, rather than Iguazu Falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Yet this is the biggest waterfall system in the world and definitely up there with the most spectacular. Anybody traveling to South America would be doing themselves an injustice if they failed to visit Iguazu.
My time at Iguazu came about as part of a longer group trip taking in other parts of Argentina and Brazil, and Iguazu Falls made for a perfect crossover point, bringing into context the natural beauty of South America alongside the hectic city life I experienced. Physically dividing Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu River forms the divide from which the falls are born, and either country offers its own unique perspective.
Brazilian Iguacu (as they spell it) is all about the vistas, the place to get the perfect panoramic shot. Flying into Puerto Iguazu (technically Argentina, but our initial entry point for the Brazilian approach) provided the first glimpse of what all the fuss was about. Our charming pilot took a moment to slowly circle directly over the falls, evoking groans of nausea in some of my fellow travellers, but mostly encouraging us to press our faces against the windows to get that first glimpse. Once we had made the land crossing into Brazil, watching the painted curb sides change from the blue and white of Argentina to green and yellow, marking our official entry, I seized the opportunity to take a helicopter ride and get that little bit closer to the falls.
A short flight over the national park entrance was all it took to begin to understand just how vast and significant the falls really are; in my naivety prior to visiting, I had little appreciation for how big this system really was, and although that bird’s eye view was essentially a tiny fragment of this natural wonder, it was truly one of the most amazing sights I have seen, bringing the four of us hovering above to silence. The only thing left was to get up close on foot. Before leaving for my trip a friend had advised me to get the famous ‘rainbow shot’ and recommended being prepared at all times with camera in hand. It paid off; whilst I may have over a hundred photos of the falls, the few I managed to capture with a rainbow formed over the edge, bouncing off the watery mist as it plunges over the rocks were absolutely worth it, and really showcase the beauty of the trip.

Iguazu from Argentina

A new day, and a new perspective on the falls, this time in Argentinian Iguazu. We would be seeing a little more of the tropical South America  by taking a jeep safari tour. The tour began by entering the jungle from the ‘Sendero Yacaratia’ trail and immersed us almost immediately into that awesome, intimate habitat. This was the place to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the jungle surroundings in case of a fortunate spotting of the elusive jaguar. Whilst a sighting is somewhat rare, and needless to say didn’t happen in my case, we didn’t miss out completely on the wildlife front: the gorgeous sound of the jungle birds and monkeys echoed around, and I had the almost surreal pleasure of seeing Toucans with my own eyes.

Must Visit Tourist Attractions of New York City

Posted on 18 March 2018 (0)

Occupying center stage In America’s history, the city of New York is without doubt; one of the greatest cities of the world. Located in the north-east region of USA, the city is popularly called as “Big Apple”. Going beyond its soaring skyscrapers, monuments and iconic skyline; you will be enthralled by its art, food, culture, art, fashion, entertainment and nightlife. Overflowing with famous tourist spots; we mention a few that definitely requires a visit. When I drove to NYC from Texas, these were the areas I visited and loved.

Empire State Building

One of the most impressive skyscrapers ever built, this 102 story masterpiece of Art Deco design has been a landmark symbol of NYC. Its 86th and 102nd-floor observatories provide unforgettable unobstructed panoramic 360° views of New York City and beyond. Regardless of your vacation duration; you cannot leave NYC without experiencing the top of the Empire State.

Statue of Liberty

France’s gift to America, this iconic statue today stands for world’s symbol for freedom and a signature of both the city and country. It is best seen up close via a boat ride. After reaching, you cannot skip on climbing up the crown for a breathtaking view of the New York Harbor and the literal nuts and bolts of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s creation. Visiting its Ellis Island and exploring the Immigration Museum gets a high recommendation.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

A solemn reminder of the horrific World Trade Center bombing in 1993, the museum showcases North America’s largest man-made waterfalls. It also has the “Survivor’s Stairs”, narrating personal experiences of survivors of the deadly attack. About an acre in size, the twin reflecting pools sit in the footprints of the Twin Towers are also worth a visit. You will find it’s impossible to fathom its bottom. Bronze panels line the pool with the names engraved of 3,000 deceased victims including the rescue. The area surrounding the memorial has been very nice designed and built. I knew a friend who owned a company that did amazing asphalt work over in my home state of Texas, you can visit it here.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The museum is located on the Hudson River inside the hulking aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid. Survivor of WWII, this aircraft museum is best visited with a guided tour. Space shuttles, spy planes, and submarines- this interactive museum has plenty of information, fun and excitement to offer.

Broadway and the Theater District

No visit to New York can be complete without a trip to the pinnacle of American theater. An experience of this famed theatrical experience will leave you completely addicted to it. Despite boasting of numerous theaters, you will never find an impromptu ticket and always need to book one in advance. You even have lip-smacking food on offer here to complete your sublime enjoyment.

Central Park 

Located in the heart of Manhattan; this 843 acres of greenery is world renowned. Lush European-style gardens, reservoirs, lake, famous statue of Alice in Wonderland, 15-acre Sheep Meadow, an outdoor theater, zoo, forest-like paths of the Ramble, etc are just a few things apart from nature to bowl you over.

New York City has so much to offer that you simply cannot cover it in one visit. What’s more; each time you visit the city, you will see it and experience it from a fresh angle. When I was finished with my trip, I drove back to Texas and stopped in other beautiful cities that I absolutely fell in love with. Those articles will come for another time in the future.

The Best Travel Destinations in Bangkok

Posted on 16 March 2018 (0)

Bangkok is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, was initially a small trading center and port community. This capital city of Thailand has everything. This fascinating city has many ancient sites, modern shopping malls and much more. From here you can hop to many other destinations. It’s noisy, crowded, never goes to sleep, traffic jam of the planet. Let’s take look at the top visiting sites of the city.

  1. Grand Palace

This is the main historical tourist attraction of city. The royal compound is spectacular in structure. Grand Palace was built in 1782. It was a residence for royal generations, and till now it is home to heads of state and many ceremonies take place there. It is a secret place, so dress should be proper to visit. Almost half day would be required to explore the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Without the guidance of a local guide, someone probably miss the important features.

  1. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)

The local name of Wat Arun is Wat Chaeng. It is situated on the west bank of Chao Phraya River. This stunning temple is worth seeing just because of its riverside location and different structure among all other temples. Visit at night gives fascinating vibes. It is considered as the most beautiful temple in Thailand by many. From the top of the Prang before sunset, sightseeing views can be seen.

  1. Khao San Road

Khao San road near to Chao Phraya River is the scene of the collision of people from East and West. In former times the street was a major rice market as its name translates as “milled rice”. Travelers from every corner of the world visit this place to listen to music, to taste the food and for shopping from eclectic market stalls. This long entertainment street offers accommodation, 3-start hotels, internet cafes, bars, food point, shopping stalls, travel agencies and much more.

  1. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

To experience a market in Bangkok, you can visit Damnoen Saduak, a famous floating market. The market is located in Ratchaburi. Once Bangkok used to call “Venice of the East” for its floating markets. This floating market is a tourist trap, and you can buy fresh foods from here. A visit at early morning would be best to void the heat and to get the real sense of the place, try to avoid the tourist shops.

  1. Jim Thompson’s House

Jim Thompson was an American entrepreneur who settled in Thailand. He was a serviceman and also a famous name in the Thai silk industry. His historic house has become a museum, attracting many tourists. The house shows the life of Thompson, the history of the city and gives insight into the Thai silk industry. Local guides are available to give a guided tour in different languages.

  1. Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park is the best place to enjoy the nature avoiding the traffic in Bangkok. It is located between Ratchadamri and Witthayu.There are several lawns, a lake. If you want to spend an afternoon close to nature, you should visit Lumpini Park. The entrance is free of cost.