Ten extreme sports that you can practice in Peru

Peru is one of the richest countries in flora, fauna, culture, gastronomy, traditions, and why not, in fun. In Peru, you can find the most fun and requested extreme sports from around the world. Go ahead to live moments of excitement and adrenaline, doing some of them:

Canopy or Zipline

If you are daring, then, dare to jump in free fall at more than 60 km / h. In Cusco, you can find a place called “Cola de Mono” which is located in Santa Teresa, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, two hours from Machu Picchu. For connoisseurs of this extreme sport it is the highest in South America, here the project designers considered seven sections, the highest point reaches 150 meters and has a length of 400 meters long.

The other circuit is north of Peru, in Máncora, half an hour from the spa, in the Eco-fund “La Caprichosa”. Here they considered 4 lines, at more than 1,600 meters. In addition, the farm offers several trapeze routes, networks, cables and bridges, all attached to poles of about 10 meters.

Rafting or Kayak

Rafting is an extreme sport where skill, adventure spirit come together and the best thing is that you can enjoy it with friends and family. Our rivers are born in the Andes, from there they converge and slide through the ravines and are built on beautiful navigable roads. For the Peruvian Rafting Association they classified some of them:

  • The Apurímac River, classified in level IV and V, is formed by enormous rocks the size of houses that make up a deep canyon. Practicing this sport on the Apurimac River has been ranked among the 10 best rafting trips in the world and the first rafting in Peru. In these waters, you will demonstrate your strength and perseverance.
  • The Urubamba River, is good for kayaking, is considered in class III and IV by experts.
  • The Tambopata River is a trip to the deep virgin forest, you can find with fauna, flora, and wildlife its rapids classified in level III. During the trip, you do not encounter any kind of civilization.

Surfing

Peru, the cradle of international champions, has hosted world surfing championships and we have nothing less than a world champion. Not for nothing do we have an almost innumerable amount of incredible beaches to practice this sport:

  • Organs: By their nature, they are warm waters with an average temperature of 28 ° C the beach is located in Piura. Its wave is characterized by being a Reef-break, tubular, left, well-formed, reaches 2 meters, perfect for fast surfing.
  • Máncora: Very popular with local surfers, it is located in Piura and has a long left-lef-break throughout the year.
  • Lobitos: The beach is located in Talara, has a long wave and tubular perfect for maneuvers, unlike the previous two its glasses of water are cold and its left waves are very good.
  • Cabo Blanco: Located in Piura about 3 km west of the district of El Alto. It is considered for the daring surfers its Reef-break, it is of left and it can get to have tubes of 3 meters. It is recommended to visit it in the months of October and January.
  • Pico Alto: located in Punta Hermosa beach, south of the city of Lima. Its waters are cold all year round and is considered a “big wave” due to the magnitude, transcendence, and size of the waves that burst from 3 meters high and can reach up to 10 meters.
  • San Gallán: It is located at kilometer 245 in the department of Ica, its waters are very cold and it has waves all year round. In addition, it forms waves on the right, tubular and long. With respect to the climate depends on the station varies between 23 ° C and 18 ° C. It is worth mentioning that it does not have a beach.

The mountain cycling

Mountain biking is one of the most popular extreme sports in the world and the best thing of all is that it can be done anywhere in the country, especially in the area of the mountains. You can practice rural tourism, ecotourism and adventure.

We recommend going to the Lomas de Pachacamac in Lima; Lunahuana, Huaraz, Cusco, Arequipa, Pasco, Junín, Puno and Madre de Dios.

This adventure sport usually takes place in rough circuits, so we recommend practicing them in groups and having experienced guides who know the area.

Climbing or rappelling

You will have to have a lot of physical strength and have a special team. In Lima we have good stages in Lurín, La Molina, Camino a Santa Eulalia and Chosica. And in general, the Andean region offers very good areas in Cajamarca, Puno, Ancash, Pasco. These are some of the most visited by the experts of the Association of Mountaineers in Peru:

  • The Sphinx: Parón Tower in Ancash is at 5000 meters above sea level. This road is located on the heights of Quebrada de Parón in the province of Huaylash.
  • Cuncus Llacta: Climbing this mountain requires a lot of preparation. Climbing is not only rock, it also has ice and snow. It is located in Yuracmayo, conditions make it very unstable.
  • Cerro Pisha: It is located at 4612 meters above sea level. It is located on the left side of the valley of the Nevería lagoon, is about 100 meters high, and ends at the top of the Pisha mountain.
  • The Yanashinga: It is located at 5,300 meters above sea level and is located in Ticlio, it is one of the most extreme, it is east of the snowy San Andrés, in the back part of the area called El Glaciar Perdido. You do not have access by road you must walk about 2 hours to get to the big lagoon of the exit by Ticlio.
  • Yacila: Our region also has a place to climb. This is the Yacila Rock Trip, an extreme but safe ride, carried out by Piura Outdoors. Yacila has become the first sports climbing sector in northern Peru. Do you dare to try it?

Bungee Jumping

You can practice it in Poroy, near the city of Cusco on the way to Urubamba, where a 122-meter tower was built so you can feel the adrenaline flowing through your veins. This sport has special harnesses and an elastic safety tape that can resist up to two tons. With the view of the Sacred Valley we are sure that you will enjoy the views very much.

Trekking or Walk

Peru offers a unique geography and any place is good to practice this activity. Special physical preparation is required, since you can travel part of the Inca roads to Machu Picchu, such as the Cordillera Blanca, the Colca Valley, the Alpamayo, Huaraz, Aguas Calientes, the Quebrada de LLanganuco, the Community of the Maras and Cabanaconde.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: It starts in Piscacucho Km 82 of the railroad line (PERU RAIL) towards Machu Picchu, crosses different ecosystems, it is jungle edge archaeological sites are found with places rich in flora and fauna, until you reach the citadel Macchu Picchu.

  • Huancayo: The Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, is at 3554 meters above sea level in the south of Lima at 7 hours, it offers a climate between 20 ° C and 9 ° C at night, by road, the trip is made at 7 hours. You must take into account that there are several very narrow asphalt sections and sharp curves so it is better to drive with caution. The walk is between landscapes surrounded by nature, rivers, waterfalls.
  • Quebrada Santa Cruz Llanganuco: The circuit has 62 km and begins in Cashapampa north of the city of Caraz, continues through the Santa Cruz ravine, climbs to the camp of Llamacorral, Taullipampa. The route is that of Alpamayo, along Quebrada Cedros it crosses Punta Union at about 4750 masl; it passes through the Huaripampa ravine ending in Vaquería. During the tour, you can see beautiful lagoons, snow-capped mountains, and Andean landscapes.
  • The road to Choquequirao: The starting point of the town of Cachora, Apurímac at 2900 meters above sea level. Full of breathtaking views of Apurímac until you reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao.
  • Llama Trek Olleros – Chavín: The route of height 37 km runs along a pre-Inca path of pilgrims. Ends in the temple of Chavín de Huantar.
  • Vuelta la Huayhuash: It is a complete circuit, 180 km long. It starts and ends in Chiquián, a very nice and picturesque town. You should consider about 8 days to go around the north of the mountain range and advance on the eastern slope and finish on the western side.

Diving.

In the Peruvian coast you can explore and be in contact with landscapes and underwater life in El Ñuro, the Platform of Organs, in Piura, the reefs of Punta Sal in Tumbes, Huarmey in Ancash. Other interesting places are Pisco, Paracas, Laguna Grande in Ica, Chala in Arequipa, North and South of Ilo in Moquegua.

In general, the littoral waters are cold, below 22 ° C, with little visibility. However, there are other areas in which the visibility and temperature become suitable for diving and some practice underwater hunting. Diving specialists suggest us to visit:

  • Culebra: Located in the area of Pisco and Paracas in Ica, considered the best place for diving.
  • Las Pozas de las Lizas: Located in Moquegua and is in category one.
  • Punta Sal Grande. It is located in Tumbes, considered in category 2, as very good.
  • Colan, in Piura: Considered in category 2.

It is highly recommended to use wetsuits, at least 3 mm thick, whole is better since they should cover the torso and thighs at least, in such a way will prevent hypothermia.

Mountaineering and Mountaineering

The Andes mountain range, after the Himalayas, is the most visited to perform this extreme sport. Huaraz, for example, offers a dream scenario for all mountaineers. Receiving hundreds to thousands of athletes from around the world every year. That is why the Peruvian Andes are considered an incomparable scenario. Here the recommendation of the experts of the Mountain Club Association in Peru:

  • Cordillera Blanca: Located in Ancash, it is constituted by the Provinces of Huaraz at 3,091 masl, Carhuaz at 2,645 masl, Yungay at 2,458 masl and Caraz with 2,290 masl. It is the highest tropical mountain range in the world and is the center of mountaineering. It gathers 663 glaciers, including Huascarán, Huandoy, and Alpamayo. Consider that the climate is semi dry and cold with rains from December to March, the average temperature is 14 ° C.
  • The most relevant peaks are: Vallunaraju to arrive in 2 days, Pisco and Ishinca to arrive in 3 days. The Huacascarán should be considered 5 to 7 days, Chopicalqui and Alpamayo in about 7 days.
  • Cordillera Huayhuash: It is located in the province of Bolognesi in Ancash, the total circuit of 180 km begins and normally ends in Llámac – Chiquián. A minimum of 8 days surrounds the mountain ranges, continues on its eastern slope and culminates in the western. It requires experience since it is very extreme. The climate is dry and cold, its average temperature is 5 ° C.
  • Nevado Ampay: The ascent to the snowy Ampay is made from Abancay. The recommended route departs from Arcopunco, 2 km from the city and continues towards the reservoir of Saguenay and the ecological station. It is located in Apurímac, the climate is semi-dry and cold with rains from October to March, its average temperature is 13 ° C and the best season is from May to September.
  • Cordillera Vilcanota: Located in the Department of Cusco, Urubamba Province at 2850 meters above sea level. This beautiful mountain range is between the rivers Vilcanota, Paucartambo and Madre de Dios, has a semi-dry and cold weather with rains from October to March, the average temperature is 12 ºC, the best season to visit is from May to September.

Sandboarding and Buggies

Sliding down a board on the big dunes is an adventure sport spread on the Peruvian coast. In Trujillo, good dunes are Conacher, Santa, Filo Navaja and Chao del Valle Cao. Here we mention some:

  • Ica: It has some beautiful dunes and its inclinations, is the highest dune in the world: Cerro Blanco. The area of the oasis La Huacachina is the most popular and it is recommended to visit it in the afternoon.
  • In Lima: A good scenario the dunes of Chilca, others are the dunes like those of Pasamayo and Huaral where the Aucallama Dune is located.
  • Arequipa: The Toro Mata Dune is located in the Acarí Valley, Caravelí, about 09 hours away from Lima. Account 1,800 meters of descent is the dune considered by experts with the longest sand descent in the world. Others are of the opinion that simulates a snow mountain for the duration of its journey.
  • Piura: The main dune is Medano Blanco in Sechura, there are many young enthusiasts practicing this sport that is becoming more popular every day. Others also motivated by this sport begin to practice it in Colán.
  • Nazca: The Cerro Blanco dune has an elevation of 2090 masl, its base is 1300 meters above sea level and it has a descent of approximately 1400 meters. Another dune is Cerro Marcha or Duna Grande, which are located near Trancas. To reach the top you must have a 4×4 truck.

The Rhino Trip: Last stop and start of eurotrip

Last stop

On the second day of accommodation in Camogli, we decided to take a tour of Florence. There are two versions about the fate of the rhinoceros: some say that the stuffed body of the animal was sent to Rome and others that were sent to Florence by the Medici dynasty, which ruled this county.

As Florence is considered the cradle of the Renaissance and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, we decided to accept the second version as true and finish our trip by strolling through the squares of the Duomo and Signoria, crossing the Ponte Vecchio and visiting the Uffizi gallery, where one of the most important art collections in the world, with works such as “The Annunciation” by Da Vinci, “Bacchus” by Caravaggio and “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli. Michelangelo’s “David”, on the other hand, is in the gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, but a replica of the statue can be seen in Piazza Signoria.

Only 218 kilometers separate Camogli from Florence and the visit can be done in one day. It is forbidden to drive in the historic center, so we advise you to leave the vehicle in one of the many parking lots that are around the famous Italian city.

The idea of staying in Camogli and making the visit in one day is to avoid the salty prices of accommodations in Florence, especially at this time of year. We left Florence after an intense day and an overdose of beauty with some verses from the Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy: “Do not be afraid, our destiny cannot be taken away from us. It’s a gift. ”

The way back

After an 11-day journey following the terrible and interesting history of Dürer’s rhinoceros, it is time to return to Lisbon, our starting point. The idea is to make the same way back but stopping in different cities. Sometimes, when we travel, our perception of time changes and the return seems faster than going.

This text will leave you with the same feeling, but it is on purpose. As we are no longer guided by our famous rhinoceros, the return will be fast, but equally interesting.

From Camogli, we leave for Arles, which is 466 kilometers from the Italian city. We stop for lunch and get to know some of the scenes immortalized by the painter Vincent Van Gogh, who lived in Arles and painted many of his paintings there.

After lunch and a little walk, we leave for Nimes, which is only 32 kilometers from Arles. The idea is to spend only one night in Nimes to visit the historic center and its famous Arena, a Roman amphitheater built in 27 BC

We leave the French territory and we enter Spain again towards Sitges, a Catalan city of the Mediterranean coast famous for a festival of horror movies and that is to 429 kilometers of Nimes. The festival takes place at the beginning of October and, depending on the days chosen for the road trip, it is worth adjusting the calendar to see the event.

In addition to the experience of watching a movie surrounded by fans of the genre, there are many terrifying attractions through the streets of the city. We suggest to spend at least one night in Sitges and leave for Toledo, located in the center of Spain and 655 kilometers from the Catalan city.

In Toledo we have a great change of scenery: we leave behind the beaches to stroll through the historic city that was described by Miguel de Cervantes as the “glory of Spain”. Finally, after spending a night in Toledo and sampling the famous Manchego cheese, we make our last 589 kilometers of road and return to Lisbon.

Recomeço

When returning to the beginning of our history, we recommend to take back an indispensable souvenir: the novel “The Journey of the Elephant” by the great Portuguese writer José Saramago.

The book tells a story similar to our rhinoceros but lived by an Indian elephant, who is 1551 was sent as a wedding gift from King John III to Archduke Maximilian of Austria. And if you are interested in knowing more about the history of the animal that inspired our trip, we also recommend “The Rhino of the Pope” by Lawrence Norfolk.

An interesting detail about Dürer’s woodcut is that the German artist never saw the rhinoceros of Manuel I. The image was based on descriptions made by people who saw the animal in Lisbon. For this reason, the Dürer design has some anatomical inconsistencies. The work, however, exerted a great influence in the arts.

Before embarking back to Brazil do not forget to toast the rhinoceros’ memory with Port wine or a vinho verde. The ignorance and vanity of a king caused his premature death, but we wanted to honor him in his footsteps and turn his tragic odyssey into a unique experience. As Saramago said, “the journey never ends … The end of one journey is just the beginning of another.”

New York inside: museums, bars, historic houses and other 8 proposals to get to know it

Eleven ideas to explore every corner of the Big Apple and discover it, even when the weather does not accompany it. How to take advantage of the enormous cultural and gastronomic proposal beyond the inclement weather

New York has it all. And although sometimes the weather plays a trick on a vacation getaway, there’s no need to worry, because changing the plans in the city does not mean staying locked in the hotel looking at the walls.

Here, some ideas on how to take advantage of the enormous cultural, attractions and gastronomic proposal beyond the inclemency of the weather.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, better known as "The Met", is located on the mythical Fifth Avenue of the city and some of its rooms overlook Central Park.  There are charity events and the most important galas in the country (Getty Images)

To visit a museum

New York is a city that will house unique and world-class museums and institutions. One could spend all day admiring the fabulous works of art and design or the wonders of the natural world. Many of them offer free entrance at the Museum of the 9/11 Memorial, on Tuesdays from 17 to 20hrs or the MOMA on Sundays from 4 to 8 pm, and others for payment but all to benefit to keep it, such as the MET (Metropolitan Museum located on 5 Ave and 82 st) or the Natural History Museum (American Museum of Natural History on 79 st and Central Park).

The MOMA in New York was founded in 1929. Glaze and light colors characterize this modern jewel of the Big Apple (Getty Images)

Go shopping

The city of New York has some of the best shopping options in the world. Bergdorf Goodman, with its imposing store on Fifth Avenue and 57st, Bloomingdale’s, at 3 Ave and 59 st, Macy’s, at 34 st and 7 ave in Herald Square for classic department stores, or Brookfield Place and The Shops at Columbus Circle to know other collections.

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Sport in Chelsea Piers

At the Golf Club of Chelsea Piers, you can play golf protected from rain and cold all year round. The Golf Club in Chelsea Piers is an excellent option when the weather does not accompany. In addition to the Golf Club, the Chelsea Piers Sports Center offers a variety of activities without prior reservation, and also does not require membership, such as ice skating and bowling.

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Watch a movie

Even a visit to the cinema in New York is an experience different from other cities. Alternative theaters like the Angelika Film Center and the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, for example, project films outside the commercial circuit (foreign documentaries and films, among others) that are not found in a typical complex. The same happens in the cinema of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Landmark Sunshine Cinema is located at 143 E Houston St

To combine a dinner with the movie, the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg is recommended. There, waiters serve the dishes on special tables right in front of the seat. Those who are fascinated by the history of cinema can head to Astoria, Queens, home of the fabulous Museum of the Moving Image.

Play in the bars

The nightlife of New York is not just lounges and clubs to dance. There are several places that combine fun and games with amazing music and drinks for adults. Brooklyn Bowl, in Williamsburg, is a clear example. This bowling site serves Blue Ribbon food and also offers live concerts by local groups and renowned artists (Guns N ‘Roses and Robert Plant, for example, have played here).

In Gowanus, Brooklyn neighborhood, the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club offers tropical cocktails, food trucks and even an occasional restaurant. Among other places, it is also worth mentioning Barcade – a bar full of gaming machines – Spin – a nightclub with table tennis – and Full Circle Bar, where you can have fun playing classic skeeball.

Brooklyn Bowl an ideal place to go if the days do not go with the weather.  Located at 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, there you can try exquisite signature drinks and bowling with friends and family

Travel by train around the world

The phrase that says that in New York City you can see the world for the price of a subway trip is well known. That is not far from the truth in certain lines, such as train 7, which runs from Times Square to Flushing, Queens, along with a route that is sometimes referred to as the “International Express.” This line rises most of the way, so it offers a view of the different neighborhoods that it crosses.

There are numerous international dining options along the 7, or you can visit the New World Mall food court, just a few steps from the final stop of the line in Queens (Flushing – Main Street). With more than two dozen Asian food stalls to choose from, it can be an experience unlike any other.

Visit the United Nations

The tickets are necessary for a visit from Monday to Friday (and include a guided tour), but can be purchased with relatively short notice. On weekends the visitor center is usually open for walking, but there are no guided tours.

On the façade of the United Nations (UN) building the flags are constantly flying.  It is located on Avenue 1 and 42st (Getty Images)

Ferry to Staten Island

Take advantage of the free ferry ride to Staten Island and enjoy wonderful views of both the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.

Visit the Grand Central Terminal

This building is, undoubtedly, an emblematic and unmissable site of New York. There you can take a self-guided tour or a 75-minute circuit run by one of the experts at the transit center. There are several dining options on the lower level Dining Concourse, including the classic Oyster Bar. For those who want a cocktail, there is the elegant Campbell Apartment, formerly the private office and lounge of the 20s tycoon, John W. Campbell.

"Grand Central", a must-see if you visit New York.  Located on the 42st is the transportation route that connects the city with others (Getty Images)

Visit the historic houses

The city is known for its skyscrapers, but its historic homes offer the opportunity to travel back in time to a rich cultural past. Preserved in bucolic settings in the city’s parks and located in the five districts, the houses have great architecture, beautiful gardens, farms and stunning views.

One afternoon in the library

Take a book, magazine, newspaper, tablet, phone or tablet, and read it in one of the majestic public reading rooms of the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library.

The secrets of Amantani, the fantastic island more than 4,000 meters above sea level

The largest island on the Peruvian side of Titicaca is a haven of tranquility and bucolic landscapes still unknown to most travelers. In her millenarian traditions are conserved and the possibility of knowing an authentic life in the community. A tour of this oasis on the heights

When it is about to rain in Amantaní, as in almost all parts of the world, its inhabitants run to take refuge in their homes. The difference is that, on an island at 4,000 meters above sea level, clouds charged with thunder are not a distant threat in the sky but one at eye level.

Along the cobbled paths that go up and down the mountain, they return with short, quick steps, men carrying bags on their backs with tools to till the field and women who do the same with the harvest. Some have the column as a bandoneon rickety weight and over the years, but their blouses, white and flowers embroidered by themselves, remain pristine.

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To get here you need to navigate Lake Titicaca from the port of Puno, in Peru, for about three and a half hours. The other option is to go by land from Juliaca to the Chifrón dock, in Capachica, and there take a boat that takes about 40 minutes on its way to the island.

In the rainy season (from November to April) and with a storm on the door, the boats that usually move locals and travelers around the island decide not to leave. The swell of the highest navigable lake in the world became angry. Walking in the open field to the opposite coast is the only way, with this climate, to return from Pueblo to Occosuyo. The other option is on the back of a donkey.

In the Plaza de Armas, a paved rectangle in the middle of the town where the municipality, the school, the church and some wineries coexist, night falls and the first drops also fall. Everything, except the La Plaza Bar, where a pile lantern provides some light, is dark. Those who still remain in the street illuminate their steps with a lantern tied to the head. They look like fireflies flying over the vegetation. In Amantani, loading one is almost as important as wearing shoes. On the island, there is practically no electricity.

It is in these minutes of waiting where one feels the rhythm and dynamics among the inhabitants of the Town: time seems eternal, the few who are sheltered in the bar, talk, and smile, look with kindness.

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On the island, there is only one hotel and it is luxury; Exclusive for those willing to spend more than 400 USD per person per night. The most affordable and popular option is to stay in the houses of the commoners, made of adobe and quincha, and in which, in general, offer full board based on Andean products. Some of them receive passengers directly or by agencies, and others by rotation established by local tourism associations.

Becoming a guide is essential. Between the rays, a fearsome but fascinating landscape is glimpsed. Witnessing this manifestation of nature closely allows us to get a little closer to the animistic beliefs of the Incas.

According to Andean mythology, from Lake Titicaca emerged the sons of the Sun God, Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, who founded the Sun Empire. In the same Amantaní, there are several landmarks that celebrate the Andean cosmovision. One is the Pachamama ceremonial center, at the highest point of the island and on top of the Llaquistiti hill, dedicated to the feminine gender. The other is the Pachatata, representative of the masculine, and is in front of him, on the hill of Coanos.

Since pre-Inca times, every third Thursday of January, both are opened -on the only time in the year- to carry out the oldest and most original festival of the lake, a ritual of adoration to Mother Earth and Father Sky, the fruitful duality Andean. An offering so that the harvest of the year is good. Outside of that date, however, travelers are invited to climb to contemplate the sunset. The Coanos is a natural viewpoint from where you get to see the Cordillera Real and Copacabana, in Bolivia.

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On this closed night the view only reaches to the tip of the feet, but with each new lightning, the horizon is lit. The terraces with crops of potatoes, corn, geese, quinoa, peas, and beans light up behind them, bathed in a violet hue. Many of these terraces were built during the pre-Hispanic era. The animals – sheep and cattle – are hidden; kept in their pens, almost always close to the houses.

That is what the ten communities that inhabit Amantaní are dedicated to agriculture, livestock and artisanal fishing. There are about 4 thousand people who work cooperatively and provide mutual assistance. When staying with local families, the traveler witnesses it: he shares his activities, rituals and participates in folkloric clubs. With some effort, he also learns Quechua, the first language of the Amantaneños.

In the 9 kilometers of the surface that the island has, there is no police presence. The communal justice is the one that watches over the tranquility of its inhabitants.

When crossing the openings one does not feel more fear than that of exposure to nature. While outside the storm is unleashed, inside, the cold and altitude sickness is cured by taking a tea of muña, that plant that recommends the ancestral knowledge of Amantani.

Gulf of Chiriquí, the best-kept secret of tourism in Panama

Located in the Pacific Northwest of Panama, the gulf is home to the National Marine Park, created to protect an area of more than 150 km²

The Gulf of Chiriquí, with its dozens of islands of volcanic origin and secluded beaches of white sand, leafy mangroves and a reef barrier considered one of the most preserved in Central America, is one of Panama’s best-kept secrets.

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Located in the Pacific Northwest of Panama, near the border with Costa Rica, the gulf is home to the Marino National Park, created in 1994 to protect an area of more than 150 km², and includes the Paridas Islands, easily accessible from Boca Chica, a small port situated just over an hour from the city of David.

There are two dozen islands with dense forests and several islets and lizards where thousands of sea turtles of various species nest from the beginning of July. And there can also gather dozens of humpback whales and pilots in their breeding season (between August and December), away from the pressure of the flow of ships en route to the Panama Canal.

It is in the gulf that are the Dry Islands, a dozen small extensions of private property, but whose beaches, publicly owned, can be reached by sea, in any of the boats that offer sightseeing from Boca Chica itself or any one of the coastal hotels.

Captain Chichi, a veteran of sports fishing, the master of a generation of navigators in the Gulf, told Efe that the Gulf of Chiriquí is one of the best places in the world to catch the marlin, with 200 kilos.

These fish are the stars of a marine fauna that in the Gulf includes species such as the gigantic 20 kg snapper (specimens that are up to 50 years of age, since they add up to almost a pound of weight for each year of life).

But there is also room for dolphins, sea bats, hammerhead sharks, white-tipped reef sharks, and all species that take refuge in the coral, including colorful parrot fish and trumpet fish, easily visible in waters that pass from turquoise blue to celestial in a range of continuous hues.

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The clear and generally calm waters make the islands an excellent place to practice snorkeling, as well as being privileged for bird watching. In a single day, you can see 50 different species in the surroundings of Cala Mía, an ecological hotel located on Boca Brava island where the dawn is marked by the cries of black howler monkeys.

In its surroundings are nesting eagles, hawks, various species of hummingbird and you can easily find stints, potatoes, and tanagers.

The islands alternate forests, lonely beaches, and mangroves, now protected after decades of devastation, which create sea lanes through which raccoons, squirrels, and monkeys, among other species of mammals, circulate.

The silence of practically uninhabited islands where a tropical climate predominates adds to the lack of light to allow better observation of a night sky in which the name of the Milky Way acquires its full dimension.

Florida surpasses hurricane and records tourist record in 2017

The impact of the Irma represented a loss with visitor spending of $ 1.5 billion, with 1.1 billion allocated to national visitors and another 400 million to foreigners.

The state of Florida, in the United States, established, in 2017, a new tourist record despite the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. In all, the country registered the arrival of 116.5 million national and international visitors, 3.6% more than in 2016, Governor Rick Scott said today (20).

Of the total number of visitors, 102.3 million came from other states and 3.5 million came from Canada.

The number of shipments in the 18 most important airports in the Sunshine State increased by 4.1% over the previous year, totaling 87.2 million passengers, according to data released by Visit Florida, state.

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“Today, I am proud to announce that Florida continues to set records, welcoming more than 116 million visitors by 2017,” Scott told a news conference in Naples on the southwest coast of the state.

According to the governor, the numbers are “great news”, “especially” for the 1.4 million jobs that depend on the tourism industry.

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Florida thus establishes a new record, despite the loss of 1.8 million visitors because of Hurricane Irma, who went by the State in September 2016 and caused great destruction, especially in the Florida Keys (archipelago of about 1700 islands on the southern tip of the peninsula), according to a report prepared for Visit Florida.

In fact, it is estimated that Florida received 34.9 million visitors in the last four months of 2017; were it not for the impact of the hurricane, it is estimated that the final figure could reach 36.7 million visitors.

The impact of the Irma represented a loss with visitor spending of $ 1.5 billion, with 1.1 billion allocated to national visitors and another 400 million to foreigners.

In total, the number of hotel rooms reserved during the fourth quarter of 2017 grew by 8.1%, compared to the same per

France to tighten sanctions on holiday rentals

The fines will go from 5 thousand to 10 thousand euros for the owners who do not fulfill their obligations and will be created others for the platforms – until now exempted -, that will go from 10 thousand to 50 thousand euros.

The French government is preparing a housing bill that will tighten sanctions on platforms such as Airbnb and landlords who fail to comply with the rules governing tourist property rentals.

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The Secretary of State responsible for these issues, Julien Denormandie, justified this tightening of sanctions because the rules “are not respected enough” in an interview with the channel “France 2”.

Denormandie referred in particular to the rule that since 1 December requires anyone who proposes a tourist rental of a furnished property to register and submit the registration number in the advertisement.

The purpose of this identification is to be able to verify that this property is not rented for more than 120 days to the year since to surpass this threshold requires to modify the procedure and to declare like a commercial company.

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The fines will go from 5 thousand to 10 thousand euros for the owners who do not fulfill their obligations and will be created others for the platforms – until now exempted -, that will go from 10 thousand to 50 thousand euros.

Denormandie considered positive the development of so-called collaborative rental platforms but warned that they could not comply with the law.

The secretary assured that the goal is not to prevent the business of these companies, “but there are rules that have to be respected and when they are not, there are sanctions.”

Bar table used by Obama in the bar turns tourist spot in Vietnam

Obama’s visit to Vietnam came in 2016 and generated high expectations in the country, where he was hailed by thousands of people almost as an idol.

Excited by the interest of tourists and the curious, the owners of the Bun Cha Huong Lien bar in Hanoi turned the table where former President Barack Obama and New York chef Anthony Bourdain dined in 2016.

The owners put the table, the two blue plastic benches they sat on, the utensils used, a saucepan and two bottles of beer the same as Obama and Bourdain consumed. The dinner, which consisted of a plate of pasta with pork, remained for posterity in images made by the channel “CNN”.

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Since the image of the then president with a beer in hand during the official visit to Vietnam rolled the world, this small bar, better known among the residents of the region, became a place of pilgrimage of curious and tourists, more attracted by the history of the place than by the gastronomy itself.

The donuts were quick to create a ” special Obama menu “: a plate of ‘buncha’ (pork, rice noodles and fish sauce), fried Vietnamese rolls and a Hanoi Beer, the local beer. In an interview with the Vietnamese channel “Kenh 14”, Nguyen Thi Lien, one of the owners, said that the idea of exposing the table inside a glass was not yours, but some customers so that Obama’s visit would be eternalized.

“We came up with a good idea. Also, since there is only table and stools in there, it does not take up much space and does not detract from the business. We just want to show appreciation for the visit. It’s not an advertising strategy, “she told portal” Soha.vn “.

As proof that the intention is not fame, Lien revealed that in the past two years has received several offers from collectors wanting to acquire the objects in question, but she always refuses to sell.

“For us, Obama is a good man and, despite several people coming in contact, we can not sell these objects, ” he said.

She stated that the glass was installed in February, but had no repercussions until this week a photo has spread to social networks.

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Some netizens criticize. Others have argued and said it is a way to continue to explore Obama’s visit commercially.

Some people, on the other hand, see the decision as a way to celebrate a historic moment and wonder why it took nearly two years to expose the “famous” dinner.

The restaurant was also decorated with several pictures of Obama talking to Bourdain and alongside some clients who were in the place on the day of the visit of the former president, who appeared by surprise. The images came to Bourdain, who shared the picture on Instagram himself on the 12th, with the caption: “I’m not sure how I feel about it.”

Obama’s historic visit to Vietnam came in May 2016, in the last year of his second term, and raised great expectations in the country, where he was hailed by thousands of people almost as an idol.

Perito Moreno’s “ice bridge” rupture occurred at night and without tourists

Considered one of the most impressive natural spectacles in the world, the collapse of the ice masses occurred around 22h48 local.

The natural collapse of the bridge that the Perito Moreno glacier forms on the peninsula of Magallanes, in the southern province of Santa Cruz, in southern Argentina, happened on Sunday night and without the public.

Considered one of the most shocking natural spectacles in the world, the collapse of the ice masses that form the most picturesque part of the glacier, located in the Los Glaciares National Park, occurred at around 10:48 pm (same time in Brasilia).

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This process, which began on Saturday and did not occur since March 2016, always attracts hundreds of tourists, although this time the collapse occurred without a public due to the special security operation that closed the site overnight.

The phenomenon of rupture, natural and recurrent, is caused by the pressure that the waters of Lake Argentino exert on a natural dam that Perito Moreno, known as the ” white giant “, is conforming in its slow advance on the rocky coast.

These pressures form an arc, which ends up falling, causing a break of imposing characteristics.

On Saturday, the Intendencia responsible for the park warned that a leak was occurring “more and more evident and mighty, by which we are in a position to affirm that the process of rupture of the Perito Moreno glacier began .”

It is customary for the phenomenon to occur at this time of year, at the end of the austral summer, although in some occasions it occurred in July, in the middle of winter.

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Perito Moreno, with an extension of about 200 square kilometers, is situated on the Andes Mountains and is one of the few in the world that remains stable, without retreating as a consequence of global warming.

The glacier is 60 meters high, like a 20-story building; has a front of 5 kilometers and its surface is approximately the one of the City of Buenos Aires.

Its name honors to Francisco Moreno (1852-1919), explorer of the zone and director of the museum of the Scientific Society of this country.

Picasso or Goya fill the walls of a French museum hidden among the rocks

The walls and the stone floor of “Carrières de Lumières”, an old rock quarry in the south of France, today serve as a canvas for the works of Picasso, Goya or Sorolla, projected on a large scale to the rhythm of music for Immerse visitors in Spanish painting.

This interactive exhibition that houses the town of Baux-de-Provence (southeast of France) uses a hundred projectors, to show pictures by Goya, Rusiñol, Zuloaga or Sorolla and a tour of the work of Pablo Picasso.

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During the thirty minutes of the show, visitors will be able to observe and step on the works of art, which are projected on walls and floors to achieve a “total immersion” effect.

The experience begins with images of Picasso’s life that follow each other while “Asturias”, the famous composition of the Spanish pianist Isaac Albéniz, which, like the rest of the soundtrack, is reproduced on vinyl to achieve “the texture and the flavor “of another era, explained one of the filmmakers, Gianfranco Iannuzzi.

Along the 16-meter-high limestone walls, paintings such as “El quitasol” by Goya, “María la guapa” by Sorolla, and numerous creations by the artist from Málaga such as “Las señoritas de Avignon” or “Guernica” Grays contrast with the bright colors that prevail in the exhibition “Picasso and the Spanish masters”.

A part of the exhibition, open to the public until January 2019, is dedicated to the portraits of women that the painter made throughout his life and that reflect all the pictorial styles through which he passed, “from the voluptuous curves to the sharp angles “, in the words of the organizers.

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The place where is since 2012 “Carrières de Lumières” was known as “Val d’Enfer” (Valley of Hell) by the peculiar shapes of its rocks, which were exploited for years to extract the limestone that was used in various buildings .

Already in 1959, the artist Jean Cocteau recorded his film “Le Testament d’Orphée” between these immense walls, and from 1976 the site began to host shows of light and sound.