Mes: agosto 2019

The amazing Cayman Islands, a Caribbean treasure

The amazing Cayman Islands, a Caribbean treasure

The Cayman Islands are one of the most popular destinations in our world. Of exuberant beauty, these islands dependent on the British Crown, but located in the waters of the Caribbean Sea, constitute one of those places that simply have everything to spend a dream 

Étretat and the Costa de Albatre in France.

Étretat and the Costa de Albatre in France.

Our desire is always to discover and explore the most beautiful and striking corners of the world. That is why today we go to France to get to know Étretat and the Costa de Albatre, famous for their wonderful and impressive white cliffs. That’s how 

Mount Fuji in Japan

Mount Fuji in Japan

Mount Fuji is one of the most recognized and famous symbols of Japan. It is also one of the most popular destinations for tourists who are lovers of nature, history and culture, in general. Climbing to the top is a very enriching experience.

Mount Fuji is a stratovolcano that is in an active state, although with a minimal risk of eruption; in fact, the last one recorded was in 1707.

Its profile constitutes one of its many attractions for tourists who want to practice mountaineering. It is also a recurring representation in Japanese art of all time. And, without a doubt, Mount Fuji generates a deep spirituality in the Japanese people.

Mount fuji

As regards the name, it has a quite controversial origin. Many linguists have dedicated themselves to tracing the origins of the word and, so far, there is no unanimous agreement about it. However, the charm of this mountain does not diminish at all by this fact.

Mount Fuji, with its 3776 meters of altitude, is the highest peak in all of Japan. It is located between the prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi, in Honshu, the main island of the archipelago of Japan.
It is a perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone that allows easy access and therefore facilitates its climbing. Ideally, for newbies and amateurs, it is to climb in the official climbing season: from early July to mid September.

From July 20 until the end of August the number, visits to Mount Fuji reach its maximum. Especially, during Obon week, a national holiday celebrated in mid-August. Tourists from all over the world make up more than a third of the total number of people climbing the mountain.

The 5 lakes region, at the base of Mount Fuji

The region of the 5 lakes is located on the north side of the base of Mount Fuji, 1000 meters above sea level. Many years ago, lava from the volcanic eruptions of Fuji spread and gave rise to the rivers and lakes we find today. There are 5 lakes in total:
• Saiko
• Shojiko
• Motosuko
• Yamanakako
• Kawaguchiko

In this area, you can do routes, fish, go to bathe onsen, hot springs of volcanic origin found in Japan, camp, and so on.

The Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is also located in the 5 lakes region. Inside, you can find some of the most famous roller coasters in the world. The fun will be guaranteed.

Hakone, relax in an onsen with Mount Fuji in the background

The city of Hakone is located in a beautiful mountainous region within the Fuji-Hakone-Izu Park. It is famous throughout Japan for its hot springs.

If you stay in a ryokan (traditional Japanese style hotel) you will enjoy a true traditional Japanese experience. In addition, you can taste the traditional cuisine of the country.

Hakone Yumoto

The Hakone Yumoto spa is the gateway to the onsen (hot spring) complex of Hakone. The Sukumo and Hayakawa rivers converge in the area and it is the oldest in the city. Along the gorge you can find various hostels of the most picturesque.

Miyanoshita and Gora Park

The Miyanoshita spa enjoys a national reputation, since it brings together the highest quality hotels and lodges, as well as a large number of souvenir shops.

Gora Park is the largest rock park in all of Asia. In it you can find a giant pond and also various gardens. There is a garden of alpine plants, another tropical botanical garden and even a natural history museum.
Houtou, an exclusive dish around Mount Fuji

The houtou is a broth with noodles exclusive to Yamanashi prefecture. It is the only place in all of Japan where you can eat it. Unlike common noodles, these are flat and made in a way that is more tacky.

The soup is made with various vegetables and miso (a fermented soybean paste) and gives an incredible flavor to the noodles. The best known restaurant franchise in the area is Houtou Fudou, famous for that dish.

Many tourist attractions are concentrated in the region where Mount Fuji is located. Being away from the city, the tradition and culture of Japan become more remarkable. They will make the tourist believe that he has returned to Japan from the past.

How to get

As with the Komodo National Park in Indonesia, this volcanic formation is the Holy Grail of tourists visiting Japan, mainly for its complicated accessibility for beginners and people traveling on their own, becoming a true extreme adventure that It is worth enjoying

The dream of any Japanese, even for many tourists from different parts of the world, is precisely to be able to climb Mount Fuji sometime and for this the first thing to do is to reach this impressive active volcano. To go to Mount Fuji there are three main alternatives: by car, train or by bus, each option has its advantages and disadvantages so it will be extremely important to inform yourself well before choosing any of these alternatives, the money factor is also something to have in account.

For those who travel by car the most important thing is the comfort that they will surely not be able to find in the other options, even those who do not have their own vehicles can study the possibility of renting a service in the area. For the option of traveling in three there are several routes from the city of Tokyo, while the alternative of traveling by bus is undoubtedly one of the most sought after because it is perhaps cheap and fast.

While it is true that traveling by bus to Mount Fuji is a bit more expensive than doing it for example by train, it is one of the most comfortable options for traveling because you do not have to be aware of such annoying transshipment, that is, You can sleep until you reach the final destination. There are several tourism companies that you can choose to travel to Mount Fuji, a journey that usually takes approximately two hours.

For people who wish to travel by bus they will have to move first to the 5th Fuji Subaru Stop. It is one of the best options that people have to reach Mount Fuji, the route is usually about 140 minutes while during the official season can be made between six and ten trips a day and on weekends only two trips leave bound for Mount Fuji.

To arrive at Shinjuku Station from Tokyo’s main station you have to take a train from the Chuo Line in the direction of Toyoda for four stops, that is, about 14 minutes, to Shinjuku station a trip that can cost $ 1.52 . Another option that people have is to reach a nearby town and then take a local bus.

Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Komodo National Park is located in Indonesia, a country located between Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is one of the most beautiful parks in the world, both for its natural landscapes and for the richness of its flora and fauna. It was officially created in 

Moraine Lake in Canada

Moraine Lake in Canada

Guarded in the middle of ten mountains of gray rock with snowy cusps and covered by low clouds, is the beautiful Moraine Lake. This natural wonder has been recognized as one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It is one of the most 

Iguazu Falls (Argentina and Brazil)

Iguazu Falls (Argentina and Brazil)

Located between Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls are formed by 275 waterfalls up to 80 meters high that make up one of nature’s greatest shows.

Chosen as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the falls make up a wonderful landscape capable of spitting the tears of its visitors with its wild magnitude. As well as the imposing waterfall Angel Falls in Venezuela, the highest in the world.

Two countries: Argentina and Brazil

National Park Iguazu

The Argentine side comprises 80% of the territory of the falls and is one of the most appreciated, although its Brazilian neighbor has nothing to envy.

The best starting point to visit the Argentine side is Puerto Iguazú, a pleasant town located 23 kilometers from the falls.

Boat trip: One of the most impressive activities consists of a boat trip on the Iguazu River, in which the boat is introduced under some of the impressive waterfalls to refresh visitors.

Garganta del Diablo: The jump with greater flow and height composes a majestic spectacle that can be seen a few meters away.

Coatíes: The park is full of these fun animals, which usually meet next to bars and restaurants to try to rob unsuspecting visitors.

Walks under the full moon: Every time there is a full moon the falls acquire a special glow and for 5 days a month some privileged people can enjoy the night visits.

Iguaçú National Park

With only 20% of the falls in its territory, the Brazilian side offers as impressive views as those on the Argentine side thanks to the wild nature that surrounds the turbulent waters.
The starting point to get to know the Brazilian side is Foz do Iguacu, a border town between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

Helicopter ride: Flying over the falls is a unique experience, especially for those who have never ridden by helicopter. Anyway, being objective, the best way to see and «feel» the falls is from the boat.

Boat trip: As on the Argentine side, it is possible to take a walk to contemplate the immensity of the waterfalls even more closely.

Safari: A tour through the park in the company of one of the guides is the ideal way to meet the animals that hide among the lush vegetation.

Another interesting visit a short distance from Foz do Iguacu is the Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric power station in the world, just behind the Three Gorges Dam in China. It is possible to make tours to know the facilities.

How to get to the Iguazu Falls

The great distance that separates Buenos Aires and the Iguazu Falls (1,400 kilometers) makes it necessary to travel by plane. The journey to the Puerto Iguazú International Airport lasts a little less than two hours and the round-trip ticket prices are usually around € 300.

¿What is the best time to visit the Iguazu Falls?

The Iguazu Falls are located in an area of ​​tropical forest and during the year go through two seasons:
Summer; the hot and humid season, from October to March. With temperatures between 33º and 20º.

¿When is it recommended to travel to the Iguazu Falls?

Our recommendation is to visit the Iguazu Falls from May to September, in the «low season», with somewhat more affordable prices and more bearable temperatures to spend a great day of nature.

¿Where to Stay?

Puerto Iguazú: North of Argentina (about 20 km from the Falls). A small city of about 40 thousand inhabitants, without more attractive than connecting with the Falls and the Landmark to the 3 Borders (Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina), but a comfortable, cheap and safe place to stay. If you travel with a tight budget or you like nature tourism, we recommend this option, as there is a wide variety of jungle accommodation with all kinds of benefits.

Foz do Iguazú: South of Brazil (about 30 km from the Falls). A city of about 260 thousand inhabitants, considered one of the most multicultural cities in Brazil. Here is also the crossing of the Triple Frontier and the Itaipu Dam. In this city the type of accommodation is more urban, being able to book city hotels, inns, apartments …

Thermal baths of Lake Myvatn, Iceland

Thermal baths of Lake Myvatn, Iceland

Iceland is known worldwide for being a volcanic country. In the middle of the Diamond Route in the north of the country are the thermal baths of Lake Myvatn, a magnificent and unknown alternative. The problems derived from volcanism have an extremely positive side and