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  • Easter around the world: South America

    Colombia

    Colombia

    Since the most widespread religion in most South American countries is Christianity, Easter is celebrated with various degrees of pomp and ceremony all over the continent.

    Easter is a good time for family celebrations, but it works just as well, if not better, as a window for a holiday. If you decide to head out of your home during Easter, whether on your own or with family or friends, South America is a great choice.

    Even at other times of the year, the particular blend of indigenous culture and African and European influences make South America is great cultural travel destination. The many Easter traditions and customs in South American countries turn this holiday into an exciting time of the year even for those who don’t usually celebrate it. So here are some more insights into how people celebrate Easter around the world: South America in particular.

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  • The best carnivals in South America

    Montevideo Carnival, photo by Vincent Alongi

    For those who keep it, Lent is far from being the most pleasant time of the year – being deprived of your favorite foods or other indulgences is no small sacrifice for many.

    This is why carnival season, right before Lent begins, is a time of revelry and self-indulgence, so that people can have one last blast before staying away from all the fun for a while. At least, this was the original purpose of the carnival, but today it’s a great opportunity to party weather you’re religious or not.

    Some of the biggest and most vibrant carnivals take place in South America, with the Rio as the uncrowned queen of them all. But the Rio carnival is far from being the only one, so if you find yourself somewhere on the continent during the upcoming months, check out some of the best carnivals in South America.

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  • The most amazing national parks in South America

    Mount Roraima in Canaima National Park, photo by kevincure on Flickr

    There are more national parks in South America than countries in the world, and in the case of countries like Venezuela for example, national parks, reserves and protected areas cover over a fifth of the territory.

    But this is hardly surprising on a continent as varied and large as South America, and yet many of the parks go unnoticed by tourists. While Galapagos and Torres del Paine are familiar names to anyone who has traveled to South America, there are countless other parks that are decidedly worth of a lengthy visit.

    Some are accessible, some remote, wild and exciting, but without an exception they are all beautiful. So grab your hiking gear and visit some of the most amazing national parks in South America!

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  • Foodie Travel: Top 5 soups from around the world

    Cullen Skink, photo by Colin Campbell

    Soup, a seemingly simple dish that warms your belly and your soul, is a staple all over the world. People have been making soup for ages, and many cultures have their own treasured soup recipes which they take pride in.

    Traveling around the world will reveal you a world of soup – and none as innocent as your traditional chicken broth with noodles. So whenever you visit a new destination, don’t forget to slurp a bowl a soup and pamper your palate with surprising tastes. Here are our picks for the top 5 soups from around the world.

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  • The traveler’s guide to historical Cartagena, Colombia

    photo by Bernd Lutz on Fotopedia

    Most people spending their holidays in Colombia end up visiting Cartagena at some point – it is the most popular destination in the country, after all. Cartagena is a city with several faces, and two of them are overrun with travelers most of the year. The resort areas with high rise hotels along Bocagrande strip, where beach bums and luxury travelers alike come to enjoy the sun and the ocean. But history buffs are attracted to the colonial walled city, which flourished after the 16th century.

    Cartagena was founded by Spanish conquistadors on the site of a small indigenous village, and the growing town rose to fame, was targeted by pirates and then became one of the first sanctuaries of freed African slaves in the Americas. Here’s a traveler’s guide to historical Cartagena that will give you a taste of the wonders of this city.

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  • The largest and most interesting libraries in the world

    Zurich University Library, photo by tomatoos on Flickr

    Bookworm travelers rarely leave on a trip without bringing either a few beloved paperbacks with them, or, more recently, an e-reader full of interesting new books. But there are other ways as well for a literature geek to indulge in their passion for the written word while they are traveling.

    How about visiting a few libraries? You might not have time to stay long enough to read something, but some of the largest and most interesting libraries in the world are true works of art.

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  • Top 5 most exciting beaches in South America

    Praia de Sibaúma, photo by Priscilla Silveira on Flickr

    A beach is so much more than a stretch of sand on the shores of a sea or ocean – it is a place with its own stories, atmosphere, regulars and history, and we can easily say that there are no two beaches alike in the world.

    South America’s miles and miles of coastline and a sizable chunk of tropical and subtropical portion of the continent made it possible for some of the best beaches in the world to be located here.

    You can find any type of beach here, from sizzling palm-fringed wonders to surfing paradises and secluded pebbly coves. If you only want the creme de la creme of beaches, here are top 5 most exciting beaches in South America.

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  • Top 5 eco friendly cities in the world

    Copenhagen

    Copenhagen

    We live in a world where pollution is an increasingly serious problem, and at the same time traveling in one’s free time is also far more widespread then in the past thanks to the development of new technologies that allow people to go from one place to another quicker and more safely.

    Luckily, traveling doesn’t necessarily mean more pollution, and there are lots of ways to decrease your carbon footprint and to protect the environment as much as possible. For starters, you could pick travel destinations that are a little bit more concerned with being green than usual – so here are top 5 eco-friendly cities in the world.

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  • The most beautiful rivers in the world

    Mekong River in Laos

    There has always been something about rivers that made them attractive to artists and travelers, and even people who just fancied a quiet walk along the meandering banks of a slowly flowing river.

    Rivers are usually only as beautiful as their surroundings, and a stretch of river that looks like a piece of paradise can quickly turn into a scene from an industrial wasteland. But  some rivers are regarded as universally, unequivocally beautiful, and it doesn’t take an artist to see that. So here are some of the most beautiful rivers in the world.

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  • Top 10 most beautiful castles in the world

    Himeji

    Himeji

    Childhood love for castles, forts and all the accessories that come with it is rarely completely overcome, and as a grown up traveler, anyone can indulge in their secret (or not so secret) love for castles in several destinations where castles are considered to be a very serious business.

    In Europe, castles and palaces have a long tradition, and in countries like France, Germany or the UK castles are some of the most beloved tourist attractions. Castles, however, come in many shapes and sizes, from medieval storybook-style castles, to marvels of Asian architecture and other castles. So if you like castles, here are the top 10 most beautiful castles in the world.

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