Nature and Culture Closer Than You Expected – Quinta Normal Park

Quinta Normal Park is located in Barrio Yungay, Santiago. This nearly 40 hectares´ park is a beautiful place where you will be able to explore a rich variety of flora and culture.

In Quinta Normal, you will find a lake where you can sail in small boats. While walking around, you will also find some restaurants, playground, fountains and even areas specially established for water games. Moreover, there is a train that travels throughout the park allowing you to discover all its secrets.

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The beautiful lake you can admire in the park

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The Best Airbnbs in Colombia

Travelling to Colombia, but a bit lost on where to stay? Don’t worry, with Airbnb, there are hundreds of accommodations to suit your needs just a mouse click away. Here is a guide to the best of the bunch based on your budget, in the top 3 cities in Colombia: Cartagena de Indias, Bogotá and Medellín.

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Situated on the Caribbean Coast, Cartagena is the perfect place for a beach holiday to soak up the tropical sun. It’s historical centre and enchanted architecture also make it great for avid sightseers. Let’s take a look at what Airbnb has to offer:

Fancy Pads

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Enjoy the height of luxury in this sensational house located right in the centre of the Old Town, next to the San Pedro Cathedral. You and up to 7 friends can enjoy private bathrooms in each bedroom, a pool, top floor jacuzzi, and even your own butler service. All for an eye watering $680 USD a night.

Check it out: Old Town Luxury

 

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Moving to Chile Soon? An Expat Guide to Living in Chile

Welcome to Chile, one of the best countries in Latin America and the longest country in the world! There are a ton of reasons to visit and live in Chile. Not only is its capital, Santiago a beautiful and lively city, but there are also so many other bucket list destinations that you must visit.

The Torres! Well worth the steep hike

Chile is home to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world! It’s also a part of Patagonia where the famous Torres del Paine reside. And you can’t forget about Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) which is the most isolated island in the whole word. It’s famous for its 887 Moais.

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5 Things to Remember When Travelling to Mexico

So, you have just booked your flights to Mexico for what you hope to be an unforgettable holiday, and now you are beginning to think about the necessary preparation beforehand. Well, the good news is that you need not look any further! In this article I have highlighted what I believe to be the 5 main things to prepare and take with you as you explore one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in the world.

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1. Vaccinations

Of course, when travelling to a foreign country, one thing that must take priority is that you are medically fit for travel. International health organizations recommend Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and Typhoid for any traveler in Mexico. Diphtheria and Rabies vaccines should also be considered. However, there is no need to worry about getting a Yellow Fever vaccination, as no certificate is required to enter the country. On the other hand, if you are looking to travel to other countries in Central and South America afterwards, this certificate may be required upon entry depending on their respective laws, so its worth checking for your whole trip beforehand.

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5 Types of Travellers You’ll Meet

Hostels can be strange places, where you’re likely to meet a whole range of different people. Here’s a list of the top five most common types of traveler you’ll meet during your trip to Peru, or anywhere else for that matter.

The Culture Vulture

Alright Robert, fancy a wild night out on the town? No chance. Robert’s having a cup of green tea and an early night in preparation for a 5 AM trek up the mountain, a three-hour walking tour around the city’s old quarter, followed by a trip to every museum within a 30-mile radius to finish off the day. And as if that wasn’t enough, you can forget offering him a plate of your pesto pasta at dinner. He’s off to find the only restaurant around that hasn’t got a single tourist, yet still serves the “best local cuisine”. A great person for sightseeing recommendations but don’t get in his way because he’ll probably hit you with one of his Lonely Planet guidebooks.

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Top Drinks to Try in Chile and Where to Get Them!

Chile is known for its wine and pisco, but the country also has so many delicious cocktails and beverages that you must try when you are visiting! Here is a list of top Chilean drinks that you have to taste:

1. Piscola:

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Piscola is a mix of pisco and Coca-Cola. Sometimes people mix pisco with Sprite as well; but in my opinion, piscola tastes much better.

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Everything You Need to Know About Booking an Airbnb in Peru

With over 2 million listings in 191 countries, Airbnb has become a key part of people’s travels. However, how do you know what sort of place to book? Where will a swimming pool and a barbecue be essential? When would it be better to stay away from the city centre and when should you be right in the middle of it all? Here’s everything you need to know about booking an Airbnb in Peru to help you out.

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Miraflores is a must

If you’re flying into Peru it’s more than likely that your first destination will be the capital city, Lima. So if you decide to stay for the night and have a look around, then your best bet is to find an Airbnb in the Miraflores district. This is the safest and most upmarket area of the city, offering parks, beaches, and trendy shops and cafes. Here you’ll be looking at private rooms from $10 USD per night and entire apartments from $25 USD per night. However it will be well worth it, with lots to see and do, from food walking tours to paragliding over the Pacific Ocean. By getting an Airbnb, you’ll save on a hotel while getting the peace and quiet you’ll crave if you’ve had a long flight, and that you won’t find in the local hostels.

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Must-Pack Items for your Trip to Colombia!

If you’re about to head off on the adventure of a lifetime, but have hit a wall on the packing front, never fear – help is on hand to tell you all the must-have items to make your trip a successful and stress-free one.

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  1. The Basics

Due to its proximity to the equator, the weather in Colombia is not seasonal. So, it matters less when you go and more where you go.

The Highlands / Coffee Region / Bogotá = cool rainy climates. Pack layers and a waterproof jacket!

Caribbean Coast = hot and humid. Pack light clothing, sunglasses, and a hat. Don’t forget your suncream!

Hiking holidays = Can consist of jungle treks and varied weather conditions. Pack lightly – you’ll need hiking boots, insect repellent, sun cream, and layers which you can easily put on and take off if you get too hot/cold. Take an extra comfy pair of shoes or flip flops for when you are relaxing at the campsite and possibly a headlamp in order to find your way around in the dark (without wasting precious phone battery!)

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Explore the Bohemian Barrio Lastarria

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Barrio Lastarria is one of the most touristic sectors in Santiago. Characterized by beautiful historical architecture, the street of Lastarria and the neighborhood that encompasses it, are surrounded by bars, restaurants, cultural centers, boutiques, and a variety of activities.

This is a Bohemian neighborhood which features delicious coffees, fine wines, and an overall unique cultural point, is located right next to the famous Santa Lucia Hill. On weekends, it is common to see fairs with vendors selling secondhand books, crafts, and artwork. Lastarria is also home to some of the most interesting museums in Santiago, such as the Museum of Visual Arts, Bellas Artes National Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center.

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Airbnbs for all Types of Travellers in Mexico

Airbnb has become a major platform for finding the perfect accommodation for your trip abroad, with options in more than 34,000 cities worldwide. Since becoming such a popular choice with travellers, they now offer a wide variety of accommodation possibilities so that tourists can choose the perfect option depending on their travel plans. In this post, I am going to outline a few of the Airbnb possibilities available for different types of travellers looking for their desired experiences in Mexico.

Firstly, if you were looking to go to Mexico City, Mexico’s vibrant capital, to soak up Mexican culture, I would recommend an apartment so that you can fully make the most of your time there. This gives you the opportunity to be at the centre of the action, making travelling to different parts of the city and returning home incredibly easy. As an extra tip, if you research what you are looking to do during your trip, you can easily filter your options on Airbnb so that your apartment will be close to the places where you want to visit!

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