Top 10 Animals You Must See During Your Trip To California

California, locked in by tall mountain ranges to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West, is filled with places that are significantly different in an ecological sense and is thus an extremely bio-diverse area providing home to countless different species, many endemic to the state. Here is a list of the Top 10 animals you must see during your trip to California.

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Guatapé and its amazing “Piedra de Peñol”

Guatapé is a town situated in the North West of Colombia, in the Antioquia region, only 90 minutes outside of Medellín. It is bordered by the Peñol – Guatapé reservoir, one of the largest dams in South America. The dam was built by the Colombian government in the 1970s for a hydro-electric dam. In order to create the reservoir, over 6000 hectares of land were flooded, completely submerging the town of Peñol. The edges of the lake are characterized by clusters of small islands, including the central “Fantasy Island” where you can book a stay in a quaint cabin and spend a few days relaxing on the lake. The reservoir is also very popular for water sports – many people visit for the awesome fishing, jet ski and sailing opportunities.

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The City of the Gods – Discover the ancient city of Teotihuacan in the heart of Mexico

With its origins still uncertain, the ancient city of Teotihuacan is a mysterious yet enticing attraction in the heart of Mexico, bringing historians and tourists alike to marvel at the obscure buildings, temples and pyramids, some of which date back to 200BC.

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A Visit To Chile’s National Zoo in Santiago. Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My!

If you wish to see wild and exotic animals, the Chilean National Zoo should be your next stop! In January 2010, the Chilean National Zoo introduced five rare white tiger cubs.
The genes responsible for their white colour represent only 0.001% of the tiger population; which makes them very rare. The Chilean National Zoo, aka the Santiago Metropolitan Park, is located in the neighborhood of Bellavista, which lies at the foot of San Cristobal hill. You can admire more than 150 different species at the zoo. Along with the white tigers, the zoo is at an outstanding location and houses several species from all over the world.
However, you may ask ourselves the following question: Does the Chilean National Zoo have a good public image?
In order for us to answer this question, we will treat the topic through three different parts: a flash back on the national zoo’s history; a guided visit of the zoo; and feedback given by visitors and press over the last few years.

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Fresia the emblematic elephant!

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Things To Do On Easter Island, Horseback Riding, Hiking, and Biking – Part 1

Winter is Chile is ending and it’s time to start planning your grand summer vacation! If you’re living abroad, outside of Chile, then I highly recommend visiting the country anytime from December-March. One of the biggest summer trips you can do in Chile is to visit Easter Island!

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Easter Island is a true paradise for travelers who are passionate about outdoor activities. Adventure lovers can explore all the different facets of the island such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, and a variety of water activities. Tourists looking for a more relaxed vacation can make use of rental cars to discover the landscape, beaches, and archaeological sites. You can also just simply go for a walk and let yourself be guided by the coast, the nature, and the beauty of the island.

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The Tapati Rapa Nui Festival and Things To Do On Easter Island – Part 3

Things To Do On Easter Island – Part 1
Things To Do On Easter Island – Part 2

Easter Island is a beautiful and unique place to not only discover the landscape and natural transformations, but to also experience the impressive traditional and individual culture of Rapa Nui – that still exists today.

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What Is An Empanada Pino?

Empanadas can be found in many countries within Europe, North America, South America and even in Southeast Asia. But Chilean empanadas are a true one-of-a-kind. Chilean empanadas are often cooked in an oven and with the dough and fillings inside, one is just enough to satisfy your hunger. You can also find fried empanadas in places near the coast such as Valparaíso, Reñaca, Viña del Mar and etc. But in Santiago, you will find many stores that sell oven empanadas.

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Chilean “Once” tea time Finally Explained!

“Once” in Spanish means 11, but for Chileans, it means tea time. Chilean tea time usually takes place at 5 pm. But sometimes when they have “once” instead of dinner, it can take place at 8 pm or 9 pm.

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Chilean once normally consists of bread with butter and jamón and most importantly tea! The family sometimes chooses to enjoy a piece of cake or sweets, in replacement for the bread and butter. But tea is always a must!

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Chile…The Longest Country In The World?

The longest country in the world from north to south IS…… Brazil. BUT it only beats out Chile (the country most people assume to be the longest) by 95 kilometers!

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Chile stretches over 4,300 km (2,670 mi) from north to south and only 350 km (217 mi) from east to west. This length, allows the country to have a remarkable variety of climates and landscapes.

Chile has at least 7 major climates! In the north there are deserts; in the east there are mountain ranges (a technical term for this is alpine tundra); in the south there are oceanic climates where there are cool summers and winters; and in central Chile there is Mediterranean climate where there are dry summers and wet winters. You also have glaciers in the southeast and subtropical humid climates in Easter Island!

If you’re interested in tours in Chile, check out this great selection here!

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