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South America

South America continues to be a popular tourist destination with a wide range of attractions from the beaches and carnival of Rio de Janiero through the massive Iguassu Falls and the steamy Amazon jungles to the ski slopes of the Andes. And then, of course, there's Machu Pichu and the Inca Trail in Peru, scenic and historic wonders of the world.

Airlines connect South America with the other continents, while there is also an efficient network across the continent. South America's tourist infrastructure has improved by leaps and bounds over the past decade. Accommodation in most countries ranges from luxury hotel resorts to quaintly primitive establishments in the rural areas. South America is not noted for the range of cuisine found on other continents, but if you like your steaks big and juicy, well....

With the active support of local governments, a range of tourism development projects are underway throughout the region

Venezuela

Mérida (pop. 250,000) is a popular tourist destination in the Andes region. The city is situated at 1625 m and maintains a mild to cool climate. The surrounding mountains provide a spectacular setting and offer a variety of recreational opportunities.

Roraima is one of the highest tepuis (table top mountains) in Canaima National Park. It is also one of the most easily accessible and a popular hiking destination.

Located in the northwest corner of Los Llanos, Guanare (pop. 130,000) is a major pilgrimage site. The Virgen de Coromoto is said to have appeared near the town in 1652.

Gran Roque is the principal town on the island of the same name in the Archipiélago Los Roques. This small fishing town maintains a population of approximately 1000 people. Boats can be chartered from the town's waterfront area for those interested in visiting some of the surrounding islands.

Rio de Janeiro

A wide variety of Rio de Janeiro hotels are available to meet your needs. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, accomodation is a key part of your trip, so consider your choices carefully to make your stay in Rio de jeneiro enjoyable. Comfort and a restful night's sleep will make your memories far more vivid!

Three Star hotels are usually mid-range in pricing, offer a few extras, and may have larger rooms as compared to Two Star hotels. Hotels to choose from include Aeroporto Othon Travel, Rio de Janeiro, California Othon Classic, Sheraton Barra Suites, Grande Sao Francisco, Mar Ipanema Hotel, Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza and Jw Marriott Hotel Rio De Janeiro.

Four Star hotels offer superior quality and comfort with many additional amenities. Some four star Rio de Janeiro hotels to consider include Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort, Orla Copacabana Hotel, Hotel Marina Palace and Promenade Palladium.

Geneva

Geneva (in French Genève; in German Genf), the city of Calvin and the center of the Reformation, lies in the extreme western tip of Switzerland at the southwest end of Lake Geneva (in French Lac Léman). The town is built on moraine hills of varying height on either side of the swiftly flowing Rhône, which here flows out of the lake and is joined on the southwest side of the town by its tributary the Arve, coming down from the Savoy Alps. Lying between the Jura to the northwest and the limestone ridges of Mont Salève and the Voirons to the southeast, Geneva enjoys a magnificent situation on the largest of the Alpine lakes, within sight of the majestic peak of Mont-Blanc. As a hub of European cultural life in which French savoir-vivre and Swiss solidity are happily combined, the venue of international meetings on the highest level, as well as conventions and exhibitions of all kinds, and not least as a major financial, commercial and industrial city, Geneva has a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere which makes it perhaps the most attractive town in Switzerland and the one that attracts the greatest number of visitors. Evidence of its dynamic growth during the last few decades is provided by the large amount of new building in the city itself and in the surrounding area, where a number of residential suburbs and satellite towns of considerable importance have grown up.

Cordoba

Cordoba is a modestly sized city by todays standards, though it boasts a wealth of sights & attractions that far outstrip its populace. It is one of Spain's premier city break destinations, attracting crowds all year round. This is largely due to it being the capital of Spain during the Moorish (Arab) occupation of the peninsular, & under their rule is thought to have been the largest & most advanced city in the world. The Caliphate of Cordoba as it came to be known produced great architectural achievements, many of which still pepper Cordoba's inner city area. The result is a heritage unique from that of other European cities, drawing crowds from all over the world. People come to see the remnants of a lost empire, many famous monuments, & to savour in the ambience, cuisine, & other delights of this beautiful city

Spain

If you are coming to Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a beach holiday, or a tour of the major cities, but before you know it you'll find yourself hooked by something quite different - by the celebration of some local fiesta , perhaps, or the amazing nightlife in Madrid , by the Moorish monuments of Andalucia , by Basque cooking, or the wild landscapes and birds of prey of Estremadura. And by then, of course, you will have noticed that there is not just one Spain but many. Indeed, Spaniards often speak of Las Españas (the Spains) and they even talk of the capital in the plural - Los Madriles , the Madrids.

The cities - above all - are compellingly individual. Barcelona, for many, has the edge: for Gaudí's splendid modernista architecture, the lively promenade of Las Ramblas, designer clubs par excellence , and, not least, for Barça - the city's football team. But Madrid, although not as pretty, claims as many devotees. The city and its people, immortalized in the movies of Pedro Almodóvar, have a vibrancy and style that is revealed in a thousand bars and summer terrazas. Not to mention three of the world's finest art museums. Then there's Sevilla , home of flamenco and all the clichés of southern Spain; Valencia , the vibrant Levantine city with an arts scene and nightlife to equal any European rival; and Bilbao , a new entry on Spain's cultural circuit, due to Frank Gehry's astonishing Guggenheim museum .

 

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