Top Places to Enjoy in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is a special place where it is possible to be engaged in a bunch of entertaining pursuits –  including shopping, sampling Cantonese cuisine at local restaurants, and vivid nightlife. Many visitors, however, miss some of the most exciting activities they could experience here.

While you’re exploring noticeable things like soaring skyscrapers, superb cuisine, enterprising business ventures, and glowing night life – this former British colony also offers a number of amazing attractions to be aware of.

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See below our list of the best things to visit in Hong Kong:

SUNRISE OVER SAI KUNG

Perhaps Hong Kong isn’t the first vacation spot that occurs to you when you think of paradise beaches in a far-away country. However, the city has a number of marvelous coastline beaches, big and small, scattered across the territory’s numerous islands. If you have time, plan to spend a day at Sai Kung on the Gulf of Big Waves (Ty Long Wang).

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It is possible to rent a tent here and spend a pleasant night on the beach, and not so many tourists have discovered this lovely place.

GO HIKING

The best recommendation for people who have come to Hong Kong only for a short period is to “hike the dragon’s back.”

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This walk along a ridge with the ocean and beaches on one side and the city on the other will take about an hour and a half, and you will be able to admire tremendous views and landscapes.

Being part of the Hong Kong trail, Dragon’s Back has great scenery and wonderful hiking trails. Don’t miss the chance to explore one of the most beautiful hiking spots in Asia!

BE PHOTOGRAPHED AT PEAK

The most significant place which needs to be visited in Hong Kong is Victoria Peak, a marvelous place which attracts thousands of tourists.

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The popularity of this peak is not surprising as it is the best spot to take tremendous pictures of this crowded, multicultural, busy city that looks stunning from this point.

Here you can also take pictures of the well-known skyscrapers of Hong Kong.

SPEND AN INSTANT OF TRANQUILITY AT BIG BUDDHA

Tian Tan Buddha is widely known as the Big Buddha. It is situated at the top of a mountain on the island of Lantau, where Hong Kong airport is located. Big Buddha sits serenely, looking down on crowds of meditating tourists.

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After visiting Buddha, we suggest that you go down to Nong Ping on the funicular – from which it is possible to admire fascinating 360 views of the island as you descend the mountain.

VISIT STANLEY

Stanley is a seaside city with fresh sea breezes and stunning views. It stretches along two different bays on a small peninsula and is a perfect place to purchase souvenirs.

Rocky sea shore and small sandy beach of Stanley Bay in Hong Kong. Beautiful scenic landscape with water, mountains, rocks and buildings

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Shops, restaurants and bars are located on the western bay, where tourist events are also held. At the same time in east bay, a set of water sports is offered.

This pleasant short trip by bus from downtown is an excellent way to spend a quiet day on the seashore.

Best Ways to Take the Best Travel Selfies Alone

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If you are traveling alone, or you have your significant other with you, or even some friends, you will definitely take selfies along your way.

As a selfie is basically a photo of you taken by you, you will probably try to catch some interesting landscape or memorable surroundings in the background.

Selfies can be good or bad – or really good; if you follow the rules below – they should definitely be wonderful!

  1. The first rule – take a lot of shots! You will need time, of course, to take a significant number of selfies in one location, but here is the rule: the more selfies you take, the richer the choices will be. Even if you are taking shots with pretty much the same background, we suggest you vary the angles and lighting of the pictures.
  2. Regarding light, consider one simple rule: lighting is everything! Any photographer will tell you that, and it is one of the most important rules of taking a selfie.

3. Smile sincerely – even if you have to pretend that you really mean it. Smiling suits everyone; if you are planning to use your selfie not only for your private gallery but also to share it       with the world on social media, or just your own website, following this rule is a must!

4. Use the right filters; Instagram can offer you plenty of them. Think about those that will be best for your photo. They can really change your face and the photo itself.

 

Discover the Rockies: Your free night awaits

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Dine fireside at the resort’s 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill, serving locally sourced dishes, paired with intriguing local brews, fine wines and craft cocktails.
  • Enjoy one-of-a-kind mountain and village views from the resort’s spacious rooms and suites, and inviting outdoor terraces.
  • Invite your family for a backcountry snowcat tour or aboard a horse-drawn sleigh ride through pristine mountain trails.
  • Indulge in the healing waters of Allegria Spa, where you can add deluxe body treatments from deep-tissue massages to radiance facials to acupuncture.
  • Join a ski or snowboard lesson to learn a new skill or perfect your moves across Beaver Creek’s 1,832 incredible ski acres.
  • Take advantage of the resort’s prime ski-in/ski-out slope access to the mountain’s 22 lifts leading to terrain for skiers of all skill levels.
  • Try something different with a new winter activity by ski-biking at nearby Vail Mountain, or joining a dog-sledding tour on a private ranch

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The Main Reasons People like Traveling

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Why do people love travel so much? Why is everyone nowadays literally crazy about exploring new lands?

Read our article to clarify the advantages of traveling for an average person.

  1. Get Away from Daily Routine

People do the same things every day, and this makes them bored. Sometimes it is important to change something in your life, even for a short period. Your brain gets fresh information; with new emotions and fresh impressions, the nervous system rehabilitates. When you feel that your daily life is not bearable anymore, try changing the place where you are; feel the difference in surroundings, people, traditions, way of life, and culture.

Traveling will definitely get you out of your comfort zone, and it is well worth it. You’ll find out how different you are when visiting new places. – how resourceful and strong you become when visiting foreign countries and cities and exploring new cultures.

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  1. Meet new People

Nowadays traveling is extremely popular. People like to travel, and one of the main reasons is the possibility of meeting foreigners who could become friends. This is a strong reason why many people become travel addicts. When you start meeting people totally different from those who live in your home country and city, you can’t stop. This is a completely different experience, which gives you an opportunity to see how the world is multifarious and bright.

Learn from different cultures and know a lot of new information from those you meet while traveling. They could be your new neighbors; people you meet during your stay in the country, or even your hosts.

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  1. Broaden Your Horizons

Another reason why people love traveling is their love for self-development. When you travel abroad, you explore different cultures, lifestyles, and ways of doing business. You can become a part of this life and make some useful contacts.

You can learn a lot from those who live in another country: we suggest that you live abroad for some time. In this case, you will see different ways to communicate, conduct business, and do everyday things.

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  1. Know Yourself Better

Do you think you know everything about yourself? You cannot say for sure if you live in the same conditions and surroundings all your life. When you arrive in a foreign country and experience a different lifestyle, you discover your most unexpected characteristics and features.

At the same time, when you come back home, you have an opportunity to look at your life from a different angle. Remember that traveling is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself.

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  1. Enjoy your life

The colors of life seem pale while living an everyday routine. Traveling helps you to enjoy every single moment on your trip and feel the brightness of life. Going new places and exploring unknown lands helps you to better appreciate your lifestyle, the people around you, and yourself. When you come back, you will perceive everything that you have differently.

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Tips for Ideal Road Trip

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You will remember a successful journey by car for all your life. While traveling by car you can see not only the big tourist cities, but also small cozy villages, enjoy the unexplored places and beautiful nature sights.

The car gives freedom of choosing your own way to travel and road to take. Moreover, travel by car saves your budget significantly. It gives you so many incredible emptions and unexpected views that no other way of traveling can provide.

Use Interactive Maps and Apps

Every road begins with a good plan. If you going to hit the road in any country of the world – start with exploring maps. Plan your stops, the best places to visit and the most exciting panoramas to take photo of. Use maps to make your route, to identify the best way to get to a certain point.  Adjust the route to your tastes and desires. Identify the approximate duration of your trip and start a journey

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Choose a right car

A car that you want to take depends on the roads you going to explore and type of a trip you are willing to take. Think whether the four-wheel drive and high clearance is necessary to you, whether you want to take the cabriolet or perhaps something else. Reserve the car in advance, choose an unlimited run (if you don’t know how long will be a trip) don’t forget to buy an insurance!

If the travel is long, of few months or more, perhaps, it is worth thinking of purchase of the used car which can be sold at the end. Surely check the conditions carefully before receiving and signing of the contract.

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Prepare a Playlist for your Trip

There few things are so closely connected as music and the long road. You cannot even imagine how good music in your car can make your trip unexpectedly wonderful and even change the whole travel mood. Record your favorite songs on your smartphone playlist (and don’t forget an USB cable).

Also it is worth checking local radio. It is an excellent opportunity to listen to music which you will never hear in your home country. Music has to be very invigorating, and make a long driving comfortable.

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Take food and camping with you

Do you know when you are going to eat next time? Do you know how long will the road take and how tired you will be? May be you will be tired and exhausted in the middle of the road? The best idea for this situation is to take all necessary with you. Camping and food are ideal choice for those who is planning a long journey.

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Why You Should Travel as a Couple Before Marriage

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A lot of couples take a honeymoon trip, which is a very popular activity after newlyweds get married. But what about traveling before the marriage? Such a trip could be the perfect opportunity to know each other better and to explore new countries together. If you are still deciding whether to go together on a trip, read YYZ Travel tips about traveling abroad with your significant other.

  • You Will face Challenges

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Traveling is a perfect chance to see your partner’s weak and strong sides. You will meet new people, face unexpected situations in a different environment, and see if you can rely on your partner or not. This trip will be a test of your future relationship and will definitely show what you can expect from your partner in family life.

  • You Will have Your Own Moments and Memories

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Wherever you go, your trip will be a perfect memory for you both. This will be a wonderful and exciting adventure that can not only unify you, but will also make you stronger. These memories will be for both of you, and you will be happy to share them again and again.

  • You will Become a Team

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You will identify your roles in the couple and this will make your relationship stronger. Creating your trip together, being in an adventure together and doing everything together will be a perfect experience, especially if you are planning to become a family in the future.

  • You Will Understand If You Are Ready for the Marriage

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You can survive all the misunderstandings and difficulties and become closer to each other. Or, you can just understand that you are not an ideal couple. Either way, your travel will be a perfect chance to check how strong your relationship is for the future marriage.

  • You Will Renovate Your Relationship

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Most people do the same things all the time: go to work, prepare breakfast and dinner, do the same activities and same things every single day. Travel is a perfect chance to change your environment and perspective and to renew feelings. After just a few days abroad you will feel a difference in your behavior, the way you look at each other, and your feelings will be stronger.

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Best Books to Read on Trip

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If you travel a lot, you already know a good book is a perfect thing on a trip.

Reasons for reading a book can be different: a long flight or train ride, an overnight stay at the airport, or nasty weather. A good book can not only help you to pass the time, but can also immerse you into another world!

1. Peter Mail, “A year in Provence.”

Peter Mail and his wife did what most of us only dream of: they bought an old farmhouse in Provence and started a new life there. The first year of their life in the new place was full of unexpected discoveries and hilarious adventures. They try to learn the local language, go to goats’ tracks, and to complete their makeover in a year.

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Here is a quote from this book:

“Gradually, I was turning into a very happy vegetable, and the connection with real life was carried out through random telephone conversations with people who were killing their lives in distant offices. All they had to do was to warn me that the sun is killing my brain and causes skin cancer. I did not argue – maybe they were right. One thing I knew for sure: in spite of foul brains, new wrinkles and the danger of getting cancer, I never felt better in my life. “

2. Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

Time goes on, and still, readers are delighted with the amazing story of the three English gentlemen who decided to travel the River Thames with a fox terrier named Montmorency.

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The book describes a lot of comical situations and funny misunderstandings that the heroes have to work out without losing their sense of personal dignity. This story will surprise you even today as an original tale with wonderful English humor.

3. Stephen King, Under the Dome

The final version of the novel was written in 2009. Big trouble comes to a small town. Suddenly, it is covered by an invisible mysterious dome, and now no one can get out or in. It completely changes the life of local people, and the police try to fix the situation. But nothing can be done: airplanes and cars crash when they try to get in; even rockets and corrosive acids have no effect on the dome.

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Moreover, it is dangerous just to approach it. The sheriff tried to get closer, and his cardiac pacemaker died. All the attempts to help people under the dome lead to an opposite result – almost all of them died. What happened to those who managed to survive under it?

4. Joanne K. Rowling, “The Casual Vacancy”

After this very book, Joan Rowling got rid of the “child writer” label. “The Casual Vacancy” has nothing to do with the world of magic wands, potions classes, and Quidditch. It tells us about a small British town. After the death of a respected citizen, a place on the municipal council is vacated, and many residents would like to occupy it.

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And here the action starts. On the Internet, someone starts uncovering some things that the city’s families prefer to hide. The struggles and perspectives of every social strata of this small town are here: well-off bourgeois and indigents. Among the characters are businessmen, doctors, and lawyers, as well as marginal elements like drug dealers and prostitutes. Wherever you start reading this book, it will be tough to tear yourself away from it.

A visit to Tokyo 2017: Autumn Beauty

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Tokyo October Festivals and Events:

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Niihama Taiko Festival October 16 to October 18, 2017

This festival takes place on Shikoku Island and is like a big parade of giant taiko drums. There are 47 floats shaped as such, and each one represents a city neighborhood. The main idea of the festival is to display the energetic spirit of each float. Every neighborhood has 150 men carrying its float, and about 300,000 spectators come to watch the show.

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Yasukuni Autumn Festival October 17 to October 20, 2017

The amazing Yasukuni shrine complex is a favorite place to visit in Tokyo. Located in Chiyoda (central Tokyo), the complex was founded by emperor Meji in 1869. The shrine is dedicated to those who died while serving Japan and lists the names of people of different nationalities; even animals are listed here.

A number of festivals are held here in autumn and spring. In October, you can enjoy traditional Japanese arts: fire dance, drums, and local music. We suggest that you visit this incredible festival to enjoy people dressed in traditional Kimonos, as well as plenty of souvenir stalls and a chance to sample tasty Japanese foods. The shrine is located within walking distance of the popular Kitanomaru Garden.

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Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony October 2017

Nowadays everyone is crazy about coffee, but how about a cup of wonderful Japanese tea – especially when it is served during a special traditional ceremony! There is no better opportunity than to visit the famous outdoor ceremony held in October in Hamarikyu Detached Garden and the indoor activity held in Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

We suggest you explore Japanese culture through this wonderful drink and understand the incredible taste of green tea. You will have a great opportunity to better understand Japanese culture and enjoy amazing first-timer workshops.

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Nihonbashi Ebisu-ko Bettara Market October 19 – October 20, 2017

This market takes place near Takarada Ebisu Shrine. Being a fairly famous Tokyo seasonal event, it is known for such tasty local dishes as bettara-zuke, or sweet and salty daikon radish pickles.

This event goes back to the Edo period, a time when local Japanese merchants began to sell fish, meat, vegetables, and fruits.

The event starts on October 19, and the market is located just at the shrine entrance. The ceremony commemorates the god Ebisu. Enjoy this amazing fair in the Odenma-cho area (eastern part of Chiyoda). Here you can find an enormous variety of food, souvenirs and traditional items sold at 400 to 500 street stalls that work until very late evening – as well as many places to stroll and enjoy the atmosphere:

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Kitanomaru Park:

Located in the very center of Japan’s busy capital, Kitanomaru Park is a must-see place for those who dream of escaping to Tokyo’s vibrant life. Here, in the Chiyoda area, you can feel the historical presence of the northern enceinte (kitanomaru) and successive generations of the Tokugawa clan who lived in this place until the end of the Shogunate.

Formerly, the area was part of Edo Castle, and you can find a lot of historical sites in different sections of the park. This place is perfect if you are a nature lover: there are lawns, ponds, tracks, flowers, colorful bushes and quiet park walkways here. The wonderful scenery will make you forget that you are located in the heart of a vivacious metropolis.

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Imperial Palace Outer Gardens

The Imperial Palace Outer Gardens was part of the imperial household grounds; now the area is open to the public. The park is a must-see site in Tokyo, and one of the most exciting places to visit. Many people consider this area a symbol of Tokyo.

Enjoy beautiful views of the Nijubashi (Doble Bridge) built in 1886, historic sites of Edo Castle and Fushimi-yagura. Moreover, you will definitely be amazed by the park’s beautiful nature and wonderful grounds.

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Hibiya Park

This park has a long and exciting history. It was land of feudal lords in times of shogunate, and later where military parades took place during Japan’s modernization in the second part of 19th century. It became public in 1903.

This park has two large Western-style flower gardens, a few cafes, and an amazing recreational area for strolls and quiet walks.

 

Published: 14/10/17

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Top Places to Visit in Brazil

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Famous for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the incredible Iguazu Falls, Brazil is one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. As South America’s largest country, Brazil covers most of the continent’s northeastern area. From the Amazon rainforest in the north to tropical beaches along the Atlantic coast, to the Pantanal wetlands and vibrant metropolises of the southeast, there are plenty of interesting places to visit in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro

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This fascinating city beckons with its white beaches, crystal clear water, and beautiful nature. One of the best places is the sandy beach of Copacabana, which stretches more than 4 kilometers. There is a wonderful atmosphere here that combines family beach vacation with entertainment such as volleyball tournaments and beauty contests.

The weather is always nice, regardless of the season, due to Rio’s geographic location and unique climate. Separate two-piece swimsuits made their debut in Copacabana, and now they are the calling card of this beach – which, unfortunately, makes them rather expensive to purchase.

The area of ​​Copacabana before 1920 was separated from the rest of the city by a mountain. It was a pristine jungle with wild parrots and palm trees. At the beginning of the century, a tunnel was cut into the rock to develop the future beach. By 1950, the tourist business reached its peak, and ​​Copacabana has since become one of the most prestigious and expensive places in the city.

Iguazu

Iguacu (Iguazu) water falls on a border of Brazil and Argentina

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One of the three greatest waterfalls in the world, whose name means “great water” in the Guarani language, is located on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

In the 16th century, the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca discovered these waterfalls while wandering through the jungle in search of the legendary treasures of Eldorado. According to his travel notes, these huge streams of water did not make a strong impression on him. Maybe he was a calm and unemotional person; we don’t know for sure now – but one thing is clear: Cabeza de Vaca was probably the only person in history who reacted so indifferently to these waterfalls.

The Iguazu Cascade, divided into separate streams by islets, tends to descend at such a speed that it captures the spirit. To observe the falling waters, you can hike across wooden bridges entangled with spider webs. Of course, it is worthwhile to stock up on waterproof raincoats. Whatever you choose to do, a thrill is guaranteed!  

The most famous waterfall is called “Devil’s Throat.” Crowds of tourists from all over the world gather on suspension bridges every day to look into the heart of the underworld.

The Statue of Christ the Redeemer

The Statue of Christ the Redeemer

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This amazing world landmark has for more than 80 years been considered a cultural icon of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. In 2007, it was added to the list “New7Wonders of the World.” The height of the statue is 38 meters, the range of Christ’s arms is 30 meters, and the sculpture weighs more than 1,145 tons. From the statue’s pedestal there is a panoramic view of the city and bay with picturesque Sugar Loaf Mountain, the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and the huge bowl of Maracana Stadium.

The original sketch of the monument was designed by the artist Carlos Osvald. He suggested the idea that from afar the statue should resemble a large cross. Therefore, the position of Jesus with arms opened wide was chosen. The final design of the statue was done by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa.

The opening and lighting of this monument took place on October 12, 1931; later in 1965 the Statue of Christ the Redeemer was consecrated by Pope Paul VI. The statue has been repaired and modernized repeatedly, and in 2003 it was equipped with escalators.

Flamengo Park

Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro

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The giant Flamengo Park (also called Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes Park) in Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest in the world. Created in the mid-sixties by decree of Governor Carlos Lacerda, Flamengo Park covers an area of ​​1.2 million square meters.

The park’s amazing landscapes and colorful gardens are striking; it holds over three thousand different species of trees. The park contains many pedestrian and bicycle paths that make it a favorite holiday destination for locals.

Flamengo Park has its own sights as well – the Museum of Modern Art and the Carmen Miranda Museum. There is also a monument erected in memory of the victims of World War II.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil.

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It is one of those places that you will never forget. Due to the unique natural conditions in Lençóis Park, the snow-white sand dunes (whose heights reach up to 40 meters) are adjacent to emerald-blue lagoons. The area of ​​the park is spread over one and a half thousand square kilometers.

The park of Lençóis is inconstant as its sand dunes are always shifting. The landscapes you see will very soon change and turn into new, even more picturesque ones. The best time to visit the park is from June to October when the rainy season comes and the formation of azure lakes reaches its peak. Then the desert comes to life, lakes are filled with fish, and exotic birds fly by. If you are lucky, you can spot wild hares or even some  moose.

 

Published: 10/10/2017

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