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Top 5 Most Interesting Climbing Day Trips

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A climbing and hiking trip is one of the very best ways to see as much of a country as possible. The exertion of the climb is immediately worth it when you reach your summit and experience the most incredible possible views of your destination. You don’t have to be an expert rock climber to experience the joy and exhilaration of a unique climbing trip. Here are five of the most interesting climbing experiences in the world, all of which are completely accessible to novices. Just remember not to look down!

Climb the Villarrica Volcano
Standing at an altitude of 9,440 feet , the Villarrica volcano is one of the only active volcanoes in the world that you can climb in a day trip, making it an essential excursion for anyone visiting Chile and a truly unique and interesting experience. Volcano Live report that Villarrica is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, although it hasn’t experienced a full eruption since 1971 so it’s perfectly safe to climb. You’ll experience a full range of climatic conditions during your hike to the mountains peak, passing through ice and snow before ultimately arriving at the steaming hot bubbling surface of the volcano: a view that you’ll never forget! Villarrica is one of the world’s most climbed stratovolcanoes, and a day trip to its peak generally last between 7-11 hours (with 4-5 of those being the physical activity of the climb itself). An excursion to climb the mountain is accessible for climbers of all ability levels, but the trip isn’t recommended for children under the age of 12 years old.

Top 5 Climbing Day Trips
Climbing Volcan Villarica, Chile

Climb and Rapel in the Andes
The Andes are famous for the unique and interesting climbing opportunities they afford. In fact, The Andes have been selected as one of the world’s top ten climbs by National Geographic magazine, making a day trip here the perfect taster of a journey so many people travel to experience again and again. Enjoy a trek in “Cerro Manos” with stunning views of Cordon del Plata then spend your afternoon climbing and repelling in the foothills of the mountain for a full-blown adrenaline hit. The landscape you’ll see during this trip is truly breath taking, and if you’re considering a more intensive trip through The Andes to travel to higher peaks of this mountain range then this beginner-level day trip is a fantastic way to dip your toe in the water and put your climbing skills to the test.

Top 5 Climbing Day Trips
Rappeling in the Andes

Climb the Great White Pass
By complete contrast to the heat and humidity of climbing through the Andes, the Great White Pass is a cold climb in the heart of Skagway, where you’ll climb against a smooth granite surface whilst being framed by glaciers and truly breathtaking views. As Iglu Cruise point out, there are many stunning views on your climb including Skagway River, the White Pass Route Railway and the beautiful surrounding areas. The White Pass and Yukon Route Railway website reports that this is one of the most popular excursions in the area, with around 900,000 tourists visiting the area each year, and it’s easy to see why.

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Along the route of the White Pass – Yukon Railroad Route – HBarrison

Trek Along The Cocoa Route
If you’re looking for a gentler trip with lower altitudes and very little traditional climbing involved then a trek along the cocoa route in the heart of Venezuela could be the perfect trip for you. This historically important route passes through the Henri Pittier National Park, an area renowned for the natural beauty of its flora and fauna. Due to the changes of altitude levels throughout this route you’ll experience a wide and varied range of different fauna during your trip. You’ll also pass through the incredibly remote Chuao coastal town, safe in the knowledge that you’re following a path used by the by merchants of cocoa beans of yesteryear: a must see for those chocolate addicts among you!

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Sunset in the Cocoa Route, Venezuela

Climb The Matterhorn
Finally, you can’t talk about the best climbing experiences in the world without mentioning The Matterhorn, the rugged mountain in Switzerland considered to be the birthplace of modern mountaineering. The Matterhorn is considered to be a very difficult climb, and one that is generally attempted by professional and experiences climbers. However, according to Alpine Ascents, there are several trails on the mountain that are accessible to novice climbers. Both novice and experienced climbers can also receive training at the base of the mountain to prepare for technical ascents. Climb this peak if you want to secure your place in the mountaineering hall of fame, and dramatically improve your climbing skills.

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View of the Matterhorn, Switzerland. Credits Adam Baker

Contributor: Susie Higgins

Las 10 ciudades coloniales más bonitas de América Latina / The 10 most beautiful colonial cities in Latin America

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Como española de origen me encanta ver al otro lado del mundo ciudades tan parecidas a las nuestras. Dejando de lado otro tipo de consideraciones históricas, la fusión del legado de las culturas prehispánicas con la influencia europea han logrado darles un estilo difícil de olvidar.

Being Spanish it is really impressive to see in the other side of the world cities so similar to ours. Leaving aside other historical considerations, the merger of the legacy of the pre-hispanic culture with the European influence has given them a charming style difficult to forget.

– Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Sin duda mi favorita. Cartagena es mágica. Fundada en 1533 a orillas del Mar Caribe, está rodeada de una imponente muralla llena de historia. El trabajo realizado en la preservación de su identidad colonial es fascinante: calles adoquinadas por donde el tiempo pareciera no haber transcurrido, plazoletas que enamoran y coloridas fachadas con balcones en madera.

Definitely my favorite. Cartagena is magical. Founded in 1533 on the Caribbean Sea ,it is surrounded by an impressive wall full of history. The work done in preserving its colonial identity is fascinating: cobbled streets where time has not passed, charming squares and colorful facades and wooden balconies.

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

– Antigua, Guatemala

Fundada en 1543, se conoció durante la época colonial como la ciudad más bonita del continente, haciendo gala de magnifica arquitectura renacentista y barroca. Hoy se dice que es la ciudad mejor conservada de Latinoamérica. Recorrer sus calles adoquinadas apreciando las ruinas de sus antiguas iglesias, conventos y coloridas casonas. Enclavada rodeada de imponentes volcanes la hacen aun más especial, si cabe.

Founded in 1543, it was known in colonial times as the most beautiful city on the continent, boasting magnificent Renaissance and Baroque architecture . Today is said to be the best preserved city in Latin America. Walk its cobbled streets appreciating the ruins of ancient churches, monasteries and colorful houses. Its location surrounded by breath taking volcanoes make it even more special, if possible.

Antigua Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala

– Olinda, Brasil

El mito popular, dice que el nombre viene de una supuesta exclamación del donante de esas tierras, Duarte Coelho – “Oh linda”. Fundada en 1537 por los portugueses, enamora con su arquitectura colonial e iglesias barrocas desplegadas entre sus colinas, con sus estrechas calles de piedra que serpentean y el mar azul a lo lejos. Un sobrecogedor paisaje.

Popular myth says that the name comes from an exclamation of the donor of those lands, Duarte Coelho – . “Oh Linda” (“Oh beautiful”). Founded in 1537 by the Portuguese, you will fall in love with its colonial architecture and baroque churches deployed among its hills , with narrow winding stone streets and the blue sea beyond. A breathtaking landscape.

Olinda, Brasil
Olinda, Brasil

– Granada, Nicaragua

Fue fundada en 1524, es la ciudad más antigua de Nicaragua y una de las más antiguas del Continente Americano. Llegó a ser uno de los puertos comerciales de mayor importancia en Centroamérica, condición que la impregnó de las más variadas influencias entre las que destacan las moriscas y andaluzas. Se le llama La Gran Sultana, por su volcán, antiguamente conocido como El Sultán.

Founded in 1524, it is the oldest city in Nicaragua and one of the oldest in the Americas. It became one of the most important trading ports in Central America, condition that gave the city the most varied Moorish and Andalusian influences. It is called La Gran Sultana, by its volcano, formerly known as Sultan.

Granada, Nicaragua
Granada, Nicaragua

– Cuzco, Perú

La ciudad de Cuzco, fundada en el año 1100, es la más antigua del hemisferio occidental. Construida en una región montañosa considerada de las más bonitas del planeta, Cuzco es una de las ciudades peruanas más impresionantes, tanto por su historia como por su rica mezcla de arquitectura inca y colonial. Antiguos palacios Incas y plazoletas llenas de historia, en cada rincón se descubren los restos del rico pasado cuzqueño y de su vibrante presente.

The city of Cuzco, founded in 1100, is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Built in a mountainous region considered the most beautiful in the world, Cuzco is one of the most impressive Peruvian cities, both for its history and its rich mix of Inca and colonial architecture. Ancient Inca palaces and squares full of history, in every corner you discover the remains of the rich past of Cuzco and its vibrant present.

Cuzco, Peru
Cuzco, Peru

– Quito, Ecuador

Quito fue fundada en 1534 por los españoles sobre las cenizas de una antigua ciudad inca. Está localizada en las montañas andinas al pie del volcán Pichincha (9200 metros sobre el nivel del mar). Iglesias y conventos maravillosamente conservados y sus grandes edificios brindan un contraste con la arquitectura contemporánea y el Quito moderno.

Quito was founded by the Spanish in 1534 over the ashes of an ancient Inca city. It is located in the Andean mountains at the foot of the volcano Pichincha (9200 m above sea level). Churches and convents and wonderfully preserved buildings provide great contrast with contemporary architecture and modern Quito.

Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador

– Ouro Preto, Brasil

Antigua ciudad minera fundada en 1711, período de esplendor de las minas de oro de la región. Levantada entre cerros y laderas, cautiva por la belleza de su trazado urbano, con calles de piedra que recorren una accidentada topografía entre arquitectura colonial e iglesias barrocas.

Old mining town founded in 1711, splendorous period of the gold mines in the region. Built between hills and slopes, captivates by the beauty of its urban layout, with cobbled streets built over a rugged topography between colonial architecture and baroque churches.

Ouro Preto, Brasil
Ouro Preto, Brasil

– Guanajuato, México

Una de las ciudades coloniales más importantes de México. En 1980, su centro histórico y sus minas fueron declarados Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad. Tiene un distintivo sabor europeo, con cientos de callejones empedrados que suben y bajan por la ladera. Las arboladas plazas están llenas de cafés al aire libre, museos, teatros, mercados y monumentos históricos. Los edificios de la ciudad son un excelente ejemplo de la arquitectura colonial de estilo neoclásico y barroco.

One of the most important colonial cities in Mexico. In 1980, its historic center and its mines were declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It has a distinctive European flavor, with hundreds of cobbled streets up and down the slopes. The tree-lined plazas are full of outdoor cafes, museums, theaters, markets and historical monuments. The buildings of the city are an excellent example of colonial architecture of Neoclassical and Baroque style.

Guanajuato, Mexico
Guanajuato, Mexico

– Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento es la única ciudad fundada por los portugueses en las costas del Río de la Plata. Por ello, conviven construcciones de estilo colonial portugués junto a viviendas de estilo típico español.

Colonia del Sacramento is the only city founded by the Portuguese on the coasts of the Rio de la Plata. Therefore, Portuguese colonial style buildings coexist with Spanish style homes.

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

– Morelia, México

Los españoles le dieron el nombre de Valladolid y desde entonces ha sido una ciudad de gran importancia en la historia política y económica del país. Su imagen urbana se debe a la forma en que se construyeron las primeras casas durante el período virreinal y que desembocan casi siempre en una construcción majestuosa. Su oferta cultural es de las más ricas en todo el país.

The Spaniards gave the name of Valladolid and has since been a city of great importance in the political and economic history. Its urban image is due to the way the first houses were built during the colonial period and that almost always lead to a majestic building. The cultural offer is one of the richest in the whole country.

Morelia, Michoacan
Morelia, Michoacan

¿Cual es tu favorita?
Which one is your favorite?

Los Imprescindibles de Samba en Sao Paulo / The Essential Samba Hotspots in Sao Paulo

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La samba es uno de los estilos musicales más populares de Brasil y es una de las principales expresiones de la cultura brasileña. La samba nació de la mezcla de música africana y brasileña. A pesar de que la encontramos en cada rincón del país , la samba se considera una expresión musical de Río de Janeiro, donde el estilo tuvo su máximo desarrollo en la segunda mitad del siglo XX.
Pero los bares de samba en Sao Paulo no tienen nada de que avergonzarse. Los bares de la capital paulista atraen a los mejores nombres de la samba asegurando baile y diversión a su clientela. Adicional a la programación nocturna está la mítica feijoada de los sábados por la tarde, que se acompaña de una roda de samba que se prolonga hasta altas horas de la noche.
Vila Madalena y Pinheiros son sin duda el mejor lugar para ir en Sao Paulo si estás buscando la mejor oferta de samba y todo con precios razonables al contrario que muchas otras discotecas en la ciudad que cobran precios abusivos.

Samba is one of the most popular music styles in Brazil and it is one of the main expressions of Brazilian culture. Samba was born from the mixture of African and Brazilian music. Though we can find it in every corner of the country, Samba is considered a musical expression of Rio de Janeiro where the style saw its maximum development in the end of the twentieth century.
But Samba spots in São Paulo have nothing to be ashamed of. Samba bars in the paulista capital attract the best names in the samba scene bringing a lot of dancing and fun to their clientele. Added to the night programs we have feijoada, typical of Saturdays for lunch, which is always accompanied of a roda de samba or samba circle that goes on until late at night.
Vila Madalena and the Pinheiros neighborhood are indeed the best place to go in Sao Paulo if you are looking for good samba at reasonable prices.

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Bar Samba
Rua Fidalga, 308 – Vila Madalena

Como su nombre indica este bar está especializado en Samba y Pagode (un estilo de samba más relajados, se puede llamar samba pop) . En el Bar Samba las paredes están cubiertas con fotos de sambistas famosos de Río de Janeiro y Sao Paulo. Su rodas de samba atraen a los mejores músicos invitados y garantizan diversión y baile sin parar.
El público está diversificado formado por fanáticos de la samba de todas las edades, desde estudiantes universitarios a sambistas veteranos y algunos turistas.

As the name reveals this bar is specialized in Samba and Pagode (a more relazed samba style, let’s say samba pop). At Bar Samba walls are covered with pictures of famous sambistas of Rio and Sao Paulo. Its rodas de samba bring the best guests and guarantee fun and non-stop dancing.
Public is diverse formed by hard core samba fans and dancers of all ages, from university students to veteran sambists and a few tourists.

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Pau Brasil
Rua Inácio Pereira da Rocha, 54 – Vila Madalena

Al cruzar la puerta oculta junto a la gasolinera te sentirás como si hubieras descubierto el boteco más auténtico de São Paulo. Los dueños del bar se encargan del sonido en esta joya escondida Pinheiros. Son una pareja de amantes de la samba que tocan el piano y cantan en directo con clientes y amigos los clásicos de la samba tradicional. La entrada es muy decente (la última vez que fui 10 reales). El lugar está lleno, el ambiente caliente, la cerveza muy fría, y la música totalmente contagiosa.

When crossing the hidden door next to the gas station you will feel as if you’ve discovered São Paulo’s most authentic boteco. The owners of the bar take care of the sound in this Pinheiros hidden gem, a couple of samba lovers that play the piano and sing live with customers and friends the classics of traditional samba. Cover is very decent (last time I went 10 Reais). The place is packed, the atmosphere is hot, the beer is cold, and the music is totally infectious.

Ó de Borogodó
Rua Horácio Lane, 21 – Vila Madalena

Este lugar sin pretensiones, con un aire industrial abandonado y unas cuantas mesas dispersas es el mejor lugar de samba de la ciudad si lo que te gusta es bailar, beber y cantar. Chocarte con la gente mientras bailas deja de ser un problema, sino una excusa para cambiar de pareja. El lugar se llena de locales y algunos turistas y el ajetreado calendario incluye samba, choro y presentaciones de cantantes famosos como doña Inah. Abierto de lunes a sábado.

This no-frills space, with an industrial-abandoned look and a small set of tables is the best samba venue in town if you love to dance, drink and sing. Bumping into each other as you dance is not a problem but an excuse to change partners. The venue packs in a lively mix of locals and tourists with its busy program of samba, presentations of choro and famous singers such as Dona Inah. Opened from Monday to Saturday.
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Bar Favela
Rua Coelho Mourato 1272, Vila Madalena

Este lugar de samba en Vila Madalena sólo abre los fines de semana (incluido el viernes). La atmósfera que recuerda a una favela simple con un toque moderno. La multitud de jóvenes llenan la pista de baile que alcanza su máximo cuando el grupo de mujeres Samba de Rainha toca los domingos su amplia gama de géneros musicales.

This Vila Madalena samba spot only opens on the weekend (including Friday). The atmosphere reminds you of a simple favela with a modern touch. The young crowd packs the dance floor that reaches its best when Samba de Rainha is playing on Sundays its wide range of musical genres.

Grazie a Dio!
Rua Girassol 67, Vila Madalena

Este lugar sin pretensiones y con encanto ha ganado tres años consecutivos el premio de la mejor música en vivo en São Paulo otorgado por Veja Sp . Es conocido por su samba , pero su calendario también incluye MPB , jazz, funk, bossa nova y chorinho . De lo mejor la samba -rock de los domingos, que se baila en parejas, y calienta el ambiente que da gusto!

This unpretentious and charming place has won three years in a row the prize of the best live music in São Paulo awarded by Veja Sp. It’s known for its samba but its schedule also includes MPB, jazz, funk, bossa nova, and chorinho. The more dynamic samba-rock on Sundays, which is danced in pairs, heats up the atmosphere!

Best Samba in Sao Paulo
Esta es mi selección pero estoy encantada de oir vuestras sugerencias y recomendaciones de samba en Sao Paulo.
Please let me know if you have other suggestions of great samba spots in Sao Paulo, I would be happy to hear your recommendations!