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Crescentrating's Pick of 8 Destinations to spend your Ramadan Holidays in 2013
Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayers, charity and bonding. For those who are planning to spend the Ramadan away from home, last year we covered 10 destinations in "Ramadan Holidays -10 Destinations to Spend in 2012". Here are 8 more destinations to look at this year in addition to the 10 destinations we listed last year.
One of the best places for swimming and the largest volcanic crater lake of Nicaragua, Laguna de Apoyo is an amazing place to visit. The Laguna de Apoyo has been declared as a nature reserve and is among the protected areas of Nicaragua. A number of people visit the lake for its dark coloured beaches, clean blue waters and exciting water sports.
Spanning from the east of the Andes in Peru to the borders of the Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia are the Peruvian Amazon rainforests. Rich in wildlife and home to several indigenous communities, the Amazon rainforests in Peru attract a number of visitors. The Amazon covers almost 60% of the territory of Peru.
Aguas Calientes now known as Machu Picchu Pueblo is a small town located close to the valley of Machu Picchu. The town is the gateway to the ruins of Inca in Machu Picchu. There is nothing much to see in the town and most visitors use it as a stopover for exploring the ruins and avoiding the rush of day-trippers. If you spend the night in Aguas Calientes, you can catch the first bus to the ruins and stay atop the mountain till late afternoon.
Chicago is a lovely city with lots of opportunities for sightseeing. For Muslim travellers Chicago offers several Halal restaurants and Mosques (masjid). It is a great place to visit.
Located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Nicaragua are the Corn Islands. There are two Corn Islands namely the Big Corn Island and the Little Corn Island. The Little Corn Island is a tropical paradise which is largely unexplored by visitors and hence is less crowded.
There is no Mosque (masjid) or Halal restaurants on the Little Corn Island. There are some good seafood restaurants and vegetarian options on the island where you can dine.
There are no historical sites or attractions on the island. The best thing that you can do is sit back and relax or enjoy the deep blue waters of the surrounding Caribbean Sea. The waters offer some good diving options and there are also PADI instructors who can teach you how to dive and explore.
Nicaragua Fishing is another major activity that visitors enjoy at the Little Corn Island. You can easily get a boat charter and go out exploring the waters.
There are a few shops on the island around the beach areas that offer things of basic necessities. You can also find some locally handcrafted items.
There are no vehicles or roads on the island and the best way of travelling around is walking.
Sitting at the foot of the Andes, Merida is a beautiful and bustling city in Venezuela. The capital of the state of Merida, the city features a colonial downtown, university buildings and several beautiful parks and amazing architecture. Merida is a wonderful city to walk around and enjoy the colonial feel.
The Urubamba Valley or the Sacred Valley of the Incas is located in the Andes of Peru. The valley is located close to the Inca capital of Cusco just below the historic city of Machu Picchu. Set in pleasant climatic surroundings, the boasts of ancient ruins, several towns and mountain slopes. The valley today includes the heart of the Inca Empire.
Hammamat or the Ma’in Hot Springs are located in Madaba in Jordan. It is a hot freshwater mineral spring and waterfall located about 264 metres below the sea level. Since the Roman times people have visited these thermal mineral springs for treatments and leisure.
Located on Roatan, an island of the Honduras Bay Islands in the Caribbean Sea is the town of West End. It is one of the liveliest towns on the island and has a plethora of restaurants and entertainment options. The town has a good transportation system with buses and taxis running around. You can also rent scooters to explore the town and the island.
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