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Standing at an altitude of 2,850 m Ecuador was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city. The city was the first to be named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quito is also a wonderful base for exploring the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. The historic centre of the city is one of the best preserved historic areas in South America.
One of the most significant water ports in Costa Rica, Puntarenas is located in the province of Puntarenas along the Pacific Coast. The city finds location on a long and narrow peninsula jutting out into the Nicoya Gulf. A number of visitors make Puntarenas a stopover from San Jose to the Nicoya Peninsula; however, it is also a popular travel destination among both locals as well as foreigners.
There are no masjids or halal restaurants in Puntarenas. There are some restaurants that serve vegetarian and seafood options.
The main pier is excellent to walk around during the evening time. Visit the pier for viewing stars and lights in the distance. There is a public park at the end of the peninsula. Enjoy a walk along the south beach to reach this park. The park has playgrounds, basketball courts and also benches for people to relax.
The south beach also offers visitors with the opportunities of swimming and enjoying a banana boat ride. Towards the northern end of the peninsula is an estuary that has Mangrove Forests. Explore this forest area and spot crocodiles, herons, and red snappers. From any pier on the northern side of the city you can request fishermen to take you for a boat ride towards the forest area.
Puntarenas also has a marine park that has manta rays and fishes from the Pacific Ocean. There is also a splash pool and a snack stall at the park. Pay a visit to the Museo Historico Marino that tells visitors about the history of the area. If you are interested in art, then visit the La Casa de La Cultura, a wonderful art gallery in the city.
The Paseo de los Turistas is good to walk around. Here you can find a number of vibrant shopping opportunities and cafes.
Travelling around the city is easy with the help of local buses. Taxis are available in the city and can easily be stopped to take a ride. You can also find bike rentals or walk around the city.
Trinidad is a small village in Paraguay known for its Jesuit ruins. These ruins are known as Santisima Trinidad de Parana. The ruins are open every day from 7 am to 7 pm in the summer months and from 7 am to 5.30 pm during the winters.
The city of Pedro Juan Caballero is located along the border of the Brazilian city of Ponta Pora. The city is located about 2201 ft. above sea level and is the highest city in Paraguay. The city is popular for easily availability of inexpensive electronic and consumer goods. The city is about 40Km from the Cerro Cora National Park and preserves the history of the area.
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Located off the coast of French Guiana is the Salvation Island. Known as the Les Iles du Salut, the island is an interesting place to visit. The island was once known to have the infamous French penal colony, one of the most feared prisons. The Salvation Island comprises of three islands namely the Ile Royale, Ile St Joseph, and the Ile du Diable.
The smallest of the three islands is the Ile du Diable or the Devil's Island. This island was used for housing political prisoners. This island has rocky shores and is a bit difficult to access. There is a small hotel on the island and also a museum. Guided tours of the island and the prisons are available.
The Ile Royale is the largest of the three islands and served as the administrative headquarters. There were a number of houses and official buildings on the island that have been converted into hotels and various facilities for visitors. Most of the cruise ships dock at the harbour of the Ile Royale.
The Ile St Joseph was a solitary confinement for prisoners. The prison bars are now covered with vine foliage. This island has white sandy beaches and visitors can also take a refreshing dip in the shallow waters surrounding the island.
Visitors to the Salvation Island can spot a wide variety of wildlife such as macaws, agoutis, capuchins and sea turtles.
There are no masjids or halal facilities available on the island. However, the restaurants serve some good seafood and vegetarian options.
Pokhara City is one of the major travel destinations in Nepal. The third largest city of the country, it is surrounded by beautiful lakes and exotic natural beauty. Pokhara is one of the cities that is worth visiting in Nepal. It also serves as a starting point for a number of treks in the Annapurna region.
Montezuma is a small town on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Known for its bohemian ambiance and beautiful beaches, Montezuma is a wonderful place to relax. If you love beaches and natural beauty, you will definitely fall in love with Montezuma.
There are no masaajid in Montezuma. Finding halal food in the area is also difficult, but you can find lots of places serving seafood. There is also a restaurant that serves only vegetarian and vegan food.
The town is surrounded by lots of scenic waterfalls, beaches and rivers. The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is located close to the town and is a great place to see natural beauty. The Montezuma Falls close to the town has three sets each falling into the other and then into the pool. It is difficult to climb the falls. The beach in the town is not very clean, walk a bit further to the northern end of the town where the beaches are clean. There are also a few nice and secluded beaches to the south of the town.
There are a few shops in the town that sell clothes, souvenirs and other important items.
The best way to travel around the town is on foot. Bus service is available to ply visitors to the Cabo Blanco National Park and Mal Pais.
Located in the Andean foothills of Ecuador is the small town of Mindo. The town is a popular destination among birdwatchers and also attracts people interested in nature. The town is set in lovely cloud-forest, the Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest.
The Andes in Peru is home to some of the most spectacular peaks in the world. These mountains have granite peaks rising above the snow-covered ridges and glaciers. The Cordillera Blanca is undoubtedly one of the most popular ranges. It includes over 33 peaks spanning over an area of 180Km in length and 21Km wide.
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