Top 5 Most Dangerous Volcanoes in South America

Thanks to my reader and friend Colomba, today I am going to write about the most dangerous volcanoes of South America (SA). First of all, SA occupies a large territory and consists of various countries. Volcanoes are not rear guests here as well.
For example, let’s take such countries as Argentina, Bolivia and Chile and the volcanoes of the Central Andes.
The first one is Copahue that lies in both Argentina and Chile. It’s elevation is 9.728 ft (that is 2.965 m). The volcano was formed approximately 0.6 million years ago near the NW margin of the Pliocene. It usually shows intense fumarolic activity. The eruptions are not often and not very explosive.

The next one is Parinacota, it is located in both countries Chile and Bolivia. It is not only a volcano it is a unusual lake supplying numerous small lakes with water.

The third one is Sajama in Bolivia. Love volcanoes that provide us with adorable sceneries and can’t hurt people. I mean it has not erupted in the last 10,000 years.

The 4th volcano is Guallatir in Chile. Actually, this volcano is still treated as the active one. Its recent eruption took place in 1985.

The 5th one is the Lascar Volcano on Chile. It is an active one. The last eruption was in 1993. Frankly speaking, Lascar is the most active volcano in the central Andes.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

This incredible park is situated in Thailand, Pattaya. It is popular among tourists because of stunningly beautiful landscapes and marvellous views. Everything there seems to be from a fairy-tale. It is full of Thai style houses, villas, banquet halls, restaurants and swimming pools.
A vast 600 acres area was bought by Mr. Pisit and Mrs. Nongnooch in 1954, this land was predicted to be a fruit plantation, but, Mrs. Nongnooch made a trip abroad and came back with a firm decision to create there a tropical garden of ornamental plants and flowers.

In 1980 it was opened to the public and got an official name “Suan Nong Nooch”. Suan – means “garden”. Since it is a place where everybody concerned can get acquainted with Thai Culture and Cultural Shows. More than 2,000 visitors came there everyday. This garden always looks as if it does today. Also, it is a conservation place for many plants and palms. By the way, click on pictures to enlarge them!

Visitors are offered various shows, for example: the elephant show (elephants can play football, dance and interact with people). The collection of cacti is really amazing, although, they are native to the US, these plants adapted well to the Thailand climate. Before going to this garden you can make an online tour!

 

QTvan Mini Camper Trailer

All travelers will love the mobility and functionality the following QTvan mini camper trailer presents. This small cutie was designed by English company Environmental Transport Association and it is destined to attract attention as a magnet.

The QTvan is more a mobility scooter and it goes without saying that is can be named the world’s smallest caravan. Inside, there’s a tea service, a 19-inch flat-screen television, radio, alarm clock book shelves, and even a full-sized single bed and kettle.

This caravan is perfect when it comes to short vacations. This van will cost you only $9 000.

 

General Tips for travel Tibet

Tibet! I think everybody wants to visit this country and to feel its spirit, but before this, you have to find out more about it, to get acquainted with main travel tips in order to be prepared…
1. So, the first of 8 travel tips can be named – Best Time For Visiting
Climate in Tibet is the typical downy special climate. And don’t feel upset, but, it can vary throughout the day and different places in Tibet. Pay attention, you can visit Tibet at any time, but the best time is from April to October. From May to September (especially July and August), as a rule, comes a rainy season, so don’t forget your umbrellas.

You need only 4 documents to visit and travel freely in Tibet: the Chinese Visa, the second one is Tibet Permit, the third one is the Travel Permit when you are planning to travel to the closed areas in Tibet which you can obtain it after you arrive in Tibet (So, the 1st question what travel permit is? This paper is also called Aliens’ Travel Permit (A.T.P) and it is required to visit closed areas), and the fourth document is the Military Permit (not always, only if are going to visit some special areas: Ngari, Nyingchi, and Nagqu). Also, you need a visa and a passport (valid for at least six months).

2. Mountain Sickness
Yeah, I am not mistaken, there is not only an air-sickness, it is another kind of disease, that is very popular among Tibet tourists and it presents a great risk to their health! When at high altitudes, people are lack of oxygen, so symptoms vary, but the most widespread are: dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and insomnia. As a rule, in the course of acclimatization your health condition will become better and better. Before going to Tibet, visit a doctor and be sure that your heart, lungs and other organs are healthy! But the following precautions will help you to avoid Mountain Sickness: drink as mush as possible, before visiting Tibet and in the country: don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol, eat more chocolate and fruits. If you already feel sick, don’t even think to go higher.

3. Packing Things
Remember! Tibet is just another place to visit, it is no use to take the whole wardrobe with you. Moreover, it is a remote place, so choose as comfortable things as possible. Nevertheless, you can always ask your travel advisor. But, don’t forget:
 documents (ID card and Travel Permit);
 a folder or a small bag (in order to put very important papers);
 bag (in order to put things, you are going to take with you, while visiting some place of interest);
 lotions, creams, sunglasses and other things in order not to get sun burns;
 cold-weather clothes. Sounds strange? Because, it is so unbelievable to put lotion with SPF and a warm sweater in one bag, while going to catching sun. But, facts are stubborn thing. As you already know, weather in Tibet can changes in a very quick way, so be ready! Walking shoes, rain coat, woolen socks, hiking boots, long-sleeve shirts… all these things are a must!
 torches: be ready to power cuts. Very often the electricity can be cut after 10 PM. It is so romantic!
 oxygen bag: it will help to facilitate the symptoms of mountain sickness and in Tibet it is a useful thing, because it (Tibet) is situated very high;
 travel bag: who knows, may be you will decide to spend a very romantic night (in the case, if the electricity will work);
 and, of course, medicine: tablets for water purification, chrysanthemum tea, pain-killers, medicines for diarrhea, nausea, colds and fever.
To be continued…

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China Travel Tips. Part II

Hi, China is an incredible and mysterious country, isn’t it? So, in such a case let’s go on without travel tips. Yesterday, we covered only a small part of them and found out general info about China, its people, climate, tradition and holidays. And now, I propose you to deepen your knowledge and clarify the following:

You have already chosen a tour, time and duration of your trip, now it is exactly the time to specify:

Entry/Exit regulations:

Travelling by air: you need a valid passport and visa. The rest of the papers you will get on board the plane or from your own trip advisor.

Travelling by car: must enter China through special pre-approved ports and, of course, valid passports, visas and some other documents are a must.

If you have a problem with your car or you need roadside assistance, call a towing service that can arrive in your area quickly.

When entered a country you are expected to fill in a Health Declaration Form (don’t forget to mention serious diseases, if you have one). Moreover, remember that you can’t take from China: weapon of all kinds, forged currency and securities, any information carrier, which contains info, harmful to Chinese authorities, economy and politics, poisons, drugs, relics, endangered plants and animals. The following bans are in force unless the authorities gave you a proper certificate or allowance.

What to wear

It is one of the most challenging questions, you wanna show yourself in all the beauty and take all your clothes with you, but… remember, that China’s climate is very changeable and varies from place to place. So, find out an average temperature at the place you are going at and then carefully plan what to wear there. As a rule, winters are really cold and summers are rather warm. So take everything you want, but remember, it must be comfortable for you to travel and having rest.

What to pack

China is a nice country, just like most of the others you are planning to visit, so in order to enjoy your travelling don’t take a lot of things. First of all, don’t forget about documents and be as careful as possible. And always take the address of your hotel with you – most of the population can’t speak English. Then, clothes – we have already talked about them. Medicine – take medicine of general use and, of course, some special medicine, that you can need. And, it goes without saying, take things off your personal hygiene.

The next stage of your travelling: you are in China…

Photography

I think, nobody will call this point an unimportant one, because photos give us memories, they return us back into the best moments of our lives. So, be sure, you have taken enough films or memory cards with you. It is a bad dream, to look for a memory card instead of admiring the landscapes. Some places demand fees for photos and some just can’t be photographed (I mean: museums, relics, temples, palaces etc.) Ask permission before making a photo of this cute old man in the middle of the street.

Water to drink

Even if you are very thirsty, don’t even try to drink water from a tap – it can cause a lot of health problems. Even the best hotels can’t supply you with drinkable water from a tap. Most of the apartments are equipped with water dispensers or hot pots. Use them for their designed purposes.

What to eat

China is a real paradise for gourmets. Chinese cuisine is popular worldwide and is full of rice and wheat, corn and millet, noodles and dough sticks, cakes and snakes. Each dish has a perfect combination of species and sauces. If you don’t have enough money, please, remember, you can use a small snack-bar and be impressed with their dishes.

What to buy

China is full of various presents, goods and unusual things. You can spend hours looking for a particular thing and find a lot of other marvellous ones. China is famous for: silk, tea, antique, various paintings, calligraphy, pearls, handicrafts. And, no doubts, you will buy things cheaper, while going into the big cities, such as Lhasa, Beijing, Xian and others.

Tipping

Tipping is very popular in China. But, remember, it is a personal matter. You can cheer up a really good worker and give nothing to a worker that you didn’t like at all. 1 to 5 US dollars will be enough for small gratitude.

And, as a conclusion, I would like to say – enjoy your trip, think about it, plan it, but be ready for some unplanned events and some minor disappointments. We are all people and to err is humane. So, don’t spoil your own rest! And visit the Great Wall of China!

 

The Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Driving can be one of the most exciting day to day activities for the average person, but no matter what vehicle you’re driving or how skilled your technique is, there are some roads that you just have to wonder who is actually skilled enough to travel them. Taking a look at the following list will give you a good idea of whether your skilled enough to drive it or perhaps rich enough to make it safer for the rest of us.
1. North Yungas Road, aka “Road of Death”,

Bolivia:  This road cuts through the Bolivian Andes, running almost 70 km from La Paz to Coroico. It travels nearly 3,600 meters down and is comprised almost entirely of narrow hairpin curves. Unfortunately, their is no safety net below off the side of the road, and as you can see from the picture, the drop is quite severe. While you’re smart enough to read about this road before attempting to travel it, between 100-200 people a year over estimate their driving abilities, leading to their unfortunate death. Constructed in the 1930′s by Paraguayan prisoners, it would be easy to assume that they built it to be this treacherous on purpose. North Yungas Road is most frequently traveled by trucks and busses, which makes it’s span of merely three meters wide almost as terrifying as looking out the window when on it. If you still don’t fear the “Road of Death” be warned, these conditions are only what you would experience in the dry season. Let’s hope you don’t get stuck there in the rain.

2. Siberian Road to Yakutsk,

  1. looking to travel to Yakutsk, this is road is the only option you have. As you can see, you’ll be traveling on more mud than actual road so let’s hope you’re friends with a local tow truck driver! Expect traffic to come to a stop as many will wait for this 30 km long road to dry enough to considering driving on. But being a mud road isn’t the only thing that makes it dangerous. Many expects suspect underground gas leaks, supported by the reports from a majority of motorists who have survived car accidents on this road claiming that they can’t remember what happened. Perhaps Yakutsk isn’t worth visiting after all.
  2. Guoliang Tunnel in the Taihang Mountains, China Before May 1st 1977 the only hope of making it to the small village on the other side of the mountain was to follow the along the rock foot path. In 1972 workers began a five year process of creating this 1,200 meter long tunnel, spanning 4 meters wide and 5 meters high. Wear and tear over the years has caused this tunnel to become uneven, but don’t worry, the view from the thirty plus windows will make your journey on this road even scarier.
  3. Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan. While this road doesn’t offer the twists and turns you’ll find from those above, you’re still riding on a wide open mountain side. Although an absolutely beautiful sight to see, don’t take your eyes off the road unless you happen to have a car parachute. Your best bet to enjoy this beautiful scenery would be to take a tour bus across it, unless of course your looking for a more scenic grave.

 

 

Cuba VS. Egypt Travel

Yesterday a friend of mine told me, that it is not prestigious to travel to Egypt or Turkey… If we want to be cool travellers we should think about Cuba holiday. Frankly speaking, he puzzled me a lot, what is so special about this Cuba? Actually, after a couple of hours I was almost ready to visit Cuba, would you like to know why???

Cuba (with the capital Havana) is a country where summer rules all year round, it presents unforgettable epic colonial architecture ensembles, hot salsa dancers, crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, legendary cigars, golf championships, fly fishing and birdwatching activities, friendly people… The official language is Spanish. Cuba is a place of famous Che Guevara and bold bright people. The atmosphere is absolutely miraculous, it feels like FREEDOM. Cuba is rich in art, architecture and culture, it offers a great number of various sightseeings.

I was impressed with this info, Cuba looks like a must-visit place. And really , why not? The only one problem, it is better to start searching for a Cuba hotel right now. I like one hotel that looks like a magical palace. It is called the classic Grande Dame hotel of Havana, it boasts pleasant gardens, perfect sea views, flawless services but a bit high prices. So, may be I will put aside some money or just choose a cheaper hotel.

And the last point I like about Cuba – tours, so, after a couple of hours I am ready to announce, that I dream about Pearl of the Caribbean Itinerary Cuba tour. Why? Because it is the best opportunity to enjoy Cuba as it is. This charming tour allows to get only the best experience of Cuban culture.

Your Best Trip Ever – The Atlantic Road

I am ready to bet you will really love the following Atlantis Road offering really spectacular views, unbelievably sharp turns and wild nature. By the way, the following road is in The Guardian’s list of the world’s best road trips.

The Atlantic Road is a 8-kilometre long stretch of road between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde, which are the two main population centres in the county of Møre og Romsdal in Fjord Norway. In general, the following road starts approximately 30 kilometres southwest of Kristiansund and ends 47 kilometres north of Molde.
In 2005 the following road was named “Norway’s construction of the century” and it was rewarded the status national tourist route.
You will be satisfied while travelling this road since there are four panoramic view- and rest areas with facilities along the Atlantic Road. I am ready to bet you would like to know that many tourists choose to travel to the Atlantic Road during the autumn in order to have a look at the raging storms that pound the road.
The road was opened in 1989. I would like to make such a drive

World Strangest Signs and Titles

Dear friends and travellers, today I have made an exuberant title of my post, so now I feel the necessity to explain what it is all about. While visiting various countries I made 3 types of photos: photos with me as a main part of any shoot (sometimes I even succeeded to outshine really huge buildings ), photos with lively scenes, landscapes and stunningly beautiful places and the last category is about photos not the type will be likely to show up in a glossy brochure or site about tourism. Namely, these photos I’m going to show you, some of them are mine and some I have seen but failed to capture. So, please, enjoy!
The 1st one was taken in Egypt – it tells us: “No diving!” Actually, it was no use to, ’cause it was seen with the naked eye, this swimming-pool was not more than 0.5 m deep.

And now, to your attention: “No Ball Playing!” sign. So, the rest of the actions with ball is possible…

Now, the turn goes to 2 unusual road sings. Apart from the circumstance, that there a few road signs in the whole Egypt, these signs made me laugh, the first one has incredible gentlemen on it (this gentlemen is only lack of a walking-stick) and the second one possesses a rather funny beep.

It really looks like a Russian language. Frankly speaking, while in Egypt I have almost forgotten what the international language is. They almost don’t know English and adore Russian. But, the funniest thing about this sign, its letters are cut from colourful paper. May be English still popular, but these people exert every effort to write all titles in Russian. Nice!

Let’s call it a day with Egypt and go on further with Belarus. It goes without speaking, I’m not perfect in Russian, but even my knowledge is enough to know the Russian language from the Belarusian language. So, just view…

Kangaroos are so nice and people must take care about them, so there are special signs in Australia and some other countries.

And the last sign is about Venice, a country of your dream and my dream and so on… It is so strange but, there are road sign for gondolas.

World’s Most Beautiful Church

It doesn’t matter whether you visit churches or not, whether you are a religious person or not, however there are the most unusual churches in the world and they are odd, extraordinary, strange, amazing, fantastic – odd, you name it. They make our planet or a single country worth visiting. Today I would like to share with you a picture of one of the most beautiful churches in the world – Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe chapel (Le Puy-en-Velay, France).

I perfectly know what France is popular for – its amazing Tower, friendly people, delicious breakfast and buns, fantastic boutiques and… a church that most people have even never heard of … but it definitely belongs to one of the most remarkable sights in France – a chapel the Rock of Aiguilhe.
The chapel itself is situated on the edge of the town of Puy en Velay and it can be found there for already 1042 years, because it was built by Bishop Gothescalk in 962.

Top 3 Amazing Ice Waterfalls

Waterfalls … they are miracles of nature. We’re used to enjoy them in full blossom when the water flow is strong and dangerous and when water is happily cascading over rocks … but sometimes waterfalls can be … frozen and it is a completely another story to tell.
 The Fang Waterfall, Colorado
Colorado is extremely popular during winter months, when climbers from all over the world visit it in order to perform the Fang waterfall climbing. The enormous ice pillar of the waterfall forms on exceptionally cold winters. It looks not only enchanting but so dangerous. And the wall is as slippery as hell.

 Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido is famous for its great winter activities. You can find everything here: slopes and ice castles, ice festivals and ski facilities and even frozen waterfalls. The only one problem they are very dangerous in Japan and very often they happen to collapse.

 St Louis Falls in Beauharnois, Quebec
These sick layers were quick and strong water flows in spring, summer and autumn and now they attract only tourists and photographers.

The Katskhi Pillar – Stairway to Heaven

Our world is full of awesome and unusual places and I would love to tell you a couple of words about one of the strangest and most unusual places located in central Georgia’s Imereti region.

I am talking about an imposing 130 foot rock pillar called Katskhi that has been venerated since ancient times.By the way, you should understand that it is not Georgia, the American state, but Georgia a small country between Europe and Asia.

Katskhi lies less than 10 km from a small mining city called Chiatura and it is one of the most photographed and popular places in the country.

I am ready to bet you will love the fact that a Georgian monk has been living in this rock building for nearly 20 years. What is more, the high church is estimated to have been built in between the 6th and 8th centuries.
Would you love to visit it one day?