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Photo and Travel Tips in Guatemala

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This article is brought to you by Guatemala resorts.

 

Guatemala City (Also known as Guate) is the capital of the Republic of Guatemala, it also boasts as its biggest city of Guatemala and is a popular tourist destination for those planning a vacation in Central America, based on a small stretch underneath Mexico and opposite Cuba. As well as the superb weather, there is also plenty of sights to see for those amazing photo opportunities. Below we list three of the top places you can visit when staying in the numerous Guatemala resorts to guarantee you a fun packed vacation in this exciting and beautiful city.

 

Museo Miraflores

The Museo Miraflores is an archaeological museum that displays artifacts from the ancient Maya city of Kaminaljuyu, for those non-speaking tourists everything is also shown in English. It is a treasure trove of everything relating to the Mayan culture and spans two large floors. Admission is approximately $5 US and provides ample opportunities for photographs with genuine Mayan artifacts. As well as the opportunity to explore the history of the Mayan culture, the museum is also located next to two large shopping centers so you can also incorporate a little holiday shopping at the same time.

 

Palacio Nacional de la Cultura

This presidential palace is located next to Parque Central and is one of the most impressive structures of its kind in the city. Whilst the current palace (The third to occupy this site) is fairly modern having been constructed in the 1930s-1940s it is no less impressive and is now open as a museum allowing tourists to take guided tours which are available in English. Again there are plenty of photo opportunities and one of the attractions of the palace is the styles of architecture that spans from the earlier styles of the Spanish Renaissance to Neoclassical.

 

La Aurora Zoo

This Zoo is located in the heart of Guatemala City and is a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, one of the most attractive parts of this zoo is the abundant flowers and landscaping of the zoo grounds that makes this a most relaxing and calming environment to visit as well as provide some great photographs to take back home and show your friends. There are also plenty of shops and cafes nearby should you want to take in more of the city as well. These are just three places that are worth a visit when staying in Guatemala City, there are also day trips to the nearby Volcano, various activities such as the canopy zipline tour. Whatever you plan we recommend that you only book with a trusted tour operator and make sure you take plenty of sun cream.

 
 

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Norman Peires’ Top Cape Town Tips

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As a child growing up in Cape Town, the city was always a place that people from Johannesburg would visit. They would come in the first week of December and leave by mid January – and that was the season. Which suited us just fine, as we Capetonians would then get the beaches to ourselves for the rest of the summer. These days, however, the story is very different. Cape Town is the number one tourist destination in Africa, with an international season that runs all year round – and the city I love has evolved into a truly global destination. Relaxed, beautiful, reliably hot in summer and with no jet lag involved thanks to a 1-2 hour time zone difference depending on the season (from Europe), it’s a perfect holiday destination for everyone from families to independent travelers.

I probably shouldn’t be encouraging you – I’d still like the beaches to myself! In any case, here are my top tips for first-time visitors to the Mother City…

 

High life

The city sits in one of the most beautiful natural situations in the world, overlooked by the iconic Table Mountain. The mountain itself has remained eternally impressive through the years, but the number of people heading up it has certainly changed in the past 20 years. The rotating cable car that takes you to the top is ten times the size it was – once it would take 15 people, now it’s more like 100 each trip. The five-minute ride to the top should be on every Cape Town itinerary, rewarding you with wonderful views of Cape Town, Robben Island and the Peninsula from the top.

 

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Picnic or visit the restaurant, while you watch the wildlife in the National Park – you’ve got plenty of time as the cable cars are every 10-15 minutes and finish at 9.30pm in the summer. Or if you’re really daring you can even abseil off the top of the mountain when you’re ready to get down. Read More »

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10 natural pools straight out of paradise

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Into the cold water! Now that summertime temperatures are beginning to reach their peak, we’re all looking for a way to cool down. And where better to take a dip than in the midst of breathtaking natural scenery? From jungles to islands – today we’ll show you the world’s most beautiful natural swimming pools.

Kuang Si, Laos

Not far from the Laotian city of Luang Prabang, multistage waterfalls come crashing down limestone cliffs. The rock pools below are absolutely splendid spots for swimming in the jungle.

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Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman

The wadis – dried-out riverbeds – are typical of the Sultanate of Oman. The Wadi Bani Khalid, north of the Wahiba desert, invites visitors with its turquoise waters, perfect for swimming all year round. Read More »

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5 summertime destinations in Europe

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Article translated from the German version.

 

Summer is just around the corner, and you still don’t have any idea where to go this year? It shouldn’t be too far away, but you don’t want to have to do without beautiful coastlines and stunning natural beauty? No problem. It doesn’t matter if you feel the draw of the beach or want to satisfy your sense of adventure: Today we’ll introduce you to 5 destinations in Europe that will put long-distance travel destinations to shame.

 

Roadtrip through Sweden

Nothing feels more freedom than a roadtrip through Sweden. You don’t even have to go too far north – in the provinces of Skåne and Småland, southern Sweden shows its best side. Sweden is wonderful for camping, and the number of potential sites is overwhelming. The adventurous will take the Swedish “Allemansrätt” – known in English as the “right to roam” – to heart, and pop up their tents in the great outdoors. So pack your bags and off you go!

 

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Croatia: Heading down the coast

It’s hard not to imagine sitting in the evening, directly on the shoreline, enjoying a meal of freshly-caught fish. You’re a bit tired from your day of discovering secluded coves and strolling through the impressive Diocletian’s Palace. Welcome to Croatia! From the coasts of Istria and Dalmatia to Dubrovnik: Those who love crystal-clear sea and sun will feel completely at home in the towns, fishing villages and beaches along the coast of Croatia. Read More »

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Explore London’s most extraordinary sights

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London is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Every year over 16 million tourists visit the British capital. But if you want to get off the beaten path from the usual tourist spots such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or the Tower Bridge, your first stop should be www.couporando.co.uk, where you’ll find top-notch information and travel vouchers that can have you on the way to an extraordinary London experience in no time!

Smallest Police Station

Just about every visitor to London makes a stop a Trafalgar Square. Whether you realize it or not, on your way through you’ll pass by the smallest police station in London. At the corner of Trafalgar Square / Charing Cross Road, the small stone cabin seems more like a telephone box or even a public toilet. This one-man police station used to serve as an observation point, to keep things under control in what was then known as “Mob Square.”

Photo: flickr, John W. Schulze.

Photo: flickr, John W. Schulze.

Shakespeare in Carnaby Street

Shakespearean statues and monuments are a dime a dozen in London, but one of the most charming can be found in the Great Marlborough Street 29. From a small window above the pub called “The Shakespeare’s Head” the playwright and poet looks out poetically at the tourist crowd below. Allegedly, the founders of the pub, Thomas and John Shakespeare, were distantly related to the famous bard – but who knows if this is true, or just great fiction. Read More »

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From door to door with Uber. € 20 voucher for your first trip in Vienna!

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It’s your first time in Vienna? During your stay, you can get from point A to B during without all the worry with Uber – get to the airport or be chauffeured in comfort to the Eurovision Song Contest.

 

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We’ve teamed up with Uber to give our travelers in Austria a voucher for €20 off their first Uber ride!

It’s this easy:

1) Download the Uber app (it’s free for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone)
2) Register
3) Before your first trip, enter the code “tripwolfAT” under “Promotion”. Read More »

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Springtime is bike time: These cities are best explored from the saddle

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This article has been translated form the German version.

Out with the humdrum, in with the sunshine. It’s spring, and our hearts are dancing. When the trees start to bud, you can finally sit outside again in short sleeves, and the sun’s rays start tickling your nose, then we all know: The most beautiful of all the seasons has arrived. And what better way to welcome the spring than a trip to a new city? Today we’ll introduce you to five cities that are perfect for exploring by bike. After all, what could be better than mixing in with the locals, feeling the wind on your face, and relaxing as you discover a city on two wheels?

 
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Photo: Shutterstock.

 

Amsterdam

Young and old, business suits and flip flops: Absolutely everyone bicycles here. Bicycles are practically sacred to the Dutch: Hip Hollanders decorate their bikes with flowers and garlands, and chauffeur their kids around in so-called “bakfiets.” Amsterdam is the ideal city to discover from the saddle, thanks to its flat topography and extensive network of bicycle lanes. From the Central Station it’s off to Haarlemmerstraat, bursting with charming cafes and thrift shops. You’ll cycle through the neighborhood of Jordaan onward to the 9 Straatjes, the 9 streets: each one more magical than the last. After you’ve replenished your reserves, a trip through the Vondelpark beckons, where you can let the sun caress your face. Finally we’ll visit the Museumplein and the Albert Cuyp market.

Where to borrow? Bicycle rentals in Amsterdam are a dime a dozen. “Yellow Bike” is a proven option.

 
Photo: Katharina Werni.

Photo: Katharina Werni.

 

Barcelona

Would you believe that Barcelona is ideal for exploring by bike? In the most bike-friendly city in Spain, more and more bike lanes are gradually appearing, many of which are even separated from the road traffic. Anyone who truly wants to experience the Catalan way of life should cycle the 4 km long beach promenade, enjoying a cocktail at the end with ocean views.

Where to borrow? The friendly bike-lover Ramiro Sobral has opened the extraordinary rental shop “El Ciclo” in the heart of the city. Read More »

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5 exciting open air and living museums

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This article was translated from the German version.

 

“Spring lets its blue ribbon again flutter through the air” (Eduard Mörike) – stated otherwise: Hooray, spring is here! When the days finally start getting longer, everyone wants to spend as much time as possible outdoors. An idea for those who nevertheless don’t want to miss out on culture and museums: Open-air museums! We have five suggestions.

1) Skansen (Stockholm, Sweden)

Houses like those from an Astrid Lindgren fairytale, waving people in traditional northern dress, and reindeer: The open air museum Skansen in Stockholm offers visitors a version of Sweden straight out of a picture book. In some of the 150 old buildings from different parts of Sweden, traditional crafts are demonstrated – by people in traditional dress, of course. If a horse-drawn carriage carrying blond children suddenly came around the corner, no one would think twice. Incidentally, when Skansen was opened in 1891, it was the first open-air museum in the world.

 

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NEW: tripwolf for Windows and Android Tablet!

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For months we’ve been working non-stop, pouring in our heart and soul. For anyone who knows our tripwolf app for iOS and Android, there’s plenty you’ll recognize – but still, many things are different. Finally we can present to you our new project, fresh from the skilled hands and creative minds of our development team: the new tripwolf Windows app!

 

        

 
 

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After countless requests, we are pleased that from now on all users of Microsoft devices can also use the tripwolf app. Yes, really ALL. The Windows app runs on any device equipped with Windows Phone 8.1. or Windows 8.1 – and not only on smartphones and tablets, but now also on Windows PCs.

During development, Microsoft themselves provided us with their technical know-how, allowing us to install some handy tricks. For example, with the “Pin-to-start” function in the Windows app, you’ll have the ability to access a travel guide or other app area directly from the home screen. Also, the split-screen function allows you to use a second app parallel to tripwolf. The tripwolf Windows app is available both in the Windows Phone Store and the Windows Store. Read More »

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5 cruise itineraries that will make your heart beat faster

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This article was translated from the German version.

Cruises offer not only comfort, but also the opportunity to see a tremendous amount of the world – often in a very short time and without much (of your own) effort. Cruise ships these days are more like small cities, and offer everything a passenger could want – fun, relaxation and a variety of culinary delights from around the world. Today we’ll show you five cruises that are definitely worth the trip.

 

Transamerica – On the Trail of the Vikings

You want to feel like an explorer? Then this is absolutely the route for you. You’ll start in Hamburg, take a detour to Norway and Iceland, and after a few more stops end finally in New York. The trip across the big pond offers a plethora of natural wonders, and is an especially good choice for those who want to experience a lot without being on the road for months. You’ll be traveling for around 18 days, and should plan for prices starting at 2500 Euros.

 
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Photo: Shutterstock.

 

From Malaga to South Africa

If you’d like to start your cruise in nearby Spain, but still prefer a trip that takes you far into the unknown, then this could be the perfect option for you. You’ll start in Spain, head to Morocco and then cross the equator. After that, destinations including Angola, Namibia, and finally a longer stay in South Africa are on the itinerary. The tour lasts about a month and isn’t cheap, but starting at about € 3,500, it’s still an affordable option. Read More »

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