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TRAVEL &<br />

HOSPITALITY<br />

AWARDS<br />

AMERICAS<br />

<strong>2019</strong><br />

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TEAM<br />

CEO<br />

Rob Bruce<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF<br />

Katherine Lozell<br />

ART DIRECTOR<br />

Marcs Bacera<br />

DIRECTOR OF SALES<br />

Stanley Lucas<br />

AWARDS DIRECTOR<br />

Brian Anson<br />

EDITORIAL LIAISON MANAGER<br />

David Hyde<br />

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING<br />

Azim Aftab<br />

SENIOR WRITERS<br />

Tasmai Dave<br />

Jacqui Irvine<br />

Joseph Wilton<br />

SENIOR DESIGNERS<br />

Antoine Jackson<br />

Hafiz Arslan<br />

AWARDS MANAGERS<br />

Adam Cole<br />

Joseph Malabanan<br />

Zach Ford<br />

Peter Clement<br />

Joyce Lee<br />

RESEARCH MANAGERS<br />

Jerald Jaime<br />

Mukul<br />

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS<br />

Tracy Morgan<br />

Joseph Malabanan<br />

Aisha Ahmed<br />

Criteria 6<br />

Editors top 510<br />

Sorobon Beach, Wellness & Windsurf Resort Bonaire12<br />

Punta Sal Suites & Bungalows Resort 14<br />

Hotel Portal del Angel16<br />

Flycatcher Inn Retreat 18<br />

Miami Vacation Rentals20<br />

Management awards 22<br />

Brigitte Belanger24<br />

Omar Bouchaar 26<br />

Canada 28<br />

Canada – An Introduction31<br />

Untamed Nature 33<br />

Archipelago Wildlife Cruises 36<br />

Brian Merry Photography 38<br />

British Columbia 40<br />

British Columbia43<br />

Montana Hill Guest Ranch46<br />

Ucluelet – explore the great outdoors51<br />

Hello Nature Adventure Tours 52<br />

Midway 55<br />

Mile Zero Motel 56<br />

Alberta 58<br />

Alberta – The Scenic State61<br />

Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows 62<br />

Ontario 64<br />

Ontario 67<br />

Killarney Provincial Park69<br />

Killarney Mountain<br />

Lodge70<br />

Niagara on the Lake 73<br />

Schoolmaster’s House Bed and Breakfast 74<br />

Quebec 76<br />

Quebec <strong>Travel</strong> Tips 79<br />

Gite Aux Pignons80<br />

A Culinary Delight – Quebec81<br />

Joane L’Heureux Chocolats84<br />

Nova Scotia 86<br />

Freedom of Adventure Nova Scotia 89<br />

Colouratura FinE Art Gallery 90<br />

Contents<br />

USA 92<br />

The appeal of Alaska 95<br />

Fishing on the River Kenai 97<br />

Salmon Catcher Lodge 98<br />

ATV adventures in Alaska 101<br />

49 th State Motor Tours102<br />

Road Trip Arizona105<br />

Martin Auto Museum 106<br />

Las Vegas – The Pop Culture Icon 109<br />

Las Vegas Walking Tours 111<br />

New York | Brooklyn113<br />

Wyndham Brooklyn 114<br />

Nashville Top 3117<br />

Off The Wagon Tours118<br />

Mexico120<br />

Guanajuato | History & Culture123<br />

Clandestino Hotel Adults Only124<br />

Mexico City | A Culinary Guide 127<br />

Princess Mayev128<br />

Barbados130<br />

Barbados – Watersports Islands133<br />

Island Explorer Tours134<br />

Cayman Islands136<br />

Cayman Islands – Our Hidden Gem139<br />

Georgia Girl Charters 141<br />

St. Lucia144<br />

St. Lucia – Top Things To Do147<br />

Fond Doux Plantation & Resort150<br />

Island Taxi & Tours 152<br />

Belize154<br />

Belize | Country Guide 157<br />

Caribbean Beach Cabanas159<br />

Costa Rica160<br />

Adventure Costa Rica163<br />

Blue Crab Water Adventures and Tours164<br />

Ecuador166<br />

Quito | What to Expect169<br />

Simon Bolivar Spanish School170<br />

Ecuador Wildlife 173<br />

Palo Santo <strong>Travel</strong>174<br />

Aite Eco Hotel 176<br />

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CRITERIA<br />

Excellence in Service is an important category, as customer<br />

service can often be responsible for having guests return<br />

year after year. We look for the hotels and tour operators<br />

that go out of their way to please their guests, those that<br />

provide a personal level of service and take the time to<br />

get to know each visitor so that they might anticipate their<br />

every need. This can be something as simple as a 24-hour<br />

concierge desk, a hotel manager who offers a personal<br />

greeting or a tour guide who is happy to create bespoke<br />

private tours – but whatever it is, we are always pleased<br />

when we encounter staff that have been trained in the art<br />

of customer satisfaction.<br />

SERVICES<br />

It is no question that style and design plays a big part in<br />

selecting our awards shortlist. A guest will form an opinion<br />

about a hotel as soon as they arrive so it is important<br />

to us that all our winners make those first impressions<br />

count. We’re certainly not partial to a particular period of<br />

architecture – but whether we’re judging a gothic castle or<br />

an environmentally friendly lodge, the criteria remains the<br />

same. We consider factors such as architectural features,<br />

use of materials, creation of spaces, décor and the overall<br />

feel. We love it when we find a hotel that tells a story<br />

though its design and construction, or offers a design that<br />

is sympathetic to the natural surroundings of its location.<br />

STYLE & DESIGN<br />

Knowledge of the local area is essential for any<br />

organization, be it a hotel or a tour operator. The quality<br />

of services takes a great hit when the quality of this<br />

element is not up to the mark. Quite a few of our winners<br />

in this category are because they have displayed excellent<br />

knowledge about the surrounding areas. The criteria for a<br />

hotel is slightly lenient <strong>com</strong>pared to a tour operator, as the<br />

latter is expected to have thorough knowledge of the area<br />

in order to provide good services.<br />

Image by: Ethan Wiese<br />

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE<br />

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FACILITIES<br />

Award-winning guest rooms <strong>com</strong>e in all shapes and sizes,<br />

but they all have one thing in <strong>com</strong>mon – a home-awayfrom-home<br />

feel. The <strong>com</strong>fort of the facilities on offer are<br />

of vital importance; we look for luxurious linens, stylish<br />

bathrooms and a coordinated colour scheme that work<br />

together to create a cohesive sense of relaxation. Additional<br />

touches, such as <strong>com</strong>plimentary toiletries, free wi-fi or tea<br />

and coffee making facilities are always a bonus in making<br />

us feel wel<strong>com</strong>e. We’re always impressed to find hotel<br />

rooms that embrace technology and offer amenities like<br />

tablets or smart thermostat systems, but this does not<br />

always necessarily trump the traditional – four poster beds,<br />

ornate fireplaces or antique furniture can add a touch of<br />

decadence to a hotel stay.<br />

LOCATION<br />

Location is one of the most important factors, but also<br />

one of the most subjective, as the ‘ideal’ is very much<br />

determined by the type of visitor and the type of hotel<br />

itself. However, there are a few factors we take into<br />

consideration when determining the winners of locationbased<br />

awards. The first is convenience; that is, hotels that<br />

are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category<br />

are in convenient locations, such as adjacent to airports,<br />

close to beaches or found in the heart of easy-to-navigate<br />

cities. We are always impressed when hotels go the extra<br />

mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such<br />

additional services as airport shuttles or car hire services.<br />

However, we’re always excited to <strong>com</strong>e across a hotel<br />

that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-the-beaten-track. A<br />

hotel that can offer something a little different, in terms of<br />

natural surroundings, can make the difference between a<br />

good holiday and an incredible one.<br />

In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour operator cannot<br />

rely on word of mouth to get their message out into the<br />

world. As social media has be<strong>com</strong>e a vital part of everyday<br />

life, we like to see <strong>com</strong>panies that go the extra mile to<br />

engage with their guests, both past and future. Attractive<br />

and informative websites and engaging and honest<br />

content are what we look for when judging a <strong>com</strong>pany’s<br />

use of marketing; how well they display their services, how<br />

up-to-date their content is, how well they get their brand<br />

message across, and, most importantly, how well their<br />

marketing can tempt us to go and see what they have to<br />

offer for ourselves.<br />

What better way is there to know about an organization<br />

than by getting first hand reviews? Customers are the best<br />

judges of any service as they are the ones who experience<br />

them and can assess whether they were up to the mark<br />

or not. Considering reviews from hundreds of customers<br />

gives us a fair idea about the general pros and cons of any<br />

organization and also gives us valuable inputs for the other<br />

criteria as well.<br />

MARKETING<br />

CUSTOMER REVIEWS<br />

Diversity is one important aspect that needs to be taken<br />

into consideration when in the travel and hospitality<br />

industry. It is essential to have staff that has varying diversity<br />

to ensure that the organization can properly connect with<br />

their guests. Diversity is taken into account in terms of<br />

gender, nationality as well as languages spoken among<br />

other factors. Not only do we take the diversity of the staff<br />

into account but even that of the facilities and services<br />

offered; a hotel or tour operator providing a better range<br />

of services is preferred over those that do not.<br />

It is of prime importance that an organization has thorough<br />

industry knowledge. Without knowing the nit-bits of the<br />

industry, it is difficult to flourish and provide services which<br />

are a class apart. Before any organization ventures into<br />

the industry, it is essential that they know how the industry<br />

is moving and how they should make changes to their<br />

methodologies in order to remain relevant and also be a<br />

top-performing organization.<br />

DIVERSITY<br />

INDUSTRY<br />

KNOWLEDGE<br />

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EDITORS<br />

TOP 5<br />

Image by: Andres Sanz<br />

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Netherlands Antilles<br />

SOROBON BEACH,<br />

WELLNESS &<br />

WINDSURF<br />

RESORT BONAIRE<br />

Beach Front Resort<br />

Kaminda Sorobon 10, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands ♦<br />

Tel + +599 717 8080 ♦ sorobonbeachresort.<strong>com</strong><br />

Sorobon Beach, Wellness &<br />

Windsurf Resort rests on a<br />

small sandy strip of one of the most<br />

beautiful locations in the Caribbean<br />

- a natural shallow turquoise lagoon<br />

in Bonaire.<br />

Lush gardens, <strong>com</strong>fortable and chic<br />

rooms, sandy beaches, gorgeous<br />

views of Lac Bay’s turquoise waters<br />

- all of these elements are essential<br />

to a full Sorobon experience.<br />

Guests are invited to enjoy a<br />

holiday of unspoiled and unhasted<br />

experiences. Their time in Sorobon<br />

is enriched by natural halo-therapy,<br />

enhanced by daily yoga classes or<br />

SPA treatments, and <strong>com</strong>plemented<br />

by windsurfing in probably one of the<br />

best conditions in the world. Resort<br />

offers ac<strong>com</strong>modation in chalets<br />

built directly on the beach. There<br />

are options for couples, families and<br />

groups, with occupancy ranging<br />

from two to eight people per chalet.<br />

All of the ac<strong>com</strong>modations promise<br />

a <strong>com</strong>fortable and well-equipped<br />

stay.<br />

Lac Bay, where Sorobon Beach Resort is located, is one of the best windsurfing locations<br />

in the world. Its warm shallow waters are protected by a reef, which allows the strong<br />

ocean winds to pass. For this reason, guests of all ages are invited to visit the resort’s inhouse<br />

windsurf enter, where they can learn or improve their skills on the water. The center<br />

also organizes private boat tours around the island for adventurers!<br />

Sorobon Beach Resort offers guests Wellness activities. Treat yourself and enjoy the ocean<br />

breeze in the outdoor massage hut, or during yoga on the private beach yoga deck!<br />

You are wel<strong>com</strong>e to dine in the restaurant located on the premises, where creative and<br />

delicious dishes are a promise, while enjoying a relaxed, yet luxurious setting. Guests can<br />

also spend their days in the beach bar lounge - a relaxed Caribbean beach bar, <strong>com</strong>plete<br />

with cocktails and fresh lunch items ac<strong>com</strong>panied by greens from their own greenhouse.<br />

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Peru<br />

PUNTA SAL SUITES &<br />

BUNGALOWS RESORT<br />

Resort<br />

Carretera Sullana Tumbes Km. 173, Peru ♦ Tel +51 72 596700 ♦ puntasal.<strong>com</strong>.pe<br />

Punta Sal Resort is a unique place in Northern Peru where you can enjoy the tranquillity<br />

and exclusivity of your own space in a paradisiacal private beach located on the coast of<br />

Tumbes. Imagine a frame of blue sky reflecting in the warm sea and green coconut palms in<br />

front of your room. Punta Sal Resort offers you a privileged setting, whether you are staying in<br />

one of our bungalows, suites or villa. All of them are located a few meters from the seashore.<br />

The Resort has a total land area of 45 hectares distributed along 1,500 meters of beautiful<br />

beach;n ideal space that offers everything you need so you don’t need to leave it. As if this were<br />

not enough, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including water sports,<br />

yacht trips and deep sea fishing, whale watching, bird watching, horseback riding, among<br />

other activities that we invite you to experience. We are 70 minutes from the airport of the city<br />

of Tumbes.<br />

Casual marine-themed rooms offer free<br />

Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges;<br />

some provide direct access to a private<br />

beach area. The 1- and 2-bedroom<br />

bungalows add furnished terraces with<br />

hammocks. Upgraded suites offer separate<br />

living rooms; 1 has a private plunge pool.<br />

Parking is free. There’s an outdoor pool,<br />

a restaurant, and a bar with a terrace<br />

overlooking a private beach area. Breakfast<br />

is offered. Other amenities include a game<br />

room, a playground and a gym. Water<br />

sports and massages are available (extra).<br />

A must see nearby attraction is the Parque Nacional Cerros De Amotape. The incredible<br />

national park is home to some incredible flora and fauna that includes jaguars, condors,<br />

anteaters, parrots deer as well as peccaries.<br />

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Honduras<br />

HOTEL PORTAL<br />

DEL ANGEL<br />

Traditional Hotel<br />

Tegucigalpa, Honduras ♦ Tel +504 2239-6538 ♦ portaldelangelhn.<strong>com</strong><br />

Nestled in the swanky neighbourhood of Colonia Palmira, it is easy to see why the newly<br />

renovated Portal Del Angel continues to score top marks from the online booking<br />

<strong>com</strong>munity. Exuding a sense of elegant grandeur, it’s like a time machine that transports guests<br />

to a bygone era of colonial glamour.<br />

Guests have a range of choices, from tastefully decorated single rooms to majestically designed<br />

suites with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Precious Persian rugs protect the gorgeous<br />

mahogany flooring and add to the timeless grace and feel of these private sanctuaries.<br />

For larger parties and families, there is the<br />

option of double rooms with connecting<br />

doors. All rooms are greatly spacious and<br />

include workstations for those guests who<br />

like to mix pleasure with business.<br />

The outstanding staff at the hotel offers<br />

a service that’s exceptional and carefully<br />

tailor-made to suit the needs of each<br />

particular guest. There are 24-hour frontdesk<br />

and printing facilities and optional<br />

extras such as In-room Luxury Spa<br />

treatments and Room Service.<br />

The best of what the area has to offer<br />

is literally a stone’s throw away: lavish<br />

restaurants and classy bars are within<br />

walking distance and so are most<br />

international Embassies. A variety of<br />

stylish shopping boutiques cater for your<br />

shopping needs. If you are interested in the<br />

historical part of town, the hotel can help<br />

decide which tour package might be most<br />

appropriate for you.<br />

We are able to ac<strong>com</strong>modate private<br />

functions and events to suit every need,<br />

with dedicated function rooms including<br />

two private outside terraces.<br />

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Mexico<br />

FLYCATCHER<br />

INN RETREAT<br />

Boutique Hotel<br />

Highway 261 and Calle 20, Santa Elena, Yucatan, Mexico ♦ Tel + 011 52 997 978 5350 ♦<br />

flycatcherinn.<strong>com</strong><br />

Come stay with us at the Flycatcher Inn Retreat, located in the town of Santa Elena on the<br />

Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The Flycatcher Inn Retreat provides an enchanted place<br />

to stay while you explore the nearby tourist sites of Uxmal, Kabah and discover other Maya<br />

archaeological ruins that are off the beaten track. The quiet privacy of our garden rooms serves<br />

as a base for the exciting adventures available in the surrounding area. The Flycatcher is the<br />

place to discover a unique culture through its traditions, culture, art, language, and food.<br />

You will feel at home as rooms have their own private entry and an outside terrace for sitting,<br />

reading, enjoying the birds in the morning and the stars at night.<br />

It is the perfect place for rest and relaxation, meditation and privacy, as nature and art merge in<br />

this charming retreat, without interruption from the ubiquitous electronic invasions of daily life.<br />

At Flycatcher a new rhythm and pace can be found.<br />

The restaurant also has a story to<br />

be told, as recipes are shared by<br />

Mayan women who every day<br />

select the best local ingredients.<br />

Breakfast is prepared with eggs<br />

and fruits that are brought to the<br />

Flycatcher from San Agustin, an<br />

organic Ranch that belongs to<br />

the hotel located only 2 km away.<br />

There you might also pick your<br />

lemons to prepare a delicious<br />

lemonade.<br />

The hotel is located central to many<br />

of the most famous and celebrated<br />

Maya archaeological zones, small<br />

Maya towns, and pueblos, caves,<br />

cenotes and haciendas. The<br />

onsite library (cured by the ownerarchaeologist)<br />

can give you pointers<br />

about which places to visit and what<br />

to look for. The staff is family and are<br />

always open to share tips and advice,<br />

stories and maps so you can trace<br />

your own adventure for yourself!<br />

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USA<br />

MIAMI VACATION<br />

RENTALS<br />

Apartments<br />

Miami Florida USA ♦ Tel +305 747-5242 ♦ <strong>www</strong>.miamivacationrentals.<strong>com</strong><br />

Miami Vacation<br />

Rentals offers<br />

real luxury apartments in<br />

South Florida, with great<br />

views and at <strong>com</strong>petitive<br />

prices. Staying at one of<br />

Miami Vacation Rental’s<br />

properties is like staying<br />

at a 5-star hotel but<br />

with the <strong>com</strong>fort of<br />

having a fully furnished<br />

apartment and a kitchen<br />

that will make you feel<br />

right at home. They<br />

offer studios, as well as<br />

one and two bedroom<br />

furnished apartments.<br />

All the residences are<br />

designed to make your<br />

stay feel like a luxury<br />

getaway! They can also<br />

help you invest in luxury<br />

properties. Contact<br />

them to explore the<br />

possibilities.<br />

Miami Vacation Rentals is a family-run,<br />

high-end vacation rental business. They<br />

strive to provide their customers with<br />

the best home away from home. The<br />

founders’ international background has<br />

taught them all about the fine details<br />

that <strong>com</strong>e into play when delivering a<br />

premium experience. Miami Vacation<br />

Rentals can also be<strong>com</strong>e your preferred<br />

operator of furnished apartments. They<br />

have crafted the art of management of<br />

short-term rentals and are a simple call<br />

away.<br />

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MANAGEMENT<br />

AWARDS<br />

Image by: Ezra Jeffrey<br />

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Canada<br />

BRIGITTE<br />

BELANGER<br />

Leadership & General<br />

Management Excellence<br />

Canada<br />

I<br />

am from La Pocatière, Québec,<br />

Canada. My first teenage job was as<br />

a information agent in a tourism bureau.<br />

Then during my university life (Faculty of<br />

Arts in Mass Media & Communications),<br />

I still worked side line in promoting our<br />

national Capitale, city of Ottawa. Then I<br />

left Canada and had the opportunity to<br />

work in different continents during 18<br />

years with Air Transat Holidays. Other job<br />

opportunities in differents management<br />

positions (cruise & hotel industry) helped<br />

me gaining experience in every way.<br />

The ability to learn many languages was<br />

an advantage. Now with the B&B, I travel<br />

“through” people everyday! Managing<br />

an establishment takes good knowledge<br />

of clients expectations and be a good<br />

listener. Be up-to-date about the market,<br />

Professionalism, always beeing motivated<br />

and organized are the keys to success.<br />

New trends in the industry would be that<br />

travellers want to “take the time” to:<br />

rest, read, discover, eat good food, be<br />

respectful to nature and meet local people.<br />

My favourite destination would be Greece.<br />

But I haven’t seen the world yet! That is for<br />

my retirement! Sky is the limit : everything<br />

is possible! <strong>Travel</strong> Industry is so facinating<br />

and so much to discover. Have an open<br />

mind about the difference and be curious<br />

about what you don’t know! People need<br />

to travel to keep on living so contributing<br />

to their next vacation is a challenge.<br />

Brigitte Bélanger<br />

Owner & Manager of<br />

Le Royal Champêtre B&B Gîte<br />

Boischatel, Qc, Canada<br />

Image by: Jamshed Khedri<br />

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USA<br />

OMAR<br />

BOUCHAAR<br />

Award for Excellence in<br />

Leadership and General<br />

Management<br />

Tell us a little about yourself<br />

Success-driven, astute, and resultsoriented<br />

professional, offering extensive<br />

experience in hotel management and<br />

administrative functions. Armed with<br />

expertise in developing business plans<br />

and strategies, implementing policies and<br />

procedures, and improving processes to<br />

meet or exceed corporate objectives and<br />

sales goals. Effective at providing highvalue<br />

services and positive experiences<br />

ensure optimum customer satisfaction<br />

level. Articulate <strong>com</strong>municator, with proven<br />

ability in dealing with various individuals<br />

from all levels of the organization;<br />

multilingual in English, French, and Arabic.<br />

Opened & Managed five Wyndham<br />

Branded Hotels in New York in last 10 Years<br />

Experienced in 5-star hotels (London NYC<br />

Hotel & TRUMP International Hotel &<br />

Tower NYC)<br />

Task force Hotel Manager with Wyndham<br />

Hotels & Resorts<br />

What are some of key achievements<br />

or moments that have led you to<br />

where you are today?<br />

– I focus on the Team to achieve results<br />

– I connect daily work with great goals.<br />

– I think of people as people.<br />

– I always want to earn respect.<br />

– I’m thrilled when team members achieve<br />

great things.<br />

– I empower people with honesty and<br />

transparency.<br />

– I understand that if the team falls short, I<br />

will be responsible.<br />

– I care mainly about results.<br />

In your opinion what makes a good<br />

hotel manager?<br />

Just love what you do and be very<br />

passionate about your teamwork<br />

Have you ever had any crazy<br />

requests? If so, what was it and<br />

were you able to oblige?<br />

I was urgently called by Wyndham<br />

Corporate opening Team to help resolve<br />

and takeover rooms from construction to<br />

put them back in the market quickly it was<br />

delayed over 6 months and caused losses<br />

in revenue for the owners. I was, within a<br />

week of teamwork, able to release all the<br />

pending rooms in service and after that I<br />

was named by the VP of Operations as the<br />

“God of Solutions.”<br />

Have you noticed any current<br />

trends in the travel industry?<br />

Yes, more rooms inventory into the<br />

markets, less great service because of the<br />

behaviour or some leaders unfortunately<br />

are just focusing on cutting on services to<br />

save money and not looking by focusing<br />

on generating revenues in different ways.<br />

Your favorite <strong>Travel</strong>s destination :<br />

Constantine, Algeria<br />

What does the future hold for you?<br />

More success and great achievements for<br />

sure.<br />

Finally, what advice would you give<br />

to someone hoping to get into the<br />

industry.<br />

Just love what you do and focus on the<br />

Teamwork and 100% success result,<br />

achievements will <strong>com</strong>e<br />

HO170036<br />

lux<br />

A Hidden Gem in<br />

Bustling Brooklyn<br />

The Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park is a contemporary boutique hotel that is both stylish<br />

and inviting. After their success in winning two awards, Best Eco-Friendly Hotel - The Five Boroughs<br />

& Award for Excellence in Pet Friendly Ac<strong>com</strong>modations - New York, we invited Omar Bouchaar, the<br />

General Manager to profile this modern establishment in the heart of Brooklyn.<br />

The Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park is a<br />

70-room modern hotel that provides the guests with a<br />

chic atmosphere that <strong>com</strong>pliments its New York roots.<br />

Each room is equipped with all the amenities any<br />

traveller could ask for and some boast views of the<br />

New York skyline. Additionally, each floor of the hotel<br />

is designed around a seasonal theme (Winter, Spring,<br />

Summer & Autumn), with full height wall murals<br />

throughout the building, and in each guest room.<br />

The amenities include a full-service hotel, restaurant<br />

serving breakfast, dinner and room service, along with<br />

a bar. Complimentary access to a business centre for<br />

work, printing, and online access. An off-site gym,<br />

<strong>com</strong>plimentary Wi-Fi and a turndown service are<br />

available on request.<br />

In terms of awards received, they include the Best<br />

of the Best Wyndham Garden award amongst all<br />

Wyndham Garden Hotels, winner of International<br />

Housekeeping Week 2016 and voted as the Best<br />

Brooklyn Business Hotel in 2017. Our general<br />

manager also recently received a citation from<br />

the Brooklyn Borough President, for the hotel’s<br />

contributions to promoting tourism in Brooklyn as a<br />

first destination and helping the local <strong>com</strong>munity.<br />

For the local <strong>com</strong>munity, we hired about 49% of our<br />

staff. We also support our local parks by sending our<br />

guests to the Recreation Center at Sunset Park.<br />

Our staff are <strong>com</strong>mitted and fully engaged in<br />

providing the best service we can give, as well as<br />

unique and memorable experiences to our guests.<br />

Some reviews and <strong>com</strong>ments from our guests on<br />

TripAdvisor include: ‘hidden gem’, ‘oasis in the midst<br />

of bustling Brooklyn’, ‘amazing place in the heart of<br />

Brooklyn’ and ‘diamond in the rough’.<br />

In terms of our eco-friendly credentials, the Go Green<br />

programme we have implemented for the hotel, in<br />

One of the challenges we face when promoting our coordinating with Clean the World since the opening<br />

hotel is the lack of knowledge about Brooklyn, for by recycling the guest amenities such soap, shampoo<br />

Name: Omar Bouchaar<br />

us to be able to sell the hotel we must sell first the and gel. The hotel is 100% non-smoking and is Green<br />

Email: obouchaar@wyndhambrooklyn.<strong>com</strong><br />

destination, this includes things to do, places to visit, Sliver Certified from Trip Advisor. One final point<br />

Web Address: <strong>www</strong>.wyndhambrooklyn.<strong>com</strong><br />

restaurants, attractions, landmarks, etc.<br />

is that we were the first borough hotel to promote<br />

Address: 457 39th St Brooklyn,<br />

tourism for Brooklyn, internationally.<br />

New York, 11232 USA<br />

Telephone: +1 718 972 0900<br />

LUX - August 2017 35<br />

Omar Bouchaar <strong>Awards</strong>:<br />

Recognition letter received<br />

from NYC & Company the<br />

official bureau of Tourism in<br />

New York City 2018<br />

Recognition <strong>com</strong>mitment<br />

letter received from Brooklyn<br />

Chamber of Commerce 2018<br />

Proclamation received<br />

by New York State<br />

Assembly 2018<br />

Citations Received from<br />

Brooklyn Borough President<br />

2018 & 2016<br />

Recognition letters<br />

received from Wyndham<br />

Hotels & Resorts<br />

2015,2016,2017,2018 & <strong>2019</strong><br />

Recognition Certificate<br />

received from the Algeria<br />

General Consulate in<br />

NYC 2018<br />

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CANADA<br />

Image by: Sergey Pesterev<br />

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Canada – An Introduction<br />

Canada is truly home to the great outdoors. Stunning coastline borders some of the<br />

world’s most spectacular mountain scenery. The nature found brings travellers from<br />

every direction to the things such as Niagara Falls, Nova Scotia, Whistler’s Mountains, the<br />

Bruce Peninsula, South Nahanni River, Stanley Park, Prince Edward Island…the list could<br />

go on and on. You get the picture. This is the place to see the glories of nature. Not only<br />

that you will also discover, people and a culture here that are truly special.<br />

Then there is the Niagara<br />

Falls, this is one of the most<br />

highly visited attractions in the<br />

entire continent. You never<br />

imagine how big it is until you<br />

see it up close and you never<br />

envision so much mist either.<br />

Canada is a country filled<br />

with wonderfully friendly<br />

people, classy, diverse cities,<br />

and a diverse landscape that<br />

includes tundras, rainforest,<br />

deserts, and huge mountains.<br />

The capital of Ottawa is a great city to explore on foot. Home to museums, art galleries,<br />

and plenty of shops, it’s a charming city worth a visit. You can take a tour of Parliament<br />

Hill, the historic buildings where the Canadian government operates, or cross the<br />

Ottawa River and visit Quebec. Many people do not realise there are rainforests in<br />

Canada, hike the Pacific Rim National Park for a wonderful look at some temperate<br />

rain forests on Vancouver Island. It’s one of the most popular parks in Canada, home to<br />

Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar, and Pacific Silver Fir (among others).<br />

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Untamed Nature<br />

Canada is the home of adventure. The Canadian Rockies (west), the Great Lakes<br />

(central) and the Maritime Islands (east) are all ideal locations to explore and<br />

discover within a wealth of intrinsically beautiful landscapes with plenty of healthy activities<br />

more than adding to the awesomeness. What do you like to do? No matter what you can<br />

find it in this great country. Sea kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking are just a<br />

few of the things to do in Canada during the summer with plenty of heritage tours and city<br />

sightseeing trips making for a rich and varied itinerary no matter who you’re thinking of<br />

travelling with. If winter sports are your thing then you’ll be pleased to hear that the likes<br />

of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper national parks are brimming over with ski and snowboard<br />

potential during the colder months and there’s no better place to be in the whole of<br />

North America. With nightclubs, restaurants and more cafés than you can shake a bagel<br />

at, cities, such as: Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto, make for hugely inviting bases to get<br />

your party started as well as boasting plenty of family-friendly options to keep everyone<br />

happy and active all day long.<br />

British Columbia is where the Canadian Rockies meet the Pacific Ocean, creating<br />

an enticing mountains-to-ocean mix of awe-inspiring backdrops, outdoor adventure<br />

options, and seafaring First Nations history and traditions. Alberta’s five national parks<br />

and extraordinarily varied landscape—rolling prairie in the east, Canadian Rockies<br />

in the west, and lunar-like badlands in between—inspire wanderlust in every type<br />

of traveler. Whether winter adventures or world-class festivals and museums ignite<br />

your imagination, make Alberta’s 10-Must-Have Experiences the launch pad for an<br />

unforgettable journey.<br />

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From Quebec’s distinct identity, to the multi-cultural melting pot of Toronto and historic<br />

Quebec city, Canada is the prefect destination to explore and make new friends along<br />

the way. Whether you’re after a fun-filled adventure tour <strong>com</strong>plete with transport and<br />

ac<strong>com</strong>modation or mini adventure packages that cover the very best of Canada, we’ve<br />

got something for everybody!<br />

If you love to travel look no further than Canada, one of the best ways to travel this<br />

amazing part of the world is by car. If you to plan a Canadian road trip then read on.<br />

You will find lots of inspiration in these pages. Long scenic drives are broken up by<br />

busy city adventures where you will get up close to busy metropolises. Canadians are<br />

known for being the nicest people on earth. But it’s not just the friendly smiles that have<br />

everyone writing Canadian Road Trip on the top of their travel bucket list. The ultimate<br />

Canadian road trip offers jaw-dropping nature, ancient Indigenous culture, world-class<br />

luxury hotels, multicultural culinary scene, the adrenalin rush of outdoor adventure, and<br />

cosmopolitan cities filled with awesome art.<br />

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Canada<br />

ARCHIPELAGO<br />

WILDLIFE<br />

CRUISES<br />

Wildlife Tour Company<br />

Canadian Princess Marina, 1943 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0, Canada ♦<br />

Tel + +1 250-726-8289 ♦ archipelagocruises.<strong>com</strong><br />

Archipelago Cruises is owned and operated by a husband and wife team, Alan and Toddy<br />

Landry. We live aboard our yacht and will wel<strong>com</strong>e you as guests into our home. We aim<br />

for more than just whale watching and sightseeing. Our trips are informative, fun and<br />

being guests on our yacht lends itself to a relaxed and personal atmosphere which is part<br />

of the experience.<br />

Treat yourself to an unforgettable west coast adventure and step aboard our luxurious 53<br />

foot motor yacht for a relaxing wildlife cruise with a personal touch. Enjoy the magical<br />

scenery of Barkley Sound in <strong>com</strong>fort, and watch the area’s abundant wildlife, which includes<br />

whales, bears, sea lions, seals, sea otters, eagles and sea birds.<br />

The “Raincoast Maiden” is a spacious yacht equipped with a washroom and <strong>com</strong>fortable<br />

seating inside and out. Extras such as hydraulic stabilizers to steady the boat, <strong>com</strong>fortable<br />

seating, <strong>com</strong>plimentary refreshments, binoculars for each customer, blankets and mitts, ensure<br />

everyone’s <strong>com</strong>fort.<br />

Our 5.5 hour Broken Group Islands Wildlife<br />

Cruise includes looking at wildlife, a scenic<br />

cruise through the sheltered waters of the<br />

Broken Group Islands section of Pacific Rim<br />

National Park and stopping to anchor for<br />

a delicious gourmet lunch that is prepared<br />

by a local restaurant. We also offer private<br />

charters.<br />

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Canada<br />

BRIAN MERRY<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Unique Tour Company<br />

404 Wolf St Box 104, Banff, AB T1L 1A2, Canada ♦ Tel +1 403-763-1114 ♦ brianmerry.ca<br />

Banff is a picturesque resort town located in the province of Alberta, Canada. Enveloped<br />

within the Banff National Park, the town’s skyline is adorned by the peaks of the Rocky<br />

Mountains. The spectacular landscape and rich wildlife of Banff is a feast for the eyes. One of<br />

the best ways to explore this town is to book a photography tour organized by Brian Merry<br />

Photography.<br />

This unique tour <strong>com</strong>pany is owned by landscape and wildlife photographer, Brian Merry and his<br />

vivacious wife, Kazue. While Brian has been a professional photographer for over two decades,<br />

Kazue worked as a nurse in Japan before moving to Canada in 2005. As a team, they curate<br />

and organize the most unique photography tours that let you experience the true spirit of Banff.<br />

Having lived in Banff for more than 20<br />

years, Brian is familiar with places that a<br />

regular tourist guide won’t know of. He<br />

uses this experience to lead extraordinary<br />

photography tours that let you explore<br />

Banff like a local. Brian is accredited with<br />

the Professional Photographers of Canada<br />

(PPOC). Along with his wife, he has been<br />

organizing group and private photography<br />

tours since 2010.<br />

You can choose among the sunrise/sunset,<br />

half-day, and full-day photography tours.<br />

The prices start at $125 per person (based<br />

on a minimum of two participants). Brian<br />

and Kazue will take you off the beaten track<br />

and let you explore and capture the hidden<br />

gems of Banff. Lunch is included in the fullday<br />

tours.<br />

However, if you want to<br />

make the most out of your<br />

experience, request for a<br />

customized private tour. You<br />

can opt for a day tour of Banff<br />

National Park or a return trip<br />

to Jasper. For overnight trips,<br />

ac<strong>com</strong>modation is arranged in<br />

<strong>com</strong>fortable hotels. The duo<br />

also organizes photography<br />

tours in Japan, Kazue’s home<br />

country, and Nova Scotia,<br />

where Brian grew up.<br />

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BRITISH<br />

COLUMBIA<br />

Image by: Glen Jackson<br />

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British Columbia<br />

Canada’s sixth province is a place of astounding natural beauty, with lakes, rivers<br />

and mountains that are waiting for you to <strong>com</strong>e and explore. Many visitors from<br />

all over the world travel to British Columbia for its excellent outdoor activities, from skiing<br />

to golfing to hiking. But it’s not all about the great outdoors –this region also boasts<br />

fascinating aboriginal culture, as well as an exciting food and drink scene.<br />

Yoho National Park is a must-visit in British Columbia, as it is a part of the beautiful<br />

Canadian Rockies. It has over 400 kilometres (258 miles) of trails, including the Iceline<br />

Trail. Other things to see in the national park include Emerald Lake, Lake O’Hara,<br />

Takakkaw Falls, and Wapta Falls.<br />

British Columbia’s Thompson<br />

Okanagan is a must-visit<br />

destination for wine lovers. Sip,<br />

spit and savour the samples from<br />

the 120-odd wineries scattered<br />

throughout the region, which range<br />

from high-end estates to momand-pop<br />

vineyards. The area is<br />

home to a number of award-wining<br />

wines, like Mission Hill, which won<br />

the top prize at the 2013 Decanter<br />

World Wine <strong>Awards</strong>. Visitors can<br />

take self-guided tours or arrange<br />

to take part in a bike tour of the<br />

region. The wines, <strong>com</strong>bined with<br />

the stunning lake-side scenery<br />

makes the Thompson Okanagan a<br />

optimal destination for any foodie.<br />

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Another absolute must in British Columbia is the chance to soar high above rainforests,<br />

glaciers, and ancient volcanic peaks on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Connecting the high<br />

alpine terrain of Whistler and Black<strong>com</strong>b mountains in only 11 minutes, the sky-high<br />

Gondola breaks two Guinness Book of World Records for the longest and highest lift. The<br />

PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola runs in both summer and winter but summer visitors get access to<br />

a network of walking and hiking trails plus the new Cloudrraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye<br />

Cliff Walk with breathtaking views from the peak of Whistler Mountain.<br />

Vancouver easily earns<br />

its reputation as one of<br />

the world’s most beautiful<br />

cities, surrounded by the<br />

sea and hugged by soaring<br />

mountains – reflected in<br />

seemingly endless gleaming<br />

glass skyscrapers. But it’s not<br />

just good looks that make<br />

Vancouver worth a second<br />

glance: there’s a dynamic<br />

culinary scene, thanks to an<br />

international blend of chefs<br />

bringing their own recipes<br />

and techniques to a bounty<br />

of superb products, from the<br />

lush farmlands beyond the<br />

city to seafood from its clean,<br />

cold waters.<br />

Also lying on the churning<br />

Pacific coastline of British<br />

Columbia, the Pacific Rim<br />

National Park Reserve<br />

features the sandy beaches<br />

of the national park’s Long<br />

Beach Unit, over 100<br />

sheltered islets of the Broken<br />

Group Islands popular for<br />

kayaking expeditions, and<br />

the 75-kilometre multi-day<br />

West Coast Trail. Tofino<br />

and Ucluelet are popular<br />

destinations, particularly for<br />

surfing, whale watching, and<br />

beach explorations.<br />

A walk on the Wild Pacific Trail will<br />

weave itself into your soul, whether<br />

this is your first visit or a daily ritual.<br />

This easy, family-friendly trail traces<br />

the edge of reefs where shipwrecks,<br />

whales and vistas abound. You will<br />

be enthralled by Vancouver Island’s<br />

dramatic beauty and helpful<br />

interpretive signs will enrich your<br />

visit to Ucluelet’s famous 9km trail<br />

network. A perfect destination for<br />

photographers, storm watchers,<br />

bird watchers and hikers of all<br />

abilities. Wheelchair access is<br />

available at the lighthouse area.<br />

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Canada<br />

MONTANA HILL<br />

GUEST RANCH<br />

Ranch<br />

7915 Machete Lake Rd, Bridge Lake, BC V0K 1E0, Canada ♦ Tel + +1 250-593-9807 ♦<br />

montanahillguestranch.<strong>com</strong><br />

This beautiful ranch<br />

sits in the heart<br />

of cowboy country in the<br />

South Cariboo region of<br />

British Columbia. Today,<br />

the Dillabough’s are<br />

breathing new life into this<br />

wonderful ranch. Alan and<br />

Elaine Dillabough moved<br />

to the South Cariboo<br />

from Vancouver Island in<br />

September of 2016.<br />

Since moving to the ranch,<br />

they’ve converted the<br />

property into a working<br />

cattle ranch. Over the winter<br />

they’ve been busy finding<br />

the perfect horses. They<br />

searched out and acquired<br />

well-trained horses for their<br />

ranch-geldings only. Both<br />

Alan and Elaine have had<br />

a fondness for horses from<br />

an early age. AI grew up on<br />

a small farm just south of<br />

Ottawa Ontario.<br />

Elaine and Alan have passionately<br />

thought about designing Montana<br />

Hill so it’s affordable and cost-effective<br />

and still offers all the <strong>com</strong>forts and<br />

luxuries you would expect in much<br />

pricier guest ranches. Montana Hill<br />

Guest Ranch has expansive acreage<br />

and is nestled in gentle hills with<br />

pine trees. It is surrounded by public<br />

lands with lakes and scenic trails.<br />

The fresh air, panoramic views, and<br />

quiet surroundings contribute to<br />

an environment that will charge<br />

your batteries and relieve the<br />

stress of busy lives. Prepare for an<br />

unforgettable vacation. Montana<br />

Hill is one of the few ranches where<br />

you can bring your own horse. There<br />

are four log cabins nestled amongst<br />

the cottonwoods. They are tastefully<br />

decorated with antiques and western<br />

collectibles.<br />

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Al even built log-canopy beds for each cabin and Elaine gave them her feminine<br />

decorating touches. Each cabin has a Vermont cast iron gas fireplace, en suite, and<br />

kitchenette. On the decks, there are private hot tubs, barbeques and <strong>com</strong>fy chairs for<br />

relaxing. In the main ranch house, you can enjoy a game of billiards, read a book in<br />

front of the river rock fireplace decorated with trophy caribou, moose, cougar, and<br />

antlers, or take one of the many movies back to your cabin. A full gourmet breakfast<br />

is included each morning. You can cook your other meals in the privacy of your own<br />

cabin or visit one of the local restaurants in the area. There’s also a ranch store, with<br />

lots of specialty items. Montana Hill staff will make you a picnic basket if you want to<br />

go exploring. There’s plenty for everyone to do here.<br />

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Ucluelet – explore the great outdoors<br />

Situated on the edge of the pristine Pacific,<br />

Ucluelet is the perfect place to reconnect<br />

with nature and embark on an adventure<br />

in the great outdoors. Make sure you pack<br />

your hiking boots – and a picnic basket –<br />

and take the time to tackle the Wild Pacific<br />

Trail; a thrilling programme of hikes along<br />

the Ucluelet coast and through ancient<br />

cedar rainforests that offer dramatic<br />

views of the Berkeley Sound. The trail is<br />

accessible for all ages, and there are plenty<br />

of picturesque viewpoints along the way<br />

for you to take the perfect snapshot.<br />

But Ucluelet has more to offer than<br />

adventures on dry land – the rugged coast<br />

is also a prime spot for kayaking. The calmer<br />

waters of Ucluelet harbour will provide a<br />

gentle introduction to the sport (if you’re<br />

lucky you might catch a glimpse of wild<br />

sea lions or seals) while more experienced<br />

kayakers can take an exhilarating tour of<br />

the Broken Group Islands.<br />

Hello Nature Adventures tours are experts<br />

when it <strong>com</strong>es to enjoying the wild<br />

outdoors. The <strong>com</strong>pany is owned and<br />

operated by local adventurers who have<br />

unrivalled passion for this small fishing<br />

village and love nothing more than to share<br />

that passion with visitors. They offer a range<br />

of hiking and kayaking tours, including<br />

private, half-day, full-day and overnight<br />

camping options that will introduce you<br />

to all their favourite beauty spots. They<br />

also offer incredible unique experiences,<br />

such as photography tours, a ‘sunset and<br />

desserts’ kayak and a bioluminescence<br />

paddle – take to the open waves after dark<br />

and paddle through the luminescent sea…<br />

<strong>www</strong>.hellonature.ca<br />

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Canada<br />

HELLO NATURE<br />

ADVENTURE TOURS<br />

Adventure Experience<br />

1705 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0, Canada ♦ Tel +1 250-726-2035 ♦ hellonature.ca<br />

Hello Nature Adventure Tours is locally owned and operated by Kevin Bradshaw and<br />

Phil Padgham. Located in the quaint fishing village of Ucluelet, British Columbia close<br />

to Barkley Sound, the Broken Group Islands, and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The<br />

Hello Nature Adventure Tours offer kayaking and hiking tours range from short half-day tours<br />

to week-long adventures. Whether you are an experienced or novice sea kayaker and/or hiker<br />

looking for a new and exciting adventure or someone who is not really sure what the west coast<br />

of Vancouver Island is all about, we promise we will find the right experience for you.<br />

Kevin and Phil have been operating tours around Southern British Columbia for 15+<br />

years. They are very passionate and enthusiastic about what they do and where they live<br />

and would like to share it with you. Hello Nature Adventure Tours prides itself on sound<br />

environmental policies and low impact coastal expeditions, keeping our magnificent<br />

marine and island wonderland pristine. Kayaking and hiking are great ways to explore<br />

the beautiful beaches, peaceful coves, offshore islands, wildlife and the native forests that<br />

make up our coastline. Participate at your own pace by sampling a half day trip, full day<br />

trip, or <strong>com</strong>e on a guided overnight trip and allow us to take you to all of our favorite<br />

places. Hello Nature Adventure Tours promises to be the most friendly, professional<br />

and satisfying tour <strong>com</strong>pany – meeting all your kayaking and hiking needs. We strive to<br />

provide a balance of safety, enjoyment, and adventure.<br />

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Midway<br />

Midway is full of history<br />

and things to explore,<br />

a village built on the people of<br />

the past and present looking<br />

towards the future. Like the<br />

old saying goes, ‘It takes a<br />

village to raise a child’, you will<br />

not find that stronger sense<br />

of <strong>com</strong>munity anywhere else<br />

in Canada. It’s the people<br />

of Midway that truly make it<br />

wonderful place to visit, live or<br />

even pass by. The village is safe,<br />

friendly and built on <strong>com</strong>munal<br />

trust. The Village of Midway<br />

fully embraces its history of<br />

forestry, railroads, mining,<br />

ranching and first nations. You<br />

should to.<br />

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Canada<br />

MILE ZERO MOTEL<br />

Motel<br />

The main ethos of the Mile Zero Motel is that a<br />

relaxing vacation and a <strong>com</strong>fortable room doesn’t<br />

need to cost a fortune. They do everything they<br />

can to keep rates affordable throughout the year.<br />

Whether you are needing a one night stop over<br />

to refresh, or you’re using the motel as a base<br />

to explore the southern interior of BC, Mile Zero<br />

Motel offers a quiet, clean getaway.<br />

622 Palmerston Ave, Midway, BC V0H 1M0, Canada ♦ Tel +1 250-449-2828 ♦<br />

milezeromotel.<strong>com</strong><br />

Mile Zero Motel is your<br />

escape into peace and<br />

quiet. They are a small, immaculate<br />

motel located at the beginning of the<br />

Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Specializing<br />

in hosting vacationing families,<br />

business classes, as well as indoor<br />

and outdoor sports enthusiasts, Mile<br />

Zero Motel is the perfect place to<br />

explore new boundaries.<br />

The owners, Vickie and Tracy, provide<br />

a peaceful and <strong>com</strong>fortable place to<br />

stay and relax. If you are seeking a<br />

clean, quiet, affordable room with a<br />

<strong>com</strong>fortable queen size bed, pressed<br />

linens and a spotless bathroom, be<br />

assured your search is over. This little<br />

jewel of a motel is yours to discover.<br />

Check out is at 11 AM, while you can<br />

check in at 3 PM or earlier if the room<br />

is already available. They are able<br />

to ac<strong>com</strong>modate late arrivals, but<br />

they request that you please call in<br />

advance. Call today to start planning<br />

your stay at Mile Zero Motel!<br />

When you stay at the Mile Zero Motel,<br />

you will love the fresh and delicious food<br />

from our on-site restaurant. Open from<br />

6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, the cozy dining room<br />

seats up to fifty guests in a relaxed and<br />

wel<strong>com</strong>ing atmosphere. They also operate<br />

a pleasant café/coffee shop for guests<br />

who like to start their day with a coffee<br />

and homemade muffin or cinnamon bun.<br />

So whatever you’re planning to do in the<br />

boundary region of British Columbia, make<br />

sure to stay at Mile Zero Motel.<br />

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ALBERTA<br />

Image by: Ron Manke<br />

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Alberta – The Scenic State<br />

Alberta, the largest of Canada’s three prairie provinces, contains a large portion of<br />

the Rocky Mountains and most tourism to the province centers around visiting the<br />

beautiful parks that surround them. The province’s two main cities, Calgary and Edmonton,<br />

are Canada’s largest outside the Toronto-Montreal-Vancouver axis, though they’re much<br />

less popular as tourist destinations. The larger city, Calgary, is generally acknowledged to<br />

contain more to see and do, though Edmonton contains a few famous attractions, as well.<br />

The most iconic tourist destination in Alberta — and possibly the entire country — is<br />

the beautiful Banff National Park and its emerald-green Lake Louise. Containing over<br />

6,000 square kilometers of unspoiled Rocky Mountain scenery, Canada’s most popular<br />

outdoor resort is home to virtually every activity you could imagine, with over 1,000 km<br />

of hiking trails, a dozen campgrounds, numerous ski hills, a 27-hole golf course, three<br />

hot springs, and a wild river (the Kicking Horse) that’s ideal for white water rafting. There<br />

are no shortages of shops, hotels, and restaurants in the village of Banff Town, which is<br />

usually packed with tourists.<br />

Calgary is split in half by the Bow River, which has a pleasant coastline for walking and in the<br />

summer is popular for “floating” — what locals call riding in inner tubes. The river is crossed<br />

by multiple bridges, with the recently-<strong>com</strong>pleted Peace Bridge the most architecturally<br />

interesting. The 160 meter tall Calgary Tower is the city’s most famous landmark, and like<br />

most buildings of its sort, it contains a rotating restaurant and observation deck at the top.<br />

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Canada<br />

JOHNSTON<br />

CANYON LODGE<br />

& BUNGALOWS<br />

Resort<br />

Highway 1A, Banff, AB T1L 1A9, Canada ♦ Tel +1 403-762-2971 ♦ johnstoncanyon.<strong>com</strong><br />

A<br />

charming boutique hotel nestled in the very heart of majestic Canadian Rockies.<br />

Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows has been proudly family owned and operated<br />

since 1926 and is ideally located at the trail head of historic Johnston Canyon. The trail boasts<br />

over seven cascading glacial waterfalls experienced from a series of suspended canyon catwalks,<br />

bridges and caves; it is a must see attraction in Banff National Park. We offer 42 bungalow /<br />

cabin ac<strong>com</strong>modations in a variety of sizes and amenities. Within the lodge, a market / cafe and<br />

a restaurant bistro enhance your stay with us.<br />

We’re just a 20 minute drive west of Banff<br />

on the scenic route to Lake Louise on the<br />

Bow Valley Parkway. Here the property<br />

is set within 5 acres of natural pine and<br />

spruce forest wilderness. It is truly the ideal<br />

basecamp to explore all of the spectacular<br />

sites and natural wonders presented in<br />

the Banff - Lake Louise region. So please<br />

join us. We look forward to sharing this<br />

extraordinary timberland oasis with you.<br />

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ONTARIO<br />

Image by: Marc Olivier Jodoin<br />

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Ontario<br />

A<br />

third of Canada’s population lives in Ontario, and the city of Toronto — the<br />

country’s largest, contains most of Canada’s world-class attractions, entertainment,<br />

and shopping.<br />

Adventure awaits you in Northwest Ontario —a wilderness playground of trails and<br />

parks and hundreds of thousands of lakes and a rich Indigenous history. Take advantage<br />

of various activities to do and places to see. It might be cold in the winter here, but<br />

during the summer located on the northern shoreline of beautiful Lake of the Woods is<br />

Kenora. The city is alive year-round with a variety of festivals and events happening often<br />

including Harbourfest during the August Long Weekend. Enjoy concerts under the tent<br />

at the harbourfront or visit the local museum showcasing the history of the region. Take a<br />

cruise on Lake of the Woods on the MS Kenora or get your picture taken with Husky the<br />

Muskie, a 40 foot tall, 2-ton replica of a fish the lake is famous for. Kenora is known for its<br />

waterfront beauty and there are 5 major beaches in town.<br />

Toronto is Canada’s largest and most exciting urban centre with annual festivals,<br />

museums, galleries and theatres that rival the best in the world. Globetrot to culturally<br />

diverse neighbourhoods with eclectic shops and restaurants serving delectable cuisine<br />

from all corners of the world. Toronto has the largest variety of theatres and performing<br />

arts <strong>com</strong>panies in Ontario, and the second largest in North America after New York.<br />

Dozens more fine theatres operate throughout the province. Seasonal festivals, like<br />

the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival, draw crowds from across Canada and the<br />

United States.<br />

For the outdoorsy types, Hamilton Halton Brant is home to signature landscapes<br />

including the Niagara Escarpment, the Grand River, the Bruce Trail, Lake Ontario<br />

shorelines and a collection of more than 100 waterfalls, creating a beautiful backdrop<br />

for fall outdoor activities. The area also boasts renowned heritage sites, attractions and<br />

museums, a vibrant arts scene, distinct downtowns and delectable dining. Here are just<br />

a few of our favourite fall day trip ideas.<br />

Ontario is the ultimate destination for those who never stop exploring, so whatever<br />

your passion, you can be rest assured you will find something in this wonderful region<br />

to satiate that travelling appetite you may have.<br />

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Killarney Provincial Park<br />

With the white quartzite ridges of the La Cloche Mountains’, the pink granite<br />

coast of Georgian Bay, and the sapphire blue lakes set in the Jack Pine hills,<br />

Killarney Provincial Park is one of the most iconic places in the Ontario Park system.<br />

Whether you want to camp, hike, ski, or do some good old-fashioned nature watching,<br />

you will find something here for you.<br />

Get away from the fast pace of life and pitch up your tent on George Lake Campground.<br />

From here you can head to beaches, trails, and adventure activities such as canoeing – its<br />

perfect for a family trip. During the day why not go on a hike through nature, with so many<br />

hiking trails you will not know where to start. The La Cloche-Silhouette Trail is a good one<br />

for experienced hikers, for those wanting a leisurely stroll the Chikanishing Trail is for you.<br />

When winter hits the region then there are a plethora of<br />

activities to do. Cross-country skiing is extremely popular; hit<br />

the slopes after fresh snowfall for crisp trails and incredible<br />

views. For something a bit different, snowshoeing is great<br />

for families and couples. Flip flop your way around some<br />

incredible landscapes and take in the fresh air and some<br />

exercise. If you do not have snowshoes, they can be easily<br />

rented from many different places.<br />

When the snow melts, then jump in for a swim in one of<br />

the parks crystal clear lakes – the choice is yours as there<br />

are over 50 to choose from! If you prefer to stay relatively<br />

dry, then you can stay afloat by canoeing or sea kayaking.<br />

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Canada<br />

KILLARNEY<br />

MOUNTAIN<br />

LODGE<br />

Resort<br />

3 Commissioner St, Killarney, ON P0M 2A0, Canada ♦ Tel +1 705-287-2242 ♦ killarney.<strong>com</strong><br />

Killarney, an idyllic town in Ontario, is known for its tranquil countryside and exquisite<br />

heritage. The town is equally popular for its awe-inspiring architecture, warm people,<br />

and top-notch hospitality. A holiday in Killarney is nothing short of a rejuvenating experience<br />

for all your senses. If you are planning a getaway to this picturesque town, make sure you book<br />

your stay at Killarney Mountain Lodge.<br />

Located on the northern shore of Georgian Bay, the full-service resort offers luxurious<br />

ac<strong>com</strong>modation in a homely ambiance. The family-owned 3-star property wel<strong>com</strong>es you with<br />

wood-burning fireplaces, knotted pine decor, and amicable staff. It is ideal for travelers who are<br />

looking for a fusion of ultra-modern <strong>com</strong>fort and rustic simplicity.<br />

Guests can choose from a wide range of ac<strong>com</strong>modation options such as Pine Lodge<br />

Rooms, Long House Suites, Chalets, etc. All units are adorned with hardwood floors and<br />

knotted pine paneling. The rustic charm is perfectly balanced by <strong>com</strong>fortable furnishings<br />

including down-filled pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets, and feather-down duvets.<br />

Huge glass window overlooking the Killarney Channel ensure that your room stays bright<br />

and breezy throughout the day. Not all rooms have a view of the channel, only our newest<br />

Covered Portage Kings do and a couple of our bigger chalets. Most look over quiet<br />

garden and/ or mountain views<br />

All rooms and suites feature standard<br />

amenities such as WiFi, fans, wardrobes,<br />

and irons. Each unit has a spacious attached<br />

washroom with a shower, hairdryer, and<br />

<strong>com</strong>plimentary toiletries. While some<br />

rooms let you enjoy the beauty of the<br />

nearby lake, others have a private seating<br />

area overlooking lofty mountains.<br />

Killarney Mountain Lodge also offers a<br />

plethora of high-end recreational facilities<br />

to cater to different tastes. You can unwind<br />

at the outdoor swimming pool during the<br />

day or enjoy a relaxing sauna experience.<br />

Sports enthusiasts can indulge their<br />

<strong>com</strong>petitive side at the Games Pavillion.<br />

Don’t miss out on the delectable dining<br />

options <strong>com</strong>bined with some of the<br />

choicest wines of the world.<br />

The property also gives you a chance to<br />

explore various outdoor activities canoeing,<br />

cycling, and hiking. You can explore the<br />

scenic Waterfront or embark on a short hike<br />

to enjoy a rendezvous with nature. Killarney<br />

Mountain Lodge takes your vacation to the<br />

next level and transforms it into a retreat<br />

amidst nature and wilderness. Don’t be<br />

surprised if you feel an overwhelming urge<br />

to extend your stay as your holiday nears<br />

its end.<br />

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Niagara on the Lake<br />

How to Get in<br />

• Plane<br />

• Bus<br />

• Car<br />

Get Around<br />

• Drive<br />

• Bicycle<br />

• Local Taxi<br />

A quaint town nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Niagara<br />

on the lake is a <strong>com</strong>mon rest stop for visitors to Niagara Falls.<br />

However, a look beneath the surface and many will see this small<br />

town is a great destination in its own right.<br />

Attractions & Sights<br />

• The Heritage District<br />

• Peller Estates Winery<br />

• Shaw Festival Theatre<br />

Things to do<br />

• Vintage Wine Tours<br />

• Horse Drawn Carriage<br />

Ride<br />

• Art by the lighthouse<br />

Find out more – https://<br />

<strong>www</strong>.niagaraonthelake.<br />

<strong>com</strong><br />

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Canada<br />

SCHOOLMASTER’S<br />

HOUSE BED AND<br />

BREAKFAST<br />

Historic Guest House<br />

Canada ♦ Tel + 226-927-4136 ♦<br />

facebook.<strong>com</strong>/SchoolmastersHouseBandB/ ♦ schoolmastershouse.<strong>com</strong><br />

In the evening, relax with a glass of wine in the garden. Wake up to a fantastic breakfast!<br />

Celebrating 200 years of<br />

history! Schoolmaster’s<br />

House award winning bed and<br />

breakfast, ideally situated at the<br />

heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake<br />

Wine Country. Our B&B has<br />

been beautifully restored and<br />

is one of the earliest nineteenth<br />

century Niagara-on-the-Lake<br />

Bed and Breakfasts. In addition<br />

to the lovely suites, enjoy our<br />

beautiful perennial gardens.<br />

Great Location + Lovely<br />

Property + Fantastic Breakfast<br />

= Your Perfect Getaway<br />

Spend the day exploring the<br />

shops, take in a show at the<br />

Shaw Festival, bike or hike the<br />

trails, sample the wonderful<br />

restaurants, or take a wine<br />

tour and discover the awardwinning<br />

wineries in our region.<br />

Schoolmaster’s House Bed & Breakfast features three private rooms, all with ensuite baths.<br />

All of our rooms are adjoining and can ac<strong>com</strong>modate up to 8 people.<br />

We invite you to spend some time with us.<br />

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QUEBEC<br />

Image by: Shawn Lee<br />

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Quebec <strong>Travel</strong> Tips<br />

From vibrant cities to larger-than-life landscapes, electrifying festivals to outdoor<br />

adventures, let the places and people of Québec wash over you. Québec, a vast<br />

territory where the horizon goes on forever… With its many lakes and rivers and its<br />

generous nature close to the city, it offers a unique outdoors experience. By exploring<br />

Québec, travellers learn to let go and enjoy a renewed sense of freedom. By stepping<br />

out of their <strong>com</strong>fort zone and daring to try new things, they share special moments with<br />

passionate people. Follow their journey and experience Québec in all its grandeur.<br />

Open markets, festivals, and gourmet events continue to inspire locals and tourists alike.<br />

Before indulging in this smorgasbord of delicious food, be sure to say Bon appétit! You<br />

can immerse yourself in nature through heart-pumping outdoor activities, no matter the<br />

season, or set foot in a luxurious resort and never want to leave! Let yourself go and let the<br />

outside in. With its rich Aboriginal heritage, Québec offers an unusual experience steeped<br />

in history and authenticity. Learn about the 11 distinct First Nations and be rewarded with<br />

the artistic expressions and deep knowledge of age-old cultures.<br />

Whether it’s a tranquil forest walk<br />

you’re seeking or a heart-pounding<br />

ride on a zipline—you’ll fall in love<br />

with its colourful landscapes over<br />

and over again. Its beauty transcends<br />

every season—unspoiled boreal<br />

forests, soaring fjords, glistening<br />

lakes, sandy beaches, and northern<br />

lights—providing diverse landscapes<br />

to explore, whether you live like a<br />

local or simply enjoy an invigorating<br />

day out.<br />

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Canada<br />

GITE AUX<br />

PIGNONS<br />

Family Friendly Guest House<br />

A Culinary Delight – Quebec<br />

165 Chemin des Pignons, Alma, QC G8E 1H4, Canada ♦ Tel +1 418 668-0713 ♦<br />

auxpignons.ca<br />

Want a retreat away from the hustle-bustle of city life? Head over to the edge of<br />

Lac-Saint-Jean and relax in the cozy cottage – Gite Aux Pignons. Situated right<br />

next to the Decharge River, this cottage gives you a peaceful getaway with some beautiful<br />

views and lush greenery all around. At the same time, the cottage is not too far from the city<br />

center too! Every morning, you’ll be wel<strong>com</strong>ed with the aroma of freshly cooked regional<br />

breakfast. But that is not it, they take pampering to the next level with freshly cooked<br />

lunches, <strong>com</strong>plete with desserts and salads! Each of their four rooms has a totally different<br />

personality and is equipped with every amenity possible to ensure a <strong>com</strong>fortable stay. The<br />

cottage is a perfect destination for families wishing to take a break from the busy life and<br />

spend some quality time together. Gite Aux Pignons is truly your home away from home!<br />

Quebec City was originally a French settlement and was ruled by the French until<br />

1763. The French had a lasting influence on Quebec’s culture. French is the<br />

province’s official language and the cuisine has a French influence. This can be seen in<br />

the prominence of traditional French foods and in unique Quebecois dishes with French<br />

influence.<br />

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The province of Quebec has spent<br />

much of the 20th and 21st centuries<br />

solidifying a culture that is quite<br />

distinct from any other found in<br />

North America. It’s thus easy to<br />

forget that, at its roots, Quebecois<br />

culture is a hodgepodge of various<br />

others that were all brought together<br />

by historical circumstance. The first<br />

settlers in our province came from<br />

France, but were quickly exposed to<br />

the traditions of the surrounding first<br />

nations tribes. After the province was<br />

conquered by England in 1763, an<br />

infusion of English culture inevitably<br />

followed.<br />

Some dishes you need to sample<br />

include cretons, a cold meat spread<br />

similar to rillettes to start your day.<br />

Made with ground pork and seasoned<br />

with spices such as cinnamon, savory,<br />

and cloves, cretons is a Québec<br />

classic and popular spread on toast<br />

at breakfast. Pea soup is consisting<br />

of dry yellow peas, salt pork, and<br />

vegetables such as small pieces of<br />

carrots, simmered in water seasoned<br />

with a bay leaf. Pea soup is often part<br />

of the traditional meal served at sugar<br />

shacks. For those with a sweet tooth,<br />

sugar pie is a single-crust pie filled<br />

with a mixture of cream, flour, egg,<br />

and brown sugar, which is sometimes<br />

replaced with maple syrup.<br />

Quebec City’s Old Town is filled with<br />

restaurants, and we loved exploring<br />

them. We made a point to try as<br />

much unique Quebec food as we<br />

could. I am listing the foods to try in<br />

Quebec City along with restaurant<br />

re<strong>com</strong>mendations. If you want to try<br />

Quebecois cuisine, the place to go is<br />

Aux Anciens Canadiens<br />

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Canada<br />

JOANE<br />

L’HEUREUX<br />

CHOCOLATS<br />

Culinary Experience<br />

5180 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H1T 1W1, Canada ♦ Tel +1 514-914-3957 ♦<br />

lheureuxchocolats.ca<br />

True artisans of the gluttony, Joane L’Heureux takes a pleasure in making you some truly<br />

delicious chocolate. With a genuine passion to find the best ingredients in their purest<br />

form and assemble them to create a delectable experience! Both traditional and daring, her<br />

chocolates explore many harmonies of flavors. The chocolate maker has nearly ten years of<br />

experience and a solid background at the Chocolate Learning Academy in St-Jérôme. She is<br />

also established at New Rosemont, while also running her own workshops.<br />

You will find Joane L’Heureux Chocolats in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie area. It has one of<br />

Canada’s most prominent Italian <strong>com</strong>munities, with Little Italy concentrated along the convivial<br />

bends of Saint-Lawrence Boulevard. Known for its fantastic bars and authentic Italian fare, the<br />

domain includes the Jean-Talon Market, the largest public market in North America and of<br />

course, Joane L’Heureux Chocolats.<br />

Joane L’Heureux would also like to<br />

introduce you to coffret accord. For those<br />

of you that like to to enjoy a drink or<br />

two as well, they have 5 coffret Chocolat<br />

pairings with alcohol, scotch/whisky, rum,<br />

porto, bulles and rosé. The confectionary<br />

chosen is especially made to pair with your<br />

favourite liqueur – what more could you ask<br />

for?<br />

Whichever your preference for chocolate<br />

you will find something here you like,<br />

from caramel to ganache whichever you<br />

choose will be delicious, succulent and<br />

very moreish! This quaint little shop is<br />

everything a chocaholic could every wish<br />

to be, as soon as you step through the<br />

door, you are wel<strong>com</strong>ed with that alluring<br />

chocolatey smell and with so many choices<br />

you are truly spoilt for choice.<br />

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NOVA SCOTIA<br />

Image by: Stephen Walker<br />

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Freedom of Adventure Nova Scotia<br />

Truly the home of the great<br />

outdoors, Nova Scotia is an<br />

awesome place to go and discover<br />

the very best of Canada’s beautiful<br />

nature. Whether you wish to hike a<br />

rocky coastal trail and stop and gaze<br />

out to sea. Maybe you’d prefer a<br />

paddle down a meandering river and<br />

imagine how the Mi’kmaq navigated<br />

these waters hundreds of years ago.<br />

The speed demons will love rounding<br />

a bend on a bike trail knowing there<br />

are still many miles to go.<br />

Nova Scotia is defined by the water<br />

that surround it. Kayaking offers<br />

the perfect vantage to enjoy this<br />

magnificent island. From the dramatic<br />

cliffs of Cape Breton Island and Bay of<br />

Fundy to the gentle coves, inlets and<br />

historic harbours, sea kayakers will<br />

discover isolated beaches, diverse<br />

marine life, and even sea caves.<br />

The stunning green vistas are packed<br />

with great walks, breathe in the salt<br />

air and explore the extraordinary<br />

coastline, from short leg stretches<br />

to longer hikes. With seaside trails,<br />

backcountry hikes and leisurely<br />

strolls, our trails cover a variety of<br />

terrain for all experience levels.<br />

Each August through November,<br />

with its moderate temperatures and<br />

juicy hurricane season swell, Nova<br />

Scotia’s shores offer prime surfing<br />

time... but the hardcore thrill riders<br />

love those wicked waves of winter.<br />

Nova Scotia is a top year-round cold<br />

water surf destination!<br />

For a true sense of adventure,<br />

escape to the back country in Nova<br />

Scotia’s amazing Provincial and<br />

National parks. Take in spectacular<br />

geological formations like the<br />

Three Sisters towering sea stacks<br />

or rare red sandstone formations<br />

from your walk-in campsite on the<br />

coastal trails of Cape Chignecto<br />

Provincial Park.<br />

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Canada<br />

COLOURATURA<br />

FINE ART GALLERY<br />

Cultural Experience<br />

45943 Cabot Trail, Englishtown, NS B0C 1H0, Canada ♦ Tel +1 902-929-2324 ♦<br />

cabottrailart.<strong>com</strong><br />

Highlights of the Gallery include; 30 Artists<br />

most of whom <strong>com</strong>e from Cape Breton and<br />

feature well known Artists such as William<br />

Rogers (oils and watercolours), Christopher<br />

Gorey (Oils and Giclees) and Alison Grapes<br />

(acrylics) Susan Cockburn a recent addition<br />

to the Gallery and has won awards for her<br />

spectacular images of water. Kris Tynski is<br />

an award winning Photographer on the<br />

Island and has a large collection of his work<br />

available in the Gallery. Come hear their<br />

stories that will connect you with the artist<br />

and the area.<br />

Housed in a former church,<br />

Colouratura Fine Art<br />

Gallery is focused on providing<br />

high-quality service and customer<br />

satisfaction - they will do<br />

everything they can to meet your<br />

expectations and enjoy your time<br />

in their Gallery.<br />

Artist mediums include; Acrylic,<br />

Oil, Watercolour, Mixed Media,<br />

Sculpture, Jewelry, First Nations<br />

Pottery, Art Prints and Cards.<br />

A major Feature of the Gallery<br />

is Cabotto Chocolates, handcrafted,<br />

fresh truffles and bars<br />

made by the owner and her<br />

sister. Penny Steele knows you<br />

will be delighted by the quality,<br />

creativity and talent of her artists<br />

in this wonderful space. Enjoy this<br />

authentic Cultural Experience as<br />

part of your Nova Scotia vacation.<br />

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USA<br />

Image by: Jan Folwarczny<br />

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The appeal of Alaska<br />

Glaciers, mountains, rugged coastlines – Alaska, the largest state in America, has<br />

it all. Whether it’s a whale watching cruise through the fjords, catching a glimpse<br />

of the Northern Lights, hiking through the Alaskan backcountry (keeping one eye out for<br />

bears!) or scaling to the top of Denali, the highest mountain in North America, your days<br />

are sure to be brimming with excitement.<br />

But while Alaska is undoubtedly a playground for nature lovers, it is also home to an<br />

important and interesting culture that has been well-preserved for future generations<br />

to appreciate. Visitors can explore the state’s Native history through many avenues,<br />

including traditional music and crafts, historical museums and Native performances.<br />

Totem Heritage Centre, in Ketchikan, houses a fascinating collection of original 19th<br />

Century totems, while the Inupiat Heritage Museum, in Barrow (the most northerly<br />

point on the continent) is dedicated to the Native tradition of whaling. Every June the<br />

town hosts the popular whaling festival, but that’s not the only event in the calendar<br />

worth checking out. Famed festivals include the Sitka Summer Music Festival, also held<br />

in June, Salmonfest, which takes place every August, and the Fur Rendezvous, which<br />

is held in February.<br />

And therein lies the appeal of Alaska; although the summer months, with long days<br />

and warmer weather, remain a popular time for a trip, you’ll find that no matter when<br />

you visit you’ll always find enchanting vistas and opportunities to make memories that<br />

will last a lifetime.<br />

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Fishing on the River Kenai<br />

Alaska ranks as a premier spot for fishers. The state’s oceans, rivers and lakes are<br />

teeming with salmon, rainbow trout, arctic char and many other challenging sport<br />

fish – it really is an angler’s dream!<br />

While there are many options for exceptional angling, the Kenai River stands out as<br />

offering some of the best fishing in the entire state, particularly for salmon and trout.<br />

The best time to visit the Kenai is in the summer, as many salmon species (including king<br />

salmon) run from May-September – although you’ll find silver salmon as late as November,<br />

and dolly varden and lake trout all year round. Make sure you brush up on local fishing<br />

laws before you plan your trip, as you may need specialist licence stamps to fish certain<br />

species.<br />

For a truly luxurious and relaxed fishing getaway, consider a lodging holiday. Salmon<br />

Catcher Lodge is one of the Kenai Peninsula’s best fishing lodges, offering families and<br />

sportspeople <strong>com</strong>fortable ac<strong>com</strong>modations in the finest handcrafted spruce log cabins –<br />

and access to unrivalled fishing. Your trip can be planned around the best species to fish<br />

at the time of your visit, and they have expert guides on hand to help you make the most<br />

out of the experience.<br />

Fishing packages are available throughout the year; as part of your stay you can enjoy<br />

such luxurious touches as saunas, hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, fire pits and fish<br />

processing and freezer facilities. Salmon Catcher Lodge also offers options to ‘build your<br />

own’ adventure, allowing you to tour the Kenai and its surroundings at your own leisure.<br />

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USA<br />

SALMON CATCHER<br />

LODGE<br />

Lodge<br />

37911 Ralph Lane, Kenai, Alaska 99611 ♦ Tel 907-335-2001 ♦ salmoncatcherlodge.<strong>com</strong><br />

Salmon Catcher Lodge is one of the<br />

Kenai Peninsula’s premier fishing<br />

lodges in Alaska, offering outdoorsmen<br />

and families luxury ac<strong>com</strong>modations in the<br />

finest handcrafted spruce log cabins. Each<br />

cabin rental unit at this Alaska fishing lodge<br />

has been tastefully decorated embracing<br />

Alaska’s great outdoors while ensuring luxury<br />

and <strong>com</strong>fort for the most discriminating. The<br />

management, Alaskan fishing guides and<br />

salmon and halibut fishing charters, plus the<br />

staff offer an unparalleled experience with an<br />

aim to please attitude.<br />

The time of season that you visit the area<br />

determines the type of fishing to be enjoyed,<br />

as well as the availability of services. July is<br />

the busiest month and always fills up first.<br />

This is when the second run of larger Kenai<br />

King Salmon arrives along with the Sockeye<br />

Salmon. They have great King fishing in May<br />

and June, though the fish average a little<br />

smaller in size. August and September bring<br />

the Silver salmon, Steel head, Rainbow and<br />

Dolly Varden. Fly-fishing is very popular for<br />

the Trout and Steelhead during the entire<br />

season. Halibut Fishing starts in early May<br />

and runs through early September.<br />

When it <strong>com</strong>es to vacationing, it’s all about feeling <strong>com</strong>fortable. At Salmon Catcher Lodge,<br />

they aim to ensure that your Alaska fishing trip is unique and one-of-a-kind. They do this<br />

by providing world-class services that will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed. Take<br />

a look at this Kenai River fishing lodge that was built with you in mind. It <strong>com</strong>es with all<br />

the items to feel <strong>com</strong>fortable, and a few more things that will make your excursion in the<br />

wild Alaska even better!<br />

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ATV adventures in Alaska<br />

<strong>Travel</strong>lers in the know are privy to a great secret – that Anchorage is home to the<br />

very best of Alaskan nature. From the pristine waters of Fire Island to the wonderful<br />

wildness that is the Chugach Natural Park, not to mention its glaciers (there are 60 within<br />

a 50-mile radius), Anchorage is a natural playground for adventure lovers – and there is<br />

no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than by exploring the rugged landscapes by<br />

ATV (all terrain vehicle). Known colloquially as a ‘four wheeler’, an ATV is the best way<br />

to explore the backcountry – how else could you traverse river beds, race across snowy<br />

peaks or journey though winding woods? The best thing about ATVs is that they are<br />

suitable for all ages – beginners and experienced riders alike will soon find themselves<br />

zipping across the breathtaking scenery with ease.<br />

49 th State Motor Tours is a family-owned ATV tour operator that offers a range of fantastic<br />

half and full day tours in both summer and winter. In addition, they are happy to build<br />

custom and overnight tours for guests who want more flexibility or a more personal<br />

experience.<br />

Going the extra mile for their guests,<br />

49 th State also include meals in<br />

their tours – and they’re not talking<br />

dehydrated or pre-packaged food,<br />

either. At your destination, you can<br />

sit back and soak up the beautiful<br />

views while the 49 th Steam whip up<br />

one of their delicious signature meals<br />

for you to enjoy beneath the endless<br />

expanse of sky.<br />

Whether you’re looking for an<br />

introduction to Anchorage, a once-ina-lifetime<br />

trip, a team building event<br />

or want to celebrate a significant<br />

milestone, 49 th State Motor Tours,<br />

will guarantee you a uniquely Alaskan<br />

experience.<br />

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USA<br />

49TH STATE<br />

MOTOR TOURS<br />

The Award for Excellence<br />

in Service<br />

Anchorage, Alaska, USA ♦ Tel +907-278-0157 ♦ 49smt.<strong>com</strong><br />

th State Motor Tours is a family of Alaskan outdoor enthusiasts who believe in the<br />

49 responsible and safe enjoyment of Alaska’s beautiful wilderness. They provide exciting<br />

and personalized adventures for people of all ages, abilities and skill levels. They feel you<br />

don’t truly start to experience what Alaska has to offer until you’re out of cell phone range,<br />

surrounded by towering mountains, pristine glaciers, and monstrous rivers. They are very<br />

passionate about the 49th State. It is more than a location. It’s a state of mind. Looking for a<br />

“once in a lifetime” day trip, camping excursion, team building or party event? Want a uniquely<br />

Alaskan experience? Then contact 49th State Motor Tours.<br />

This truly is the best way to see Alaska.<br />

49th State Motor Tours is based out of<br />

the Knik River Valley, a hidden off-roading<br />

gem near Anchorage. The full-day Knik<br />

adventure covers silt dunes, forest trails,<br />

water crossings, and caps off with a hot<br />

Alaskan lunch cooked to order near the<br />

majestic Knik Glacier. Riding is always<br />

spectacular in this scenic valley and even<br />

on half-day tours, this amazing trail covers<br />

lots of terrain.<br />

You can even design your own adventure<br />

tailored to you. Having spent a lifetime<br />

getting lost and unlost in the wilds of<br />

Alaska, in addition to chasing film crews<br />

to the furthest reaches of the state, Brian<br />

knows the Alaskan backcountry well and<br />

can put together unforgettable multiday<br />

adventures. The options are endless.<br />

Looking for epic boulder crawls? You’ll have<br />

them. Enormous hill climbs? Yep! They<br />

know where those are too! Spectacular<br />

vistas where you feel on top of the world?<br />

Say the words and they will stretch in<br />

front of you (after an unbelievable day of<br />

riding of course). Camp on the trail, or at<br />

the trailhead. You decide. Need camping<br />

equipment? It can be provided.<br />

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Road Trip Arizona<br />

The best way to see the American Southwest is from behind the wheel of your<br />

own car. An Arizona road trip itinerary provides a unique opportunity to explore<br />

this exotic region from the ground up. Planning a trip to Arizona <strong>com</strong>es with an endless<br />

number of variations depending on how much time you have, what you want to see and<br />

whether you choose to fly or drive to Arizona.<br />

Begin your Arizona road trip by flying into Las Vegas because it is centrally located to<br />

all the cool places you are going to want to visit. Phoenix is often much more expensive<br />

to fly into and Las Vegas, although not in Arizona, has tons of affordable flights from<br />

everywhere on the planet each and every day! Las Vegas is the perfect starting point for<br />

a 5 day or 2 week itinerary.<br />

Seeing the Grand Canyon is an<br />

essential part of any Arizona<br />

vacation itinerary. But even a<br />

short trip to the Grand Canyon<br />

can be rewarding if you know<br />

how to make the most of your<br />

time. Other highlights on your<br />

itinerary has got to be Sedona,<br />

you can drive your car down one<br />

of the many roads in Sedona<br />

and receive breath-taking views<br />

at every turn. No matter how<br />

long you have a drive around<br />

Arizona is sure to pack in an<br />

unbelievable trip of a lifetime.<br />

First stop is Hoover Dam; it only takes about 50 minutes so it is an easy and fun first<br />

stop. Everyone will be excited to road trip Arizona so a fun stop as soon as you get<br />

started is always a plus. Build this time into your drive so you can make allowances for<br />

the stop later on in the day.<br />

After driving in the sticks for a bit, you will stop at the college town of Flagstaff, which<br />

feels positively cosmopolitan – and is the obvious choice of base if you’re set on a<br />

deeper exploration of Northern Arizona. The historic grid-like downtown is full of<br />

genuinely interesting shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, and some fantastic murals and<br />

street art, all of which fosters a lively <strong>com</strong>munity feel.<br />

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USA<br />

MARTIN AUTO<br />

MUSEUM<br />

Attraction<br />

17641 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85023, USA ♦ Tel +1 602 298 2377 ♦<br />

martinautomuseum.<strong>com</strong><br />

For any car enthusiast out there, then there is only one place you need to go. At the Martin<br />

Auto Museum, visitors can view history through the decades in this vast collection of<br />

amazing automobiles. There are a number of racecars and one of kind vehicles to excite any<br />

automotive, art or history enthusiast.<br />

The museum is home to historic cars, its role today is to preserve collectible automobiles for<br />

educational purposes. Admission to the museum is free and some of the services provided by<br />

the museum include guided tours for such groups as local schoolchildren, veteran organizations<br />

and car clubs. The museum was founded by real estate developer Mel Martin to showcase his<br />

collection of vintage vehicles and automobile related memorabilia.<br />

Mel not only has a love for cars, he is an expert mechanic who could literally fix any of<br />

the cars in the museum blindfolded. Over the years, Mel’s love of cars led to a substantial<br />

collection and after the years of joy they brought him, he decided to give back to the<br />

Valley and open the Martin Auto Museum. And it is here that Mel wishes to pass down<br />

his sizeable amount of knowledge to the generations that follow. At the Martin Auto<br />

Museum, thank him for his enormous contribution to all.<br />

You will <strong>com</strong>e here to admire the great collection of cars and see a lot of cars you’ve<br />

probably never seen in person. But what you will remember when you leave is the great<br />

experience of meeting the people who work there, knowledgeable and friendly – this is<br />

a place like no other.<br />

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Las Vegas – The Pop Culture Icon<br />

Las Vegas is famous world over for its glitz and glam, which has permeated popular<br />

culture through appearances in many films, music videos and TV shows. It’s Sin City<br />

– an oasis of glittering lights in the desert, home of the Strip and the drive-in wedding<br />

chapel, playground of the Mob, and a visual spectacle <strong>com</strong>plete with its own Eiffel Tower,<br />

Egyptian pyramids, and Venetian canals. Wel<strong>com</strong>e to Las Vegas. From its defining neon<br />

to retro art that covers the downtown area to its museums that showcase much of its<br />

history, the city demands an exploration through some of its greatest achievements, and<br />

most certainly, most shiny.<br />

The best place to go to see this side of Vegas, is downtown. The quintessential urban field<br />

trip showcasing spectacular neon, legendary casinos, larger than life personalities, Vegas<br />

in the movies, the Mob, new urban lounges, fire sculptures, deep fried Twinkies, and an<br />

Elvis on every block. Well, almost. We stroll into the new “hip and cool” Fremont East<br />

neighborhood, an entertainment shopping district, featuring a giant Praying Mantis fire<br />

sculpture from the Burning Man Festival– topped off with a <strong>com</strong>plimentary cocktail at the<br />

historic El Cortez Casino Hotel of Bugsy Siegel fame.<br />

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Go and see where Vegas began as a dusty rail road stop which still stands today; check<br />

out Glitter Gulch, famed for its neon signs; pause at the original red-light district that<br />

locals know as Block 16; see the city’s oldest pawn shop (not Pawn Stars!); and you will<br />

run into that famous cowboy sign, Vegas Vic, a Mascot of Downtown. Then step into<br />

famed casinos that are like living history museums. You’ll see that Fremont is a zany street<br />

always in performance with the world’s largest video screen, and a bunch of quirky street<br />

buskers, some flare bartenders, and the aerial zip line tourists. Along the way, see some<br />

hidden gems, go off the beaten track, note some famous movie locations - all part of the<br />

personality of Downtown, End the tour in the “what’s new” of Downtown, an emerging<br />

arts, retail and festival district, with a hipster vibe - all topped off with a <strong>com</strong>plimentary<br />

cocktail at the historic El Cortez, of Bugsy Siegel fame.<br />

USA<br />

LAS VEGAS<br />

WALKING TOURS<br />

Walking Tour Company<br />

Las Vegas, Nevada USA 89101 ♦ Tel +888 571-6587 ♦ lasvegaswalkingtours.net<br />

See, explore and discover Las Vegas like never before on a 2-hour guided walking<br />

tour of Downtown Las Vegas’ famous Fremont Street. Your experienced local guide<br />

will take you on a 7-block ‘Walk through time’ from humble outpost to infamous ‘Glitter<br />

Gulch’, a gem of urban renewal and revitalization.<br />

Peel back the layers of neon to expose the rich history underneath and discover Downtown<br />

Las Vegas is again a vibrant, top attraction in the USA home to legendary casinos, hotels,<br />

wedding chapels, top restaurants, and even reality TV stars.<br />

Fun for the single adventurous traveler, couples, and the whole family. The 12 guest<br />

maximum and wireless audio headsets ensure a personal experience with your guide<br />

while hearing every fascinating story along the way.<br />

Tips, tricks and re<strong>com</strong>mendations throughout will have you feeling like a ‘Vegas Insider’.<br />

Area restaurant list and business coupons will provide plenty of options following your<br />

tour.<br />

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New York | Brooklyn<br />

Brooklyn has transformed its reputation in the last 20 years. As New York City’s most<br />

populous borough, it has a vibrancy and urgency that is infectious. It’s a hotbed of<br />

culture, art, music, and food—and it’s no surprise that its residents are proud to live there.<br />

Gastronomes will find some of the city’s best bars and restaurants scattered throughout<br />

the borough, while dozens of art galleries and music venues showcase the works of<br />

Brooklyn’s many creatives.<br />

With spinning thrills, games of skill, treats on the boardwalk, the Atlantic ocean and the<br />

horizon beyond, Coney Island is the end of the earth; the place where dreamers <strong>com</strong>e<br />

together to share in the best moments, the high hills of the roller coaster ride called life.<br />

If you think all the great museums in NYC are in Manhattan, think again. Brooklyn’s got<br />

its fair share of interesting museums, starting of course with the large, beautiful Brooklyn<br />

Museum. Known equally for its historic collections (for instance, Egyptian and American<br />

period rooms) as for its occasionally edgy shows, the Brooklyn Museum is a vibrant place<br />

that’s well worth a visit.<br />

The most talked about bridge<br />

in the United States, and<br />

certainly New York’s most<br />

popular bridge, the Brooklyn<br />

Bridge connects Manhattan’s<br />

City Hall area with Brooklyn.<br />

Beautiful, often photographed,<br />

and offering an expansive<br />

view of the Manhattan skyline,<br />

NY Harbor and the Statue of<br />

Liberty, as well as other bridges,<br />

it’s an icon of New York City.<br />

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USA<br />

WYNDHAM<br />

BROOKLYN<br />

Eco Friendly Hotel<br />

You can also enjoy continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free newspaper, business center, and<br />

much more at this eco-friendly and pet-friendly New York City hotel. At the end of a day<br />

touring Brooklyn, retreat to the guest rooms and enjoy upscale amenities that include<br />

plush bedding, bathrobe, and mini-refrigerator, as well as a water purification system,<br />

coffee maker, and ergonomic work station for those late night work sessions. Whether you<br />

select one of the rooms with Manhattan views, including peeks at the Freedom Tower and<br />

Empire State Building, or our standard upscale ac<strong>com</strong>modations, you are in store for top<br />

quality service and world-class amenities — the best available in Brooklyn. Please note<br />

that self-service parking is available for a fee of $30 plus tax per day and is first <strong>com</strong>e, first<br />

serve, due to limited availability.<br />

457 39th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, USA ♦ Tel + 1 718-972-0900 ♦ wyndhamhotels.<strong>com</strong><br />

The eco-friendly Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park hotel offers you innumerable<br />

opportunities to explore greater New York City’s many offerings with contemporary<br />

architecture, friendly associates, and delightful affordability. They offer convenience to mass<br />

transit, with the N, R, and D NYC subway lines nearby, putting you within reach of must-see<br />

New York destinations. Their services and location in the heart of New York’s bustling Brooklyn<br />

borough allow you to easily navigate around this iconic city, with onsite parking and local and<br />

airport transportation available upon request for a nominal fee.<br />

There are so many things to see and<br />

do just steps from our door. Take in<br />

a show, cheer on your favorite sports<br />

team, or go on a shopping spree. There<br />

are also several local businesses in the<br />

area, making our hotel the perfect place<br />

to work and play. What better way to<br />

unwind after a day of touring the city<br />

then visiting the onsite bar for a drink,<br />

which is also open for meals, snacks,<br />

coffee, and cocktails, daily from 5pm<br />

to 11pm with happy hour from 5pm to<br />

8pm.<br />

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Nashville Top 3<br />

Country Music Hall of Fame<br />

You cannot go to Nashville and not soak up<br />

the music scene. The Country Music Hall<br />

of Fame and Museum is the home of this<br />

popular American art form, safeguarding over<br />

2.5 million artifacts, with two expansive floors<br />

of gallery space featuring permanent- and<br />

limited- engagement exhibits.<br />

Gaylord Opryland Resort &<br />

Convention Center<br />

Well known for its nine acres of lavish indoor<br />

gardens. Boasting 50,000 tropical plants, rare<br />

international blooms and romantic Southern<br />

species, the horticultural displays at Gaylord<br />

Opryland are among the most exquisite in<br />

the world. Each of the gardens is housed<br />

under one of the hotel’s soaring atriums,<br />

creating a series of breathtaking horticultural<br />

wonderlands.<br />

Ryman Auditorium<br />

When you walk through the doors of historic<br />

Ryman Auditorium, one thing be<strong>com</strong>es clear<br />

right away: this isn’t just another nightly music<br />

venue, and it’s so much more than a daytime<br />

tourist stop. This place is hallowed ground.<br />

This is the exact spot where bluegrass was<br />

born—where Johnny Cash met June Carter,<br />

where souls were saved and a slice of history<br />

was nearly lost.<br />

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USA<br />

OFF THE WAGON<br />

TOURS<br />

Adventure Tour Company<br />

533 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203, USA ♦ Tel +615-696-6770 ♦<br />

<strong>www</strong>.nashvillepartywagon.<strong>com</strong><br />

This is Nashville’s one and only party wagon! Come and enjoy for yourself a true southern<br />

experience! The only legwork on this 1 hour 45 minute scenic tour is dancing! <strong>Travel</strong><br />

through the Gulch, Mid-town and the beautiful downtown all while being pulled by the most<br />

photographed John Deere tractor in the country. They can ac<strong>com</strong>modate groups of up to 20<br />

people. What are you waiting for? Don’t miss your opportunity to ride the big green tractor.<br />

If you haven’t experienced OTW and you’ve<br />

heard the rumours, then you’re missing<br />

out. They are literally one of Nashville’s<br />

most sought after attractions. Why would a<br />

wagon ride be so fun? Why are they always<br />

full? It is because they are different! By<br />

providing a totally unique experience that<br />

only you can get in Nashville! It’s a one of<br />

a kind party and it’s about as close as they<br />

can get it to a big ole field party out in the<br />

boondocks! You bring the booze and they<br />

do the rest! Unlike other attractions they<br />

aren’t going to pick you up on the side of<br />

the road, a bar or a liquor store! Hell, we<br />

might be country (southern accent applied<br />

here) but we have some class.<br />

Come check out their beautiful, country,<br />

classy office! At the office they have corn<br />

hole, selfie booths, huge jenga, a lovely<br />

chalk wall to leave your mark and the<br />

coolest photo ops in town. This is a one<br />

of a kind experience from a one of a kind<br />

<strong>com</strong>pany. Go check them out if you haven’t<br />

already. Ya’ll <strong>com</strong>e on out, the party awaits<br />

and most importantly remember “We<br />

don’t pedal, We party”. Don’t miss out on<br />

taking a little ride on the big green tractor!<br />

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MEXICO<br />

Image by: Barbara Zandoval<br />

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Guanajuato | History & Culture<br />

Guanajuato (pronounced wan-a-waa-toe) is a sight to behold. This tongue-twisting<br />

name is rather apt because its roads and maze of skinny steep streets all intertwine<br />

to create a delicious mess of city. The layout can be traced back to when the city was<br />

founded in 1559, but its designers had no idea what the next four centuries would bring.<br />

Many of today’s 116,000 residents live in a jumble of blue, yellow and pink houses along<br />

spider-web alleys so narrow some balconies meet in a beso (kiss). Pedestrians hug walls<br />

and teeter on curbs along skinny sidewalks.<br />

In terms of historical and cultural highlights, the Casa Museo de Diego Rivera, birthplace<br />

of the giant muralist, displays an outstanding collection of Rivera’s sketches, drawings<br />

and paintings. Muralist José Chavez Morado’s collection of religious paintings (think<br />

macabre, bloody scenes) and fascinating miniature displays of domestic and ceremonial<br />

rituals fills the nearby Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato. Almost next door, the Museo del<br />

Siglo XIX covers Guanajuato’s history with documents signed by emperors, presidents<br />

and revolutionaries. A few blocks away, the massive Museo la Ahóndiga de Granaditas<br />

in an 18th-century granary demands attention, as does the orderly Mercado Hidalgo<br />

designed after a French train station for Mexico’s 1910 centennial.<br />

Events such as the Cervantes<br />

International Arts Festival, the<br />

San Miguel de Allende Chamber<br />

Music and Jazz Festival, the<br />

Short Film Festival and the State<br />

Fair held every January in León<br />

attract thousands of visitors from<br />

throughout Mexico too.<br />

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Mexico<br />

CLANDESTINO HOTEL<br />

ADULTS ONLY<br />

The Award for Excellence in Service<br />

Recreo 31, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico ♦<br />

Tel +52 415 688 1272 ♦ clandestinohotel.<strong>com</strong><br />

There are those who think that a luxury hotel is defined by the size of its facilities or the<br />

exhorbitant price of its rooms, but for those who have been able to discover and stay at<br />

Clandestino Hotel true luxury <strong>com</strong>es in the form of personalized service, an atmosphere that<br />

<strong>com</strong>bines relaxation with design and attention to every detail.<br />

With an enviable location just two blocks from the Jardín Central Garden and the famous<br />

Parroquia, Clandestino Hotel is the starting point of an unforgettable stay in San Miguel de<br />

Allende.<br />

In the morning enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a full breakfast served in the patio under the<br />

shade of an orange tree preserved from the old orchard.<br />

In the afternoon perhaps a mezcal tasting<br />

event or the best views of the city can be<br />

the excuse to enjoy its lovely rooftop bar<br />

and terrace.<br />

In the evening, its <strong>com</strong>fortable suites with<br />

luxury bath tubs and <strong>com</strong>fy beds invite you<br />

to rest after a day of exploring the town.<br />

Undoubtedly Clandestino has first-rate<br />

amenities, such as, <strong>com</strong>plimentary minibar,<br />

Nespresso coffee makers, flat screen tvs,<br />

luxury robes and organic bath products,<br />

nonetheless, what truly distinguishes this<br />

lovely hotel, and is the reason for the its<br />

high ratings and awards, is the attentive<br />

and experienced service of its team of<br />

collaborators who are there to satisfy your<br />

wishes or make a re<strong>com</strong>mendation so that<br />

your time in San Miguel is perfect.<br />

Clandestino Hotel is located at number<br />

31 of Recreo Street and in autumn of this<br />

year a new section will open on Pila Seca<br />

Street that promises to take the experience<br />

of staying in this beautiful hotel to another<br />

level.<br />

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Mexico City | A Culinary Guide<br />

Few cities even <strong>com</strong>e close to<br />

rivaling the accessibility and<br />

affordability of Mexico City’s street<br />

food scene. It’s not just tacos and<br />

tortas, either. Round, well, just about<br />

any corner in the Mexican capital<br />

and you’ll be met with a cornucopia<br />

of eating options, whether you love<br />

inventive (and delicious) vegan tacos<br />

or mayo-schmeared elotes (corn).<br />

Did you know that Mexico City’s<br />

bakery tradition goes back centuries?<br />

Every neighborhood has a go-to<br />

panadería or pastelería. Some of the<br />

biggest ones (Pastelería Ideal) and<br />

major chains (El Globo) are more fun<br />

to wander through than eat at, but<br />

there’s a reason to visit each of these<br />

shops. If not for the glittering display<br />

of sweets, go for the exquisite flavor<br />

of a well-made concha, a rare but<br />

beautiful thing.<br />

When night falls, you might want to mix dining with something a bit more exotic. Mexico<br />

City offers nightlife options for every type of drinker, dancer, partier, and adventureseeker<br />

and for every type of night, from the super chill to the all-out rager. Whatever it<br />

is you’re looking for, you’ll find.<br />

Mexico City’s restaurant scene rivals those of the greatest international food cities.<br />

Beyond the exquisite street food and markets, DF contains multitudes: high-end tasting<br />

menu concepts for gasto-tourists, hip bakeries, sceney French bistros, creative takes on<br />

regional cooking on both the high and low ends, outposts of international destination<br />

restaurants, and hundreds upon hundreds of rustic neighborhood spots.<br />

Xochimilco is famous for its canals—a network<br />

that used to stretch to the city center in ancient<br />

times. But it’s a wonderful place to eat, too, filled<br />

with produce that’s more vibrant and delicious<br />

than what you’d see elsewhere in Mexico City.<br />

The bustling market here, where women sell<br />

handmade tortillas and tlacoyos in long rows,<br />

and where farmers sell produce grown nearby.<br />

You’ll try locally made cheeses and desserts. You’ll<br />

learn the history of Xochimilco and why it was so<br />

important in the founding of Mexico City.<br />

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Mexico<br />

PRINCESS MAYEV<br />

The Award for Excellence<br />

in Service<br />

Paseo Punta Santa Cruz, P Chahue, 70987 Bahias de Huatulco, Oax., Mexico ♦<br />

Tel +52 958 587 2955 ♦ princessmayev.<strong>com</strong><br />

The Princess Mayev Hotel offers 26 beautiful-appointed ocean view and city view<br />

ac<strong>com</strong>modations in one of Huatulco´s most luxurious areas overlooking the emerald<br />

waters of Chahué Bay. It is conveniently located close to La Crucecita Downtown and Santa<br />

Cruz Beach. They are 20 minutes away from Huatulco´s International Airport.<br />

Huatulco offers you an endless number of guided tours to get to know it´s history, nature,<br />

culture and gastronomy. The best sightseeing tours that are re<strong>com</strong>mended are; Bays Tour,<br />

Waterfalls & Coffee Plantations Tour, Puerto Angel Tour, Rafting & ATV Tours. You can ask the<br />

hotel reception for prices, departure times, itineraries and other details.<br />

One highlight of your trip will<br />

be Bays Tour, in this tour you<br />

will admire the beautiful coast of<br />

Huatulco and discovering seven<br />

spectacular bays, each of them with<br />

pristine waters ideal for swimming<br />

and snorkeling. At the catamaran,<br />

you may take some water, sodas or<br />

beer (included) while you hear an<br />

expert explanation of Huatulco´s<br />

geography and surrounding<br />

areas. The catamaran stops in<br />

two beaches, first in San Agustin<br />

Beach and then in Maguey Beach<br />

two beautiful beaches with all the<br />

services for tourism like restaurants,<br />

shops, watersports, etc. In Maguey<br />

Beach we are going to get off the<br />

boat to have a meal, take some<br />

beverages and do swimming and<br />

snorkeling, then return to Santa<br />

Cruz Dock. Whatever you choose,<br />

Princess Mayev offers you the very<br />

best in luxury and quality.<br />

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BARBADOS<br />

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Barbados – Watersports Islands<br />

Being an Island in the Caribbean, Barbados is surrounded by some of the most<br />

serene, blue waters in the world. This means that there is a plethora of water sports<br />

you can enjoy here, whether you are an adrenaline junkie or want something a bit more<br />

placid.<br />

Catamaran Snorkelling<br />

Cruise<br />

Why not take a fun and relaxing<br />

catamaran cruise along the west<br />

coast of Barbados? On board a<br />

spacious schooner, sail to two or<br />

three different snorkeling spots,<br />

where you’ll see a shipwreck<br />

and swim in the clear Caribbean<br />

with sea turtles and colorful fish.<br />

On this tour, you will have the<br />

opportunity to swim with the<br />

beautiful Turtles, in addition<br />

experience snorkel and explore<br />

the shipwreck that is home to<br />

many species of fish including<br />

the Sargent Major.<br />

Jetblading<br />

This is as close as you can get to<br />

having a go on a jetpack. Jetblade<br />

Barbados is a magnet for hotshot<br />

adrenaline junkies, adventure<br />

seekers, grand standers, thirsty<br />

newbies, seasoned war horses,<br />

curious locals and tourists from<br />

all walks of life. Our thrill-seeking<br />

jetpack culture is a must-see on<br />

the island; acting as a lighthouse<br />

for trendsetting crowds and is<br />

just one of the many reasons<br />

why we are championed as the<br />

most memorable water sports<br />

experience on the island.<br />

Scuba Diving<br />

Barbados is one of the few islands in the Caribbean that can provide 365 days of scuba<br />

diving each year. Divers enjoy warm water temperatures year round varying from 29°C<br />

(84°F) in the summer months of July-September to 27°C (77°F) in the winter months<br />

Jan-March<br />

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Barbados<br />

ISLAND<br />

EXPLORER<br />

TOURS<br />

Tour Company<br />

As our Tour only takes a maximum of<br />

nine (9) this sets the stage for a very<br />

intimate day out, and our philosophy<br />

is to start as strangers and end as<br />

friends!<br />

64 Dawn Street Atlantic Shores, Oistins BB17127, Barbados ♦<br />

Tel + +1 246-832-8687 ♦ islandexplorerbarbados.<strong>com</strong><br />

Island Explorer Tours is a multiple award winning <strong>com</strong>pany that prides itself in going that<br />

extra mile to make sure that all of our explorers have the best experience possible.<br />

Our expedition is led by Barbadian born Mario Williams, whose family has been involved in the<br />

island Tour business since the early 1970’s with his father Lawrence Williams being the first man<br />

to start an organized day tour of the Island. Mario uses his extensive knowledge of the Island<br />

delivering its history and geography with passion while also sharing many life experiences and<br />

humor that his guests find to be most entertaining.<br />

Please don’t take our word, check our reviews<br />

on TripAdvisor, Facebook and Google!!!<br />

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CAYMAN<br />

ISLANDS<br />

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Cayman Islands – Our Hidden Gem<br />

Appearing like a paradise on earth, the Cayman Islands are <strong>com</strong>prised of three<br />

idyllic islands, offering all the luxury you’d expect of a tropical getaway and much<br />

more aside.<br />

Architecture in Cayman is a spectrum as<br />

well, with some structures still taking stylistic<br />

cues from the Old World. The Cayman<br />

Islands enjoys a vibrant art scene with over<br />

250 practicing artists, seven <strong>com</strong>mercial<br />

galleries, a National Gallery with a<br />

permanent art collection and up to ten<br />

rotating contemporary art exhibitions per<br />

annum, several publicly accessible artist’s<br />

studios, and many more exhibition spaces<br />

hosted in restaurants and cafes across<br />

the island. Strolling the streets of Grand<br />

Cayman, you may notice some notes in step<br />

with the scenes around you. What you hear<br />

is a kitchen band – blending the soul of jazz,<br />

the happiness of calypso and the message<br />

of reggae.<br />

If you are looking for relaxation, delicious dining, buzzing nightlife or the azure blue waters<br />

of the Caribbean and the colourful reefs that live below – the cosmopolitan atmosphere of<br />

Grand Cayman has something for everyone. Little Cayman is home to striking scenery and<br />

delightful hideaways. The sister island offers a rare <strong>com</strong>bination of sun-drenched solitude,<br />

glistening beaches and miles of untouched tropical wilderness. The name Cayman Brac<br />

<strong>com</strong>es from its breath-taking bluff. Both rugged and charming, it provides a home for<br />

both adventure-seekers and nature-lovers while offering the opportunity to get up close<br />

and personal with its dramatic views and exotic flora.<br />

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Cayman Islands<br />

GEORGIA GIRL CHARTERS<br />

There is something about sunkissed<br />

beaches that makes them the<br />

ideal destination for a rejuvenating<br />

getaway. From peaceful strolls along<br />

tranquil sandy beaches to adrenaline<br />

rush-inducing water sports - a beach<br />

holiday has something to offer to<br />

everyone. Add some fun activities<br />

such as fishing and swimming to<br />

that mix and you have the perfect<br />

vacation. If this is exactly what you<br />

have in mind, head straight to the<br />

picture-perfect Cayman Islands<br />

and book a tour with Georgia Girl<br />

Charters.<br />

Located in the western Caribbean<br />

Sea, this British Overseas Territory is<br />

home to breathtaking natural scenery<br />

and exquisite marine life. Georgia<br />

Girl Charters specializes in private<br />

charters that lets you experience<br />

the best of the Cayman Islands. This<br />

first-class charter <strong>com</strong>pany offers a<br />

plethora of options including deep<br />

sea fishing, reef fishing, snorkeling,<br />

and much more.<br />

Georgia Girl, a 40’ tournament rigged<br />

express, is the nicest and best equipped<br />

sportfishing charter boat in the Cayman<br />

Islands. The boat is equipped with<br />

premium-quality marine electronics,<br />

safety devices, and top-notch fishing<br />

gear including custom designed<br />

rods and lures. The Caymanian crew<br />

<strong>com</strong>prises award-winning professionals<br />

headed by Captain Derren Burlington,<br />

who has over 30 years of experience in<br />

recreational and <strong>com</strong>petitive fishing and<br />

Justin Deslandes, who has been fishing<br />

and working in the watersports industry<br />

for over 25 years. Their knowledge and<br />

love of the industry is obvious and makes<br />

every charter unique and memorable.<br />

Georgia Girl Charters offers private<br />

charters that can be customized<br />

according to your preferences. You<br />

can fish the beautiful blue waters for<br />

offshore species like Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi<br />

and Marlin or stay inshore and fish for<br />

species like Snapper, Triggerfish, etc. If<br />

you prefer to look at the fish instead of<br />

trying to catch them, you can snorkel the<br />

shallow waters inside the barrier reef and<br />

enjoy the beauty of the vibrant colored<br />

coral and fish. A trip to Grand Cayman<br />

would not be <strong>com</strong>plete without visiting<br />

and playing with the world-renowned<br />

stingrays at Stingray City Sandbar. The<br />

crew works constantly to ensure each<br />

guest experience is filled with smiles and<br />

lifelong memories.<br />

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A day on the water with us<br />

makes a lifetime of memories.<br />

The cost of these charters start from US$1,050.00 and can go upward depending on<br />

the duration and itinerary. While most of the activities are around Grand Cayman, you<br />

can also request for an excursion to the sister islands.<br />

Tel +345 321-9896<br />

georgiagirlcharters.<strong>com</strong><br />

info@georgiagirlcharters.<strong>com</strong><br />

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ST. LUCIA<br />

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St. Lucia – Top Things To Do<br />

St Lucia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Therein you will find<br />

beautiful beaches, stunning tropical rainforests, a wealth of attractions like the<br />

Pigeon Island National Park. Along with the many things that can occupy your time on<br />

the mainland, visiting Pigeon Island National Park can add some spark to your holiday<br />

itinerary. There is a wealth of fun and exciting things to choose from; even just choosing<br />

one of them will add value to your holiday in St. Lucia. If you like the adrenaline-fuelled<br />

adventure, there are many options for you. If you prefer a more relaxed approach, then<br />

there will be plenty for you to do too.<br />

While Saint Lucia offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world none can top<br />

the majestic Pitons, the island’s iconic mountains. Said to be the most photographed<br />

site in the Caribbean and most famous mountain pair on earth, the Pitons are a mustsee<br />

for anyone who visits the island. The Pitons were created less than a million years<br />

ago by volcanic activity, which still can be witnessed at the Sulphur Springs volcano<br />

located nearby.<br />

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About 6 miles (10km) north of Castries, the vast horseshoe of Rodney Bay boasts the<br />

island’s most diverse tourist facilities. Within the bay is a large, artificial lagoon and<br />

marina, flanked by Rodney Bay Village.<br />

The Diamond Falls and mineral baths are consistently described as one of the natural<br />

wonders of St Lucia. The Diamond Botanical Gardens sit on the original site of the spring<br />

baths which were built in 1784. These baths were built so that the troops of King Louis<br />

XVI of France could take advantage of the waters therapeutic powers. The Diamond Falls<br />

Botanical Gardens is both a historic and a naturally beautiful site.<br />

The Soufrier Volcano (Sulphur Springs) last errupted in the 1700’s - over 200 years! It<br />

originated from a weak spot in the crust of a collapsed volcanic crater, and is considered to<br />

be a dormant volcano - unlike the active Soufrier Hills Volcano in the island of Montserrat.<br />

One of the best features of the volcano is the ability to dive into the mud baths.<br />

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St. Lucia<br />

FOND DOUX<br />

PLANTATION &<br />

RESORT<br />

Resort<br />

The eco-friendly resort offers ac<strong>com</strong>modation<br />

in 15 uniquely-crafted cottages featuring<br />

hardwood floors, tropical colors, and cozy<br />

furnishings. Each cottage is equipped with<br />

ceiling fans, refrigerator, in-room safe, coffeemaker,<br />

etc. While some units have a private<br />

patio and pool, others feature a balcony<br />

offering lovely views of the surroundings.<br />

St Lucia ♦ Tel +1-758-459-7545 ♦ fonddouxresort.<strong>com</strong><br />

Are you craving for a holiday that allows you to immerse yourself amidst nature? How<br />

about a luxury resort set amidst a lush 135-acre cocoa plantation dating back to the<br />

19th century? Add an organic spa and three-tiered swimming pools to that mix and you have<br />

the perfect rejuvenating getaway. Fond Doux Plantation & Resort in St. Lucia offers all this and<br />

much more to make your vacation an unforgettable one.<br />

The 3-star property, located in the heart of St. Lucia, is just a short 45-minute drive away from<br />

the island’s international airport. It is also located in close proximity to major tourist attractions<br />

including The Pitons and The Sulphur Springs. The resort provides a shuttle service to the<br />

mesmerizing Sugar Beach and the Soufriere town.<br />

Indulge yourself in the luxurious facilities at the resort or explore the wide range of<br />

adventurous activities. Fond Doux Plantation & Resort has something to offer for every<br />

guest, allowing you to make the most of your time there.<br />

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Saint Lucia<br />

ISLAND TAXI & TOURS<br />

Award for Excellence in Branding<br />

La Resource, St Lucia ♦ Tel +1 758-287-9800 ♦ islandtaxi.co<br />

This <strong>com</strong>pany was founded in 2014, its mission to strive and work hard to provide a<br />

professional transportation service to people <strong>com</strong>ing to St Lucia, they specialize in island<br />

tours, luxury and private transfers to and from the airport and other fun actions tours like Piton<br />

Hike, horseback riding, snorkeling and so much more. All of the tours and transfers are private.<br />

With the best drivers as part of our team, they have been in the tourism industry for a few years<br />

now and deliver a professional service to all clients. The vehicles are well maintained, clean and<br />

<strong>com</strong>fortable. They go all out to satisfy the client’s needs.<br />

Every single tour with Island Taxi brings nothing but fun, excitement, joy and laughter. You can<br />

rest assured you will be going back home with memories not only to remember but to put<br />

in a frame on the wall with lots of different photos taken here on the island. All the tours can<br />

be customized and are unique in their own way, with knowledgeable drivers who can tell you<br />

everything about the island.<br />

Tours include; Island Tour, Piton Hike,<br />

Snorkelling Adventure, Horse Backing<br />

Riding, Cruise Excursion and Boat Charters/<br />

Tours. Each and every tour is unique<br />

and special in its own way and offers an<br />

incredible insight into the wonderful St<br />

Lucia. The snorkelling tour is one for those<br />

seeking adventure, sunshine and fun. With<br />

the Pitons being a world heritage site, one<br />

of the best places for snorkelling is at the<br />

base of these pitons with some of the finest<br />

underwater habitats in the Caribbean, this<br />

is some of the best snorkelling you can do<br />

anywhere in the world!<br />

No matter which tour you choose to do,<br />

you will be left with a smile on your face<br />

and a head full of amazing memories<br />

thanks to Island Taxi & Tours!<br />

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BELIZE<br />

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Belize | Country Guide<br />

This small (only 8867 square miles) country is packed with endless vacation<br />

opportunities that are sure to satisfy the thrill-seeking adventurer, the laid-back<br />

beach bum, the culture and history explorer and more. Belize is a tropical destination that<br />

is; Caribbean and Central American, reef and rainforest; ancient and new; adventurous<br />

and relaxing, exotic animals and friendly people, and much more.<br />

Belize is in Central America,<br />

bordered by Mexico and<br />

Guatemala on the north and the<br />

west, with the Caribbean Sea<br />

on its east. The dense tropical<br />

rainforest on the west side of<br />

Belize separates it from most<br />

of Central America, Belize’s<br />

culture is unique and diversified.<br />

Belize is one of the most diverse<br />

countries in Central America;<br />

it’s Central America with a<br />

Caribbean vibe.<br />

The Belize Barrier Reef is<br />

the largest barrier reef in the<br />

Western Hemisphere, stretching<br />

for 185 miles along the coastline<br />

of the Caribbean Sea. The Belize<br />

reef system, is a world-famous<br />

destination for scuba diving and<br />

snorkeling. The best snorkeling<br />

and diving places are located<br />

close to the islands of Belize<br />

known as the Cayes and are<br />

easily accessible by boat. The<br />

clear waters of the Caribbean<br />

coupled with a mostly white<br />

sand ocean floor make for some<br />

stunning views of the reef and<br />

other marine life.<br />

Nearly half of the mainland of<br />

Belize is rainforest. Rainforests<br />

are critical to help stabilize the<br />

world’s climate and are often<br />

referred to as the “lungs”<br />

of the earth. Much of the<br />

rainforest area in Belize is under<br />

government protection in the<br />

form of a national park, animal<br />

sanctuary or wilderness area.<br />

The highly diverse ecosystem<br />

of a rainforest is a wonder to<br />

explore and is home to an<br />

astonishing number of plants,<br />

trees, animals and birds. When<br />

you explore a rainforest it’s like<br />

exploring an entirely new world,<br />

the sights, sounds and especially<br />

the wild tropical smells will live in<br />

your memories forever.<br />

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The Mayan culture of Belize spans thousands of years and is almost mystical and most<br />

definitely fascinating. Discover the hidden secrets of ancient Mayan cities, once inhabited<br />

by these mysterious and highly <strong>com</strong>plex people. Belize is home to over 600 Mayan sites,<br />

many of which are unexplored and partially buried.<br />

Belize<br />

CARIBBEAN<br />

BEACH CABANAS<br />

Beach Front Hotel<br />

Placencia Sidewalk, Placencia, Belize ♦ Tel +501 622-4142 / 011 501 622 4142 ♦<br />

caribbeanbeachcabanas.<strong>com</strong><br />

When you hear of the Caribbean Islands, the image which <strong>com</strong>es the mind is<br />

that of a picturesque beach along the coast with the pristine blue waters of the<br />

Caribbean Sea washing your feet. Caribbean Beach Cabanas in Belize are the embodiment<br />

of the same generic image of the Caribbean. Their beauty lies in their simplicity and their<br />

old world charm, and rustic nature of things adds to it. It is the only adults-only resort in<br />

the entire peninsula and provides you with a host of options to choose and plan your stay<br />

there. The hotel is a perfect getaway for a romantic weekend with your partner. It also offers<br />

to organize your dream destination wedding, the memories of which would be etched on<br />

your mind for the rest of your life. The life in and around the resort is so colorful and yet so<br />

quiet and tranquil that you would be forgiven if you thought you had travelled back in time.<br />

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COSTA RICA<br />

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Adventure Costa Rica<br />

Costa Rica is country packed full of adventure, any typical vacation there might<br />

include excursions like white-water rafting, a rainforest canopy tour, relaxing at the<br />

beach, or exploring the rainforest from one of Costa Rica’s Eco lodges. Vacation hotspots<br />

include Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero, Monteverde cloud forest and Arenal<br />

Volcano.<br />

Bird-watchers should put<br />

Los Quetzales National<br />

Park (south of San Jose) on<br />

their itinerary to see the<br />

resplendent quetzal (really,<br />

that’s the bird’s name) and<br />

many other birds that call the<br />

cooler climes of the cloud<br />

forest home. Corcovado<br />

National Park on the country’s<br />

southern Pacific coast is the<br />

country’s largest national<br />

park, and home to 3% of<br />

the world’s biodiversity all by<br />

itself.<br />

Year-round surfing on the Pacific and Caribbean Coasts has drawn ex-pats to Costa<br />

Rica, and built up surf towns along the way. Jaco is the closest to San Jose, but our Deal<br />

Experts re<strong>com</strong>mend making your way to Guanacaste in the country’s northwest for the<br />

best experience. It’s hard to beat the rush of that first time you see (and hear) a waterfall<br />

bursting from the jungle backdrop. There are several falls worth a detour -- especially<br />

during the green season, when the rains feed Costa Rica’s rivers.<br />

More than a quarter of your country is<br />

protected rainforest with more biodiversity<br />

than USA and Europe <strong>com</strong>bined, and the<br />

rest is a jaw-dropping <strong>com</strong>bo of bubbling<br />

volcanoes, Pacific surf beaches and laidback<br />

towns like Quepos and Sarapiqui.<br />

Zip lines aren’t hard to find -- whether it’s<br />

in the misty cloud forest of Monteverde,<br />

in the looming shadow of the Arenal<br />

volcano, or through the colorful jungle<br />

canopy at various spots throughout the<br />

country.<br />

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Costa Rica<br />

BLUE CRAB WATER<br />

ADVENTURES AND<br />

TOURS<br />

Adventure Tour Company<br />

Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica ♦ Tel +1 508-850-5187 ♦ bluecrabtours.<strong>com</strong><br />

Blue Crab Water Adventures and Tours<br />

have an experienced staff who ensure you<br />

see the best of this magnificent country. Part<br />

owner and head staff member Ronald has more<br />

than 15 years experience in the Costa Rican<br />

tour business and knows all the major hot spots<br />

in the Tamarindo area and tours throughout<br />

Guanacaste and all over Costa Rica. When you<br />

book your trip through Blue Crab, they offer the<br />

ultimate family experience and cater to all ages to<br />

give you the best customized tours of Costa Rica<br />

for your family and friends. Their job is to make<br />

everyone’s vacation to Costa Rica unforgettable.<br />

Don’t sell yourself short! Discover the wonders<br />

Costa Rica has to offer with Blue Crab, from a<br />

breath-taking coastline to undiscovered jungles<br />

there is nothing short of new experiences in this<br />

exotic ecosystem.<br />

Blue Crab offer amazing land tours, water tours,<br />

national parks and transfers too. The Catamaran<br />

Cruise is an absolute awe-inspiring tour where<br />

you can take the chance to enjoy an open bar,<br />

delicious lunch and amazing snorkel while you<br />

cruise the pacific to a quiet outlet where you will<br />

anchor down for people to swim and snorkel<br />

with a local guide for people to experience the<br />

local sea life. Also there is a great opportunity to<br />

sea whales and dolphins on the way back while<br />

an amazing sunset drops in the background over<br />

the pacific.<br />

Land tour highlights include traveling<br />

through beautiful forests and undiscovered<br />

beaches with family and friends on one<br />

of the ATV tours. They make frequent<br />

stops on their tours to enjoy some of the<br />

beautiful views that Costa Rica has to offer.<br />

These scenic views provide terrific photo<br />

opportunities for all to enjoy.<br />

One awesome national park tour is to<br />

Arenal. This volcano is still a spectacular<br />

sight. It has been studied by seismologists<br />

from around the world for many years now.<br />

The National Park harbors a remarkable<br />

amount of plant and animal life along with<br />

dozens of scenic walking trails. Hikers and<br />

nature watchers often see howler monkeys,<br />

white-nosed coatis, deer, snakes, parrots<br />

and other birds, black vultures, along with<br />

many other animals. Another highlight<br />

is Rincón de la Vieja, another captivating<br />

volcano that will catch your imagination.<br />

Lying inthe Guanacaste Region, there are<br />

many activities to do their such as zip lining,<br />

river tubing, horseback riding, awesome<br />

local style lunch, waterfall hike, natural hot<br />

springs and mud bath as well.<br />

The most popular tours in the region are<br />

Catamaran, ATVs, and full day adventure<br />

to Rincón de la Vieja are the most popular<br />

tours and certainly best tours. Also as an<br />

added bonus look to do a full day with<br />

one of their expert sport fishing captains<br />

catching marlin, mahi mahi, rooster fish,<br />

sailfish, and many more with friends and<br />

family. Located in the Guanacaste region of<br />

Costa Rica, Tamarindo is the closest point<br />

to the continental shelf where the majority<br />

of the fish are found!<br />

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ECUADOR<br />

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Quito | What to Expect<br />

The capital and largest city in Ecuador, Quito is charming delight full of treats and<br />

wonders. Tucked away high in the Andes, it is the second tallest city in the entire<br />

world. Thanks to one of the largest and best-preserved colonial cores in Latin America,<br />

Ecuador’s capital was named the very first UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />

One thing you simply have to do when you visit Quito is ride the Quito cable car up 12,000<br />

feet (4,000 meters) for unparalleled vantage points overlooking the city of Quito in all<br />

directions. On a clear day, you can see Cotopaxi and several other volcanoes surrounding<br />

the city.<br />

The city of Quito, the cradle of Pre-Colombian cultures and an important witness of<br />

Spanish colonization maintains, for the time being unity and harmony in its urban structure<br />

despite centuries of urban development. One element of history that is dotted within the<br />

city are several historic churches are within old town each with their own distinct style.<br />

From the Plaza Grande, make your way to the 17th-century La Compania de Jesus. The<br />

church is <strong>com</strong>pletely covered in gold.<br />

Perhaps the biggest attraction in Quito is the chance to stand in the very middle of the<br />

world. For a measly fee, take a bus to the outskirts of Quito where you can visit the<br />

equator. Mitad del Mundo is a monument and museum marking the hemispheric divide.<br />

You can even have your passport stamped showing you’ve stood on the equator. If you<br />

rather keep it simple, organized tours bring groups to the monument and museum daily.<br />

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Ecuador<br />

SIMON BOLIVAR<br />

SPANISH SCHOOL<br />

Learning Experience<br />

Mariscal Foch E9-20 y Av. 6 de Diciembre, Quito, Ecuador<br />

Tel +593 2 223 4708 ♦ simon-bolivar.<strong>com</strong><br />

Courses location and duration vary per each student’s<br />

needs. A student can take just a short few hours a week<br />

to long term intensive programs. Courses are offered in<br />

groups or one-to-one Spanish lessons in both colonial<br />

Andean cities of Quito and Cuenca. We also organize<br />

one-week programs to Amazon Jungle and relaxing<br />

Coastal regions. Simon Bolivar Spanish School also<br />

offers online courses, making it possible to learn Spanish<br />

without leaving home! This is often an ideal option for<br />

students who want to learn Spanish either for professional<br />

development, pre-travel preparations, or personal practice<br />

after returning from a Spanish abroad experience. Please<br />

explore our webpage to learn more about our programs,<br />

schedules and former student <strong>com</strong>ments.<br />

While you will find<br />

dozens of Spanish<br />

schools in Ecuador, Simon Bolivar<br />

Spanish School is definitely the<br />

leader, being one of the oldest<br />

and most successful in the region.<br />

Over the years, we have built up a<br />

team of talented and experienced<br />

teachers who offer the perfect<br />

Spanish learning experience that<br />

can suit the individual needs<br />

of each student. Our friendly<br />

staff will always do their best to<br />

address all your questions and<br />

needs promptly and efficiently.<br />

It is said that Ecuador is the best<br />

Latin American country to learn<br />

Spanish as it is one of the few<br />

places in the world where the<br />

pronunciation of the Spanish<br />

language is spoken the most<br />

clearly and with the highest level<br />

of correct grammar. Furthermore,<br />

Spanish lessons in Ecuador are<br />

also very affordable <strong>com</strong>pared to<br />

other countries, often <strong>com</strong>bining<br />

cultural immersion with classroom<br />

experiences.<br />

Simon Bolivar Spanish School also offers<br />

extracurricular cultural activities on weekends to<br />

provide opportunities to practice your language<br />

skills while learning more about Ecuador’s culture,<br />

people, food, and traditions. Students are given<br />

the chance to witness the most beautiful places<br />

such as Ecuadorian cloud forests, nearby Andean<br />

Volcanoes, Indigenous Markets and so much<br />

more!<br />

For those students seeking a full<br />

cultural and language immersion<br />

experience, we provide home stays.<br />

Each year the school selects and<br />

evaluates host families that students<br />

have an option to live with. We have<br />

approximately 10 families near each<br />

of our schools that work with us<br />

continuously and have many years<br />

of experience receiving students into<br />

their homes.<br />

Please explore our webpage to<br />

find out more about our programs,<br />

schedules and former student<br />

<strong>com</strong>ments.<br />

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Ecuador Wildlife<br />

Ecuador has a vast biodiversity and is in fact one of the most wildlife rich countries<br />

in the world, due mainly to its range of different habitats. From the high Andean<br />

mountains to the low-lying tropical rainforests and the coastal plains, the differing terrains<br />

support a multitude of ecosystems that support an incredible array of wildlife. The country<br />

has been labelled as one of the world’s “mega-diversity hotspots”. Nature lovers will<br />

thoroughly enjoy touring the natural areas of the country and spotting Ecuador’s wildlife<br />

species. The many nature reserves and national parks provide tourists with the ideal<br />

opportunity to spot mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. From aquatic<br />

creatures to terrestrial animals and arboreal specialists, Ecuador is a land of biodiversity.<br />

The Galapagos Islands area situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the<br />

Ecuadorian coast. This archipelago and its immense marine reserve is known as the<br />

unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Its geographical location at the<br />

confluence of three ocean currents makes it one of the richest marine ecosystems in the<br />

world. Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent,<br />

these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living<br />

museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents,<br />

the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species.<br />

The Galapagos Islands offers<br />

everyone the possibility to enjoy<br />

a great variety of activities for<br />

all ages, interests, and fitness,<br />

ranging from the contemplative<br />

to the adventurous, and knowing<br />

that in everything you do you will<br />

experience the best of the wildlife<br />

and nature. The Galapagos are<br />

a naturalist’s dream, filled with a<br />

diverse array of plant and animal<br />

life unique in the world. This<br />

includes such exotic flora and fauna<br />

as giant cacti, finches, flightless<br />

cormorants, and the famed giant<br />

tortoise, whose average lifespan<br />

of 100 years makes it the longest<br />

living vertebrate on earth.<br />

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Ecuador<br />

PALO SANTO TRAVEL<br />

Wildlife Tour Company<br />

Malecon Julio Izurieta y Abdón Calderón, Malecón Julio Izurieta, Puerto López, Ecuador ♦<br />

Tel +593 5 230 0312 / +593 99546 4860 ♦ whalewatchingecuador.<strong>com</strong><br />

Come and enjoy our culture,<br />

delicious gastronomy, and<br />

unbeatable landscapes with the unique<br />

Ecuadorian coast flora and fauna. The<br />

marine area of Machalilla National Park is<br />

widely recognized as the most important<br />

area for the breeding and reproduction of<br />

humpback whales that migrate from the<br />

Antarctica from June to October every<br />

year. Daily tours all year round in touristic<br />

yachts, whale watching, diving, hiking,<br />

snorkeling, fishing and more activities that<br />

will make you <strong>com</strong>e back again!<br />

Daily tours all year-round in touristic yachts<br />

whale watching, diving, hiking in Isla de<br />

la Plata or small Galapagos, snorkeling,<br />

fishing, an encounter with marine turtles<br />

and more activities that will make you<br />

<strong>com</strong>e back again!<br />

Palo Santo <strong>Travel</strong> is a small <strong>com</strong>pany born<br />

in Puerto Lopez, since 2013. They are<br />

direct operators from Ecuador, with tourist<br />

yachts, supporting the small businesses,<br />

foundations and craftwork <strong>com</strong>munities,<br />

lodging, touristic transport, and scientific<br />

investigation. Part of our team are<br />

biologists and whale researchers.<br />

Palo Santo <strong>Travel</strong> mission is to be<strong>com</strong>e an<br />

environmental friendly tourism <strong>com</strong>pany<br />

dedicated to give you the best experiences<br />

with nature. We have grown slowly, step<br />

by step, giving rise to a team of engaged<br />

people, capable of giving you the most<br />

professional experience in the field. During<br />

these few years, we have learned that the<br />

best service is always re<strong>com</strong>mended. This<br />

is why we are always trying to improve<br />

the Company’s structure and personnel to<br />

fulfill or client’s expectations. So what are<br />

you waiting for? Start planning your trip<br />

today and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime<br />

as you observe nature in all of it glory in<br />

a wondrous setting, packed full of glorious<br />

and beautiful sights and sounds.<br />

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Colombia<br />

AITE ECO HOTEL<br />

Beach Front Hotel<br />

Km 68 a partir del Peaje, Troncal del Caribe, Palomino, La Guajira, Colombia ♦<br />

Tel +57 321 7821300 ♦ <strong>www</strong>.aite.<strong>com</strong>.co<br />

Located where the Atlantic Ocean and<br />

Caribbean Sea converge and by the<br />

footsteps of Colombia’s famed Sierra Nevada,<br />

lies Aite, our little eco refuge. Build to blend<br />

into the natural surroundings, the hotel offers<br />

<strong>com</strong>fortable beach bungalows, two swimming<br />

pools, a restaurant featuring the best of<br />

Colombian coastal cuisine, and an inviting social<br />

space where a spacious terrace beckons with<br />

ocean and mountain views. Immerse yourself<br />

in the local indigenous Kogi culture, hike the<br />

Sierra with one of our native guides, venture on<br />

bird watching expeditions, or simply relax on a<br />

pristine beach of powdery white sand.<br />

Aite is located in Palomino, which is a town of<br />

Dibulla in the department of La Guajira and is<br />

only 2 meters above sea level. The palomino<br />

village is a picturesque place that since the<br />

early 70s has attracted tourists from all around<br />

the world. In Palomino, you can shop for hand<br />

made crafts from the 3 most know tribes Kogie,<br />

Wuayu or Arhuaco such as mochilas and hamacs<br />

among others. Palomino has a tropical climate<br />

with temperatures averaging 24 degrees Celsius<br />

(75.2 F). The Palomino River marks the border<br />

between the departments of La Guajira and<br />

Magdalena.<br />

Transportation can be arranged to the<br />

beaches of Santa Marta, Taganga, Bahia<br />

Concha and Neguanje among others.<br />

There are also <strong>com</strong>panies offering trips to<br />

Cabo de La Vela y la Serrania de la Macuira<br />

up deep in the dessert. It is an ideal setting<br />

to celebrate a special occasion such as a<br />

wedding, family or <strong>com</strong>pany event. Simply<br />

relax and enjoy the ocean or the pool.<br />

Beach chairs, beds and hammocks are put<br />

out daily for your enjoyment. Beach and<br />

pool towels are also provided. A beach<br />

kiosk provides a menu of soft drinks,<br />

cocktails and fresh coconut water.<br />

Among the main advantages that can be<br />

found in ecotourism and that we can offer<br />

are the chance to discover natural and<br />

rural value and beauty. Take advantage of<br />

the opportunity to live in full contact with<br />

nature away from the hustle and bustle of<br />

everyday modern life. It is an ideal place<br />

to relax and unwind – hiking, horseback<br />

riding - Hotel Aite offers many different<br />

possibilities for the guests.<br />

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