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Rob Bruce


Katherine Lozell


Marcs Bacera


Stanley Lucas


Brian Anson


David Hyde


Azim Aftab


Tasmai Dave

Jacqui Irvine

Joseph Wilton


Antoine Jackson

Hafiz Arslan


Adam Cole

Joseph Malabanan

Zach Ford

Peter Clement

Joyce Lee


Jerald Jaime



Tracy Morgan

Joseph Malabanan

Aisha Ahmed

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Editors top 510

Sorobon Beach, Wellness & Windsurf Resort Bonaire12

Punta Sal Suites & Bungalows Resort 14

Hotel Portal del Angel16

Flycatcher Inn Retreat 18

Miami Vacation Rentals20

Management awards 22

Brigitte Belanger24

Omar Bouchaar 26

Canada 28

Canada – An Introduction31

Untamed Nature 33

Archipelago Wildlife Cruises 36

Brian Merry Photography 38

British Columbia 40

British Columbia43

Montana Hill Guest Ranch46

Ucluelet – explore the great outdoors51

Hello Nature Adventure Tours 52

Midway 55

Mile Zero Motel 56

Alberta 58

Alberta – The Scenic State61

Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows 62

Ontario 64

Ontario 67

Killarney Provincial Park69

Killarney Mountain


Niagara on the Lake 73

Schoolmaster’s House Bed and Breakfast 74

Quebec 76

Quebec Travel Tips 79

Gite Aux Pignons80

A Culinary Delight – Quebec81

Joane L’Heureux Chocolats84

Nova Scotia 86

Freedom of Adventure Nova Scotia 89

Colouratura FinE Art Gallery 90


USA 92

The appeal of Alaska 95

Fishing on the River Kenai 97

Salmon Catcher Lodge 98

ATV adventures in Alaska 101

49 th State Motor Tours102

Road Trip Arizona105

Martin Auto Museum 106

Las Vegas – The Pop Culture Icon 109

Las Vegas Walking Tours 111

New York | Brooklyn113

Wyndham Brooklyn 114

Nashville Top 3117

Off The Wagon Tours118


Guanajuato | History & Culture123

Clandestino Hotel Adults Only124

Mexico City | A Culinary Guide 127

Princess Mayev128


Barbados – Watersports Islands133

Island Explorer Tours134

Cayman Islands136

Cayman Islands – Our Hidden Gem139

Georgia Girl Charters 141

St. Lucia144

St. Lucia – Top Things To Do147

Fond Doux Plantation & Resort150

Island Taxi & Tours 152


Belize | Country Guide 157

Caribbean Beach Cabanas159

Costa Rica160

Adventure Costa Rica163

Blue Crab Water Adventures and Tours164


Quito | What to Expect169

Simon Bolivar Spanish School170

Ecuador Wildlife 173

Palo Santo Travel174

Aite Eco Hotel 176

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Excellence in Service is an important category, as customer

service can often be responsible for having guests return

year after year. We look for the hotels and tour operators

that go out of their way to please their guests, those that

provide a personal level of service and take the time to

get to know each visitor so that they might anticipate their

every need. This can be something as simple as a 24-hour

concierge desk, a hotel manager who offers a personal

greeting or a tour guide who is happy to create bespoke

private tours – but whatever it is, we are always pleased

when we encounter staff that have been trained in the art

of customer satisfaction.


It is no question that style and design plays a big part in

selecting our awards shortlist. A guest will form an opinion

about a hotel as soon as they arrive so it is important

to us that all our winners make those first impressions

count. We’re certainly not partial to a particular period of

architecture – but whether we’re judging a gothic castle or

an environmentally friendly lodge, the criteria remains the

same. We consider factors such as architectural features,

use of materials, creation of spaces, décor and the overall

feel. We love it when we find a hotel that tells a story

though its design and construction, or offers a design that

is sympathetic to the natural surroundings of its location.


Knowledge of the local area is essential for any

organization, be it a hotel or a tour operator. The quality

of services takes a great hit when the quality of this

element is not up to the mark. Quite a few of our winners

in this category are because they have displayed excellent

knowledge about the surrounding areas. The criteria for a

hotel is slightly lenient compared to a tour operator, as the

latter is expected to have thorough knowledge of the area

in order to provide good services.

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Award-winning guest rooms come in all shapes and sizes,

but they all have one thing in common – a home-awayfrom-home

feel. The comfort of the facilities on offer are

of vital importance; we look for luxurious linens, stylish

bathrooms and a coordinated colour scheme that work

together to create a cohesive sense of relaxation. Additional

touches, such as complimentary toiletries, free wi-fi or tea

and coffee making facilities are always a bonus in making

us feel welcome. We’re always impressed to find hotel

rooms that embrace technology and offer amenities like

tablets or smart thermostat systems, but this does not

always necessarily trump the traditional – four poster beds,

ornate fireplaces or antique furniture can add a touch of

decadence to a hotel stay.


Location is one of the most important factors, but also

one of the most subjective, as the ‘ideal’ is very much

determined by the type of visitor and the type of hotel

itself. However, there are a few factors we take into

consideration when determining the winners of locationbased

awards. The first is convenience; that is, hotels that

are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category

are in convenient locations, such as adjacent to airports,

close to beaches or found in the heart of easy-to-navigate

cities. We are always impressed when hotels go the extra

mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such

additional services as airport shuttles or car hire services.

However, we’re always excited to come across a hotel

that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-the-beaten-track. A

hotel that can offer something a little different, in terms of

natural surroundings, can make the difference between a

good holiday and an incredible one.

In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour operator cannot

rely on word of mouth to get their message out into the

world. As social media has become a vital part of everyday

life, we like to see companies that go the extra mile to

engage with their guests, both past and future. Attractive

and informative websites and engaging and honest

content are what we look for when judging a company’s

use of marketing; how well they display their services, how

up-to-date their content is, how well they get their brand

message across, and, most importantly, how well their

marketing can tempt us to go and see what they have to

offer for ourselves.

What better way is there to know about an organization

than by getting first hand reviews? Customers are the best

judges of any service as they are the ones who experience

them and can assess whether they were up to the mark

or not. Considering reviews from hundreds of customers

gives us a fair idea about the general pros and cons of any

organization and also gives us valuable inputs for the other

criteria as well.



Diversity is one important aspect that needs to be taken

into consideration when in the travel and hospitality

industry. It is essential to have staff that has varying diversity

to ensure that the organization can properly connect with

their guests. Diversity is taken into account in terms of

gender, nationality as well as languages spoken among

other factors. Not only do we take the diversity of the staff

into account but even that of the facilities and services

offered; a hotel or tour operator providing a better range

of services is preferred over those that do not.

It is of prime importance that an organization has thorough

industry knowledge. Without knowing the nit-bits of the

industry, it is difficult to flourish and provide services which

are a class apart. Before any organization ventures into

the industry, it is essential that they know how the industry

is moving and how they should make changes to their

methodologies in order to remain relevant and also be a

top-performing organization.




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Netherlands Antilles





Beach Front Resort

Kaminda Sorobon 10, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands ♦

Tel + +599 717 8080 ♦ sorobonbeachresort.com

Sorobon Beach, Wellness &

Windsurf Resort rests on a

small sandy strip of one of the most

beautiful locations in the Caribbean

- a natural shallow turquoise lagoon

in Bonaire.

Lush gardens, comfortable and chic

rooms, sandy beaches, gorgeous

views of Lac Bay’s turquoise waters

- all of these elements are essential

to a full Sorobon experience.

Guests are invited to enjoy a

holiday of unspoiled and unhasted

experiences. Their time in Sorobon

is enriched by natural halo-therapy,

enhanced by daily yoga classes or

SPA treatments, and complemented

by windsurfing in probably one of the

best conditions in the world. Resort

offers accommodation in chalets

built directly on the beach. There

are options for couples, families and

groups, with occupancy ranging

from two to eight people per chalet.

All of the accommodations promise

a comfortable and well-equipped


Lac Bay, where Sorobon Beach Resort is located, is one of the best windsurfing locations

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

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

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

also organizes private boat tours around the island for adventurers!

Sorobon Beach Resort offers guests Wellness activities. Treat yourself and enjoy the ocean

breeze in the outdoor massage hut, or during yoga on the private beach yoga deck!

You are welcome to dine in the restaurant located on the premises, where creative and

delicious dishes are a promise, while enjoying a relaxed, yet luxurious setting. Guests can

also spend their days in the beach bar lounge - a relaxed Caribbean beach bar, complete

with cocktails and fresh lunch items accompanied by greens from their own greenhouse.

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Carretera Sullana Tumbes Km. 173, Peru ♦ Tel +51 72 596700 ♦ puntasal.com.pe

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

and exclusivity of your own space in a paradisiacal private beach located on the coast of

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

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

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

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

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

not enough, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including water sports,

yacht trips and deep sea fishing, whale watching, bird watching, horseback riding, among

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

of Tumbes.

Casual marine-themed rooms offer free

Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges;

some provide direct access to a private

beach area. The 1- and 2-bedroom

bungalows add furnished terraces with

hammocks. Upgraded suites offer separate

living rooms; 1 has a private plunge pool.

Parking is free. There’s an outdoor pool,

a restaurant, and a bar with a terrace

overlooking a private beach area. Breakfast

is offered. Other amenities include a game

room, a playground and a gym. Water

sports and massages are available (extra).

A must see nearby attraction is the Parque Nacional Cerros De Amotape. The incredible

national park is home to some incredible flora and fauna that includes jaguars, condors,

anteaters, parrots deer as well as peccaries.

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Traditional Hotel

Tegucigalpa, Honduras ♦ Tel +504 2239-6538 ♦ portaldelangelhn.com

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

renovated Portal Del Angel continues to score top marks from the online booking

community. Exuding a sense of elegant grandeur, it’s like a time machine that transports guests

to a bygone era of colonial glamour.

Guests have a range of choices, from tastefully decorated single rooms to majestically designed

suites with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Precious Persian rugs protect the gorgeous

mahogany flooring and add to the timeless grace and feel of these private sanctuaries.

For larger parties and families, there is the

option of double rooms with connecting

doors. All rooms are greatly spacious and

include workstations for those guests who

like to mix pleasure with business.

The outstanding staff at the hotel offers

a service that’s exceptional and carefully

tailor-made to suit the needs of each

particular guest. There are 24-hour frontdesk

and printing facilities and optional

extras such as In-room Luxury Spa

treatments and Room Service.

The best of what the area has to offer

is literally a stone’s throw away: lavish

restaurants and classy bars are within

walking distance and so are most

international Embassies. A variety of

stylish shopping boutiques cater for your

shopping needs. If you are interested in the

historical part of town, the hotel can help

decide which tour package might be most

appropriate for you.

We are able to accommodate private

functions and events to suit every need,

with dedicated function rooms including

two private outside terraces.

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Boutique Hotel

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


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

Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The Flycatcher Inn Retreat provides an enchanted place

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

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

as a base for the exciting adventures available in the surrounding area. The Flycatcher is the

place to discover a unique culture through its traditions, culture, art, language, and food.

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

reading, enjoying the birds in the morning and the stars at night.

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

this charming retreat, without interruption from the ubiquitous electronic invasions of daily life.

At Flycatcher a new rhythm and pace can be found.

The restaurant also has a story to

be told, as recipes are shared by

Mayan women who every day

select the best local ingredients.

Breakfast is prepared with eggs

and fruits that are brought to the

Flycatcher from San Agustin, an

organic Ranch that belongs to

the hotel located only 2 km away.

There you might also pick your

lemons to prepare a delicious


The hotel is located central to many

of the most famous and celebrated

Maya archaeological zones, small

Maya towns, and pueblos, caves,

cenotes and haciendas. The

onsite library (cured by the ownerarchaeologist)

can give you pointers

about which places to visit and what

to look for. The staff is family and are

always open to share tips and advice,

stories and maps so you can trace

your own adventure for yourself!

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Miami Florida USA ♦ Tel +305 747-5242 ♦ www.miamivacationrentals.com

Miami Vacation

Rentals offers

real luxury apartments in

South Florida, with great

views and at competitive

prices. Staying at one of

Miami Vacation Rental’s

properties is like staying

at a 5-star hotel but

with the comfort of

having a fully furnished

apartment and a kitchen

that will make you feel

right at home. They

offer studios, as well as

one and two bedroom

furnished apartments.

All the residences are

designed to make your

stay feel like a luxury

getaway! They can also

help you invest in luxury

properties. Contact

them to explore the


Miami Vacation Rentals is a family-run,

high-end vacation rental business. They

strive to provide their customers with

the best home away from home. The

founders’ international background has

taught them all about the fine details

that come into play when delivering a

premium experience. Miami Vacation

Rentals can also become your preferred

operator of furnished apartments. They

have crafted the art of management of

short-term rentals and are a simple call


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Leadership & General

Management Excellence



am from La Pocatière, Québec,

Canada. My first teenage job was as

a information agent in a tourism bureau.

Then during my university life (Faculty of

Arts in Mass Media & Communications),

I still worked side line in promoting our

national Capitale, city of Ottawa. Then I

left Canada and had the opportunity to

work in different continents during 18

years with Air Transat Holidays. Other job

opportunities in differents management

positions (cruise & hotel industry) helped

me gaining experience in every way.

The ability to learn many languages was

an advantage. Now with the B&B, I travel

“through” people everyday! Managing

an establishment takes good knowledge

of clients expectations and be a good

listener. Be up-to-date about the market,

Professionalism, always beeing motivated

and organized are the keys to success.

New trends in the industry would be that

travellers want to “take the time” to:

rest, read, discover, eat good food, be

respectful to nature and meet local people.

My favourite destination would be Greece.

But I haven’t seen the world yet! That is for

my retirement! Sky is the limit : everything

is possible! Travel Industry is so facinating

and so much to discover. Have an open

mind about the difference and be curious

about what you don’t know! People need

to travel to keep on living so contributing

to their next vacation is a challenge.

Brigitte Bélanger

Owner & Manager of

Le Royal Champêtre B&B Gîte

Boischatel, Qc, Canada

Image by: Jamshed Khedri

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Award for Excellence in

Leadership and General


Tell us a little about yourself

Success-driven, astute, and resultsoriented

professional, offering extensive

experience in hotel management and

administrative functions. Armed with

expertise in developing business plans

and strategies, implementing policies and

procedures, and improving processes to

meet or exceed corporate objectives and

sales goals. Effective at providing highvalue

services and positive experiences

ensure optimum customer satisfaction

level. Articulate communicator, with proven

ability in dealing with various individuals

from all levels of the organization;

multilingual in English, French, and Arabic.

Opened & Managed five Wyndham

Branded Hotels in New York in last 10 Years

Experienced in 5-star hotels (London NYC

Hotel & TRUMP International Hotel &

Tower NYC)

Task force Hotel Manager with Wyndham

Hotels & Resorts

What are some of key achievements

or moments that have led you to

where you are today?

– I focus on the Team to achieve results

– I connect daily work with great goals.

– I think of people as people.

– I always want to earn respect.

– I’m thrilled when team members achieve

great things.

– I empower people with honesty and


– I understand that if the team falls short, I

will be responsible.

– I care mainly about results.

In your opinion what makes a good

hotel manager?

Just love what you do and be very

passionate about your teamwork

Have you ever had any crazy

requests? If so, what was it and

were you able to oblige?

I was urgently called by Wyndham

Corporate opening Team to help resolve

and takeover rooms from construction to

put them back in the market quickly it was

delayed over 6 months and caused losses

in revenue for the owners. I was, within a

week of teamwork, able to release all the

pending rooms in service and after that I

was named by the VP of Operations as the

“God of Solutions.”

Have you noticed any current

trends in the travel industry?

Yes, more rooms inventory into the

markets, less great service because of the

behaviour or some leaders unfortunately

are just focusing on cutting on services to

save money and not looking by focusing

on generating revenues in different ways.

Your favorite Travels destination :

Constantine, Algeria

What does the future hold for you?

More success and great achievements for


Finally, what advice would you give

to someone hoping to get into the


Just love what you do and focus on the

Teamwork and 100% success result,

achievements will come



A Hidden Gem in

Bustling Brooklyn

The Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park is a contemporary boutique hotel that is both stylish

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

& Award for Excellence in Pet Friendly Accommodations - New York, we invited Omar Bouchaar, the

General Manager to profile this modern establishment in the heart of Brooklyn.

The Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park is a

70-room modern hotel that provides the guests with a

chic atmosphere that compliments its New York roots.

Each room is equipped with all the amenities any

traveller could ask for and some boast views of the

New York skyline. Additionally, each floor of the hotel

is designed around a seasonal theme (Winter, Spring,

Summer & Autumn), with full height wall murals

throughout the building, and in each guest room.

The amenities include a full-service hotel, restaurant

serving breakfast, dinner and room service, along with

a bar. Complimentary access to a business centre for

work, printing, and online access. An off-site gym,

complimentary Wi-Fi and a turndown service are

available on request.

In terms of awards received, they include the Best

of the Best Wyndham Garden award amongst all

Wyndham Garden Hotels, winner of International

Housekeeping Week 2016 and voted as the Best

Brooklyn Business Hotel in 2017. Our general

manager also recently received a citation from

the Brooklyn Borough President, for the hotel’s

contributions to promoting tourism in Brooklyn as a

first destination and helping the local community.

For the local community, we hired about 49% of our

staff. We also support our local parks by sending our

guests to the Recreation Center at Sunset Park.

Our staff are committed and fully engaged in

providing the best service we can give, as well as

unique and memorable experiences to our guests.

Some reviews and comments from our guests on

TripAdvisor include: ‘hidden gem’, ‘oasis in the midst

of bustling Brooklyn’, ‘amazing place in the heart of

Brooklyn’ and ‘diamond in the rough’.

In terms of our eco-friendly credentials, the Go Green

programme we have implemented for the hotel, in

One of the challenges we face when promoting our coordinating with Clean the World since the opening

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

Name: Omar Bouchaar

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

Email: obouchaar@wyndhambrooklyn.com

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

Web Address: www.wyndhambrooklyn.com

restaurants, attractions, landmarks, etc.

is that we were the first borough hotel to promote

Address: 457 39th St Brooklyn,

tourism for Brooklyn, internationally.

New York, 11232 USA

Telephone: +1 718 972 0900

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Omar Bouchaar Awards:

Recognition letter received

from NYC & Company the

official bureau of Tourism in

New York City 2018

Recognition commitment

letter received from Brooklyn

Chamber of Commerce 2018

Proclamation received

by New York State

Assembly 2018

Citations Received from

Brooklyn Borough President

2018 & 2016

Recognition letters

received from Wyndham

Hotels & Resorts

2015,2016,2017,2018 & 2019

Recognition Certificate

received from the Algeria

General Consulate in

NYC 2018

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Canada – An Introduction

Canada is truly home to the great outdoors. Stunning coastline borders some of the

world’s most spectacular mountain scenery. The nature found brings travellers from

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

Bruce Peninsula, South Nahanni River, Stanley Park, Prince Edward Island…the list could

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

that you will also discover, people and a culture here that are truly special.

Then there is the Niagara

Falls, this is one of the most

highly visited attractions in the

entire continent. You never

imagine how big it is until you

see it up close and you never

envision so much mist either.

Canada is a country filled

with wonderfully friendly

people, classy, diverse cities,

and a diverse landscape that

includes tundras, rainforest,

deserts, and huge mountains.

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

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

Hill, the historic buildings where the Canadian government operates, or cross the

Ottawa River and visit Quebec. Many people do not realise there are rainforests in

Canada, hike the Pacific Rim National Park for a wonderful look at some temperate

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

Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar, and Pacific Silver Fir (among others).

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Untamed Nature

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

(central) and the Maritime Islands (east) are all ideal locations to explore and

discover within a wealth of intrinsically beautiful landscapes with plenty of healthy activities

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

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

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

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

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

of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper national parks are brimming over with ski and snowboard

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

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

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

your party started as well as boasting plenty of family-friendly options to keep everyone

happy and active all day long.

British Columbia is where the Canadian Rockies meet the Pacific Ocean, creating

an enticing mountains-to-ocean mix of awe-inspiring backdrops, outdoor adventure

options, and seafaring First Nations history and traditions. Alberta’s five national parks

and extraordinarily varied landscape—rolling prairie in the east, Canadian Rockies

in the west, and lunar-like badlands in between—inspire wanderlust in every type

of traveler. Whether winter adventures or world-class festivals and museums ignite

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

unforgettable journey.

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

Quebec city, Canada is the prefect destination to explore and make new friends along

the way. Whether you’re after a fun-filled adventure tour complete with transport and

accommodation or mini adventure packages that cover the very best of Canada, we’ve

got something for everybody!

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

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

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

busy city adventures where you will get up close to busy metropolises. Canadians are

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

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

Canadian road trip offers jaw-dropping nature, ancient Indigenous culture, world-class

luxury hotels, multicultural culinary scene, the adrenalin rush of outdoor adventure, and

cosmopolitan cities filled with awesome art.

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Wildlife Tour Company

Canadian Princess Marina, 1943 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0, Canada ♦

Tel + +1 250-726-8289 ♦ archipelagocruises.com

Archipelago Cruises is owned and operated by a husband and wife team, Alan and Toddy

Landry. We live aboard our yacht and will welcome you as guests into our home. We aim

for more than just whale watching and sightseeing. Our trips are informative, fun and

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

of the experience.

Treat yourself to an unforgettable west coast adventure and step aboard our luxurious 53

foot motor yacht for a relaxing wildlife cruise with a personal touch. Enjoy the magical

scenery of Barkley Sound in comfort, and watch the area’s abundant wildlife, which includes

whales, bears, sea lions, seals, sea otters, eagles and sea birds.

The “Raincoast Maiden” is a spacious yacht equipped with a washroom and comfortable

seating inside and out. Extras such as hydraulic stabilizers to steady the boat, comfortable

seating, complimentary refreshments, binoculars for each customer, blankets and mitts, ensure

everyone’s comfort.

Our 5.5 hour Broken Group Islands Wildlife

Cruise includes looking at wildlife, a scenic

cruise through the sheltered waters of the

Broken Group Islands section of Pacific Rim

National Park and stopping to anchor for

a delicious gourmet lunch that is prepared

by a local restaurant. We also offer private


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Unique Tour Company

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

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

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

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

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


This unique tour company is owned by landscape and wildlife photographer, Brian Merry and his

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

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

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

Having lived in Banff for more than 20

years, Brian is familiar with places that a

regular tourist guide won’t know of. He

uses this experience to lead extraordinary

photography tours that let you explore

Banff like a local. Brian is accredited with

the Professional Photographers of Canada

(PPOC). Along with his wife, he has been

organizing group and private photography

tours since 2010.

You can choose among the sunrise/sunset,

half-day, and full-day photography tours.

The prices start at $125 per person (based

on a minimum of two participants). Brian

and Kazue will take you off the beaten track

and let you explore and capture the hidden

gems of Banff. Lunch is included in the fullday


However, if you want to

make the most out of your

experience, request for a

customized private tour. You

can opt for a day tour of Banff

National Park or a return trip

to Jasper. For overnight trips,

accommodation is arranged in

comfortable hotels. The duo

also organizes photography

tours in Japan, Kazue’s home

country, and Nova Scotia,

where Brian grew up.

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Image by: Glen Jackson

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British Columbia

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

and mountains that are waiting for you to come and explore. Many visitors from

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

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

fascinating aboriginal culture, as well as an exciting food and drink scene.

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

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

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

Takakkaw Falls, and Wapta Falls.

British Columbia’s Thompson

Okanagan is a must-visit

destination for wine lovers. Sip,

spit and savour the samples from

the 120-odd wineries scattered

throughout the region, which range

from high-end estates to momand-pop

vineyards. The area is

home to a number of award-wining

wines, like Mission Hill, which won

the top prize at the 2013 Decanter

World Wine Awards. Visitors can

take self-guided tours or arrange

to take part in a bike tour of the

region. The wines, combined with

the stunning lake-side scenery

makes the Thompson Okanagan a

optimal destination for any foodie.

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Another absolute must in British Columbia is the chance to soar high above rainforests,

glaciers, and ancient volcanic peaks on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Connecting the high

alpine terrain of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in only 11 minutes, the sky-high

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

PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola runs in both summer and winter but summer visitors get access to

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

Cliff Walk with breathtaking views from the peak of Whistler Mountain.

Vancouver easily earns

its reputation as one of

the world’s most beautiful

cities, surrounded by the

sea and hugged by soaring

mountains – reflected in

seemingly endless gleaming

glass skyscrapers. But it’s not

just good looks that make

Vancouver worth a second

glance: there’s a dynamic

culinary scene, thanks to an

international blend of chefs

bringing their own recipes

and techniques to a bounty

of superb products, from the

lush farmlands beyond the

city to seafood from its clean,

cold waters.

Also lying on the churning

Pacific coastline of British

Columbia, the Pacific Rim

National Park Reserve

features the sandy beaches

of the national park’s Long

Beach Unit, over 100

sheltered islets of the Broken

Group Islands popular for

kayaking expeditions, and

the 75-kilometre multi-day

West Coast Trail. Tofino

and Ucluelet are popular

destinations, particularly for

surfing, whale watching, and

beach explorations.

A walk on the Wild Pacific Trail will

weave itself into your soul, whether

this is your first visit or a daily ritual.

This easy, family-friendly trail traces

the edge of reefs where shipwrecks,

whales and vistas abound. You will

be enthralled by Vancouver Island’s

dramatic beauty and helpful

interpretive signs will enrich your

visit to Ucluelet’s famous 9km trail

network. A perfect destination for

photographers, storm watchers,

bird watchers and hikers of all

abilities. Wheelchair access is

available at the lighthouse area.

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


This beautiful ranch

sits in the heart

of cowboy country in the

South Cariboo region of

British Columbia. Today,

the Dillabough’s are

breathing new life into this

wonderful ranch. Alan and

Elaine Dillabough moved

to the South Cariboo

from Vancouver Island in

September of 2016.

Since moving to the ranch,

they’ve converted the

property into a working

cattle ranch. Over the winter

they’ve been busy finding

the perfect horses. They

searched out and acquired

well-trained horses for their

ranch-geldings only. Both

Alan and Elaine have had

a fondness for horses from

an early age. AI grew up on

a small farm just south of

Ottawa Ontario.

Elaine and Alan have passionately

thought about designing Montana

Hill so it’s affordable and cost-effective

and still offers all the comforts and

luxuries you would expect in much

pricier guest ranches. Montana Hill

Guest Ranch has expansive acreage

and is nestled in gentle hills with

pine trees. It is surrounded by public

lands with lakes and scenic trails.

The fresh air, panoramic views, and

quiet surroundings contribute to

an environment that will charge

your batteries and relieve the

stress of busy lives. Prepare for an

unforgettable vacation. Montana

Hill is one of the few ranches where

you can bring your own horse. There

are four log cabins nestled amongst

the cottonwoods. They are tastefully

decorated with antiques and western


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

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

kitchenette. On the decks, there are private hot tubs, barbeques and comfy chairs for

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

front of the river rock fireplace decorated with trophy caribou, moose, cougar, and

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

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

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

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

go exploring. There’s plenty for everyone to do here.

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Ucluelet – explore the great outdoors

Situated on the edge of the pristine Pacific,

Ucluelet is the perfect place to reconnect

with nature and embark on an adventure

in the great outdoors. Make sure you pack

your hiking boots – and a picnic basket –

and take the time to tackle the Wild Pacific

Trail; a thrilling programme of hikes along

the Ucluelet coast and through ancient

cedar rainforests that offer dramatic

views of the Berkeley Sound. The trail is

accessible for all ages, and there are plenty

of picturesque viewpoints along the way

for you to take the perfect snapshot.

But Ucluelet has more to offer than

adventures on dry land – the rugged coast

is also a prime spot for kayaking. The calmer

waters of Ucluelet harbour will provide a

gentle introduction to the sport (if you’re

lucky you might catch a glimpse of wild

sea lions or seals) while more experienced

kayakers can take an exhilarating tour of

the Broken Group Islands.

Hello Nature Adventures tours are experts

when it comes to enjoying the wild

outdoors. The company is owned and

operated by local adventurers who have

unrivalled passion for this small fishing

village and love nothing more than to share

that passion with visitors. They offer a range

of hiking and kayaking tours, including

private, half-day, full-day and overnight

camping options that will introduce you

to all their favourite beauty spots. They

also offer incredible unique experiences,

such as photography tours, a ‘sunset and

desserts’ kayak and a bioluminescence

paddle – take to the open waves after dark

and paddle through the luminescent sea…


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Adventure Experience

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

Hello Nature Adventure Tours is locally owned and operated by Kevin Bradshaw and

Phil Padgham. Located in the quaint fishing village of Ucluelet, British Columbia close

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

Hello Nature Adventure Tours offer kayaking and hiking tours range from short half-day tours

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

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

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

Kevin and Phil have been operating tours around Southern British Columbia for 15+

years. They are very passionate and enthusiastic about what they do and where they live

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

environmental policies and low impact coastal expeditions, keeping our magnificent

marine and island wonderland pristine. Kayaking and hiking are great ways to explore

the beautiful beaches, peaceful coves, offshore islands, wildlife and the native forests that

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

trip, or come on a guided overnight trip and allow us to take you to all of our favorite

places. Hello Nature Adventure Tours promises to be the most friendly, professional

and satisfying tour company – meeting all your kayaking and hiking needs. We strive to

provide a balance of safety, enjoyment, and adventure.

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Midway is full of history

and things to explore,

a village built on the people of

the past and present looking

towards the future. Like the

old saying goes, ‘It takes a

village to raise a child’, you will

not find that stronger sense

of community anywhere else

in Canada. It’s the people

of Midway that truly make it

wonderful place to visit, live or

even pass by. The village is safe,

friendly and built on communal

trust. The Village of Midway

fully embraces its history of

forestry, railroads, mining,

ranching and first nations. You

should to.

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The main ethos of the Mile Zero Motel is that a

relaxing vacation and a comfortable room doesn’t

need to cost a fortune. They do everything they

can to keep rates affordable throughout the year.

Whether you are needing a one night stop over

to refresh, or you’re using the motel as a base

to explore the southern interior of BC, Mile Zero

Motel offers a quiet, clean getaway.

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


Mile Zero Motel is your

escape into peace and

quiet. They are a small, immaculate

motel located at the beginning of the

Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Specializing

in hosting vacationing families,

business classes, as well as indoor

and outdoor sports enthusiasts, Mile

Zero Motel is the perfect place to

explore new boundaries.

The owners, Vickie and Tracy, provide

a peaceful and comfortable place to

stay and relax. If you are seeking a

clean, quiet, affordable room with a

comfortable queen size bed, pressed

linens and a spotless bathroom, be

assured your search is over. This little

jewel of a motel is yours to discover.

Check out is at 11 AM, while you can

check in at 3 PM or earlier if the room

is already available. They are able

to accommodate late arrivals, but

they request that you please call in

advance. Call today to start planning

your stay at Mile Zero Motel!

When you stay at the Mile Zero Motel,

you will love the fresh and delicious food

from our on-site restaurant. Open from

6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, the cozy dining room

seats up to fifty guests in a relaxed and

welcoming atmosphere. They also operate

a pleasant café/coffee shop for guests

who like to start their day with a coffee

and homemade muffin or cinnamon bun.

So whatever you’re planning to do in the

boundary region of British Columbia, make

sure to stay at Mile Zero Motel.

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Image by: Ron Manke

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Alberta – The Scenic State

Alberta, the largest of Canada’s three prairie provinces, contains a large portion of

the Rocky Mountains and most tourism to the province centers around visiting the

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

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

less popular as tourist destinations. The larger city, Calgary, is generally acknowledged to

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

The most iconic tourist destination in Alberta — and possibly the entire country — is

the beautiful Banff National Park and its emerald-green Lake Louise. Containing over

6,000 square kilometers of unspoiled Rocky Mountain scenery, Canada’s most popular

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

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

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

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

usually packed with tourists.

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

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

by multiple bridges, with the recently-completed Peace Bridge the most architecturally

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

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

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Highway 1A, Banff, AB T1L 1A9, Canada ♦ Tel +1 403-762-2971 ♦ johnstoncanyon.com


charming boutique hotel nestled in the very heart of majestic Canadian Rockies.

Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows has been proudly family owned and operated

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

over seven cascading glacial waterfalls experienced from a series of suspended canyon catwalks,

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

cabin accommodations in a variety of sizes and amenities. Within the lodge, a market / cafe and

a restaurant bistro enhance your stay with us.

We’re just a 20 minute drive west of Banff

on the scenic route to Lake Louise on the

Bow Valley Parkway. Here the property

is set within 5 acres of natural pine and

spruce forest wilderness. It is truly the ideal

basecamp to explore all of the spectacular

sites and natural wonders presented in

the Banff - Lake Louise region. So please

join us. We look forward to sharing this

extraordinary timberland oasis with you.

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third of Canada’s population lives in Ontario, and the city of Toronto — the

country’s largest, contains most of Canada’s world-class attractions, entertainment,

and shopping.

Adventure awaits you in Northwest Ontario —a wilderness playground of trails and

parks and hundreds of thousands of lakes and a rich Indigenous history. Take advantage

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

during the summer located on the northern shoreline of beautiful Lake of the Woods is

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

including Harbourfest during the August Long Weekend. Enjoy concerts under the tent

at the harbourfront or visit the local museum showcasing the history of the region. Take a

cruise on Lake of the Woods on the MS Kenora or get your picture taken with Husky the

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

waterfront beauty and there are 5 major beaches in town.

Toronto is Canada’s largest and most exciting urban centre with annual festivals,

museums, galleries and theatres that rival the best in the world. Globetrot to culturally

diverse neighbourhoods with eclectic shops and restaurants serving delectable cuisine

from all corners of the world. Toronto has the largest variety of theatres and performing

arts companies in Ontario, and the second largest in North America after New York.

Dozens more fine theatres operate throughout the province. Seasonal festivals, like

the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival, draw crowds from across Canada and the

United States.

For the outdoorsy types, Hamilton Halton Brant is home to signature landscapes

including the Niagara Escarpment, the Grand River, the Bruce Trail, Lake Ontario

shorelines and a collection of more than 100 waterfalls, creating a beautiful backdrop

for fall outdoor activities. The area also boasts renowned heritage sites, attractions and

museums, a vibrant arts scene, distinct downtowns and delectable dining. Here are just

a few of our favourite fall day trip ideas.

Ontario is the ultimate destination for those who never stop exploring, so whatever

your passion, you can be rest assured you will find something in this wonderful region

to satiate that travelling appetite you may have.

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Killarney Provincial Park

With the white quartzite ridges of the La Cloche Mountains’, the pink granite

coast of Georgian Bay, and the sapphire blue lakes set in the Jack Pine hills,

Killarney Provincial Park is one of the most iconic places in the Ontario Park system.

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

you will find something here for you.

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

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

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

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

for experienced hikers, for those wanting a leisurely stroll the Chikanishing Trail is for you.

When winter hits the region then there are a plethora of

activities to do. Cross-country skiing is extremely popular; hit

the slopes after fresh snowfall for crisp trails and incredible

views. For something a bit different, snowshoeing is great

for families and couples. Flip flop your way around some

incredible landscapes and take in the fresh air and some

exercise. If you do not have snowshoes, they can be easily

rented from many different places.

When the snow melts, then jump in for a swim in one of

the parks crystal clear lakes – the choice is yours as there

are over 50 to choose from! If you prefer to stay relatively

dry, then you can stay afloat by canoeing or sea kayaking.

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

Killarney, an idyllic town in Ontario, is known for its tranquil countryside and exquisite

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

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

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

your stay at Killarney Mountain Lodge.

Located on the northern shore of Georgian Bay, the full-service resort offers luxurious

accommodation in a homely ambiance. The family-owned 3-star property welcomes you with

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

looking for a fusion of ultra-modern comfort and rustic simplicity.

Guests can choose from a wide range of accommodation options such as Pine Lodge

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

knotted pine paneling. The rustic charm is perfectly balanced by comfortable furnishings

including down-filled pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets, and feather-down duvets.

Huge glass window overlooking the Killarney Channel ensure that your room stays bright

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

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

garden and/ or mountain views

All rooms and suites feature standard

amenities such as WiFi, fans, wardrobes,

and irons. Each unit has a spacious attached

washroom with a shower, hairdryer, and

complimentary toiletries. While some

rooms let you enjoy the beauty of the

nearby lake, others have a private seating

area overlooking lofty mountains.

Killarney Mountain Lodge also offers a

plethora of high-end recreational facilities

to cater to different tastes. You can unwind

at the outdoor swimming pool during the

day or enjoy a relaxing sauna experience.

Sports enthusiasts can indulge their

competitive side at the Games Pavillion.

Don’t miss out on the delectable dining

options combined with some of the

choicest wines of the world.

The property also gives you a chance to

explore various outdoor activities canoeing,

cycling, and hiking. You can explore the

scenic Waterfront or embark on a short hike

to enjoy a rendezvous with nature. Killarney

Mountain Lodge takes your vacation to the

next level and transforms it into a retreat

amidst nature and wilderness. Don’t be

surprised if you feel an overwhelming urge

to extend your stay as your holiday nears

its end.

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Niagara on the Lake

How to Get in

• Plane

• Bus

• Car

Get Around

• Drive

• Bicycle

• Local Taxi

A quaint town nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Niagara

on the lake is a common rest stop for visitors to Niagara Falls.

However, a look beneath the surface and many will see this small

town is a great destination in its own right.

Attractions & Sights

• The Heritage District

• Peller Estates Winery

• Shaw Festival Theatre

Things to do

• Vintage Wine Tours

• Horse Drawn Carriage


• Art by the lighthouse

Find out more – https://



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Historic Guest House

Canada ♦ Tel + 226-927-4136 ♦

facebook.com/SchoolmastersHouseBandB/ ♦ schoolmastershouse.com

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

Celebrating 200 years of

history! Schoolmaster’s

House award winning bed and

breakfast, ideally situated at the

heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Wine Country. Our B&B has

been beautifully restored and

is one of the earliest nineteenth

century Niagara-on-the-Lake

Bed and Breakfasts. In addition

to the lovely suites, enjoy our

beautiful perennial gardens.

Great Location + Lovely

Property + Fantastic Breakfast

= Your Perfect Getaway

Spend the day exploring the

shops, take in a show at the

Shaw Festival, bike or hike the

trails, sample the wonderful

restaurants, or take a wine

tour and discover the awardwinning

wineries in our region.

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

All of our rooms are adjoining and can accommodate up to 8 people.

We invite you to spend some time with us.

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Quebec Travel Tips

From vibrant cities to larger-than-life landscapes, electrifying festivals to outdoor

adventures, let the places and people of Québec wash over you. Québec, a vast

territory where the horizon goes on forever… With its many lakes and rivers and its

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

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

out of their comfort zone and daring to try new things, they share special moments with

passionate people. Follow their journey and experience Québec in all its grandeur.

Open markets, festivals, and gourmet events continue to inspire locals and tourists alike.

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

can immerse yourself in nature through heart-pumping outdoor activities, no matter the

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

outside in. With its rich Aboriginal heritage, Québec offers an unusual experience steeped

in history and authenticity. Learn about the 11 distinct First Nations and be rewarded with

the artistic expressions and deep knowledge of age-old cultures.

Whether it’s a tranquil forest walk

you’re seeking or a heart-pounding

ride on a zipline—you’ll fall in love

with its colourful landscapes over

and over again. Its beauty transcends

every season—unspoiled boreal

forests, soaring fjords, glistening

lakes, sandy beaches, and northern

lights—providing diverse landscapes

to explore, whether you live like a

local or simply enjoy an invigorating

day out.

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Family Friendly Guest House

A Culinary Delight – Quebec

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


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

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

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

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

center too! Every morning, you’ll be welcomed with the aroma of freshly cooked regional

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

lunches, complete with desserts and salads! Each of their four rooms has a totally different

personality and is equipped with every amenity possible to ensure a comfortable stay. The

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

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

Quebec City was originally a French settlement and was ruled by the French until

1763. The French had a lasting influence on Quebec’s culture. French is the

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

the prominence of traditional French foods and in unique Quebecois dishes with French




The province of Quebec has spent

much of the 20th and 21st centuries

solidifying a culture that is quite

distinct from any other found in

North America. It’s thus easy to

forget that, at its roots, Quebecois

culture is a hodgepodge of various

others that were all brought together

by historical circumstance. The first

settlers in our province came from

France, but were quickly exposed to

the traditions of the surrounding first

nations tribes. After the province was

conquered by England in 1763, an

infusion of English culture inevitably


Some dishes you need to sample

include cretons, a cold meat spread

similar to rillettes to start your day.

Made with ground pork and seasoned

with spices such as cinnamon, savory,

and cloves, cretons is a Québec

classic and popular spread on toast

at breakfast. Pea soup is consisting

of dry yellow peas, salt pork, and

vegetables such as small pieces of

carrots, simmered in water seasoned

with a bay leaf. Pea soup is often part

of the traditional meal served at sugar

shacks. For those with a sweet tooth,

sugar pie is a single-crust pie filled

with a mixture of cream, flour, egg,

and brown sugar, which is sometimes

replaced with maple syrup.

Quebec City’s Old Town is filled with

restaurants, and we loved exploring

them. We made a point to try as

much unique Quebec food as we

could. I am listing the foods to try in

Quebec City along with restaurant

recommendations. If you want to try

Quebecois cuisine, the place to go is

Aux Anciens Canadiens

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Culinary Experience

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


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

delicious chocolate. With a genuine passion to find the best ingredients in their purest

form and assemble them to create a delectable experience! Both traditional and daring, her

chocolates explore many harmonies of flavors. The chocolate maker has nearly ten years of

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

also established at New Rosemont, while also running her own workshops.

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

Canada’s most prominent Italian communities, with Little Italy concentrated along the convivial

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

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

course, Joane L’Heureux Chocolats.

Joane L’Heureux would also like to

introduce you to coffret accord. For those

of you that like to to enjoy a drink or

two as well, they have 5 coffret Chocolat

pairings with alcohol, scotch/whisky, rum,

porto, bulles and rosé. The confectionary

chosen is especially made to pair with your

favourite liqueur – what more could you ask


Whichever your preference for chocolate

you will find something here you like,

from caramel to ganache whichever you

choose will be delicious, succulent and

very moreish! This quaint little shop is

everything a chocaholic could every wish

to be, as soon as you step through the

door, you are welcomed with that alluring

chocolatey smell and with so many choices

you are truly spoilt for choice.

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Freedom of Adventure Nova Scotia

Truly the home of the great

outdoors, Nova Scotia is an

awesome place to go and discover

the very best of Canada’s beautiful

nature. Whether you wish to hike a

rocky coastal trail and stop and gaze

out to sea. Maybe you’d prefer a

paddle down a meandering river and

imagine how the Mi’kmaq navigated

these waters hundreds of years ago.

The speed demons will love rounding

a bend on a bike trail knowing there

are still many miles to go.

Nova Scotia is defined by the water

that surround it. Kayaking offers

the perfect vantage to enjoy this

magnificent island. From the dramatic

cliffs of Cape Breton Island and Bay of

Fundy to the gentle coves, inlets and

historic harbours, sea kayakers will

discover isolated beaches, diverse

marine life, and even sea caves.

The stunning green vistas are packed

with great walks, breathe in the salt

air and explore the extraordinary

coastline, from short leg stretches

to longer hikes. With seaside trails,

backcountry hikes and leisurely

strolls, our trails cover a variety of

terrain for all experience levels.

Each August through November,

with its moderate temperatures and

juicy hurricane season swell, Nova

Scotia’s shores offer prime surfing

time... but the hardcore thrill riders

love those wicked waves of winter.

Nova Scotia is a top year-round cold

water surf destination!

For a true sense of adventure,

escape to the back country in Nova

Scotia’s amazing Provincial and

National parks. Take in spectacular

geological formations like the

Three Sisters towering sea stacks

or rare red sandstone formations

from your walk-in campsite on the

coastal trails of Cape Chignecto

Provincial Park.

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Cultural Experience

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


Highlights of the Gallery include; 30 Artists

most of whom come from Cape Breton and

feature well known Artists such as William

Rogers (oils and watercolours), Christopher

Gorey (Oils and Giclees) and Alison Grapes

(acrylics) Susan Cockburn a recent addition

to the Gallery and has won awards for her

spectacular images of water. Kris Tynski is

an award winning Photographer on the

Island and has a large collection of his work

available in the Gallery. Come hear their

stories that will connect you with the artist

and the area.

Housed in a former church,

Colouratura Fine Art

Gallery is focused on providing

high-quality service and customer

satisfaction - they will do

everything they can to meet your

expectations and enjoy your time

in their Gallery.

Artist mediums include; Acrylic,

Oil, Watercolour, Mixed Media,

Sculpture, Jewelry, First Nations

Pottery, Art Prints and Cards.

A major Feature of the Gallery

is Cabotto Chocolates, handcrafted,

fresh truffles and bars

made by the owner and her

sister. Penny Steele knows you

will be delighted by the quality,

creativity and talent of her artists

in this wonderful space. Enjoy this

authentic Cultural Experience as

part of your Nova Scotia vacation.

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Image by: Jan Folwarczny

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The appeal of Alaska

Glaciers, mountains, rugged coastlines – Alaska, the largest state in America, has

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

of the Northern Lights, hiking through the Alaskan backcountry (keeping one eye out for

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

are sure to be brimming with excitement.

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

important and interesting culture that has been well-preserved for future generations

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

including traditional music and crafts, historical museums and Native performances.

Totem Heritage Centre, in Ketchikan, houses a fascinating collection of original 19th

Century totems, while the Inupiat Heritage Museum, in Barrow (the most northerly

point on the continent) is dedicated to the Native tradition of whaling. Every June the

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

worth checking out. Famed festivals include the Sitka Summer Music Festival, also held

in June, Salmonfest, which takes place every August, and the Fur Rendezvous, which

is held in February.

And therein lies the appeal of Alaska; although the summer months, with long days

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

you visit you’ll always find enchanting vistas and opportunities to make memories that

will last a lifetime.

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Fishing on the River Kenai

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

teeming with salmon, rainbow trout, arctic char and many other challenging sport

fish – it really is an angler’s dream!

While there are many options for exceptional angling, the Kenai River stands out as

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

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

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

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

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


For a truly luxurious and relaxed fishing getaway, consider a lodging holiday. Salmon

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

sportspeople comfortable accommodations in the finest handcrafted spruce log cabins –

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

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

out of the experience.

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

such luxurious touches as saunas, hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, fire pits and fish

processing and freezer facilities. Salmon Catcher Lodge also offers options to ‘build your

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

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37911 Ralph Lane, Kenai, Alaska 99611 ♦ Tel 907-335-2001 ♦ salmoncatcherlodge.com

Salmon Catcher Lodge is one of the

Kenai Peninsula’s premier fishing

lodges in Alaska, offering outdoorsmen

and families luxury accommodations in the

finest handcrafted spruce log cabins. Each

cabin rental unit at this Alaska fishing lodge

has been tastefully decorated embracing

Alaska’s great outdoors while ensuring luxury

and comfort for the most discriminating. The

management, Alaskan fishing guides and

salmon and halibut fishing charters, plus the

staff offer an unparalleled experience with an

aim to please attitude.

The time of season that you visit the area

determines the type of fishing to be enjoyed,

as well as the availability of services. July is

the busiest month and always fills up first.

This is when the second run of larger Kenai

King Salmon arrives along with the Sockeye

Salmon. They have great King fishing in May

and June, though the fish average a little

smaller in size. August and September bring

the Silver salmon, Steel head, Rainbow and

Dolly Varden. Fly-fishing is very popular for

the Trout and Steelhead during the entire

season. Halibut Fishing starts in early May

and runs through early September.

When it comes to vacationing, it’s all about feeling comfortable. At Salmon Catcher Lodge,

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

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

a look at this Kenai River fishing lodge that was built with you in mind. It comes with all

the items to feel comfortable, and a few more things that will make your excursion in the

wild Alaska even better!

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ATV adventures in Alaska

Travellers in the know are privy to a great secret – that Anchorage is home to the

very best of Alaskan nature. From the pristine waters of Fire Island to the wonderful

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

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

no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than by exploring the rugged landscapes by

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

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

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

suitable for all ages – beginners and experienced riders alike will soon find themselves

zipping across the breathtaking scenery with ease.

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

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

custom and overnight tours for guests who want more flexibility or a more personal


Going the extra mile for their guests,

49 th State also include meals in

their tours – and they’re not talking

dehydrated or pre-packaged food,

either. At your destination, you can

sit back and soak up the beautiful

views while the 49 th Steam whip up

one of their delicious signature meals

for you to enjoy beneath the endless

expanse of sky.

Whether you’re looking for an

introduction to Anchorage, a once-ina-lifetime

trip, a team building event

or want to celebrate a significant

milestone, 49 th State Motor Tours,

will guarantee you a uniquely Alaskan


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The Award for Excellence

in Service

Anchorage, Alaska, USA ♦ Tel +907-278-0157 ♦ 49smt.com

th State Motor Tours is a family of Alaskan outdoor enthusiasts who believe in the

49 responsible and safe enjoyment of Alaska’s beautiful wilderness. They provide exciting

and personalized adventures for people of all ages, abilities and skill levels. They feel you

don’t truly start to experience what Alaska has to offer until you’re out of cell phone range,

surrounded by towering mountains, pristine glaciers, and monstrous rivers. They are very

passionate about the 49th State. It is more than a location. It’s a state of mind. Looking for a

“once in a lifetime” day trip, camping excursion, team building or party event? Want a uniquely

Alaskan experience? Then contact 49th State Motor Tours.

This truly is the best way to see Alaska.

49th State Motor Tours is based out of

the Knik River Valley, a hidden off-roading

gem near Anchorage. The full-day Knik

adventure covers silt dunes, forest trails,

water crossings, and caps off with a hot

Alaskan lunch cooked to order near the

majestic Knik Glacier. Riding is always

spectacular in this scenic valley and even

on half-day tours, this amazing trail covers

lots of terrain.

You can even design your own adventure

tailored to you. Having spent a lifetime

getting lost and unlost in the wilds of

Alaska, in addition to chasing film crews

to the furthest reaches of the state, Brian

knows the Alaskan backcountry well and

can put together unforgettable multiday

adventures. The options are endless.

Looking for epic boulder crawls? You’ll have

them. Enormous hill climbs? Yep! They

know where those are too! Spectacular

vistas where you feel on top of the world?

Say the words and they will stretch in

front of you (after an unbelievable day of

riding of course). Camp on the trail, or at

the trailhead. You decide. Need camping

equipment? It can be provided.

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Road Trip Arizona

The best way to see the American Southwest is from behind the wheel of your

own car. An Arizona road trip itinerary provides a unique opportunity to explore

this exotic region from the ground up. Planning a trip to Arizona comes with an endless

number of variations depending on how much time you have, what you want to see and

whether you choose to fly or drive to Arizona.

Begin your Arizona road trip by flying into Las Vegas because it is centrally located to

all the cool places you are going to want to visit. Phoenix is often much more expensive

to fly into and Las Vegas, although not in Arizona, has tons of affordable flights from

everywhere on the planet each and every day! Las Vegas is the perfect starting point for

a 5 day or 2 week itinerary.

Seeing the Grand Canyon is an

essential part of any Arizona

vacation itinerary. But even a

short trip to the Grand Canyon

can be rewarding if you know

how to make the most of your

time. Other highlights on your

itinerary has got to be Sedona,

you can drive your car down one

of the many roads in Sedona

and receive breath-taking views

at every turn. No matter how

long you have a drive around

Arizona is sure to pack in an

unbelievable trip of a lifetime.

First stop is Hoover Dam; it only takes about 50 minutes so it is an easy and fun first

stop. Everyone will be excited to road trip Arizona so a fun stop as soon as you get

started is always a plus. Build this time into your drive so you can make allowances for

the stop later on in the day.

After driving in the sticks for a bit, you will stop at the college town of Flagstaff, which

feels positively cosmopolitan – and is the obvious choice of base if you’re set on a

deeper exploration of Northern Arizona. The historic grid-like downtown is full of

genuinely interesting shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, and some fantastic murals and

street art, all of which fosters a lively community feel.

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17641 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85023, USA ♦ Tel +1 602 298 2377 ♦


For any car enthusiast out there, then there is only one place you need to go. At the Martin

Auto Museum, visitors can view history through the decades in this vast collection of

amazing automobiles. There are a number of racecars and one of kind vehicles to excite any

automotive, art or history enthusiast.

The museum is home to historic cars, its role today is to preserve collectible automobiles for

educational purposes. Admission to the museum is free and some of the services provided by

the museum include guided tours for such groups as local schoolchildren, veteran organizations

and car clubs. The museum was founded by real estate developer Mel Martin to showcase his

collection of vintage vehicles and automobile related memorabilia.

Mel not only has a love for cars, he is an expert mechanic who could literally fix any of

the cars in the museum blindfolded. Over the years, Mel’s love of cars led to a substantial

collection and after the years of joy they brought him, he decided to give back to the

Valley and open the Martin Auto Museum. And it is here that Mel wishes to pass down

his sizeable amount of knowledge to the generations that follow. At the Martin Auto

Museum, thank him for his enormous contribution to all.

You will come here to admire the great collection of cars and see a lot of cars you’ve

probably never seen in person. But what you will remember when you leave is the great

experience of meeting the people who work there, knowledgeable and friendly – this is

a place like no other.

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Las Vegas – The Pop Culture Icon

Las Vegas is famous world over for its glitz and glam, which has permeated popular

culture through appearances in many films, music videos and TV shows. It’s Sin City

– an oasis of glittering lights in the desert, home of the Strip and the drive-in wedding

chapel, playground of the Mob, and a visual spectacle complete with its own Eiffel Tower,

Egyptian pyramids, and Venetian canals. Welcome to Las Vegas. From its defining neon

to retro art that covers the downtown area to its museums that showcase much of its

history, the city demands an exploration through some of its greatest achievements, and

most certainly, most shiny.

The best place to go to see this side of Vegas, is downtown. The quintessential urban field

trip showcasing spectacular neon, legendary casinos, larger than life personalities, Vegas

in the movies, the Mob, new urban lounges, fire sculptures, deep fried Twinkies, and an

Elvis on every block. Well, almost. We stroll into the new “hip and cool” Fremont East

neighborhood, an entertainment shopping district, featuring a giant Praying Mantis fire

sculpture from the Burning Man Festival– topped off with a complimentary cocktail at the

historic El Cortez Casino Hotel of Bugsy Siegel fame.

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Go and see where Vegas began as a dusty rail road stop which still stands today; check

out Glitter Gulch, famed for its neon signs; pause at the original red-light district that

locals know as Block 16; see the city’s oldest pawn shop (not Pawn Stars!); and you will

run into that famous cowboy sign, Vegas Vic, a Mascot of Downtown. Then step into

famed casinos that are like living history museums. You’ll see that Fremont is a zany street

always in performance with the world’s largest video screen, and a bunch of quirky street

buskers, some flare bartenders, and the aerial zip line tourists. Along the way, see some

hidden gems, go off the beaten track, note some famous movie locations - all part of the

personality of Downtown, End the tour in the “what’s new” of Downtown, an emerging

arts, retail and festival district, with a hipster vibe - all topped off with a complimentary

cocktail at the historic El Cortez, of Bugsy Siegel fame.




Walking Tour Company

Las Vegas, Nevada USA 89101 ♦ Tel +888 571-6587 ♦ lasvegaswalkingtours.net

See, explore and discover Las Vegas like never before on a 2-hour guided walking

tour of Downtown Las Vegas’ famous Fremont Street. Your experienced local guide

will take you on a 7-block ‘Walk through time’ from humble outpost to infamous ‘Glitter

Gulch’, a gem of urban renewal and revitalization.

Peel back the layers of neon to expose the rich history underneath and discover Downtown

Las Vegas is again a vibrant, top attraction in the USA home to legendary casinos, hotels,

wedding chapels, top restaurants, and even reality TV stars.

Fun for the single adventurous traveler, couples, and the whole family. The 12 guest

maximum and wireless audio headsets ensure a personal experience with your guide

while hearing every fascinating story along the way.

Tips, tricks and recommendations throughout will have you feeling like a ‘Vegas Insider’.

Area restaurant list and business coupons will provide plenty of options following your




New York | Brooklyn

Brooklyn has transformed its reputation in the last 20 years. As New York City’s most

populous borough, it has a vibrancy and urgency that is infectious. It’s a hotbed of

culture, art, music, and food—and it’s no surprise that its residents are proud to live there.

Gastronomes will find some of the city’s best bars and restaurants scattered throughout

the borough, while dozens of art galleries and music venues showcase the works of

Brooklyn’s many creatives.

With spinning thrills, games of skill, treats on the boardwalk, the Atlantic ocean and the

horizon beyond, Coney Island is the end of the earth; the place where dreamers come

together to share in the best moments, the high hills of the roller coaster ride called life.

If you think all the great museums in NYC are in Manhattan, think again. Brooklyn’s got

its fair share of interesting museums, starting of course with the large, beautiful Brooklyn

Museum. Known equally for its historic collections (for instance, Egyptian and American

period rooms) as for its occasionally edgy shows, the Brooklyn Museum is a vibrant place

that’s well worth a visit.

The most talked about bridge

in the United States, and

certainly New York’s most

popular bridge, the Brooklyn

Bridge connects Manhattan’s

City Hall area with Brooklyn.

Beautiful, often photographed,

and offering an expansive

view of the Manhattan skyline,

NY Harbor and the Statue of

Liberty, as well as other bridges,

it’s an icon of New York City.

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Eco Friendly Hotel

You can also enjoy continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free newspaper, business center, and

much more at this eco-friendly and pet-friendly New York City hotel. At the end of a day

touring Brooklyn, retreat to the guest rooms and enjoy upscale amenities that include

plush bedding, bathrobe, and mini-refrigerator, as well as a water purification system,

coffee maker, and ergonomic work station for those late night work sessions. Whether you

select one of the rooms with Manhattan views, including peeks at the Freedom Tower and

Empire State Building, or our standard upscale accommodations, you are in store for top

quality service and world-class amenities — the best available in Brooklyn. Please note

that self-service parking is available for a fee of $30 plus tax per day and is first come, first

serve, due to limited availability.

457 39th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, USA ♦ Tel + 1 718-972-0900 ♦ wyndhamhotels.com

The eco-friendly Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park hotel offers you innumerable

opportunities to explore greater New York City’s many offerings with contemporary

architecture, friendly associates, and delightful affordability. They offer convenience to mass

transit, with the N, R, and D NYC subway lines nearby, putting you within reach of must-see

New York destinations. Their services and location in the heart of New York’s bustling Brooklyn

borough allow you to easily navigate around this iconic city, with onsite parking and local and

airport transportation available upon request for a nominal fee.

There are so many things to see and

do just steps from our door. Take in

a show, cheer on your favorite sports

team, or go on a shopping spree. There

are also several local businesses in the

area, making our hotel the perfect place

to work and play. What better way to

unwind after a day of touring the city

then visiting the onsite bar for a drink,

which is also open for meals, snacks,

coffee, and cocktails, daily from 5pm

to 11pm with happy hour from 5pm to


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Nashville Top 3

Country Music Hall of Fame

You cannot go to Nashville and not soak up

the music scene. The Country Music Hall

of Fame and Museum is the home of this

popular American art form, safeguarding over

2.5 million artifacts, with two expansive floors

of gallery space featuring permanent- and

limited- engagement exhibits.

Gaylord Opryland Resort &

Convention Center

Well known for its nine acres of lavish indoor

gardens. Boasting 50,000 tropical plants, rare

international blooms and romantic Southern

species, the horticultural displays at Gaylord

Opryland are among the most exquisite in

the world. Each of the gardens is housed

under one of the hotel’s soaring atriums,

creating a series of breathtaking horticultural


Ryman Auditorium

When you walk through the doors of historic

Ryman Auditorium, one thing becomes clear

right away: this isn’t just another nightly music

venue, and it’s so much more than a daytime

tourist stop. This place is hallowed ground.

This is the exact spot where bluegrass was

born—where Johnny Cash met June Carter,

where souls were saved and a slice of history

was nearly lost.

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Adventure Tour Company

533 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203, USA ♦ Tel +615-696-6770 ♦


This is Nashville’s one and only party wagon! Come and enjoy for yourself a true southern

experience! The only legwork on this 1 hour 45 minute scenic tour is dancing! Travel

through the Gulch, Mid-town and the beautiful downtown all while being pulled by the most

photographed John Deere tractor in the country. They can accommodate groups of up to 20

people. What are you waiting for? Don’t miss your opportunity to ride the big green tractor.

If you haven’t experienced OTW and you’ve

heard the rumours, then you’re missing

out. They are literally one of Nashville’s

most sought after attractions. Why would a

wagon ride be so fun? Why are they always

full? It is because they are different! By

providing a totally unique experience that

only you can get in Nashville! It’s a one of

a kind party and it’s about as close as they

can get it to a big ole field party out in the

boondocks! You bring the booze and they

do the rest! Unlike other attractions they

aren’t going to pick you up on the side of

the road, a bar or a liquor store! Hell, we

might be country (southern accent applied

here) but we have some class.

Come check out their beautiful, country,

classy office! At the office they have corn

hole, selfie booths, huge jenga, a lovely

chalk wall to leave your mark and the

coolest photo ops in town. This is a one

of a kind experience from a one of a kind

company. Go check them out if you haven’t

already. Ya’ll come on out, the party awaits

and most importantly remember “We

don’t pedal, We party”. Don’t miss out on

taking a little ride on the big green tractor!

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Image by: Barbara Zandoval

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Guanajuato | History & Culture

Guanajuato (pronounced wan-a-waa-toe) is a sight to behold. This tongue-twisting

name is rather apt because its roads and maze of skinny steep streets all intertwine

to create a delicious mess of city. The layout can be traced back to when the city was

founded in 1559, but its designers had no idea what the next four centuries would bring.

Many of today’s 116,000 residents live in a jumble of blue, yellow and pink houses along

spider-web alleys so narrow some balconies meet in a beso (kiss). Pedestrians hug walls

and teeter on curbs along skinny sidewalks.

In terms of historical and cultural highlights, the Casa Museo de Diego Rivera, birthplace

of the giant muralist, displays an outstanding collection of Rivera’s sketches, drawings

and paintings. Muralist José Chavez Morado’s collection of religious paintings (think

macabre, bloody scenes) and fascinating miniature displays of domestic and ceremonial

rituals fills the nearby Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato. Almost next door, the Museo del

Siglo XIX covers Guanajuato’s history with documents signed by emperors, presidents

and revolutionaries. A few blocks away, the massive Museo la Ahóndiga de Granaditas

in an 18th-century granary demands attention, as does the orderly Mercado Hidalgo

designed after a French train station for Mexico’s 1910 centennial.

Events such as the Cervantes

International Arts Festival, the

San Miguel de Allende Chamber

Music and Jazz Festival, the

Short Film Festival and the State

Fair held every January in León

attract thousands of visitors from

throughout Mexico too.

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The Award for Excellence in Service

Recreo 31, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico ♦

Tel +52 415 688 1272 ♦ clandestinohotel.com

There are those who think that a luxury hotel is defined by the size of its facilities or the

exhorbitant price of its rooms, but for those who have been able to discover and stay at

Clandestino Hotel true luxury comes in the form of personalized service, an atmosphere that

combines relaxation with design and attention to every detail.

With an enviable location just two blocks from the Jardín Central Garden and the famous

Parroquia, Clandestino Hotel is the starting point of an unforgettable stay in San Miguel de


In the morning enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a full breakfast served in the patio under the

shade of an orange tree preserved from the old orchard.

In the afternoon perhaps a mezcal tasting

event or the best views of the city can be

the excuse to enjoy its lovely rooftop bar

and terrace.

In the evening, its comfortable suites with

luxury bath tubs and comfy beds invite you

to rest after a day of exploring the town.

Undoubtedly Clandestino has first-rate

amenities, such as, complimentary minibar,

Nespresso coffee makers, flat screen tvs,

luxury robes and organic bath products,

nonetheless, what truly distinguishes this

lovely hotel, and is the reason for the its

high ratings and awards, is the attentive

and experienced service of its team of

collaborators who are there to satisfy your

wishes or make a recommendation so that

your time in San Miguel is perfect.

Clandestino Hotel is located at number

31 of Recreo Street and in autumn of this

year a new section will open on Pila Seca

Street that promises to take the experience

of staying in this beautiful hotel to another


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Mexico City | A Culinary Guide

Few cities even come close to

rivaling the accessibility and

affordability of Mexico City’s street

food scene. It’s not just tacos and

tortas, either. Round, well, just about

any corner in the Mexican capital

and you’ll be met with a cornucopia

of eating options, whether you love

inventive (and delicious) vegan tacos

or mayo-schmeared elotes (corn).

Did you know that Mexico City’s

bakery tradition goes back centuries?

Every neighborhood has a go-to

panadería or pastelería. Some of the

biggest ones (Pastelería Ideal) and

major chains (El Globo) are more fun

to wander through than eat at, but

there’s a reason to visit each of these

shops. If not for the glittering display

of sweets, go for the exquisite flavor

of a well-made concha, a rare but

beautiful thing.

When night falls, you might want to mix dining with something a bit more exotic. Mexico

City offers nightlife options for every type of drinker, dancer, partier, and adventureseeker

and for every type of night, from the super chill to the all-out rager. Whatever it

is you’re looking for, you’ll find.

Mexico City’s restaurant scene rivals those of the greatest international food cities.

Beyond the exquisite street food and markets, DF contains multitudes: high-end tasting

menu concepts for gasto-tourists, hip bakeries, sceney French bistros, creative takes on

regional cooking on both the high and low ends, outposts of international destination

restaurants, and hundreds upon hundreds of rustic neighborhood spots.

Xochimilco is famous for its canals—a network

that used to stretch to the city center in ancient

times. But it’s a wonderful place to eat, too, filled

with produce that’s more vibrant and delicious

than what you’d see elsewhere in Mexico City.

The bustling market here, where women sell

handmade tortillas and tlacoyos in long rows,

and where farmers sell produce grown nearby.

You’ll try locally made cheeses and desserts. You’ll

learn the history of Xochimilco and why it was so

important in the founding of Mexico City.

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The Award for Excellence

in Service

Paseo Punta Santa Cruz, P Chahue, 70987 Bahias de Huatulco, Oax., Mexico ♦

Tel +52 958 587 2955 ♦ princessmayev.com

The Princess Mayev Hotel offers 26 beautiful-appointed ocean view and city view

accommodations in one of Huatulco´s most luxurious areas overlooking the emerald

waters of Chahué Bay. It is conveniently located close to La Crucecita Downtown and Santa

Cruz Beach. They are 20 minutes away from Huatulco´s International Airport.

Huatulco offers you an endless number of guided tours to get to know it´s history, nature,

culture and gastronomy. The best sightseeing tours that are recommended are; Bays Tour,

Waterfalls & Coffee Plantations Tour, Puerto Angel Tour, Rafting & ATV Tours. You can ask the

hotel reception for prices, departure times, itineraries and other details.

One highlight of your trip will

be Bays Tour, in this tour you

will admire the beautiful coast of

Huatulco and discovering seven

spectacular bays, each of them with

pristine waters ideal for swimming

and snorkeling. At the catamaran,

you may take some water, sodas or

beer (included) while you hear an

expert explanation of Huatulco´s

geography and surrounding

areas. The catamaran stops in

two beaches, first in San Agustin

Beach and then in Maguey Beach

two beautiful beaches with all the

services for tourism like restaurants,

shops, watersports, etc. In Maguey

Beach we are going to get off the

boat to have a meal, take some

beverages and do swimming and

snorkeling, then return to Santa

Cruz Dock. Whatever you choose,

Princess Mayev offers you the very

best in luxury and quality.

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Barbados – Watersports Islands

Being an Island in the Caribbean, Barbados is surrounded by some of the most

serene, blue waters in the world. This means that there is a plethora of water sports

you can enjoy here, whether you are an adrenaline junkie or want something a bit more


Catamaran Snorkelling


Why not take a fun and relaxing

catamaran cruise along the west

coast of Barbados? On board a

spacious schooner, sail to two or

three different snorkeling spots,

where you’ll see a shipwreck

and swim in the clear Caribbean

with sea turtles and colorful fish.

On this tour, you will have the

opportunity to swim with the

beautiful Turtles, in addition

experience snorkel and explore

the shipwreck that is home to

many species of fish including

the Sargent Major.


This is as close as you can get to

having a go on a jetpack. Jetblade

Barbados is a magnet for hotshot

adrenaline junkies, adventure

seekers, grand standers, thirsty

newbies, seasoned war horses,

curious locals and tourists from

all walks of life. Our thrill-seeking

jetpack culture is a must-see on

the island; acting as a lighthouse

for trendsetting crowds and is

just one of the many reasons

why we are championed as the

most memorable water sports

experience on the island.

Scuba Diving

Barbados is one of the few islands in the Caribbean that can provide 365 days of scuba

diving each year. Divers enjoy warm water temperatures year round varying from 29°C

(84°F) in the summer months of July-September to 27°C (77°F) in the winter months


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Tour Company

As our Tour only takes a maximum of

nine (9) this sets the stage for a very

intimate day out, and our philosophy

is to start as strangers and end as


64 Dawn Street Atlantic Shores, Oistins BB17127, Barbados ♦

Tel + +1 246-832-8687 ♦ islandexplorerbarbados.com

Island Explorer Tours is a multiple award winning company that prides itself in going that

extra mile to make sure that all of our explorers have the best experience possible.

Our expedition is led by Barbadian born Mario Williams, whose family has been involved in the

island Tour business since the early 1970’s with his father Lawrence Williams being the first man

to start an organized day tour of the Island. Mario uses his extensive knowledge of the Island

delivering its history and geography with passion while also sharing many life experiences and

humor that his guests find to be most entertaining.

Please don’t take our word, check our reviews

on TripAdvisor, Facebook and Google!!!

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Cayman Islands – Our Hidden Gem

Appearing like a paradise on earth, the Cayman Islands are comprised of three

idyllic islands, offering all the luxury you’d expect of a tropical getaway and much

more aside.

Architecture in Cayman is a spectrum as

well, with some structures still taking stylistic

cues from the Old World. The Cayman

Islands enjoys a vibrant art scene with over

250 practicing artists, seven commercial

galleries, a National Gallery with a

permanent art collection and up to ten

rotating contemporary art exhibitions per

annum, several publicly accessible artist’s

studios, and many more exhibition spaces

hosted in restaurants and cafes across

the island. Strolling the streets of Grand

Cayman, you may notice some notes in step

with the scenes around you. What you hear

is a kitchen band – blending the soul of jazz,

the happiness of calypso and the message

of reggae.

If you are looking for relaxation, delicious dining, buzzing nightlife or the azure blue waters

of the Caribbean and the colourful reefs that live below – the cosmopolitan atmosphere of

Grand Cayman has something for everyone. Little Cayman is home to striking scenery and

delightful hideaways. The sister island offers a rare combination of sun-drenched solitude,

glistening beaches and miles of untouched tropical wilderness. The name Cayman Brac

comes from its breath-taking bluff. Both rugged and charming, it provides a home for

both adventure-seekers and nature-lovers while offering the opportunity to get up close

and personal with its dramatic views and exotic flora.

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There is something about sunkissed

beaches that makes them the

ideal destination for a rejuvenating

getaway. From peaceful strolls along

tranquil sandy beaches to adrenaline

rush-inducing water sports - a beach

holiday has something to offer to

everyone. Add some fun activities

such as fishing and swimming to

that mix and you have the perfect

vacation. If this is exactly what you

have in mind, head straight to the

picture-perfect Cayman Islands

and book a tour with Georgia Girl


Located in the western Caribbean

Sea, this British Overseas Territory is

home to breathtaking natural scenery

and exquisite marine life. Georgia

Girl Charters specializes in private

charters that lets you experience

the best of the Cayman Islands. This

first-class charter company offers a

plethora of options including deep

sea fishing, reef fishing, snorkeling,

and much more.

Georgia Girl, a 40’ tournament rigged

express, is the nicest and best equipped

sportfishing charter boat in the Cayman

Islands. The boat is equipped with

premium-quality marine electronics,

safety devices, and top-notch fishing

gear including custom designed

rods and lures. The Caymanian crew

comprises award-winning professionals

headed by Captain Derren Burlington,

who has over 30 years of experience in

recreational and competitive fishing and

Justin Deslandes, who has been fishing

and working in the watersports industry

for over 25 years. Their knowledge and

love of the industry is obvious and makes

every charter unique and memorable.

Georgia Girl Charters offers private

charters that can be customized

according to your preferences. You

can fish the beautiful blue waters for

offshore species like Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi

and Marlin or stay inshore and fish for

species like Snapper, Triggerfish, etc. If

you prefer to look at the fish instead of

trying to catch them, you can snorkel the

shallow waters inside the barrier reef and

enjoy the beauty of the vibrant colored

coral and fish. A trip to Grand Cayman

would not be complete without visiting

and playing with the world-renowned

stingrays at Stingray City Sandbar. The

crew works constantly to ensure each

guest experience is filled with smiles and

lifelong memories.

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A day on the water with us

makes a lifetime of memories.

The cost of these charters start from US$1,050.00 and can go upward depending on

the duration and itinerary. While most of the activities are around Grand Cayman, you

can also request for an excursion to the sister islands.

Tel +345 321-9896



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St. Lucia – Top Things To Do

St Lucia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Therein you will find

beautiful beaches, stunning tropical rainforests, a wealth of attractions like the

Pigeon Island National Park. Along with the many things that can occupy your time on

the mainland, visiting Pigeon Island National Park can add some spark to your holiday

itinerary. There is a wealth of fun and exciting things to choose from; even just choosing

one of them will add value to your holiday in St. Lucia. If you like the adrenaline-fuelled

adventure, there are many options for you. If you prefer a more relaxed approach, then

there will be plenty for you to do too.

While Saint Lucia offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world none can top

the majestic Pitons, the island’s iconic mountains. Said to be the most photographed

site in the Caribbean and most famous mountain pair on earth, the Pitons are a mustsee

for anyone who visits the island. The Pitons were created less than a million years

ago by volcanic activity, which still can be witnessed at the Sulphur Springs volcano

located nearby.

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About 6 miles (10km) north of Castries, the vast horseshoe of Rodney Bay boasts the

island’s most diverse tourist facilities. Within the bay is a large, artificial lagoon and

marina, flanked by Rodney Bay Village.

The Diamond Falls and mineral baths are consistently described as one of the natural

wonders of St Lucia. The Diamond Botanical Gardens sit on the original site of the spring

baths which were built in 1784. These baths were built so that the troops of King Louis

XVI of France could take advantage of the waters therapeutic powers. The Diamond Falls

Botanical Gardens is both a historic and a naturally beautiful site.

The Soufrier Volcano (Sulphur Springs) last errupted in the 1700’s - over 200 years! It

originated from a weak spot in the crust of a collapsed volcanic crater, and is considered to

be a dormant volcano - unlike the active Soufrier Hills Volcano in the island of Montserrat.

One of the best features of the volcano is the ability to dive into the mud baths.

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The eco-friendly resort offers accommodation

in 15 uniquely-crafted cottages featuring

hardwood floors, tropical colors, and cozy

furnishings. Each cottage is equipped with

ceiling fans, refrigerator, in-room safe, coffeemaker,

etc. While some units have a private

patio and pool, others feature a balcony

offering lovely views of the surroundings.

St Lucia ♦ Tel +1-758-459-7545 ♦ fonddouxresort.com

Are you craving for a holiday that allows you to immerse yourself amidst nature? How

about a luxury resort set amidst a lush 135-acre cocoa plantation dating back to the

19th century? Add an organic spa and three-tiered swimming pools to that mix and you have

the perfect rejuvenating getaway. Fond Doux Plantation & Resort in St. Lucia offers all this and

much more to make your vacation an unforgettable one.

The 3-star property, located in the heart of St. Lucia, is just a short 45-minute drive away from

the island’s international airport. It is also located in close proximity to major tourist attractions

including The Pitons and The Sulphur Springs. The resort provides a shuttle service to the

mesmerizing Sugar Beach and the Soufriere town.

Indulge yourself in the luxurious facilities at the resort or explore the wide range of

adventurous activities. Fond Doux Plantation & Resort has something to offer for every

guest, allowing you to make the most of your time there.

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Award for Excellence in Branding

La Resource, St Lucia ♦ Tel +1 758-287-9800 ♦ islandtaxi.co

This company was founded in 2014, its mission to strive and work hard to provide a

professional transportation service to people coming to St Lucia, they specialize in island

tours, luxury and private transfers to and from the airport and other fun actions tours like Piton

Hike, horseback riding, snorkeling and so much more. All of the tours and transfers are private.

With the best drivers as part of our team, they have been in the tourism industry for a few years

now and deliver a professional service to all clients. The vehicles are well maintained, clean and

comfortable. They go all out to satisfy the client’s needs.

Every single tour with Island Taxi brings nothing but fun, excitement, joy and laughter. You can

rest assured you will be going back home with memories not only to remember but to put

in a frame on the wall with lots of different photos taken here on the island. All the tours can

be customized and are unique in their own way, with knowledgeable drivers who can tell you

everything about the island.

Tours include; Island Tour, Piton Hike,

Snorkelling Adventure, Horse Backing

Riding, Cruise Excursion and Boat Charters/

Tours. Each and every tour is unique

and special in its own way and offers an

incredible insight into the wonderful St

Lucia. The snorkelling tour is one for those

seeking adventure, sunshine and fun. With

the Pitons being a world heritage site, one

of the best places for snorkelling is at the

base of these pitons with some of the finest

underwater habitats in the Caribbean, this

is some of the best snorkelling you can do

anywhere in the world!

No matter which tour you choose to do,

you will be left with a smile on your face

and a head full of amazing memories

thanks to Island Taxi & Tours!

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Belize | Country Guide

This small (only 8867 square miles) country is packed with endless vacation

opportunities that are sure to satisfy the thrill-seeking adventurer, the laid-back

beach bum, the culture and history explorer and more. Belize is a tropical destination that

is; Caribbean and Central American, reef and rainforest; ancient and new; adventurous

and relaxing, exotic animals and friendly people, and much more.

Belize is in Central America,

bordered by Mexico and

Guatemala on the north and the

west, with the Caribbean Sea

on its east. The dense tropical

rainforest on the west side of

Belize separates it from most

of Central America, Belize’s

culture is unique and diversified.

Belize is one of the most diverse

countries in Central America;

it’s Central America with a

Caribbean vibe.

The Belize Barrier Reef is

the largest barrier reef in the

Western Hemisphere, stretching

for 185 miles along the coastline

of the Caribbean Sea. The Belize

reef system, is a world-famous

destination for scuba diving and

snorkeling. The best snorkeling

and diving places are located

close to the islands of Belize

known as the Cayes and are

easily accessible by boat. The

clear waters of the Caribbean

coupled with a mostly white

sand ocean floor make for some

stunning views of the reef and

other marine life.

Nearly half of the mainland of

Belize is rainforest. Rainforests

are critical to help stabilize the

world’s climate and are often

referred to as the “lungs”

of the earth. Much of the

rainforest area in Belize is under

government protection in the

form of a national park, animal

sanctuary or wilderness area.

The highly diverse ecosystem

of a rainforest is a wonder to

explore and is home to an

astonishing number of plants,

trees, animals and birds. When

you explore a rainforest it’s like

exploring an entirely new world,

the sights, sounds and especially

the wild tropical smells will live in

your memories forever.

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The Mayan culture of Belize spans thousands of years and is almost mystical and most

definitely fascinating. Discover the hidden secrets of ancient Mayan cities, once inhabited

by these mysterious and highly complex people. Belize is home to over 600 Mayan sites,

many of which are unexplored and partially buried.




Beach Front Hotel

Placencia Sidewalk, Placencia, Belize ♦ Tel +501 622-4142 / 011 501 622 4142 ♦


When you hear of the Caribbean Islands, the image which comes the mind is

that of a picturesque beach along the coast with the pristine blue waters of the

Caribbean Sea washing your feet. Caribbean Beach Cabanas in Belize are the embodiment

of the same generic image of the Caribbean. Their beauty lies in their simplicity and their

old world charm, and rustic nature of things adds to it. It is the only adults-only resort in

the entire peninsula and provides you with a host of options to choose and plan your stay

there. The hotel is a perfect getaway for a romantic weekend with your partner. It also offers

to organize your dream destination wedding, the memories of which would be etched on

your mind for the rest of your life. The life in and around the resort is so colorful and yet so

quiet and tranquil that you would be forgiven if you thought you had travelled back in time.




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Adventure Costa Rica

Costa Rica is country packed full of adventure, any typical vacation there might

include excursions like white-water rafting, a rainforest canopy tour, relaxing at the

beach, or exploring the rainforest from one of Costa Rica’s Eco lodges. Vacation hotspots

include Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero, Monteverde cloud forest and Arenal


Bird-watchers should put

Los Quetzales National

Park (south of San Jose) on

their itinerary to see the

resplendent quetzal (really,

that’s the bird’s name) and

many other birds that call the

cooler climes of the cloud

forest home. Corcovado

National Park on the country’s

southern Pacific coast is the

country’s largest national

park, and home to 3% of

the world’s biodiversity all by


Year-round surfing on the Pacific and Caribbean Coasts has drawn ex-pats to Costa

Rica, and built up surf towns along the way. Jaco is the closest to San Jose, but our Deal

Experts recommend making your way to Guanacaste in the country’s northwest for the

best experience. It’s hard to beat the rush of that first time you see (and hear) a waterfall

bursting from the jungle backdrop. There are several falls worth a detour -- especially

during the green season, when the rains feed Costa Rica’s rivers.

More than a quarter of your country is

protected rainforest with more biodiversity

than USA and Europe combined, and the

rest is a jaw-dropping combo of bubbling

volcanoes, Pacific surf beaches and laidback

towns like Quepos and Sarapiqui.

Zip lines aren’t hard to find -- whether it’s

in the misty cloud forest of Monteverde,

in the looming shadow of the Arenal

volcano, or through the colorful jungle

canopy at various spots throughout the


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Adventure Tour Company

Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica ♦ Tel +1 508-850-5187 ♦ bluecrabtours.com

Blue Crab Water Adventures and Tours

have an experienced staff who ensure you

see the best of this magnificent country. Part

owner and head staff member Ronald has more

than 15 years experience in the Costa Rican

tour business and knows all the major hot spots

in the Tamarindo area and tours throughout

Guanacaste and all over Costa Rica. When you

book your trip through Blue Crab, they offer the

ultimate family experience and cater to all ages to

give you the best customized tours of Costa Rica

for your family and friends. Their job is to make

everyone’s vacation to Costa Rica unforgettable.

Don’t sell yourself short! Discover the wonders

Costa Rica has to offer with Blue Crab, from a

breath-taking coastline to undiscovered jungles

there is nothing short of new experiences in this

exotic ecosystem.

Blue Crab offer amazing land tours, water tours,

national parks and transfers too. The Catamaran

Cruise is an absolute awe-inspiring tour where

you can take the chance to enjoy an open bar,

delicious lunch and amazing snorkel while you

cruise the pacific to a quiet outlet where you will

anchor down for people to swim and snorkel

with a local guide for people to experience the

local sea life. Also there is a great opportunity to

sea whales and dolphins on the way back while

an amazing sunset drops in the background over

the pacific.

Land tour highlights include traveling

through beautiful forests and undiscovered

beaches with family and friends on one

of the ATV tours. They make frequent

stops on their tours to enjoy some of the

beautiful views that Costa Rica has to offer.

These scenic views provide terrific photo

opportunities for all to enjoy.

One awesome national park tour is to

Arenal. This volcano is still a spectacular

sight. It has been studied by seismologists

from around the world for many years now.

The National Park harbors a remarkable

amount of plant and animal life along with

dozens of scenic walking trails. Hikers and

nature watchers often see howler monkeys,

white-nosed coatis, deer, snakes, parrots

and other birds, black vultures, along with

many other animals. Another highlight

is Rincón de la Vieja, another captivating

volcano that will catch your imagination.

Lying inthe Guanacaste Region, there are

many activities to do their such as zip lining,

river tubing, horseback riding, awesome

local style lunch, waterfall hike, natural hot

springs and mud bath as well.

The most popular tours in the region are

Catamaran, ATVs, and full day adventure

to Rincón de la Vieja are the most popular

tours and certainly best tours. Also as an

added bonus look to do a full day with

one of their expert sport fishing captains

catching marlin, mahi mahi, rooster fish,

sailfish, and many more with friends and

family. Located in the Guanacaste region of

Costa Rica, Tamarindo is the closest point

to the continental shelf where the majority

of the fish are found!

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Quito | What to Expect

The capital and largest city in Ecuador, Quito is charming delight full of treats and

wonders. Tucked away high in the Andes, it is the second tallest city in the entire

world. Thanks to one of the largest and best-preserved colonial cores in Latin America,

Ecuador’s capital was named the very first UNESCO World Heritage site.

One thing you simply have to do when you visit Quito is ride the Quito cable car up 12,000

feet (4,000 meters) for unparalleled vantage points overlooking the city of Quito in all

directions. On a clear day, you can see Cotopaxi and several other volcanoes surrounding

the city.

The city of Quito, the cradle of Pre-Colombian cultures and an important witness of

Spanish colonization maintains, for the time being unity and harmony in its urban structure

despite centuries of urban development. One element of history that is dotted within the

city are several historic churches are within old town each with their own distinct style.

From the Plaza Grande, make your way to the 17th-century La Compania de Jesus. The

church is completely covered in gold.

Perhaps the biggest attraction in Quito is the chance to stand in the very middle of the

world. For a measly fee, take a bus to the outskirts of Quito where you can visit the

equator. Mitad del Mundo is a monument and museum marking the hemispheric divide.

You can even have your passport stamped showing you’ve stood on the equator. If you

rather keep it simple, organized tours bring groups to the monument and museum daily.

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Learning Experience

Mariscal Foch E9-20 y Av. 6 de Diciembre, Quito, Ecuador

Tel +593 2 223 4708 ♦ simon-bolivar.com

Courses location and duration vary per each student’s

needs. A student can take just a short few hours a week

to long term intensive programs. Courses are offered in

groups or one-to-one Spanish lessons in both colonial

Andean cities of Quito and Cuenca. We also organize

one-week programs to Amazon Jungle and relaxing

Coastal regions. Simon Bolivar Spanish School also

offers online courses, making it possible to learn Spanish

without leaving home! This is often an ideal option for

students who want to learn Spanish either for professional

development, pre-travel preparations, or personal practice

after returning from a Spanish abroad experience. Please

explore our webpage to learn more about our programs,

schedules and former student comments.

While you will find

dozens of Spanish

schools in Ecuador, Simon Bolivar

Spanish School is definitely the

leader, being one of the oldest

and most successful in the region.

Over the years, we have built up a

team of talented and experienced

teachers who offer the perfect

Spanish learning experience that

can suit the individual needs

of each student. Our friendly

staff will always do their best to

address all your questions and

needs promptly and efficiently.

It is said that Ecuador is the best

Latin American country to learn

Spanish as it is one of the few

places in the world where the

pronunciation of the Spanish

language is spoken the most

clearly and with the highest level

of correct grammar. Furthermore,

Spanish lessons in Ecuador are

also very affordable compared to

other countries, often combining

cultural immersion with classroom


Simon Bolivar Spanish School also offers

extracurricular cultural activities on weekends to

provide opportunities to practice your language

skills while learning more about Ecuador’s culture,

people, food, and traditions. Students are given

the chance to witness the most beautiful places

such as Ecuadorian cloud forests, nearby Andean

Volcanoes, Indigenous Markets and so much


For those students seeking a full

cultural and language immersion

experience, we provide home stays.

Each year the school selects and

evaluates host families that students

have an option to live with. We have

approximately 10 families near each

of our schools that work with us

continuously and have many years

of experience receiving students into

their homes.

Please explore our webpage to

find out more about our programs,

schedules and former student


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Ecuador Wildlife

Ecuador has a vast biodiversity and is in fact one of the most wildlife rich countries

in the world, due mainly to its range of different habitats. From the high Andean

mountains to the low-lying tropical rainforests and the coastal plains, the differing terrains

support a multitude of ecosystems that support an incredible array of wildlife. The country

has been labelled as one of the world’s “mega-diversity hotspots”. Nature lovers will

thoroughly enjoy touring the natural areas of the country and spotting Ecuador’s wildlife

species. The many nature reserves and national parks provide tourists with the ideal

opportunity to spot mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. From aquatic

creatures to terrestrial animals and arboreal specialists, Ecuador is a land of biodiversity.

The Galapagos Islands area situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the

Ecuadorian coast. This archipelago and its immense marine reserve is known as the

unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Its geographical location at the

confluence of three ocean currents makes it one of the richest marine ecosystems in the

world. Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent,

these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living

museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents,

the Galápagos are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species.

The Galapagos Islands offers

everyone the possibility to enjoy

a great variety of activities for

all ages, interests, and fitness,

ranging from the contemplative

to the adventurous, and knowing

that in everything you do you will

experience the best of the wildlife

and nature. The Galapagos are

a naturalist’s dream, filled with a

diverse array of plant and animal

life unique in the world. This

includes such exotic flora and fauna

as giant cacti, finches, flightless

cormorants, and the famed giant

tortoise, whose average lifespan

of 100 years makes it the longest

living vertebrate on earth.

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Wildlife Tour Company

Malecon Julio Izurieta y Abdón Calderón, Malecón Julio Izurieta, Puerto López, Ecuador ♦

Tel +593 5 230 0312 / +593 99546 4860 ♦ whalewatchingecuador.com

Come and enjoy our culture,

delicious gastronomy, and

unbeatable landscapes with the unique

Ecuadorian coast flora and fauna. The

marine area of Machalilla National Park is

widely recognized as the most important

area for the breeding and reproduction of

humpback whales that migrate from the

Antarctica from June to October every

year. Daily tours all year round in touristic

yachts, whale watching, diving, hiking,

snorkeling, fishing and more activities that

will make you come back again!

Daily tours all year-round in touristic yachts

whale watching, diving, hiking in Isla de

la Plata or small Galapagos, snorkeling,

fishing, an encounter with marine turtles

and more activities that will make you

come back again!

Palo Santo Travel is a small company born

in Puerto Lopez, since 2013. They are

direct operators from Ecuador, with tourist

yachts, supporting the small businesses,

foundations and craftwork communities,

lodging, touristic transport, and scientific

investigation. Part of our team are

biologists and whale researchers.

Palo Santo Travel mission is to become an

environmental friendly tourism company

dedicated to give you the best experiences

with nature. We have grown slowly, step

by step, giving rise to a team of engaged

people, capable of giving you the most

professional experience in the field. During

these few years, we have learned that the

best service is always recommended. This

is why we are always trying to improve

the Company’s structure and personnel to

fulfill or client’s expectations. So what are

you waiting for? Start planning your trip

today and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime

as you observe nature in all of it glory in

a wondrous setting, packed full of glorious

and beautiful sights and sounds.

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Beach Front Hotel

Km 68 a partir del Peaje, Troncal del Caribe, Palomino, La Guajira, Colombia ♦

Tel +57 321 7821300 ♦ www.aite.com.co

Located where the Atlantic Ocean and

Caribbean Sea converge and by the

footsteps of Colombia’s famed Sierra Nevada,

lies Aite, our little eco refuge. Build to blend

into the natural surroundings, the hotel offers

comfortable beach bungalows, two swimming

pools, a restaurant featuring the best of

Colombian coastal cuisine, and an inviting social

space where a spacious terrace beckons with

ocean and mountain views. Immerse yourself

in the local indigenous Kogi culture, hike the

Sierra with one of our native guides, venture on

bird watching expeditions, or simply relax on a

pristine beach of powdery white sand.

Aite is located in Palomino, which is a town of

Dibulla in the department of La Guajira and is

only 2 meters above sea level. The palomino

village is a picturesque place that since the

early 70s has attracted tourists from all around

the world. In Palomino, you can shop for hand

made crafts from the 3 most know tribes Kogie,

Wuayu or Arhuaco such as mochilas and hamacs

among others. Palomino has a tropical climate

with temperatures averaging 24 degrees Celsius

(75.2 F). The Palomino River marks the border

between the departments of La Guajira and


Transportation can be arranged to the

beaches of Santa Marta, Taganga, Bahia

Concha and Neguanje among others.

There are also companies offering trips to

Cabo de La Vela y la Serrania de la Macuira

up deep in the dessert. It is an ideal setting

to celebrate a special occasion such as a

wedding, family or company event. Simply

relax and enjoy the ocean or the pool.

Beach chairs, beds and hammocks are put

out daily for your enjoyment. Beach and

pool towels are also provided. A beach

kiosk provides a menu of soft drinks,

cocktails and fresh coconut water.

Among the main advantages that can be

found in ecotourism and that we can offer

are the chance to discover natural and

rural value and beauty. Take advantage of

the opportunity to live in full contact with

nature away from the hustle and bustle of

everyday modern life. It is an ideal place

to relax and unwind – hiking, horseback

riding - Hotel Aite offers many different

possibilities for the guests.

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