Archive for July, 2009

  • Rio Azul – Lost Maya City – Part II
    Rio Azul – Lost Maya City – Part II
    The premier national park in Guatemala, the Tikal National Park has a site that is the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Monument. Tikal, a big Mayan city encircled by immaculate Tropical Forests started being inhabited between 800 B.C.-900A.D. Rio Azul donned a crucial role in the Tikal’s expansion and was its significant ally against its bitter rival, Calakmul. However, by A.D. 530, the unexpected happened with Calakmul attacking Rio Azul. In the Late Classic period, Tikal got back its past grandeur and Rio Azul’s populace grew yet again with new monuments being built. Though Tikal spans 112 sq.kms of which, a mere 16 sq.kms has been recorded and as many as 4000 structures been found till date. The Tomb 1 that was bore the ravages of the looters has intricately woven mat designs at the entrance that was an indicator of  [...]
    Posted at July 31st, 2009 at 11:07 am
  • Guide to South America
    Guide to South America
    South America Introduction & History Around 70,000 years ago, the foremost traits of human occupancy in South America occurred when they moved from Asia passing the Bering Land Bridge and eventual spanned all areas of the continent as they made their way southwards. Widespread farming activities have been recorded in the Amazon Basin from 2000 BC, with animal husbandry becoming prevalent in 3500 BC in Andes and close by regions. There were many upcoming civilizations that sprung up like the Canaris, the Norte Chico, Amazon, Cara Supe, Chavin, Moche of which Inca also called the land of the four regions was the significantly urbane. Christopher Columbus’s momentous, incomprehensible discovery of the Caribbean islands en route to seeking new-fangled ways to reach Asia- the esteemed spice paradise, finally did led him to his coveted  [...]
    Posted at July 29th, 2009 at 06:07 pm
  • Rio Azul – Lost Maya City – Part I
    Rio Azul – Lost Maya City – Part I
    The magnificent ancient Maya City of Rio Azul located in north-east Guatemala spans a 750acres area with a long lost history that has been analysed and unearthed in 1962. The realm of Maya spread across 1,00,000 sq.miles and raised many vast centers in present day Mexico, Guatemala ,Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. The great Maya civilization to which Rio Azul belonged developed in the period between 250 B.C. to A.D. 250. Rio Azul, the administrative centre which at its peak in the eight century A.D. numbered close to 3,500 and another 1,500 in the north east suburb comprised mostly of noble military families along with their assistants, servers and retainers. The classic Mayans maintained articulately controlled landscapes, cultivated fields and water filled canals. They would drain swamps for cultivating crops like beans, corn  [...]
    Posted at July 29th, 2009 at 08:07 am
  • Incredible Cities Of Germany – Part-II
    Incredible Cities Of Germany – Part-II
    Dusseldorf is the hub of the German fashion industry and the most expensive of all the German cities. It is an attractive city known for its brimming nightlife at Altstadt, cleanliness and urban culture. Explore the globally famed and elite shopping avenue of Königsalle, with its eastern section comprising of eminent fashion labels, plush shopping centres like Kö-Galerie, Sevens and Stilwerk amongst several others. The western section comprises of several top notch banks thus essaying the fact that money is being earned on one section and used up on the other section. Medienhafen, the revived old harbour is a vastly modish section teeming with bold architecture, eateries, bars, clubbing spots, hotels and hi-tech offices. At the Andreaskirche church, the spiritually inclined can enjoy the weekend organ concerts while admiring the  [...]
    Posted at July 28th, 2009 at 09:07 am
  • Incredible Cities Of Germany – Part-I
    Incredible Cities Of Germany – Part-I
    An incredible history and culture with nearly sixteen states each with its unique chronicles, makes Germany a wondrous place to visit. Cologne is the oldest city in Germany, swiftly metamorphosing into the fine art capital of the country. Cologne has many splendid looking cities, historical monuments of significance, great tongue-teasing gastronomic delights and the Kolsch beer to sample. Cologne has the famed carnival, many open air concerts in Ringfest and the Tanzbrunnen where one can park oneself on the Rheinterasse and sample the fine music for free. One can also take a train trip down to the Museumsmeile located in Bonn for some great concerts. The quaint town of Bamberg is a charming place to visit. Founded in 1206, Dresden is a known World Heritage Site, art aficionados can revel in the wide ranging array of the best museums,  [...]
    Posted at July 28th, 2009 at 12:07 am
  • Travel Panama City – Gold Panning Paradise Part-III
    Travel Panama City – Gold Panning Paradise Part-III
    Panama City has a variety of nature havens that include 14 national parks, 10 wildlife preserves and dozen or more forest reserves. Gamboa Rainforest is a wonderful place to visit. The remarkable Canopy Tower is based in a structure erected by the U.S. Air Force in 1965 to stock up radar. There are several rooms in the tower from where one can view the magnificence of the neighboring rain forest, truly a bird spectator’s paradise. The Chirique Highlands has amazing forests and mountainous terrain as well as the tallest peak in Panama, the 10,000 feet high, at present latent Baru volcano. The charm of the islands located off Panama’s Pacific coast especially the Coiba, the biggest of them, is also a habitat to a national park. The beach areas of Playa Blanca and Nikki are tabbed for imminent expansion. One can visit the Presidential  [...]
    Posted at July 27th, 2009 at 12:07 am
  • Travel Panama City – Gold Panning Paradise Part-II
    Travel Panama City – Gold Panning Paradise Part-II
    The ruins of Panama la Viego, the original Panama City, located north-east of downtown Panama City, is the oldest Spanish settlement found on the Pacific. It was once a flourishing city that was destroyed by invaders. In 1976, it had been declared as a historic site. The multiple storied Cathedral situated at the far end of the ruins has the most picture perfect views. Other structures like the Jesuit Church, Covenant among several other houses, halls are quite impressive. Located on the east of the ruins is the Panama Viejo Museum that has numerous historical displays like artifacts, paintings amongst others. The bustling city of Colon on the Atlantic has splendid historic sites, pristine beaches and the mammoth widely popular duty-free trade zone that now houses the novel cruise port called Colon 2000. The Portobelo National Park  [...]
    Posted at July 26th, 2009 at 11:07 am
  • Travel Panama City – Gold Panning Paradise – Part I
    Travel Panama City – Gold Panning Paradise – Part I
    Some believe Panama is derived from an Indian word that means ‘Land of many fishes’ while others consider it stems from the Cuna Indian saying ‘panna mai’ that originated when Spanish soldiers met a Cuna, inquiring about where they could find gold, to which the reply was ‘panna mai or far away’ hoping that the soldiers too would also go far away. In the Shape of a recumbent letter ‘S’, Panama widens out east-west for 400 miles connecting South and Central America. With a varying width between 30-120miles, suffused by the Caribbean Sea on the north and the Pacific Ocean to the South, that gives Panama a sort of tumble-down effect. One could just pause to soak in the sights of the sun rise over the Pacific and set in the Atlantic, with splendid views of the ships drifting through the Panama Canal from the Atlantic Ocean.  [...]
    Posted at July 25th, 2009 at 01:07 am
  • Bora Bora – Crowning Glory Of South Pacific – Part II
    Bora Bora – Crowning Glory Of South Pacific – Part II
    Bora Bora, part of the Leeward Islands, is the abode to about 5,500 occupants, set in the midst of an ethereal blue-green hued lagoon, sheathed by offshore motu islands within a shielding coral necklace. One can have a one-on-one session with sharks, dolphins, turtles, rays and fishes at the striking Lagoonarium or don a big helmet and engage in some aqua safari while scuba diving. The Aquascope is an incredible way of having a fish-eye view of the undersea by boarding a semi-immersed water craft that will glide you through the happening spots around the lagoon with the option of staying dry. Bora Bora is home to some grand archaeological relics, particularly the familial veneration places devoted to a particular deity known as maraes whose blessings were called upon through gifts. There are 42 marae recorded in Bora Bora, with  [...]
    Posted at July 24th, 2009 at 12:07 pm
  • Bora Bora – Crowning Glory of South Pacific – Part I
    Bora Bora – Crowning Glory of South Pacific – Part I
    A verdant island paradise encased by barrier reefs, proffers immaculate beach settings, a thriving translucent lagoon with its cache of underwater fauna, Bora Bora truly engages all the senses leaving you utterly invigorated. Nuzzled in the West of Bora Bora, Vaitape, the main village and the heart of the island is situated close to the main channel of the lagoon, making it the ideal place to commence our exploratory venture of the island. Several skilled locals display their amazing works of traditional art and mementos at the Centre Artisanal de Bora Bora. The Vaitape pier has an art market that offers splendid handmade pearl and shell jewels. The sole road that swathes around the island is rimed with many memorabilia shops and establishments selling classy Tahiti black pearl jewelery whose demand never ceases. The twin towering  [...]
    Posted at July 23rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm