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The Cíes Islands – the pride of all Galicians

The Cíes Islands – the pride of all Galicians
The Cíes Islands are an archipelago off the coast of Pontevedra in Galicia, in the mouth of the Ria de Vigo. They belong to the parish of San Francisco de Afora, in the municipality of Vigo. They were declared a Nature Reserve in 1980 and are included in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park. The Cíes consist of three islands, Monteagudo, do Faro and San Martiño. They are home to one of Spain’s finest beaches, but have no cars, no hotels and visitor numbers are strictly limited. Spectacular... 

Most Beautiful Season – Yosemite in Snow 2019

Most Beautiful Season – Yosemite in Snow 2019
Hiking and driving options are limited in Yosemite in the wintertime, but the crowds are much smaller. From December to February, only 9 percent of the park’s 5 million-plus annual visitors show up, according to park visitation statistics. Yosemite’s winter weather can be cold, especially at the higher elevations. The Yosemite Valley is at 4,000 feet elevation and even if it snows. The Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area is at Badger Pass. It includes a terrain park along with beginner and intermediate... 

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California
Point Lobos is a fabulous destination for those who love nature walks and wildlife. Walk a poppy-trimmed path to the tip of the park’s dramatic, limestone point to look down into turquoise-blue water, long bands of bull kelp swaying in the waves. Bring binoculars to scan the water for sea otters, harbor seals, and sea lions, or, further out to sea, look for spouting whales. There are rare plant communities, archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of... 

Ice Caving – Magnificent Nature of the Vatnajokull Glacier

Ice Caving – Magnificent Nature of the Vatnajokull Glacier
Vatnajökull is not only the biggest glacier in Iceland but in the whole of Europe. It covers over 8100 km2 and has around 30 outlet glaciers. Vatnajökull National Park was founded in 2008 on the foundation of Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárgljúfur reserve. The National Park is the largest protected area in Europe. For those looking for a shorter but stunning guided walk, this is a fantastic introduction to the unique world of glaciers. The easiest way to access it is via Skaftafell, which... 

Saguaro National Park, USA

Saguaro National Park, USA
The iconic Saguaro cactus is the very embodiment of the Southwest, and indeed, the desert itself. The unique adaptations that vegetation comes up with for desert survival make some of the most interesting, unusual, and beautiful plants in the country. Wildflowers such as striking gold poppies and desert marigolds, red and pink penstemons, purple lupines, and orange globe mallows add welcome splashes of color. Seeing a blooming cactus is a special treat: ocotillos, chollas, and prickly pears all have... 

Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens, Florida

Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens, Florida
Set in a 100 year old limerock quarry, the botanical garden is now open for your visiting pleasure. The quarry walls are lined with concrete and rock planters filled with hundreds of species of plants and flowers to create a unique paradise. There are many benches and picnic tables to allow one to sit, rest, have lunch or just take it all in. We do recommend non-skid footwear and ask that you do not forget your camera! In 1991, Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens founder – Dr. Ray Webber purchased... 

Algonquin and Arrowhead Ontario Provincial Parks

Algonquin and Arrowhead Ontario Provincial Parks
Algonquin Park is a provincial park located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Ontario, Canada. It is the oldest park in all of Canada, but with age only comes more matured beauty. The world renowned park is made up of 7,653 square kilometers of incredible diverse and dense forests, impressive cliffs and rolling hills, and 2,400 stunning lakes and rivers. Each year Algonquin Park hosts over 800 000 visitors. Arrowhead Provincial Park is located north of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, and... 

The Charming Berchtesgaden

The Charming Berchtesgaden
This charming little mountain town, along with the remains of the Nazi stronghold on the Obersalzberg, the Eagles’s Nest and Hitler’s Berghof. The town lies in an area known as the Berchtesgadener Land, a little peninsula of Germany inserted into the Austrian alps near Salzburg. Berchtesgaden is often associated with the picturesque Watzmann, at 2,713 m the third-highest mountain in Germany, which is renowned in the rock climbing community for its Ostwand, and a deep glacial lake by the... 

Dangerous Mojave Road in the Mojave Desert

Dangerous Mojave Road in the Mojave Desert
The Mojave Road is a 138-mile stretch of dirt road through the center of the Mojave National Preserve. The road leads from waterhole to waterhole, and is mostly a 4-wheel-drive trail. Located in California, it is one of North America’s more famous routes. This rough road, also called the Old Government Road, from the site of the old Fort Mohave (on the west bank of the Colorado River, roughly 10 miles southwest of Bullhead City, Arizona) to the site of the old Camp Cady (on the west bank of the... 

Amazing Los Nevados National Natural Park in Columbia

Amazing Los Nevados National Natural Park in Columbia
Los Nevados National Natural Park is a national park located in the Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes. The area is made up of three large (2 of them active) volcanoes. In fact, Nevado del Ruiz erupted as recently 1985, causing devastation to the surrounding area. The other volcanoes are called Nevado de Santa Isabel and Nevado del Tolima. All three have hiking routes to suit various levels of ability and are well worth visiting. The 5,300-metre-high (17,400 ft) volcano Nevado del Ruiz dominates... 
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