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Stunning Patagonia

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From its pampas grasslands where gauchos round up vicuñas to the rugged Patagonia and the untamed Tierra del Fuego, Argentina is a beautiful country. There are also the towering Martial Mountains, gorgeous glaciers, including the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier and the Upsala Glacier. And Buenos Aires’s nightlife – the tango dancers, the delicious wine and barbeque lamb – is not to be missed. On an Argentina vacation, there is so much that you can do and see, and much of it is off the beaten track.

The Magical World of Petra, Jordan

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Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourist attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die".

Forbidden Cuba

By Travel Outsider

Taking time out from the everyday stresses and strains of life to visit an exotic place is something that everyone looks forward to. Cuba, with its notoriety brought upon by its government and the clamp down of the American government on its export and tourism, is a country known more for its cigar and its leader, rather than as a vacation destination. Despite this, every year more and more tourists from Canada and Europe are flocking to Cuba, enthralled by its natural beauty and its passionate and welcoming people. Tourism in Cuba is currently at an all time high.

Mungo National Park, Australia

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Mungo National Park is an isolated national park in south-western New South Wales, Australia, 876 km west of Sydney, in the Balranald Shire. It is part of the Willandra Lakes Region, a World Heritage Site covering 2,400 square kilometres, and incorporating seventeen dry lakes. This park is about 75 kilometres south-east of Pooncarie, 110 km north-east of Mildura, Victoria and approximately 145 km south-west of Ivanhoe. The roads to, in or around the park may become impassable during or after rain.

Badlands National Park

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Badlands National Park, in southwest South Dakota, United States preserves 244,000 acres (98,740 ha)of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.

The Badlands Wilderness protects 64,144 acres (25,958 ha) of the park as a designated wilderness area and is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America.

The Frigid World of Antarctica

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Antarctica the most inhospitable place on Earth.

Antarctica considered by many as one of the last pristine regions on the Earth, and the most inhospitable. It offers the adventurous traveler the world’s most magnificent wilderness, abundant concentrations of wildlife, icebergs sculpted by the sea, oceans covered by pack ice, mountains, vast snow covered plains, mammoth glaciers, and other breathtaking scenery.

Explore Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu, “The Lost City of the Incas” and one of the current seven wonders of the World is located 130 kilometres northwest of Cusco, in the Urubamba province, at the top of a mountain of the same name and surrounded by an abyss of slightly over 400 meters that forms the Urubamba River’ canyon.

Because of its location, many visitors of this Peruvian Historic Sanctuary wonder how its old settlers moved these large blocks of stone that constitute this archaeological site and built this immense city at the top of a mountain. This mystery has generated several theories about its origin. Some people believe it is a fortress and therefore it is called “citadel” while others think that it is a religious and sacred place where the Incas worshiped their gods and made sacrifices as their main activities. According to recent investigations the most likely explanation is that Machu Picchu was built by order of Pachacutec, “the Emperor Inca”, as a resting place.

 
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