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WHY NORTH AMERICA
Iconic cities that need no introduction are just the icing on this culture-laden cake. A historical melting pot of cultures and identities, North America features some of the world’s most exciting destinations like USA, Canada and Mexico.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are ample flights from India to the US direct and connecting.
Mexico and Canada too have decent connections from India
January – March: 1 to 11°C April – June: 6 to 28°C July - September: 15 to 30 °C October – December: -1 to 15 °C
The East coast is approx 8 hrs 30 mins behind India The West coast is approx 12 hrs 30 mins behind India
English, Spanish and French are widely spoken
The currency of USA is US Dollars
1 USD = 67 INR approx
The currency of Canada is Canadian Dollars
1 CAD = 50 INR approx
The currency of Mexico is Mexican Peso
1 MXN = 4 INR approx
Take some time out to visit New York gems like - Central Park, Ellis Island, Museum of Modern Art, Times Square!
Take a trip to Las Vegas and try your hands at the slot machines, view the surreal acrobatic Cirque du Soleil show at the Bellagio Hotel or take the Las Vegas Strip night flight in a helicopter.
Canada has Banff and Jasper, that are spectacular natural marvels situated on the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies. The two bordering parks are Unesco World Heritage sites and are known for their exceptional natural beauty coupled with their manifestation of important glacial and alluvial geological processes.
Don't forget to visit the cities of Montreal and Toronto while in Canada. Montreal's museums, historic sites, shopping districts and nightclubs provide plenty of entertainment. To get the lay of the land in Toronto, catch a bird's-eye view from one of the four observation decks at the CN Tower.
Ski and snowboard in Whistler British Columbia which is a popular tourist destination for extreme sports.
Chichén Itzá in Mexico, one of the new seven wonders of the world – will impress even the most jaded visitor. Many mysteries of the Maya astronomical calendar are made clear when one understands the design of the ‘time temples’ here.
For the water enthusiast in you the reefs surrounding Cozumel island in Mexico are prized diving spots known for their tropical marine life and unusual coral formations.
Mexico boasts a fantastic variety of beaches and huge beach parties. Head o Cancun to unleash you inner party animal at one of the crazy beach parties.
Dive in for a once-in-a-lifetime snorkel tour at Cancun's newest attraction, the Underwater Museum. With over 400 life-size sculptures to discover, this aquatic exhibition is sure to leave you spellbound!
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WHY SOUTH AMERICA
Andean peaks, Amazonian rain-forest, Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white-sand beaches and vertiginous nightlife: the wonders of South America set the stage for incredible adventures.
Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador are some popular countries.
HOW TO GET THERE
Middle East carriers have flights to South America.
January – March: 8 to 29 °C April – June: 1 to 12 °C July - September: 2 to 22 °C October – December: 8 to 26 °C
Argentina, Brazil and Chile are 8 hrs 30 mins behind India.
Peru, Colombia and Ecuador are 10 hrs 30 mins behind India.
Portuguese and Spanish are the main languages.
The currency of Argentina is Argentine peso, Brazil is Brazilian real, Peru is Peruvian nuevo sol, Chile is Chilean peso, Colombia is Colombian peso and Ecuador is USD.
The US Dollar is widely accepted in most places. 1 USD = 67 INR approx
Floating through the rain-forest on an Amazonian ferry is one of the great travel experiences. The world's largest rain-forest contains one-third of all the living species on earth.
Go rafting beneath the Iguaçu Falls in Argentina, set amid rain forest teeming with butterflies, birds and many other animals. These majestic waterfalls are one of the great wonders of the Americas.
Witness the wonderful mayhem of one of the world's best parties. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is most famed for its spectacular Carnival processions through its purpose-built Sambódromo, Carnival is celebrated throughout Brazil. São Paulo also holds a big citywide carnival, but elsewhere around the country, there is often a more local feel. In Salvador, crowds dance in the street to Afro-Brazilian drumming; as well as in Olinda, a beautiful colonial town, which throws the most traditional event.
The most popular tourist attraction in Chile is the Atacama Desert - the highest and Driest Desert in the world. Unique rock formations will leave you speechless the entire time you are there.
Fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines a series of ancient geoglyphs that range from wildlife to geometric designs. They are clearly one of Peru’s most interesting and peculiar attractions.
Take the Inca trail to the great Machu Pichu in Peru.
The Galapagos Islands located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, are home to wildlife species, including penguins, sea lions, iguanas and albatrosses, etc. Tourists can swim alongside many of these animals, and snorkeling is another option as well.
Take a jungle tour into the Amazon basin, which covers almost one-third of Colombia's territory. Boat trips depart from Leticia to the nearby Amacayu National Park and often include visits to Indian tribes.
No place on earth compares to this white icy land that has captured the imagination of travelers for centuries. Marvel at the pristine glaciers and admire the seals, penguins and whales or kayak around the icebergs. Antarctica is simply stunning.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are ships (passenger/luxury) that you can take from Ushuaia in Southern Argentina. There are also a few flights from Australia, Chile, South Africa and Argentina but they are much less frequent and less predictable than ordinary flights.
For tourists, Antarctica is accessible only during the austral summer season from November to March, during which sea ice melts enough to allow access, coastal temperatures can rise up to highs of 14°C and there are twenty four hours of daylight.
Technically, Antarctica falls under all time zones currently followed by the rest of the world. This is because the longitude lines that are used to define time zones all meet at the two poles. For practical purposes time zones are usually based on the time zone of the country that owns the research stations.
English, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese are all spoken.
There is no Antarctic currency. However U.S. dollars, Pound Sterling and Euro are accepted, as are Visa and MasterCard where your transaction will be charged in U.S. dollars. Antarctican dollars are collector's items produced by the "Antarctica Overseas Exchange Office" . The bills are not legal tender in Antarctica nor any other continent or nation.
Deceive your senses on Deception Island which is revered for its thermal springs, but don’t be fooled: the water here can be quite cold! Located in the South Shetland archipelago, the island was a former whaling station and the rusting remains of this bloody industry litter the island – along with decaying whalebones.
There aren’t too many places in the world where you can be at arm’s length from thousands of penguins. You can walk among the massive colonies and even see penguin chicks during the right time of year!
Unspoiled by pollution, Antarctica has the most beautiful skylines in the world. Gaze up at night and delight in an exceptionally clear sky full of stars.
Impress your friends by sending them a postcard from the only post office in Antarctica, at Port Lockroy. It is one of Antarctica's most popular attractions.