Brazil

11 Travel Do’s in Mato Grosso, Brazil

Mato Grosso translates to great woods. Located in central Brazil and is the 3rd largest state in the country. 

Orla do Porto in Cuiabá

A beautiful 1.3 kilometers stretch of colorful houses and restaurants on the banks of Cuiabá River.
1. Taste the local cuisines
2. Bike around town
3. People watch and / or mingle with the locals

Pantanal

One of the most important ecosystem in the planet, one of the world’s largest wetlands
( a large area of land covered with swamp or marsh ) and one of the best places for seeing wildlife. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000.
4. Stay in a fazenda
5. Explore the wetlands in a boat
6. Game viewing
7. Enjoy a National Geographic-inspired photography 

Chapada dos Guimarães National Park

Caves, ponds, waterfalls, cliffs, trails – and so much more of amazing nature.
8.Hike the trails and visit caves
9. Stand on the marked stone in Mirante da Geodésia – the geographic center of South America
10. Bathe in one of the waterfalls 
11. Sunset viewing on a mountain top 

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France

11 Travel Goals in Aquitaine, France

The old Aquitaine region ( now a part of Nouvelle-Aquitaine since 2016 ) boasts of a diverse topography. Located in the southwestern of France, in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees mountains. This historic province has a lot to offer for every kind of traveler from fancy chateaux to mountain summits to amazing beaches. 

1. Bordeaux Wine

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Join a guided tour of châteaux and vineyards in the world’s largest producer of fine wine. A day of wine tasting plus learning a thing or two about its history from the region’s very own masters of taste. Make sure to have a designated driver, you’ll never know how much fun you’ll have!

2. Saint-Émilion

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A day trip around the UNESCO Heritage site in the heart of Bordeaux, also famed for its namesake wine. This is a charming village named after a monk who settled in the area in the 8th century. Hike or bike your way around the historical landscape of this beautiful place.

3. La Cité du Vin

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A hi–tech way of discovering the world’s wine culture. Have a deeper understanding of wine’s relationship with people, view exhibitions and join workshops – a world of experiences indeed.

4. Anglet Beaches

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Dubbed as the “Little California” for its 4.5 km stretch of fine sand. Get a tan or meditate by the beach, dip in the waters or even surf the waves.

5. Pic du Midi d’Ossau

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A stimulating hike to a majestic Pyrenean summit, with an elevation of over 900 meters. Located at the heart of  Pyrénées National Park.

6. La Roque-Gageac

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A picturesque town at the foot of a cliff along the Dordogne River. Also cited as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

7. Biarritz Lighthouse

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Climb 248 steps to witness a panoramic view of the coastline and the town of Biarritz, built-in 1834.

8. Château de la Brède

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Travel back to 18th century, the gothic styled palace which was home to French philosopher, Charles Louis de Montesquieu.

9. Rocher de la Vierge

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Cross a small bridge to the statue of the Virgin Mary atop a rock surrounded by crashing waves and enjoy the view of the sea and even the city of Biarritz.

10. Funiculaire de Pau

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A free, short and fun way to get to and from the upper/lower part of the town of Pau.

11. Grand Bayonne

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Sight see  Cathédrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, Château-Vieux, and Town Hall of Bayonne.

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