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Uncover All Of Our Favorite Vacasa Features

Suppose you’ve been dreaming about a way to escape your hectic work schedule, to relax and unwind, all while earning some extra income? Then we’re sure you’ve already considered renting out your vacation property.  We’re sure you’ve heard horror stories about other vacation rental services—trust us, we have a few ourselves. But once we finally …

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Our experience touring the western islands of the Galapagos on the Santa Cruz II cruise

We began our luxury Galapagos cruise arriving to the Baltra airport from the mainland Ecuador, where the Metropolitan Touring guide was waiting for us. We took a bus to the pier where a zodiac boat took us out to the cruise ship, the Santa Cruz II. This ride lasted about 20 minutes until we made …

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How Much Does It Cost To Travel With A Campervan?

Between transportation, lodging, and other necessities, traveling often gets expensive. And because of how pricy it could get, it’s normal for people to want to get the most out of their trip. On the other hand, for those who are traveling with limited resources, sticking to a strict budget has become essential to ensure they …

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Hotels.com is Paying $15,000 for Someone to Spend the Summer in 10 Retro Beach Motels

Hotels.com is Paying $15,000 for Someone to Spend the Summer in 10 Retro Beach Motels Summer is the most exciting period of the year. It’s a time for holidays, sun and surf. With so many different possible holiday destinations, the hotel booking site, hotels.com, wants to pay a select group of people $15,000 each to …

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Top Luxurious Resorts to stay in Bali

The Indonesian island of Bali, which is frequently referred to as the Island of the Gods and is situated between Java and Lombok, is a well-known island paradise, despite the fact that its fame has had an impact in some places. Bali’s vibrant, profoundly spiritual, and distinctive culture is set against a gorgeous backdrop of …

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14 Days in Colombia: The Complete Two Week Itinerary

Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in all of South America. You could easily spend an entire year exploring all of Colombia’s cities, beaches and landscapes. Since most of us do not have that much time to vacation, we have created the ultimate itinerary of what to do in Colombia in 14 days. …

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The Best Things To Do In Boyacá: A Day trip From Bogotá

The department of Boyacá is located in the Andean Region of central Colombia. Here you will find some of the most beautiful towns in all of Colombia. Its towns are colorful, cheerful and with plenty of history and beauty. The best part is these towns can be easily visited as a day trip from Bogotá, …

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Complete 7 Day Itinerary to Lebanon: Visit the Best Things to do In Lebanon

Lebanon is in the Middle East, with Israel bordering to the south, Syria to the east and north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the west. While you may hear more about Lebanon in the news due to its current economic crisis or hostilities, this small country offers its visitors great variety of landscapes, gastronomy and …

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Complete 3 Day Itinerary to The Coffee Region in Colombia

The Coffee Region is an important tourist area of Colombia where you can enjoy delicious cuisine, spectacular landscapes, meet friendly and helpful people, and of course enjoy some of the best coffees in the world. In this guide we share everything you need to know to visit the Coffee Region in three days without needing …

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Complete Travel Guide To Visit The Tatacoa Desert in Colombia

One of the best destinations in Colombia is the Tatacoa desert, where you can enjoy hiking, nature and photography. In this travel guide I tell you everything you need to know to plan your next visit to the Tatacoa desert, including how to get there, where to sleep, to what to do in the desert. …

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Complete Guide to Visit the Arenillas Ecological Reserve in Ecuador

The Arenillas Ecological Reserve is located in the southwestern coastal region of Ecuador in the province of El Oro. The closest major city is Huaquillas, a border city with Peru. The reserve is home to both tropical dry forest and mangrove forests. The reserve has more than 17,000 hectares, making it one of the most important …

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What to do in Puerto Jeli, El Oro

Puerto Jeli is one of the most important gastronomic destinations in the province of El Oro, Ecuador along with Puerto Hualtaco (Huaquillas) and Puerto Bolívar (Machala). For seafood lovers, this is a destination that you cannot miss. Most of its inhabitants are dedicated to fishing and the culinary arts of the typical food of the …

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What to Expect on Your First Hot Air Balloon Ride

Are you inspired by the Instagram photos of hot air balloons flying over Cappadocia? Did you just find out about the worlds largest balloon festival in New Mexico? It is time to plan your once in a lifetime romantic and family friendly hot air balloon adventure. You do not have to travel across the world …

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Complete Guide To The Waterfalls of El Chorro de Girón, Azuay

El Chorro de Girón is made up of three waterfalls that are located within the canton of Girón in the province of Azuay, Ecuador. From the entrance, there is a path that takes you to the base of the waterfalls, to the viewpoint and to the other waterfalls. El Chorro de Girón is located in …

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The 13 Best Things to see and do in Macas, Morona Santiago

The city of Macas, also known as Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Macas or as the Oriental Emerald, is the capital of and largest city in the Morona Santiago Province in Ecuador. Macas is an adventure sports and tourist city located in the Upano Valley with views of the Upano River, which lends itself to …

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The Best Hikes in Podocarpus National Park From Loja and Zamora

Podocarpus National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in Ecuador due to its topography and location in the Eastern Ranges of the Andes Mountains in southern Ecuador. The park includes ecosystems within the Sierra and the Ecuadorian Amazon. Its altitude ranges from 900 to 3,600 meters above sea level. Podocarpus was declared …

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The 6 Best Things To Do In Bajo Alto, El Oro in One Day

Where is Bajo Alto beach located? Bajo Alto beach is located in the northwest of the El Oro province in the Guabo canton. The province of El Oro is located in southern Ecuador in the Costa region. The closest major city to Bajo Alto beach is the city of Machala approximately 30 kilometers away. How …

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The 10 Best Beaches on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos is one of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean with its ample beaches and crystal clear blue waters. An amazing aspect of these low-lying coral islands is the abundant underwater life teaming around the many coral reefs, visible through both snorkeling and scuba diving. Pack your snorkeling gear and waterproof camera …

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Boutique Hotel Review: Casa Gangotena At The Heart Of Historic Quito

Any visitor to Quito who wants to stay in one of the best hotels in Quito, look no further than the historic Casa Gangotena, located in the heart of the old town. The hotel overlooks the Plaza de San Francisco. Casa Gangotena is a Spanish colonial mansion that dates back to the 1600s. The wealthy …

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Review: Mashpi Lodge Rainforest Hotel in Chocó Andino, Ecuador

The Mashpi Lodge is a boutique hotel in the dense cloud forest near Quito. It was recently included on National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andean Chocó region, just 2 hours and a half from the city of Quito. This eco-resort in the heart of a 2,500-acre …

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Small Boat Cruises Guide: What Destinations Are Best Explored on a Charter Cruise?

Whether exploring the secluded beaches of the Mediterranean lining or voyaging the turquoise waters of Italy, charter cruises are always ideal since they are magnificently tailored to cater to each traveler’s requirements and pave the way to reach the undiscovered lands. While planning your next vacation, you can always take a sailing ship to the …

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How to See Andean Bears in Ecuador: Where to Find the Elusive Spectacled Bears

There are eight species of bears in the world: the polar bear, the brown bear, the black bear, the panda bear, the Malayan bear, the Asiatic black bear and the Andean bear or spectacled bear. The role of the Spectacled Bear in its ecosystem is very important, since they help to disperse seeds over a …

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The Best of La Entrada Beach in Santa Elena, Ecuador

La Entrada is a picturesque city located in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador on the border with the province of Manabí, between Las Núnez beach and La Rinconada. In fact, its name comes from the fact that it is the entrance to the province of Santa Elena after crossing the Cordillera Chongón Colonche if …

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7 Amazing Things To Do In Salinas, Santa Elena

Salinas is the busiest beachfront cites and one of the main cities in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador located on the western tip of the peninsula of the same name. Although Salinas is not the closest beach to Guayaquil, many of its visitors come from this city. Here you can find several beautiful hotels, …

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Our Review Of The Napo Wildlife Center in Yasuni National Park

Yasuní National Park is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve covering more than 9,823 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest. Yasuní is located between the Napo and Curaray rivers within the Napo forest eco-region. Yasuní National Park features 150 amphibian species, 121 reptile species, 382 fish species, 596 …

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11 Adventurous Things To Do In Puerto Misahuallí In The Amazon Rainforest

One of the most magical and beautiful places in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest is Puerto Misahuallí, which is located just 40 minutes by car east of Tena, Napo. Puerto Misahuallí is known for its wild monkeys, which roam freely through the central park and along the banks of the Rio Napo beach, making mischief with …

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5 Things to Do In Vilcabamba, Ecuador That You Can’t Miss

The Vilcabamba canton (The name in Quichua means Sacred Valley), is one of the most beautiful towns in Ecuador thanks to its topography, surrounding mountains, and the kindness of its inhabitants. It is located in the southern Andean region in the province of Loja, just 45 km from its capital, the city of Loja. The …

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The 9 Best Things To Do In Zamora, Ecuador In One Day

Zamora is the capital of the province of Zamora Chinchipe located in the extreme southeast of the country in the Amazon region. Zamora is known for being one of the two doors to the Podocarpus National Park, for the great probability of bird watching and for its natural beauty such as its waterfalls. The climate …

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11 Adventurous Things To Do In Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi National Park is home to the volcano that bears the same name, one of the most active and recognized volcanoes on the Avenida de los Volcanes and all of Ecuador. In fact, the Cotopaxi Volcano was the first park in Ecuador’s continental territory to be declared a national park. The Cotopaxi volcano is …

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The 10 best things to do in Statesville, NC this weekend

The small town of Statesville, in central North Carolina has a charming historic downtown, a rich history, ample outdoor adventures, local breweries, and most surprisingly, hot air balloon rides. It is the perfect weekend destination from Charlotte or Raleigh to relax and enjoy its small town charm. Here are the top 10 things do in …

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Seven Tips for Traveling With Your Significant Other

Statistics show that couples who travel together are more likely to report that they communicate better than couples who do not travel together. Do you take long or short vacations with your significant other? How do these trips usually go? Do both of you enjoy the experience or is it a course of stress within …

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The 10 Best Things To Do In Loja, Ecuador In 2 Days

Loja, also known as the Castilian City, is the capital of the province that bears the same name located in southern Ecuador in the Andes mountain range. This beautiful city is known for its cultural heritage, its natural and architectural beauty inherited from the Spanish colonial era. Top 10 tourist places to visit in Loja: …

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What to Know Before Becoming a Digital Nomad

Historically speaking, humans tend to stay close to home. Unless forced to relocate due to climate change, natural disasters, or war, the typical person never ventured farther than a few miles from their birthplace. In instances where individuals were compelled to travel far to find a new home, they did so once and stayed put …

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10 Places to Visit Along California’s Pacific Coast Highway 1

The U.S. state of California is one of the most well-known states in the entire United States. California is the third-largest state by size (after Texas and Alaska, the largest state), but it is the most populous state in the U.S. Because it is such a large state, one could plan a two-week-long road trip …

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The Best Things To Do in Sucre in One Day: The White City of Bolivia

Sucre is the capital of Bolivia, the 6th largest city in the country and one of the most beautiful cities in Bolivia, with the majority of its buildings painted white. Sucre is the only capital in South America where all the administrative and governmental buildings are located elsewhere, in La Paz. The city is full …

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7 Dog Friendly Things To Do In Benson and Johnston County, NC

Johnston County, North Carolina is home to a range of great outdoors activities, small towns, friendly people, moonshine, wine and most importantly, delicious southern food. The most popular cities in the county are Smithfield, Clayton, Benson, and Selma. There are many dog friendly things to do in Johnston County so make sure to bring your …

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The Best Things To Do in San Marino, Europe

San Marino is the 5th smallest and oldest country in the world. It is located in the central Italy between the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche. This small country is famous for the Formula 1 and the Historic Centre which is considered an UNESCO heritage site. It is one of several tiny countries in …

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The 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh has an endless list of photo-worthy places ranging from natural landscapes to beautiful murals and historic monuments. In this list we share the top 10 Instagrammable spots in Raleigh which will help you plan an awesome vacation to Raleigh, North Carolina. Read More: The coolest murals in Raleigh We decided to move to Raleigh …

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Top Best 5 Free Things to do in The Outer Banks, NC

The Outer Banks is located on the coastal region of North Carolina, and it is one of the most beautiful places in the state. Many people think the Outer Banks, a collection of thin barrier islands jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, are an expensive vacation spot but in reality there are a lot of …

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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve: Everything You Need To Know To Visit The Ecuadorian Amazon

I had the opportunity to visit the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most magical places in Ecuador. Together with Yasuní National Park, these parks are the most biodiverse reserves in the country. The Cuyabeno Reserve is located in the northern Amazon region of the country in the Sucumbios province. Some the animals that you …

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The Ultimate Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nestled in the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the most visited national park in the country. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its rolling hills as far as the eye can see. As part of the …

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A Guide of The 8 Best Things To Do in Baños, Ecuador

Baños de Agua Santa is located in the center of Ecuador in the province of Tungurahua in the Ecuadorian highlands. Baños is known as the “Door to the Amazon“, as it is the last city before entering the Ecuadorian Amazon or as “the capital of adventure sports in South America” ​​for the amount of extreme …

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The Best Glamping Experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest with Macas Glamping

We had the opportunity to stay at Macas Glamping for two nights and the truth is that it was an unforgettable experience. This boutique hotel is located just 15 minutes from Macas, Morona Santiago in the Amazon rainforest region of Ecuador. It is not located in the heart of the jungle but the environment that …

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The Ultimate Guide With The Best Things To Do in San Francisco in 3 Days

San Francisco has been one of my favorite cities in the United States since I first visited in 2012 to celebrate my 21st birthday. It is a quirky and open minded city with vibrant yet unique neighborhoods, that make San Fransisco special. No matter your travel style San Francisco has something to offer to all …

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Where to go apple picking in NC? The best Orchards to go Apple Picking in NC

North Carolina ranks as 7th best state for producing apples in the US out of the 32 states that produce apples commercially. That is one of the many reasons to visit the broad variety of orchards for apple picking in North Carolina. Are you ready for apple picking season here in North Carolina? Here is …

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Things to do in Ecuador: 10 day Itinerary (Highlands version)

Ecuador is one of the most diverse countries in the world and in only 10 days in Ecuador you can visit volcanoes, beautiful beaches and the rainforest. We recommend starting your week in Ecuador either in Quito or Guayaquil as there are the main international airports in the country. Quito is a UNESCO historic city …

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The Best 4 Places to Go Whale Watching in Ecuador

In this travel guide you will find everything you need to plan your trip for whale watching in Ecuador. Every year along the coast of Ecuador humpback whales migrating more 4,000 miles from its feeding grounds in Antarctica to mate or give birth in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean The cool thing about …

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Travel Guide to The Armadillo Waterfall (Cascada del Salto del Armadillo), Ecuador

The Salto del Armadillo waterfall is a little more than 10 meters high and 30 to 40 meters wide. It is a waterfall is the perfect spot to visit for tourists from Manabí, Guayas and Los Ríos. Within the reserve you can see many animals including rabbit, agouti, armadillo, oncilla, partridge, hawks, and several varieties …

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