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Archive for July, 2010

Travel Visas to Climb Cho Oyu

July 31st, 2010
If mountaineering is one of your hobbies, climbing an 8,000-meter-tall mountain is probably on your life list of goals. That means a trip to the Himalayas. While climbing Mount Everest is a difficult and expensive undertaking, there is a more accessible option for amateur mountain climbers- Cho Oyu,  the "Turquoise Goddess" of the Himalayas. At 8,201 meters above sea level, Cho Oyu is the 6th highest mountain in the world. There are 14 mountains in the Himalayan range with summits higher than 8,000 meters. However, Cho Oyu is generally considered the easiest and most approachable of these giants. That doesn't mean you can just go without any preparation, however. 8,000 meters is way up there, and the risk of altitude sickness and other altitude-related problems is still quite presen


Get an Indonesia Visa to Get Up Close and Personal With a Tarsier

July 30th, 2010
At this point, you're probably wondering: what, exactly, is a tarsier? About 5 inches long from nose to tail, the tarsier is the tiniest of all primates. Known for their huge, saucer-shaped eyes and basically for being adorable, they are also, unfortunately, endangered. Although tarsiers are classified as primates, they are very primitive and look more like adorable, furry pocket-sized aliens than monkeys. They don't adapt well to captivity at all, so you won't find them in any zoos. If you want to see one, you'll have to travel to their natural habitat. Tarsiers are endemic to Southeast Asia, and can be found in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Indonesia has a decent-sized population in Tangkoko National Park near Manado. With the help of a guide, you can look for tarsiers i


Indian Visa Requirements for a “Tree Pilgrimage”

July 29th, 2010
"I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree." Joyce Kilmer There's something really special, almost magical, about old trees. Being in the presence of a living thing that has been around for hundreds of years really puts our short human lives into perspective. Each tree is unique, shaped by both its own internal biology and the forces of nature. It's no wonder that people often give names or even build shrines to trees that are particularly old or distinctive. India is an excellent place to see some of these giants. In fact, Matador Travel currently has a post up by YD Bar-Ness describing the "tree pilgrimage" he took across the country. I love trees, but I must admit that until now I'd never thought of traveling to India to see them. I'd always imagined touring temple


5 Reasons to Get a Tanzanian Visa

July 25th, 2010
Tanzania is a beautiful, relatively stable country, and a trip there is a great way to start exploring Africa. Here are 5 great reasons to get a Tanzanian visa and go visit: 1. Mt. Kilimanjaro: The tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro 's three snow-capped, volcanic cones tower over the surrounding landscape. Whether you choose to appreciate its grandeur from a distance or test your strength and endurance in an attempt to summit, the mountain is definitely worth seeing. 2. Old Zanzibar: The old stone buildings of Zanzibar are nothing if not charming. The historic center of the town preserves buildings and architectural styles that date back to the 1830' s.  Old Zanzibar is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 3. The Serengeti:Serengeti National Park is the oldest national park in


Jordan Visa Requirements To Visit the “Rose-Red City”

July 24th, 2010
"Match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,a rose-red city half as old as time." John William Burgon This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage site is one of Jordan's oldest and most beautiful cities.  Located between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, Petra was an important trading city during Biblical times, and has been inhabited for far longer than that. Petra rose to power as the capital city of the Nabataeans. The Nabataeans traded not only goods but also water, and Petra is constructed with a system of dams, water storage and irrigation that allowed them to capture water when it rained and dispense it as needed during dry periods. After the Romans took control of the area, trades routes shifted and Petra's location became much less advantageous. Eventually it was all but aba