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Archive for August, 2010


Friendly Reminder From the US State Department: Don’t Try to Enter North Korea Without a Visa!

August 30th, 2010
As former president Jimmy Carter returned from North Korea with a freed American prisoner, the US Department of State issued a new travel warning for the country, reminding Americans not to attempt to visit it without a North Korean visa. Although North Korea announced earlier this year that they would allow US tourists into the country year-round, that doesn't mean that it's easy for US citizens to visit the country. The travel warning notes that: "The Government of North Korea imposes heavy fines and long prison sentences with hard labor on persons who enter the country without a valid passport and a North Korean visa...Travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea is not routine, and U.S. citizens crossing into North Korea without proper documentation, even accidentally, have been subjec

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Paraguay Visa Requirements for Tourists

August 27th, 2010
When you imagine taking a vacation in South America, odds are that you aren't imagining yourself in Paraguay. The landlocked country doesn't have any tropical beaches to beckon tourists, and its tourist facilities are not as well-developed as those of its neighbors. Still, for backpackers and other travelers who'd like to get off the beaten path, Paraguay is worth a visit. Attractions include remote national parks where you can truly leave civilization behind (just make sure that you have a guide and the proper gear), charming Mennonite enclaves, bustling cities and the dry plains and scrub of the Chaco. Paraguay is best avoided during the summer months, when the entire country turns into an oven and temperatures soar to as high as 109 degrees Fahrenheit.  Note: Since Paraguay is in

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Venezuelan Visa Requirements to Visit Canaima National Park

August 26th, 2010
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is tucked away in the southeastern corner of Venezuela, near the borders with Brazil and Guyana. Canaima National Park is vast expanse of rugged wilderness so remote and unusual that it inspired the setting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World. Here's how UNESCO describes the park: Canaima National Park is spread over 3 million ha in south-eastern Venezuela along the border between Guyana and Brazil. Roughly 65% of the park is covered by table mountain (tepui) formations. The tepuis constitute a unique biogeological entity and are of great geological interest. The sheer cliffs and waterfalls, including the world's highest (1,000 m), form a spectacular landscape. The unusual and unique tepuis really make Canaima National Par

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Tanzanian Visa Requirements for the Winner of the Kilimanjaro Ultimate Adventure Sweepstakes

August 25th, 2010
Is "climbing Mount Kilimanjaro" on your list of things you absolutely must do before you die? Then check out the latest sweepstakes from Polarmax, Backpacker Magazine, Cotton Incorporated and Zara Tours: the Kilimanjaro Ultimate Adventure Sweepstakes (h/t Gadling). Whoever wins the sweepstakes gets the opportunity to take a guest to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with guide Macon Dunnagan. Dunnagan is an experienced climber who literally wrote the book on climbing Kilimanjaro. Well, a book, at least-his novel Sons of Kilimanjaro is about 4 men climbing the 19,340 foot mountain, and he's made the climb at least 16 times himself. The winner will also be protected from the elements with Polarmax clothing and gear, obviously, and will get to star in a climbing video for the Polarmax

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5 Reasons to Get a Cambodian Visa

August 24th, 2010
Each year, more and more international tourists discover Cambodia for the first time. Here are 5 great reasons to get a Cambodian visa and explore this magical country yourself: 1. Angkor Wat The national symbol of Cambodia, Angkor Wat is a massive Hindu temple/Buddhist shrine. Built in the early 12th century, it towers over the surrounding jungle, richly decorated with reliefs, sculptures and statues. 2. Phnom Penh Cambodia's capital is another must-see. Bustling and vibrant, Phnom Penh is a great place to shop, eat, or just contemplate Cambodian history, whether in a gilded Buddhist temple or at a somber memorial to the people who died in Cambodia's killing fields. 3. Siem Reap Siem Reap is a great base for visiting the temples at Angkor Wat, but it's also an interesti

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