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Archive for February, 2011


Indonesia Visa Requirements to Visit the Jungles of Sumatra

February 27th, 2011
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most breathtaking and ecologically diverse places on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most threatened. The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra consists of three national parks. Gunung Leuser National Park is located on the north side of the island. It houses an orangutan sanctuary and research station, and is home to other endangered species like the Sumatran elephant, Sumatran rhino and Sumatran tiger. Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park is on the southwestern side of the island. The park's boundaries include both mountainous and lowland terrain and is blessed with many rivers, lakes and hot springs. Kerinci Seblat National Park is the home of Sumatra's highest mountain, Mt. Kerinci, and Lake Gunung Tuju

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Mauritanian Visa Requirements to See the Eye of the Sahara

February 27th, 2011
Can you imagine how surprised the first astronauts to orbit the earth must have been when they saw an enormous blue eye staring back at the from the Sahara Desert? The "eye" was actually a landform called the Richat Structure, otherwise known as the Eye of the Sahara. With a diameter of approximately 31 miles, it was originally thought to be the landing site of an ancient meteorite. However, scientists have since concluded that it's actually a natural geological feature called a "symmetrical uplift." (h/t Environmental Graffiti) Unfortunately, visiting the Eye of the Sahara is a little complicated. First, you'll need a Mauritanian visa. Plan ahead: the US Department of State advises that "Mauritanian visas require an invitation or sponsor, can take up to several months to process, and mu

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Oman Visa Requirements to Camp Out in the Desert

February 25th, 2011
It might seem as if the whole Middle East is going up in flames, but at least for the time being, Oman remains calm and welcoming to tourists. One of the country's main attractions is the "Empty Quarter," a vast stretch of desert made more hospitable by the camps and resorts sprinkled throughout. Joshua Hammer of the New York Times recently visited this region of Oman, staying in the 1,000 Nights Camp. Here's how he described the area: The Sharqiya Sands, or Ramlat al-Sharqiya, of the Empty Quarter is one of the world’s most desolate and starkly beautiful regions: 4,800 square miles of rippled, undulating dunes that rise as high as 300 feet above the desert floor. It is also one of the not-to-be-missed attractions of Oman, an oil-rich and peaceful sultanate, bordered by Saudi Arab

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Brazilian Visa Requirements to Visit Marajó Island

February 24th, 2011
The New York Times' Frugal Traveler column is a great place to get inspiration for international vacations that won't break the bank. Recently, the Frugal Traveler visited Brazil, recommending Marajó Island. It definitely sounds like an awesome trip-read the description and see if you don't find yourself wanting to book a ticket: "While the morning away on the smooth sands of a virtually empty, mangrove-studded beach. Wander all afternoon through gorgeous wetlands, spying on sloths, scarlet ibises and capybaras (the world’s largest rodent). Dine in the evening on tender filet mignon of locally raised water buffalo covered in water buffalo mozzarella and wash it down with pitchers of icy mangaba juice." Sounds awesome, right? But you can't just book a ticket, unfortunately. This is Br

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Zimbabwe Visa Requirements to See the Rock Art of Matobo Hills

February 21st, 2011
If you visit this week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll see some of the most incredible rock art in all of Africa. The Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe have been inhabited for many thousands of years, since well before the dawn of agriculture. The area's distinctive boulders and caves form natural shelters that humans have long taken advantage of. The name Matobo means "Bald Heads" in the language of the Ndebele people. According to the World Heritage website, "The Matobo Hills has one of the highest concentrations of rock art in Southern Africa. The rich evidence from archaeology and from the rock paintings at Matobo provide a very full picture of the lives of foraging societies in the Stone Age and the way agricultural societies came to replace them." There are several camps fo

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