Situated in the south of the Aegean Sea, at 200km from continental Greece, Santorini boasts, besides tourists from all over the world, one of our planet’s most incredible landscapes, since its area of 73km2 lies on top of an active volcano. Perhaps that’s the mystical reason for its being called the Island of Lovers, thanks to the charms of its millenarian volcanic formation, after the last big eruption in 1680 BC, together with the enchanting buildings painted blue and white – the colors of the Greek flag – that adorn the rocky landscape and are the scenery for incredible moments. Although its population is estimated at only 15 thousand inhabitants - equivalent to the Leme district in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro – for most of the year the streets of Santorini are crowded with tourists.
A divine experience, even for those who follow no religion, or who don’t believe in a Deity. That’s how we can describe a visit to historical Cappadocia, a tourist region situated in Turkey, more precisely, in central Anatolia – in an area of approximately 15 thousand km2, between Aksaray, Hacibektas and Nigde. With a population of under a million inhabitants, Cappadocia has unique geological formations – thanks to the local volcanoes that were active for over 8 million years – and a vast touristic treasure with its underground cities and dwellings that are a part of the rocks they were built on.
Situated in Micronesia, in the west of the Pacific Ocean, the island of Palau is the favorite destination of sea lovers. With an economy based on the triangle of tourism, agriculture and fishing, the island is a republic in free association with the United States, which provides defense, funding, and access to social services. The colonization has other cultural reflexes: it makes Christianity, either Catholic or Protestant, the main local religion, more popular than Modekngal, a cult of local origin. The language is another example, since English shares space with Japanese, Palauan, Tobian and Sonsorolese as official languages.
Have you ever heard of Unguja and Pemba? These two incredible islands, surrounded by a myriad of islets, form the famous Zanzibar Archipelago, situated off the coast of Tanzania, which is part of the East African coast. With the status of semi-autonomous state, the islands are separated from the continent by the Zanzibar Channel. Its capital, Stone Town, besides being the birthplace of Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), singer in the band Queen, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Silence, closeness to nature, and freezing temperatures: for some, obstacles, for others, the ideal trip. For the latter group, Paradise Bay, in Antarctica – the world’s coldest continent – is an excellent alternative holiday destination. All the charms of the freezing waters of the South Pole attract several cruises through the region for the contemplation of walls of ice and exuberant landscapes.