Chile offers bountiful opportunities to get out and explore. From volcano climbing to skiing, or surfing to horseback riding, the country boasts one of the greatest outdoor experiences on Earth. La Serena is no exception, and has plenty of places to catch some sun and adventure.
The Elqui Valley lies at the southern point of the Atacama Desert, just a short drive from La Serena. It boasts the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere, so many visitors stick around until after sunset to set eyes on the millions of stars that fill the night sky.
El Playa Faro
El Playa Faro is one of the region’s most popular beaches and an excellent spot to try some watersports. Surfing and windsurfing are particularly popular here, and there are plenty of businesses offering guided lessons.
Punta de Choros
Punta de Choros is a peaceful fishing village and perfect daytrip. The beach here houses crystal-clear waters perfect for diving. However, the main draw of the region is the wealth of bottlenose dolphins that call it home. It’s also located near the Pinguino de Humboldt National Reserve, home to hundreds of penguins.
Jardín del Corazón
Jardín del Corazón offers a relaxing experience near the busy center of La Serena. Though not adventurous, the area is the largest Japanese garden in South America. It contains beautiful displays of pagodas, koi ponds and waterfalls.
Parque Nacional Fray Jorge
Parque Nacional Fray Jorge is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve that features one of the largest sections of woodland forest in Chile. The wet forest in the middle of the Atacama Desert makes for a unique sight, and many days the top portion of the ecosystem is covered in clouds for spectacular views.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Brazil recently waived its visa requirements for several different countries, and the results have been spectacular. Now, Brazil allows visa-free entry for citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, for travel starting June 17.
Most of us are too young to remember the days when flying was an elaborate and luxurious event. Nowadays planes are cramped, seats are uncomfortable and meals leave plenty to be desired.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Saba Island was the first Caribbean island to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2012. While the tiny Dutch territory is extremely welcoming of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s not exactly a hotbed of gay activity. At only five square miles, there isn’t much room for gay bars and glam.