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Baja California

The big back yard

By Jessica Lloyd

Surrounded by Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés (or Gulf of California), Baja California is a region with a diverse geography which includes deserts, mountains, pine forests, hundreds of miles of untouched beaches and a coastline ideal for all water sports with many towns and campsites. The peninsula is divided into two states; Baja California (north), and Baja California Sur (south).

In general, the seasons are clearly marked, fall is fresh, winter is cool, spring and summer are sunny and warm to semi-tropical. To travel in this region you must have a Mexican Tourist Card or travel permit.

For exciting, or laid back holidays, the resort areas of Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada,

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Acapulco

On the Pacific coast, Acapulco is one of the largest and most popular tourist resorts in the Mexico. Its stunning beaches, natural surroundings and a wonderful climate, has made this one of the most popular holiday resort in Mexico and Latin America.

Acapulco is set on a large bay backed by high-rises and the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains. Made famous by the jet set in the 1950s and ’60s, it’s known for its high-energy nightlife, beaches and golf. From its iconic La Quebrada cliff, performers dive 40m into a small cove every day and night.

Acapulco, is 380 kilometres (240 mi) southwest from Mexico City. It’s located on a deep, semi-circular bay and it has served as a

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Mexico

Mayan-Spanish flavour

Beach Babes by Foxxy

In Mexico today, there is unrest and riots over the disappearance of students as well as the ongoing battles between drug cartels and the authorities.

Mexico was an advanced civilization before the arrival of the Spanish and under Spanish rule much of the wealth was stolen. Today the Spanish influence is strongly represented in the architecture and Mexico is an independent democratic country playing economic catch-up with the developed world.

For the visitor Mexico is a popular destination where you can take day trips from the USA border cities, yet Mexico City (the capital city) in central Mexico is the most popular destination and one of the largest cities in

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Florianopolis

One of the most beautiful Brazilian destinations

A city with some nice beaches

Now here is a small slice of paradise, an island 51km long and 18km wide linked to the mainland by the longest suspension bridge in Brazil, the Hercilio Luz Bridge.

Florianopolis is the State Capital of Santa Catarina and a fantastic spot for enjoying the best of what Brazil has to offer. It is comparatively wealthy, and a noticeable feature of this place, believe it or not, is that the buildings are actually clean! The rest of Brazil seems to have a glaze of grey over most of its buildings and look like no one cares, but here they are clean and even shiny. Cleanliness demonstrates

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Chile

A great southern land

A curious llama

Situated along the south western region of South America, Chile is a long slender country bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the high Andes Mountains, with Peru to the north, Bolivia and Argentina to the east.

It is a land of great contrasts with a temperate desert climate in north; Mediterranean in central region; cool and damp in south and totally freezing in the south, with glaciers, fjords and lakes.

Places of Interest by Ale Mcalister

Robinson Crusoe Island Where Charles Darwin made his first notes about his theory of evolution, and bought during his first expedition there, some souvenirs and fossils.

Arica The city of the

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South America

A continent of historic nations stretching back over 15000 years

The city of Cusco, PeruImage courtesy of Incas Del Peru

There is no true agreement between historians and anthropologists as to how and when the first civilisations developed in the southern Americas. Historians and researchers like Graham Hancock using celestial alignment have dated some ancient civilisations to 10,500 BC.

The evidence of the Piri Reis map that predates Columbus shows not only the entirety of South America in great detail before any modern Europeans arrived there back in the 1600s. Not only that, the Piri Reis map also shows the land mass of Antarctica in such detail that modern science only discovered in the 1960s.

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