North and south of the equator, heading to spring or fall

Friday, 10 March 2017

Everyone has his season and his ideal climate. Someone is looking for warm temperatures in winter, some other the sea in spring. In the northern hemisphere, north of the equator, the beautiful season is about to bloom. In the southern hemisphere, south of the equator, instead fall is coming.

They say, the world is wonderful because it is various. You well know this, because you always have to face new challenges and satisfy the most varied demands. Including those from who comes in the agency and asks you advice to reach, during spring, a country where instead it is fall, and vice versa.

Come on, then, a little north and a little south of the equator, the imaginary line that circles the Earth and whose points are all equidistant from both the North Pole and the South Pole.

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North of the equator, in Mexico

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Let’s go to Mexico, quickly reaching Cancún, renowned seaside destination in the state of Quintana Roo, in the Yucatan Peninsula.

«In Cancun you will find more than 22 kilometers of white beaches with the most varied characteristics: you can enjoy the calm waters such as those of the lagoons, but also big waves, suitable for sport lovers», remarks the Tourism Office of Mexico.

Cancún overlooks three stretches of water: the Caribbean sea, «with the most troubled waters, perfect for diving and have fun among its waves»; Mujeres bay, «without currents or rough waters, ideal for surface diving»; Nichupté lagoon, perfect «for all types of aquatic sports, from water skiing to jet skiing»

It is exactly spring the best time to visit the state of Quintana Roo and, more generally, the Yucatán peninsula. Beyond Cancún, we suggest Akumal, Puerto Morelos, the island of Cozumel and Mérida.

We remain in Mexico, but moving towards other waters. Let’s go to Ixtapa (Zihuatanejo), on the Mexican Pacific, in Guerrero State. In Ixtapa is located the Playa el Palmar, the certified largest beach in the country. Certified as Playa Limpia, Clean Beach, by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification, thanks to the quality of its waters and the protection of biodiversity.

We are still in Mexico, but leaving the salty waters to reach the capital of the United States of Mexico, Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world, “whose contrasts can overwhelm those who visit it for the first time“. Don’t worry, the suggestions provided by the Tourism Office of Mexico help us to organize at best our stay.

Walking away from the capital, we end our Mexican trip in Celaya, a city known as the Golden Gate of the Bajio, the geographical region where it the State of Guanajuato is. A famous location for its desserts, including the cajeta, a cream made with goat milk. Among the points of interest of Celaya, the Church of Carmen, the Hydraulic Tower and the Museum of the mummies.


South of the equator, in Australia

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We now move south of the equator, to discover the magic of fall in Australia, thanks to the tips from Tourism Australia. The Australian government institution promoting tourism suggests reaching Orange, a rural town renowned for its food and wine, located west of Sydney, to admire «the trees colored in red and gold».

Talking about food and wine, other recommended fall destination is the Yarra Valley, a region about an hour’s drive north-east of Melbourne, renowned for vineyards, villages, forests, the production of Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, artisanal beer and its tasty food.

Another must-visit is Canberra, the capital, where every year in March, from the lawn of the Old Parliament House, raises an army of hot air balloons in the occasion of the Canberra Balloon Festival. Besides admiring the flight from the ground, you can also get on board and enjoy a splendid view over the city.


North of the equator, in Latin America

We go back to north of the equator, to reach first the Costa Rica (officially, the Republic of Costa Rica) and then Panama (officially, the Republic of Panama), two countries of the so-called Latin America.

Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, and east, where overlooking the Caribbean sea, just with Panama, while to the south and west it is opened on the Pacific ocean.

Capital of adventurous and sustainable tourism of Central America, Costa Rica has an important place in the dreams of travelers from all around the world”, write Ashley Harrell, Anna Kaminski and Mara Vorhees, Lonely Planet authors.

About Costa Rica as a destination for ecotourism, we wrote an article dedicated to travel in the nature.

Lots of nature, but also a political, economic and cultural center capable of catalyzing the interest of locals and visitors from the whole world: San José, a sparkling blend of history and modernity, a city full of spots, faces and colors, which reflect the soul of Costa Ricans.

The Costa Ricans, «or Ticos as they like to define themselves, proud of their little corner of heaven, they invite the guests to immerse themselves into the placid pace of the pura vida».

We go down direction south, however above the equator, to get to Panama, a small stretch of land that overlooks north the sea of the Antilles, east the Colombia, south the Pacific Ocean and Costa Rica on the west.

Despite the tiny size (about 78.000 km²), Panama is a kind of micro-continent in itself, highlights the Autoridad de Turismo de Panama, «a transcontinental country with landscapes that are constantly changing».

Panama, in fact, offers lush rain forests, uplands with green and irregular mountains, arid and semi-desert areas, humid coastal plains and the crystal clear Caribbean sea. The best time to visit Panama, both for the beaches and for the cities and parks, goes from January to mid-April

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The capital is Panama City, cosmopolitan and snug at the same time, modern and animated international financial center, among the reference destinations for business travel. In Panama City ends the Panama Canal, an extraordinary feat of engineering that stretches for 80 km from the city of Colon to the capital.

Panama is also a country that includes different ethnic groups and ancestral traditions. That’s why we have recommended it in an article dedicated to responsible tourism and culture of the natives.

Note on the climate: both Costa Rica and Panama have a tropical climate and have two major seasons, a dry season (December to April) and a wet (May to November).


South of the equator, in Africa

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Let’s return, finally, to the south of the equator in Africa. We go first in Botswana, guest of honor at the 2017 ITB Berlin, the International Tourism Fair of Berlin, because it is one of the emerging African destinations and one of the ideal destinations for responsible tourism.

Botswana has a marvelous almost untouched nature and a large number of animal species. National parks, reserves and protected areas, occupy about 40% of the national territory. In June 2014, UNESCO declared the Okavango Delta world heritage site.

The gateway of the Okavango Delta is the city of Maun, served by the second airport for number of passengers of the country, after the one of Gaborone, the young and lively capital of Botswana.

 

Moving west to touch Namibia. «Like the close Botswana, Namibia is one of Africa’s hidden gems, and remains largely a border territory ready to be explored by the bravest travelers», tells Matthew D. Firestone, another Lonely Planet author.

In Namibia, «you will find the quintessential African landscapes teeming with wildlife, everlastingly blue skies that stretch on wide horizons and silent spaces where emptiness and desolation soon become intolerable», continues Firestone.

Before direct yourself to the Namib desert, though, the expert advice to spend at least a couple of days in the fascinating capital of Windhoek, “which still bears traces of its German colonial past“.

There is so much more to see in Namibia, and to realize this, you can just see the web pages created by the Namibia Tourism Board.

We conclude our journey in South Africa, which has three capitals: Cape Town (legislative capital), Pretoria (administrative capital) and Bloemfontein (legal capital). There is also a fourth, to tell the truth: Johannesburg, the financial “capital” of the country.

South Africa is a land of majestic landscapes, savannas, wild beaches, but also vibrant and multiethnic cities. A destination that satisfy many types of travelers. Itineraries, tips and insights are available in the rich web site conceived by the South African Tourism, the institution for tourism in South Africa.

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