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Dog Sledding in the USA: Hidden Gems of Anchorage
Hidden Gems of Anchorage / Hidden Gems: Alaska

Dog Sledding in the USA: Hidden Gems of Anchorage

Less than an hour south of Anchorage, you’ll find Girdwood, Alaska. There you can take a 12-minute helicopter ride and you’ll arrive at the Punchbowl Glacier for the outdoor adventure… Read More…

Midnight Baseball: Hidden Gems of Anchorage
Hidden Gems of Anchorage

Midnight Baseball: Hidden Gems of Anchorage

People that say Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps haven’t been to Anchorage in the summer. Thanks to being situated above the 60th parallel, Alaska experiences up to… Read More…

Soft Adventure and Thrill-Seeking Surprises in the State of Mexico
Hidden Gems / Hidden Gems: State of Mexico

Soft Adventure and Thrill-Seeking Surprises in the State of Mexico

Visitors to the State of Mexico might only see its colonial cities or its sleepy pueblos, but don’t be fooled. This little state is also the home for some serious… Read More…

Boating, Sailing, and Floating Restaurants in the State of Mexico
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Boating, Sailing, and Floating Restaurants in the State of Mexico

Just 50 years ago, Valle de Bravo was just a farming village on the banks of a river. But in 1947, a dam was built. This created a massive lake… Read More…

Evergreen Adventures in the Forests of Mexico State
Hidden Gems / Hidden Gems: State of Mexico

Evergreen Adventures in the Forests of Mexico State

La Marquesa is the nickname for Parque Nacional Insurgente Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, which is a massive park in the State of Mexico. It’s between Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, and Toluca, the capital of the State of Mexico.

Magical Monarch Migration in the State of Mexico
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Magical Monarch Migration in the State of Mexico

The Piedra Herrada Butterfly Sanctuary near Valle de Bravo in the State of Mexico is a brief home to millions of monarch butterflies every autumn. Monarch migration takes around eight months, and during that time four consecutive generations of butterflies are born and die.

An Insider Look at Culture and Art in Mexico State
Hidden Gems: State of Mexico

An Insider Look at Culture and Art in Mexico State

While everyone knows that Mexico is a country,  not everyone knows that Mexico is also a state. The State of Mexico is deep in the heart of the country.  It’s… Read More…

Artisans & Authentic Crafts in the State of Mexico
Hidden Gems / Hidden Gems: State of Mexico

Artisans & Authentic Crafts in the State of Mexico

If you’re looking for art, there’s more to the State of Mexico than Aztec architecture. The state is full of traditional handicrafts, and some are as old as the pyramids.

It’s one thing to go to a local market and bring home a souvenir, but it’s another to learn about the process behind it. In the State of Mexico, many local artisans will not only show you their work, but they will give you a hands-on experience you’ll never forget.

Ancient Aztec Ruins in the State of Mexico
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Ancient Aztec Ruins in the State of Mexico

The State of Mexico may be modern on the surface, but its roots are deeply tied to ancient civilizations like Olmecs, the Toltecs and the Aztecs. Those old ruins are still standing and some are even accessible to the public.

Some visitors to the state of Mexico will often stop at the pyramids of Teotihuacan. But if you really want to avoid the crowds and still get a great experience, then head to Malinalco—with an ancient, surprising Aztec site that’s truly stunning.

Aqueduct Zip Lining in the State of Mexico
Hidden Gems / Hidden Gems: State of Mexico

Aqueduct Zip Lining in the State of Mexico

In the State of Mexico’s “Pueblo Magico,” otherwise known as Tepotzotlán, you’ll find candy markets, fortune-telling canaries, and bubble-blowing grandmothers dancing to live music in the town square. Just a… Read More…

Stained Glass Beauty in the State of Mexico
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Stained Glass Beauty in the State of Mexico

The most unexpected work of art is the Cosmovitral, an enormous stained glass conservatory. Created by artist Leopoldo Flores Valeds, it is made up of nearly 9,000 feet of glass brought in from around the world.

How to Make Fireworks in the State of Mexico
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How to Make Fireworks in the State of Mexico

The State of Mexico is known for its traditional handicrafts. But there’s a region within it called Almoloya that is known for something else. This is where you can learn… Read More…

Street Food Surprises in the State of Mexico
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Street Food Surprises in the State of Mexico

La Marquesa is a combination of wildlife park and street food stop, where you’ll get to taste some of the most authentic Mexican street food.

To Jump or Not Jump? Paragliding in the State of Mexico
Hidden Gems: State of Mexico

To Jump or Not Jump? Paragliding in the State of Mexico

In the State of Mexico, Valle de Bravo has the perfect landscape and ideal atmospheric conditions for paragliding.

Hidden Gems of Panama: The Complete Experience
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Hidden Gems of Panama: The Complete Experience

It splits the Americas and connects two of the world’s great oceans. Where else can you surf the Pacific and sail in the Caribbean on the same day? Imagine a… Read More…

Why I Don’t Bargain with the Embera: Hidden Gems of Panama
Eco Travel / Hidden Gems / Hidden Gems Panama / Shopping / Videos / Voluntourism

Why I Don’t Bargain with the Embera: Hidden Gems of Panama

If you go just an hour outside Panama City, you’ll get a chance to meet a very special group of people: the indigenous Embera tribe. The tribe is committed to… Read More…

The Biggest Surprise in Bocas del Toro: Hidden Gems of Panama
Adventure Travel & Sports / Beach Vacations / Caribbean / Eco Travel / Hidden Gems / Hidden Gems Panama / Videos

The Biggest Surprise in Bocas del Toro: Hidden Gems of Panama

You don’t expect Panama’s most famous beaches to push you out of your comfort zone, but that’s entirely possible in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Step away from the water… Read More…

One of the World’s Greatest Train Rides: Hidden Gems of Panama
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One of the World’s Greatest Train Rides: Hidden Gems of Panama

Most people know that you can sail through the Panama Canal, but not everyone knows you can take the same trip by train. The train tracks were once used to… Read More…

The Wild Side of the Panama Canal: Hidden Gems of Panama
Eco Travel / Hidden Gems / Hidden Gems Panama / Videos / Water sports

The Wild Side of the Panama Canal: Hidden Gems of Panama

The Panama Canal does not just connect the Atlantic with Pacific. Between these two oceans and the famous locks is a culture unique to the canal. And the Gatun Lake… Read More…