Once In A Lifetime Travel Adventures – Shake Your Hips to Jamaica’s Traditional Island Dances

Once In A Lifetime Travel Adventures – Music and dance are two elements of Jamaican culture that you should consider experiencing during your visit to the island. Many original dances in Jamaica are of African origin, and Jamaicans love to dance. The traditional dances of the island bear a striking resemblance to African dances, but the newer dance moves are more global and infuse hip-hop, jazz, and other international dance forms.

The single most popular and traditional dance is the “Kumina,” which originated in West Africa. This style of dance is predominantly found in the parishes of St. Thomas and St. Mary and is otherwise known as “Kalunga” or “Kaduunga.”

Kumina features flat-footed inching of the feet (or the kongo step), a steady, but often subtle forward-thrusting of the hip with the rib cage and arms moving against the hip, followed by wild spins and sudden breaks, all signaled by the lead drum. The dominant elements of Kumina are dance, music, spirit possession, healing, and the use of herbs.

The drums used in the dance are the Kbandu, which provide the basic rhythms, and “Playing Cast,” the lead drum. These go together with candles, graters, shakas and catta sticks, played on the back of the drum. According to Jamaica Journal, Volume 10, No.1, “Linguistic evidence cites the kongo as a specific ethnic source for the ‘language’ and possibly the music of Kumina.” There are Congolese words in some of the Kumina songs performed in Jamaica, which shows Jamaica’s connection to Africa.

A Kumina session involves dancing and drumming of two natures. Bailo is more public and less sacred, where songs are sung mainly in Jamaican dialect. Country is more African in nature and is a serious dance involving two leaders, a male and a female. The leaders must be able …

Visit Chile As Part Of Your South America Travel Adventure

South America is a fabulous continent full of contrasts. From the Amazon to the Andes, there is something for everyone in the colourful and diverse countries that make up this fascinating land. A South American travel adventure is definitely something that should be on everyone’s bucket list!

One of the countries that you will love to visit during your tour is Chile. It is a wondrous nation of glaciers, valleys, mountains, volcanoes, lakes, forests, fjords, beaches and deserts. Local legend reveals that all these features were left over after God had finished making the world. Instead of letting so much beauty going to waste, Chile was created. This multitude of natural attractions continues to draw visitors on a travel adventure to this stunning part of the world.

Chile also has a strong European heritage which means that travellers often feel a stronger connection to the history of Chile than to other countries in South America. Like all the people of South America, the Chilean nationals are warm and welcoming and love to share their unique blend of culture and heritage with visitors.

Stretching down the western edge of the continent, Chile is a mix of the modern and traditional, with large cities like the capital city of Santiago and small villages where farming families make a meagre living from the land. The vibrant city of Santiago is set spectacularly at the base of the Andes and has everything for the visitor from the historic San Francisco Church to the important national monuments in the Plaza de Armas.

Other picturesque Chilean towns you will enjoy include Bariloche and Puerto Varas where you can embark on a tour of the lakes area, bull of native forests, mountains, volcanoes and waterfalls. You will also be spellbound by the geographical wonders of Atacama and …

Adventure Travel In December – Saddle Up and Enjoy Horseback Riding in the Wild West on Your Gap Year Travel Experience

Adventure Travel In December – Few things are more evocative of the USA than movies set in the Wild West and while the region’s lawless heyday may be in the past, you can still taste life as a cowboy during your gap year travel experience.

One of the great things about America holidays is that you can cram so much in to a relatively small space of time, as the country has so many different landscapes, cultures and unique cities. You can try your luck at the roulette tables in glittering Las Vegas, hike through deserts, spot grizzly bears in the mountains and take part in activities such as white-water rafting, helicopter flights and horseback riding all in one visit.

And if you are going to enjoy horseback riding during your visit to the west of the USA, why not do so as part of a genuine cowboy experience? You won’t be in danger of being scalped, robbed by outlaws or fighting over a gold find, but a trip to a cowboy camp is still an authentic experience.

The camps offer the opportunity for long rides across prairie or desert terrain, either during the day or under the stars, and give you the chance to see some of the spectacular American wilderness and its varied wildlife close up. You will also enjoy some traditional cowboy meals and be entertained by some tall tales about the Wild West. The camp will even provide you with boots and a Stetson to ensure you look the part!

Spending a day or two at a cowboy camp is a great activity for people travelling in a group, but those undertaking adventure holidays for singles are also more than welcome. You can enjoy the riding by yourself or use the trips for socialising.

Many of …

Where To Travel In Costa Rica For Adventure – Travel Reminds Me

Last week I traveled to Costa Rica and back in a six days whirlwind trip with my friend Corrie. It was our version of a business trip – the purpose being to check out a property on which we plan to host a couple of week-long retreats focusing on yoga and coaching.

During our six days trip, a great deal did not go as planned. I am somewhat joking when I say that almost everything that could go wrong did, but the statement isn’t far off the mark. Between missed flights and bad weather, closed roads and a ridiculous rental car, no street signs and difficulty navigating, language barriers and miscommunication, we had a good number of close calls and mishaps in our few days in country. Even coming home was difficult for both of us. My luggage was lost and Corrie’s connections were delayed.

Yet… I’m not complaining. In fact, I had the best time! Corrie and I laughed hard every day. Our adrenaline was high and the trip was an adventure. It was as if we were flying by the seat of our pants the whole trip, and in truth, we usually were.

This is the beauty of becoming the traveler. The step outside daily routine, structure, and predictability brings, to me, a heightened experience. When I travel, particularly in a foreign country and as a budget traveler, I am in the flow. I have to be! I’m not in control of anything and there’s not much to grab on to beyond whatever I am observant of in the moment. How am I going to get from this town to that? Not sure, but I’ll be figuring it out! What are they saying? Not sure, but I picked out a few words, and if I try intently, I …

Adventure Travel Affiliate Program – Guanacaste Travel Attracting Adrenaline Junkies

Adventure Travel Affiliate Program – When it comes to Latin America, Guanacaste travel holds a lot of promise for ardent vacationers. Nestled in between the amazing countries of Nicaragua and Panama, this small Eden comes full-packed in terms of adventure and pleasurable moments that consistently tug at the hearts of avid vacationers and thrill-seekers. From its jagged terrain on one side, amazing surfing retreats on the other, majestic mountains with a slew of active volcanic sensations and amazing exotic layout, this paradise is truly some explorers dream. For years, places surrounding it have become a haven of American and European vacationers and nomadic adrenaline junkies looking for that perfect blend of relaxation and nerve-wracking exploits. From Guanacaste to Nosara, San Jose, Puerto Viejo, Playa Dominica, Osa Peninsula, and many more, Eden-like beaches, surfing sensations, volcanoes and waterfalls, zip lines and canyons, and humongous collections of wildlife will simply blow one’s mind away.

Guanacaste Travel Must-Haves

Before you get to excited and start cold-calling your agent, you need to understand that when it comes to this exotic Costa Rica travel has stipulated some important requirements before you can enter its pleasurable cradle. Though visa is not a requirement for citizens coming from the US, Canada and European countries, a valid passport is deemed necessary. Additionally, expiration of passport must also not fall within the thirty-day period of you Costa Rica travel. It must also be in outstanding condition with no distinctive markings on paper to guarantee entry. Some countries have electronic passport system these days making it easier for custom officials to check for credentials. Unless you have papers stating your residency in the country, make sure also to arrange round trip tickets for everybody and for yourself. You are only given ninety days of tourist travel within the country and …

Travelling To Orchha In India

Not so long ago I spend a few days in one of my new favourite places in India, during a month long India trip!

I have been travelling to India many times now and have always loved getting away from the big, busy cities for some respite in a more rural idyll. The cities in India are vibrant and fascinating, but the hassle levels and general stress of city life do wear you down after a while. So after Delhi, Agra and Jaipur it was great to arrive in Orchha and get some real down time during my India travel adventure.

Orchha’s name actually translates to ‘hidden place’ which suits it well. Geographically and in Indian terms it is not far from Agra to Orchha, but it feels worlds away.

The train took me from Agra to Jansi station. It was then a short drive on to Orchha. The traffic decreased as we left the train station behind and suddenly there was peace all around with just the occasional car and bullock cart on the road.

My driver took me along roughly sealed roads and through town, past some simple but well-maintained homes, in lovely Indian shades of aqua blue and parrot green. There were cows, goats and children wandering by, the occasional tractor, cyclist and sadhu. Life had definitely slowed down to a more languid and relaxed pace. Interesting and ancient ruins were strewn about the region and cropped up at the roadside at intervals.

I checked into my lovely hotel. It had the feel and style of a rambling old palace with courtyards, manicured gardens and very spacious rooms with traditional hand painted detail trimming the ceilings and around the light fittings. It had bags of character and personality and the staff were obviously happy and well looked …

Adventure Trips For Solo Travelers – The Best Tour Guide to Ecuador

Adventure Trips For Solo Travelers – Ecuador is a tiny country in the South America that has a lot to attract everyone towards its land and shore. The country features a great amount of bio-diversity and has become a center of attraction for its diverse natural beauty and warm hospitality. People who come to Ecuador generally plunge into cruise services around the Galapagos Islands. However, the country has a pristine mainland that holds every traveler who comes here once.

Travelers who love history and dig from the past will simply love the city of Quito which has a remarkable past. What could be other interesting way to witness the finest colonial impressions and architecture? In addition, shoppers can find their ultimate place at a nearby Otavalo market wherein they can discover various indigenous items for sale. Adventurous souls can actually discover hiking pleasures at Cotopaxi National Park, a few kilometers drive from Quito, the ancient city. You can also enjoy your exploration into the east of the Amazon region and hobnob with the perfect setting of rainforest tours, cruises, wildlife tours, comfortable jungle ecolodges etc.

Sierra:

In Ecuador, you can find the Andes range which runs through the middle of the country. The highest peak is measured at 6,000m (19,685ft). The country has numerous volcanoes, half of them are active.

Oriente:

Being a wet area, the Oriente is enveloped by thick jungle and a string channel of rivers, all of them carry water from the Andes into the Amazon River. Oriente is one of the more fertile and bio-diverse area of Ecuador.

Galapagos Islands:

A mesmerizing island, Galapagos Islands is full of unique creatures that all travelers will simply love and adore. The group of islands has become a new travel destination for all adventurous people.…

The Seven Cataracts Hiking Adventure Travel: A Mountain Sliding, Canyoneering Exploration Into Willow Canyon

Arizona is an incredibly gorgeous for hiking adventure travel, wildly diverse state with topography ranging from low level desert landscapes, to high mountain peaks and alpine forest ranges. More than any other geologic feature though, Arizona is widely renowned for its many beautiful and remote rock canyons, deep slot gorges, water falls and pools which are scattered throughout the state. However, what I find even more amazing, is that many of these backcountry wilderness canyons can be accessed through “non-technical” canyon hiking routes which don’t require ropes and are literally within a single day’s trip from either Phoenix or Tucson. For an excellent late summer to early fall day trip and hike, if you’re up for more of an exciting challenge and an extraordinary and scenic day trip, then take a mountain sliding, canyoneering hiking adventure to Seven Cataracts, and explore Willow Canyon, Tucson, Arizona.

It was the Labor Day holiday and early on Sunday morning that I left Phoenix, about 6am, heading out of town on I-10 East and arrived in Tucson by 7:30am. At the Ina Road exit, I swung off the freeway and took a left, heading east 8 miles, and met up with the TLC Hiking Group, led and organized by Eric Kinneman, at the Westin La Paloma Resort and arrived by 8am. Because the parking was said to be limited at the trailhead for this hike, we carpooled it together and set out for the day’s hike and journey heading east on Sunrise Blvd. by 8:25am.

The beautiful drive on Sunrise Blvd across the northern stretches of Tuscon and through the rolling foothills of the gorgeous Santa Catalina mountains has always been a favorite of mine. The Santa Catalina Mountains are Tucson’s highest mountain range reaching all the way up to 9157 feet in elevation …

Explore Adventure Travel And Tours – In Training As the New Rich – Noveau Riche

Explore Adventure Travel And Tours – You know, I would say that I travelled a pretty amazing journey. From the time I was 3 years old (about 46 and 1/2 years ago), I have undergone significant change. I was being primed, I’m sure! By “significant change”, I mean in those areas that are considered to be the most or separation of immediate family members (6 of the 8-having only my younger sibling with me all through to 18), geographical moves (25 places in totally different parts of Sydney by the age of 25). I had one 7 year stretch till I turned 32, then, once again, interstate and added another 12 addresses and a four months bout of “no permanent address”-yes, officially homeless.

But this is not a sad story-by no means! Aside from moving a lot, obviously I met a lot of different people too-from all manner of backgrounds. A much as I longed for emotional stability and anchors, I don’t think I ever realised, until now, just how much I loved the colour and diversity of this life path. I was a ‘shapeshifter’. I could fit anywhere and connect. I could adapt to multiple environments and moved between them easily. I became an expert at transition and observed people from all sides as they viewed the “others” with whom I felt an equal connection on some level. I experienced a great deal of contrast early in life that help me to sharply clarify dreams for desired alternatives.

I also had some fantastic opportunities to experience fun and unique opportunities. This has never ceased but I can see that my young life could be greatly responsible for my appetite to live life to the full and on my own terms. And like never before, I am viewing every single …

Horseback Riding In South America

One of active travel adventures in South America is home to an incredibly diverse range of experiences, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Adventure into the Amazon, party with the locals in Rio de Janeiro and experience the lost Incan world at Macchu Picchu – any kind of holiday that you want is waiting for you in South America.

For horse riders and those that want a bit of a different experience, an eco travel adventure on horseback is an excellent way to see the continent. There are a number of different popular locations and treks you can take – see some of these top destinations for horseback riding in South America.

Pantanal Wildlife Safari in Brazil

50,000 acres of land owned by the Lemos Monteiro family offers diverse landscapes, seasonal wetlands, thick forests and an active ranch. The Pantanal is both the largest wetland area and biggest ecological sanctuary in the world – a horse trek will immerse you in beautiful surroundings and bring you close to some of the native bird and wildlife like the thousands of egrets that visit the Correntoso River.

Chile to Argentina – Through the Andes

A 10-day trip and one of the best adventures on horseback in the Andes, you’ll start your journey amongst the snowy mountains and head east through the rain forests, ranges and past the lakes of Huerquehue National Park. Experience ‘living off the land’ as you build campsites and places to sleep each night, your safety guaranteed by expert guides. This trek immerses you in the landscape of two countries over 120 kilometres – an unforgettable journey.

Cayambe Reserve, Ecuador

The Cayambe Reserve is home to vast valleys and forests through which you can ride, as well as the Inca roads where you …