Instead of visiting typical tourist attractions and dining at the most popular restaurants, why not discover a destination’s charming neighborhoods and hidden gems? Picture sipping on artisan coffee while admiring colorful bohemian graffiti, wandering around the exotic Spice Islands or discovering the largest crystal group ever found in the Alps. When seeking under-the-radar experiences, the JG Black Book Collection has an uncommon adventure for every kind of traveler.
Discover A World Of Color & Culture In Sao Paulo With Condor Travel: When thinking of Brazil, one can’t help but picture lively beaches, the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue and the never-ending joy of the Carnival. But the carioca country has so much more to offer its visitors. Take the Vila Madalena neighborhood in Sao Paulo for instance: a colorful place full of art, bohemia and culture with a wide variety of bars and cafés.
Discovering this quaint little district is a fun, fascinating and enriching experience. Walk through the streets and encounter Beco do Batman, a unique area with breathtaking works of graffiti on the walls, which has established itself as a must-see stop. Stumble across a live band playing some catchy samba beats or blasting a funky Brazilian rock tune. Wander into small and secluded art galleries, where you’re sure to find impressive works of art by talented, underground artists. Enjoy some craft beer or artisan coffees, experiencing flavors that are just as exciting and interesting as the places that serve them. Or shop in some small, colorful boutiques, where you will surely find a unique and one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home with you.
As you can see, there’s no lack of new and exhilarating activities when visiting Vila Madalena. So, pack your bags, get your walking shoes ready and dive into the neighborhood’s colorful and magical streets with Condor Travel as your guide.
Discover Andermatt & Sasso San Gottardo When You Stay At The Chedi Andermatt: When you stay at The Chedi Andermatt, you’ll have the chance to explore the charming Swiss ski town of Andermatt, the gateway to the Urseren Valley at the foot of the Oberalp Pass. On your stroll through Andermatt, you’ll find Nätschen and Gemsstock, two picturesque ski areas that are part of the SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrunand. You’ll also find many enticing restaurants serving up local specialties – think savory Swiss fondue – as well as sports outfitters boasting gear for any and all of your Swiss adventures.
And don’t miss the Sasso San Gottardo, just a short drive away! Deep inside the Gotthard, experience history at first hand at Sasso San Gottardo? Would you like to ride on the underground Metro del Sasso, or marvel at the largest crystal group ever found in the Alps? These are just a few of the highlights of the Sasso San Gottardo – a former Top Secret army facility which was decommissioned in 2001.
Discover Zanzibar’s Stone Town At Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar: Known as the Spice Islands thanks to their spice trade past – cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and pepper to name a few – the tropical island of Zanzibar, lying just off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, has become one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations. Steeped in colorful history, this exotic island hosts a fusion of eclectic cultures imported by the merchant sailors over hundreds of years. Stone Town, the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, has hardly changed in the last 200 years! Visitors to Stone Town can spend many hours just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses, absorbing the rich historical culture of this ancient trading island. When you have finished exploring Stone Town, return to Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar and relax in your private pavilion with a sundowner in hand.
Discover Recoleta When You Stay At CasaSur Recoleta Hotel: If you are visiting Buenos Aires and staying at CasaSur Recoleta Hotel, one of the most neighborhoods you must visit is Recoleta! Why? Recoleta is both one of the fanciest neighborhoods in the city that features charming, traditional French architecture and modern bars and restaurants around Plaza Francia. It also features a famous cemetery that holds the tomb of Argentina’s famous first lady, Evita, as well as past presidents, military heroes and influential politicians. This cemetery is perhaps Buenos Aires’ top attraction!
The historical center of the neighborhood is the Church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar. If you are interested in the city’s culture, then be sure to head to the Centro Cultural Recoleta where you can enjoy art displays, concerts, theatrical performances, workshops and festivals. Recoleta is also home to the magnificent Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, displaying work by Goya and Rembrandt. Lastly, the new MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoameriano de Buenos Aires) is interesting for its architecture and its expositions.
Discover Gahinga Batwa Village With Volcanoes Safaris: When staying at Volcanoes Safaris Mount Gahinga Lodge, go and visit the new Gahinga Batwa Village, just a 10 minute walk from the lodge! The construction of the Gahinga Batwa Village started in Fall 2017 and will provide a permanent settlement for the Gahinga community of Batwa pygmies, a group of about 100 adults and children. The Batwa were displaced from their ancestral homeland in Mgahinga twenty five years ago and have been living as marginalized landless squatters since then.
The Gahinga Batwa Village will have homes for the Batwa Community, areas for cultivation, recreation as well as a community center. The Batwa will move to the village in Spring 2018! The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) has purchased land for the building of the village and made materials available for the Batwa to build their own homes. Since 2013, VSPT has set up a series of projects to support the livelihood of the Batwa community through tourism related enterprises and to help preserve their culture and heritage. So, be sure to carve out time in your itinerary on your next trip to Volcanoes Safaris Mount Gahinga Lodge to visit Gahinga Batwa Village!