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The purpose of its creation is precisely to exchange travel tips with friends of the page, the different ‘tips’  we collected through our travels, share experiences, make known places through photographs, in short, everything that could be useful to those planning a trip.
When you go to an agency, we haven’t generally all the time we’d want to ask all to the agent; if you are looking on the net, it is not sure that all what they say is what we will really find at the destination so what is better than our own testimonies?
We  have people with experience in the field to whom we can ask our questions, small local businesses who would like to be known, bed and breakfast, hotels, guest houses, apartments everywhere and we could organize trips, group trips,  tours, etc.
It is a great challenge and we will do our endeavor to make our idea works also with your interaction.
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Valletta, Malta

Valletta is the capital of Malta; located on the northeast side of the island on the Xiberras peninsula. It was founded in 1566 by the knights of Saint-Jean and bears the name of its founder: Jean de Valette. The city preserves many buildings which belong to the time when the hospital order of Saint John of Jerusalem, was the sovereign of the Maltese archipelago (from 1530 to 1798). The city was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage in 1980, a city rich in monuments on a small surface (320 monuments in 55 hectares). There is a lot of pedestrian area in the city, with a lot of sloping streets and stairs. To see: the co-cathedral of Saint-Jean, the fortifications, the Magisterial Palace, the Fort Saint-Elme, the National Archaeological Museum, the Notre-Dame de la Victoire church, among others.

Tips

Wear comfortable shoes to walk in the city.

If you are driving, you can leave the car in the underground parking lot of Il-Furjana and take the shuttle that takes you into town.

From the central bus station, you can use public transport to travel to other cities and places of interest.

For a great view of the city and its surroundings, go to the Upper Barrakka Gardens.

Iguazú Falls, Argentina

The Iguazú Falls, located in the middle of the rainforest, on the border between Argentina and Brazil, very close to the junction with Paraguay, is a UNESCO World Heritage natural wonder. In Guaraní, Iguazú means ‘great waters’. They are 17km north of Port Iguazú and 1350km from Buenos Aires. There is a national park on the Argentine side and another park on the Brazilian side. It is a set of 275 waterfalls of about 3 km, the best known is ‘The Garganta del diablo’ (Devil’s Throat) which is U-shaped and 700 meters long, 150m wide and 82 m high. The set of cascades pours up to 6 million liters of water per second. The majority of the falls are on the Argentine side and there are several tours that allow us to approach up to a few meters from the falls. The circuits were built in the middle of the forest and below the branches of the river (Paranà river whose Iguazú river is a tributary). A train takes you to different points of visit. In the parks there are over 2000 floral species, 400 bird species, and a wide variety of mammals, reptiles and insects. Many filmmakers from around the world have chosen this wonderful place to shoot their films.

Tips

It is a great place to visit in a long weekend but if you can not take several days, at least dedicated 2 full days to the falls to have the opportunity to visit both sides, it’s worth it! The bigger park is in Argentina since the falls are almost all in Argentina but the vision you can have of the whole Brazilian side is simply breathtaking.

Do not miss the boat trip to get even closer to the falls. Of course you are going to get wet but it is a beautiful feeling and the sound of the falls is sometimes deafening. You will not regret for a second this experience.

If you are allergic to insects, wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants but a cool fabric because it is almost always warm and it is quite humid. It’s best to wear sport shoes to better walk the circuits and not to slide in wet places.

It is not recommended to feed the animals. One of them; the coati, who is quite accustomed to the tourist and always approaches knowing that people always tend to give them something. Try not to change their natural habitat.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown is the capital and the largest city in Barbados, founded in 1628 by British settlers; located on the southwest coast. With a population from different nationalities, 80% are of African origin. Bridgetown is a very important tourist destination of the Caribbean, it is very often a destination for the congress. Its warm but not arid climate where the monthly average temperature does not fall below 18 ° C. Its port is located on the southwest coast of the island and welcomes numerous cruise ships. The main products exported from the island and through the port are sugar, molasses and rum. To visit: the Anglican cathedral (18th century), the houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square with the statue of Admiral Nelson (based on the one in London), the Royal Park, the colonial garrison and the stadium Garrison Savannah which hosts international cricket matches. The Garrison Sainte Anne de Bridgetown, known simply as the garrison, is a historical area which contains buildings such as the barracks and fthe ort St. Ann. The historic moment for the last lowered flag of the United Kingdom and the first survey of the flag of Barbados, marking its independence, took place in this area.

Tips

If you visit the city by making a cruise stopover, you will find many people who will try to sell you a tour or they will offer you a taxi, it is your decision if you wish to accept their offer, but if you only want to visit the beach, the public beach is 20-30 minute walk and it’s worth a little walk to relax under the sun later.
If you like museums, the historical Museum has interesting collections in geology, history, decorative arts, as well as important material on the flora and fauna marine.
If you like orchids, you can visit Orchid World, it is at the centre of the island of Barbados with more than 30,000 orchids as well as other flowers of tropical climate. You can go by bus, it takes 1 hour to get there.