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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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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, officially the municipality of San Juan Bautista and also known under the name of the walled city, is the capital of Puerto Rico, free state associated with the United States. Christophe Colomb discovered the island in 1493. Old San Juan is located on a small island La Isleta which closes the bay, we found in its eastern part, the Puerta de Tierra district where stood the fortifications razed to the ground by the Americans who protected the city in terms of its access by land via bridges crossing a small arm of the sea. Through this small arm of the sea you can reach a bigger island San Juan which is separated from the rest of Puerto Rico by a natural channel. On the north side of the island we find El Condado district that extends eastward through the tourist district of Isla Verde in the municipality of Carolina. In the south of El Condado we find the neighborhood of Santurce. The South of the island is the old commune of Rio Piedras which is now attached to the city and we also find the district of Hato Rey (business district of San Juan). Old San Juan, seven blocks area, is an area perfectly preserved with Spanish colonial architecture and a walk through time with its narrow streets, its fortresses of the 16th century in special El Morro (6 floors, 46 m above the sea). You will find trend bistros, shops of famous designers, art galleries, churches and colonial town houses with balconies ornated with iron.

Tips

From December to April, it is the tourist season, so prices are increased and it is difficult to find a hotel. From May to December, hurricane season, it is the best season to avoid tourists. It is very rare that a hurricane affect the island but on the other hand, you may have a lot of rain. What is appropriate is to check the weather forecast before you make your reservation.
Public transport on the island is not good and it doesn’t desert all points where you’ll like to go so the most suitable thing is to rent a car, it’s not expensive and you will be more comfortable and stress-free.
If you want to get one of the best views of Old San Juan, go to the Gallery Inn, six related houses that combine to create a quirky maze with stair tiles, open patios and gardens. There’s a Wine Deck which is the highest point of the city.
For those who like Latin music and late nights, and that noise does not bother, Da House (a hotel located in an old Franciscan Monastery) is the favourite spot for salsa dancing and the influence of the Caribbean jazz.
During the day, try the good dishes in the Old San Juan while you walk. At night, head to the quarter animated SOFO (to the South of Fortaleza Street) for music and dance. The animation is guaranteed; they love to party.

 

Capioví, Misiones, Argentina

Capioví is a municipality in the province of Misiones, Argentina. The history of the village goes back to 1919, when the first German and Swiss settlers moved there with the construction of a sawmill and a mill that is still there. This was possible because there is a waterfall known as Salto Capioví on the creek of the same name, which forms a natural pool that goes up to 4 meters deep in its fall. In the municipality there is also the town of San Gotardo. There is also a renowned astronomical observatory. But one of the best times of the year to visit the village is during Christmas season and New Year’s Day because decorations made through the recycling of plastic bottles are installed almost everywhere. A true art of recycling !!!

Tips

If you visit the city enjoy to do agrotourism.

It is an ideal place to walk in a natural environment.

Chritmas market, Livigno, Italy

There is a typical tradition of the Alps for the Christmas period that are the famous markets. One of the most known and visited is that one of Livigno where each year a village of wooden houses is set up near the site of the church of Santa Maria Nascente, it is right at the entrance of the pedestrian area. Each house has several gift options for Christmas time, the most typical objects are those in wood, you can buy even statuettes for your creche directly to craftsmen. The market also has a part where you can try different gastronomic products of the region such as apple fritters, hot wine, roasted chestnuts, typical Valtellina desserts, etc. And of course, Santa Claus is present.

Tips

This year, the market is open from 6th to 23rd December. Check the schedule on their website as they are variable.
You can arrive by car or train, but also with several trips provided by tourism agencies from different cities; sometimes these are day trips, sometimes you can do a 3-4 day to visit the market, skiing, going to the spa or take a short vacation.