Lanín National Park, Neuquén, Argentina

The Lanín National Park is a park located in the province of Neuquén in Argentina. It is very interesting because it has much wood or cold forests of the said type ‘Valdivian’ which are essentially large trees; groups of conifers and fagaceae. Many of them are present only in the region and nowhere else in Argentina and are several hundred years old. There are araucarias, lengas, coihues and cypresses of the Cordillera and others even as the Lanín volcano which gives an option of adventure tourism to the place. In its many lakes and abundant rivers, we can practice fishing for salmon and trout. The most visited lakes are the Lácar and the Huechulafquen. With national parks Nahuel Huapi, Lago Puelo and Los Alerces, Los Arrayanes, this park is part of the Andino Norpatagonica biosphere reserve. The nearest towns are San Martín de los Andes and Junín de los Andes.

Tips

The park has different areas with paths for walking, trekking even for riding on a horse or on a mountain bike. The paths are not very easy and it is necessary to have good sports shoes. You must walk carefully, you will find animals on your way also but they are not dangerous.
In the park there are no structures where tyou can stay but if you like the adventure, there are areas for free camping or organized one. There are also beautiful areas with beaches where you can spend the day, make the kayak or practise fishing.
For the more energetic, the ascent of the volcano is also possible.
You count with tourist centres in the nearby towns of Junín de los Andes and San Martín de los Andes, town where you will find ski slopes too.

Tafraout, Morocco

Tafraout is a small Berber-speaking town of the Moroccan Anti-Atlas located 180 km south of Agadir in the heart of the Ammelne valley. The town is surrounded by rocks of various shapes and is known for the beauty of its colors: pink granite and the palm grove. The main activities are agriculture mainly fruit trees and livestock. There are argan trees, almond trees, olive trees, etc. Tourism has started to grow in recent years. Near Tafraout there is a female agricultural cooperative in the Aguerd-Oudad village, which produces and sells argan oils and aromatic herbs, as well as amelou (grilled and ground almonds made from argan oil). Like several places in Morocco, this village also had its place in the cinema with a few scenes shot for the film The black stallion. You will find small cafes and restaurants around Mohamed V Square.

Tips

You can make a day trip from Agadir.

The valley is an ideal place for lovers of walking or cycling.

One of the most beautiful seasons to visit the village is in the spring when the almond trees are in bloom.

If you want to visit the souk, this one is held around Mohamed V square every Wednesday.

Whistler, British Colombia, Canada

Whistler is a tourist town in British Colombia, Canada; in the mountain massif of the coast mountains and home to the renowned Whistler Blackcomb Winter sports resort. having allowed in part the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2010. Located at 120 km north of Vancouver on Highway 99, known as ‘Sea to sky highway, which runs along the Pacific coast and Howe Bay. The Whistler Mountaineer train joins it to Vancouver. At its foundation, the city was first called Alta-Lake due to Summit Lake which was the highest of the lakes in the region. At the beginning of the 20th century the mountain London Mountain was known popularly as Whistler because of Rocky Mountain Marmot that emits its hissing; officially named like that in 1965. Whistler is located in the traditional territory of Indians Squamish and Lil’Wat. It is the largest ski area in America with, according to some fans, slopes better and steeper than those of Switzerland, Austria, Italy or France, thanks to the impressive quantities of snow that falls each year. There are two mountains: Mountain Wghistler (2182 m) and Blackcomb Peak (2440 m). There are 38 ski lifts of latest technology. The highest point of the area at 2240 m offers a vertical drop more of 1500 m to reach the village. It is possible to ski in the summer on the Blackcomb glacier. Its Peak 2 Peak ski lift connects the two peaks of the area, being the longest in the world (4, 4km) as well as the longest serving deprived of support (3.024 km). On the 28 cabins, 2 cabins are equipped with funds glazed allowing to observe the village of Whistler as the cabin in the middle rises to 436 m from the ground.

Tips

If you are not a fan of skiing, the resort offers many other activities in summer: mountain biking, golf, swimming, fishing, even as sled dog and snowmobiling in winter.
If you would like to know a little more about the history of the native people of the region, visit the Squamish cultural centre. The building on three levels, situated in the heart of a 1.76 hectare woodlot, is anchored by massive Douglas-fir wood beams, while large windows give access to the spectacular mountain scenery of the region.