Bucerias, Mexico

Bucerias is located towards the North shore of Banderas Bay at about 20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was just a fishing village but nowadays many people choose this place for a quiet vacation. It has sandy beaches, cobblestone streets and people are really kind. You can also find restaurants of any kind along or near the beaches. There are a lot of activities to do in the village like whale watching (November to March); sea sea turtles (June to December); do deep sea fishing (all year long); see the Blue Footed Booby ( a special bird found in a few places in the world); see the iguanas of different colours and sizes, and more. Only 20 minutes by boat is full of underwater caves, reefs and neat tunnels. On your way there you can see dolphins, whales, sea turtles, manta rays, sea snakes and jumping fish.

Tips

You can find lots of accomodation: hotels, appartments, houses to rent for short or long periods and you can also invest if you prefer. Lots of American and Canadian use to spend their long holidays there.

There is a small open market in the town centre to buy local crafts and souvenirs.

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city after Sao Paulo, world famous for its carnival, beaches (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon) and the statue of Christ the Redeemer on the Corcovado. 20% of its inhabitants, the cariocas, live in favelas (poor district on the slopes of hills (morros) and unfortunately it is the serious urban problem of the city. Rio has more than 90% of its territory covered with tropical forests and the best known is the Foresta de Tijuca which is even inside the city.

Tips

If you want to have a wonderful view of the beaches and even of the Christ, go to the Pao de Açucar (Sugar Loaf; rocky peak of almost 400 meters).

If you want to do a little road to get a good view, cross the Rio-Niteroi Bridge (13 km) you will see the Guanabara Bay and the city of Rio and its beaches. If you have a little time, Nitéroi has also beautiful beaches to spend the day.

Even though there are 2 subway lines, the best way to get around is by bus or taxi. Always ask the driver for the price because they will usually charge you a fixed price for tourist destinations. For safety, ask a taxi in the reception of your hotel. Generally, you can arrange with the same taxi to pick you up at the end of your visit.

If you like the beach, Ipanema and Leblon are more beautiful than Copacabana and a little quieter.

If you want to know a favela there are guided excursions that will allow you to know a little more of the inhabitants of the city. For your safety, do not try to go alone.

International Jazz Festival of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The International Jazz Festival of Montreal takes place every year in June. This year, it will be the 39th edition. The first edition was inaugurated in 1980 by the great Ray Charles. In 1986 there took place the first great open and free event. It is at its 10th edition that the festival attracts a million spectators. Since 1990, the festival takes place in the same place, ‘Place des Arts’ and theaters and places nearby. The Festival hosts nearly 30 countries, 3.000 musicians and buskers, 1.000 concert activities and entertainment, including 2/3 free, fifteen indoor stages and ten outdoor and receives over 2 million people among them we found a 25% of tourists, 400 accredited journalists, in short, a great festival where music is at its best.

Tips

There are several concerts at the same time but most of them take place more than once at different times in different scenarios sponsored.
You can buy tickets on line or in person at the ticket office of the festival.
You can also take advantage of travel packages created especially for the event that include overnight stays in hotels and shows.

Edition 2018, June, 28th to July, 7th