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Dejar de hacer excusas.  Empieza a hacer planes.

Ese es el mensaje detrás del segundo Plan Nacional para el Día de Vacaciones. Es un esfuerzo de la industria de viajes convencer a los estadounidenses para que utilicen el 30 de enero como día para programar sus vacaciones del año y aprovechar cualquier tiempo libre remunerado del que tengan derecho en sus trabajos.

Se espera que los destinos, agencias de turismo y otros en la industria de viajes ofrezcan promociones en conjunto con el esfuerzo. Se promocionará en las redes sociales con un hashtag #PlanForVacation.

Alamo, por ejemplo, publicará consejos de planificación de vacaciones y ofrecerá un descuento del 10 por ciento sobre las tarifas base para el alquiler de

autos semanales (reservables del 23 de enero al 6 de febrero, para viajar del 1 de marzo al 30 de agosto).

Las Vegas también está participando en la campaña, planeando un video que muestra a los artistas tomando los trabajos de camarero y traficante de tarjetas. Un par de visitantes a la ciudad recibirán un viaje sorpresa como parte de la promoción, que incluye un pasaje aéreo a Las Vegas desde Allegiant junto con dos noches de hotel y entradas para espectáculos.

From San Francisco to San Diego and everywhere in between 

 

The Pacific Coast Highway is well known as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Starting from California’s northern border with Oregon and stretching all the way down to San Diego the route takes round ten hours to complete at a leisurely pace with no stops. Over 1000km you’ll see stunning coastal views, seaside villages, untouched forest and make your way through some sunny wine making districts too.

The Golden Gate Park is a great place to start this epic trip. Take a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and you’ll feel like you’ve well and truly arrived in San Francisco. While you’re there spend some time in Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island and just relaxing with a coffee in Union Square. Get around via the famous San Francisco tram and make sure to walk down crazy Lombard Street too. There’s loads to do in San Francisco, just get lost and enjoy yourself ready for the drive of your life.

San Jose

Full of galleries, museums and San Jose is well worth a stop on your Pacific Coast Highway trip. The famous and well advertised Winchester Mystery House is full of curiosities including dead end hallways, staircases that run up to the ceiling and 165 rooms. The late Sarah Winchester built the place at a cost of over $20m, as instructed by her Medium.

Back to the modern day and San Jose is part of the almighty Silicon Valley – the relatively small area housing the next great start up that will take over the world. Facebook and Google HQs are here, and the famous Hewlett Packard Garage from where it all began.

You can also see the zoo, the largest open air market in the USA and make sure to check out Downtown San Jose by night. 

Santa Cruz

If you’re coming straight from San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway you’ll pass the stunning Half Moon Bay – make sure to get out and take a moody pic from the cliff edge before you press on. You’ll soon find yourself at the Ano Nuevo State Park where you can go and visit the Elephant Seals in the marine park, and take a look at a San Francisco Garter Snake too.

Ninety minutes later (with no stops) you’ll find yourself in Santa Cruz. The 60s live on here, especially along the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with its old-school Americana vibe. Get out the car and check out the lighthouse on the beach, the Big Dipper along the boardwalk and the beautiful beach. The Mystery Spot – a collection of strange phenomena from the last 70 years – also makes for an entertaining few hours.

Head to Pacific Avenue for all kinds of vintage goodies, Palomar for night time salsa dancing, Wilder Ranch State Park for hiking and the Rio Theatre for local music. The Wharf is a great place to start for restaurants and shops and if you have the time you can go on a whale watching boat or fishing expedition.

Monterey

Leave Santa Cruz and an hour later along the curve of the coast you could be in Monterey Bay. Here you can enjoy the Monterey Bay Aquarium, check out the stunning Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, chill at the Old Fisherman’s Wharf or go shopping at Cannery Row. Or, drive along the scenic ’17 Mile Drive’ and have a mooch around Carmel-by-the-Sea a cute seaside village with shops, cafes and restaurants. Whale watching, sailing, kayaking, golfing and biking are also popular in Monterey.

A gentle uphill drive from here takes you out to the Big Sur, where the fun really begins.

Big Sur

To get to the Big Sur you’ll travel over the Bixby Bridge – one of the tallest single span concrete bridges in the world and one of the most photographed bridges on the West Coast. It’s 714 feet long and 280 feet high.

There are many beautiful sights along the Big Sur – Pfeiffer Beach, McWay Falls, Point Sur State Historic Park, Ragged Point – it’ll be hard to get any driving done with all the lookout points. If you have time, take a few days to relax along the route, soak up some of the scenery and just generally chill the hell out. 

The Big Sur is like a rural mountain community with an arty, hippy focus. If you have time the natural hot spring baths at the Esalen Institute are just something else. They’re well known for their healing qualities for both body and mind in the au naturel pools over the stormy surf below.

San Simon

When you hit San Simeon it’s time for a rest from driving. Make your way up to Hearst Castle on The Enchanted Hill and you can travel back in time as you make your way through more than 250,000 acres of rooms, suites, cottages, kitchens and grounds. More than 1 million people visit every year and it’s the number one attraction in San Simeon.

Moonstone Beach is also very popular here, as is the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery and shopping at Cambria Village too.

San Luis Obispo

Now, if you really want to make your mark on the world you need to hit up Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo. You’ll find a 15-foot high, 70-foot long alley lined with the sticky stuff from passersby. Absolutely disgusting but tourists love it and you can add yours to the collection.

If you’ve got time to spare in San Luis Obispo hike up Black Hill, Islay Hill, Bishop Peak and round the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. The Fremont Theatre is also worth a visit, if only for the awesome facade in the evening. Soda Lake is an awesome sight too, especially for anyone with an eye for design.

Nearby Pismo Beach is a lovely little stop off – tasty restaurants, ATV rentals, wine tasting, fishing, surfing, skydiving, bowling and mineral springs all waiting for you. Some people know it as the ‘Clam Capital of the World’, others know it simply as Pismo Beach, either way this classic California beach town makes for a fun stop.

Santa Barbara

If you want another stop before hitting the bright lights of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara makes for a nice break. Again keep to the coast line along the Pacific Coast Highway and you’ll see Stearns Wharf and East Beach. Animal and flora lovers will enjoy Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Lotusland too. Culture vultures can hone in on the Lobero Theatre, the Arlington Theatre and the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

Make sure to get in the right lane to make the most of the views from the Pacific Coast Highway before you arrive in Ventura.

Ventura

You’ll pass through the town of Oxnard – carry on and you’ll end up right on Ventura Beach in front of the pier. This is the spot if you want to do some surfing. If not, take a look around the historic Downtown Ventura and make the most of the vintage boutiques and second hand stores.

Malibu

Malibu is only 15 miles of incredible state beaches and the open road from Ventura. Follow the signs to Point Dume and you’ll find a beautiful sandy beach, headlands, cliffs and rocky coves. Take a walk around Malibu and you’ll find piers, sickeningly beautiful weekend homes and super healthy restaurants.

Exit Malibu via the stunning Topanga Canyon – a popular weekend hideaway for Hollywood superstars for years. Stay on Route 27 and you’ll come across offbeat stores, diners and ramshackle saloons along the roadside. Get out at the top for an awesome view over the San Fernando Valley at the top of Topanga Overlook.

 Los Angeles

Visit the Kodak Theatre, walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, check out the Santa Monica Pier, drive down Sunset Boulevard and stroll down Rodeo Drive. You could check out the awesome views of the Hollywood sign from Griffith Observatory, visit Universal Studios or go on a stars homes tour.

Long Beach

If you fancy a little detour from the main route take a trip to Long Beach. Make sure to check out the Long Beach Museum of Art housed in an early 20th Century mansion for your daily dose of culture.

You’ll drive along Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach before entering San Diego County. The coast around the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is kind of crazy, thrill seekers will love it.

Here you’ll get to drive over the 2-mile-long Coronado Bridge as it snakes its way across San Diego Bay. You’ll also drive along Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla. Carry on and you’ll see more than a few beautiful lagoons coming from the ocean.

 

 

En este segmento seguimos en el sur de America y como segunda parte aquí se las presentamos y que lo disfruten.

Santos, Brasil-  Hoy en día, Santos Brasil es recreo playero de Sao Paulo. Las mujeres en bikinis de tanga minúscula y los hombres en speedos gozando de las playas arenosas anchas, y solamente a cuarenta y nueve millas de la ciudad más grande de Brasil. Pocos guías incluso mencionan a Santos excepto como puerto de cruceros, sin embargo, esta bulliciosa ciudad de playas llenas de vida ofrece una fascinante visión de la cultura del café de Brasil.

Fundada en 1535 por los portugueses, Santos fue la principal puerta de entrada para millones de inmigrantes, muchos de los cuales llegaron a trabajar en las plantaciones de café. Después de abolir la esclavitud, el gobierno se asoció con los productores para ofrecer el paso libre de Europa. Más de 900.000 italianos se inscribieron y más tarde chino y japonés se unieron a la fuerza de trabajo.

Hoy, el opulento Edificio de Intercambio de Café de Santos alberga el Museu do Café o el Museo del Café. Este homenaje al café es más una catedral que un lugar de negocios con pilares de mármol, pisos de mármol con motivos y puertas de vidrio manchado, ventanas y techos.

El museo del café se encuentra a una cuadra del puerto en el centro histórico de la ciudad. Como la capital exportadora de café de Brasil, Santos cuenta con el mayor puerto de América Latina. Caminar un bloque en la otra dirección conduce a la plaza principal y el Ayuntamiento con su sala principal de estilo Luis XVI que refleja la riqueza de la ciudad durante el auge del café.

Santos es el hogar del jugador de fútbol más famoso de Brasil, Pelé, que jugó en Santos Club de futbol. El museo gratuito del club exhibe clips de sus juegos junto con uniformes, trofeos y otros objetos de recuerdo.

El jardín de su playa, 5.335 Km de longitud, figura en el Libro Guinness de los Registros como el jardín frente a la playa más grande. Un paseo verde separa la playa de los condominios frente al mar y hoteles, a lo largo de los cuales las familias y amigos caminan, amble, bicicleta, patinaje, rollerblade, lanzar frisbees, lo que sea.

Today, Santos Brazil is Sao Paulo’s beach playground. Women in tiny thong bikinis and men in speedos just as skimpy laze on wide sandy beaches only forty-nine miles from Brazil’s largest city. Few guidebooks even mention Santos except as a cruise ship port, yet this bustling city of lively beaches provides a fascinating glimpse into Brazil’s coffee culture.

Founded in 1535 by the Portuguese, Santos was the main gateway for millions of immigrants, many of whom came to work on the coffee plantations. After abolishing slavery, the government partnered with growers to offer free passage from Europe. Over 900,000 Italians signed up and later Chinese and Japanese joined the work force.

Today, Santos’ opulent Coffee Exchange Building houses the Museu do Café or Coffee Museum. This homage to coffee is more a cathedral than a place of business with marble pillars, patterned marble floors and stained glass doors, windows and ceilings.

The coffee museum lies a block from the Port in the city’s historic center. As the coffee exporting capital of Brazil, Santos boasts the largest port in Latin America. Walking a block in the other direction leads to the main square and City Hall with its Louis XVI-style main hall reflecting the city’s wealth during the coffee boom.

pele

Santos is home to Brazil’s most famous soccer player, Pelé, who played at Santos Football Club on Princess Elizabeth St. The club’s free museum exhibits clips of his games along with uniforms, trophies and other memorabilia.

Its beach’s garden, 5.335 Km length, figures in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest beach front garden. A verdant promenade separates the beach from the seafront condos and hotels, along which families and friends walk, amble, bike, skate, rollerblade, throw frisbees, you name it.

Uruguay

Wedged like a grape between Brazil’s gargantuan thumb and Argentina’s long forefinger, Uruguay has always been something of an underdog. Yet after two centuries living in the shadow of its neighbors, South America’s smallest country is finally getting a little well-deserved recognition. Progressive, stable, safe and culturally sophisticated, Uruguay offers visitors opportunities to experience everyday ‘not made for tourists’ moments, whether caught in a cow-and-gaucho traffic jam on a dirt road to nowhere or strolling with mate-toting locals along Montevideo’s beachfront.

Short-term visitors will find plenty to keep them busy in cosmopolitan Montevideo, picturesque Colonia and party-till-you-drop Punta del Este. But it pays to dig deeper. Go wildlife watching along the Atlantic coast, hot-spring-hopping up the Río Uruguay, or horseback riding under the big sky of Uruguay’s interior, where vast fields spread out like oceans.

Enmarcado como una uva entre el pulgar gigante de Brasil y el largo dedo índice de la Argentina, Uruguay siempre ha sido un poco menospreciado. Sin embargo, después de dos siglos viviendo a la sombra de sus vecinos, el país más pequeño de Sudamérica finalmente obtiene un merecido reconocimiento. Progresista, estable, seguro y culturalmente sofisticado, Uruguay ofrece a los visitantes la oportunidad de experimentar momentos cotidianos “no hechos para los turistas”, ya sea atrapados en un atasco de vacas y gauchos en un camino de tierra a ninguna parte o paseando con gente local de Montevideo Frente a la playa

 

Los visitantes a corto plazo encontrarán muchísimas cosas para mantenerlos ocupados en la cosmopolita de Montevideo, la pintoresca Colonia y la fiesta sin terminar hasta al amanecer es Punta del Este. Pero vale la pena profundizar. Ir observando la vida silvestre a lo largo de la costa atlántica, saliendo de aguas termales por el Río Uruguay o paseando a caballo bajo el gran cielo del interior de Uruguay, donde vastos campos se extienden como océanos.

Punta del este, Uruguay

Punta del Este is a resort city on a narrow peninsula in southeast Uruguay. Popular Brava Beach is known for its strong surf as well as “The Hand,” a giant sculpture of 5 fingers. On the west coast, Mansa Beach has calm, shallow waters. Local handicrafts are sold at Plaza Artigas, near Avenida Gorlero’s upscale stores. The 19th-century lighthouse at the peninsula’s southern tip has a viewing platform

Punta del Este – with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbor, high-rise apartment buildings, pricey hotels and glitzy restaurants – is one of South America’s most glamorous resorts, extremely popular with Argentines and Brazilians, and easily the most expensive place in Uruguay and often referred as the Monaco of South America.

Punta del Este es una ciudad turística en una estrecha península en el sureste de Uruguay. Popular Brava Beach es conocida por su fuerte oleaje, así como “La Mano”, una escultura gigante de 5 dedos. En la costa oeste, Playa Mansa, tiene aguas tranquilas y poco profundas. Las artesanías locales se venden en la Plaza Artigas, cerca de las tiendas exclusivas de la Avenida Gorlero. El faro del siglo XIX en el extremo sur de la península tiene una plataforma de observación.

Punta del Este – con sus numerosas playas, casas en la playa muy elegantes, puerto de yates, edificios de apartamentos de gran altura, costosos hoteles y restaurantes ostentosos – es una de las localidades con más glamour de América del Sur, muy popular entre los argentinos y brasileños, y fácilmente el lugar más caro en Uruguay ya que a menudo se refiere como la Mónaco de América del Sur.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

La siguiente aventura en Sudamérica y la final antes de regresar a EEUU, fuimos a la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. ¿París del Sur? ¿O una elegante capital latinoamericana con un toque europeo? El viejo mundo se mezcla con lo nuevo en Buenos Aires, la gran metrópolis de argentina te hará suspirar por su arquitectura Belle Époque, calles adoquinadas con adorables cafés y boutiques y barrios llenos de personalidad. Los visitantes por primera vez tienden a asociar Buenos Aires con tango, carne y vino, esa trifecta de pasiones locales, pero los edificios franceses de la capital argentina, la comida italiana y la vida nocturna española también cuentan la historia de una ciudad con un pie en América Latina y El otro en Europa.  Las avenidas arboladas, una vibrante vida nocturna y la comida y el vino hacen de la capital argentina una de las ciudades más excitantes del continente. 

Aunque fue reconstruida a principios del siglo XX y siguiendo el modelo de París y Madrid, al visitar Buenos Aires verá que la ciudad vibra con una pasión que es totalmente suya. Esta dinámica ciudad es el hogar de tres millones, en su mayoría porteños muy buen aspecto (habitantes del puerto), y es perfecto para pasear al gusto. Si bien hay sitios clave que vale la pena marcando como la Casa Rosada o el Teatro Colón la ópera, la esencia de Buenos Aires está tomando café en una cafetería de barrio viendo el paseo mundo por, o navegar por la última exposición en una galería de cadera antes de degustar un almuerzo de tres horas. Los porteños adoran la cultura y la vida nocturna, y su ciudad adquiere una energía diferente una vez que se pone el sol. La cena comienza tarde-típicamente a partir de las 9 pm-luego se traslada a un lugar del barrio para los cócteles, o incluso un club nocturno.

 

La ciudad cuenta con comunidades fascinantes, desde el centro frenético y los barrios tangueros obreros como La Boca y San Telmo, hasta barrios ricos como Recoleta y Palermo, hasta barrios de clase media como Belgrano y Caballito. 

Buenos Aires también tiene una de las comunidades homosexuales más grandes de América Latina y hay una actitud receptiva hacia la sociedad gay en la ley federal, los matrimonios del mismo sexo son legalmente realizados y reconocidos en la ley federal argentina. En los últimos años ha habido un aumento en los negocios orientados a los gays, tales como bienes raíces, alquiler de apartamentos, agentes de viajes, clases de idiomas, clases de tango, bares, restaurantes, hoteles y casas de huéspedes. Desde 2007, la ciudad ha visto la llegada de más cruceros gay, la apertura de un hotel gay de cinco estrellas y un aumento general en el turismo gay. 

Paris of the South? Or stylish Latin America capital with European flair? Old world blends with new in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s bustling metropolis that will have you sighing over its Belle Époque architecture, cobblestone streets lined with adorable cafés and boutiques, and neighborhoods (barrios) bursting with personality. First-time visitors tend to associate Buenos Aires with tango, steak, and wine—that trifecta of local passions—but the Argentine capital’s French buildings, Italian food, and Spanish nightlife also tell the story of a city with one foot in Latin America and the other in Europe. Tree-lined avenues, a thriving nightlife and great food and wine make the Argentinian capital one of the most exciting cities in the continent.

Although it was rebuilt in the early 20th century and modeled after Paris and Madrid, when you visit Buenos Aires you’ll see that the city buzzes with a passion that is entirely its own.

 This dynamic city is home to three million, mostly very good-looking porteños (port dwellers), and is perfect for wandering at leisure. While there are key sites worth ticking off such as the Casa Rosada or Teatro Colón opera house, the essence of Buenos Aires is taking coffee at a barrio café watching the world saunter by, or browsing the latest exhibit at a hip gallery before lingering over a three-hour lunch.

Porteños adore culture and nightlife, and their city takes on a different energy once the sun sets. Dinner starts late—typically from 9 p.m. onwards—then moves onto a watering-hole for cocktails, or even a club

The city has fascinating communities, from the frenetic downtown and working-class tanguero neighborhoods such as La Boca and San Telmo, to wealthy districts such as Recoleta and trendy Palermo, to middle-class barrios such as Belgrano and Caballito.

 

Buenos Aires also has one of the largest LGBT  communities in Latin America and there is a receptive attitude towards gay society in the federal law, same sex marriages are legally performed and recognized in Argentinian federal law. In recent years, there has been an increase in gay oriented businesses such as real estate, apartment rental, travel agents, language classes, tango classes, bars, restaurants, hotels, and guesthouses. Since 2007, the city has seen the arrival of more gay cruise ships, the opening of a gay five-star hotel and a general increase in gay tourism.

 

 

 

 

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