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Dwin Castle, Idyllic Mountain Fortress of Saladin – Iraq

Dwin Castle – Iraq There are those kinds of places that are able to trigger our inner adventure instincts. You know, those places we get so hypnotically focused on exploring that we somehow lose the sense of time and space. Welcome to the idyllic Dwin Castle, located in a mountainous region at about 60km northeast of Erbil, in Northern Iraq. “The castle is supposed to have belonged to Jalaluddin, the grandfather of the famous Saladin, who amassed an enormous Muslim army to fight the European Crusaders out of the Levant.” It was a rainy morning when I went out of Erbil and heading towards Rawanduz. I…

Petra, The Lost City of the Nabateans – Jordan

Petra – Jordan Who has not dreamed of visiting Petra since watching the famous movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? No doubt that Petra is a magical destination and one of the most beautiful places in the World. “The archaeological site of Petra lies in a large valley that runs from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba in southwestern Jordan.” An influential city for Nabatean trade, inhabited since ancient times, Petra lies in the heart of a rocky valley with breathtaking views. Petra was an Edomite city before becoming the capital of the Nabataean kingdom and at the same time a crucial crossroad…

Taj Mahal Mausoleum Complex in Agra – India

Taj Mahal The Taj Mahal, located in Agra, is a magical place. A World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal was built in 1631 to be the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Mirza Shahabuddin Baig Muhammad Khan Shah Jahan. This masterpiece of Indian architecture has a dome measuring 44.4 meters / 145 feet high and is surrounded by four minarets. “The mausoleum is covered in marble and carved with floral ornaments. The building gets different shades of white depending on the time of the day.” Agra was built in 1475 by Badal Singh and Sikandar Lodi. It became the capital of the…

Momotombo Volcano and Lake Managua – Nicaragua

Momotombo – Nicaragua On the shores of Lake Managua, Momotombo volcano is one of the most important national symbols of Nicaragua. This is due to its beautiful symmetrical shape, whether you admire it from afar or close. “A stunning cone-shaped volcano formed by overflown magma near the town of Puerto Momotombo on the shores of Lake Managua.” This conical stratovolcano is built up by many layers of hardened lava. The 1610 eruption forced the inhabitants of León to run away and relocate 48 km / 30 mi west, leaving their city behind. Today the ruins of León Viejo (Old León) are adjacent to the small town…

Pirate’s Bay in Charlotteville – Trinidad and Tobago

Pirate’s Bay Pirate’s Bay is a beautiful hidden spot located near Charlotteville on the north-eastern part of Tobago Island. Getting to the beach itself is not very easy, as you need to walk for a while. Down the stairs with a lot more than 100 steps you finally get to the incredible beach. The easy way to get there is by asking a fisherman in Man of War Bay to take you by boat. “The crystal clear water with several sailboats moored is of a unique beauty and a fantastic snorkeling site. The sunset came to flood the bay with an unbelievably dazzling light.” The history…

Amalfi Coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea – Italy

Amalfi Coast Undoubtedly one of the most impressive landscapes in Italy, the Amalfi Coast is famous for its magnificent vistas. The Amalfi Coast has many restaurants and hotels with amazing views over the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. In 1997, all this region was included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s list as a cultural landscape. Amalfi Coast extends for about 60 km / 37 mi from Salerno to Sorrento along the Tyrrhenian Sea. This idyllic place offers the most beautiful Italian coastal views. For its natural beauty, picturesque towns and romantic landscapes, Amalfi is often used in the film industry. Positano Positano town is the most charming…

Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga – South Africa

Blyde River Canyon The Blyde River Canyon is one of the most beautiful places I visited during my trip to South Africa. The amazing landscapes and outstanding colors made me experience unforgettable trekking moments. “The Park encompasses the famous canyon which is the third deepest in the world and the largest in South Africa.” Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is located in the Mpumalanga region, near the small town of Graskop. It extends over 50 km / 31 mi across different types of terrain and vegetation. Bourke’s Luck Potholes Huge cylindrical potholes and natural swirling whirlpools caused by water erosion over the centuries. Located on the…

Erg Chebbi Dunes in Sahara Desert – Morocco

Erg Chebbi Dunes Erg Chebbi Dunes are a stunning part of Sahara Desert, on the southeastern part of Morocco, close to the Algerian border. This incredible sea of sand is the ideal place for a couple of days enjoying one of the best holiday destinations in Morocco. Explore the dunes and admire a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the horizon. “Having a surprising orange hue, the Erg Chebbi Dunes are one of the most beautiful places in Africa.” Challenge yourself to climb the 250 m / 810 ft “Grand Dune” near Merzouga village. The serene warm wind will welcome you. The vistas are breathtaking and worth…

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HI! I'm João Leitão. Traveling independently since 1999, I explored more than 130 countries and territories in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North & South America and Oceania. Welcome to my adventure travel blog, where I gathered useful information and inspiring narratives to motivate you to travel more. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest e YouTube.

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