Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Explore The City Cochabamba

Cochabamba is located in central Bolivia and is the country's third biggest metropolitan areas with a population 600,000. Known as the "city of eternal springtime", the "yard city", and Bolivia's "paragliding funds," there is much to see and do in this very attractive Bolivian city.


This aspect has actually long been occupied by native groups, featuring Inca and Tiwananku, that were enticed by the abundant soil and great temperature discovered in this plain surrounded by hills. After the arrival of the Spanish, the town grew as a farming production facility for Potosi and other mining cities. The city flourished throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, till mining manufacturing began to decline. Given that the late 19th century, Cochabamba has actually reclaimed its significance as an agricultural. It is a leading manufacturer of coca leaves, and various other products feature grains, potatoes, coffee, fruit, and tobacco.

Today, Cochabamba is just one of Bolivia's most economically effective cities and has a track record for being the most socially progressive.


The most apparent spots in Cochabamba is the Cristo de la Concordia statue, which at 132 feet (40 meters) was at one time the tallest Christ statuary in South The united state. The city is likewise renowned for its excellent paragliding. Mercado Cancha is one of the largest open-air markets in Bolivia and in South The united state, where site visitors can buy clothing, memorabilias, food, and more.

The city is additionally renowned for its superb paragliding. Mercado Cancha is one of the largest open-air markets in Bolivia and in South The united state, where site visitors could get clothes, memorabilias, meals, and more.

The little city of Tarata is 29 km from Cochabamba; tourist attractions are the many sophisticated colonial-era buildings, featuring the sanctuary and convent, as well as a prominent standard inventions market. The increasing city of Quillacollo is 8 miles (THIRTEEN km) from Cochabamba and is popular for its Virgen de Urqupia festival in August.

Ways to get there

The city is also renowned for its outstanding paragliding. There are a few small towns just outside the city that are additionally worth a see. The small city of Tarata is 29 km from Cochabamba; attractions are the lots of classy colonial-era structures, consisting of the sanctuary and convent, as well as a preferred traditional handicrafts market.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Adventure Tourism in New Zealand

Bungy Jumping

Where it all began...

Bungy jumping is one of the most well known New Zealand adventure activities and is really where it all started for the adventure tourism industry in New Zealand.

Of course we can't claim to be the absolute inventors of bungy jumping. That honour goes to the people of the Pentecost Island in Vanuatu who tied vines to their ankles and threw themselves off towers.

Bungy jumping as we know it was refined and the first recorded jumps using modern day techniques were made by the Dangerous Sports Club in Bristol, England jumping off the Clifton Suspension Bridge, but the men who made commercial bungy happen in New Zealand and globally are A J Hackett and Henry van Asch. They are credited with starting the adventure tourism revival in New Zealand with the opening of the Kawarau Bridge Bungy.

From humble beginnings the A J Hackett enterprise now holds international patents and in New Zealand operates 'The Ledge Bungy', 'The Nevis Bungy', 'The Nevis Arc', 'The Ledge Sky Swing' and the original 'Kawarau Bridge Bungy' in Queenstown and the Harbour Bridge Bungy site in Auckland.


The ultimate adrenalin rush...

Did you know that New Zealand has over 12 skydiving operators and you can jump from an altitude of 15000 ft with some of them. Did you also know that some of these operators come with the opportunity to learn how to skydive yourself. Would you be up for the challenge?

Amazingly skydiving (or parachuting) was first successfully done, according to Wikipedia, on the 22nd of October, 1797 by a bloke called Andre-Jacques Garnerin whose first jump was done off a hot air balloon from 3000 ft with a silk parachute that had a basket attached to it. His wife Jeanne-Geneviève was also the first female parachutist.

These days skydiving has developed into something easily accessible to the public and is an absolute adrenalin buzz. Crazily the fastest recorded free fall achieved by a human is 614 mph (that's 988 km/h or 274 m/s). The man who did this was Colonel Joseph Kittinger who was part of a United States Air Force program testing high-altitude escape systems. Needless to say, you won't be going that fast. When you tandem skydive you fall at a speed of about 195 km/h (that's 120 mph or 55 metres/second).

On a personal note, I really enjoyed my skydiving experience. In fact, it was absolutely fantastic. I did a tandem jump from 13000 ft and loved every second of it. The operator I choose was Skydive Abel Tasman, and they were great at providing a safe yet stunning experience.

Jet Boating

Fast-paced action...

Sir Charles William Feilden Hamilton, commonly called Bill Hamilton is the New Zealander to credit for developing the modern jetboat and the founder of what is now the world's leading water jet manufacturing company - CWF Hamilton Ltd.

The jetboat was designed to operate in shallow and fast moving New Zealand rivers and now, throughout New Zealand, there are many jetboat operators waiting for you to come along and experience the thrill. Queenstown does claim to be the jet boating capital of the world and with its highly popular jetboat trips it's no wonder.

One of the coolest things about riding in a jetboat is how manoeuvrable they are. Many jetboats can, from full speed, be reversed and brought to a complete stop within their own boat length. This is called a 'crash stop'. One of the other tricks that make a jetboat ride so entertaining is the Hamilton turn or 'jet spin' which is a high speed manoeuvre achieved by pulling a sharp turn and cutting the engine throttle which causes the boat's stern to lift and spin quickly around with a large spray of water. Definitely lots of fun.


A white water thrill...

Rafting also known as white water rafting is a thrilling yet challenging recreational activity involving an inflatable raft, a river or other body of water and a eager as crew of 4 to 12 passengers keen to hit some white water. It is the ideal sport for adventure tourism as anyone can come along for a trip, from the novice to the absolute expert. Thanks Wikipedia.

One of the cool things about rafting is that you can choose what level of water you want to challenge, thus making it the perfect activity for families as well. The grades or levels of water you can choose from in New Zealand are:

  • Grade 1: short and small areas of rough water, prefect for beginners and pleasure cruisers as only minimal maneuvering required.
  • Grade 2: some rough water which may require some maneuvering, rocks likely to be found also.
  • Grade 3: will find white water and small to medium waves with the potential for a small drop but no significant danger just be prepared for skillful maneuvering.
  • Grade 4: will definitely find whitewater and medium to large waves with significant possibility of rocks and possibility of a medium drop requiring sharp and skillful maneuvering.
  • Grade 5: awe-inspiring whitewater and large waves with significant potential for multiple hazards and rocks in water. The possibility of these hazards and a large drop require precise and very skillful maneuvering.
  • Grade 6: too dangerous to be considered for effective and safe navigation. You WILL encounter huge whitewater, huge rocks, many hazards and drops that will put massive strain on both raft and individulas inside. Challenging Grade 6 water is dramatically increasing the potential for serious injury and even death.

I have been for many rafting trips, particularly on the Buller River in Nelson and Tasman and it is so much fun. Respect for the water is a must, however, and you quickly realise that whilst it is amazing fun it needs to be taken seriously. In New Zealand safety on the water is taken extremely seriously with the New Zealand Rafting Association created to form policies, guidelines and procedures for all commercial rafting operations.

By John Jepson

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

China Tours - Yangshuo - Paradise For Outdoors Trip

Yangshuo is a famous and beautiful small town set among the limestone pinnacles. It lies in the northeast of Guangxi Province and to the southeast of Guilin. Most visitors reach Yangshuo by taking a cruise down the picturesque Li River. With a long history of 1400 years, Yangshuo has been a dream place for many tourists who want to see the beautiful natural landscape and the real Chinese countryside life.

When everyone comes to Yangshuo, he will be inspired by breathtaking views of peaks and pinnacles, crystal-clear waters, picturesque pastoral views of rice paddies and water buffaloes.

The best way to see the countryside up close is to take a bicycle. Bicycles can be rented from almost every hotel in Yangshuo.

There are many cycling routes around Yangshuo countryside. The most popular route is to head out towards Moon hill on the main road. But after 20 minutes moderate cycling, you can divert off on a local path and explore the picturesque rural scenery sightseeing. Along the way, you can visit the big banyan tree which covers an area of 1000 square meters with a long history of 1,000 years. And you can also pay a visit to the Moon Hill with a hole in its peak in the shape of a half moon, from where you can look through the sky as well as the old village.

On a Yangshuo tour, you also can see many other interesting things besides cycling:

Bamboo boat rafting in Yulong River: Yulong River is the biggest tributaries of Li River in Yangshuo. If you wish to go the relaxing and idyllic retreat, a bamboo raft ride down-stream the Yulong River is the best choice. Sitting in a chair on a raft and floating down the clean and clear Yulong River, you will be impressed by the dramatic scenery along the way.

Hot air ballooning: Taking a hot air ballooning is one of the highlights for a visit to Yanghshuo. You can fly for 15 minutes or one hour. The balloons fly either early in the morning to catch the sunrise approximately at 5:30 am or in the evening to watch the sunset (5:00 pm). On the hot air ballooning tour, you can have a fantastic view of Yangshuo. The scenery in front of you is just nothing short of breathtaking.

Mud bath in Buddha Water Cave: There are many water caves in Yangshuo due to its unique limestone geology. Buddha Water Cave is one of the most exciting natural caves to explore here. The whole cave is about 3km long and runs through 3 mountains. Taking a mud bath inside the cave is a great experience for the most adventurous travelers in Yangshuo. In the cave, you can see different shapes of stalactites and stalagmites. Besides these, you can try out the mud slide and slide into the mud bath. The mud is good for your skin health.

Cormorant fishing: In the evening, you can take a short boat ride to see the cormorant fishing, which is a unique and interesting activity in Yangshuo. The fisherman rows slowly on a simple bamboo raft with several trained cormorant birds. A piece of grass is loosely tied around the bird neck so the bird can't swallow big fish. When the cormorant catches fish and stores fish in its mouth, the fisherman will hook the bird on a stick and empty fish from the bird mouth and then put the bird back in the water to continue fishing. You will be amazed to see this traditional Chinese way for fishing.

By Huiya Chen