International Tourist Destinations in Mexico

Guadalajara México Rotonda Hombres Jalicienses Ilustres noche

Guadalajara México Rotonda Hombres Jalicienses Ilustres noche

Scottsdale, AZ – September 4, 2015

Mexico is a country filled with endless history, loving inhabitants, and stunning natural scenery.  It is far, far more than the bustling, Americanized coastlines of Cabo and Cancun, and offers visitors from around the world a taste of a centuries-old culture that never ceases to amaze.

The city of Guadalajara is Mexico’s second biggest city, and offers the perfect first taste of Mexican culture for first-time visitors. Though several other cities throughout the state of Jalisco have retained their classic, un-industrialized essence, much of Guadalajara has been subject to a lot of urban change. However, this doesn’t make it any less wonderful.

A must-see sight is definitely the Cathedral, a landmark that towers over the city with its four adjacent plazas and rich religious history. If you find higher ground somewhere else in the city and look at the expansive skyline, you won’t be able to miss the cathedral’s twin pointed towers and central dome.

2562251187_8a5aa587b3_oMexico is generally beautiful and welcoming without ever losing its high energy and propensity for endless fun. Most tourists looking for a good time come to Guadalajara because it is the birthplace of tequila and the elegant, passionate music known as mariachi.

If you’re looking for an historic, colonial journey through the streets of Guadalajara, check out Tlaquepaque. Most people think it still reflects some of the authenticity of “old Mexico.” Though some say it has become more upscale over the years, many locals still visit the area to get a taste for a less industrialized city.

Those who love handmade gifts and unique shopping experiences will love the Tonala district, and those who appreciate street art and murals will love it even more.

If you want a new nightlife experience, consider visiting or even staying in the Zona Rosa district. It’s a beautiful area located by Chapultepec Avenue, and is home to buzzing nightlife and endless food stands. As with most major cities, the downtown area is also good for nightlife, but many travellers would recommend other areas.

For a traditional tourist experience, book a visit to the Jose Cuervo distillery, where you can get a taste of the world-famous tequila and see the beautiful architecture that contains it.

Tlaquepaque._Downtown_streetAnd of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Mexico without putting your diet on hold and sampling some of the most incredible food the country has to offer. Guadalajara, like most Mexican cities, is filled with street vendors that often have the most authentic, flavorful homemade cuisine. The restaurants are also amazing, but a true Mexican experience isn’t complete without sitting on the curb enjoying a fresh plate of tacos al carbon or a classic elote.

Angel MedFlight frequently flies in and out of Mexico, and while we may not have had the time to stop for street tacos or enjoy live mariachi music, we know first-hand how much the beautiful country has to offer. If you find yourself or a loved one in a medical emergency while meandering through Tonala or sampling goods at the tequila distillery, know that you can count on Angel MedFlight Worldwide to transport you home with the utmost care.

Discover Canada’s Allure as a Tourist Destination

Scottsdale, AZ – August 11, 2015

Many travelers get so caught up in a state of wanderlust that they can easily forget the amazing destinations they call their neighbors.

Canada is one such destination for Americans. Far too many people seem to forget about the beauty the country has to offer, but this should not be the case.

Once you visit one or more of these spots, you probably won’t let Canada slip to the back of your mind again. Here are just a couple of the country’s most popular destinations for a first-time Canada explorer:

Toronto:

Skyline of Toronto Viewed From The Harbour

Skyline of Toronto Viewed From The Harbour

Toronto isn’t necessarily an outdoorsman’s paradise like some other spots throughout Canada, but it has a little something for everyone. The region’s beaches are popular hotspots for locals and tourists alike, and are popular destinations for boating and water sports.

Toronto is also very well known for its gigantic Chinatown. The meals are cheap and authentic, and it’s also a great place to get hearty Asian fruits that aren’t found in chain supermarkets.

Though Toronto’s theme parks, entertainment centers and museums aren’t always exceptionally unique compared to those found in the United States, there are a few notable eccentricities to take note of.

For instance, every September, Toronto’s Queen’s Park hosts Canada’s largest annual outdoor book and magazine festival. You can also take tours of Casa Loma, the former “medieval” estate of entrepreneur Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Those who do want a signature outdoor experience should check out the trails in the Don Valley.

Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has been deemed by locals and tourists alike to be home to “the friendliest people in Canada.” Perhaps its citizens are so happy because they live in a region that is filled to the brim with fresh air and beautiful natural scenery. Nova Scotia boasts over 100 beaches in addition to impeccable sailing, excellent hiking and beautiful natural parks. The region is a dream for those who love to spend entire days and nights outside.

Adventurous travelers can hike the seven-mile Skyline Trail, kayak the North River, swim on Melmerby Beach or go tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River. Even if you’d rather take it easy, you’ll find amazing low-key experiences driving along the picturesque Cabot Trail, attending a summer concert in Halifax, relaxing in Upper Clements Park, or wandering through the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.

Nova Scotia is a nearly idyllic travel option for the modern North American explorer, and should definitely be on your radar if breathtaking landscapes are your thing.

Angel MedFlight frequently flies in and out of Canada, and though our team’s focus was on providing the highest quality care for our patients, it was hard not to notice how truly beautiful and expansive Canada is. Should something happen to you or a loved one during a trek along the coast or a Chinatown binge session, know that Angel MedFlight is always on call to serve you and ensure quick, quality care.

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Canary Islands International Travel Hotspot

Scottsdale, AZ – July 28, 2015

The classic summer getaway usually consists of a well-planned trip to some international hotspot like Europe, Hawaii, or the Bahamas. But those looking for a slightly more unconventional experience should consider the culturally rich and aesthetically unique Canary Islands.

Located just off the southern coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago that continue to retain a vibrant Spanish influence with expansive, subtropical southern landscapes.

The word “island” may bring to mind an endless region of soft beaches and palm trees, but the Canary Islands are far more than a sleepy beach town. In many ways, the Canary Islands are a perfect all-in-one destination for any traveler, from the mountain lover to the desert bunny to the beach bum.

The islands have something for whatever mood or group you’re in, including:

  • Timanfaya National Park

    Timanfaya National Park

    Timanfaya National Park: This ethereal region was created in the 1700s after more than 100 volcanoes erupted throughout the terrain. The craters, colors and climate will make visitors to the park feel like they are walking on the moon or another planetary landscape. Located on the island of Lanzorote, the park offers unique hiking opportunities, guided tours, and even camel rides.

  • Maspalomas Sand Dunes

    Maspalomas Sand Dunes

    Maspalomas Sand Dunes: Located on the island of Gran Canaria, the dunes offer a soft, expansive view of the rolling sands. The dunes are a popular place for sunbathers and explorers alike. Adventurers can spot very unique plant and animal life in the region, and can travel around by foot or by camel.

  • La_Palma

    La_Palma

    La Palma: For the lifelong nature lover, the island of La Palma is a heaven on earth. It offers some of the most stunning sights in the entire Canary Island region, with bountiful natural waterfalls, endless greenery, and volcanic desertscapes. The entire island is a designated biosphere reserve, and it’s easy to see why.

  • Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz: A beautiful portion of La Palma, Santa Cruz is a quaint, yet vibrant seaside town with impeccable architecture and centuries-old palaces and churches. Any design lover will be instantly smitten with the way Santa Cruz combines natural views with thoughtful structures.

Of course, as with any international travel, a trip to the Canary Islands may present a few unique health risks, especially to those with delicate systems. Travelers should make sure they have their rabies and Hepatitis A and B vaccines.

If any sort of medical emergency should occur in the midst of this island paradise, remember you can always rely on AngelMedFlight (AMF) to transport you or your loved one back home for medical care.

International Travel To Well Known Cities In Japan

Scottsdale, AZ – July 16, 2015

The wanderlust bug seems to bite people especially hard in these hot summer months, and many travel sites and magazines are taking advantage of that by producing lists of amazing summer destinations.

For every well-known city within any given country, there are thousands upon thousands of smaller sights and experiences waiting to be discovered. Japan is a land that offers endless magnificence and rich tradition. It is fit for the most avid of outdoor explorers and the most energetic big city folk.

Tokyo is a common, bustling hub for tourists, but it is far from the only notable asset of the country.

Nagano, Japan - World Travel Guide By Angel MedFlight

Nagano is a breathtaking option for outdoor lovers, and offers prime opportunities to climb the Japanese alps, play in the snow, or soak in a hot spring. Osaka is another popular destination, offering something for everyone with its rich history, modern influences, and expansive downtown area.

Koyasan, Japan - World Travel Guide By Angel MedFlight

Two hours south of Osaka is the pensive, peaceful area of Koyasan, where the heart of Japanese Buddhism dwells. It is a sacred getaway for those looking for ultimate relaxation and an intellectual experience for the senses.

Yet another vibrant location is Okinawa, which some compare to a Hawaii within Japan. It consists of Okinawa, Japan - World Travel Guide By Angel MedFlightseveral small islands and a subtropical climate for those looking for a warm beach getaway.

Even locals will tell you that the possibility for discovery and enjoyment in Japan is truly endless. However, as with all new destinations, any traveler should be aware of the health risks specific to the area. Travelers to Japan, especially those traveling for a significant amount of time or who have pre-existing conditions, should ensure they have Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, and Rabies vaccines.

If a health emergency were to take place overseas, remember that Angel MedFlight, a global air ambulance provider, is committed to safely and expertly transporting you back home for continued medical care. Learn more about Angel MedFlight’s international air ambulance services at http://www.angelmedflight.com/international-medical-transport-resources/

BELIZE – Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret

Great Blue Hole in Belize

Great Blue Hole in Belize – Angel MedFlight travel awareness

September 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

The tourist board tagline is “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret” and they have it right, since most people wouldn’t know where to find it on a map.  Here is a hint: Central America, south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, west of Guatemala and east of the Caribbean Sea.  It is Belize’s tropical geographical location that welcomes travelers year round with warm average temperature of 84 degrees.

Most of Belize is undeveloped and therefore unspoiled.  Its natural beauty is displayed proudly with national parks, wildlife reserves, rainforest and one of the largest cave systems in all of Central America.

The Belize Barrier Reef is a spectacular 185 miles of crystal clear coastline with protected reefs.  Divers come from all over to one of the world’s best diving spots, The Blue Hole.   The Blue Hole is 1,000 feet wide and 412 feet deep.  These pristine waters are frequented by remarkably rich marine habitat including parrot fish, stingrays and hammerhead sharks.

Another popular dive area is off the private Caribbean island of Turneffe.  The Turneffe Atoll is the largest and most diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean.  It is a top destination for Bonefish.   Here, anglers can try their best to catch the “Grand Slam” – Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon all in one day.

If your passions don’t include water activities, Belize will not disappoint.  With 17 National Parks, you can hike the medicine trail, see beautiful waterfalls or get up close and personal with endangered Jaguars and Baboons in their sanctuaries.  Thrill seekers can zipline through tropical rainforest or settle comfortably inside an inner tube with a miner’s headlamp, while exploring the wonders of cave tubing.

Belize is rich in history and attracts archaeologists from all over the world.  The 2000 year old Ancient Mayan Temples are fascinating and mysterious.  Archaeology sites are still being excavated today.

Altun Ha Belize

Photo Courtesy of Michael Lazarev

There is no end to what Belize has to offer and if you want a few days to kick back and relax, the 25 mile long Ambergris Caye is the perfect retreat.   It is the largest of the 200 cayes that are protected by the Belize Barrier Reef and has a history rich in pirate folklore.  There is only one town, the fishing village of San Pedro and in the evenings that is where you will find tourist and locals alike enjoying the breathtaking sunsets. You will not find any high-rise hotels. The appeal of Ambergris Caye is its laid-back attitude.

The hidden treasure of Belize is waiting to be discovered, so what are you waiting for Mother Nature is calling….

Summertime Travel Destinations – Costa Rica is Pura Vida!

Playa Conchal – Photo By Arturo Sotillo

Playa Conchal – Photo By Arturo Sotillo

July 23, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

For those looking for a one-of-a-kind, unspoiled, natural paradise to visit, Costa Rica is a destination that boasts more than 300 beaches, 29 National parks, kind and generous locals, delicious fresh food and more. The locals call it Pura Vida, or Pure Life. This lush, beautiful country is located just above the equator, and, according to National Geographic, is said to have one of the best climates in the world.

Archeologists say civilization in Costa Rica dates back more than 10,000 years. Christopher Columbus came across Costa Rica in 1502. When he anchored off the coast, friendly tribes paddled canoes out to meet him and his crew. Four tribes inhabited Costa Rica at the time. Later, Spaniards colonized Costa Rica, bringing the smallpox virus with them that wiped out the majority of the tribes. Today, 1 percent of the population is related to the early tribes. These Spanish descendants are known as Ticos.

Arenal Volcano – Photo By Arden

Arenal Volcano – Photo By Arden

Costa Rica is made up of 7 provinces, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. With the Pacific Ocean on its west coast and the Caribbean Sea on its east coast, Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise. There are over 700 miles of sandy beaches, and some of the best surf breaks in the world. Costa Rica is dedicated to preserving the country’s natural wonder. The government has made 26 percent of the country a protected conservation. This natural, unspoiled beauty is what brings travelers from all around the world to Costa Rica. There are dense rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, jungles, volcanoes and both black and white sand beaches to explore. Costa Rica’s flora and fauna are diverse with more than 10,000 types of plants, 850 types of birds, 3,000 kinds of butterflies and 209 types of mammals.

Monkey – Photo By Frontier Official

Monkey – Photo By Frontier Official

There is something in Costa Rica for everyone, including such activities as hiking, bird watching, eco-tours, sport-fishing, and scuba diving. The north Pacific region is known for great fishing and its sleepy fishing villages. The Caribbean coast has amazing bright white beaches lined with coconut palms, and rainforests that come right up to the water’s edge. The Central and South Pacific regions boast tiny villages, coffee plantations and towering unspoiled forested mountains. The majority of Costa Rica’s population lives in the Central Valley. It is here that modern city life and culture can be found.

There’s world-class surfing in Costa Rica

There’s world-class surfing in Costa Rica

With this much natural beauty, it is easy to understand why Costa Rica’s major industry is tourism. For a relaxing, adventurous vacation, travel to Costa Rica and explore all the wonder and beauty that Pura Vida has to offer.

 

 

 

http://www.geographia.com/costa-rica/history.htm

http://magazine.nature.org/features/forever-costa-rica-biodiversity.xml

Summertime Travel Destinations – Iceland – The Land of Fire and Ice

 

Surfing in Iceland

Surfing in Iceland

 

July 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Where would you go this summer, if you could travel anywhere in the world? There certainly are no shortages of destinations to imagine flying off to and spending some time exploring or relaxing at. According to Fodors.com, one of the best places to visit in Europe this summer is Iceland. If you are an adventurous person, looking to travel somewhere you can explore rugged landscapes, meet warm and friendly people and experience a kind of beauty that is unparalleled, Iceland should be on your list of must-see destinations.

Siglufjörður

Siglufjörður

The Culture in Iceland

When thinking of traveling to Europe, Iceland is probably not the first country that comes to mind. Most people know little about the country.  Iceland was settled by emigrants from Scandinavia and the British Isles. It was the last country in Europe to be settled. Iceland remains sparsely populated, with a population of 318,452. Iceland’s people are  warm, friendly, resilient, and have strong family values. In addition to the beautiful landscape, Iceland has many museums that reflect their culture.

Rugged mountains and white glaciers make up the landscape

Rugged mountains and white glaciers make up the landscape

Natural Beauty of Iceland

Iceland is a place full of natural beauty. The country is sparse of trees, but what it lacks in foliage, it makes up for with astonishing waterfalls, spectacular white glaciers, lava fields, crisp blue hot springs and black sand. Angel MedFlight Videographer and adventure traveler Jeff Loewe traveled to Iceland last year. He appreciated the beauty and the diversity of the country; “the coolest part to me was being able to surf and ski in the same day, having overhead waves at sunset and skiing at sunrise was pretty phenomenal!”

Hvítserkur Rock

Hvítserkur Rock

Iceland Offers It All

Iceland is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, known for having the largest national park in Europe. Surfing, skiing, mountain-biking, hiking, whale watching and ice climbing are abundant. Vatnajökull National Park covers 13 percent of Iceland.  The park has a diverse landscape filled with geothermal pools and glaciers. Towering snow covered mountains are the backdrop for crystal clear glacial lakes that are filled with floating icebergs. Iceland’s highest peak, Öræfajökull, overlooks black sands, created by thousands of years of volcanic ash deposits. Loewe says,“the Island has roads that go around the east and west sides, that allow you to see the waterfalls, volcanoes, glacial pools and mountains. ” If you choose to go to Iceland in winter between September and April, chances are you will see a spectacular light show in the sky. Iceland is noted for its magnificent views of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Because the Icelandic winter is so dark, on a clear night it is easy to see the eerie greenish glow in the sky. One can also go exploring through some amazing lava tubes. Iceland boasts spectacular geological formations due to its position on the Mid-Atlantic ridge and from having so much volcanic activity. In summertime, Gjábakkahellir Cave near Þingvellir National Park is the most popular place visited. Something else you may see on your adventures are Icelandic horses. This unique breed comes in hundreds of colors, and is known for its fast four-beat gait known as Tölt. Icelanders use this horse to traverse the rugged terrain.

Reykjavík

Reykjavík

Built-in Spa

Iceland is perhaps best known for the abundance of geothermal energy. Icelanders and visitors alike use some of the one hundred geothermal pools to bathe and relax in. The hot water is very soothing and therapeutic. Bathing or swimming in these natural hot pools is a deeply rooted tradition among Icelanders. The geothermal pools not only provide health benefits, but also a source of heating for homes and water.

The most famous of these naturally heated pools is Blue Lagoon in Reykjavík.

 

Exploring the Regions of Iceland

Iceland boasts a great night-life in the capital city of Reykjavík. Known as the starting point for travelers of Iceland, the city is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and has a combination of modern and traditional architecture. Museums, monuments and the oceanfront music and convention center are all throughout the city. Loewe says, “dining out and ordering a beer can be expensive, a beer can cost about $10.00 U.S.” The price, however, is definitely worth the experience.

Harpa Concert Hall - Reykjavík

Harpa Concert Hall – Reykjavík

Northern Iceland is the second largest populated area of the country. In the northern city of Akureyri, you will find charming, traditional wooden homes, golf courses and one of the largest fjords – Eyjafjörður. You may want to visit The Húsavík Whale Museum or check out the most powerful waterfall in Europe – Dettifoss Waterfall. Loewe visited Dettifoss and said, “it’s really indescribable; I couldn’t put my camera down.” He said that he traveled on an unplowed, snow-covered road to the waterfall. The one road to the falls was specially constructed for the film Prometheus, whose opening scene is a magnificent shot of Dettifoss falls.

Dettifoss Waterfall

Dettifoss Waterfall

Iceland is more than just a vacation destination, it is a rugged and beautiful land, filled with stunning natural features, warm and welcoming people, and a rich history.