Place to visit: Vinales Valley
When: July to October
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Viñales Valley in the Sierra de los Organos mountains of Cuba is home to iconic tobacco plantations and outstanding Karst landscape—keep an eye out for cigar-chewing guajiros ploughing fields, a great photo-op for Instagram, while on your hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Vinales enjoys a lasting relationship with tourism (like rock climbing, salsa dancing, cycling tours, hiking and cave exploration) but still maintains its position as a slow-paced settlement surrounded by some of Cuba’s most striking natural beauty.
Places to visit: Gauja National Park and Riga
When: April to August
Gauja National Park was established to protect the valley of the Gauja river and its unique environs. In numbers, we’re talking about 500 cultural and historical monuments while one-third of all natural preserves are found here. The capital city of Riga is situated at the mouth of the Daugava river. It houses an Old Town with a labyrinth of cobbled streets, a complex system of canals, a buzzing central market and a gorgeous art nouveau district. You’ll need to sip on some Riga Black Balsam, Latvia’s signature drink, to make it through the day.
Place to visit: Okawango Delta in Maun
When: July and August
Picture this: The wildest African safari you can imagine coupled with one of the most luxurious experiences of your life. Touch down in Maun and head to the Okawango Delta for a taste of the good life overlooking hippo lagoons, elephant herds, lions, leopards and cheetah. We recommend staying at camps run by wilderness safaris such as Jao and Kings Pool that are situated deep in the waterland of the delta. Don’t forget your binoculars.
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