Wildlife viewing in the Galápagos Islands reaches its prime from June through December, but realize the water is cold for snorkeling and scuba diving in the summer months. The temperature increases as you get closer to January, the reason many locals think Christmas break is the best time of year to visit.
The reefs and rocks off San Cristóbal are known for their wealth of sea life. Book a two-tank dive with Galapagos Underwater and you’ll likely be headed to Kicker Rock, a unique rock formation one mile offshore. Expect to find sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, stingrays and eagle rays. Snorkelers can also swim through the channel to see this natural aquarium. Casa Opuntia, an 11-room boutique hotel on the beach in San Cristóbal, features a swimming pool and a seafood restaurant known for its ceviche, all within easy walking distance to the scuba and snorkeling shops in town.
This month, tribal leaders and state officials joined Visit California at the future Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza to unveil a new statewide initiative. This initiative aims to showcase California’s native communities and cultural tourism experiences to domestic and international travelers. At the announcement, tribal leaders from across the state shared with journalists a sampling of the state’s vast array of offerings.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Longing for a destination steeped in romance and enchanting stories? In Southwest Germany, a collection of soaring castles and resplendent gardens offers connections to tales of true love. Take a trip to Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg Hill in Stuttgart, overlooking the Neckar Valley.
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ToursbyLocals, the private tour marketplace connecting travelers with certified local guides for customizable tour experiences, conducted a proprietary travel survey to determine travel trends for 2023. The company features more than 44,000 guides in almost 200 countries, allowing a comprehensive study to reveal what’s in store for next year.
Holland America Line was awarded Responsible Fisheries Management certification, officially becoming the first and only cruise line to receive the credential. Holland America Line serves only fresh, certified sustainable and traceable wild Alaska seafood; all six of the line’s ships that sail to Alaska earned the certification following independent audits.
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