Italy (Italia in Italian) encompasses some 301,255 square km of primarily mountainous terrain. The Alps peer down from the north, and the Appennines run down the center. Less than one third of the country is plains – the largest portion of that being the Po flats in the north of the country. Major rivers include the Po, Tiber, Arno, and Adige. Italy shares its borders with France to the northwest, Switzerland and Austria to the north, and Slovenia to the northeast. Two tiny states within the country, San Marino and Vatican City, maintain their independence.
Ireland has a lot to offer – unforgettable scenery, friendly people, and opportunities to enjoy a huge range of sports, entertainment of all kinds, and historic sites to explore. Whether it’s attending the theater, listening to talented musicians, or discovering Ireland's history in the countryside or in the many museums all over the island, there is much to make Ireland truly unforgettable.
Once a Banana Republic, now a natural wonder… Honduras.
Approximately 1,000 miles southwest of Miami, in the middle of the Central American isthmus, Honduras is flanked by the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Coastal flatlands and fertile valleys are interspersed by vast mountain ranges that host 64 different ecosystems.
The second-largest country in Central America, with an area of 43,277 square miles, Honduras borders Nicaragua to the east and southeast, Guatemala to the west and El Salvador to the southwest.
Guatemala is the heart of the Maya world and it is mysterious, compelling, magical and tragic all at once. Layers of history envelop this country like a patchwork quilt. There are enigmatic Maya ruins alongside grandiose cathedrals built by the Conquistadors. The diversity of the landscapes is astonishing. In a matter of hours you can go from a windswept mountain peak to steamy mangroves by tropical waters.
Guadeloupe, along with its sister island Martinique, is a French island lying between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea in an archipelago known as the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles.
Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines belong to the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles chain of islands in the Caribbean Basin, forming the last hundred miles of the Windwards. Grenada and St. Vincent are decidedly mountainous, with deep valleys lush in tropical vegetation, and have rivers flowing to the sea. They are also volcanic in origin, showing either rims of ancient craters or having active volcanoes along their central spine. The Grenadines, on the other hand, lie on a volcanic ridge without tall mountains to trap cloud cover and produce rainfall.
Charles Darwin rewrote the history of life on earth after his visit to the Galápagos Islands. Now the Ecuadorian mainland also lures adventure travelers, photographers, scientists, conservationists, and community developers alike. Ecuador is a hidden jewel that is slowly coming to light. The upper Amazon Basin, known locally as the Oriente, is a hotspot of biological diversity. It is truly one of the last places on earth where untouched primary rainforest still exists.