In the Historic Santa Bárbara Plaza.Located just in front of the Magdalena River, the Casa Amarilla is perfectly situated in the historic centre of Mompós o Mompox. With just 10 rooms in a beautifully restored colonial home dating back to the XVII century, we offer a tranquil environment that is both relaxing and accommodating with an emphasis on excellent service. In the Casa Amarilla our guests feel right at home in the unpretentious elegance of our comfortable rooms. The Casa Amarilla boasts unrivalled views from our rooftop terrace over the colonial tiles, the river and from which to enjoy spectacular sunsets. Allow yourself to be swept away and seduced by the authenticity of the Casa Amarilla!
We provide friendly, professional instruction in the subjects of Overland Navigation, Survival and Combat Survival. Our courses are specialised and as such the instructor to student ratio is never greater than 1:2, and often 1:1 on certain courses. As all of our courses are residential, you will be learning in a warm, quiet and friendly environment nestled in the heart of the Sierra Cabrera; with the instructor/student ratio being as it is, the high personal instruction time ensures that learning is quick, easy and above all stress free. All courses are based on the mastery of each skill in turn and are not time based in any way; this ensures that should you find a certain skill difficult to master, the instructor will spend more time with you at no additional cost until the correct level of proficiency has been attained. Our outdoor adventure holidays are run at a pace that suits your fitness and ability; we are able to be extremely flexible during your stay with us as the majority of the activities are in-house. Hiking, scrambling, rock climbing, running, mountain biking, snorkelling, old mine workings, subterranean passages, spectacular caves and ancient burial grounds are there for the adventurous. The area is so incredible that parts of the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ were filmed locally. The more adventurous may wish to summit Mulhacen, mainland Spain’s highest peak at over 11,400ft or explore the old gold mining shafts and tunnels at Rodalquilar as part of their adventure holiday. All this adds up to a great time, all the time. The Importance of Geography To state that our Overland Navigation courses involve geography may seem a little obvious; however, it may seem a little less obvious to state the importance of geography in Survival and Combat Survival. This importance is such that it may make the difference between life and death. We continually study the important correlations between geomorphology and our course subjects; this enables us to constantly improve the course content in order to stay at the forefront of outdoor education in these specialist subjects.
We are a small local business who came from San Diego California that moved to beautiful Sandpoint Idaho. When people ask how we got up here my dad says "we ran out of gas". We have been making Mexican food in Sandpoint since 1995 and hope to keep going for many years more. We appreciate all the business we get and we try to make everyone happy, although that is a hard thing to do :). We are not perfect but we try to have good customer service and do it with a smile. We are known for good food and hope that if you come you experience the taste of eating good Mexican food. Please remember there are quit a few different styles of Mexican food so do not be disappointed if it is not a style you are used to. And please remember we are cash or check only.
We are a tour operator specialized in unconventional tours in Venice. Our proposals are organized into: - Walking Tours: a) by area (off the beaten track of the mass of tourists); b) thematic (Music in Venice, History of the Venetian cuisine, Photography Tour, Theatrical tour about courtesans and libertinism, Venetian Craftsmen, Woman in Venice: the painters); c) classic (Doge's Palace, Basilica of San Marco and other important churches and museums) - Boat Tours: a) tour along the Venice's canals; b) Lagoon tour; c) Fishing-tourism; d) Eco-tours by boat with electric motor; e) Tour of the Venetian vineyards - Gourmet experiences: a) dinners in private homes; b) Venetian cooking classes - Activities: a) Venetian rowing lesson b) shopping tour We can rely on 5 Tourist Guides, 8 Tour Leaders, several boats both traditional and tourist type (up to 50 people), location for special events, chefs and catering services, workshops and everything you need to create a visit to Venice professional and at the same time different from usual.
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Visiting Vieques for Nature, History, Quiet
by Mike Virgintino,
One of the best vacations imaginable can be found on the island of Vieques. The tropical paradise of Vieques is very close to the U.S. mainland. Actually it is only about six miles away from Puerto Rico. Part of an archipelago, Vieques, fondly called “La Isla Nena” (Little Girl Island), is at the center of the Antilles.
Vieques is a mixture of sleepy fishing villages, tucked away homes, small vacation hideaways, one or two larger resorts and former military land that daily becomes gradually reclaimed by nature. Many vacationers, nature explorers and long-term residents prefer this island to the more crowded and noisy Puerto Rico.
Esperanza is a favorite destination on the southern side of the island. It has a long fishing tradition, a boardwalk that opens to the ocean and several restaurants and inns near the beach. In the capital city of Isabel II, the town square has been remodeled. The historical architecture of the town has made its center an attractive location for night entertainment.
The history of Vieques includes the presence of a large U.S. navy base that practiced its bombing tactics and maneuvers there until 2003. While some areas remain off-limits due to unexploded ordnance and yet-to-be found shells, a considerable part of the island allows access for exploration. Vegetation has reclaimed much of the military land, hiding the earlier activity and returning the island to its tropical topography.
Fort Count de Mirasol
Anyone who wants to learn about old Vieques can plan a visit to Fort Count de Mirasol. The location of Vieques prompted don Rafael Aristegui y Velez (Count of Mirasol), governor of Puerto Rico, to convince the Spanish government to build a defensive fortress here during the 1840s. Carefully restored after subsequent use as a prison and seismographic station a followed by abandonment, the fort now houses a museum of art and history that celebrates the culture of the island.
The exhibits showcase Indian relics, displays of the Spanish conquest and flags of the Danes, British and French, all of whom are part of the history and culture. The French sugarcane planters and their African slaves are portrayed, as is a bust of Simon Bolivar, the Venezuelan military and political leader who helped drive the Spanish from the area and who visited the island. A unique collection of maps shows how the world’s cartographers envisioned Vieques.
Other Attractions on Vieques
Other places of interest on Vieques include:
- Two lighthouses built about 1894: Punta Mulas Lighthouse and close to the port at Isabel II and Puerto Ferro Lighthouse inside Camp Garcia.
- The Frenchman’s House: built about 1900 for sugar planter Victor Mourraille, who owned the Puerto Real Sugar Factory in Esperanza.
- Mosquito (Bioluminescent) Bay: Locals will take you to see this wonder of nature.
To get to the island from Puerto Rico, take a small plane or a ferry from Fajardo. The boat trip is a pleasant 60-75 minute ride through calm waters. The plane rides are cramped and can be an adventure. Once on Vieques, the locals are engaging and friendly but respective of the visitor’s appreciation of privacy and quiet.