OLD QUEBEC, CANADA
Old Québec, easily accessible from anywhere in the province by train, bus or car, is a must in Canada! I love its historical side, it is here that our country began to develop, that the fighting between France and England took place, but also where many of our adventurous ancestors docked long before that to leave to the Aboriginal meeting.
Today, there are the popular Château Frontenac, known as postcards, as well as tons of historical, artistic and cultural museums, archaeological sites and even rather unusual places. Whether strolling along its arteries filled with souvenir shops, clothing or other trinkets, or stopping in its green areas, the historic area of the capital of Quebec has something to please everyone the types of travelers. Relaxed and calm, it swarms in summer thanks to its location by the river and its numerous terraces and pedestrian streets.
I recommend you spend a night in the heart of history at the Monastery of the Augustines, to discover the many cafes, glaciers and restaurants of the city, but also to leave its ramparts to see what the rest of the region of Quebec offers, like the Montmorency Falls or the Isle of Orleans!
– by Maude Carrier, MC Globetrotteuse
Going to Yosemite Park, located in the mountains of Sierra Nevada, California, is like discovering the golden cities nestled in the middle of a dense forest. One zigzags along the road at the edge of a cliff; right, left, right, left, then ottoman! The most beautiful view is in front of us. You then find yourself facing a verdant valley and its rocky peaks shaped by glaciers.
The second oldest park in the United States, you go to Yosemite for hiking, climbing and admiring the waterfalls and granite domes, or quietly descending the Merced River in a tube. The park is known for its famous half-dome and for its cliff, El Capitan, the highest in the world.
My recommendations: Go very early to get to the park because the road is long, and there is, in the tourist season, a lot of traffic and little parking space. At the accommodation level, the cost of sleeping in the park is rather high; so you must either book very early to benefit from favorable prices, or even plan to sleep outside the park. Even though you can only visit one percent of the park, there is plenty to see and do! Allow 2-3 days to take the time to stroll without pressure, and to appreciate nature in all its splendor.
So, do we meet at Yosemite Park for a little hike?
POVERTY POINT, UNITED STATES
– by Pauline, Little Escapes Great Adventures
A name a little sinister that does not suggest the richness of the place. And yet … Two stories are superimposed: that of the eponymous plantation and that of the Amerindian site that was there thousands of years ago. It is also thanks to the second (chronologically) that the traces of the first are discovered, in 1873.
Situated in northeastern Louisiana, in the midst of flat stretches, the historic site of Poverty Point dominates the surroundings from the height of its native mound and its 3,500 years of history.Around an esplanade, six concentric slopes form a large arc of a circle. Farther on, five mounds, more or less elevated, watch over the whole.
The biggest, the most enigmatic also, is the “Mound A”. Its shape as a bird, its position in the site, all question the archaeologists and questions about the function of this mound, as of the site as a whole, remain numerous. Place of ceremony? Dwelling? Doubt remains.
One thing is certain: the monumental hillocks of Poverty Point, which have been declared World Heritage by Unesco since 2014, testify to the life of pre-Columbian civilizations, their culture and their beliefs. They are an important legacy, unfortunately fragile and difficult to preserve from erosion.
Read the article on Poverty Point by Pauline.
THE GRAND CANYON, USA
– by Charlotte and M., Traces de voyages
Some places will mark you forever, as was the case of Arizona. The whole state is full of natural wonders, and it is one that deserves its place within Unesco in North America: The Grand Canyon.
This giant fault owes its name to both its size and its superb: 450 km long for 5.5 to 30 km wide and a depth of up to 2 km. Yet it is neither the greatest nor the deepest in the world! Old 17 million years old, its throat was dug by the Colorado River which takes its source in the rocky mountains.Its diversity and unique landscape and naturalness have earned it its place in the World Heritage of Humanity in 1979.
Different access points allow you to see it from all angles, ie, if you come from the south you may have the chance to see deer and if you come from the north, bison! To face him is like entering a postcard: we may have it in front of us, it seems always inaccessible and unreal. You have to touch the ground, listen to the howls of the coyotes, see the squirrels descend along the rocks and feel the scents of the pines to realize that you are really there …
Read articles on Arizona from Charlotte and M.
– by Rachel Latour, Discovery World
Located about one hour from the Mexican capital, Teotihuacan, meaning “place where the gods are created,” was one of the largest cities in the Americas for more than 900 years, home to up to 175,000 people at its peak between the the years 450 and 650 AD.
As soon as we arrive, it is possible to feel all the genius of town planning and the meticulous work of this Unesco site while crossing the central aisle; the Avenue des Morts. It is bounded by the Quetzalcoált temple and the pyramid of the Moon, while its center houses the imposing pyramid of the Sun.
The visit takes place one way or the other, but we started ours with the ascent of the temple Quetzalcoált which is located in the old citadel of the site and which constituted the administrative part of the city. Less high than the two impressive pyramids found on the site, its beauty on the other hand is well concealed on the other side. After descending a few steps, one can admire his sculptures very detailed and very well preserved.
One of the most intense moments of the Teotihuacan visit is the ascent of the impressive pyramid of the Sun, the largest pre-Hispanic moment and one of the most important in Mesoamerica with its 75 meters high. Unlike several buildings on pre-Hispanic sites, the pyramid was built in one step and the only tunnels in the pyramid were used for water evacuation. The climb under the sun is somewhat demanding, but the reward is great once at the top. We lingered there for almost an hour to admire the landscape and the immensity of the site. Time has even been lacking to visit the museum site and climb the pyramid of the moon … it will be for a next time! Allow a few hours to visit the site and its various attractions, a good pair of shoes, water and sunscreen. The sun strikes hard in the region!
Read the article on Teotihuacan by Rachel.
CHEN ITZA, MEXICO
– by Emily, Travel and Film
Chichen Itza is one of the seven wonders of the modern world! The site has been listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 1988. It is a pyramid built by the Maya. It is even the most beautiful Mayan site of the Yucatan Peninsula and probably of the Mayan world in general, so it is also the most visited. There are even more visitors at the equinoxes, when the shadow projected by the sun on the pyramid of Kukulcan gives the impression of a serpent descending the staircase.
For my part, I visited Chichen Itza on the day of the end of the Mayan world on December 21, 2012. We were not far from 30,000 to be there that day and the energy was just incredible, it was a unique experience.
If you are visiting the South of Mexico and especially the Yucatan and the surroundings of Cancun, do not miss the visit of Chichen Itza. The site is not limited to its pyramid, it is very large, there are several sites to visit like the observatory in particular, plan several hours.