sábado, 23 de marzo de 2013

Hotel Elqui Domos

Today we will talk about a curious hotel located in Chile. Its name is Elqui Domos and its principal feature is the fact that is designed to see the stars. The particular clime of the zone benefits for a clear sky and makes easy to see the stars at night. The hotel is concretely located in the Elqui’s Valley between two large cliffs on the slopes of the Andes.

Hotel Astronómico Elqui Domos / Rodrigo Duque Motta © Cristóbal Palma

Since long time, a lot of people came to this valley to see the stars, so someone saw in this valley a good place to build a hotel that takes profit of all of that. His idea was to build a hotel where the rooms are individually located along the valley and made it with a translucent cloth so the people could saw the stars and enhance the astronomic experience of the clients.

After having informed about all the aspects of the Elqui Domos I would leave you a SWOT analysis that I made to see where are the strengths and the weaknesses of the hotel:

Hotel Astronómico Elqui Domos / Rodrigo Duque Motta © Cristóbal Palma

Strengths: It’s a unique hotel that offers a unique experience. It’s made it with woods, which means that it’s very close to the nature and that may like so much to that people interested in nature tourism.

Weaknesses: It is very little known by the people and the facilities of the hotel aren’t very big so can’t accommodate a lot of people at the same time. The fact that is so different from the rest of the hotels can make that many people won’t like to come.

Opportunities: The hotels could offer so many things apart from the astrology, they have a big valley where they can arrange tours or do extreme sports.

Threats: They are too dependent on the climate of the area and that can turns against him.

That was all, we hope you enjoyed.

Be curious!

jueves, 21 de marzo de 2013

Taj Mahal

Located in India, is one of the most important human heritage and designate as one of the new seven wonders . It was built from 1631 till 1654 in Agra by emperor Shah Jahan, from the Mongol Dynasty. This stunning temple was a love prove to their wife, Arjuman Bano Begum, but everyone knows her as Mumtaz Mahal.

In fact, the name of this temple means ‘’the crown of Mahal’’ so it was build just to demonstrate the love for his wife. Is considerate the most beautiful building of the Mongol architecture, but in this case , Taj Mahal mixed Persian , Islamic and Indian architecture but is not just one building is an integrated set of buildings but the dome, the most significant was built with marble but there were used more material like jade, turquoise, chrysotile, agates, amethysts, malachite, sapphires, amber, quartz and coral.

20000 labourers were working on this temple, and the emperor take the most brilliant architects to design the temple but when them finish their job, the emperor ordered maul their hands, the reason is because the emperor didn’t want that this architects could repeat another building that Taj Mahal.

The temple is perfectly symmetrical and the tomb of Mahal is located in the centre of the building. This symmetry is just broken by the tomb of the emperor next of his wife.

Is the most important touristic attraction in India, for this reason exist a lot of companies who offers tours inside Taj Mahal around 110 rupees.

lunes, 18 de marzo de 2013

The Valley of the Desolation

Normally when you think to travel to the Caribbean you automatically see yourself sunbathing in the beach and drinking an exotic alcoholic drink with wonderful views everywhere. And, surely, you will think in expensive resorts and hotels. But today we will talk about a curious place located in a Caribbean island named Dominica where you can do cheaper holidays.

First of all you have to know that until be an island more economic than the others that doesn’t mean that the island hasn’t have beautiful views, it is just the opposite, in Dominica you will surely find more wonderful places to see than the others because has been less exploited for mass tourism. One of the mains features of this island is its volcanic activity. This volcanic activity has caused a high number of hot springs.

But what I want to talk you is the Valley of the Desolation. Some day in the past this place surely has a lot of vegetation and animals but the high number of geysers, boiling water ponds and fumaroles originated by the volcanic activity of the zone has transformed the place in an incredible view of desolation. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to see, because as you could see in the images of this post the place became in a take breathing view. Lot of people wants to see the views and think about their lives and the desolation of the world.

As you can saw in our blog exists a lot of incredible and curious places in the world to take advantage and made a tourism business. Not everything is reduced to sunbathe, visit monuments and stay in the hotels, there’s a lot of more in all the world.

domingo, 17 de marzo de 2013

Atlas Obscura

Hey again friends, today I will talk you about a web guide called Atlas Obscura, but firstly let me ask you something, are you bored to travel and see the typical monuments and do the typical things? Are you a lover of those strange and esoteric things, mysterious places? Atlas Obscura is your webpage, this site brings you the possibility to see a lot of information about strange and mysterious places around the world.

It was founded by Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras 5 years ago, 2 young boys who saw a blue ocean in this kind of market for those travellers who prefers explore than follow a guide.

This webpage show you the possibility to search by name those places, read articles about them, organize places by popularity, by ‘’Likes’’, you can see a places randomly or even you can navigate by the Google Map where esoteric and mysterious places are pointed there. But not just places you can find in Atlas Obscura, also strange events around the world are able for you from your home. But it’s not all, if you were visit some strange place that not appears in Atlas Obscura, you can send the place to the Web Managers and they will study your place.

Well, as a strange and mysterious things, I recommend you to do an atypical trip, not the main sightseeing, search information about singular things and try to do, you will enjoy! And if you don’t have enough with this post, I bring you the link of Atlas Obscura www.atlasobscura.com, enjoy it!

sábado, 16 de marzo de 2013

The birth of the Eiffel Tower

Everyone knows Eiffel Tower, this monument is one of the most famous around the world, in fact is impossible now to separate from our minds the image of Paris and Eiffel Tower because is nowadays its symbol, but no always was like today. 

The tower, designed by the architect Gustave Eiffel, was a project to being showed in the Universal Expo , firstly, Eiffel show his project to cities like Barcelona but it wasn’t accepted, Paris was accept this project but only during the Expo 1889 becoming in the higher height building in world , the people of Paris was demonstrate against the tower because for them, could be dangerous if the towers falls. It was built in 2 years and was painted in a yellow colour. When Expo ends in 1900, the French army install a radio antenna on the top of tower taking advantage of its high height, for this reason, the tower must remain there. Along decades, Eiffel Tower start to Symbolize Paris city, the publishers made and amazing work relating the tower with terms like the love, they repeat and now, Paris is known like the ‘’City of Love’’ and Eiffel Tower is the main symbol.

In the beginnings, the towers weight 7000tones but now weights 10500because Paris put Restaurants, Coffee’s, Souvenirs Shops in the tower. To increase the benefits of the million of tourist who visits it every year, in fact, Eiffel Tower is the most visited place around the world, 230 million people has visit it.

This is really important to understand why a lot of locals in Paris has their windows oriented to the tower, is the main attraction, and the businessmen knows. This is a case of indirectly exploit of this symbol, all businessmen like restaurants, coffee’s or hotels take advantage of the views to push up the prices, to attract more customers or to increase their benefits.

domingo, 10 de marzo de 2013


Today we will go to Turkey to talk about Cappadocia. Probably you should know about Cappadocia or at least have heard about that but today you will know more about this beautiful place and how the tourism in the zone starts.  

First of all you have to know that Cappadocia is an historical place located in Central Anatolia and its main feature is its geological formation, which it’s unique in the entire world, as well as its cultural and historical heritage.

In 1930 and 1940, when the Europeans have noticed about this incredible place, thanks of the dissemination of the French priest Guillaume de Jerphanion with his studies about the churches in Cappadocia –very common-, they started to travel to Turkey to see Cappadocia and its beauties. Was then when the tourism started to growth until arrived to a growth so large that they have to start to build a lot of infrastructure to keep the tourists and comply their demands.

In the 70s the tourism had reached such high numbers of tourists that its twenty hotels in the zone were not enough, so if they wanted to keep the tourists they had to think what to do to solve this problematic. The solution was to start to rent rooms of their houses and transform their homes to receive the tourists; meanwhile they were building new hotels and infrastructures.

Thanks to that, nowadays, the zone has undergone an economic revitalization that helped not only the tourism but the small business like ceramic, textiles and crafts and its one of the favorites places to do natural tourism.

miércoles, 27 de febrero de 2013

Salar de Uyuni

Could you imagine 12000 km2 of salt? In Bolivia exists an incredible desert of salt and the Bolivians have known how to take profit of this. The name of this desert is Salar de Uyuni and it is specifically located in the Potosí department in the southwest of Bolivia. Uyuni is one of the biggest reservations of lithium in the world, and there are great quantities of magnesium, potassium and boron.

As you must imagine this is a big economic source as there are a lot of tones of salt with they can trade as well as with the lithium and the other components already said. But the economic source it is not finished with the traffic of salt there also exist the tourism attraction. A lot of people came every year to see the awesome view of a desert of salt because the desert is transparent and it’s seems like you are walking over a mirror.

But to gain more tourists they thought to build a hotel with blocks of salt in the middle of the desert. It’s a small hotel but soon became a very popular tourist destination. This is the second hotel that it is build in the desert, the first was smaller and it’s had 12 double rooms, a common bathroom, and no shower. In the current hotel they had included a dry sauna and a steam room, a saltwater pool and whirlpool baths.

Another very popular attraction is the train cemetery. This cemetery contains the old trains that distribute the salt of the desert to the Pacific Ocean ports. In the 40s the mineral industry collapsed for the mineral depletion so many of trains were abandoned and they became a train cemetery. Someone saw in this trains a tourism source and convert this in an attraction for the tourists.