Monday, March 28, 2011

National Geographic Traveler's 20 Best Trips of 2011

While we're at it, let me share with you National Geographic Traveler's 20 Best Trips of 2011.

Our very own Palawan is featured alongside Crimea, Shikoku, and Ulaanbatar.
Photo: National Geographic

The picture shows El Nido, Palawan but description points to Puerto Princesa's Underground River. The Underground River is really a place one should visit in this lifetime. Seriously, it's jaw-dropping.

Some of the places in the top 20 list.

Sardinia Italy

Photo: National Geographic

"Sardinia is home to more than 7,000 stone nuraghi towers, Bronze Age castles built between 1600 and 1100 B.C. Best known is Nuraghe Santu Antine near Torralba, a well-preserved nuraghic royal palace surrounded by the eerie remnants of a once thriving nuraghic village."

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Photo: National Geographic

"Nature's color wheel is in constant motion at 114-square-mile (296-square-kilometer) Plitvice Lakes National Park (above) where 16 terraced lakes, formed by natural travertine dams, change hues throughout the day from bright turquoise to gray depending on the angle of the sun's rays and mineral makeup of the water."

Kurdistan, Iraq

Photo: National Geographic

"Considered an oasis of peace and stability in a historically volatile region, the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northeastern Iraq is drawing a growing stream of curious Western visitors to its ancient cities, snowcapped mountains, and bustling bazaars. Places to visit are Erbil’s historic citadel and Grand Mosque, the ruins of Salahaddin’s Fortress in Shaqlawa, and the Jarmo Neolithic village archaeological site (7,000 B.C.) located in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains."

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