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Av. André Araújo, 2936 - Petrópolis, Manaus - AM, 69067-375, Brazil

Located in Petrópolis, the Bosque da Ciência, or Science Grove, is a 13-hectare (32-acre) park run by the Institute for Amazon Research that is devoted to Amazon wildlife. Visitors get a taste of the Amazon while wandering amid...

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Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

For visitors looking to learn about—if not fully immerse themselves in—Japan’s greatest wetlands park, this is the spot. The Onnenai Visitor Center at Kushiro Shitsugen National Park gives an in-depth overview of this wilderness...

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Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is at its most mysterious within the wilds of Akan National Park, a mountainous region stretching across the eastern part of the island. Enjoy views of volcanoes and pristine crater lakes and dip into the park’s famed natural hot...

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Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

If Hokkaido were a cheese, it would be Swiss, so riddled is it with crater lakes. The fairest of them all is Lake Mashu, a 211-meter-deep (692-foot-deep) volcanic lake that some claim has the clearest water in the world. The lake retains its...

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There’s a palpable thrill the moment your ship arrives at the so-called Meeting of the Waters, just downstream from Manaus, where for some eight kilometers (five miles) the tan-colored Rio Solimões (a main Amazon source) and the...

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R. Costa Azevedo, 272 - Centro, Manaus - AM, 69010-230, Brazil

Opened in 2008 near the opera house, the respected GaleriAmazônica has the feel of a museum and sells fine Indian arts, which are labeled according to the tribe that created them. You can take home wooden masks, colorful woven baskets...

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Rua 10 de Julho, 509 - Centro, Manaus - AM, 69010-060, Brazil

At the Amazonas Ecoshop across from São Sebastião square and the opera house, items for sale include decorative wooden carvings, woven handbags, beaded bracelets and earrings and plant-based beauty products by more than...

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Down by the river, the fine Art Nouveau Mercado Adolpho Lisboa—Manaus’s main market—is modeled on Paris’s long-gone Les Halles; the mercado’s wrought iron was even imported from France. Visitors can find indigenous...

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R. José Clemente, 632 - Centro, Manaus - AM, 69010-070, Brazil

It’s not a fancy night out but a fun one at Casa do Pensador, a beer garden whose name means “house of the thinker.” Since you’re in the tropics, it’s always warm enough to enjoy a steak or pizza at one of the outdoor...

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Av. Mário Ypiranga, 790 - Adrianópolis, Manaus - AM, 69057-001, Brazil

Just north of the city center, Choupana serves regional Amazon food in a rustic, loftlike space with wooden columns under a high ceiling. The fish tank guarantees that your pirarucu fillet will be fresh, while other fish come straight from the...

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R. Pará, 490 - Vieiralves, Manaus - AM, 69053-070, Brazil

Manaus may lie on the Amazon and be full of fish restaurants, but this is Brazil and locals still love their meaty churrascarias. Búfalo is the city’s top churrascaria restaurant in a spacious, modern setting, while its American...

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Av. Darcy Vargas, 226 - Parque Dez de Novembro, Manaus - AM, 69055-035, Brazil

Opened in 2014 in a bright, modern space with a small glass wine cellar on the dining floor, the bi-level Amazônico Peixaria Regional is a fish restaurant whose grilled tambaqui and pirarucu are presented whole on platters with no fuss. The...

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Av. Sete de Setembro, 1546 - Centro, Manaus - AM, 69005-141, Brazil

A sumptuous example of Manaus’s former riches, the 1903 Rio Negro Palace was originally the Palacete Scholz, named for the city’s biggest rubber baron. Later, the German-born Scholz’s home and gardens were turned into the...

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Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro, Centro - Centro, Manaus - AM, 69025-140, Brazil

Manaus’s gorgeous Belle Epoque Teatro Amazonas, the famous opera house that opened with a performance by tenor Enrico Caruso in 1897, is the most visible reminder of the vast wealth generated by the rubber boom at the end of the 19th and...

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R. Libertador, 102 - Nossa Sra. das Gracas, Manaus - AM, 69057-070, Brazil

The décor may be somewhat kitschy, with Amazon-themed art and a river canoe on the wall, but many Manauenses consider Banzeiro their city’s top fish restaurant for Amazonian specialties. Where else could you try grilled tambaqui...

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Manaus was built on rubber, and nothing better explains the role that it played in the city’s history than the Rubber Plantation Museum at Seringal Vila Paraíso. This re-creation of a rubber estate, originally the set for a popular...

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R. José Clemente, 322 - Centro, Manaus - AM, 69010-070, Brazil

An influential early-20th-century governor, Eduardo Ribeiro was also a sugar-mill owner, journalist and military officer whose splendid home a block from the opera house had fallen into disrepair, as often happens in the tropics. Wonderfully...

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Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

It’s an unforgettable experience to snack on a hard-boiled egg freshly cooked in an active volcano’s vent while watching the fumes and steam rise around you. And that’s what you’re in for on a visit to Iozan, a...

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13 Chome-25 Kuroganecho, Kushiro, Hokkaido 085-0018, Japan

Near Kushiro’s railway station, this flopping-fresh fish market is the place to stop for a delicious sushi or sashimi lunch. Vendors hawk everything from sea urchins, tuna belly (otoro) and enormous Hokkaido crabs to whelk and whale meat. A...

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Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

Your first hint that Soba Doraku is going to be good is the fact that agricultural fields, many billowing with buckwheat, surround this beloved noodle restaurant. Its soba noodles are made in-house and have been praised as among the best in...

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1 Chome Kitaodori, Kushiro, Hokkaido 085-0015, Japan

Surrounded by fishing boats on Kushiro’s waterfront, this shopping center does double duty as a seafood market where you can break for a cheap lunch (on the second floor). The first floor is loaded with souvenir stalls selling textiles,...

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Located in the hot-spring resort area of Akankohan near Kushiro, the small village of Ainu Kotan is home to Hokkaido’s indigenous people, the Ainu. The store-lined main street here is touristy but nonetheless ideal for one-stop shopping for...

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A small white church graces the village. Inside, rows of white plastic chairs are placed before a colorfully decorated altar. Nearby sits a modest schoolhouse, which is seldom in session when visitors are in town. Instead, school-age children...

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One of the many tributaries of the Amazon River, the Rio da Valeria, or Valeria River, can be traveled by small boat or canoe. While passing along its winding banks, the local guide points out a variety of flora and fauna, from toucans to...

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As you travel along the Valeria River, you'll see remote settlements that are even smaller than Boca da Valeria, with just a few houses each. In addition to more populous cities, such as Belém and Manaus, thousands of waterfront...

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Ride along the canals and tributaries of the Amazon in river canoes, helmed by the young men of Boca da Valeria. These canoes are traditionally crafted from a solid piece of marupa, a tropical hardwood that is easy to carve and also resistant to...

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Boca da Valeria doesn't have any restaurants to speak of, but there is one thatched-roof saloon that sits at the far end of town. The selection of beverages is limited and kept in a cooler on the floor of the bar—bottled water, cold beer and...

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Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand

From its site high atop the Nakkerd Hills, Phuket's Big Buddha cuts a striking figure. This gigantic statue covered in white Burmese marble stands 45 meters (148 feet) tall. The panoramic view from its base is dazzling,...

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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia—in fact, one of the few in the world—never to have been colonized. But because Phuket was an important 17th-century trading port, its historic center still reflects the influence of...

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi, Thailand

The Phi Phi Islands are a small archipelago in the Andaman Sea. (Just as "Phuket" is pronounced poo-ket, the name of these islands is pronounced pee-pee.) These stunning islands are lapped by warm, clear waters and lined with white-sand beaches...

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Khao Phing Kan, Phang-nga, Thailand

Gorgeous Phang Nga Bay can be found in the Strait of Malacca between Phuket and the Malay Peninsula. Ao Phang Nga National Park takes in parts of the bay, protecting its clear, emerald-green waters and abundant wildlife. The bay is home to...

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17/2 moo10 Soi Yodsanae, Chao Far Road, Chalong, muang, อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต PHUKET 83130, Thailand

A trip to the Chalong Highlands will reward you with sweeping views of Phuket, its lush mountains and the sparkling Andaman Sea. You'll also get to visit an elephant camp, where you can learn about these majestic creatures and the conservation...

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Phuket, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Home-style southern Thai food is served inside a century-old Thai-Portuguese house, complete with the original floor tiles. Every table orders the crab curry with vermicelli noodles; it's zesty and fragrant but not overpowering. Wine is...

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44/1 Moo 5, Viset Road, Muang, Muang, อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต 83130, Thailand

This Thai/Japanese restaurant sits at the water's edge overlooking the Andaman Sea. The main ingredient here is ultrafresh local seafood. Tuck into crab curry, prawn tempura or chili crab—but be aware that the crab's zesty sauce will soon...

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181 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand

You'll find more than 200 stores in this gleaming mall, many selling Thai crafts, textiles and home goods, ranging from silver jewelry to Oriental rugs. For edible souvenirs like teas, sweets and dried fruit, head to the supermarket...

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San Andrés and Providencia, Colombia

This lagoon on the northeast coast of Providencia is one of Colombia's few national parks in the Caribbean (the country also has coastline on the Pacific Ocean). The park's full name is Old Providence McBean Lagoon National Natural Park, and while...

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When residents of Providencia say they're going to town, they're talking about Santa Isabel, at the island's northern tip. It's home to most of Providencia's 5,000 residents, though others live in smaller settlements around the island....

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Tiny Santa Catalina Island lies just north of Providencia. The two islands are connected by the Puente de Enamorados, or Lovers' Bridge, a short floating bridge painted in bright Caribbean colors. Santa Catalina was a popular base for...

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Crab Cay, or Cayo Cangrejo, sits roughly one kilometer (.6 miles) off the east coast of Isla de Providencia. From Providencia, the view of the small outcropping makes for a prime photo op, but snorkelers will be itching to hire a boat or...

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Providencia, San Andrés y Providencia, Colombia

You'll find this restaurant in the southwest part of the island, on one of its most beautiful beaches. El Divino Niño could be Providencia's most popular restaurant, so don't be surprised if you have to wait for a table. As for the menu,...

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Agua Dulce, Providencia Isla, Providencia Isla, San Andres, Colombia

The closest thing that Providencia has to a tourist quarter is Freshwater Bay (Bahía de Agua Dulce), a 150-meter-long (492-foot-long) beach on the west coast. Among the handful of inns here, Cabañas Agua Dulce has one of the...

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The best approach to shopping on Isla de Providencia? Probably to wait until the next stop on your itinerary, unless you're running short of essentials like sunscreen. That said, Frenchy's Place, just north of Southwest Bay, does sell souvenirs...

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The shopping options on Isla de Providencia are fairly limited, but if you're determined to bring home a souvenir of your time on the island, Santa Isabel is the best place to look. The dive shops offer a modest selection of T-shirts and...

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Av. Mário Ypiranga, 1300 - Adrianópolis, Manaus - AM, 69057-002, Brazil

Manauara is one of Manaus’s best mega-malls, and one shop to seek out there is designer Rita Prossi’s kiosk. Prossi’s high-quality “bio jewelry” collections are crafted by indigenous people. Her pieces include woven...

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Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

You can explore Japan’s largest and most spectacular wetlands on a visit to Kushiro Shitsugen National Park in eastern Hokkaido. There are well-placed observation points in the hills around the wetlands to observe fauna and...