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21 Airbnb Experiences For Every Occassion

ICYMI, Airbnb has added a new feature called “Experiences,” where residents can now offer visitors their own take on the city they call home. From nature walks searching for sloths in Costa Rica, to Little Havana food immersion in Miami, Florida, there is an experience for everyone.

Out of the hundreds of experiences, here’s what we think would top your list.

1. Let’s start with the food.

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For $56, you can get someone to take you to the best of the best Cuban restaurants in Little Havana. You’ll go to a tropical fruit farmer’s market, cigar shop, proper café Cubano shop, a viejito domino game in Domino Park and finish it off with a hot plate of food at a traditional family restaurant.

2. Learn to make your own Mexican bread from a professional baker.

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You know how this ends: a feast of chocolate and vanilla conchas, hot chocolate and take home pastry molds and recipe cards. Yes, I will pay you $40 to make my own bread and then eat it. Teach a man to fish and all that.

3. Then experience todo del lucha libre in Mexico City for $50 per person.

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Learn the ins and outs of the art of lucha libre from a local, make your own mask and then head to the arena to watch it in action. Of course, Mexican beers and candies are included in the price.

4. Dive into a Mexican indigo dip dye workshop for $27.

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If you’re up for a quieter night, meet Anabel, a Mexican fashion designer with a fascination for Mexico’s natural indigo dyes. Walk away with a cotton scarf, bandana or canvas bag dyed with organic indigo. Yes, please.

5. Let’s go to Cuba and learn to roll Cuban cigars for $5.

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Your host is the fourth generation in his family owned and operated Cuban tobacco farm. You’ll see the full process of how to make an organic Cuban cigar, and then smoke it right on the spot!

6. Then go on a gay bar hopping tour of Havana.

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Passionate gay rights activists for 15 years, Yunior, Andres and Leandro will take you through Havana’s underground gay nightlife, out at Malecon & 23. Learn what it’s like to be gay in Cuba today. For $35, you get to support these activists, have a round of drinks and club entrance.

7. Watch how young Cubanos craft their own skateboards.

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Then, check out their DIY skatepark, grab some delicious lunch and continue onto an art gallery along Paseo del Prado. Plus, all your $50 will go to Cuba Skate, Inc., a non-profit that creates youth development programs across Cuba.

8. Watch some of Cuba’s greatest artists in action.

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Visit the Lolo workshop where the best Matanzas artists go to work. You’ll also get a hands-on intro to ceramics class and be able to make a small object with the artist, while supporting their work for $37.

9. Go on a farm tour of the Valley of Silence for $35.

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In western Cuba, there is a place called El Valle del Silencio. You’ll see what it’s like to run a family farm by learning about the coffee-making process, feeding the animals, ploughing the soil, harvesting crops and rolling and smoking a fresh cigar.

10. Explore Puerto Rico’s hidden natural water slides.

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Y’know, just casually hike with a local guide to a river where gold was extracted in the 1800s. After your swim, you’ll hike to the natural river jungle water slides where you can go cliff jumping or just relax in a natural hot spring tub. He deserves your $38 for letting you in on the magic.

11. Get dirty body rafting in Puerto Rico’s mountains.

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You literally meet in the San Juan mall and wind up body rafting to a river cave in the mountains of Puerto Rico. For just $95, you get a full day adventure complete with a lesson in making coquito, una bocadillo and a history of Taíno veneration for the water.

12. Take care of rescued manatees for a couple hours.

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Puerto Rico’s Manatee Conservation Center focuses on rescuing and rehabbing local manatees, researching the existing wild population and community outreach. One hundred percent of your $69 go towards the conservation, plus you also get to feed the manatees! #WorthyCause

13. When you’re done getting intimate with manatees, take a helicopter tour of Puerto Rico.

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For just $150, you can join a retired Puerto Rico Police Air Unit pilot to see Puerto Rico in all it’s glory. Be sure to ask about the history of it’s nature and culture when you’re en route.

14. Dale, we’re visiting Costa Rica’s urban sloths.

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For just $27 per person, you can expect a 2-3 hour tour of the University of Costa Rica’s bird species (more than 100), the Butterfly Garden and the small population of sloths located on campus just outside San José.

15. Take a casual dip in pristine Latin American waters.

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Guys, Costa Rica is one of the cheapest places to travel. For just $86 per person, you can experience a 6.5 hour hike into Rincon de la Vieja National Park to visit the country’s most active volcanoes. All topped off with a dip in the Oropendula Waterfall.

16. Then, finish your day horseback riding on the beach.

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Your Costa Rican host boasts of her horseback riding skills dating back to when she was just 8 years old. Just meet her at her Barn, meet your horse companion, and enjoy her private trail to one of the largest beach stretches in Central America, Esterillos Este for just $64 per person.

17. Once the sun goes down, enjoy a bioluminescent kayaking tour in Paquera Bay.

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Meet up with a marine biologist for a night kayaking tour of Paquera Bay, where the water is dark until you touch it. For a full hour, you’ll see how every paddle stroke leaves behind a swirl of bluish light for $38 per person.

18. Immerse yourself in the world of Frida Kahlo for $14.

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El Museo Frida Kahlo is just south of Cancún, and waiting for you to relive Frida Kahlo’s accident in an interactive room with mapping and immersive audio. You can read her own letters, and understand her childhood and death.

19. Hit São Paulo’s nightlife with a Portuguese actress for LGBT charity.

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Airbnb has “Social Impact” experiences that help raise money for needy charities. Fernanda is offering her time to explore São Paulo’s theatre scene along with a backstage tour of her own play. All for $111–for charity!

20. You can also take a tour of LGBTQ iconic bars in NYC for charity.

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Take a 3 hour guided tour right to where it all began: Stonewall Inn. Expect to take some shots and enjoy an intimate tour all around Manhattan, including Keith Haring’s studio, Elenaor Roosevelt’s NYC home and the firehouse that housed one of the first gay liberation underground meeting spaces.

21. But you don’t have to escape the country for some classical history.

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For $15, you can enjoy Los Angeles’ classical Latin music with Roberto Hermosillo and wonder how just two hands could create such beautiful sounds. Hit up your DTLA alley and enjoy.

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Imagine Having Machu Picchu All To Yourself – That’s What One Man Got After Being Stuck In Peru For Seven Months

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Imagine Having Machu Picchu All To Yourself – That’s What One Man Got After Being Stuck In Peru For Seven Months

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One of the most dreaded side effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic, is that it took with it our travel plans. Whether we were simply set to have weekends at the beach, visit our abuelos in Mexico, or go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip across the world, so many of us have seen our travel plans taken away.

Well, one traveler made it across the world to fulfill his lifelong dream of seeing Machu Picchu but as soon as he arrived, so too did the pandemic. He became stuck in foreign country and couldn’t travel or see the sights he had hoped to visit.

As Peru has slowly reopened, this now world-famous traveler is being known as the first person to see Machu Picchu post-lockdown and he got to do so all by himself.

One lucky traveler got to experience the city of Machu Picchu all by himself.

Peru’s famous Machu Picchu ruins, closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, reopened on Monday for one lucky Japanese tourist after he spent months stranded in the country due to global travel restrictions.

In a video first reported by The Guardian, Jesse Takayama shared his immense gratitude for being allowed to visit the ancient Incan city – which had long been one of his dreams. Months ago he had arrived in a small town near the Incan city, where he has remained ever since because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Peru’s Minister of Culture, Alejandro Neyra, said at a press conference that “He [Takayama] had come to Peru with the dream of being able to enter. The Japanese citizen has entered together with our head of the park so that he can do this before returning to his country.” Talk about a once in a lifetime experience.

Neyra went on to add that this really was a rare moment and that Takayama only received access after submitting a special request to the local tourism authority.

In an Instagram post about his special access, Takayama said that “Machu Picchu is so incredible! I thought I couldn’t go but many people asked the government. I’m the first one to visit Machu Picchu after lockdown!”

Takayama had been stuck in Peru since March when the country shut down its borders because of the pandemic.

Takayama arrived to Peru in March and promptly bought his pass to the ancient city but little did he know the world (and his plans) would come to a screeching halt. Peru was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic (and continues to struggle) and was forced to close its borders and institute a strict lockdown.

Peru was forced to implement drastic COVID-19 restrictions on travel including an end to all incoming international flights earlier this year, which only relaxed this month after the nation’s rate of new COVID-19 cases began declining in August.

The last statement posted on the Machu Picchu website, dated from July, says that “the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Trade and Tourism are coordinating the prompt reopening of Machu Picchu”.

Peru’s Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions.

The country’s Minister of Culture, Neyra, stressed that “the reopening of Machu Picchu is important for Peruvians, as a symbol of national pride and also as a budget issue, because it is one of the places that generates the most income for the culture sector.”

The BBC reports that the Inca stronghold, a Unesco world heritage site since 1983, is expected to reopen at reduced capacity next month. 

More than 1.5 million people make the pilgrimage to the Inca city annually. In 2017, Unesco threatened to place the famous ruins on its list of endangered heritage sites because of fears about overcrowding; Peruvian authorities subsequently brought in measures to control the flow of tourists and visitor numbers were capped at around 2,240 per day.

Peru is still experiencing one of the region’s worst outbreaks of Coronavirus.

After beginning a phased reopening, Peru has started to see its contagion rate increase in recent days. The country still faces one of the worst outbreaks in South America, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

“We are still in the middle of a pandemic,” Neyra added. “It will be done with all the necessary care.”

Peru has recorded just over 849,000 total cases of COVID-19, and 33,305 deaths since the pandemic began.

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Covid-19 has ended a lot of stuff for a lot of people. The most obvious change has been to international travel, especially for Americans. As the virus has spread widely across the U.S. countries have put a halt to allowing American tourist within their border, but not Mexico.

Covid-19 has severly depreciated the American passport.

Once capable of unlocking so many countries, the U.S. passport is no longer helping Americans travel abroad. Instead, the American passport has now become a hindrance for global travelers. Most countries have placed restrictions on American tourists making the U.S. passport one of the weakest.

The countries banning the U.S. are doing so because of the state of the virus in the country.

There have been more than 7 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 200,000 deaths from the virus. The U.S. remains the worst hit country and the global epicenter of the deadly virus. Many blame the lack of a national strategy to properly close down, test citizens, and contact trace those who have been exposed as the reason the virus has been so devastating in the U.S.

The various travel bans have kept families apart.

Other nations went into mush stricter lockdowns that the U.S. and got a handle of the virus. European countries have gotten the virus under control after months and the U.S. continues to see a large number of new cases daily.

One of the countries allowing Americans to visit is Mexico.

Mexico is heavily reliant on the money made from the tourism industry. According to official statistics, the tourism industry is the third-largest contributor to the country’s GDP. Major tourist destinations like Cabo and Cancún saw dramatic dips in tourism leading to national and local figures to sound the alarm. According to The Washington Post, the questions was posed about when to allow the tourists from the U.S. back, not should they.

Los Cabos is one of the hardest-hit tourist destinations.

The tourist destination saw a severe decline in tourists during one of the busiest times of the year. According to The Washington Post, the resort city has lost 80 percent of its revenue because of Covid-19. The virus has brought financial devastation to people across the world and the cities they live in aren’t immune to failing themselves.

“It’s life or death for us,” Rodrigo Esponda, the head of the Los Cabos tourism board, told The Washington Post. “There’s nothing else here. No industrial production. No farming or commercial fishing. It’s tourism or nothing.”

Yet, Los Cabos should be a warning sign to the rest of Mexico.

Cases in Baja California, the state where Los Cabos is located, saw new Covid case numbers triple from 50 a day to 150. The increase in infections is to be expected as the state rolled out the welcome mat for Americans coming to visit the resort town.

“There are some residents who say, ‘Why put my family’s life in danger by inviting more visitors, restarting more flights?’” Luis Humberto Araiza López, tourism minister of Baja California Sur, told The Washington Post. “It’s a delicate line between trying to support public health and economic growth.”

Despite this, there are some countries that Americans can travel to.

The countries Americans can travel to without Covid restrictions are Albania, Belarus, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Zambia. As the world continues to open up, Americans who travel abroad are waiting for the U.S. government to get the virus under control. Until then, the U.S. passport is not the same it used to be.

READ: The U.S. Passport Was Once The World’s Strongest, It’s Fallen To 25th Place Thanks To Failed Leadership Amid Coronavirus

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