Amsterdam

While Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherands, the seat of government is the Hague and the provincial capital is Haarlem. NATURAL WORLD Amsterdam is located on the banks of two bodies of water, the IJ bay and the Amstel river. CULTURAL WORLD Amsterdam is noted for many outstanding museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk …

Durban

NATURAL WORLD Durban has a warm, humid climate and beautiful beaches. The city is touted as the country’s surf capital. In fact Durban is home to South Africa’s only surfing museum, the TimeWarp Surfing Museum. SHARK WEEK The sardine run is an annual phenomenon during the South African winter. Shoals of sardines Sardinops sagax move …

Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to Rio (pronounced ‘Heeoo’ by locals). Located on Brazil’s Atlantic coast, Rio de Janeiro was the country’s capital between 1763 and 1960 and is the country’s second largest city. NATURAL WORLD The world’s only urban forest is located in Rio. Its area of 3,300 hectares encompasses trees, belvederes, caves and waterfalls in Tijuca National …

Townsville

Townsville is located on the northeast coast in the state of Queensland. It is Australia’s largest tropical city. NATURAL WORLD Surrounded by tropical rainforests and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is a cosmopolitan city in the dry tropics. It has a population of 170,000. Castle Hill is a huge pink granite monolith …

Oaxaca City

Photo: Ron Mader, Tree Planting in the Alameda Oaxaca City is the capital of Oaxaca The city is located in the Central Valley of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, at 17°05’N 96°45″W, elevation: 1,550 meters or 5,000 feet. Looking ahead … on April 25, 2032 Oaxaca City celebrates its 500th anniversary Weather Oaxaca City enjoys …