San José, Costa Rica

Photo: Guillermo A. Durán, La Sabana San José (elevation 1,150 meters) is the political, economic and cultural hub of Costa Rica and the nation’s capital. Natural World San José is located in the Central Valley (Meseta Central), where 70 percent of the country’s population lives. Those seeking urban greenery have a number of options. West of …

Toronto

Photo: Paolo Rosa, Skyline Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario Headlines Toronto Restaurant Fights Waste By Chopping Menu Prices Till Food Is Gone – NPR Planeta.com Toronto Links Canada Ontario

Kerala

Photo: Kerala Rice Kerala is located in South India on the Malabar Coast. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state. Headlines Kerala: Safari park planned to rehabilitate stray tigers- The New Indian Express Elsewhere on the Web keralatourism.org Embedded Tweets Night out in our village #RiverNila …

Saint Petersburg

Graphic: Eric Fischer, Locals and Tourists Saint Petersburg is located on the Gulf of Finland coast and at the mouth of the Neva River, and is divided into 18 districts. Russia’s second largest city has a 2017 population of 5,281,579. Townspeople prefer to call their city Piter. Cultural World Petersburg is often called the cultural …

Bogotá

Photo: Pedro Szekely, View of Bogota from La Candelaria Colombia’s capital, and largest city, Bogotá is in many ways a microcosm of South America. In its historic center in the district of La Candelaria you can see the restored mansions of the Spanish colonisers, while the northern areas of the city are made up of …

Des Moines, Iowa

Photo: Mark Hesseltine, Skyline Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in Iowa. Name A controversial recent hypothesis using a study of Miami-Illinois tribal names concludes the word Moingona comes from mooyiiinkweena, a derogatory name which translates roughly to “the excrement-faces.” The name was apparently given to Marquette and Joliet by a …

Townsville

Townsville is located on the northeast coast in the state of Queensland. It is Australia’s largest tropical city. 2019 Flood Townsville 2019 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 …

Saltillo

Photo: Comisión Mexicana de Filmaciones, Saltillo The state capital of Coahuila, Saltillo (elevation: 1,600 meters) has preserved more of the hallmarks of its colonial past. Natural World El Cerro del Pueblo overlooks the city. Due to its higher elevation, the city is much cooler and drier than nearby Monterrey. Desert Museum The Chihuahuan Desert takes …

Oslo

Photo: Tore Bustad, Winter Oslo is the capital city of Norway and has a population of 658,390. The city is surrounded by the Marka Forest, a nationally protected area, and the Oslo Fjord, both connected by a number of waterways. Oslo’s approach to conserving its natural areas and restoring its waterway network is just one …

Carson City, Nevada

Photo: Patrick Nouhailler, Carson City Carson City is the capital of Nevada, named after mountain man Kit Carson. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,274. The majority of the town’s population lives in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson Range, a branch of the Sierra Nevada, about 30 miles (50 …