Team Building Activities in NYC

New York City is an amazing city for sightseeing and team building activities. May it be adventurous, entertainment, or cultural events, Team Building Activities NYC outpace those activities of the other cities in North America.

NYC people and visitors set up a spate of exquisite events for having lots and lots of fun with their family and friends. Team Building Activities NYC, categorized into adventurous, entertainment, and cultural, are illustrated as follows.

Adventure

Escape Rooms

Escape room games are the most popular adventure in NYC, which helps expose tactical ability, team work, leadership skills, and patience. These games segue from your living room in hotel or workplace to a new room. In an hour, the team should find the directions, search hidden objects, and find clues and the key to unlock the room. Please check: www.nyc.escape-entertainment.com

Water Activities

Boating, surfing, and skimboarding are some of the best water activities. The indispensible thing is to stay comfort before boarding, as some sort of squirming may result in losing balance. Also, look into the surf forecast before you kick start. Then you can happily roar with your friends and have a great time.

Land Activities

Wandering in the streets of city by cycling and hiking the trails of arid mountains and suburbs will be more exciting. You can enjoy the new atmosphere, have stops to grab some delicious street food, and escape from the hurly-burly life activities for some hours or even some days. That too in groups, racing, warm-up chats, and sharing of food will be a great fun. If you are good at hoverboarding, the fun doubles as you ride with your friends along the esplanades and at the stakepark. Mountain climbing is another thrill activity that is more challenging with your competitive friends. However, keep in mind that any adventurous activities with your team are intended for fun and should not pose danger.

Entertainment

Music

Musical concerts provide a good pass time with nimbleness that you and your folks will enjoy with a raft expression. The bands such as The Senators and the Beatles imbue the hall with peace and the beat. Cabarets are entertaining shows that include music, dance, comedy, and dramas. You and your friends will certainly enjoy the rocking performance of stellars.

Indoor Sports

Balling, board games, badminton, and other indoor sports are conducted in some amusement parks, community centers, and condos. When it is pretty dawn cold outside or raining heavily, indoor sports is a great choice to spend more time and have diversion.

Cultural

Many festivals, road shows, cultural expos, and annual and seasonal events are being conducted in the city. Smorgasbord Street Fest is one such food festival conducted annually in NYC. A huge mass of people gather at the venue to have activities, foods, parties, and fun. You can also arrange banquets and invite friends to spend more time with the delicious food and conversations.

Pet Contests

NYC people wish to spend more time with their lovable pets. New York Pet Expo is a two-day pet contest conducted at the Brooklyn Expo Center every year. Participating with your friends in contests like this will give a different pleasant experience in your life. You can also set your own pet shows and have hearty moments competing with your friends.

Team Building Activities NYC are bonding and dynamic in nature. Besides providing enjoyment, they improve team spirit, confidence, and time management.

 

 

CHACHAPOYAS AND KUELAP THE PRE-INCA RUINS

Since Chachapoyas and Kuelap discovered the ruins of a pre-Inca civilization in a beautiful nature …

I leave Francois to his shamanic experiences in Lagunas. We will meet in a few days in Ecuador. I take the boat for Yurimaguas. This time, I’m almost the only European on the boat. Many Peruvians come to talk to me. They like to discuss politics here: “Let tal Sarkozy, muy malo no?” On arrival, I meet a Chilean and a Frenchman who, like me, go to Tarapoto. The Frenchman takes a bus. With the Chilean, we take a collective taxi, faster, to chained directly to Chachapoyas. With the rain, there was a lot of bumps on the road. At the turn of a curve, we find ourselves face to face with a huge block of stone plant in the middle of the road that we have to circumvent. To top it off, we are entitled to a CD of Dr. Alban thoroughly on the road.

Arrive Tarapoto, we just have time to eat a piece and we leave directly by bus. Christian, the Chilean tells me that he finishes a tour of the Amazon by boat, in two weeks! I go down to Pedro Ruiz in the middle of the night, impossible to go further today. I find myself a small hotel here and leave next morning by taxi collective for Chachapoyas. The road is under construction because the rain has damaged it. We have to wait an hour before we can continue our journey.

Finally I am in Chachapoyas. The city is pretty. The Plaza de Armas is nice and the surrounding streets have kept the Spanish colonial style. The next day, I leave with a group for the pre-Inca citadel of Kuelap. I find the French boat that arrived here a little later than me. We spend several hours visiting the huge ruins of this peaceful civilization that was conquered by the Incas. Unlike Macchu Pichu, the site is still covered with plants and trees on which wild orchids grow. It makes the athmosphere more “Indiana Jones”, especially since the citadel is far from being invaded by tourists and the landscape around is beautiful.

In the evening, with the other members of the group, the French, a Preuvienne and two Chiliennes, we go to drink a few glasses in a dancing bar. I am entitled to a special lesson from Merenge. I’m not trying to Cumbia, it’s beyond my means! The next day, I leave with Tania and Andrea, the two cousins ​​Chilienes, because they also go to Ecuador. We chained two shared taxis that we share with a super friendly Peruvian lawyer. When we tell him that we have not yet tasted Ceviche in Peru, he insists to invite us to the restaurant to make us taste the specialty of his country before we go. The waitress brings us a huge dish of raw fish cooking in lemon juice with vegetables and another of seafood sauce, all sprinkled with a bottle of Inca Cola.

With Tania and Andrea, we continue our journey towards the Ecuadorian border. We spend a night in the small town of San Ignacio, a few kilometers from the border, before taking another collective taxi the next morning. Finally we are there! The border post is tiny … and empty! We ask a lady who is holding the shop next to the station. She advises us to knock on the door of her house: “It’s the one with a red roof. “I think we had to wake him up. He arrives a quarter of an hour later and stamps the passports. We cross the bridge that separates the two countries. We are in Ecuador.

Well where is the Macchu pitchu?

Finally, we enter the site, and our first vision is splendid: white! There is so much fog that you can not see anything! “But he is or Macchu Pichu? Ben, I think we’re in there actually …” We were taking refuge with a group of tourists in a small house while waiting for the clouds to dissipate and for the rain to fall. stopped. Finally it is, in fact it was really right in front of us. It’s worth it, even if it has been seen dozens of times in photo, the site is impressive. The city is surrounded by moist mountains plunged in the mist. The atmosphere is magical.

Tensions with American tourists

We join groups of tourists to listen to their guide, until Francois is released by an American. Apparently, you have to pay for the guide and as we have not paid, forbidden to listen to his. We are not among the communists here! We spend a little more time here before going back down. Coming downstairs, it’s still raining and we do not really want to redo the two hours of walking along the railway in the rain.

DIFFICULT RETURN TO CUSCO

And shit a landslide!

So we catch the train that takes us to the hydro-electric station. From there, we take a direct minibus to Cuzco. Unfortunately, a path that comes in the opposite direction announces that there has been a crash on the road because of the rain and that the passage will not clear before the next morning. So we make a U-turn and the driver drops us in a small village.

Palm of the world’s craziest hotel?

We have a hotel that is in a good position to win the competition of the dirtiest of our trip.

The room is entirely made of tin, there are 2 beds with foul sheets stained everywhere, stinking and with some kind of crusts on it and some dead insects. I clean as best I can and I cover with my own sheet to feel clean. The bed is horribly soft, I sink inside the bed as the guy from the movie “trainspotting” in his carpet.

I approach what serves as bathroom in the hope of taking a shower and I recoil, I would do without. Sylvain disregards everything, takes a shower and sleeps like a baby in his disgusting bed as if nothing.

After a good night in the company of roaches, we take the bus. An hour of waiting to watch the bulldozers clear the road, and we can finally move on.

BACK TO CUSCO

Back in Cuzco, we have the good surprise to see Nancy and Romain arrive in our hotel. After Santiago and Salta, this is the third time we meet by chance at several months apart! We go out to eat pizza with them. On the way back, we come across an unconscious Peruvian in the street. After a while, we begin to worry, it does not show signs of life. Roman approaches and the man finally regains consciousness.

In the evening, we spend a good evening in the reggae bar and then in a box with an Australian meeting at the hotel and a group of Chilean women on vacation here. Another day here and we take the bus to Lima.

CUZCO AND MACHU PICCHU OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Cuzco is the most touristic city in Peru, the ancient Inca capital. it is also the starting point for the Macchu Pitchu, one of the new wonders of the world according to the official classification. On the program, sublime scenery but also abandoned track, rock fall, the dirtiest hotel in the world, visit of the hospital of Cuzco etc …

CUZCO THE CAPITAL OF THE INCAS

I meet Francois in Cuzco. He found a beautiful hotel with a large terrace which has a direct view of the Plaza de Armas of the city with its two cathedrals. We walk in the city. Despite the hordes of tourists, we feel good here. Cuzco is really well preserved. It is the ancient capital of the Incas. The Spaniards have almost all shaven on their arrival here, but in some streets, we still see the walls in huge smooth stone stones that date back to that time. The colonial buildings are in perfect condition. At the hotel, we meet two young Parisians. There is one that is really funny. He speaks two hundred an hour with lots of weird words in verlan. Besides, the Spanish is super easy to understand. We go out with them at night in a small reggae bar.

THE INCREDIBLE PATH TO THE MACCHU PITCHU

No question of paying an organized tour

The next day, we leave towards Machu Picchu. We would have liked to do the Inca Trail, a four-day trek on an ancient Inca trail that leads to the famous sacred city. But it’s very expensive and it really feels the tourist trap. In addition my knee still hurts and even if I saw a doctor who gave me anti-inflammatory, I do not prefer to embark on a long hike.

3 hours of walking in the night along the abandoned track

The other option, the tourist train to Aguas Clientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu, is also off budget. We therefore opt for the cheap option, a local bus and a collective taxi to a hydroelectric station along the railway line, and from here we walk for two hours along the rails to Aguas Calientes. We arrive at night in the rain and find a hotel.

The next day we leave at four in the morning for Macchu Pichu. There is a good climb to get there and we must leave early if we want to see the sunrise on the site. We are not alone, far from it. Dozens of people are passing us on the road. Because of my knee, I can not take the stairs that climb in a straight line at the top and must walk for almost two hours on the winding road, always in the rain. Coming to the top, it’s already been a long time and I’m pleasantly surprised to see that the buses that have doubled me in the climb have already devastated their stream of tourists who line up to enter the site.

THE AMAZING CITY OF AREQUIPA AND THE COLCA CANYON

ON THE WAY TO AREQUIPA

Night at the edge in Puno at Lake Titicaca

We arrive in Peru. We spend the first night in Puno. We do not stay here long. We stay in a hotel right next to the bus station. The city is not very pretty outside a pedestrian street in the center. Then we take the bus to Arequipa, the largest city in southern Peru.

Passage in front of Juliaca

We go through the suburbs of Juliaca that seem really poor. These are almost shantytowns in the midst of a desert landscape, and in the rain, one does not have the impression that Juliaca will enter the palmares of cities where life is good. On the bus, we hear the speeches of potions sellers of medicinal herbs and books of general culture, worthy of Fidel Castro. They speak during lead time. And it works, the seller of miraculous plants is a nice jackpot.

AREQUIPA THE BEAUTIFUL WHITE CITY

We finally arrive in Arequipa. The weather is still not good, but we are more than 2000 meters high and it is still hotter than in Bolivia. The city is really pretty. The colonial buildings of the center are all covered with a kind of white lime that comes from the volcano overlooking the city and the Plaza de Armas, with its palm trees, its cathedral and wooden balconies has a lot of charm. While strolling in the streets, we discover beautiful small inner courtyards.

In the evening, while trying to eat, we come across the creperie of the Alliance Francaise. We go to take a look at the menu and find a group of French and Belgians that Francois knows of Cordoba. We sit with them and order patties, a treat!

CHIVAY AND THE COLCA CANYON

In the pretty little town of Chivay

The next day we take a bus to Chivay, the first village at the beginning of Colca Canyon. The map that we collected at the tourist office indicates that there is a walk to do very close. We take the path that seems to be indicated but ultimately it is not good. In addition my knee always hurts and I can not walk long. We therefore fall back on the natural hot springs at half an hour’s walk from Chivay. In fact from sources we find real swimming pools. The water is hot, it’s nice.

The road of the condors

The next day we take a bus to Cruz del Condor, the best view of the canyon. We are piling into an old bus. We follow the canyon and the view of the precipice at the edge of the road is not very reassuring. It’s one of the deepest in the world, 3400 meters! In Cruz del Condor we have a great view. We see the condors that are floating in the currents of hot air. It really makes you want to trek three days to the bottom of the canyon, but unfortunately, with my knee, impossible. Grrr!

AMAZON, REACH THE BORDER OF THE AMAZON

Until Tarapoto

After Lima we go to the Amazon. Direction Yurimaguas then Tarapoto and finally Lagunas. The bus route is long, even very long. After a bus night we arrive at Tarapoto. Right out of the bus our goal is to go very quickly to Yurimaguas, and there it gets complicated.

We are in a city but in the jungle. It is very hot, very wet the sun burns and I sweat to death. There is no bus. After complicated discussions we finally understand that we have the choice between the collective taxi or find a pickup and to tighten with the guys in the back corner. Fresh! After hours waiting for our taxi to be full we leave on a road that meanders through the mountains. The equatorial landscape looks really wild with its dense vegetation.

Yurimaguas the border of the Amazon

After a few hours we arrive at Yurimaguas. We find a cheap hotel and we make a little walk to visit and find how to go to Lagunas. This time it is a much smaller city with its white central square and Spanish colonial style church. Not far, by sinking in an alley we arrive by chance facing the river. It’s a real Amazon river! It is broad and brown, mud color. It’s nice, a real adventure movie atmosphere.

In the evening we meet a couple of French in the hotel who leave for Lagunas them too. Lagunas is a village at 14 hours from the only accessible by boat. We decide to go take the boat the next day with them.

In the morning we still have time to go for a walk in the market and buy what we need for the trip. It’s the last city before really sinking into the jungle so we enjoy it. We risk staying there for at least 1 week. The market is hyper concentrated, it pawns and we jostle. There are really funny green fruits like big beans, others round and covered with scales like a snakeskin. There is a turtle for sale. And we come across astonished a woman with a little crocodile on her head. Rather exotic all that.

A very special boat on the Amazon

Accompanied by the French, we arrive last to the boat. Here the boats are not like the others, all in wood, 2 bridges, and especially covered with hammocks. Here no berths. Each one brings back his hammock and installs it between the posts provided for this purpose. There are days of crossings for those who want to reach the city of Iquitos, it is better to be comfortable.

We arrived last on the boat and we have more free space to install our hammocks but Sylvain is doing well and I sit at the top of the stairs. In case of a fall I will break my back but I will not fall happily.

Best Things to Do in Iceland

Iceland is an island situated in the North Atlantic Ocean and is one of the sparsely populated countries in Europe. About two-thirds of its population is in Reykjavík, the capital city, and the neighborhoods such as Vesturbjer, Laugardalur, Midborg, and Kópavogur. It is one of the most geologically active countries of the world and has constant volcanic activities.

Iceland is famous for using renewable energy for most of its needs, especially geothermal power. It is home to aurora, glaciers, hot springs, lagoons, and Saga museums. Many scintillating landscapes are best explored in summer, while glaciers, ice caves, and the Northern Lights are best explored in winter in Iceland.

The best things to do while traveling to this country are as follows.

Blue Lagoon Spa

This is one of the most famous geothermal fields in Iceland. The spa is located near a geothermal plant that drills to a depth of 2000 m fetching the piping hot water from the ground. The geothermal power is then harnessed by turning into steam in turbines and generating electricity. Since the water is coming from the depth, it is free of bacteria and becomes rich in silica, sulfur, and other minerals. The temperature of water is around 37–39 °C, which makes the place a heaven for swimmers. Many people with skin ailments are cured due to the medicinal property of the water. This place is a must visit in Iceland.

Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

Iceland is a country of frozen landscapes and most of the glaciers found here are accessible throughout the year. Meanwhile, winter is the best time to explore the incredible ice caves, glaciers, or ice tunnels. Ice cave and glacier tours allow the tourists and locals to hike into the dazzling blue glacier caves to admire the ice crystal beauty. People also enjoy snowmobiling, ice fishing, dog sledding, and sleighing in such tours.

The Spectacular Northern Lights

The country is gifted with the spectacular show of lights in the sky, the Northern Lights also called as Aurora Borealis. This natural phenomenon occurs at the highest elevation in winter, which is visible at nights from November to March. These lights appear as dancing lights in different hues of pink, red, purple, green orange, and blue. The colors visible depend on the ionization of different atoms or molecules present in the air.

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle includes the most popular touring routes of Iceland covering around 300 km. The three main attractions of this circle are the Tingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.

The Tingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World heritage site accessed taking a 45-min drive from Reykjavik. The astounding geology of the park shows how this fascinating country came into existence.

The Geysir Geothermal Area

This is the second important location in the Golden Circle situated in the Haukadalur Valley. The geothermal activity in this area is intense with exploding geysers and bubbling mud pools. The natural phenomenon occurs due to the explosion caused by the immense heat and pressure developed while the ground water comes in contact with the volcanic heated bed rock. Some geyser water spouts to a height of more than 30 m.

Gullfoss Waterfall

One of the most famous tourist landmarks in Iceland is Gullfoss Waterfall. The 32-feet-tall waterfall shows the power of nature along with its magnificent beauty. This is located in the Hvita River in Southern Iceland. A glance at the top of the waterfalls makes one believe that the river water vanishes into the earth. This experience makes this waterfall a unique one in the world.

Whale Watching

There are around twenty species of whales in the coastal waters of Iceland. Whale watching is a popular tourist activity here. The most common types of whales are the humpback whale, minke whale, and blue whale. Whale watching tours are available from Reykjavik, Husavik, and Akureyi and can be taken in bigger vessels or smaller

Food Trip in Spain

Spanish folks love yummy croquettes, tapas, tortillas, sangria, pintxos, and Puerto Rican delights. They are particularly interested in grabbing community foods. If you are heading to Spain, then Catalan, Galician, Basque, Valencian, Andalusian, and Occitan are the top picks for food.

In Spain, food is linked to nutrition, culture, styles, and the science of good eating. Even for various food styles, it is categorized based on the nature: rich, delicate, or appetizing.

Never miss the Ibérico Ham, Spanish beans and rice, Catalan grill, and seafood. If you are a wine buff, Rioja culinary is the best choice with other gastronomical recipes. Olive oil, tapas, and cider are best served at your table.

If you had ran across some food festivals and fairs, well go ahead! Or else, you can just go for food tour packages and enjoy feasts with different experiences. The following are some top foodie tours in Spain.

Barcelona

La Boqueria is just amazing for tourists. The foodies feel stuffy after eating vegetables, meats, and cheese. One of the Spain’s food treasures is ham and cured meats are available in different types, say, jamon, chorizo, etc. Barcelona’s favorite snacks to everyone are tapas, served along with drinks. The other area tapas are equally complementary, yet Barcelona’s has its own uniqueness. A range of tapas come from simple morsels to extraordinary tapas. Potato bravas, Boroquenes, and Albondigas are some tasty tapas.

Catalan

Food you cannot stop eating is generally called “Moorish.” Catalan food is the amalgamation of the taste of Moorish, Italian, and American. It even derives Gothic style to increase the sautéed varieties and enhance flavors. Catalan appetizers are “wow,” the savor still remains in your mouth! Catalan vegetarian recipes are just for vegetarians and veterans to have delicious delights. Gourmets get stomach full enjoying veggies, pastas, beans, mushrooms, fish, and artisan cheese.

Basque

Michelin artisans serve you grilled fish and meat, tuna pot and lamb stews, pintxos, and Idiazabal cheese. They contribute to gastronomy with groundbreaking ideas and performances. Try some recipes like sausages, asparagus, marmitako, and green caviar. Do not stop here. Enjoy seafood dinner with a variety of dishes. Mackerels, salt cods, crabs, and eels are some typical seafood items. You find that Basque food is an excellent fusion of sea, dairy, and green products.

Galician

Galician style comes from the celts, the Indo–European descendants. The popular Galician dishes include sauces and stews (from fish and greens), shellfish, octopus, scallops, seafood, meat pies, cured meat, and tarts. Quimeda is a popular Galician drink made of lemon peel, sugar, and ground coffee in a hot pot.

Andalusian

Taste the Andalusian food having exotic finds from Moors, Christians, and Romans. It has the combination of mountain produce and seafood from the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Staples, puntillitas, pork sausages, jamons, pestinos, and polvorons are some Andalusian dishes.

You just would not like to leave! Spanish food feasts provide that feeling.

Countries with the most famous cuisines

When it comes to food, we all have one thing in common. We love a good meal. And, we are always looking for cuisines that are going to be tasty. There are some of the countries that are really popular for their cuisines. Tourists that is traveling all over the world to taste these cuisines. This is why you should know which countries are really famous for their cuisines so that you can know which country to visit next:

Vietnam

This might come as a surprise, but Vietnam is one of the most popular countries for their cuisines. They have a variety of meals that are delicious and that is full of flavor.

Their noodles, fish, and even tea are popular all over the world. It is easy to make, especially if you have the right Vietnamese ingredients. However, it is even better to visit the country and to taste the food made from an expert and eating it in a restaurant.

Italy

When you are thinking about Italian cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is pizza. Pizza and pasta. This is what Italian food is all about.

Everywhere in the world, we are eating Italian food. And, many people might not even realize it. The difference is that in Italy, you will be able to eat the best pizza and pasta. They have the right ingredients and the knowledge on how to prepare this the real Italian way.

Pakistan

Another country that people don’t think that is popular for their cuisines is Pakistan. If you love food, then this is the place to go in order to taste real hot and spicy food.

They love to add chilly, curry, spices like coriander and garlic. Mixing the right ingredients will give you a traditional Pakistani cuisine. The secret lies in the amount of spices and the different spices that are mixed together.

China

Chinese food is popular. This is also one of the healthiest foods available. Their food is mostly baked or steamed. The vegetables and fish are prepared in such a fashion that all the nutrients are still present.

We are eating Chinese food all over the world, made by Chinese people. However, the taste will be different when you are visiting China and taste how the food is prepared in the traditional way.

Cuisines and food. The one thing that we all are thinking about each and every day. There are some countries that are really popular for their cuisines. These are the top countries that you can visit if you are looking for the best cuisines possible. They are just preparing their food in a different way and using the right type of ingredients.