New Tour Reveals Wonders of Rarely Visited Salta, Argentina

A leader in customized travel itineraries to the farthest corners of Argentina and Chile, Say Hueque (http://sayhueque.com/), announces the new Salta: Adventure Tolar Grande, a five-night / six-day adventure exploring one of South America’s favorite colonial cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing one of the biggest and most visually surreal salt flats on Earth.

This program has been expressly designed for adventure travelers who seek the extraordinary and seldom visited and for photographers looking to capture that one-of-a-kind nature shot. The per person rate begins at $1,210 double and includes accommodations, some meals, overland transportation and guide fees. For more information please see http://www.sayhueque.com/salta-adventure-tolar-grande/

“We developed this off-the-beaten path itinerary because we wanted to offer the possibility to visit one of the most impressive and undiscovered parts of this region,” said Rafa Mayer, Say Hueque’s Founder and Team Leader.

This new tour begins in Salta in the north of Argentina. This is a visitor favorite with outstanding museums, colonial architecture, alive cafés in the main plaza and the vibrant and authentic peñas, places where locals grab a table to watch their favorite folk singers and after a wine (or two) everyone begins dancing. An early departure on Day 2 drives guests into wild country that includes Quebrada del Toro, or bull gorge, all the while climbing to the highest point, Abra Alto El Chorrillo (4,560 meters above sea level) before descending through the Salt Lakes (salar de pocitos). A stop at a natural viewpoint called Siete Curvas (seven curves) showcases Desierto del Diablo, with bright red rock formations that some call a postcard of Mars.

The destination is Tolar Grande in the corner of the great Salar de Arizaro (salt lake). Accommodation in a mountain shelter after a hearty home-made dinner tops off this day. This village of fewer than 400 inhabitants includes an abandoned train station that used to be a part of the industrial trail that connected Argentina and Pacific in the 19th century. After the military coup in 1930s, the trail was closed and the city nearly disappeared.

Cono de Arita, a formation in the center of the salt flat, is Day 3’s destination, enroute surveying Ojos de Mar, three small lagoons formed millions of years ago in the salt flats. Then it’s on to Salar de Arizaro, one of the biggest salt flats in the world. The high Andes Range is on the horizon. Again tonight dinner is homemade before bedding down in a mountain shelter.

A landscape of contrasting colors through valleys and mountains leads to San Antonio de Los Cobres, one of the region’s smallest villages, on Day 4, following much of the route of the famous Tren de las Nubes. Moving north appear the amazing Salinas Grandes or The Great Salt Flats at 4,200 meters above sea level. The salt flats are perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike, with natural light and reflections providing ample creative opportunities. The destination up a mountain road, Cuesta de Lipan, is Purmamarca at the base of Jujuy’s famed mountain of seven colors.

Day 5 introduces Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. Stops include Maimará, Paleta del Pintor (a photo stop on the road), Tilcara, and its famous Pucará de Tilcara, Trópico de Capricornio, Uquía (Pinturas Cuzqueñas) and finally, the small town of Humahuaca before returning to Salta in the evening.

As Say Hueque owner Rafael Mayer explains, “We are a group of Argentine travel professionals who are passionate about our country. We have hiked in Patagonia, felt the mist of these falls on our smiling faces, walked along glaciers and cruised the deep blue lakes of South America. We have visited hundreds of hotels, sampled hundreds of restaurants and discovered the best wineries around, so we know exactly where to get a delicious steak, a sublime Malbec and a comfy bed along the way.”

Established in 1999, the company creates customized tours for independent travelers throughout Argentina’s and Chile´s national parks and cities. Popular destinations and experiences include Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking in Patagonia, wine tasting in Mendoza, horseback riding at traditional estancias and glacier cruises.

Say Hueque adopted its name from the last tribal chief that surrendered to the Europeans in their conquest of the American lands, in 1885. The Great Cacique Say Hueque was the leader of a powerful tribe that occupied the region of central Patagonia. Their cultural influence is still very strong at some locations close to the Andes Range.

About Say Hueque
Say Hueque specializes in customized travel itineraries to the farthest corners of Argentina and Chile.  Careful focus is placed on creating unique travel experiences that embrace local cultures and celebrate the natural wonders of nature.

Based in Buenos Aires the Say Hueque staff is comprised of young, enthusiastic English-speaking professionals who share the passion of traveling as much their clients. With intimate experience and strong local connections they provide 24/7 assistance and support when traveling.

Popular destinations include Patagonia, Iguacu Falls, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Atacama Desert, Uyuni Salt Flats and the Salta region as well as many other lesser known but equally captivating marvels. Say Hueque has been recommended by the world’s most popular travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Footprints, and Time Out year after year. The company has partnerships with and membership in Sustainable Travel International (STI), Responsible Travel, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), ASTA and LATA.

For more information please call +1.718.395.5504 (US and Canada) visit: http://www.sayhueque.com/ or Email: info@sayhueque.com.

TAMPA THEATRE TO HOST 40TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF “IMPULSE” STARRING WILLIAM SHATNER

Join Tampa Theatre for one of William Shatner’s forgotten masterpieces at 2pm Saturday, November 7 followed by a live Q&A with the film’s director, William Grefé!

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Tampa Theatre in association with Delirium magazine, and Fandomonium in Tampa Bay celebrate the1975 release of the horror thriller, IMPULSE by presenting a very special 40th Anniversary screening of the revered cult classic filmed entirely in Tampa.  IMPULSE is a pulse-pounding tale of psychotic murder starring William Shatner (famously known as Captain Kirk on STAR TREK), Harold “Odd Job” Sakata, Jennifer Bishop (MAKO: JAWS OF DEATH) and Ruth Roman (THE BABY.)

Impulse director, cult movie legend and Florida filmmaker William Grefé will be the Guest of Honor for the commemorative screening.  A lively and informative Q&A session + meet-and-greet with Grefé will take place post-screening as he reminisces about the production and Tampa locales.  The festivities will be hosted by “King of the B-Movies” Joel D. Wynkoop, star of TRUTH OR DARE and BRAINJACKED.

Filmed in 1973 and released in 1975,  IMPULSE spins the twisted tale of con man Matt Stone (Shatner), a man haunted by an abusive past, who seeks out emotionally vulnerable widows to loot their inheritances.  His schemes go beyond double-crossing and enters the dark realms of murder, bloodshed, and revenge.  His main foil – a clever teenage girl named “Tina”, the daughter of his chief female victim!

For the second consecutive year, Tampa Theatre spotlights cult movies produced in the Tampa Bay area.  Screening organizer and filmmaker Andy Lalino is excited about this legacy. “Impulse follows 2014’s celebrated Tampa Theatre screening of SATAN’S CHILDREN, another movie filmed in Tampa during the ‘70s.  We are proud to showcase cult films lensed here in our own backyard.  Above all, we are excited beyond words to have director William Grefé in person to amaze fans with personal, informative storytelling about the making of this special motion picture starring the idolized William Shatner.”

William Grefé is equally thrilled about the occasion.  “I’m making a special trip to see my Tampa fans and friends – it’s been 40 years since we premiered Impulse in Clearwater”, he said.  “And I’m proud to screen it triumphantly again at the glorious Tampa Theatre!  Be prepared for edge-of-your seat storytelling about working with Shatner and the cast.  I have tall tales that will blow your mind!  This is an event no true fan of independent and cult film should miss – true once-in-a-lifetime stuff!”

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office located at 711 N Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602 or online at www.TAMPATHEATRE.org ($2 convenience fee applies.) Children 17 and under not admitted without an adult.

AdventureSmith Expands Alaska Small Ship Cruise Portfolio for 2016

Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com) specializes in cruises that probe Alaska’s wilderness and wildlife on both sea and land.

Always a popular destination for adventure travelers, Alaska is seeing “off the charts” interest according to local tourism officials and AdventureSmith Explorations travel consultants. “Demand for our small ship cruises and land packages in Alaska increased an unprecedented 30 percent in 2015 over the previous year,” said Todd Smith, AdventureSmith founder and president. “And the trend continues with advanced bookings for 2016 cruises the strongest they’ve ever been at this point in the preseason!”

To fulfill the public’s desire for wilderness cruising in Alaska, Smith’s company announces an expanded portfolio of new itineraries and new small ships and yachts available in Alaska waters for 2016:

Exploring Muir’s Wilderness aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavor over eight days visits sights that inspired John Muir including some of the richest whale waters in Southeast Alaska, Icy Strait. Guests venture into Glacier Bay National Park and Port Houghton, synonymous with the ultimate in Alaskan wilderness where sightings of blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers or black bear are the norm. The per person, double rate is from $4,695. Home base is Juneau.

Yachter’s Alaskan Frontier focuses on active luxury with upscale yacht accommodations and services. Guests spend eight days aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest getting nose to nose with iceberg-rich Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, in addition to kayaking and hiking in the remote, rugged cove of Port Houghton, whale watching in Frederick Sound and Icy Strait and hiking through the lush and immense terrain of the Tongass National Forest. Home port is Juneau. The per person double rate is from $7,195. Minimum age is 14.

Alaska’s Islands, Whales & Glaciers features eight days aboard the intimate 10-guest yacht Misty Fjord that in 2016 is new to AdventureSmith Explorations. Guests cruise between Sitka and Juneau or enjoy an alternative route from Petersburg or Ketchikan. Native culture and off the beaten path explorations along with sea kayaking, hiking and zodiac adventures highlight this trip, getting guests off ship and exploring Southeast Alaska as much as possible. A hover flight at Taku Glacier brings guests onto an amphibious hovercraft vehicle designed to travel over ice, water, sandbars and grasslands. Home ports are Sitka and Juneau. The per person double rate is from $5,450.

Sikumi Custom Alaska Cruise is aboard the eight-guest MV Sikumi, the smallest vessel now in AdventureSmith’s Alaska line-up. A popular highlight is the exceptional fishing that is offered on board. The ship goes out for cruises of seven days without the confines of a rigid schedule. Daily excursions include kayaking, hiking, fishing, whale viewing, visits to sea lion rookeries, a day at the glaciers (unforgettable) and other exciting stops. Common sights are whales, bears (brown and black), seals, sea lions, Dall porpoises and bald eagles. The per person double rate is from $5,950. The cruise begins in Petersburg and concludes in Juneau.

Glacier Bay & Island Adventure offers a choice of vessels including the newly upgraded and renovated Chichagof Dream, added to the route for 2016. This 74-guest expedition ship adds significant cabin space as it replaces the 40-guest Alaskan Dream, now sailing other itineraries. Operated by members of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan Clan, the Glacier Bay and Island Adventure has a focus on Alaska’s nature, history and First Nations culture. This is an eight-day trip from $3,379 per person double. This program begins in Sitka and disembarks in Juneau.

What Sets Wilderness Cruising Apart
Wilderness cruising, as offered by AdventureSmith Explorations, differs from a typical big ship cruise that traditionally travels from one port to another on a predefined schedule. Wilderness cruises typically leave the port and spend the entire time away from civilization, exploring nature and wildlife on a flexible schedule that takes into account weather and wildlife when deciding where to go.

A flexible schedule means guests can linger longer when wildlife is spotted. For instance, a wilderness cruise may stop the ship and stay for an hour or two when whales are sighted or hang around the face of a particularly active glacier. A hallmark of wilderness cruising is also the ability to get off the ship away from port. Specially outfitted ships use small inflatable boats to explore away from the ship or to ferry guests ashore for wilderness hiking. Many are also outfitted with kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling or other equipment allowing travelers to explore an area up close, away from tourist crowds. Wilderness cruises are inherently best aboard small ships that have the ability to cruise close to shore where wildlife is found and to reach quite coves where off-vessel activities can take place. A wilderness cruise is perfect for nature-oriented travelers seeking to actively explore wild lands up close without sacrificing the comfort and convenience offered by small ships.

For current cruise specials and early-booking offers worldwide see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

JIMMY FALLON TO GET HIS OWN RIDE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

The host of America’s No. 1 late-night talk show will soon get his very own theme park attraction at Universal Orlando Resort. 

 

In 2017, Jimmy Fallon – host of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and one of today’s funniest comedians – will be the star of a brand-new hilarious ride experience at Universal Studios Florida called, “Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.”  Guests will enjoy the full “Tonight Show” experience as they’re transported to Studio 6B to race against Jimmy in a crazy adventure that only he could imagine.

 

Jimmy and his creative team are working closely with Universal to develop the ride’s storyline and bring his vision to life.  The experience will seamlessly blend the playful and irreverent world of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” with the incredible technology and imaginative storytelling for which Universal Orlando is known. 

 

The adventure will begin as guests step right into Studio 6B, where Jimmy will challenge them and their fellow audience members to a white-knuckle race.   Guests will twist, turn and laugh as they speed through the streets – and skies – of The Big Apple – encountering everything from iconic landmarks to the deepest subway tunnels – and anything else that comes to Jimmy’s mind.

 

Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will open in 2017 at Universal Studios Florida and join the incredible lineup of experiences at Universal Orlando Resort.  It will replace Twister…Ride It Out, which will close on November 2 to make way for the new experience. 

 

More details will be released in the future.  Stay tuned to universalorlando.com for updates.

 

About The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights on NBC and is the highest-rated, late-night show in the U.S.  Recorded from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center, the show is hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon, and also stars announcer Steve Higgins and the award-winning band The Roots.  The show, which features comedic sketches and games, interviews with celebrity guests and musical performances, has been nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, and has become a staple of pop culture.

 

About Universal Orlando Resort
For 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.  Guests can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, grab a Krusty burger in Springfield, join the ranks of the Minions and so much more.

 

Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are destinations unto themselves.  Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. And just minutes away is Wet ‘n Wild, a family water park.

 

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled 18 new guest experiences in the past five years – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and a dramatically themed hotel.  And more is on the way.  Coming in 2016 is Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort; and Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure.  And in 2017 will come Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience; and Fast & Furious: Supercharged, a high-octane journey that will bring to life one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.

 

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.  Follow us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

Facebook Fans Help Name Baby Rhino at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens® Tampa is asking fans to help name the park’s newest addition – a female southern white rhinoceros calf born the afternoon of Oct. 16.

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The park’s animal care staff selected their top three names for the calf, all of which are Swahili, including:

·         Nyota, which means “star”

·         Nadra, which means “rare”

·         Alasiri, which means “afternoon”

Busch Gardens Tampa is giving everyone a chance to vote by simply logging on to the Busch Gardens Tampa Facebook page and selecting a favorite name. The naming poll takes place now through Nov. 11.

Earlier this week, Kasiri and her calf joined the rest of the park’s southern white rhinoceros herd, also known as a crash, on the Serengeti Plain® habitat. The calf already is very comfortable with her new surroundings. Guests can catch a glimpse of the pair on a Serengeti Safari tour.

Busch Gardens participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for southern white rhinoceros. The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific species populations within AZA-accredited facilities.

Be the first to know updates about the calf by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Busch Gardens is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment®, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT PRESENTS SPECIAL TAPING FOR 2015 NICKELODEON HALO AWARDS

On November 7, Universal Orlando guests can be part of a special taping for the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring a performance by alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON.  The concert is included in admission to Universal Studios Florida and will take place at the Music Plaza stage at 7 p.m.

 

WALK THE MOON will perform a six-song set that includes their multiformat No. 1 triple-platinum hit single, “Shut Up and Dance,” along with their new track, “Different Colors.”  Both songs are off the band’s acclaimed sophomore album, TALKING IS HARD.  WALK THE MOON consists of Nicholas Petricca (lead singer, songwriter and keyboard player), Eli Maiman (guitar, vocals), Kevin Ray (bass, vocals) and Sean Waugaman (drums, vocals). 

 

On November 7, Universal Orlando guests can be part of a special taping for the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring a performance by alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON.  The concert is included in admission to Universal Studios Florida and will take place at the Music Plaza stage at 7 p.m.

On November 7, Universal Orlando guests can be part of a special taping for the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring a performance by alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON. The concert is included in admission to Universal Studios Florida and will take place at the Music Plaza stage at 7 p.m.

Hosted, created and executive produced by Nick Cannon, the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards is a one-of-a-kind concert event that honors young leaders from across the country.  Now in its seventh year, the awards show recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities by “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO).  In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service. The 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards will be simulcast Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons, TV Land, CMT, Nick.com and the Nick App. 

 

For more information about the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards taping at Universal Orlando Resort and WALK THE MOON’s performance, visit blog.universalorlando.com.

Just Ahead Road Trip App – A Must for Fall National Park Exploring

Just Ahead (http://www.justahead.com/), synonymous with award-winning smartphone audio tour apps for road tripping through national parks, suggests that the serenity of late autumn, when the tourist crowds are gone, can double the pleasure of exploring this country’s iconic parks and natural destinations.

The fall color in several of the parks might surprise people who think the West doesn’t have an autumn—particularly Zion, Bryce and vicinity, Grand Canyon (particularly the North Rim), Yosemite (notably, Yosemite Valley along the Merced River) and Rocky Mountain (famous for multicolored tundra and golden aspen), Just Ahead’s latest tour release.

Travelers can enjoy Just Ahead narrated audio guides for all of these parks including Utah’s Mighty Five: Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks. Autumn is also a superb season for enjoying Death Valley and Joshua Tree, also among the Just Ahead family of audio guides.

Just Ahead is known for its award-winning smartphone audio guides, but its online blog is also a trove of information for touring the national parks. Exclusive Trip Planners are available for exploring Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree.

The detailed Trip Planners, written by Just Ahead’s team of expert travel authors, are available in Just Ahead’s blog posts. They detail the don’t-miss sights in each park, lodging and camping options, and the best times of year to visit.

If young children are along on the road trip, the National Park Service Centennial and its Every Kid in a Park promotion offers all fourth graders their own free access to the parks from now through August 31, 2016. Plus, on Veterans Day November 11, all parks will offer free admission.

Just Ahead utilizes GPS technology to know exactly where drivers are on the road, and delivers stories and maps relevant to their exact location. The groundbreaking app points out not-to-miss features while also helping drivers avoid getting lost. It suggests directions and tells drivers why they should turn or not, what they should do after a turn, and the best direction to take if there are multiple route options.

Just Ahead guides are currently available for the following National Parks: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Zion & Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands & Arches, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton. Many additional park guides are in production, including Great Smoky Mountains, Petrified Forest, and more.

The Just Ahead app is a free download available either through the Apple App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android), and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase. Guides range from $7.99 to $9.99 and include a free trial and free guide updates.

About Just Ahead
Recently named Best Travel App by the North American Travel Journalists Association and Best App by the editors of Sunset magazine, the Just Ahead mobile app turns a smartphone into a hands-free audio guide to the most beautiful places on earth by delivering professionally written and narrated audio tours to vacationers who want an informed travel experience as they drive.

Just Ahead’s award-winning audio guides work without an Internet connection or phone service and use a smartphone’s GPS to deliver hands-free, customized audio tours based on a vehicle’s location. The guides and built-in maps also provide helpful suggested directions, and offer more points of interest and stories than any other GPS audio travel app. Ideal for families, Just Ahead’s audio guides help create shared experiences, conversations, and memories that will last a lifetime. The Just Ahead app is a free download, and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase that includes free guide updates.

For more information, please visit: http://www.justahead.com.