Miami is a tropical, gleaming metropolis with palm trees, beaches, Art Deco, luxury and crime. Along with Miami Beach, it is at the centre of the expanding southern region of the American State of Florida and has both a highly developed economy, as well as a flourishing tourist industry. Miami Beach is a narrow island just off the mainland and Miami and is a leisure world of the young and beautiful and of the rich and famous. In 1915, millionaire Carl Fisher had a road constructed through the island’s dense and snake-invested mangrove forest, today’s Lincoln Road. The aftermath of a powerful hurricane once meant a new beginning, hundreds of hotels and apartment houses were built in Art Deco Style and today, they blend well with the local lifestyle. Since the 1950s, Virginia Key has been the home of the Miami Seaquarium, a marvelous world of marine life. It soon became world famous due to the incredible performances of its marine life and part of the TV Series ‘Flipper’ was filmed there. The Miami region is a melting pot of immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, a lively metropolis on the edge of the Everglades and the Florida Keys. A unique American cocktail of glamour, flamboyance and harsh reality!
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In Equitrekking Maui, Emmy nominated host and equestrian travel expert Darley Newman rides from the summit to the floor of the crater of a volcano at Haleakala National Park, explores the cowboy town of Makawao and nearby Piiholo Ranch, learns about ancient Hawaii in the rainforests of Kipahulu, and takes a sunset ride in the West Maui Mountains.Where else can you ride into the crater of a volcano! On to the island of Maui, Equitrekking explores the unique geologic features of Haleakala Crater. Along the ride, Darley and her local guide pass flora and fauna that have managed to thrive in this harsh environment, including the rare Silversword, a flowering silver plant which stands out amid the deep red and brown cinders of the crater. In the remote region of Kipahulu, accessed by the winding road to Hana, Darley rides with natives into the rainforest by the sacred sites where they grew up. Kipahulu is a rare place of pristine nature. The land and ways of life in Kipahulu are passed down to the Alaka’i or guides by their Kupuna or elders, who taught them how to survive and flourish off of the natural fruits of the land. Medicine and food are still gathered from the forest. After hearing the songs and prayers of native guides, who ask for permission to enter the forest, Darley travels up on the mountain trails. She snacks on mango and passion fruit, picked off of the trees, as she horse rides up the green trails, passing wild cows and beautiful waterfalls. Next Darley …
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