Special Report

Beautiful Places to Visit Instead of Overcrowded Tourist Destinations

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Siargao, Philippines

While Siargao is known as a surfing destination, this island also boasts blue lagoons, waterfalls, caves, and white sand beaches. Find the Magupunko rock pools during low tide, where you can cliff jump and explore caves, or book an island hopping tour to see the surrounding area by boat.

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Quilotoa Loop, Ecuador

Get off the beaten path and trek this moderate, 4-day hiking trail through the Ecuadorian highlands and peer deep into Laguna Quilotoa, a deep volcanic crater lake. There’s no need to carry camping gear, as the trail goes through numerous small towns with affordable hostels.

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Popeye Village, Malta

Also known as Sweethaven Village, this Maltese theme park was originally built as the movie set for Robert Altman’s 1980 film “Popeye.” The park features multiple swimming areas, puppet shows, a self-guided walking tour of the village, and run-ins with Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto.

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Wrocław, Poland

A city rich in history, Wrocław (pronounced “vrots-wahf”) features colorful buildings and architecture that ranges from medieval to Gothic to modern. From multiple historic squares with cobblestone streets, to the bridges and riverside parks, Wrocław is a must-see for lovers of history and architecture.

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Baños, Ecuador

Baños de Agua Santa in the central highlands of Ecuador is known for its thermal springs and breathtaking backdrop. Adventure-lovers can hike to waterfalls, go horseback riding through the mountains, paraglide, or even take a turn on the famous Swing at the End of the World.

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