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Beautiful Peru

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Machu Pichu in Peru
The Inca Empire is one of the important part of Peru’s old history. The most important Inca sites are Winay Wayna, Pikimachay and last but not least Machu Picchu. These sites are not only of major archeological importance, but also most popular with tourists.

From the 13th to the 16th century, the Western side of Peru was part of the Inca Empire. The Incas were a highly civilized people, with a complex religion, sophisticated building techniques, and a rigidly structured society.

The arrival of the Spanish in South America in the 1530’s wiped out the Inca civilization: many of the Incas were massacred by the Spaniards, who wanted to steal the vast amounts of gold and silver jewelry that the Incas treasured, and those who survived died of diseases brought by the invaders.

However, many fascinating relics of the powerful Inca Empire still survive in Peru today. Huge numbers of tourists come to Peru every year to explore these enchanting sites and learn about the history of South America.

Machu Picchu

Clinging to a mountain ridge high in the Peruvian Andes, the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu draws in adventurous tourists from around the world. Having originally been built in the 15th century for an unknown purpose, Machu Picchu was abandoned in 1572 as its inhabitants fled from the conquering Spaniards or died of the diseases they carried.

Machu Picchu is sometimes referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas” because it is extremely well-preserved but completely deserted by its original inhabitants. Since Machu Picchu’s discovery by the American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, archeologists have struggled to understand how the Incas could have brought stones to this site, which is almost 8,000 feet above sea level, and raised them to construct the various buildings that are still standing today.

Despite its remote location, thousands of visitors flock to Machu Picchu every year. If you do it on foot, be prepared for a strenuous march. If you are not fit, lose some calories before coming, or you may not reach the top.

Some of the buildings have been reconstructed, but there are also many originals that have survived through the centuries. The Temple of the Sun is one of the main attractions of the site due to its amazingly intricate stonework. A sundial is carved into a stone close to the temple; its design is primitive but still effective even today.

Still not seen enough?

Then visit the Amazon Jungle. Peru has the second largest portion of the Amazon rainforest of all the countries it covers, the Brazilian Amazon being the largest part. The Amazon constitutes 60% of Peru and is an area of huge biodiversity, making it a fascinating place to visit.

Despite covering such a vast area of Peru, only 5% of the total population inhabits this region, meaning that it is largely untouched by mankind. It is here that you will see wildlife that can be found in no other area of the world.

The more adventurous may wish to participate in some of the more energetic activities that the natural features of the Amazon rainforest provide, such as canoeing, while thrill seekers may wish to face the dangers posed by piranha fishing.

These are many things to do and see in Peru for a trip of a lifetime.

Casino Slot Machine Tips

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Are you a frequent casino visitor looking to win that coveted jackpot by playing the slot machines? Whether you are a seasoned player or a beginning novice, there are some tips that are useful to know prior to your visit.

Keeping these tips in mind can make the experience much more enjoyable, if not profitable.

Most casinos nowadays offer reward cards to their players. These reward cards allows casinos to reward frequent customers with comps such as meals, accommodations and even bonus money with which to gamble. Many players opt not to use their reward cards. They fret that the use of the card might affect the outcome of their game. However, this is completely false and not using the card is in fact a crucial error on their part. By not using their card, these players are not taking advantage of special offers they could be receiving.

Another tip when heading for the slots is to make yourself aware of what particular manner of play will provide certain pay outs. For example, some slot machines require a certain numbers of lines to be played in order to win bonus levels which can lead to free spins and multiplied winnings. Also, if you decide to play the progressive slot machines which can be found at www.luckynuggetcasino.com/online-slots/, make sure that you are in fact wagering the maximum amount of coins each play. If not, you may not be eligible for the progressive payout. Wouldn’t that be horrific if you get the qualifying combination on the slot but because you didn’t wager the maximum you don’t win the progressive jackpot? If you’re not willing to do this, it would be wise to not play this type of slot. It would definitely save you some potential heartache.

Machines provide clues to users as to how often the pay out. Machine’s have corresponding pay tables. These provide users with information regarding the frequency of wins with that particular machine. While many players often ignore this information, you would be wise to not follow suit. This information is readily available and can be used when considering which slot machine to use.

Casino Cruises

Saturday, April 21st, 2012


How to combine the fun of gambling with the drift of the waters: book a casino cruise.

One might feel that the word ‘casino cruises’ is a new trend in gambling games. But the truth is that this is one of the oldest forms of gambling at casino games. Long back when gambling was not legalized in the US, betting in the ships was the only way that gamers could play their favorite casino games. Nowadays, river cruise gaming is an added recreational modification that increases the fun of casino gaming. In the 19th century, riverboat casinos in the Mississippi river were the main centers where expert gamblers hunted down the rich merchants.

Times have changed and so has the image about casino cruises. Earlier, this kind of gambling was a sign of power and lifestyle and now things have changed and there are even people who gift a boat Casino for their parents or even grandparents on their wedding anniversary. On a boat ride, you get to enjoy the beauty of the nature, the seas, its silence and its sounds. This when combined with your love for gambling can light up your day. If you are a gambling enthusiast, you can turn any of your vacation with friends and family, for days or weeks into the most enjoyable and memorable one with a gambling cruise trip.

Gambling produced critical aftereffects and therefore pure gambling has been banned in many cities and states in US. When this restriction came into effect, the casinos found their way into the seas whereby they moved into international waters and then operated the casino from that unregulated location.

There are several different kinds of casino cruises available. There are day trips and even those that operate overnight. In the day casino trips, the first half of the hour is spent in travelling across the border so that the casinos will not have to abide by the government casino restrictions. The day cruises are mainly of four to five hours and this time frame ensures that the players do not fall into debt. When the time ends, it is mandatory to make the final move and end the game.

But, in an overnight cruise casino, there is ample time to gamble and have fun. These are usually luxury cruise ships which often have other entertainment forms besides the casino. With so much time available, the gamblers run a risk of playing endlessly into a bankrupt situation and even engaging into fights. But, whenever the player feels like quitting, he can stop the game and engage himself in other entertainment venues. But, the problem with this overnight luxury cruise is that, it is very expensive and has been created for the elite class.

There are casino cruises that even last for a week. This is the ultimate destination for a week on board with only gambling running through the mind and body. Before opting for a gambling cruise, enquire about the company that runs the casino and its reputation. A good cruise ship company will also provide other good amenities beside the reputed casino facility.

The ultimate guide to Las Vegas golf

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Golf in Las Vegas is plentiful. Before, golf wasn’t really a big reason to come to Las Vegas. Most of the people coming to Las Vegas were there hoping to make a big roulette winning of just wanted to play video poker. As nowadays gamblers can play online roulette from home, more and more people are coming to the Sin City for other attractions, such as golf. At last count, there were more than 60 golf courses within an hour of Las Vegas.

These are the very best golf courses in the United States. In 1967, there were only fourteen golf courses. In 1984, they built Spanish Trail and that was the first golf course that had been built here in 19 years. That opened the floodgates. After that they opened one after another. Here are some of the most popular golf courses.

The Wynn

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
888-320-7122
www.wynnlasvegas.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $500
Comment: It’s very exclusive. It’s like Shadow Creek used to be. I believe you have to be staying at the Wynn to play there. It’s expensive, but it’s very reminiscent of Shadow Creek. As I understand it, it’s as good as or better than Shadow Creek. It’s got to be great. Plus it’s a Fazio course, which is as good as it gets.

Cascata

One Cascata Drive
Boulder City, NV 89005
702-294-2000
www.caesars.com/Cascata
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $300–$500
Comment: Cascata is spectacular. It winds right through the mountains and it’s hard to believe that they built a golf course there. They have a river that goes right through the clubhouse. It’s just amazing. Each hole practically sits by itself. You can hardly see any other hole except the one you’re playing. You’re hitting it down these canyons and around and they’ve got waterfalls. When you finish, you drive your cart in underneath the clubhouse and they take good care of you.

Rio Secco

2851 Grand Hills Drive
Henderson, NV 89052
888-TO-SECCO
www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/rlv/rio_secco/
Courses: 1 (18 holes) Rates: $100-$150
Comment: Rio Secco is also home of the Butch Harman School. It’s a demanding little golf course that goes in and out of these little arroyos. It’s a beautiful layout that overlooks the city. At certain holes you can see right through the city. One of the hardest holes up there is number five. It’s a demanding little dog leg left with a tough tee shot and then you’ve got an elevated green. The Rio Secco has a beautiful little clubhouse. It’s very well decorated and has a nice meeting room and a second bar sitting in the dining area.

The Falls at Lake Las Vegas

600 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89011
877-698-4653
www.lakelasvegas.com/golf_falls.asp Courses: 1 (18 Holes)
Rates: $160-$275
Comment: The Falls is a spectacular venue. You play an uphill par five up in the far corner of the golf course. The hole that you see in all the magazines is a sharp dog leg right. From the tee, you’re looking over the entire city from east to west. The clubhouse was voted best golf shop in the chapter. They have all the amenities. They have a beautiful brand new driving range and the area is so beautiful because it’s right on Lake Las Vegas. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas

1600 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89011
877-698-4653
www.lakelasvegas.com/golf_reflection.asp
Courses: 1 (18 Holes)
Rates: $160-$275
Comment: Reflection Bay goes right around the Hyatt Regency Hotel. They have five or six holes right on the lake. They go right along the lake and they have a spectacular par three, which carries on the water to almost an island green, about three-quarters water. They’ve got everything: a beautiful clubhouse, a golf shop that is second to none, and with all the staff you never have to touch your golf clubs.

Bali Hai

Golf Club
5160 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
888-427-6678
www.balihaigolfclub.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $125-$325
Comment: Bali High is probably one of the finest resort golf courses in the world. Number one, it’s right on the strip. On a lot of the holes, you’re looking up towards the Mandalay Bay Hotel. They created the golf course in a South Pacific style. They have lagoons and waterfalls and the clubhouse is spectacular. It’s all done in south seas décor and tiki hut fashion. It’s extremely upscale and the service is unparalleled. When you sign up in the golf shop, you are escorted to your personal caddie and cart at your starting time. When you’re on the course, you’ve got club hosts, which are checking up on you to make sure everything is okay. Their golf shop is also nationally recognized.

Revere Golf Club

2600 Hampton Road
Henderson, NV 89052
877-2Revere
www.reveregolf.com
Courses: 2 (36 holes)
Rates: Lexington: $130-$240, Concord: $115-$200
Comment: It’s all done after colonial times. The golf shop kind of runs that theme out. The golf course is very player friendly and a few holes carry ravines. It just sits up on the side of the hill in the southeast part of the valley, so you’re looking back over the whole valley in a lot of the venues. It’s a very playable golf course, an enjoyable golf course to play.

Badlands Golf Club

9119 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89145
800-470-4622
www.badlandsgc.com
Courses: 3 (27 holes) Rates: $50-$70
Comment: Badlands is a shorter target golf course. By that I mean you have a lot of holes you need to lay up on. On the first eighteen that they designed (Johnny Miller designed it) there are a lot of lay-up holes by virtue of the fact that there is not much land. By that I mean there are washes that go through there, so you have to work around that. There are definitely a lot of lay-up shots where you can’t really let it go with the driver. They built a third nine which is probably the best of three.

Paiute

10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89124
866-284-2833
www.lvpaiutegolf.com
Courses: 3 (54 holes)
Rates: Sun $85-$165, Snow $85-$185, Wolf $105-$215
Comment: Paiute has three eighteen-hole golf courses (Snow, Sun, and Wolf). They’re all done by Pete Dye and they’re spectacular. You can tell they were designed by Pete Dye, there’s no question about that. It’s hard to believe, but they have a lot of water features out there. A lot of lakes, which is interesting in the desert. It’s about twenty miles out of town, so it’s a really peaceful setting. There is nothing between the mountains and that golf course, so it is very desolate and peaceful. All three golf courses are very well done. The amenities here, because they get so much play from out of town people, are great. They have a huge golf shop.

Tournament Players Club at Summerlin

1700 Village Center Circle
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-256-0111
www.tpcsummerlin.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: Inquire within
Comment: That’s where they hold the Las Vegas Invitational. It’s a really good tour course. By that I mean they have all kinds of shops. The course plays pretty fast and has the Bermuda fairways, which play pretty quick. They just redid the greens and they’re very fast. It’s an extremely well done championship layout. You can shoot low number, but you can’t make any mistakes. There are holes there that require attention. You can’t just let it fly.

Dragonridge Country Club

552 South Stephanie Street
Henderson, NV 89012
877-855-1505
www.dragonridgegolf.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: Inquire within
Comment: Dragonridge is way up in the corner by Anthem. It has a lot of elevation to work with. So you get a lot of shots you hit down into a fairway. You’re going up over hills, so it’s a very challenging golf course. It’s well done. It’s got some different kinds of shots that you’re going to have to play. It’s relatively new for the area and they’re just now getting their membership filled out.

Wolf Creek Golf Club

403 Paradise Pkwy. Mesquite, NV 89027
866-252-4653
www.golfwolfcreek.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $85-$180
Comment: The second tee there is 100 steps up from the number one green. So you’re hitting down at this fairway and you’re up there so high it’s almost hard to take a swing, you feel like you’re going to fall off. They’ve got three or four holes like that. You hit way down into a valley and it’s unbelievable. You’ve got waterfalls going up through the mountain side and it’s incredible. It’s an attraction to get you to go to Mesquite, which sits about 80 miles from Las Vegas.

Siena Golf Club

10575 Siena Monte Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89135
888-689-6499
www.sienagolfclub.com
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $145-$175
Comment: The Siena is a real playable golf course. It’s not exceptionally long and it’s a beautiful venue. The layout is done really well. They have some lake features, beautiful rolling greens, and it’s a fun golf course to play. You don’t have to break your back playing it. It’s a joy.

Bear’s Best

11111 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89135
866-385-8500
www.bearsbest.com/vegas/
Courses: 1 (18 holes)
Rates: $195-$245, twilght rates available
Comment: Bear’s Best copies the holes that Jack Nicklaus designed for other courses. So you get all these different venues. It’s very attractive to play. They’re set up extremely well for golf. The clubhouse is modest and it’s designed for the player who comes into town. They have all the amenities; the driving range is really nice. Then when you get out on the golf course, you get a chance to look at 18 pretty unique holes.

Tournament Players Club at The Canyon’s

9851 Canyon Run Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89144
702-256-2500
www.tpc.com/daily/the_canyons
Courses: 1 (18 Holes)
Rates: $75-$265
Comment: TPC Canyons, as the name implies, has a canyon that goes right through it. It’s very demanding on your tee shot and it’s also one of the golf courses they use for the Las Vegas Invitational. If the wind blows a little bit up there, you’ve really got all you can handle. It’s a good golf course, nicely designed, and it’s relatively difficult. It’s a golf course that you need to do some thinking on. You can’t just stand up there with your driver. You’ve got to put it in position and go from there.