The The New York Times annual list of 52 suggested destinations for tourism. This time it was carried out with a variant: the gaze was not only placed on the beauty of the places or the most innovative, but on sites where visitors could be part of the solution to problems such as over-tourism or climate change. To the delight of the Argentines, in sixth place are the Esteros del Iberá. A luxury for the country and especially for the province of Corrientes.
For the second year in a row, the Times Travel bureau was challenged to create one of its flagship pieces of journalism, the annual list of “52 places”. From the New York Times they affirmed that a year ago, with travel around the world but paralyzed, they should have turn to readers to ask them about the places that had held them in the darkest days of the confinement. “That list included places so varied like fantastic colored rock formations in India and a humble brick church in South London. They were faraway destinations cherished in memory, or nearby places that had offered comfort, and served as a reminder that the world was still out there, waiting.
“Now, with the pandemic reaching its third calendar year, global travel is more possible, but it remains difficult and fraught with uncertainty. Populations in many countries outside of North America and Europe are largely unvaccinated, while China and other Asian countries remain closed to most visitors, “they said since the publication.
Although they clarified that previously the list had focused on showing something different “things like a newly trendy restaurant scene, an exciting new museum or the opening of a fabulous beachfront resort”. This time the angle of the gaze to select was another. This list highlights the places where change is really happening, where endangered wildlands are preserved, threatened species are protected, historical mistakes are acknowledged, fragile communities are strengthened, and where travelers can be part of the game. change.
That is why they expressed that they are especially interested in the places where grassroots efforts are driving transformation, making their part of the world better in the face of all that is wrong.
This is the list of the 6 most chosen destinations
1- Chioggia, Italy
Near Venice, an ancient city offers history, architecture and more, and creates an escape valve for over-tourism.
Built on a group of islands in the Venetian Lagoon, with centuries-old buildings rising from the canals in all their decaying splendor, Chioggia is called “piccola Venezia” or little Venice. Locals beg to disagree: If anything, they say, it is nearby Venice that should be described as Chioggia’s largest doppelgänger, and it is true, Chioggia is older. Venice is so concerned about being overwhelmed once again after the pandemic that it plans to turn to surveillance cameras and mobile phone data to control crowds. Visiting other culturally rich places like Chioggia can help take the pressure off.
Today, Chioggia is popular with Italian and German visitors, attracted both by the architectural beauties of the historic center and by the familiar beaches of its continental suburb. Sottomarina. The city, which has preserved a harsh maritime environment, can serve as an ideal base for cycling tours. It is also known for its chicory. During a time of heightened awareness of over-tourism, this miniature Venice is a delightful alternative for travelers seeking a lesser-known destination.
2- Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique
A new park in a troubled country offers ancient cave paintings and a haven for local species.
Even at a time when many of the world’s countries were under extreme pressure, Mozambique’s case was serious enough to draw the attention of the United Nations– In March, Secretary General António Guterres called on the international community to help the African country as it faced the triple threat of climate change, COVID and conflict.
It is not the first time that Mozambique has faced such a crisis, but the country has shown its resilience. In 2008, the Gorongosa National Park launched a vast program to repopulate a reserve decimated by poaching, accompanied by grassroots efforts such as training local women as forest rangers. In May, another Chimanimani National Park was inaugurated, along the border with Zimbabwe. The park has priceless ancient cave paintings; secluded sacred mountains, including the country’s highest peak, Mount Binga; and natural habitats for plants, birds and wildlife such as the southern hornbill, the miniature screech frog, and the Agama kirkii lizard.
3- Queens, New York
The world a la carte and available at the price of a metro ride.
“There is probably no other place in the world where you can sample home cooking from over 150 different countries within such a compact space.“Said restaurant critic Robert Sietsema. And at a time when long-distance travel is still uncertain, a dim sum lunch at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao in Flushing is a ticket to China as quick and delicious as a shrimp aguachile to clear your nostrils at the new Seafood. The Submarine in Jackson Heights is a trip to Mexico.
“The Queens restaurant industry was hit by COVID-19 but is now on the mend because we are a district of family-centered communities where restaurants take care of their own”Said Jonathan Forgash, chef and resident of the district who founded Queens Together, a nonprofit organization, in March 2020.
4- Northumberland, Great Britain
Dark skies, pristine beaches, and a 1900-year anniversary on a coastline with newly opened trails.
Britain’s diverse coastline, from the cliffs of Dover to the boardwalks of Brighton, will soon have one unifying element: the 2,800-mile England Coastal Path. Developed in part by the government organization Natural England, the trail aims to increase public access to the coast while restoring landscapes, enhancing connection to the community, and promoting sustainable travel.
Trail segments that were opened include a 44-mile stretch in the northeast, from the River Tyne to the Northumberland coastline, which is the epitome of rugged England – misty dunes, rocky headlands, wild beaches. At night upwards Northumberland International Dark Sky Park has one of the lowest light pollution levels in the country and boasts one of the largest protected night sky areas in Europe.
5- Zihuatanejo, Mexico
A grassroots approach to conservation on the Pacific coast protects marine wildlife and revives a local village.
This quiet coastal city, neighboring Ixtapa, the tourist destination on the Pacific coast, and the communities around it generated grassroots environmental projects that travelers can support. The non-profit organization Whales of Guerrero helped train the fishermen as whale watching guides, and the Tortuguero Ayotlcalli Camp offers opportunities to join turtle nest patrols and release hatchlings.
The regenerative solar energy resort helped revive the neighboring town of Juluchuca by providing education and employment in conservation, tourism and agriculture. It recently joined a new regional project to protect the Juluchuca river basin, which begins in the mountainous interior, where guests can go on ATV tours to explore the headwaters of an off-grid coffee and cocoa plantation.
6- Esteros del Iberá, Argentina
Twenty years ago, this reserve in the northern region of Corrientes in Argentina was not so much a park as small patches of desert surrounded by cattle ranches. It was then that the Rewilding Argentina foundation, created by North Face co-founder Douglas Tompkins and now funded by tourism and a consortium of philanthropists from around the world, stepped in and started buying land.
Today, the Iberá Park is one of the largest in Argentina, nearly 12,000 square kilometers of protected grasslands, lagoons, islands and wetlands, and a sanctuary for large populations of animals.
The foundation managed to save dozens of species from extinction, particularly jaguars, giant anteaters, and giant river otters, and has become a haven for swamp deer, maned wolves, rheas, grassland birds, and the appropriately called, and endangered, tailed tyrants strange.
In the 7th place is the Alentejo Wine Region, Portugal; in the 8 ° the archipelago of Lucayan, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos; at the 9th Evia, Greece and at the 10th Cobscook Shores, Maine.