We know that this summer may look a little different than in the past. One thing that remains the same however is the breathtaking views on every program. We can reassure every student that even during a pandemic, the views you will experience will be nothing short of amazing. In this blog, we’re going to highlight a “must see” on each program, giving students some pre-departure travel inspiration. These locations will give students some amazing views while also avoiding some more touristy, overpopulated areas.
On our Cape Town program, a “must see” would be the sunrise at the top of Lion’s Head. This hike is done in complete darkness, giving students the chance to watch the sun rise from the top of the mountain. The sense of accomplishment felt at the top combined with the breath-taking view makes up for the 5 a.m. wake up call! Lion’s Head gives you a panoramic view of the entire city and the ocean for miles. The hike to the top is an adrenaline junkies dream. Scaling up ladders in complete darkness can be challenging, but it’s nothing short of doable. Experiencing the sun rise over the entire city is the best way to start off your day in Cape Town.
In Barcelona, a program “must see” is the sunset at the top of Bunkers del Carmel. These former military bunkers give students the perfect place to watch the sunset and have a picnic. This summer, we’re focusing on the beauty of nature, and this spot allows us to take in all that Barcelona has to offer. The hike up to the bunkers is quick, allowing students to take some tapas and drinks to the top. This evening gives students a chance to eat some amazing local food while experiencing a breath taking view. Luckily for our students, this spot is actually one of our weekly activities. But with a view like this, students are going to want to go more than once!
On our Rome program, there are so many “must see” locations it’s hard to choose just one. Between the many museums and gardens, one of our favorite hidden gems is The Savello Park, or Garden of Oranges. This wonderful spot has some amazing views of the city as well as some jaw dropping nature. Lined with amazing trees and beautiful landscaping, this park gives you a more reserved space to appreciate the beauty of Rome. Once you’re out there, make the quick trip to the Aventine hill keyhole. This spot is close to the garden but will give you a secret keyhole view of the Vatican!
Greece is nothing short of beautiful, and we’re going to give you a little secret to enjoy the views without all of the people. The neighborhood of Anafiotika is located close to the Acropolis, museums and Monesteraki Square but gives visitors a local feel. This hidden gem is full of beautiful houses, alleyways and some amazing graffiti, providing students with some photo-ops that are anything but basic. Going on a mid-day walk around this neighborhood will give you an authentic feel, steering you away from the touristy areas in Athens.
Costa Rica is home to some amazing wildlife and nature views. One place we’re highlighting is the La Fortuna Waterfall. This waterfall is located near the Arenal volcano and is one of the highlights of our program. This waterfall provides some amazing views and the perfect place to cool down after the hike down. Students will get the chance to swim in the pools below and it is the perfect time for a photo-op! Surrounded by dense forest, this spot is the perfect place to get in touch with nature and admire the beauty if Costa Rica.
There’s no denying that there is beautiful views on every program. In a time of socially distancing, these “must see” views are a way to give students an amazing experience without having to deal with the large crowds. We know that this summer will be nothing short of amazing and we’re so excited to cross these locations off of our bucket list!