Why You Should Visit Belize

We’ve got 10 good reasons why you should visit Belize City -- and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley and Xunantunich are just a few attractions to get you started.

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Isla Taboga
Isla Taboga

Isla Taboga

Isla Taboga, aka Island of Flowers, is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Panama that has become a bustling tourist destination. Local companies provide hiking, nature walk, snorkeling, sightseeing, whale watching and fishing tours. The island has beautiful beaches, but Isla Contadora, Playa Bonita and Play Veracruz are a couple alternative spots to go. 960 1280

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Metropolitan Cathedral Casco Viejo

Metropolitan Cathedral Casco Viejo

Located in Panama City’s suburb of Casco Viejo, the Metropolitan Cathedral -- built between 1688 and 1796 -- is an example of the country’s religious colonial architecture. After a $4 million dollar renovation in 2004, the cathedral will be remodeled to house a museum that will follow the construction, function and future of the Panama Canal. 960 1280

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Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Completed in 1914, the 48-mile long Panama Canal is a major international trade route, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. So it’s no surprise that the American Society of Civil Engineers declared the canal one of the seven wonders of the modern world. 960 1280

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Plaza de Francia

Plaza de Francia

Take a stroll around Plaza de Francia while chomping on a raspado or Sno-cone. Toursists should head down Calle 1a. It turns into the lovely Paseo Esteban Huertas, a walkway on top of las bovedas (the vaults), which originally functioned as a Spanish dungeon and later as a jail, storehouse and offices. 960 1280

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La Piedra Pintada

La Piedra Pintada

Hop on a bus in Panama City to visit La Piedra Pintada, a 15-foot boulder with ancient petroglyphs carved underneath it. It’s a simple remnant of El Valle’s pre-Columbian culture, and a great spot for history buffs. 960 1280

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Downtown Panama City

Downtown Panama City

Panama City is the capital and the largest city in Panama. A political, administrative, international and commerce hub for the country, Panama City is also the largest city in Panama. The city has a dense skyline of mostly high-rise buildings, surrounded by a large belt of tropical rainforest. 960 1280

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Monkey Island

Monkey Island

Take an eco-friendly journey along the Panama Canal with stops in Sounds of Silence and Monkey Island (pictured), where tourists can see 4 different species of monkeys and other wildlife, all within 40 minutes of Panama City. 960 1280

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Plaza Bolivar

Plaza Bolivar

Surrounded by 19th-century architecture, Plaza Bolivar is a great spot for locals and tourists to congregate for drinks and dinner at various cafes located around this popular social spot. Street musicians perform tips near a monument built to honor Venezuelan general Simon Bolivar -- located in the center of the plaza. 960 1280

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Albrook Mall

Albrook Mall

Albrook Mall is the largest amusement mall in Panama. The magical atmosphere -- filled with balloons, bright decorations, music, an Italian carousel and more than 400 stores -- is perfect for the whole family. Artesanias Panama Bahia, Flory Saltzman Molas, Avenida Central Mall, Galeria Arte Indigena and La Ronda are a few other spots to shop in Panama City. 960 1280

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Ceviche

Ceviche

La Marea, Segundo Muelle, Ego, Machu Pichu and Mercado de Marisco are all restaurants to sample delicious ceviche. Panamanian ceviche is usually made with Squid, shrimp, octopus, lemon juice, chopped onion, celery, habanero pepper and sea salt. Most local restaurants serve ceviche de corvine (white sea bass) as an appetizer. 960 1280

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Los Diablicos

Los Diablicos

Part of Panama’s rich culture and folklore, the Diablicos Sucios is a religious-themed celebration that often includes a lively devil dance that portrays the age-old battle between good and evil. Dancers, donned in devil masks and multi-colored clothing, usually perform the devil dance as a method religious conversion. 960 1280

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El Nispero Zoo

El Nispero Zoo

El Nispero is not your typical zoo. Most of the animals found here are former pets that were donated or confiscated from their owners by government authorities. Tapirs, collared peccaries (wild pigs), jaguars, white-face capuchin monkeys, macaws, Asian golden pheasants and white peacocks are just a few animals tourists will spot while taking a leisurely stroll through this zoo. 960 1280

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Chorro de Macho

Chorro de Macho

Take a canopy tour over 85-foot tall Chorro El Macho, the most famous waterfall in El Valle. If a zip-line tour isn’t your thing, then we recommend a hike along the trails in the surrounding forest near the falls or taking a dip in the swimming pool located at the base of the towering waterfall. 960 1280

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Sancocho

Sancocho

Sancocho de gallina is Panama’s national dish. It’s made with chicken, cilantro, yuca, mazorca and otoe. Yellow squash is added to create a regional version of the dish called Sancocho chiricano. Rumor has it that this delicious dish is not only used as a metaphor for the country’s racial diversity, but it’s also a great remedy for a hangover. 960 1280

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Tanzania, Africa
Tanzania, Africa

Tanzania, Africa

One of the things I like most about hosting the Amazing Race is that we get to share new places with our audience. The Ngorongoro Crater is an awe-inspiring sight. This extinct volcano caldera is about 12 miles wide and descends 2,000 feet from the edge of the crater. This has created a unique ecosystem where you will see an abundance of wildlife making it one of the world’s 7 natural wonders of Africa. 960 1280

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Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Our visit to Ethiopia was a surprise for many of us. I had no idea how lush the mountain regions were. Lalibela felt like a set from Indiana Jones. This holy city is famous for its underground church which dates back to the 12th century. 960 1280

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Seychelles

Seychelles

The fact that the Seychelles was a hideaway for pirates tells you that it is a remote destination. I grew up on the Tropical Island of Antigua; so, I have a real love for beaches, and Seychelles has some of the best. With more than 115 Islands to choose from, travelers have no problem getting away from everyone and everything. 960 1280

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Jaipur, India

Jaipur, India

This is a great place. We first visited India in Season 1, and there is a reason we keep going back. It’s so exotic and different from anything in America. We have had some of our best moments there. A personal favorite for me is the city of Jaipur which is the capital of Rajasthan. Also, it’s known as the “Pink City” for obvious reasons. India says century overload to me and the people are so inviting. 960 1280

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Coober Pedy, Australia

Coober Pedy, Australia

I first visited Coober Pedy about 20 years ago and it has remained etched in my mind ever since. I took the show here in Season 2, and got the teams to play speed golf as they ran in the extreme heat and on the barren landscape. There is no grass at the course so players had to carry their own patch of artificial grass. Trust me - you will never forget a visit to the “Opal Capital of the World.” 960 1280

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Punta Arenas, Argentina

Punta Arenas, Argentina

I first heard about Argentina from my dad who did a lot of agricultural consulting work in this country. He often talked about the southern city of Punta Arenas, which is located between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans -- right at the bottom of the world. This place has amazing, picturesque views. It’s almost like you’re flicking through a pictorial travel book. 960 1280

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Mongolia

Mongolia

I spent my 40th birthday standing on top of a hill looking out over the vast expansive Mongolia waiting for teams to arrive at the pit stop. This is a country where sheep outnumber people 35 to 1, and there are less than 2 people per square mile. Nomadic people move from place-to-place and live in yurts. If you visit, expect to be invited in. The people are very warm and friendly. 960 1280

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Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

I found out recently that I am a descendant of the Vikings. This of course has made it all the more interesting for me to visit a traditional long house where Viking enthusiasts bring history back to life. The people there are filled with passion and you can’t help to be blown away by the breathtaking fjords. 960 1280

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Oman

Oman

The great thing about having Amazing Race entertain so many people around the world is that we can show the good things that are happening in different countries, rather than what is going wrong when there is terrible news. Visiting a Middle Eastern country like Oman provides unique insight to a culture that most people never get to see in a positive light. 960 1280

Phil Keoghan  

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, AK, is a gateway to America’s last frontier. After a short float plane ride you can find yourself completely immersed in pristine wilderness. Whether you’re interested in hunting, photography, bird watching or simply relaxing, this is America’s best nature getaway. 960 1280

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