Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and religious sites, like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. Its countryside is home to medieval villages, rivers and lakes, plus the craggy Dinaric Alps. National capital Sarajevo has a well preserved old quarter, Baščaršija, with landmarks like 16th-century Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque. Ottoman-era Latin Bridge is the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which ignited World War I.
Spain is a diverse country sharing the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal at the western end of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the country with the third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spain’s capital and largest city is Madrid, other major urban areas include Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao and Málaga. A country of large geographic and cultural diversity, it it considered an exotic travel location.
France a country in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its gastronomy, wines and sophisticated cuisine in particular.
Austria, a country in Central Europe, is characterized by mountain villages, baroque architecture, Imperial history and rugged Alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces. It is the winter sports capital of Europe and offers a multitude of activities.
Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers. With Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian inﬂuences, it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music and crafts. A blend of nature and history, it is a travelers paradise.
Panama is a country in North America with coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. It is home to exotic tropical rainforests, beautiful mountain refuges, pacific style beaches and more than a 1000 islands. Panama is world-famous for its 48 mile canal that connects the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean.
Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and extensive flora and fauna. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
A country in Southeastern Europe, Greece is home to over 1000 islands through the Aegan and Ionian Seas. The extensive coastlines give rise to breathtaking landscapes with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches. Athens, Santorini and Mykonos are among the most popular islands in Greece. Athens, the capital city, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C.
A South American country, Peru is home to a section of Amazon rainforest and one of the wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains. The region around it including the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco, is rich in archaeological sites. On Peru’s arid Paciﬁc coast is Lima, the capital, with a preserved colonial center and important collections of pre-Columbian art.
Italy is a country of south-central Europe, occupying a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Italy comprises some of the most varied and scenic landscapes on Earth and is often described as a country shaped like a boot. Some of the major cities in Italy include, Florence, Milan and Venice.
Nepal is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia and lies between China and India. Nepal has a diverse topography, including fertile plains and subalpine forested hills. It is home to 8 of the world’s 10 tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. It has more than 70 ethnic groups and more than 60 diﬀerent languages are spoken in diﬀerent parts of Nepal.