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If your trip will include Mountains, be sure to browse through all the Mountains articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Mountains, we've been there done that when it comes to Mountains, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Mountains.

The Monkeys of Gibraltar

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Rock of Gibraltar Monkey
A monkey sitting on the edge of the Rock of Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a unique place, whether you go to get your passport stamped or just to say you have been there, you have to get to the top of the giant rock and hang out with the Barbary Macaque Monkeys. It's a great opportunity to take an up-close picture of a semi-wild monkey, and it could be the closest you are ever able to get to a monkey and still be pretty assured you won't walk away with a disease or two; these monkeys are tested.

Semuc Champey Pools – Lanquín, Guatemala

Semuc Champey, Guatemala
A view of Semuc Champey from the Mirador viewpoint

Semuc Champey is a natural attraction tucked away in the mountains of an isolated jungle in Guatemala. Situated in the town of Lanquín, get ready for a bumpy ride if you plan on visiting the pools. Semuc Champey sits above the Cahabón River, in an area where the harder rock on the surface has held strong while the river eroded the softer rock beneath. Now the pools sit a brilliant turquoise color while the muddy river runs beneath them and out the bottom of a large waterfall on the other end. The water in the pools is all rain water, which is why it’s so clear, unless it rains extremely hard for a long period of time, in which case the river may flood over the pools as well.

Monte Louro, Galicia, Spain

Friday, July 2, 2010
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Monte Louro - Galicia, Spain
A view of Monte Louro, Lagoa de Xalfas and the Atlantic Ocean outside of Muros, Spain

Monte Louro is a small peninsular mountain wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and a small lagoon, Lagoa Xalfas, in Galicia, Spain. The Monte Louro Nature Preserve is accessible from AC-550, just north of the town of Muros. It’s a great day trip from Santiago de Compostela, just 45 miles if you take the coastal route, or if you want to stay the night campsites are available.

Photos & Guide To El Caminito Del Rey, Spain

Sunday, May 23, 2010
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The Path of El Camino Del Rey Cuts Off
The Path of El Camino Del Rey Cuts Off

Some say its the most dangerous hike in the world, El Caminito Del Rey (also known as El Camino Del Rey) is definetely the most thrilling hike I've ever done. The path was originally constructed in 1905 for workers of a hydro eletric dam set up in the cliffs of El Choro. Since then, the path has deteriorated and is now only for the adventurous. The government of Spain allocated 7 million euros for the restoration of El Camino Del Rey in 2006, however its clear that this has not been spent yet.

Neuschwanstein Castle Pictures

Neuschwanstein Castle From St. Mary's Bridge
The best view of Neuschwanstein Castle comes from St. Mary’s Bridge as seen above

'Mad' King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle is easily the most amazing castle I've seen this far in my travels, and one of the most spectacular buildings. Situated in the foot of the German Alps dividing Germany from Austria, the Castle overlooks not 1, but 2 lakes, is surrounded by mountains on nearly every side, sits above a river and waterfall, and a huge green open field. There is another castle which you'll see from Neuschwanstein, it was built by 'Mad' King Ludwigs father King Ludwig I and is actually quite nice itself. However, 'Mad' King Ludwig decided he needed to one up his father and built his bigger and better, and looking down on Hohenschwangau, so this older castle gets no attention. You may recognize Neuschwanstein castle from the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty. Although not true, it looks more like they designed the castle from a fairy tale, not vise versa. The inside is as magnificent as the exterior, although 'Mad' King Ludwig II died before he could finish it, so they do not show every room to the public. If you're visiting Bavaria you can not skip this castle. It's an easy day trip from Munich or it's surrounding cities, or you can stay around the Castle in Hohenschwangau or Füssen.

Hike From Buşteni To Babele, Romania

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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The View Towards Babele From Buşteni, Romania
A view up the mountain towards Babele from outside the Buşteni train station

Romania is not a frequented hot spot for travelers. However, its easy to kill a week or two visiting this Eastern European country. If you're a hiker in Romania, you can't leave without hiking from Buşteni to Babele in the Bucegi Mountains of Central Romania. Likely the 2 most popular destinations in Romania are the capital Bucharest, and Transylvania, the home of Dracula. Taking the train between the 2 leads you through Buşteni.

Andorra During The Summer

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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View of Andorra La Vella, Andorra
View of Andorra La Vella

If you're trying to figure out how to get from France to Spain during or around summer, then here's the answer. Rent a car and drive through the Pyrenees. If you enjoy driving, rent something sporty for the mountain roads. Stop and spend a few hours in the highest capital in Europe, Andorra La Vella. Enjoy the fresh mountain air, snap some photos, buy some novelty size bottles of alcohol for cheap, then continue on the pleasant mountain drive. Keep your eye out for castle ruins spread throughout, especially between Andorra and Spain. Expect steep tolls when driving the roads in France.

Ski Ilgaz Mountain, Turkey

Thursday, March 4, 2010
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Ilgaz Mountain, Turkey: Slope View
View down Ilgaz Mountain from the top of the ski lift

Ilgaz Mountain in Turkey was much different than any US resort I've been too. To start, you can buy lift tickets per ride, or per day, which was pretty cool. Prices were cheap, but lines were long. Because of the single ride tickets, many patrons chose to ride the lift not to ski, but just to experience the views, which lead to lift waits exceeding an hour. Ilgaz is the smallest resort in Turkey, boasting just 2 lifts, neither of which are for beginners. Because of this it was very crowded, but still a nice place to visit.

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