Underrated Destinations in South America That Are worth Visiting


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Canoa, Ecuador
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A Maryland-based rabbi, Jonathan Z. Maltzman provides leadership to the Conservative synagogue Kol Shalom in Maryland. Outside of his work with the synagogue, Rabbi Jonathan Maltzman enjoys traveling the world, including South America.

Buenos Aires in Argentina and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil are some of South America’s most popular destinations, but tourists willing to explore can find plenty of underrated spots dotted around the continent. Some of South America’s most overlooked destinations include:

Canoa, Ecuador. Visitors who want to avoid the complete party atmosphere of Montanita can find peace in Canoa. This destination is suitable for those who want to spend some time surfing or lounging on the uncrowded beach.

Montevideo, Uruguay. Despite being the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo is often overshadowed by South America’s more popular destinations. Featuring numerous historic buildings, art deco and art nouveau architecture, and 14 miles of beaches, the city provides visitors with a wide range of activities.

El Bolsón, Argentina. Located roughly four hours away from Patagonia’s Lake District, El Bolsón gives travelers the opportunity to relax and connect with nature. There are numerous opportunities for horseback riding, biking, rafting, and hiking around the small village.

When is the Best Time to Visit Israel?

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Visit Israel
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Based in Rockville, Maryland, Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman plays an instrumental role in the various religious services and life events that take place at Kol Shalom synagogue. Before beginning his work as a rabbi, Jonathan Z. Maltzman lived and studied in Israel, during which time he acted as a tour guide to visitors.

If you are looking to make the most out of your trip to Israel, then you should familiarize yourself with the best times of year to visit. When it comes to climate, the country generally enjoys moderate temperatures like most other locations throughout the Mediterranean. In general, Israel reaches temperatures as low as 43 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 84 degrees. However, the most enjoyable times of year are Spring and Fall, when the climate will be mild anywhere you choose to visit.

Israel is also known for its numerous religious and cultural events, which it hosts throughout the year. For example, Jerusalem’s Israel Festival typically takes place in either May or June. This event allows tourists and local residents alike to watch some of the country’s most talented performers. You can also participate in Israel’s Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah festivities if you visit during the months of September and October. However, these times tend to be busier due to an influx of religious tourists. On holy days such as these – as well as on other national holidays – many local businesses will be closed. As such, you may find it better to plan your visit around these annual events.

The Israel National Trail

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Israel National Trail
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Jonathan Z. Maltzman, the rabbi of Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland, is the spiritual leader of the Conservative congregation. In this role, Jonathan Z. Maltzman leads services, supervises staff, teaches classes, and counsels individuals and couples. Rabbi Maltzman has also taken several groups from his congregation on trips to Israel.

The Israel National Trail has become a pilgrimage for many. The trail stretches 620 miles from the southern tip of Israel in Eilat all the way to Dan, near the Lebanese border in the north.

People marking significant milestones often embark on a trek on the Israel National Trail to experience landscapes that are featured prominently in Christian and Jewish history, including Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, and the Jordan River. Without fail, hikers are struck by the impressive beauty of the Middle Eastern landscape. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel maintains the trail and offers hikers the option of collecting stamps at significant stopping points along the trail.