Why Should You Have the Grand Canyon Skywalk on Your Bucket List?

Do you have a list of the 1000 things you should do before you kick the bucket? If not, you should write one now starting with the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Being officially opened in March 2007 at the Grand Canyon West, this glass-floor, horseshoe shaped bridge that’s supported by cantilevers, lures all types of tourists in ridiculously huge numbers.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Why Is The Grand Canyon Skywalk Such A Big Deal?

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is not just a big deal; it is a massive deal. Can you imagine standing 70 feet (20 meters) from mainland, the west rim of the Grand Canyon, onto a glass bridge that’s 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) above the ground? This is insane even for adrenaline driven individuals.

Even more incredible is the fact that the design of this massive structure makes it possible for it to miraculously sustain more than 71 million pounds of weight, unforgiving winter conditions and turbulent winds. The skywalk is so strong that rumor has it that it can carry 71 airplanes each with 747 passengers without any crack!

How to Get To the Grand Canyon Skywalk?

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is only 45 minutes flight away from Las Vegas, or 2.5 hours if you’re travelling by road. So the most convenient entry way is to purchase a skywalk ticket in Las Vegas. The ticket is a package that also includes a breathtaking helicopter tour, a trip to Hoover Dam, a boat ride on the Colorado river (optional) and visiting the Hualapai tribe members (also optional).

Since the Skywalk is part of the Grand Canyon West, which is a rather far-flung area governed by members of the Hualapai Native American Tribe, you cannot visit it solely. So you will have to buy the whole tourist package to visit the bridge.

What Is the Best Time to Travel to the Grand Canyon Skywalk?

The Majestic Grand CanyonThere is no such thing as bad timing when it comes to touring the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Package options from Las Vegas include both full and half day options. Apart from the helicopter rides, you can also opt for hop-on-hop-off shuttle that is a complete package with Colorado River pontoon boat rides, Canyon floor helicopter landings and horseback riding.

The Grand Canyon West that houses the sky walker is opened daily from 7:00am to 7:00pm, from April to September, and 8:00am to 8:00pm from October to March. This includes all holidays and weekends. You should purchase a ticket 1.5 hours before closing time and expect your tour to last for 3-4 hours.

Most people prefer touring during the late fall till spring. The weather temperature at this time is always about 60 to 90 degrees, favorable for dawdling in the great heights.

Rules for Visiting the Grand Canyon Skywalker

Some items that are a must-have when visiting the Skywalk include sunglasses, high SPF sunscreen, a wide-cover hat and 1 liter of water. Also don’t expect to go in with cameras or cell phones, although you can have your photos taken while on the glass bridge and buy them afterwards.

Conclusion:

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a majestic adventure that awaits you. Make sure to add this to your bucket list and you won’t regret it.

What You Should Know Before Travelling To Cuba

Cuba, the largest Caribbean island between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is the most sought after travel destination for many people. Unfortunately, up until 2009 it was amongst the most difficult countries to travel for the Americans. This was due to the travel restrictions put in place by President Kennedy in 1960 after Cuba took over U.S oil refineries and refused to compensate them. This squabble that lasted for more than half a century.

Cuba Downtown Shops

Bending the Rules to Travel to Cuba

The ban for Americans to travel to Cuba did not keep off everyone. Courageous and determined Americans still found their way into Cuba. Since the rest of the world still had free access to Cuba, Americans took advantage of this and used other countries as backdoors. For instance, you would first travel to Mexico or Canada, then get a flight to Cuba. Legally, you were required to get a special license which would be granted based on the reasons for your visit. Permitted reasons included family visits, educational tours, and professional reasons.

Travel Freedom at Last

The year 2015 began with exciting news for American travel enthusiasts. On January 16, 2015 the ban on travel to Cuba was dislodged. This means more Americans can now set out to Cuba without bending the rules. Although technically you still can’t travel to Cuba solely for tourism, there are 12 special categories that present a loophole for you to visit and tour Cuba. The 12 categories include; educational activities, journalistic assignments, professional meetings or research, religious activities, public performance, amongst others.

You can now purchase a Cuban Visa online or at the gate when traveling by some authorized flights in the U.S, including Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, American, United, Frontier, and Alaska. As a precaution, you should call the airline upfront for verification.

Denouncing Some Myths about Cuba

A common misconception that people have is that there is a lot of insecurity in Cuban cities. When it comes to safety, any place can be unsafe, depending on how you look after your personal items. The United Nations statistics show that there are less than 5 homicides for every 100,000 people, so it’s safe to say that Cuba is relatively less hostile than most cities in the U.S. In fact, in cities like Vinales and Havana, people don’t even lock up their bikes when running errands.

Cuban National Flag

What to Expect When You Travel to Cuba

The easiest and cheapest way to travel to Cuba still remains traveling from Mexico or Canada. A Cuban Visa from the Cancun airport will cost you about 20$ and the flight costs around 250$. You can book a round-trip flight to Havana (La Habana) from any city in Mexico.

There are two currencies in Cuba, CUC for tourists and CUP for locals. US ATM, debit or credit cards don’t work in Cuba, so you should estimate the whole amount you will need and carry it in cash. You can exchange the currency when you arrive. You also need to purchase a travel medical insurance as your US cover won’t be applicable.