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  • Where to meet Europe’s only indigenous people

    Where to meet Europe’s only indigenous people

    July 2nd, 2014Anna Kaminski
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    Encompassing northern Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia’s Kola Peninsula, Sápmi is the collective name for the traditional territory of the nomadic Sámi – Europe’s only indigenous people, who migrated to northern Scandinavia after the last Ice Age and subsisted by hunting reindeer. As the reindeer grew scarce by the seventeenth century, hunters became herders; today,…

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  • Dancing with the Saramacca in Suriname

    Dancing with the Saramacca in Suriname

    December 17th, 2013Anna Kaminski
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    Once a Dutch colony, Suriname sits on the northeast coast of South America and has a population of around a mere 550,000 people. Venturing deep into the jungle-clad interior, Rough Guides writer Anna Kaminski went to explore the ancestral territory of the Saramacca, descendants of seventeenth-century West African slaves.  Our little Cessna plane rumbles over the jungle; from above, southern Suriname is a dense carpet of greenery,…

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  • Visiting the Bribrí, Costa Rica

    Visiting the Bribrí, Costa Rica

    December 12th, 2013Anna Kaminski
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    Indigenous communities in Costa Rica are relatively unknown and often overlooked, so visiting them makes for a truly fascinating and authentic experience. In the remote Bribrí village of Yorkín, men and women are equal and sustain themselves through farming, fishing and hunting. Rough Guides writer, Anna Kaminski, met the woman behind the collective. Our motorised…

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Chile

    A first-timer’s guide to Chile

    November 26th, 2013Anna Kaminski
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    Stretching north to south for 4270km and only 64km wide at its narrowest point, this land of ice and fire, periodically shaken by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, is one of the most geographically diverse on earth. Most travellers fly into the capital of Santiago, roughly in the middle of the country, and head either towards…

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  • A hallucinogenic ayahuasca experience in Peru

    A hallucinogenic ayahuasca experience in Peru

    November 4th, 2013Anna Kaminski
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    Embarking on a very personal and spiritual journey, Rough Guides writer Anna Kaminski shares her ayahuasca experience, after ingesting the hallucinogenic vines of the Amazon Basin. The ancient Volkswagen Beetle climbs the hairpin bends high into the mountains, the lights of Cusco spread out in the valley beneath us.  On a particularly steep bend, it gives…

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  • Cartagena and Mompox: a tale of two cities

    Cartagena and Mompox: a tale of two cities

    October 14th, 2013Anna Kaminski
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    Sooner or later, pretty much every traveller in Colombia finds their way down to Cartagena, the fortress city by the sea. Surrounded by the formidable 16th century Las Murallas (sea wall), the city’s old town is almost too picturesque, with its maze of leafy squares and narrow streets, lined with brightly-painted colonial houses sporting ornate brass…

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  • The world’s only sun bear sanctuary, Borneo

    The world’s only sun bear sanctuary, Borneo

    September 11th, 2013Anna Kaminski
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    On a visit to see orangutans Anna Kaminski is confronted with bears instead. With the world’s only sun bear sanctuary opening to the public next year, she joins an exclusive tour of the centre and meets some of the adorable creatures who have been rescued by the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Polar bears are renowned…

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  • Bull fights and snakebites – exploring Guyana’s interior

    Bull fights and snakebites – exploring Guyana’s interior

    January 29th, 2013Anna Kaminski
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    From above, the Rupununi Savannah looks like a topography map in reverse. The green bumps are the hills, covered in dense vegetation, while the brown indentations and splodges indicate the paths of the overflowing rivers during the rainy season. From the ground, arriving at the savannah is a shock to the system. We’d just spent…

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