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  • Shamans & Shysters: Unpicking the Witchcraft Industry in Catemaco, Mexico

    Shamans & Shysters: Unpicking the Witchcraft Industry in Catemaco, Mexico

    May 8th, 2019Daniel Stables
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    Strung out along the photogenic shores of Lake Catemaco, circled by looming hills born of long-extinct volcanoes, and fringed by one of Mexico’s last remaining tracts of rainforest, the sleepy backwater town of Catemaco feels like its own little corner of the earth. Emerging from the air-conditioned cocoon of an ADO coach into what must…

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Patan-Lalitpur, Nepal

    A first-timer’s guide to Patan-Lalitpur, Nepal

    January 31st, 2019Daniel Stables
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    While the frenetic chaos of Kathmandu sprawls and teems across the Bagmati River to the north, Patan – or Lalitpur as it’s also known – abides in the ways it always has: more peacefully, more quietly, and with an inclination towards the considered and the artistic. It’s no coincidence that Buddhism has long exerted a strong…

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  • What you need to know about visiting the Himalayas

    What you need to know about visiting the Himalayas

    January 22nd, 2019Daniel Stables
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    There is no mountain range mightier than the Himalayas, an awe-inspiring crest of snow-blanketed peaks which lifts the plains of the Indian subcontinent to the Roof of the World, the Tibetan Plateau. In the process, it notches up nine of the world’s ten highest mountains, including the greatest of them all: Mount Everest. Needless to…

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  • A dive into the demonic at the Musée des Vampires in Paris

    A dive into the demonic at the Musée des Vampires in Paris

    December 12th, 2018Daniel Stables
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    In the quiet Parisian suburb of Les Lilas, down an anonymous side street, is a scarlet door. I knock on it three times; no one answers. I wander around the corner to look for another entrance. Beyond a wrought iron padlocked gate is a thickly overgrown garden; beyond that, a frosted window dimly illuminated by…

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  • El Tajín: Visit one of Mexico’s most mysterious Mesoamerican cities

    El Tajín: Visit one of Mexico’s most mysterious Mesoamerican cities

    November 30th, 2018Daniel Stables
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    The smell of vanilla hangs thick in the air over Papantla, a bustling hill town in the jungly northern reaches of the Mexican state of Veracruz. The prized aromatic has been cultivated here since pre-colonial times, by the same Totonac people who still live here, speak their own language, and practice a brand of Roman…

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  • The Musandam Peninsula: Oman’s final frontier

    The Musandam Peninsula: Oman’s final frontier

    September 12th, 2018Daniel Stables
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    Oman’s Musandam Peninsula offers dramatic coastline and stunning mountainous landscapes. Daniel Stables explores to let travellers know what to seek out.

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  • A postcard from Indonesia: life and death in Tanah Toraja

    A postcard from Indonesia: life and death in Tanah Toraja

    November 2nd, 2017Daniel Stables
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    In Tanah Toraja, Indonesia, long-held animist beliefs mean the dead are laid to rest with elaborate ceremonies that last for days. Daniel Stables attends a funeral to learn what life and death means to the locals here. I am clinging to the back of a sputtering motorbike, speeding through the highlands of Tanah Toraja on the Indonesian island…

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  • Nepal, two years on: why the time to go is now

    Nepal, two years on: why the time to go is now

    July 3rd, 2017Daniel Stables
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    In April 2015, Nepal hit global headlines when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the country, killing almost 9000 people. Two years on, Nepal continues to recover, but it remains as fantastic a destination as ever. As the gateway to the Himalayas, it’s home to eight of the world’s ten tallest peaks and arguably the finest mountain trekking…

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  • Indonesia beyond Bali: 7 places off the tourist trail

    Indonesia beyond Bali: 7 places off the tourist trail

    May 16th, 2017Daniel Stables
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    Bali’s beautiful beaches and shimmering rice paddies have made it a justifiably famous tourist destination – but there’s so much more of Indonesia waiting to be explored. The world’s largest archipelago, with a huge 17,000 islands, Indonesia is home to ancient ruins, world-class diving and incredible wildlife, including the critically endangered orangutan and fearsome Komodo dragon. Here,…

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