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  • Five of the best alternative walks in New Zealand

    Five of the best alternative walks in New Zealand

    November 18th, 2013Richard Hammond
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    New Zealand’s reputation as a walker’s paradise is thanks partly to its diversity of scenery, from the tropical beaches, hot springs and volcanic mountains in the north to the temperate forests, dramatic fjords and glacier-fed lakes in the south. But it’s also due to the country’s well-maintained network of backcountry trails managed by the Department…

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  • The Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco

    The Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco

    October 31st, 2013Richard Hammond
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    On the drive up through the Imlil Valley into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, you have a sense that you’re going somewhere special. The road passes rose-coloured adobe villages and fields terraced with ancient irrigation channels that nourish apple, cherry and walnut orchards. Mules trot along the road carrying children, women return from the…

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  • Visiting the Pueblos Mancomunados, Mexico

    Visiting the Pueblos Mancomunados, Mexico

    October 25th, 2013Richard Hammond
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    Pine forests, wild mushrooms and a sunrise above clouds: not what you might associate with Mexico, better known for beaches, colonial cities and Aztec ruins. The mountains of the Sierra Norte, two hours’ bus journey north of Oaxaca, are home to a cluster of villages, a semi-autonomous community known as “Pueblos Mancomunados” (meaning “united villages”),…

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  • Gaze at the galaxy from a star bed, Kenya

    Gaze at the galaxy from a star bed, Kenya

    October 8th, 2013Richard Hammond
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    Ask anyone on safari what they love about the African bush and many mention the mesmerizing night sky – and one of the best ways to view it is from the comfort of a “star bed” at Loisaba Lodge in northern Kenya. If the weather is fair, you can wheel these handcrafted wooden four-posters out…

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  • Discover Mayan ruins at Lago de Petexbatún

    Discover Mayan ruins at Lago de Petexbatún

    August 19th, 2013Richard Hammond
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    If you like your Mayan ruins a little less grandiose than Tikal but all to yourself, then try those in and around Lago de Petexbatún, a spectacular expanse of water ringed by dense forest to the south of Sayaxché. The region is home to several ruins, including Dos Pilas, Ceibal and Yaxchilán, though the most…

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  • The Friedrichsbad: the best baths in Baden-Baden

    The Friedrichsbad: the best baths in Baden-Baden

    August 8th, 2013Richard Hammond
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    Time does strange things in southwest Germany. Even before Einstein hit on his Theory of Relativity in Ülm, Mark Twain had realized something was up after taking to the waters in the smart spa town of Baden-Baden. “Here at the Friedrichsbad,” he wrote, ”you lose track of time within ten minutes and track of the world within twenty.”…

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  • Go on a Dive Safari in The Red Sea, Egypt

    Go on a Dive Safari in The Red Sea, Egypt

    July 23rd, 2013Richard Hammond
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    Packed with coral reefs, abundant tropical fish and an assortment of World War II wrecks, there is something for every diver in the Red Sea. Yet if you go to many of the popular offshore sites you can find them swamped with dive boats, while below water there can often be more divers than fish.…

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  • A day at The Eden Project, Cornwall

    A day at The Eden Project, Cornwall

    July 22nd, 2013Richard Hammond
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    Home to over a million plants and more than five thousand different species from around the world, the iconic “biomes” (gigantic greenhouses) at the Eden Project are the focus of the UK’s premier green attraction. Built on the site of a former clay quarry, the Rainforest Biome houses plants from tropical islands, Malaysia, West Africa…

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  • The 10 best eco lodges in Costa Rica

    The 10 best eco lodges in Costa Rica

    June 28th, 2013Richard Hammond
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    Costa Rica has been at the forefront of the green tourism movement for many years now, so it’s no surprise the country plays host to some spectacular eco lodges. These ten represent the pick of the bunch. Lapa Rios Pin Costa Rica’s best-known luxury ecolodge has the maximum five stars in the government’s Certificate of…

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  • Northern America’s best backcountry skiing

    Northern America’s best backcountry skiing

    March 11th, 2013Richard Hammond
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    New York’s ski resorts are the envy of the world.The service is reliably slick, the lift queues move quickly and there’s huge versatility, from the mellowness of Québec’s Most Treblant to the sophistication of Aspen, the rawness of Jackson Hole and the steep slopes of BC’s Fernie. But ploughing down perfectly groomed pistes all day…

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  • Top ten great British wildlife experiences

    Top ten great British wildlife experiences

    September 21st, 2012Richard Hammond
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    Get up close to nature with our pick of the ten best wildlife sites across the UK, and let us know your own top British wildlife experiences below. Starling work on the Somerset Levels An eerie sight greets visitors to the Somerset Levels in late autumn and winter. At dusk between November and January a…

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  • Visit the cloud forests of Ecuador

    Visit the cloud forests of Ecuador

    August 23rd, 2012Richard Hammond
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    Travelling from Quito, it’s easy to make a beeline along the Pan-American Highway to Cotopaxi and west to the beaches of the Pacific Coast or east to the Amazon Rainforest. But that would mean missing out on the cloud forests of Ecuador, where you’ll find some of the most fascinating birdlife in the country. Head…

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