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  • Meet the Tzotzil Maya: Mexico’s most intriguing community

    Meet the Tzotzil Maya: Mexico’s most intriguing community

    September 4th, 2015Shafik Meghji
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    The Tzotzil Maya are one of the most distinctive communities in Mexico. Shafik Meghji met them while researching the Rough Guide to Mexico.

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  • Want to support Nepal? Go there on your next trip

    Want to support Nepal? Go there on your next trip

    August 27th, 2015Shafik Meghji
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    Four months after two devastating earthquakes struck the country, Nepal is slowly getting back on its feet. Shafik Meghji explains how, ahead of the peak tourist season, travellers can help the country recover by booking a holiday. Why should I go? Tourism is a vital part of the Nepali economy, directly supporting almost 500,000 jobs,…

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  • Subterranean swimming in the Yucatán’s spectacular cenotes

    Subterranean swimming in the Yucatán’s spectacular cenotes

    July 15th, 2015Shafik Meghji
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    Shafik Meghji discovers, the most memorable – and unusual – places for a swim in Mexico are inland and underground...

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  • Unexplored Mexico: Chiapas and Tabasco

    Unexplored Mexico: Chiapas and Tabasco

    June 30th, 2015Shafik Meghji
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    For many years Chiapas and Tabasco were famous for revolutionaries, chilli sauce and little else. But these neighbouring Mexican states are increasingly appearing on tourist itineraries, drawing in travellers with their magnificent ruins, colonial cities, unique indigenous cultures and lip-tingling cuisine. Shafik Meghji heads off the beaten track. Chiapas Stretched along the Guatemalan border in…

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  • Escape rooms: would you pay to get locked up?

    Escape rooms: would you pay to get locked up?

    April 1st, 2015Shafik Meghji
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    Paying a stranger to lock you and your friends in a room filled with fiendish puzzles sounds an unlikely holiday activity, but “escape rooms” are springing up around the world. Shafik Meghji got locked up in Budapest… The email was brief and ever so slightly unsettling: “Please arrive punctually at 16:30 to Erzsébet Körút 8,…

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  • Off the map in the Atacama: Chile’s eerie ghost towns

    Off the map in the Atacama: Chile’s eerie ghost towns

    January 14th, 2015Shafik Meghji
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    Thousands of foreign travellers visit the geysers, salt flats, oases and volcanoes of north Chile’s Atacama Desert, but few make it to two of the region’s man-made attractions: the starkly beautiful ghost towns of Humberstone and Santa Laura. Shafik Meghji takes us into these abandoned settlements.  Yellow tsunami “hazard zone” signs, planted like sunflowers on…

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  • The Bolivian food revival: will it work?

    The Bolivian food revival: will it work?

    December 15th, 2014Shafik Meghji
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    Bolivian food has long been in the shadows of its more acclaimed South American neighbours, but the co-founder of Noma – the renowned Nordic restaurant named best in the world earlier this year – aims to change that. Shafik Meghji popped into his new venture in La Paz for alpaca jerky, freeze-dried potatoes, custard apple…

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  • Surprises in the salt flats of Bolivia

    Surprises in the salt flats of Bolivia

    October 27th, 2014Shafik Meghji
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    The blindingly white expanse of Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is one of South America’s most spectacular sights, but few travellers venture beyond the classic tour circuit. Shafik Meghji hadn’t planned to either until violent snowstorms and gale force winds forced him off course. He was rewarded with ancient tombs, hidden lagoons, surreal rock formations –…

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  • Brazilian football: more than just a game

    Brazilian football: more than just a game

    April 11th, 2014Shafik Meghji
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    Joyous fans, unmistakeable yellow shirts, jogo bonito (“beautiful game”) – Brazilian football evokes many images, but the country’s relationship with the sport is far more complex than the clichés suggest, say the authors of new book Brazil Inside Out. Here’s a quick history. “The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it” In Brazil, that old saying could…

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  • The best places to visit in April

    The best places to visit in April

    February 17th, 2014Shafik Meghji
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    April is a fantastic month to travel. Spring in the northern hemisphere brings warmer weather, making it an excellent time to soak up the early sun in Marrakesh or take in the rhododendron displays in Sikkim. Over in Australia you can visit Uluru without the crowds, while California’s Coachella festival and Austria’s Snowbombing provide partying aplenty. Here…

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  • Going downhill fast: adventure sports in Wales

    Going downhill fast: adventure sports in Wales

    October 2nd, 2013Shafik Meghji
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    The recent opening of a £2m, state-of-the-art mountain bike centre has cemented the Welsh Valleys’ burgeoning reputation as an adventure sports hub. Rough Guides writer Shafik Meghji went downhill fast as he braved the Welsh mountain bike trails. As I approached Melted Welly, a winding trail down the 491-metre-high Gethin Mountain, my biggest concern was not…

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  • The best places to visit in October

    The best places to visit in October

    September 23rd, 2013Shafik Meghji
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    As autumn looms in the north and spring is blossoming in the south, October is a beautiful month around the world. From the last of that European sunshine, to the wacky festivities of Halloween in the USA, here are the best places to visit in October. Watch nature’s giants, Península Valdés, Argentina Every year, between…

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