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  • Guatemala City: 7 reasons to stay a while

    Guatemala City: 7 reasons to stay a while

    July 12th, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    Most visitors race through Guatemala City, keen to get to Antigua’s colourful colonial streets, visit the country’s Mayan sites or explore its spectacular volcanic landscape. But stay a while in the capital and you’ll experience a buzzing modern city that’s emerging from the shadows of its recent past. Inaugurated as Guatemala’s capital following an earthquake... Read more »

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  • Video: a 1 minute guide to Cuba

    Video: a 1 minute guide to Cuba

    March 15th, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    From the gorgeous countryside of Viñales to the brilliant beaches of Varadero – not to mention the atmospheric, timeworn streets of Havana – Cuba is a beguiling destination. If you’re planning a trip, here’s some inspiration on where to go in Cuba:

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  • 8 tips for backpacking Central America

    8 tips for backpacking Central America

    February 13th, 2017Chloe Cann
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    From the calm surf of the Caribbean on the east coast, to the gnarly breaks of the Pacific on the west, the beaches of Central America make for stellar backpacking territory. And there’s plenty more wedged in between. Whether you want to sandboard down a steaming volcano in Nicaragua, explore a cloudforest in Costa Rica,... Read more »

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  • 15 of the most romantic places in Cuba

    15 of the most romantic places in Cuba

    December 14th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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  • 18 brilliant pictures of life in Cuba

    18 brilliant pictures of life in Cuba

    December 9th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    It has been a big year for Cuba. After US-Cuba relations were improved in summer 2015, an influx of tourists started to head to the country – the first half of this year saw an 11.6% rise in visitors on the previous year. Then, in late 2016, the former President Fidel Castro passed away, after years of... Read more »

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  • 9 tips for travelling in Costa Rica

    9 tips for travelling in Costa Rica

    October 25th, 2016Chloe Cann
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    Inspired by pictures of Costa Rica’s primordial-looking shores, rainforests bristling with exotic creatures and steaming volcanoes that tower above the clouds? You’re not the only one. A steady increase in access to the Central American nation has helped persuade more and more travellers to stop daydreaming at their desks and instead book a plane ticket.... Read more »

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  • Trinidad or Tobago – which island is right for you?

    Trinidad or Tobago – which island is right for you?

    September 6th, 2016Andy Turner
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    The islands of Trinidad and Tobago both have tropical beaches, steamy rainforest and amazing wildlife but are far from identical twins. Here we look at which island to head for on your first trip to these Caribbean siblings. Which has the best beaches? If you’re the type of traveller that packs at least three novels... Read more »

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  • 12 tips for backpacking Cuba

    12 tips for backpacking Cuba

    May 10th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    Cuba’s captivating, colourful streets and carnaval­ feel make it appealing for travellers year­-round. And, as relations with the US thaw, the country’s popularity has skyrocketed, with visitor numbers showing little sign of abating. Planning to join them? Start with our top tips for making the most out of backpacking Cuba. 1. Stay with a Cuban family Casa particulares are... Read more »

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  • Central America: an adventure travel paradise

    Central America: an adventure travel paradise

    April 12th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Steamy rainforest, smoking hot volcanoes and stunning reef-fringed shorelines, Central America is a god-given playground for the adventurous. Whether you’re packing a surfboard, a wetsuit and a GoPro or simply a pair of hiking boots, Andy Turner rounds up the best activities in the region. Surf in El Salvador Once off limits due to gang... Read more »

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  • Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    March 21st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    *This competition is now closed* Always wanted to be a travel writer? Well you’re in luck. Last year we ran our travel writing competition and the winner, Steph Dyson, has become one of our regular contributors. This year, we’re opening it up again to seek out the best untapped travel writing talent. Enter the competition... Read more »

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  • Delving into the Daiquiri: Havana’s favourite drink

    Delving into the Daiquiri: Havana’s favourite drink

    February 24th, 2016Henry Jeffreys
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    Cuba’s cocktails chart the country’s ambivalent relationship with its neighbour to the north, America. This is most obviously demonstrated by the Cuba Libre – a blend of Cuban rum and Coca-Cola with lime – but it’s the Daiquiri that most associates with the capital, Havana. In the year when American visitors are finally allowed to... Read more »

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  • What’s new for Cuba in 2016? 10 developments to watch out for this year

    What’s new for Cuba in 2016? 10 developments to watch out for this year

    January 18th, 2016Matt Norman
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    Record numbers of visitors have been racing to get to Cuba ‘before it changes forever’ since President Obama’s historic announcement in December 2014 that diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba were to be restored. Since then the relationship has continued to warm, but there has been more speculation than tangible change as a result... Read more »

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