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  • Meeting the monarch butterflies in Michoacan

    Meeting the monarch butterflies in Michoacan

    October 28th, 2013Site Editor
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    Early morning in the mountains of Michoacán. There’s a stillness in the wooded glades and a delicate scent of piny resin in the air. Mostly oyamel firs, the trees are oddly coated in a scrunched orange blanket – some kind of fungus? Diseased bark? Then the sun breaks through the mist and thousands of butterflies... Read more »

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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”),... Read more »

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  • Taking a dip in the Yucatan’s cenotes, Mexico

    Taking a dip in the Yucatan’s cenotes, Mexico

    October 24th, 2013Zora O'Neill
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    The Yucatán Peninsula can be unpleasantly muggy in the summer. At the same time, the low-lying region’s unique geography holds the perfect antidote to hot afternoons: the limestone shelf that forms the peninsula is riddled with underground rivers, accessible at sinkholes called cenotes – a geological phenomenon found only here. Nature’s perfect swimming spots, cenotes... Read more »

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  • Floating through Xochimilco, Mexico

    Floating through Xochimilco, Mexico

    October 22nd, 2013Site Editor
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    Spend a few days in the intoxicating, maddening centro histórico of Mexico City, and you’ll understand why thousands of Mexicans make the journey each Sunday to the “floating gardens” of Xochimilco, the country’s very own Venice. Built by the Aztecs to grow food, this network of meandering waterways and man-made islands, or chinampas, is an important gardening centre... Read more »

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  • Indian visas, Bitcoin, cheaper roaming – this week’s travel news

    Indian visas, Bitcoin, cheaper roaming – this week’s travel news

    October 21st, 2013Steve Vickers
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    Rough Guides writer Steve Vickers casts an eye over the big travel news topics and unpicks the top stories of the week. Indian visas could get easier India could be about to its expand its visa on arrival scheme to visitors from around 40 additional countries, including the UK. As it stands, tourists from less... Read more »

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  • Nunavik: Canada’s greatest wilderness

    Nunavik: Canada’s greatest wilderness

    October 18th, 2013Phoebe Smith
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    As Quebec’s Arctic north begins to open its doors to tourists, Phoebe Smith voyages to Nunavik to discover Inuit life and woodland caribou in Canada’s greatest wilderness… “There, a caribou – do you see it?” asked Suzie as I trained my eyes on the green thicket on the opposite riverbank. As hard as I tried... Read more »

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  • Box set travel – six ideas for a TV show pilgrimage

    Box set travel – six ideas for a TV show pilgrimage

    October 18th, 2013Stuart Heritage
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    In the past, nobody ever based a holiday around popular TV show filming locations. Imagine how stupid you’d have to be to spend a miserable fortnight digging around inside all the bins in Brooklyn because you’d watched Sesame Street and wanted to see where Oscar the Grouch lived. But the recent rise in box set... Read more »

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  • Airbnb: ten unusual places to stay

    Airbnb: ten unusual places to stay

    October 15th, 2013Steve Vickers
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    Tired of the usual bed-in-a-box hotel rooms? As Airbnb takes over the world we had a rummage for some unusual places to stay listed on the site. Owl house, Merseyside, UK  If you like owls, you’d be wise to check out this bird-like bolthole just outside Liverpool. Built at the bottom of a garden, the eco-friendly cabin has... Read more »

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  • 19 fantastic spots for wild swimming

    19 fantastic spots for wild swimming

    October 4th, 2013Alison Roberts
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  • The world’s strangest hotels

    The world’s strangest hotels

    September 30th, 2013James Rice
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  • Exploring the spectacular settings of Breaking Bad

    Exploring the spectacular settings of Breaking Bad

    September 30th, 2013Greg Ward
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    If you’re as obsessed with Breaking Bad as we are, you might want to take a tour of New Mexico. From the city of Albuquerque to the arid desert nearby, the region hosts a wealth of Breaking Bad filming locations and is well worth exploring in its own right. According to series creator Vince Gilligan, it... Read more »

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  • The world’s most honest cities

    The world’s most honest cities

    September 27th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Losing your wallet or purse while travelling is often a painstaking mistake. We keep so much of our lives in there: cash, plastic, drivers’ licence, ID cards. When all of those things go missing together, it can be a costly process to get them back. If you’re prone to losing your wallet, dropping things or... Read more »

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