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  • Visiting the last panama hat wearers, Ecuador

    Visiting the last panama hat wearers, Ecuador

    July 16th, 2013Site Editor
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    Panama hats, as any Ecuadorian worth their salt will tell you, don’t come from Panama. Authentic Panamas – or sombreros de paja toquilla, as they call them locally – are only woven in the Andean country, from the straw of the toquilla plant, which grows in the swamps near Ecuador’s central coast. The origin of the misnomer comes from... Read more »

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  • Santiago out of the shadows

    Santiago out of the shadows

    July 15th, 2013Shafik Meghji
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    New boutique hostels, quirky nightlife and a medley of world cuisines are making Santiago stand out among the crowd of popular Latin American capitals. After spending a long time in the shadows of its more illustrious South American neighbours like Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, Santiago is finally coming into its own. The Chilean... Read more »

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  • The rise and fall of Valparaíso

    The rise and fall of Valparaíso

    July 8th, 2013Shafik Meghji
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    In a tour of the city’s cultural and architectural legacies, Shafik Meghji discovers that it’s not just the steep hills and ancient elevators that rise and fall in Valparaíso, Chile. In the mid nineteenth century Valparaíso lived up to its nickname of “The Jewel of the Pacific”. It was one of the world’s most important... Read more »

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  • 20 amazing volcanoes

    20 amazing volcanoes

    July 8th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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  • The best street food around the world

    The best street food around the world

    July 4th, 2013Eleanor Aldridge
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  • Five unmissable sights on easter island

    Five unmissable sights on easter island

    July 2nd, 2013Shafik Meghji
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    Easter Island is one of the remotest places on Earth – its nearest inhabited neighbour, Pitcairn Island, is 2250km away in the South Pacific Ocean – and is less than half the size of the Isle of Wight. Despite its diminutive size, this triangle-shaped island (known locally as Rapa Nui) is packed with truly unique... Read more »

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  • Exploring an eerie old penal colony in Argentina

    Exploring an eerie old penal colony in Argentina

    June 25th, 2013Shafik Meghji
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    Popular with tourists for its access to the “end of the world” at Argentina’s southern tip, Ushuaia was once inhabited by mass murderers, anarchists and pirates after the Argentine government set up a penal colony in 1896. Ushuaia draws hordes of tourists eager to visit Tierra del Fuego and experience life at the “end of... Read more »

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  • The least friendly countries for tourists?

    The least friendly countries for tourists?

    June 25th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Whether you’re on a weekend away or a month-long adventure, being made to feel unwelcome by rude or unpleasant locals can make or break a holiday. So, if you don’t want to be shunned by waitresses and dismissed by taxi drivers, then Pakistan and Russia are apparently not for you. Following an HSBC poll on the... Read more »

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  • 20 great places to pitch a tent

    20 great places to pitch a tent

    June 24th, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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  • Star-gazing at Mamalluca, Chile

    Star-gazing at Mamalluca, Chile

    June 17th, 2013Andrew Benson
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    In the northern half of Chile, the driest place on Earth, clouds are virtually unknown and the skies are of the brightest blue. At night, far away from the lights of major settlements, you can look up at a dark vault simply shimmering with stars. The near-perfect visibility almost every night of the year makes... Read more »

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  • Dinosaur hunting in Sucre, Bolivia

    Dinosaur hunting in Sucre, Bolivia

    June 17th, 2013Site Editor
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    It may be famed for its salt flats and Lake Titicaca, but the unsung hero of Bolivia is an experience like no other. Just over 5km from the city of Sucre, on the Altiplano’s eastern edge, you can walk among dinosaurs without the aid of CGI or a celebrity voiceover. Here, on a near-vertical wall... Read more »

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  • 20 wonderful wine regions

    20 wonderful wine regions

    June 14th, 2013Lucy Kane
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